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  • KEEPING SCORE: In Europe's first day of trading since Easter holidays, France's CAC-40 gained 1.1 percent to 5,129.53 and Germany's DAX was up 1 percent at 12,088.81. Britain's FTSE 100 added 1.2 percent to 6,917.36. RATE SIGNAL: Investors were reassured by a comment from William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve's New York branch, that rate increases...

  • TOKYO, April 7- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a near two-week high on Tuesday as a positive lead from U.S. shares buoyed sentiment thanks to expectations that the Federal Reserve could wait longer before raising interest rates. "How the U.S. market would react to the weak jobs data was of concern to investors," said Nobuhiko Kuramochi, a strategist at Mizuho...

  • TOKYO, April 7- Asian stocks followed a positive lead from Wall Street to rise on Tuesday, while the dollar held its gains after rebounding against the euro and yen on higher U.S. The region's focus fell on the Reserve Bank of Australia's policy decision due later in the session. Japan's Nikkei rose 0.7 percent and South Korea's Kospi climbed 0.5 percent.

  • Japan: A 'Goldilocks' stock market?   Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 6:34 PM ET
    Japan: A 'Goldilocks' stock market?

    Chris Konstantinos, director Of International Portfolio Management, Riverfront Investment Group, says Japanese stocks are in a "not too hot and not too cold" scenario with more "meaningful upside."

  • NEW YORK— Expectations that the Federal Reserve will be slow to raise interest rates following a weak jobs report last week helped send the stock market up on Monday. The stock market was closed Friday when the Labor Department reported that employers added just 126,000 workers to their payrolls in March, the smallest increase since December 2013.

  • TOKYO, April 6- Tokyo shares fell on Monday as weak U.S. jobs data soured risk appetite, but Sharp Corp jumped after a source said it may spin off its LCD panel business and seek financing from a government-backed fund. The Nikkei 225 index ended 0.2 percent lower at 19,397.98 points. Sharp jumped 6.1 percent after a source said it may spin off its LCD panel business...

  • Asia stocks drift after weak US employment report Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 1:50 AM ET

    KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped 0.2 percent to 19,397.98 while Seoul's Kospi rose 0.1 percent to 2,046.43. Singapore's benchmark was little changed at 3,455.30. Markets were closed in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

  • *Oil rises after Saudi Arabia raises prices to Asia. TOKYO, April 6- Asian shares rose and the dollar steadied but remained under pressure on Monday, after a dismal U.S. jobs report led investors to pare bets the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.7 percent to push to its highest levels since September 2014.

  • *Oil takes back some ground lost after Iran deal. TOKYO, April 6- Asian shares rose and the dollar steadied but remained under pressure on Monday, after a dismal U.S. jobs report led investors to pare bets the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.6 percent to push to its highest levels since September 2014.

  • Asia stocks drift after weak US employment report Sunday, 5 Apr 2015 | 11:22 PM ET

    KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped 0.2 percent to 19,398.69 while Seoul's Kospi rose 0.2 percent to 2,049.11. Singapore's benchmark was little changed at 3,453.25. Markets were closed in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

  • *Oil takes back some ground lost after Iran deal. TOKYO, April 6- Asian shares rose and the dollar dropped on Monday, after a dismal U.S. jobs report pushed up U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.6 percent to its highest level since September 2014.

  • *U.S. stock futures suggest weak Monday open. NEW YORK, April 3- U.S. Labor Department data showed U.S. employers added just 126,000 jobs in March, the fewest in more than a year.

  • TOKYO, April 3- The dollar stuck to its recent ranges in holiday-thinned trading on Friday and stocks edged up as investors awaited key U.S. employment figures for possible clues on when the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.2 percent, while Japan's Nikkei stock average was up 0.3...

  • *Mood more muted in Europe. The mood was more muted in Europe, where the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 equity index slipped 0.1 percent and eurozone bond yields traded flat to higher. "People are reluctant to chase the market higher today because of the U.S. payrolls coming tomorrow when Europe will be closed," FXCM market analyst Vincent Ganne said.

  • TOKYO, April 2- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday, rebounding from a three-week low, helped by short-covering and hopes that the central bank is buying stocks. The Nikkei benchmark ended 1.5 percent higher to 19,312.79, posting the biggest daily percentage gain since February 12. Central bank data showed that it bought 35.2 billion yen worth of...

  • Are foreign investors losing interest in Japan?   Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 11:32 PM ET
    Are foreign investors losing interest in Japan?

    Richard Jerram, chief economist at Bank of Singapore, says foreign investors are worried about the state of Japan's economy.

  • *Olympus dives to near 1- month low after Sony halves stake. TOKYO, April 2- Japan's Nikkei share average rose more than 1.5 percent on Thursday morning, rebounding from Wednesday's three-week low, helped by short-covering and hopes that the central bank is buying stocks. "Hedge funds are seen covering their short positions as the Nikkei fell sharply this week,"...

  • TOKYO, April 2- Asian shares edged up in early trade on Thursday, but gains were tempered by weak U.S. private sector employment and manufacturing data that raised concerns ahead of Friday's key employment figures. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up about 0.2 percent in cautious trade, shrugging off modest overnight losses on...

  • *Oil rallies as talks on Iran continue. NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. stocks fell for a second day and the dollar dipped after a weaker-than-expected report on private sector employment spurred investor concerns that a highly anticipated monthly U.S. jobs report on Friday could also point to slowing economic growth. However, oil futures rallied as talks over Iran's...

  • *Oil remains under pressure as talks on Iran continue. Europe's benchmark FTSEurofirst 300 recovered from a early wobble to put London's FTSE Germany's DAX and France's CAC up 0.5, 0.3 and 0.5 percent higher respectively as core bond markets yields nudged higher. Crude oil prices maintained their decline as an extension of talks between Iran and world powers...