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  • TOKYO, May 25- Asian shares got off to a lackluster start on Monday, after rising inflation and a hawkish tone from the U.S. Activity was likely to be thin this session, as UK and U.S. markets are shut on Monday for the Spring Bank Holiday and Memorial Day respectively. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down about 0.1 percent in early trade.

  • SINGAPORE, May 25- U.S. crude futures rose in early Asian trading on Monday as high demand at the start of the North American driving season pushed up domestic markets, while international benchmarks were supported by firm Asian consumption and Middle East fighting. "Prices could be buoyed this week as markets focus on rising demand and geopolitical tensions... in...

  • Nikkei, Shanghai Comp hit new multi-year highs   Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 7:13 PM ET
    Nikkei, Shanghai Comp hit new multi-year highs

    While the 15-year peak on the Nikkei 225 is an "eventuality", the 7-year high on the Shanghai Composite is a "little more confusing", says Joe Magyer, senior analyst at The Motley Fool.

  • Wall Street's record high on Thursday lifted Asian stocks on Friday, a day that will be packed with key European and U.S. economic data as well as speeches from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank president Mario Draghi. European shares struggled to match that, but the leading index of European shares was still poised for its biggest...

  • TOKYO, May 22- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Friday in thin trade, extending its gains into a sixth day as optimism for the recovering economy supported the mood after the Bank of Japan's two-day policy meeting. The market capitalisation of the Tokyo Stock Exchange's main board hit a record high at the close. It rose to 591.30 trillion yen, surpassing the...

  • HONG KONG— Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while most other world markets were subdued Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.3 percent to 7,033.44. CHINA RALLY: Investors who weren't allocated shares in recent initial public offerings are...

  • TOKYO, May 22- Asian shares rose early on Friday after Wall Street set another record high with prospects for a Federal Reserve rate hike in June all but quashed, while the dollar steadied after losing ground to the euro for the first time this week on downbeat U.S. data. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.2 percent with South Korean...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks edge up as U.S. yields, dollar ease Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 12:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 21- Equities markets inched ahead on Thursday, with investors brushing aside mixed economic data in Europe and the United States, while the dollar slipped after a three-day rally and U.S. Oil prices rose, with Brent crude topping $66 a barrel on signs a global supply glut may be starting to ease. Wall Street, which has posted a string of highs recently,...

  • TOKYO, May 21- Japanese government bonds slipped on Thursday, pressured by rising stocks and caution ahead of the outcome of the Bank Of Japan's two-day policy meeting that began this session. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield rose 2 basis points to 0.410 percent, its highest since May 15, but still shy of a two-month high of 0.470 percent scaled earlier this month...

  • TOKYO, May 21- Japan's Nikkei share average ended flat on Thursday after hitting a fresh 15- year high as investors took profits ahead of the Bank Of Japan's two-day policy meeting on Friday. The Nikkei 225 ended up 0.03 percent at 20,202.87, marginally higher. The index has risen for five straight days, the longest daily winning streak in three months.

  • *Shanghai stocks focus on potential positives of weak China PMI. TOKYO, May 21- Stock market gains were capped on Thursday in much of Asia in the wake of China's downbeat factory activity data, but shares in Shanghai focused on the potential positives from the weak reading and rallied. Spreadbetters forecast a slightly lower open for Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX...

  • World stocks uneven after Chinese, eurozone data Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 1:53 AM ET

    TOKYO— World stock markets were lackluster Thursday after China's economy showed new signs of weakness but the Shanghai benchmark surged on hopes for more government stimulus. France's CAC 40 shed 0.4 percent to 5,112.55 and Germany's DAX dropped 0.6 percent to 11,774.01. Britain's FTSE 100 was little changed at 7,006.80.

  • *Asia stocks subdued after soft China data, lower Wall Street. TOKYO, May 21- Japanese shares hit a new 15- year high on Thursday on hopes that its long-moribund economy was finally coming to life, but weak China factory activity capped stock market gains in much of the rest of Asia. But, reflecting the overall more sombre mood with overnight losses on Wall Street and...

  • *MSCI Asia-Pacific index little changed. TOKYO, May 21- Asian stocks treaded water early on Thursday, with overnight Wall Street losses acting as a drag, while the dollar held to broad gains after minutes from the Federal Reserve's April minutes contained no major surprises. We maintain our view of a first hike in September, "strategists at Barclays said.

  • TOKYO, May 20- Japanese stocks closed at a 15- year peak on Wednesday, helped by data showing a surprisingly rapid pace of domestic economic growth in the January-March quarter. The Nikkei share average rose 0.9 percent to 20,196.56, its highest close since April 2000, while the broader Topix rose 0.6 percent to 1,643.40, its best since October 2007.

  • TOKYO, May 20- Asian shares slipped on Wednesday after a mixed day on Wall Street, though Japan's better-than-expected economic growth lifted the Nikkei to a 15- year high. The dollar scaled a two-month high against the yen after upbeat U.S. housing data, and as the euro remained pressured by expectations that the European Central Bank would increase its...

  • Stock markets cautious ahead of release of Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:26 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Asian stocks rose Wednesday, boosted by strength in the dollar, but European markets fell and Wall Street futures were flat ahead of the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.2 percent to 6,982.33 and Germany's DAX dropped 0.5 percent to 11,796.19. Futures augured a tepid...

  • JGBs edge down as Tokyo stocks hit 15-year high Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:59 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 20- Japanese government bond prices fell on Wednesday following a drop in U.S. Treasuries and as Tokyo stocks rallied to a 15- year high and dented the allure of safe-haven debt. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield rose 1.5 basis points to 0.395 percent, though it still remained some distance away from a two-month high of 0.470 percent struck earlier in the...

  • *Askul soars on share buyback, tie-up with Yahoo Japan. TOKYO, May 20- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a near one-month high on Wednesday morning after better-than-expected economic growth buoyed sentiment, while Takata Corp tumbled after doubling a recall of air bags in the United States. "Headlines are nice, but if you look at the content carefully, there are...

  • TOKYO, May 20- Asian shares got off to a lacklustre start on Wednesday after a mixed day on Wall Street, though Japan's better-than-expected economic growth lifted the Nikkei to a nearly one-month high. The euro remained pressured by expectations that the European Central Bank would increase its bond-buying stimulus. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific...