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  • Japan stocks soar 5 percent, yen falls on stimulus Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 1:41 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Japan's stock benchmark surged 5 percent to the highest level since late 2007 and the yen slid against the dollar Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economy. Expectations Japan's $1.1 trillion public pension fund would boost its equity holdings gave a further boost to the market.

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japanese stocks jumped and the yen skidded to six-year lows against the dollar on Friday after the Bank of Japan surprised markets with fresh easing steps- a move aimed at stoking inflation and recharging a fragile economic recovery. The Nikkei stock average rallied 3.9 percent after Japan's central bank said it would purchase more shares of...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Nikkei jumps 5 percent, other Asian stocks up after Japan announces more stimulus; yen slides.

  • Asia stocks gain after robust US growth report Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Asian stocks climbed Friday after strong U.S. economic growth and upbeat earnings sent Wall Street higher. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 jumped 1.7 percent to 15,921.26 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng advanced 0.9 percent to 23,902.57. Stocks in mainland China, India and Southeast Asia also rose.

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Friday, with the recent slow but steady advance halted by sizeable gains in Tokyo shares. The market took in stride a report that Japan will approve a plan by the Government Public Investment Fund to reduce the weighting of its JGB funds to 35 percent from the current level of roughly 60 percent.

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japan's Nikkei share average jumped on Friday as the government prepared to approve new allocation targets for the world's largest pension fund that are expected to sharply increase its purchases of domestic stocks. Tokyo will approve on Friday targets for the $1.2 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund which aim to increase the ratio of...

  • *Visa, MasterCard both rally after results. NEW YORK, Oct 30- U.S. stocks rallied on Thursday, boosted by a strong reading on quarterly economic growth and on the back of upbeat earnings reports including Visa, which accounted for nearly 150 points in the Dow industrials. "End of year for mutual funds is most likely going to be selling losers and continue to buy winners,"...

  • *Dollar, yields jump after Fed ends QE. LONDON, Oct 30- The dollar surged to a three-week high, bond yields rose and gold fell on Thursday after the U.S. Asian shares mostly fell, following a slight decline on Wall Street overnight.

  • Nikkei climbs on U.S. economy optimism; Nintendo shines Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 30- Japan's Nikkei share average soared on Thursday as promising signs from the U.S. economy boosted investor confidence. The Nikkei benchmark gained 0.7 percent to 15,658.20. Notable performers included Nintendo Co, which rose 1 percent after beating earnings forecasts.

  • *Kiwi slides on softer New Zealand rate outlook. Spreadbetters expected a more stable start for Europe, forecasting an effectively flat open for Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.6 percent.

  • Asia stocks meander after Fed ends stimulus Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 12:04 AM ET

    HONG KONG— Asian stock markets meandered Thursday while the dollar strengthened against other currencies after the Federal Reserve said it will end its stimulus program, as many had expected. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.5 percent to 15,636.60 while South Korea's Kospi lost 0.5 percent to 1,950.26. Thus, markets began to bring back...

  • *Kiwi slides on softer New Zealand rate outlook. TOKYO, Oct 30- Asian stocks fell and the dollar surged to a three-week high versus the yen after the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.6 percent.

  • Nikkei rises to 3-week high on Fed view; Nintendo soars Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 10:06 PM ET

    *Nintendo soars on unexpected operating profit for FY. *Yahoo Japan dives on forecast cut for Apr-Dec period. TOKYO, Oct 30- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh three-week high on Thursday morning as optimism about the U.S. economy buoyed sentiment, while Nintendo Co soared on better-than-expected earnings.

  • TOKYO, Oct 30- Asian stocks dipped and the dollar hovered at three-week highs versus the yen after the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.5 percent in early Asian trade on Thursday. Tokyo's Nikkei bucked the trend and rose 0.3 percent, taking heart from a significantly weaker yen.

  • *Investors hope for soothing Fed message. LONDON, Oct 29- World stocks rose on Wednesday, lifted by corporate earnings and expectations that the U.S. Euro zone banking stocks were down almost 2 percent, dragged lower by Germany's biggest lender Deutsche Bank which announced a third-quarter net loss on heavy legal costs.

  • Europe's main indices followed the overnight lead from Wall Street and Asia, although the third-quarter earnings reports out of Europe weren't quite as solid as those from the United States. Germany's DAX was up almost 1 percent in early trade, Britain's FTSE was up half a percent, and France's CAC 40 up a third of one percent. MSCI's broadest index of...

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Japanese government bonds edged lower on Wednesday as investors took their cue from stronger equities and on news that Japan's $1.1- trillion public pension fund has reduced its holdings of JGBs. The Government Pension Investment Fund, the world's largest public pension, allowed domestic bonds to fall below half of its portfolio for the first...

  • Nikkei rises on Fed view, industrial data, GPIF news Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 2:28 AM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 29- Japanese stocks rose 1.5 percent to a three-week high on Wednesday, buoyed by hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve will reiterate its willingness to wait some time before hiking interest rates and by stronger-than-expected domestic industrial data. Also underpinning sentiment was a Reuters report that Japan's $1.1- trillion public pension...

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Asian shares climbed to one-month highs on Wednesday, steered by a robust Wall Street on optimism over corporate earnings and prospects the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 1.1 percent, led by a 1.8 percent rise in South Korean shares. European shares are expected to follow suit, with spreadbetters looking to...

  • Industrial production rose by 2.7 percent in September, the fastest pace since January, easing some concerns about Japan's factory activity and the broader economy. Japan's largest investment banking and securities group Nomura Holdings was boosted by better-than-expected earnings. Shares in the firm soared 5 percent after its second quarter net profit...