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  • *Corporate updates knock UK retailers. LONDON, Nov 12- European shares and core bond yields fell on Wednesday, bucking a strong performance in Japan, with bank stocks under pressure following a landmark $3.4 billion settlement over allegations of price-fixing in currency markets. Regulators imposed penalties totalling $3.4 billion on UBS, Citigroup, HSBC,...

  • Asian stocks muted after Wall Street retreat Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 4:12 AM ET

    Regulators from the U.S., Switzerland and the U.K. fined five major banks a total of $3.4 billion for conspiring to manipulate foreign-currency trading. The news drove down bank stocks in Europe and U.S. "The fines from the watchdogs took some of the wind out of the market," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital Management.

  • TOKYO, Nov 12- Japanese stocks gained on Wednesday, as investors gave the thumbs-up to a media report that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will delay a second sales tax hike to avoiding damaging Japan's economic recovery, and call a snap election to cement his position. The Nikkei benchmark closed up 0.4 percent at 17,197.05, its highest since October 2007.

  • JGBs fall on robust stocks, growing talk of tax-hike delay Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 12:15 AM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 12- Japanese government bond prices fell on Wednesday, dragged down by an extended rally for Tokyo stocks and on concerns a possible delay in a sales tax hike could erode heavily indebted Japan's fiscal position. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield rose 3.5 basis points to 0.515 percent, pulling further away from a 19- month low of 0.485 percent hit after...

  • *Japan shares buck downtrend on hope for sales-tax hike delay. TOKYO, Nov 12- Japanese stocks scaled seven-year highs on Wednesday, putting the rest of Asia in the shade, buoyed by expectations Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will postpone a planned sales tax hike to avoid damaging a fragile economic recovery. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside...

  • *Fujifilm jumps on Ebola drug approval expectations. TOKYO, Nov 12- Japanese stocks jumped on Wednesday as investors cheered reports that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will delay a planned sales tax rise to rejuvenate Japan's fragile economic recovery, and call a snap election to secure his political position. With third quarter GDP figures due on Monday expected...

  • Is dust settling on the Nikkei’s rally? Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 7:57 PM ET

    With the dust settling on the BOJ's surprise shock-and-awe easing campaign last month, the huge rally in Japan shares could stall.

  • *Brent crude falls below $82 on dollar, supply. NEW YORK, Nov 11- U.S. stock prices held steady on Tuesday after the Dow and Standard& Poor's 500 hit record intraday highs for a fifth straight session, while the dollar rose against the yen on the prospect of a delay in a planned sales tax hike in Japan. Oil prices fell further on the stronger dollar and robust output from...

  • PRECIOUS-Gold up 1 pct as retail, physical demand rises Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 11:53 AM ET

    NEW YORK/ LONDON, Nov 11- Gold rose 1 percent on Tuesday as the previous session's two-percent slide triggered physical buying interest among Asian investors, though prices remain under pressure from all-time highs in the U.S. equity markets. Physical buying gathered pace in Europe and major consumer China on Tuesday, traders said, supporting prices after...

  • *Brent crude at four-year low below $82 a barrel. NEW YORK, Nov 11- U.S. stock prices were little changed on Tuesday, hovering near Monday's record closes, while the dollar rose as investors weighed the prospect of further stimulus to aid the recovery of the global economy. "We have equity demand driven by the perception of improving economics and companies' earnings...

  • LONDON, Nov 11- European stocks rose on Tuesday, with investors in bullish mood after Wall Street notched up a fourth straight record close and Tokyo's Nikkei hit a seven-year high on talk that a Japanese sales tax increase may be delayed. Oil prices fell further, with Brent crude dropping to a four-year low below $82 a barrel. European shares were also boosted by...

  • TOKYO, Nov 11- Japanese government bond prices fell on Tuesday amid growing speculation that the prime minister may postpone a key tax increase, boding ill for reforms aimed at fixing the heavily indebted country's finances. Japan's Nikkei rose 2.1 percent, its highest close since October 2007, as speculators bet that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will postpone...

  • Asian stocks higher as Nikkei at fresh 7-year high Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 2:17 AM ET

    Homebuilders got a lift after D.R. Horton reported a surge in net orders for the fourth quarter, the second encouraging report from the sector in as many days after Toll Brother reported strong revenue growth Monday. Juniper Networks slumped after the sudden departure of its CEO. "The strengthening economy is definitely there in the earnings," said Jerry...

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Nov 11- The dollar rose towards a seven-year high versus the yen on Tuesday as a surge in Tokyo stocks amid an increase in risk appetite dimmed the appeal of the Japanese currency. Japan's Nikkei climbed 2.1 percent to a seven-year high as speculators saw a possibility Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could postpone a planned sales tax hike.

  • TOKYO, Nov 11- Japanese shares stood out against a lacklustre backdrop in Asia on Tuesday as oil prices continued to drop, while the dollar took a breather from its recent rally. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan erased early losses and eked out a 0.1 percent gain, while Japan's Nikkei stock average added 0.8 percent.

  • JGBs dip on fresh supply, higher Tokyo stocks Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 10:30 PM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 11- Japanese government bond prices dipped on Tuesday, weighed by higher Tokyo stocks and an overnight retreat in U.S. The Ministry of Finance offered a new batch of 30- year JGBs on Tuesday. Tokyo's Nikkei gained 0.8 percent, boosted by Wall Street gains and the BOJ's move to purchase exchange-traded funds as part of its recently beefed-up economic...

  • *Sumitomo Metal Mining soars on outlook hike. TOKYO, Nov 11- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Tuesday, buoyed by Wall Street gains and as the weaker yen helped exporters, but oil-related shares such as Inpex Corp underperformed after oil prices fell further. Sentiment was also boosted by the Bank Of Japan's move on Monday to purchase 38 billion yen of...

  • TOKYO, Nov 11- Asian shares and the dollar got off to a lacklustre start on Tuesday as oil prices continued to drop, while Japanese shares marked early gains. Crude oil prices shrugged off concerns about conflicts in Libya and Ukraine and continued to sag. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down about 0.2 percent, while Japan's Nikkei...

  • LONDON, Nov 10- A landmark deal to give global investors easier access to China's $3.9 trillion stock market lifted world shares to their highest in over a month on Monday, as tensions in Libya and Ukraine pushed up oil prices. Chinese shares jumped 2.5 percent and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index climbed almost 1 percent after the two exchanges announced a November 17...

  • TOKYO, Nov 10- Japanese stocks fell to a one-week low on Monday as the yen rebounded against the dollar after U.S. jobs data fell short of expectations, while Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp tumbled on a profit warning. The benchmark Nikkei share average ended 0.6 percent lower at 16,780.53, the lowest closing level since Oct. 31. The broader Topix shed 0.3...