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  • China stocks boosted by central bank action Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 11:43 PM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Shanghai stocks rose Monday after China's central bank announced a boost for the slowing Chinese economy. CHINA STIMULUS: China's central bank on Sunday cut the required reserve ratio for banks by 1 percentage point to stimulate lending into a slowing economy. THE QUOTE: Cuts in China's reserve ratio were expected throughout 2015 but "the...

  • *JFE Holdings, Mazda among firms announcing earnings this week. TOKYO, April 20- Japanese stocks edged up in a choppy Monday morning, pulling back up from a two-week low as China's latest stimulus step offset weakness in U.S. and European shares. He said China's latest step to shore up its economy underpinned Japanese stocks.

  • *China cuts banks' reserve requirements. TOKYO, April 20- Asian shares dipped in early trading on Monday after a weak performance on Wall Street, though China's latest stimulus to shore up the world's second-largest economy was likely to underpin sentiment. Fed is now being augmented by money from China as the capital account is liberalized, "said Sean Darby,...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Global stock markets were mostly lower on Friday while stocks in mainland China extended their gains on expectations of further policy easing. KEEPING SCORE: European markets opened mixed with Britain's FTSE 100 up 0.4 percent at 7,090.82 and France's CAC 40 adding 0.1 percent to 5,227.91. CHINA STIMULUS: Stocks in Shanghai continued their...

  • Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open up by 12 to 15 points, or 0.2 percent higher. Europe's stock markets have lately pushed to multi-year peaks, with both the FTSE and DAX setting record highs this year as new economic stimulus measures from the European Central Bank offset worries about Greece's fiscal woes. MSCI's broadest index of...

  • TOKYO, April 17- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Friday morning after weaker-than-expected U.S. housing data soured the mood, while investors awaited Japanese corporate earnings starting next week. Also dampening sentiment was weakness in Europe shares and concern about Greece's financial woes. Masayuki Kubota, chief strategist at Rakuten...

  • TOKYO, April 17- Asian shares edged up in early trade on Friday, on track to score weekly gains and shrugging off a languid performance on Wall Street after another set of lacklustre U.S. economic data. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added about 0.2 percent in early trade, extending a seven-year high touched in the previous session and...

  • China stocks up on stimulus hope, other markets subdued Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 9:40 AM ET

    Major markets in Europe fell amid renewed concerns that Greece could default on its debts. HUGE QUEUE: Netflix added 4.9 million subscribers in the first three months of the year, better than any other quarter since the company started streaming video eight years ago. All told, Netflix finished March with 62 million subscribers around the world.

  • LONDON, April 16- Euro zone government borrowing costs slid to new lows on Thursday, a day after the European Central Bank pledged to fulfill its 1 trillion euro bond-buying program, although regional stocks took a step back from this week's multi-year peaks. Investors also fretted about the deepening crisis in Greece. Credit rating agency Standard& Poor's...

  • TOKYO, April 16- Japanese stocks edged up on Thursday, as buying in oil and mining shares reversed early losses, offsetting profit-taking in recent gainers such as food stocks, while Sharp Corp surged on restructuring hopes. Rising oil prices lifted oil and mining stocks, with Inpex Corp soaring 5.4 percent and Japan Petroleum Exploration gaining 3.8 percent.

  • Greek default fears weighing on European markets Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 2:03 AM ET

    LONDON— European stock markets fell Thursday amid renewed concerns over Greece's future in the euro currency. KEEPING SCORE: European stocks slipped, with Germany's DAX falling 1.6 percent to 12,033 and France's CAC 40 dipping 0.6 percent to 5,222. Greece's main stock market, which has underperformed most of its European peers this week, was 0.8 percent lower.

  • TOKYO, April 16- Japanese stocks slipped to more than a one-week low on Thursday morning as investors cut back on some recent outperformers including food companies and drugmakers, while Sharp Corp surged on restructuring hopes. Rising oil prices lifted oil and mining stocks, with Inpex Corp soaring 3.6 percent, Japan Petroleum Exploration gaining 2.1...

  • TOKYO, April 16- Asian stocks took cues from a global surge in equities and rose on Thursday, while the dollar was on the defensive after weak U.S. economic data. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 0.4 percent. Wall Street shares posted sizeable gains overnight on several strong corporate earnings results and the pan-European...

  • SYDNEY, April 15- Asian markets stumbled on Wednesday as relief China had matched its own growth target was soured by poor readings on consumer demand and industrial activity, underlining the need for more policy action by Beijing. "It doesn't change our view that China needs to cut either reserve requirements or interest rates every month during the next three...

  • *Intel capital expenditure cut hits chip-related shares. *Obayashi gains after raising earnings outlook. TOKYO, April 15- Japan's Nikkei share average was flat on Wednesday as investors took profits on recent gainers such as drugmakers, but expectations that companies will report strong profits supported sentiment.

  • SYDNEY, April 15- Asian share markets took a cautious stance on Wednesday ahead of an anxiously-awaited reading on China's growth pulse, while the dollar nursed losses after a disappointing reading on consumer spending nudged bond yields lower. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was all but flat, while Japan's Nikkei inched down 0.2...

  • *Singapore skips chance to further ease monetary policy. SYDNEY, April 14- Asian share markets got off to a hesitant start on Tuesday as Singapore disappointed expectations of policy easing while Wall Street was weighed down by worries over the corporate earnings season. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was a fraction firmer at 514...

  • TOKYO, April 13- Japan's Nikkei share average ended flat on Monday in choppy trading, with some investors pocketing gains in major stocks such as Toyota Motor Corp after the index touched the key 20,000 level last week. The Nikkei ended flat at 19,905.46 after shifting in and out of positive territory, while the broader Topix underperformed, falling 0.2 percent...

  • TOKYO, April 13- A rally in China's stock markets to seven year highs on Monday kept an index of Asian shares near its highest level since September, as weak Chinese trade data hardened expectations for more economic stimulus measures from Beijing. Exports contracted 15 percent in March from a year earlier, in a surprise drop that left China with a trade surplus of...

  • Japanese shares: The best game in town?   Sunday, 12 Apr 2015 | 11:34 PM ET
    Japanese shares: The best game in town?

    Japan's Nikkei 225 remains an attractive market, thanks to a weak yen, lower oil prices and a pick-up in the nation's consumer spending, says Nicholas Smith, Japan strategist at CLSA.