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  • TOKYO, Jan 20- Japan's Nikkei stock average climbed 2.1 percent on Tuesday, posting its biggest one-day gain in a month, as markets took comfort from China data and on expectations that the European Central Bank will unveil stimulus measures. The benchmark Nikkei rose to 17,366.30 points, its highest level in two weeks, led by gains in financials and China- related...

  • *Better-than-expected China data lifts China- related stocks. TOKYO, Jan 20- Japanese stocks surged to a more than one-week high on Tuesday morning as China's better-than-expected growth data lifted China- related stocks, while expectations that the European Central Bank will unveil easing measures buoyed overall sentiment. China- related shares...

  • Other markets in Asia and Europe were mostly higher. CHINA CURBS: The China Securities Regulatory Commission imposed curbs late Friday on margin financing, or borrowing to purchase stocks, following an investigation of the industry. The three affected brokerages, Citic Securities Co., Haitong Securities Co. and Guotai Junan, were forbidden to lend money and...

  • TOKYO, Jan 19- Japanese government bond prices gained on Monday despite a slight recovery in stock prices, with the 10- year yield hitting a record low after the Bank of Japan's bond buying operation results showed strong demand. The yield on the current 10- year Japanese Government Bonds fell 3.0 basis points to 0.205 percent, the lowest record ever.

  • TOKYO, Jan 19- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Monday after strong U.S. economic data buoyed sentiment and the weaker yen helped exporters such as Honda Motor Co, but Sharp Corp tumbled on a profit warning. The Nikkei rose 0.9 percent to 17,014.29, recovering from a 2-1/ 2- month low of 16,592.57 hit on Friday. But trading was thin, with only 2.040 billion shares...

  • In China, financial shares were slugged as Beijing cracked down on credit products that have been blamed for fueling excessive market speculation over the past three months. The Shanghai market shed 6.4 percent, while the CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen slid 6.5 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares...

  • Its dive rubbed off on Hong Kong where the Hang Seng was off 1.1 percent at 23,840.91. CHINA CURBS: The China Securities Regulatory Commission imposed curbs late Friday on margin financing, or borrowing to purchase stocks, following an investigation of the industry. The three affected brokerages, Citic Securities Co., Haitong Securities Co. and Guotai Junan,...

  • TOKYO, Jan 19- Japan's Nikkei share average crawled back from a 2-1/ 2- month low on Monday morning as U.S. stocks rebounded after strong economic data buoyed sentiment, while the weaker yen helped exporters rise. Bucking the strength, Sharp Corp dived 9.1 percent to 229 yen, the lowest since December 2012, after the Nikkei business daily reported that the company is...

  • *China stock markets hit by clamp down on margin trading. SYDNEY, Jan 19- Most Asian share markets followed Wall Street higher on Monday, though investors were wary of being disappointed yet again by economic data from China and policy stimulus in the euro zone. The Shanghai market shed 3.9 percent, while the CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai...

  • LONDON, Jan 16- The shockwaves of Switzerland's move to ditch its currency cap were still being felt on Friday, as investors made a fresh grab for top-rated government bonds, and world shares and commodities headed for another week of losses. For once commodity markets were an area of relative calm as oil climbed to just below $49 a barrel, safe-haven gold cooled...

  • *Fast Retailing, SoftBank together take hefty points off from Nikkei. TOKYO, Jan 16- Japan's Nikkei share average skidded on Friday in volatile trade as risk appetite was dampened by a strong yen after Switzerland stunned markets by abandoning its cap on the franc. Index-heavy shares tumbled, with SoftBank Corp and Fast Retailing Co fell 2.5 percent and 3.7...

  • *Ibiden, Shinko Electric fall on Intel's weaker-than-expected forecast. TOKYO, Jan 16- Japan's Nikkei share average fell 2.3 percent on Friday morning after U.S. stocks dropped for a fifth day and the yen rose after Switzerland abandoned its cap on the franc, hurting Japanese exporters such as electronics and car manufacturers. nearing a one-month low of...

  • TOKYO, Jan 15- Japan's Nikkei posted its biggest daily gain in four weeks on Thursday after rebounding oil prices eased worries about the global economy and as a pause in the rising yen lifted exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp. In its best day since Dec. 19, the Nikkei rose 1.9 percent to 17,108.70 points.

  • TOKYO, Jan 15- Asian stocks mostly edged up on Thursday after a significant rebound in oil and copper prices brought a semblance of calm, while the dollar regained ground lost on disappointing U.S. retail sales. Spreadbetters saw the upward momentum for risk assets being retained in Europe, forecasting Britain's FTSE to open up by as much as 0.5 percent and...

  • *Skymark dives after Asahi says it will not seek help from ANA. TOKYO, Jan 15- Japan's Nikkei gained on Thursday, recovering from a one-month low as rebounding oil prices eased worries about the global economy, while a pause in the rising yen lifted exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp. The Nikkei rose 1.0 percent to 16,970.96 in mid-morning trade.

  • *Copper slide adds to fears over global economic health. The mood among investors remained subdued after a fourth successive drop on Wall Street overnight, pushing MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan down 0.2 percent. Copper skidded to a 5-1/ 2 year low on Wednesday as the recent decline in oil prices amplified fears about the state of the...

  • TOKYO, Jan 14- Japan's Nikkei share average fell 1.7 percent on Wednesday as investors held back due to concerns over plunging oil prices. The Nikkei fell 291.75 points to 16,795.96, its lowest close since Dec. 17. Oil-related shares led the decline, with top refiner JX Holdings falling 4 percent in heavy trade and Showa Shell losing 2.8 percent.

  • Asia stocks mostly rise after oil steadies Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 12:08 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Dismal news on U.S. retail sales and more signs of slowing global growth sent global stock and commodity markets sharply lower Wednesday. Copper plunged to a five-year low and investors sought safety in government bonds, pushing yields in Germany, Britain and the U.S. lower. SLUMPING SALES: Retail sales fell 0.9 percent in December, the biggest decline...

  • TOKYO, Jan 14- Japan's Nikkei share average fell 1.1 percent on Wednesday, with oil-related shares leading the losses as plummeting oil prices showed no sign of abating on worries about the global economic outlook. Although it managed to stay above Tuesday's low, it has slipped below an important support from the Ichimoku cloud top, which comes in around 17,033,...

  • *Retails, prospect of ECB action lifts Europe shares. LONDON, Jan 13- Oil prices slid on Tuesday to their lowest in almost six years, but European shares rose as investors focused on expectations that policymakers would soon take action to prevent the euro zone slipping into deflation. Strength in European shares and the prospect Wall Street would open higher saw...