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  • HONG KONG— Chinese stocks jumped to the highest level in seven years Wednesday as investors bet authorities will unleash new economic stimulus while other world indexes were uneven before the conclusion of a key Federal Reserve meeting. Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.3 percent to 6,854.70. Average private housing prices fell February in 69 out of 70 cities over...

  • 'Start shorting Nintendo,' says this expert   Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 11:32 PM ET
    'Start shorting Nintendo,' says this expert

    Amir Anvarzadeh, director of Japan Equity sales at BGC Securities, says investors can start shorting Nintendo at 19,500 yen on Thursday because the partnership with DeNA is unlikely to give the firm a huge boost.

  • *Nintendo, DeNA untraded with buy orders after tie-up news Nintendo- related shares soar on new console hopes. Nintendo shares were untraded at 0220 GMT, but looked set to rise by its daily limit of 21 percent to 17,080 yen as the stock was flooded with buy orders after it and DeNA Co said they will jointly develop game applications. CLSA raised Nintendo's rating to'...

  • TOKYO, March 18- Asian stocks dipped and the dollar marked time on Wednesday, with markets fixed on the Federal Reserve's policy statement due later in the session for clues to when the Fed will hike interest rates. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.1 percent, tracking Wall Street shares which fell overnight as nervousness...

  • Nikkei ends at 15-year closing high Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 2:12 AM ET

    TOKYO, March 17- Japan's Nikkei share average ended at a fresh 15- year closing high on Tuesday, with sentiment lifted by gains in U.S. and European shares and expectations that Japanese companies could improve their return on equity. The Nikkei share average closed at 19,437.00, up 1 percent, after rising as high as 19,479.89, its highest level since April 2000.

  • TOKYO, March 17- Japanese government bond prices slipped on Tuesday with a surge in Tokyo stocks and caution before a 20- year debt auction weighing on the market. Japan's finance ministry will offer 1.2 trillion yen of 20- year JGBs on Wednesday, with demand for the new issue possibly affected by the fact the Federal Reserve concludes its closely-watched Mar....

  • *Bank of Japan expected to maintain policy, economic assessment. TOKYO, March 17- Asian shares got a boost on Tuesday from Wall Street's rise, as investors positioned for the possibility that weaker-than-expected U.S. data will prompt the Federal Reserve to adopt a cautious stance this week. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.8...

  • The DAX powered above 12,000 points for the first time and the main pan-euro zone benchmark indices hit seven-year highs, while U.S. futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street of around 0.5 percent. Wall Street looks set to rebound from last week's fall-- the third consecutive down week for U.S. stocks-- lifted by Europe's rally. The European Central Bank last...

  • *Euro slides to 12- year low. LONDON, March 16- The euro struck a fresh 12- year low on Monday and euro zone stocks reached new peaks on bets that the currency's relentless fall will boost corporate earning prospects just as the rising dollar hits those of U.S. firms. In early European trading the euro was up 1/ 3 of a percent against the dollar at $1.0530, having slid to...

  • TOKYO, March 16- Japan's Nikkei share average ended almost flat on Monday as profit-taking set in after it had hit a 15- year high earlier ahead of central bank policy meetings in Japan and the United States later this week. The Nikkei share average closed at 19,246.06, having peaked at 19,349.20 in early trade as investors bought banks and other domestic demand...

  • TOKYO, March 16- Asian shares began the week on the back foot on Monday after a downbeat session on Wall Street, while the euro skidded to a fresh 12- year low on divergent monetary policy paths between the United States and the euro zone. Oil continued to tumble, with U.S. crude dropping more than 2 percent to a six-year low, after the International Energy Agency said...

  • TOKYO, March 16- Asian shares began the week on the back foot on Monday after a downbeat session on Wall Street, while the euro skidded to a fresh 12- year low on divergent monetary policy paths between the United States and the euro zone. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.3 percent in early trade, pushing back toward last week's...

  • TOKYO, March 13- Japan's Nikkei hit a fresh 15- year high on Friday and posted fifth consecutive weeks of gains as industrial robot maker Fanuc Corp jumped 13 percent on a report that it will consider raising its dividend and buying back stock. Index heavyweight Fanuc contributed a hefty 124.57 positive points, or about 50 percent of the Nikkei's point gains.

  • *Fanuc jumps 12 pct on plan to boost dividend, talk to investors. TOKYO, March 13- Japanese shares extended gains on Friday as industrial robot maker Fanuc jumped more than 10 percent on a report that it will consider raising its dividend and buying back stock. Fanuc's about-turn could boost investors' appetite for Japanese shares as a successful case of Prime...

  • Nikkei at new 15-year high above 19,000 mark   Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 9:12 PM ET
    Nikkei 19 000, Japan outlook, Central banks

    Mohammed Apabhai, head of Asia Pacific Trading Strategies at Citi, says the liquidity provided by the Bank of Japan is fueling the market rally in Japan.

  • TOKYO, March 13- Asian shares shook off early losses on Friday, underpinned by overnight gains on Wall Street, while the dollar steadied after its recent rally ran out of steam on disappointing retail sales data. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up about 0.1 percent on the day. On Wall Street, U.S. shares rallied on Thursday, but the S&P...

  • TOKYO, March 12- A surprise interest rate cut by South Korea's central bank on Thursday helped lift an index of Asian stocks away from the previous session's seven-week trough, while the euro plumbed a new 12- year low as the European Central Bank's easing pressured euro zone bond yields. Financial spreadbetters predicted some of Asia's luster would rub off in...

  • TOKYO, March 12- Japan's Nikkei share average posted its biggest daily gain in a month on Thursday as investors chased the market higher before the futures settlement, while hopes that Toyota Motor Corp may increase pay also lifted sentiment. Index-heavy stocks led the gains, with Fast Retailing Co rising 1.3 percent and Fanuc Corp adding 2.3 percent.

  • Nikkei rises on futures-related buying Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 10:35 PM ET

    TOKYO, March 12- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday as investors chased the market higher before the futures settlement. Index-heavy stocks led the gains, with Fanuc Corp rising 2.6 percent and SoftBank Corp gaining 1.5 percent. "Foreign derivatives investors are seen chasing the market higher," said Norihiro Fujito, senior investment strategist at...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares rise as South Korea cuts rates Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 10:29 PM ET

    TOKYO, March 12- A surprise interest rate cut by South Korea's central bank on Thursday helped lift an index of Asian stocks away from the previous session's seven-week lows, while the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates buoyed the dollar. "We think the two key drivers behind today's decision are a weaker economic outlook and deflation pressures," said Ronald...