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  • *Sony jumps to 3 1/ 2- year high on growth hopes, broker upgrade. TOKYO, Nov 25- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Tuesday morning as Wall Street's gains and China's interest rate cut encouraged investors to play catch-up after a long weekend. JPMorgan raised its rating on Sony to' overweight' from' neutral', saying that bad news about its mobile phone and TV...

  • *Oil under pressure ahead of this week's OPEC meeting. TOKYO, Nov 25- Asian shares gave back some of their China- inspired gains on Tuesday, while oil prices slumped ahead of this week's OPEC meeting. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was off 0.3 percent after rallying in the previous session following China's surprise interest rate cut.

  • Asian stocks gain after China rate cut Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 11:00 PM ET

    BEIJING— Asian stocks rose Monday after China's surprise interest rate cut as investors looked ahead to European inflation data due out this week and OPEC meeting to discuss oil production levels. KEEPING SCORE: China's Shanghai Composite Index jumped 1.7 percent to 2,529.83 points and Hong Kong's Hang Seng surged 1.8 percent to 23,862.69.

  • TOKYO, Nov 21- Japanese stocks edged up on Friday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament's lower house in preparation for an election in which he will seek a fresh mandate for his struggling economic revival strategy. The Nikkei average recouped early losses to end 0.3 percent higher at 17,357.51 points. For the week, it fell 0.8 percent, the first...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up about 0.2 percent, though on track for a weekly loss of over 1 percent. Japan's Nikkei stock average bucked the regional trend, dropping 0.8 percent as the yen jumped after Finance Minister Taro Aso warned that its recent weakening was "too rapid." Aso stuck to Japan's stance of allowing the market...

  • Why elections will be a new dawn for Abenomics     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:09 PM ET

    Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy & Chief Economist at AMP Capital Investors, says elections are buying time for Prime Minister Abe's policies, which need time to materialize.

  • TOKYO, Nov 21- Asian shares took solace from data showing broad U.S. economic strength even as signs of spreading weakness in China and Europe checked risk appetite, while the yen nursed its losses after sliding to multiyear lows against the dollar and euro overnight. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up slightly in early trade.

  • TOKYO, Nov 20- Japanese stocks were steady on Thursday as a further weakening of the yen boosted market sentiment, but gains were limited as investors took profits on such recent performers such as SoftBank Corp. The Nikkei benchmark ended 0.1 percent higher at 17,300.86, close to a seven-year peak hit last week. The broader Topix added 0.1 percent to close at...

  • *MSCI Asia index excluding Japan slips 0.3 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.3 percent, briefly touching a three-week low. The China flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index published on Thursday showed factory output contracted in the world's third-biggest economy for the first time in six...

  • Nikkei advances on weak yen, global demand hopes Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 8:55 PM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 20- Japanese stocks edged up on Thursday as a further weakening of the yen boosted market sentiment. The Nikkei benchmark added 0.2 percent to 17,318.85 "A huge chunk of Japanese corporate profits come from overseas, and with the weak yen, investors are rushing to buy today," said Takashi Hiroki, chief strategist at Monex Inc. in Tokyo.

  • *MSCI Asia index excluding Japan slips 0.3 percent. TOKYO, Nov 20- Asian mostly stocks fell on Thursday apart from Tokyo, where shares bucked the downward trend and rose in reaction to a further weakening in the yen. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent, with an extended decline in oil and other commodity prices continuing to...

  • TOKYO, Nov 19- Japanese stocks turned lower on Wednesday as investors booked profits as they took stock of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to delay a sales tax hike, and the challenges policy makers continue to face to re-energise a tottering economy. Market participants said a wait-and-see mood ahead of a press conference by Bank of Japan Governor...

  • *Nikkei erases gains, Asia shares hit by weak commodity prices. TOKYO, Nov 19- Japanese shares gave up early gains on Wednesday as investors booked profits after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delayed a tax hike and said he would call a snap election to seek a fresh mandate for his economic policies. Japan's Nikkei erased earlier gains to stand flat by midday, showing...

  • Nikkei rises on tax relief, hopes for economic rebound Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:10 PM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 19- Japanese stocks edged higher on Wednesday as investors breathed a sigh of relief at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to delay a planned sales tax rise, and held out hopes for a rebound in the economy after it unexpectedly slipped into recession. Analysts said the tax decision and an expected victory for Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its...

  • TOKYO, Nov 19- Japanese stocks rose on Wednesday as investors held out hope for more robust growth after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delayed a tax hike and called an early election to seek a fresh mandate for his aggressive policies to shore up the economy. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was a touch lower while Japan's Nikkei rose 0.6...

  • TOKYO, Nov 18- Asian stocks sagged on Tuesday amid profit taking in Hong Kong and Chinese markets, while Tokyo shares rebounded on expectations that Japan will opt for a snap election that may lead to fresh stimulus measures. Spreadbetters saw a slightly higher start for Europe in the wake of Japan's rebound, forecasting Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and...

  • TOKYO, Nov 18- Japanese stocks had their biggest gain in two weeks on Tuesday as investors waited to see if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will call a snap election and consider fresh steps to support the economy after it slipped into recession in the third quarter. The Nikkei benchmark closed 2.2 percent higher at 17,344.06, the biggest daily percentage gain since...

  • Asia stocks down as China property, Japan weighed Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:31 AM ET

    A positive outlook from homebuilders and encouraging news from Japan and Germany also helped lift markets. "We've gotten good news on all of the worries since mid-October and we had much better-than-expected earnings," said Kate Warne, an investment strategist at Edward Jones. Developments in Japan, whose economy slipped into recession in the third quarter,...

  • A day after shock data showing Japan slipping into recession had rattled financial markets, Japan's Nikkei rose 1.7 percent, erasing about a half of Monday's 3.0 percent fall. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to announce later in the day that he is calling a snap election, banking on the ruling Liberal Democrat Party trouncing a weak opposition to reaffirm...

  • *Sony soars to highest since April 2011 on strong mid-term plan. TOKYO, Nov 18- Japanese stocks bounced sharply on Tuesday morning as investors waited to see if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will call a snap election and consider fresh measures to support the economy after it slipped into recession in the third quarter. Sony Corp stole the spotlight, soaring 5.8...