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  • Nikkei rises to 15-year high, helped by financial stocks Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 7:45 PM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 19- Japan's Nikkei average rose to a 15- year high on Thursday morning, helped by gains in such stocks as financial and shipping companies. The Nikkei was up 0.6 percent at 18,307.25, its highest level since May 2000. The broader Topix added 0.6 percent to 1,491.05 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 gained 0.6 percent to 13,527.00.

  • LONDON, Feb 18- Stocks continued their relentless march higher on Wednesday as investors shrugged off the protracted uncertainty surrounding Greece's debt negotiations with its creditors, pinning their hopes that a deal will be reached by the end of the week. Europe's main bourses followed Asia and Wall Street higher. In early trade the FTSEuroFirst 300...

  • LONDON— Confirmation that Greece will seek an extension of its loan agreement with its euro partners helped shore up stock markets across Europe on Wednesday. The main stock market in Athens was up 1.9 percent, while Germany's DAX rose 0.4 percent to 10,942. The CAC-40 in France was 0.7 percent higher at 4,791 but the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares fell...

  • TOKYO, Feb 18- Asian equities tracked a mild bounce on Wall Street, edging higher on Wednesday as pessimism about the Greek debt saga receded somewhat, while the dollar strengthened against the yen thanks to higher U.S. debt yields. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3 percent with South Korean, Thai and Indonesian bourses all...

  • TOKYO, Feb 18- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh eight-year high on Wednesday after U.S. stocks rallied on hopes that a debt deal would be reached with Greece, while investors digested the Bank of Japan's decision to keep policy unchanged. It was the highest level since July 2007. Greece will remain an immediate concern for financial markets as the...

  • 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.

  • 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...