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  • TOKYO, Feb 18- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh eight-year high on Wednesday morning after U.S. stocks rallied on hopes that a debt deal would be reached with Greece, while eyes are on the policy decision by the Bank of Japan, which is widely expected to keep its policy on hold. Greece will remain an immediate concern for financial markets as the European...

  • TOKYO, Feb 18- Asian equities tracked a mild bounce on Wall Street to edge higher on Wednesday, although caution over talks later in the day in the ongoing Greek debt saga limited gains. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was steady. U.S. shares gained modestly overnight, with the S&P 500 touching another record high, after hopes that Greece...

  • LONDON, Feb 17- European stocks reversed early losses on Tuesday and yields on lower-rated euro zone bonds fell as investors reassessed the collapse of Greek debt talks and focused on the prospects of a deal. "For now, we assume that logic will prevail and this movie won't end in disaster," said Paul O'Connor, co-head of the multi-asset desk at Henderson Global...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Markets fall after Greek talks collapse Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 4:43 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 17- Stocks fell and lower-rated euro zone bond yields rose on Tuesday after talks between Athens and its European partners over the country's debt crisis collapsed, raising doubts about Greece's future in the currency bloc. The euro was only slightly lower and equity market losses, outside Greece, were slim as investors held out hope for a deal after...

  • TOKYO, Feb 17- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday, retreating from a near eight-year high after talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers on a new debt deal collapsed. The Nikkei closed 0.1 percent lower at 17,987.09 points, hit by selling in index heavyweight stocks such as Fast Retailing Co, which contributed to a hefty 21 negative points to...

  • Markets brush aside concerns over Greece debt standoff Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 12:29 AM ET

    BEIJING— Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday but European markets fell after Greek debt talks broke down, raising the prospect Athens might leave the euro currency. Britain's FTSE 100 shed 0.4 percent to 6,832.75. After five years of punishing austerity, Greece is seeking more generous terms for paying off its huge debt.

  • TOKYO, Feb 17- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday, retreating from a near eight-year high after talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers on a new debt deal collapsed. Talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers over the country's debt broke down when Athens rejected a proposal to request a six-month extension of its...

  • *Investors still expect last minute deal to support Greece. TOKYO, Feb 17- U.S. stock futures and the euro tumbled in early Asian trade on Tuesday after talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers broke down when Athens rejected a proposal to request a six-month extension of its international bailout programme. Australian shares slumped 0.6 percent,...

  • Markets broadly steady before Greece debt talks. LONDON, Feb 16- Global shares hit their highest since September and the euro firmed on Monday with investors cautiously optimistic that euro zone finance ministers would reach a funding deal for debt-laden Greece. "There is an underlying view that there has to be a resolution, not least because Greece apparently...

  • *Markets broadly steady before Greece debt talks. LONDON, Feb 16- Global shares hit their highest since September and the euro firmed on Monday with investors cautiously optimistic euro zone finance ministers would reach a deal to shore up Greece's dwindling finances. The prospect that Greece and its partners will find common ground in talks later in the day...

  • Japan exits recession: Reaction  Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 4:30 AM ET

    As Japan exits technical recession, Tapan Datta, head of global asset allocation at Aon Hewitt, says the "picture is far from benign" as there's very little growth in the Japanese economy.

  • BEIJING— Asian stocks rose Monday after Japan emerged from recession while European markets fluctuated ahead of a meeting between Greece and its main European creditors. Britain's FTSE 100 inched down less than 0.1 percent to 6,871.08. JAPAN REBOUND: Japan emerged from recession last quarter, though growth fell short of many forecasters' expectations.

  • TOKYO, Feb 16- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a near eight-year high on Monday helped by Wall Street's gains, even as investors digested weaker-than-expected domestic growth data. The Nikkei ended 0.5 percent higher to 18,004.77, the highest closing level since July 2007. Japan's economy rebounded from recession in the final quarter of last year but...

  • Nikkei rises to near 8-year high as Wall Street gains Sunday, 15 Feb 2015 | 10:15 PM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 16- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a near eight-year high on Monday, helped by Wall Street's gains, while investors digested weaker-than-expected domestic growth data. Japan's economy rebounded from recession in the final quarter of last year but growth was weaker than expected as household and corporate spending disappointed, underlining...

  • *EU finance ministers meet on Greece, progress needed. SYDNEY, Jan 16- Japanese shares touched an eight-year high on Monday following a record close on Wall Street, with investors cautiously optimistic the European Union would make progress this week on a debt deal with Greece. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan recouped a small initial...

  • *EU finance ministers meet on Greece, progress needed. SYDNEY, Jan 16- Most Asian share markets were fractionally higher on Monday following a record close on Wall Street, with investors cautiously optimistic the European Union would make progress this week on a debt deal with Greece. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan recouped a small...

  • TOKYO, Feb 13- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Friday, retreating from a 7-1/ 2- year closing high the previous day as investors took profits from gainers such as Fanuc Corp, but buying in cyclical stocks exposed to consumer demand limited the losses. A ceasefire agreement between Russia and Ukraine also eased tensions in the market. The Nikkei shed 0.4...

  • *Japan Display soars on strong profit. TOKYO, Feb 13- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Friday, retreating from a 7-1/ 2 year closing high as investors took profits from the previous day's gainers such as Fanuc Corp, but buying in defensive shares limited the losses. Fanuc, which rose 6.2 percent on Thursday on media reports saying that Third Point bought a stake in...

  • Forget the yen, this will take Nikkei 225 higher  Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 8:12 PM ET

    Jonathan Brodsky, managing director at Advisory Research, says Japan's corporate governance reforms will pick up steam this year, offering real long-term opportunities in the stock market.

  • JGBs dip on rise in Japanese shares, weak BOJ operation Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 1:33 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 12- Japanese government bond prices were weaker on Thursday, as the Nikkei share average briefly broke above the 18,000 mark for the first time since December last year. The offer-to-cover ratio in the 10- to 25- year zone came in at 3.18 times, the highest level since Oct 27 last year, when it was 4.31 times. In its buying operation the 25- to 40- year zone...