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  • *Rest of Asia stocks sag after Wall St dips on sharp oil fall. The rest of Asian equity markets lagged Japan after a sharp pullback in oil prices dulled risk appetite and sent Wall Street lower overnight. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.3 percent, with South Korean and Australian shares posting light losses.

  • TOKYO, Feb 26- Foreign investors bought 1.13 trillion yen of Japanese cash shares and futures last week, their largest net buying in more than three months, helping to drive Japanese stock prices to 15- year highs. They bought 153.8 billion yen of cash stocks, data from the Tokyo Stock Exchange showed, and also bought 978.8 billion yen of Japanese stock futures,...

  • Global stocks higher on Chinese, German data Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 3:19 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Global stocks were mostly higher Thursday on upbeat corporate earnings and rising Chinese factory output after the chairwoman of the U.S. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 was nearly flat at 6,937.52 while Germany's DAX inched up 0.1 percent to 11,221.95. ASIA'S DAY: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.1 percent to 18,785.79 while Hong Kong's Hang...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell about 0.2 percent, as investors took profits after Yellen's testimony and a China factory survey's better-than-expected headline number lifted it to a five-month high on Wednesday. Japan's Nikkei stock average outperformed, rising about 0.9 percent to a 15- year high, helped by news that the...

  • Who's buying Japanese shares? Lunatics: Pro  Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 10:10 PM ET

    Paul Gambles, co-Founder of MBMG Group, explains why he thinks only "speculators and lunatics" are investing in Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index.

  • *Pension fund investment strategy also lifts sentiment- analysts SoftBank, Fast Retailing contribute half Nikkei gains. TOKYO, Feb 26- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 15- year high on Thursday morning after hedge funds were seen buying futures, while index-heavyweight stocks rose as investors' risk appetite improved on benign comments by Fed...

  • TOKYO, Feb 26- Asian shares prices held near five-month highs on Thursday after upbeat U.S. housing and Chinese factory data, while the dollar nursed modest losses following Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's comments. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan stood little changed near the five-month high hit on Wednesday while Japan's...

  • *Decline in Apple weighs on S&P and Nasdaq. NEW YORK, Feb 25- Wall Street lagged a rise in global markets on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq closing slightly lower even as energy shares gained along with a surge in oil prices. On Wall Street, a sharp drop in shares of Apple Inc took a toll on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, but the Dow marked another record closing high,...

  • MSCI world index strains for all-time high. *Brazil's Bovespa falls, Petrobras hit. Following Wall Street's gains on Tuesday and more rises in Asia overnight, MSCI's 46- country world index was up 0.18 percent at 433.63 points and veering closer to the 434.24 all-time peak it scaled in September.

  • *MSCI world index strains for all-time high. *Gold rebounds from 7- week low plumbed in previous session. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggesting that the U.S. central bank is in no rush raise interest rates.

  • *MSCI world index strains for all-time high. *Gold rebounds from 7- week low plumbed in previous session. Following Wall Street's gains on Tuesday and more rises in Asia overnight, however, MSCI's 46- country world index was up 0.1 percent at 433.29 points and straining for the 434.24 all-time peak it scaled in September.

  • *New home sales data expected at 10 a.m.. NEW YORK, Feb 25- U.S. stock indexes were little changed on Wednesday, after the Dow and S&P 500 climbed to their latest records, before a second day of testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and data on the housing market. *Other retailers expected to post earnings on Wednesday include L Brands, Target Corp and TJX...

  • *MSCI world index strains for all-time high. *Gold rebounds from 7- week low plumbed in previous session. Following more rises for Wall Street and in Asia overnight, MSCI's 46- member All Country World Index was up 0.2 percent at 433.74 points and straining for the 434.24 all-time peak it scored back in September.

  • TOKYO, Feb 25- Japanese stocks snapped a five-day winning streak on Wednesday as investors grew cautious that the market was becoming overbought, but losses were limited by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's message of policy flexibility. The Nikkei share average ended 0.1 percent lower at 18,585.20 points.

  • TOKYO, Feb 25- Japanese stocks steadied around a 15- year high on Wednesday morning in a choppy morning session, as cautiousness over an over-heating market was partially countered by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's message of policy flexibility. At 0124 GMT, it was up 0.2 percent at 18,643.28 after peaking at 18,648.77 earlier, the highest point since...

  • TOKYO, Feb 25- Asian stocks rose on Wednesday thanks to gains on Wall Street after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested the Fed would not rush into raising interest rates, a reassuring signal for investors worried about a deteriorating global outlook. In remarks to the Senate Banking Committee, Yellen said the U.S. central bank was preparing to consider...

  • KEEPING SCORE: European markets were steady with France's CAC-40 more or less unchanged at 4,861 and Germany's DAX barely up at 11,135. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.2 percent to 6,927. U.S. stocks were poised for a similarly flat performance with Dow futures up 0.1 percent to 18,096.00 and the broader S&P 500 futures little changed at 2,106..

  • TOKYO, Feb 24- Japan's Nikkei share average rose for a fifth straight day on Tuesday and scored another 15- year high after the yen weakened, while investors were cautious awaiting comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen later in the day. The Nikkei rose 0.7 percent to 18,603.48 points, the highest point of the day and the highest close since April...

  • *Fed chair Yellen testifies before Congress at 1000 EST/ 1500. SYDNEY, Feb 24- Asian share markets crept higher on Tuesday as Tokyo scored another 15- year peak, though gains were hostage to what Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen might say later in the day about the likely lift-off date for U.S. rate hikes. Moves were mostly modest and MSCI's broadest index of...

  • Here's why you should be overweight Japan  Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 10:11 PM ET

    Factors like attractive valuation and shareholder-friendly policies make Japanese stock market a worthy investment, says Kirk West, Asia CEO of Principal Global Investors.