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  • Asia stocks drop on US slide, Sydney siege jitters Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 10:19 PM ET

    Weak data from Japan and a hostage situation in Australia's largest city added to the cautious sentiment. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dropped 0.9 percent to 5,170.50 as a hostage situation that may be politically motivated unfolded in a cafe in central Sydney. JAPAN ELECTIONS: Japan's ruling coalition won a convincing victory in lower house elections Sunday,...

  • *Nikkei down as oil slump hits global risk appetite. TOKYO, Dec 15- Japanese stocks fell on Monday after slumping oil prices toppled Wall Street shares, while investors drew little comfort from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's landslide win in a snap election over the weekend. Last week, U.S. stocks suffered their worst weekly drop for 2-1/ 2 years, as free-falling oil...

  • FOREX-Yen gains as Nikkei sags after Japan election Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 7:16 PM ET

    *BOJ tankan highlights uneven progress of Japan stimulus. TOKYO, Dec 15- The yen gained early on Monday after stocks sagged following a big victory for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition in an election on Sunday, while oil prices continued to sink on a weak outlook for global demand. On Friday, the Paris- based International Energy Agency cut its...

  • *U.S. crude continues to slip after drop under $60 a barrel. LONDON, Dec 12- A relentless slide in crude prices put energy stocks and currencies exposed to oil exports under pressure on Friday, dampening appetite for riskier assets and underpinning flows into the safety of core government bonds. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index declined by 0.8 percent...

  • Can elections give Abenomics fresh momentum?  Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 9:32 PM ET

    Japanese Prime Minister Abe needs a solid mandate to make progress on controversial issues like the TPP negotiations, says Kathy Matsui, MD and Chief Japan Strategist at Goldman Sachs.

  • TOKYO, Dec 12- Japanese stocks rose on Friday as Wall Street advanced on strong retail sales, raising hopes for resilience in the U.S. economy that could help offset slowing growth in other major economies. The upbeat retail sales, added to lower unemployment claims and signs of wage growth to come, suggested that the U.S. economy is well-positioned to weather an...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Japanese stocks sagged to a 2- week low on Thursday, as a stronger yen, falling oil prices and downbeat machinery data dampened risk appetite. In its third consecutive day of losses, the Nikkei average fell 0.9 percent to 17,257.40, its lowest since Nov. 27. Shares in major exporters sensitive to fluctuations in the yen slipped, with Panasonic Corp...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Asian stocks fell on Thursday as falling oil prices added to global growth concerns, while the dollar saw a bit of a respite against the yen and euro after successive sharp losses. Spreadbetters expected the bearish tone for equities to continue into Europe, forecasting Britain's FTSE to fall by as much as 0.3 percent at the open, and Germany's DAX and...

  • JGBs edge up as stocks dip, yields touch fresh lows Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 11:08 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 11- Japanese government bond prices inched higher on Thursday, sending some yields to fresh 20- month lows, as they took their cues from sagging stocks. Japan's key gauge of capital spending fell for the first time in five months in October in a sign that business investment may be losing momentum. That was its lowest level since early April 2013, in the...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Asian stocks fell on Thursday as falling oil prices continued to feed into global growth concerns, while the dollar struggled against peers such as the yen and euro after a further drop in U.S. bond yields. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.3 percent as another large decline in oil prices took a heavy toll on energy...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Japan's Nikkei share average is set for a third day of losses on Thursday, hitting a more than three-week low after oil prices slumped, while a strong yen and poor machinery data dampened risk taking. Traders say that falling oil prices are positive for most advanced economies such as the United States and Japan as they are importers of oil, but weak oil...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Asian stocks fell early on Thursday as falling oil prices continued to feed into global growth concerns, while the dollar lost more ground against peers such as the yen and euro after a further drop in U.S. bond yields. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent as another large drop in oil prices took a heavy toll...

  • *China inflation falls to 5- year low of 1.4 pct. LONDON, Dec 10- Oil prices were anchored near five-year lows and Germany's benchmark government bond yield fell to a record low on Wednesday as concerns over Greece's political and financial prospects spurred demand for safety. At 1220 GMT Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.2 percent at 6,542 points, Germany's DAX was up...

  • LONDON, Dec 10- Oil prices were anchored at a five-year low on Wednesday and European stocks recovered from the previous day's selloff after a similar rebound in Chinese shares prompted by hopes that weak inflation will bring more monetary policy easing in China. "watching equities, oil and Greece." At 0845 GMT Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.5 percent at 6563 points,...

  • *China consumer inflation marks 5- year low. TOKYO, Dec 10- Asian shares, the dollar and oil prices all slumped on Wednesday, pulling back as global growth concerns and political uncertainty in Greece prompted a flight to safety. Britain's FTSE 100 was expected to open 18 to 26 points higher, or as much as 0.3 percent; Germany's DAX was seen opening 69 to 78 points higher,...

  • TOKYO, Dec 10- Japanese stocks slipped on Wednesday as a stronger yen prompted investors to sell exporters' shares, while concerns on political uncertainty in Greece and falling oil prices dampened risk appetites. A stronger yen saw exporters Fanuc Corp 6954. T drop 3.3 percent and Nissan Motor Co 7201. T fall 3.4 percent. Toyota Motor Corp 7203. T tumbled 3.1...

  • TOKYO, Dec 10- Japanese government bond prices rose on Wednesday with the benchmark yield declining to a 20- month trough as investors sought the safety of debt when Tokyo shares tumbled. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield fell 2 basis points to 0.395 percent, lowest since April 2013. Tokyo's Nikkei sank 2.6 percent as political uncertainty in Greece spooked world...

  • TOKYO, Dec 10- Japanese stocks tumbled to a near-two week low on Wednesday, as a strengthening yen prompted selling by investors already worried by political uncertainty in Greece, weak global growth and falling oil prices. Fanuc Corp shed 3.3 percent and Nissan Motor Co also fell 3.3 percent. Apart from the stronger yen's negative influence, global worries are...

  • *Skymark soars as ANA says would consider helping it. TOKYO, Dec 10- Japanese stocks tumbled to a more than one-week low on Wednesday morning, as political uncertainty in Greece spooked world markets already under strain from a slide in crude oil prices and worries over global growth. Traders said the benchmark should be supported by its 25- day moving average of...

  • What can take Japanese shares higher?  Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 8:14 PM ET

    Kevin Anderson, Head of Investments, Asia-Pacific at State Street Global Advisors, says a change in corporate tax and more structural reforms will bode well for Japan's stock market.