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  • *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...

  • Positive economy bodes well for Japan stocks: Pro   Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 8:09 PM ET
    Positive economy bodes well for Japan stocks: Pro

    Improvements in Japan's economy will likely translate into positive support for the equity market, says Manpreet Gill, senior investment strategist at Standard Chartered.

  • Wal-Mart Stores fell after reporting weak sales and a drop in quarterly earnings, a result of raises for workers and a rising dollar squeezing its profits. Wal-Mart's stock sank $3.49, or 4 percent, to $76.43. "But it hasn't felt like it," said Hank Smith, chief investment officer at Haverford Trust.

  • *China shares gain sharply on hopes for Beijing reforms. LONDON, May 19- The euro tumbled on Tuesday and the region's stocks and bonds jumped after the European Central Bank suggested it may speed up its 1 trillion euro bond-buying campaign slightly to account for lower market liquidity in high summer. The euro was back at $1.12 for the first time in a week and the...

  • TOKYO, May 19- Asian shares shrugged off early losses on Tuesday, as surging Chinese shares and Wall Street's record close offset continuing worries over Greece's fiscal woes. The cheer was expected to continue in Europe, where financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open up by 12-13 points, or 0.2 percent higher. MSCI's broadest index of...

  • TOKYO, May 19- Japanese stocks rose to a three-week high on Tuesday thanks to Wall Street's record close and a surge in companies announcing higher shareholder returns. The Nikkei share average gained for a third-straight session, ending up 0.7 percent at 20,026.38 points, the highest close since April 28. The broader Topix added 0.4 percent to 1,633.33, the...

  • Global stock markets rise on Europe stimulus hopes Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 12:30 AM ET

    BEIJING— Global stock markets were boosted Tuesday by Greece's declaration of progress in bailout talks and a new high on Wall Street as investors looked ahead to U.S. and European inflation data. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany's DAX added 2 percent to 11,823.19 and France's CAC 40 jumped 2 percent to 5,113.86. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.5 percent to...

  • TOKYO, May 19- Asian shares shrugged off early losses on Tuesday, as rallying Chinese shares and Wall Street's record close offset euro worries over Greece's fiscal woes. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent. "When risk appetite recovers investors start to pay more attention to stock valuations," said Hiroyuki Nakai,...

  • *Chiyoda rises on liquefied natural gas project. TOKYO, May 19- Japanese stocks rose to a three-week high on Tuesday thanks to Wall Street's record close and a surge in companies announcing higher shareholder returns. "When risk appetite recovers investors start to pay more attention to stock valuations," said Hiroyuki Nakai, chief strategist at Tokai Tokyo...

  • Have Japanese markets topped? Don't think so: Pro

    Jonathan Brodsky, managing director at Advisory Research, explains his bullish outlook for Japan's stock markets.

  • *Gold steady near three-month highs on expectations Fed will wait. TOKYO, May 19- Asian shares edged down on Tuesday as worries over Greece's fiscal woes took some of the shine off Wall Street's record close, helping steer the dollar higher and undermining the euro. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was off 0.1 percent in early trade.

  • JP Morgan is optimistic on Japanese stocks   Monday, 18 May 2015 | 8:24 PM ET
    JP Morgan is optimistic on Japanese stocks

    Tai Hui, chief Asia market strategist at J.P. Morgan Funds, outlines the factors that will likely take Japanese equities higher.

  • *Worries over Greece hit Greek shares, bonds. *Oil rises on fighting in Yemen, Iraq. LONDON, May 18- European shares fell on Monday, weighed down by worries over a looming cash crunch in Greece, while the dollar rebounded after concern over the U.S. economy drove the currency to four-month lows on Friday.