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  • Shares mostly higher in quiet holiday trading Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 10:19 PM ET

    Japan's benchmark edged lower after the government reported lackluster inflation, industrial production and household spending for November. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index slipped 0.2 percent to 17,779.18 and Singapore's Straits Times index edged 0.1 percent lower to 3,342.20. JAPAN DATA: Japan's inflation rate eased slightly in...

  • *Nikkei may reach 19,500 yen- analysts. TOKYO, Dec 26- Japanese stocks slipped on Friday as investors closed positions as the year-end approaches, but sentiment remained upbeat about prospects for 2015. With overseas markets closed on Thursday for Christmas, there was little in the way of market catalysts. Japan's largest automaker Toyota Motor Corp added 0.4...

  • Nikkei breaks winning streak in thin trade; JAL suffers Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 1:11 AM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 25- Japanese stocks skidded on Thursday in thin Christmas Day trade as investors booked gains after five consecutive days of gains. Japan Airlines shed 4.0 percent on a media report that the government may end a tax break for companies that received its support to recover from bankruptcy. Large-cap firms Softbank Corp, and clothes brand Uniqlo owner...

  • TOKYO, Dec 25- Japan's Nikkei share average slipped on Thursday in holiday-thinned trade as investors took profits after five straight sessions of gains. Airlines were the biggest losers in the Tokyo Stock Exchange's 33 industry subindexes as Japan Airlines fell 3.2 percent on a media report that the government is considering scrapping a special tax break...

  • *Rouble dips after S&P threatens Russia with junk status. *Brent oil drops back to $60 a barrel. Most Asian markets had edged up overnight and Europe was looking to close the Christmas week up 1 percent despite a subdued day on Wednesday.

  • *Rouble dips after S&P puts Russia on junk downgrade warning. LONDON, Dec 24- The strongest growth for the world's largest economy in over a decade meant there was plenty of pre-Christmas cheer in global markets on Wednesday, as stocks continued their strong run and the dollar hovered at an 8-1/ 2 year high. The data drove both the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 benchmark...

  • Nikkei jumps to 2-1/2 week high on rosy U.S. data Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 1:18 AM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 24- Japanese stocks rallied on Wednesday after Wall Street hit a record closing-high on the back of data pointing to rapid momentum in the U.S. economy, which boosted risk appetite and lent weight to last week's positive assessment by the Federal Reserve. The Nikkei benchmark gained 1.2 percent in thin trade to 17,854.23, its highest close since Dec. 8...

  • *Nikkei advances on back of record day on Wall Street. TOKYO, Dec 24- Japanese stocks rallied on Wednesday after Wall Street raced to a record closing-high on the back of data showing decisive strength in the U.S. economy, which lifted risk appetite and backed last week's upbeat assessment by the Federal Reserve. On Wall Street the Dow closed above 18,000 for the...

  • TOKYO, Dec 24- Japanese stocks rallied and the dollar stood tall on Wednesday thanks to surprisingly robust U.S. economic growth, helping investors head into the Christmas holidays in a more relaxed mood after the global markets turbulence of the past two weeks. Tokyo's Nikkei followed suit, rising 1 percent and South Korea's Kospi was up 0.2 percent.

  • *Consensus grows for Brent to remain above $60 for rest of year. SINGAPORE, Dec 22- Brent crude futures rose more than 2 percent toward $63 a barrel on Monday as Asian markets firmed into a holiday-shortened week and consensus spread that prices would likely remain above $60 for the rest of the year. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan...

  • *Consensus grows for Brent to remain above $60 for rest of year. SINGAPORE, Dec 22- Oil prices rose on Monday as Asian markets opened strongly into a holiday-shortened week and consensus spread that Brent crude futures would likely remain above $60 for the rest of the year. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended gains and was up 1.4...

  • TOKYO, Dec 22- Japanese stocks advanced on Monday as rebounding crude prices underpinned oil-related shares. The Tokyo Stock Exchange oil and coal products companies subindex starred, gaining 8.4 percent as oil staunched its recent losses. Oil refiner Showa Shell Sekiyu soared 27.7 percent on a media report that it was in talks to be acquired by bigger rival...

  • *Consensus grows that Brent to remain above $60 for rest of year. SINGAPORE, Dec 22- Oil prices rose on Monday as Asian markets opened strongly into a holiday-shortened week and consensus spread that Brent crude futures would likely remain above $60 for the rest of the year. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended gains and was up 1.1...

  • Asian markets gain as oil rebounds Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 11:12 PM ET

    South Korea's Kospi added 0.4 percent to 1,936.79 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1.4 percent to 23,428.73. Stocks in Southeast Asia and Taiwan also rose. ANALYST'S TAKE: "Our markets have opened firmer after the strong rebound in energy prices," said Tony Kwok, a sales trader in Sydney for CMC Markets.

  • *Consensus growing that Brent to remain above $60 for rest of yr. SINGAPORE, Dec 22- Oil prices rose in early trading on Monday as Asian markets opened strongly into a holiday-shortened week and as consensus spread that Brent crude prices would likely remain above $60 for the rest of the year. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3...

  • TOKYO, Dec 22- Asian shares took their cues from Wall Street and kicked off a holiday-shortened week on a strong footing on Monday, while the euro touched a fresh two-year low against the greenback on divergent monetary policy expectations. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended gains and was up 1.1 percent. "We're seeing a positive...

  • *Consensus growing that Brent to remain above $60 for rest of yr. SINGAPORE, Dec 22- Oil prices rose in early trading on Monday as Asian markets opened strongly into a holiday-shortened week and as consensus spread that Brent crude prices would likely remain above $60 for the rest of the year. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3...

  • TOKYO, Dec 22- Asian shares and the dollar began a holiday-shortened week on a strong footing on Monday, with the euro testing two-year lows against the greenback on divergent monetary policy expectations. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3 percent in early trade, while Japan's Nikkei stock average was up 0.4 percent ahead of...

  • LONDON, Dec 19- A three-day rally in world share markets started to peter out on Friday as worries emerged that the European Central Bank's money printing plans could come with a number of restrictive strings attached. Officials speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity said the ECB may require countries such as Greece or Portugal to set aside extra money...

  • *Asia shares buoyed as Wall St surges for second day. LONDON, Dec 19- World markets are ending their last full week of 2014 on a high, as Wall Street made its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 and European shares headed for their strongest week of the year. French IT services company Atos SE Xerox Corp's outsourcing arm.