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  • JGBs slip, taking cue from overseas debt selloff Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 3:50 AM ET

    TOKYO, April 23- Japanese government bonds fell on Thursday, pressured by an overnight selloff in U.S. Treasuries after a sharp rise in the yields on German Bunds. An auction of 40- year Japanese government bonds produced a highest accepted yield of 1.470 percent, with 33.2167 percent of the bids accepted at that yield, the Ministry of Finance said.

  • TOKYO, Apr 21- Japan's Nikkei becnhmark stock index closed 0.3. percent higher, having touched a 15- year intra-day high in morning trade, as investors bought large-cap and securities shares seen as undervalued and presenting strong earnings prospects. The Nikkei ended at 20,187.65, and off an the early high of 20,252.12. Japan Tobacco Inc soared 5.3 percent,...

  • Stocks turn lower after weak global economic surveys Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:16 AM ET

    TOKYO— Shares turned lower in European trading on Thursday, sapped by gloomy manufacturing data from the eurozone, China and Japan. HSBC bank said a preliminary version of its index based on a survey of factory purchasing managers in China fell to its lowest point in a year in April. EARNINGS: In corporate earnings, networks giant Ericsson was its shares slide 8...

  • *Japan shares make another 15- year top amid bullish sentiment. Neither was the news bright from Japan where the Markit/ JMMA flash PMI fell to 49.7 in April from a final 50.3 in March. Stocks in South Korea gained 0.5 percent to near a four-year top, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.4 percent and was just shy of its highest...

  • *NTT Docomo hits 11- year high. TOKYO, Apr 23- Japanese stocks rose on Thursday as investors sought to pick up stock seen as undervalued and presenting positive earnings prospects, with the likes of Nomura Holdings and large cap Japan Tobacco surging on strong demand. Large-cap Japan Tobacco Inc was Tokyo's biggest gainer, climbing 4.8 percent.

  • *Japan shares make another 15- year top amid bullish sentiment. *Spike in UK yields spreads to sovereign debt globally. Stocks in South Korea gained 0.5 percent to near a four-year top, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was not far from its highest since early 2008..

  • US stocks edge higher at midday; Yum Brands among gainers Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 11:50 AM ET

    Yum Brands rose 5 percent Wednesday after reporting higher global sales at Taco Bell and KFC. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index closed above 20,000 for the first time in 15 years. Oil fell 11 cents to $56.49 a barrel.

  • After a sluggish start, US stocks finish higher Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 10:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Investors cheered moves by Google and credit-card companies on Wednesday and sent the stock market to a solid gain. Google's new wireless service, dubbed "Project Fi," costs around $20 a month for basic service and charges customers for the amount of data they use. Google's stock gained $6.25, or 1 percent, to $549.18.

  • US stocks open slightly higher; Yum Brands among gainers Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 9:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are edging higher in early trading as traders pore over more earnings news. Yum Brands rose 4 percent Wednesday after reporting higher global sales at Taco Bell and KFC. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 closed above 20,000 for the first time in 15 years.

  • *Oil down on Yemen news. LONDON, April 22- European stocks fell on Wednesday, with a series of weak company earnings reports reversing a rally seen earlier in the week and halting the positive momentum overnight that lifted some of Asia's biggest markets to multi-year highs. Europe's FTSE EuroFirst 300 index of leading shares was down 0.3 percent, Germany's DAX...

  • *Oil down on Yemen news. LONDON, April 22- European stocks fell on Wednesday, failing to extend an overnight rally in Asia as investors looked to Greece's debt crisis and lurch towards possible default as an excuse to cash in gains chalked up earlier in the week. Europe's EuroFirst 300 index of leading shares was down 0.2 percent, Germany's DAX was down 0.1 percent...

  • Japan's Nikkei closes at 15-year high, Europe stocks down Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 2:35 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's stock benchmark closed above the 20,000- level for the first time in 15 years Wednesday, encouraged by the country's first monthly trade surplus since 2012. European stocks fell, however, and Wall Street was expected to open lower. CORPORATE EUROPE: Earnings results were mixed in Europe, with British retailer Tesco reporting a big 5.7 billion...

  • TOKYO, April 22- Japan's Nikkei rose to a fresh 15- year high on Wednesday as foreign investors were seen buying financials and other large cap shares, believing them to be undervalued. The Nikkei share average ended 1.1 percent higher at 20,133.90, its highest closing level since April 2000. The broader Topix rose 0.8 percent to 1,621.79, the highest closing...

  • *Crude oil extends losses as Yemen bombing ends. TOKYO, April 22- Asian equities were mostly firmer on Wednesday with stimulus-fueled Chinese shares taking the lead, while oil sagged after Saudi Arabia ended its military campaign in Yemen, easing tensions in the energy-rich Middle East. Spread betters expected Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC to...

  • *Crude oil extends losses as Yemen bombing ends. TOKYO, April 22- Japanese shares rallied to a 15- year high on Wednesday on expectations of improved corporate earnings, while oil sagged after Saudi Arabia ended its military campaign in Yemen, easing tensions in the energy-rich Middle East. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan stood flat.

  • *Next target for Nikkei seen at April 2000 peak around 20,830. TOKYO, April 22- Japanese shares rose to fresh 15- year highs on Wednesday as foreign investors snatched up financials and other large cap shares, believing them to be undervalued. Nomura Holdings rose 4.1 percent while Daiwa Securities Group gained 3.9 percent.

  • Behind Nikkei's rise above 20,000 milestone   Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 9:05 PM ET
    Behind Nikkei's rise above 20,000 milestone

    Mark Tinker, head of AXA Framlington Asia, explains what's underpinning the buoyant sentiment in Japan after the Nikkei 225 breached the 20,000-point mark on Wednesday.

  • *Crude oil extends losses as Yemen bombing ends. TOKYO, April 22- Japanese shares hit a new 15- year high on Wednesday on expectations of positive corporate earnings, while oil sagged after Saudi Arabia ended its military campaign in Yemen, easing tensions in the energy-rich Middle East. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.2...

  • *Greece default worries keep investors on edge, cap euro. European trading started strongly with the pan-regional FTSEurofirst 300 index up over 0.6 percent in early deals, after a 1.4 percent jump by the Nikkei in Tokyo and a 2 to 2.5 percent rises in China's main markets had lifted Asia. Publicis, Sky, ARM Holdings were all up more than 4 percent after reporting...

  • TOKYO, Apr 21- Japanese stocks rose on Tuesday as hopes for strong corporate earnings, buoyed by major automakers and electronics manufacturers. The Nikkei benchmark closed up 1.4 percent at 19,909.09 points, while the broader Topix gained 1.6 percent to close at a seven-year high of 1,608.88. Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, gained 2.2 percent and 2.4...