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  • *Eyes on Greece as talk of' plan B' swirls. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.6 percent, led by solid gains in Greater China, with Hong Kong shares hitting a seven-year high and Taiwanese shares a 15- year high. European shares are seen mixed, with spreadbetters expecting 0.2 percent gains in Germany's DAX and largely flat openings...

  • Asian markets rise after Wall Street gains Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 11:42 PM ET

    BEIJING— Asian stock markets rose Monday after Wall Street gained on strong earnings and investors looked ahead to Apple results and this week's U.S. Sydney's S&P ASX 200 added 0.7 percent to 5,973.30 and Seoul advanced 0.2 percent to 2,163.17. Taiwan, Singapore and Manila also rose.

  • *Canon, Fanuc among companies reporting earnings Mon. TOKYO, April 27- Japanese stocks were flat in a choppy Monday morning as investors were cautious amid the earnings season and ahead of some key events later this week, including central bank meetings in Japan and the United States. "The Nikkei will likely stay directionless this week," said Nobuhiko Kuramochi, a...

  • TOKYO, April 27- Asian shares scaled seven-year highs following stellar earnings from a few U.S. hi-tech giants, but investors were cautious ahead of central bank meetings this week in the U.S. and Japan and on apparent deadlock in Greece's talks with creditors. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was rose 0.3 percent in early trade...

  • TOKYO, April 24- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Friday, snapping a three-day winning streak as investors took profits, although energy-related shares outperformed on a rise in crude oil prices. The Nikkei 225 benchmark index ended 0.8 percent lower at 20,020.04. For the week it rose 1.9 percent.

  • China vs. US: Which market is being too exuberant?   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 11:16 PM ET
    China vs. US: Which market is being too exuberant?

    Mikio Kumada, executive director & global strategist at LGT Capital Partners, says the Nasdaq Composite is recovering lost grounds from 15 years ago and says China's market rally isn't justified by earnings among A-shares.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares take cue from Nasdaq record Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:33 PM ET

    MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3 percent, moving back toward a seven-year intraday high touched in the previous session. On Wall Street overnight the Nasdaq pushed above a record set in March 2000, the height of the dot.com boom. "Clearly the market is pushing back expectations of a Fed hike," Mitul Kotecha, head of FX strategy,...

  • *German, UK yields fall after Wednesday's sell-off. *Wall Street set for subdued start. European stock markets initially opened higher, spurred by multi-year highs in Asia, but sluggish euro zone and German purchasing manager data and conflicting numbers from France sent indexes into the red.

  • 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...