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  • Can elections give Abenomics fresh momentum?  Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 9:32 PM ET

    Japanese Prime Minister Abe needs a solid mandate to make progress on controversial issues like the TPP negotiations, says Kathy Matsui, MD and Chief Japan Strategist at Goldman Sachs.

  • TOKYO, Dec 12- Japanese stocks rose on Friday as Wall Street advanced on strong retail sales, raising hopes for resilience in the U.S. economy that could help offset slowing growth in other major economies. The upbeat retail sales, added to lower unemployment claims and signs of wage growth to come, suggested that the U.S. economy is well-positioned to weather an...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Japanese stocks sagged to a 2- week low on Thursday, as a stronger yen, falling oil prices and downbeat machinery data dampened risk appetite. In its third consecutive day of losses, the Nikkei average fell 0.9 percent to 17,257.40, its lowest since Nov. 27. Shares in major exporters sensitive to fluctuations in the yen slipped, with Panasonic Corp...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Asian stocks fell on Thursday as falling oil prices added to global growth concerns, while the dollar saw a bit of a respite against the yen and euro after successive sharp losses. Spreadbetters expected the bearish tone for equities to continue into Europe, forecasting Britain's FTSE to fall by as much as 0.3 percent at the open, and Germany's DAX and...

  • JGBs edge up as stocks dip, yields touch fresh lows Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 11:08 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 11- Japanese government bond prices inched higher on Thursday, sending some yields to fresh 20- month lows, as they took their cues from sagging stocks. Japan's key gauge of capital spending fell for the first time in five months in October in a sign that business investment may be losing momentum. That was its lowest level since early April 2013, in the...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Asian stocks fell on Thursday as falling oil prices continued to feed into global growth concerns, while the dollar struggled against peers such as the yen and euro after a further drop in U.S. bond yields. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.3 percent as another large decline in oil prices took a heavy toll on energy...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Japan's Nikkei share average is set for a third day of losses on Thursday, hitting a more than three-week low after oil prices slumped, while a strong yen and poor machinery data dampened risk taking. Traders say that falling oil prices are positive for most advanced economies such as the United States and Japan as they are importers of oil, but weak oil...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Asian stocks fell early on Thursday as falling oil prices continued to feed into global growth concerns, while the dollar lost more ground against peers such as the yen and euro after a further drop in U.S. bond yields. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent as another large drop in oil prices took a heavy toll...

  • *China inflation falls to 5- year low of 1.4 pct. LONDON, Dec 10- Oil prices were anchored near five-year lows and Germany's benchmark government bond yield fell to a record low on Wednesday as concerns over Greece's political and financial prospects spurred demand for safety. At 1220 GMT Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.2 percent at 6,542 points, Germany's DAX was up...

  • LONDON, Dec 10- Oil prices were anchored at a five-year low on Wednesday and European stocks recovered from the previous day's selloff after a similar rebound in Chinese shares prompted by hopes that weak inflation will bring more monetary policy easing in China. "watching equities, oil and Greece." At 0845 GMT Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.5 percent at 6563 points,...

  • *China consumer inflation marks 5- year low. TOKYO, Dec 10- Asian shares, the dollar and oil prices all slumped on Wednesday, pulling back as global growth concerns and political uncertainty in Greece prompted a flight to safety. Britain's FTSE 100 was expected to open 18 to 26 points higher, or as much as 0.3 percent; Germany's DAX was seen opening 69 to 78 points higher,...

  • TOKYO, Dec 10- Japanese stocks slipped on Wednesday as a stronger yen prompted investors to sell exporters' shares, while concerns on political uncertainty in Greece and falling oil prices dampened risk appetites. A stronger yen saw exporters Fanuc Corp 6954. T drop 3.3 percent and Nissan Motor Co 7201. T fall 3.4 percent. Toyota Motor Corp 7203. T tumbled 3.1...

  • TOKYO, Dec 10- Japanese government bond prices rose on Wednesday with the benchmark yield declining to a 20- month trough as investors sought the safety of debt when Tokyo shares tumbled. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield fell 2 basis points to 0.395 percent, lowest since April 2013. Tokyo's Nikkei sank 2.6 percent as political uncertainty in Greece spooked world...

  • TOKYO, Dec 10- Japanese stocks tumbled to a near-two week low on Wednesday, as a strengthening yen prompted selling by investors already worried by political uncertainty in Greece, weak global growth and falling oil prices. Fanuc Corp shed 3.3 percent and Nissan Motor Co also fell 3.3 percent. Apart from the stronger yen's negative influence, global worries are...

  • *Skymark soars as ANA says would consider helping it. TOKYO, Dec 10- Japanese stocks tumbled to a more than one-week low on Wednesday morning, as political uncertainty in Greece spooked world markets already under strain from a slide in crude oil prices and worries over global growth. Traders said the benchmark should be supported by its 25- day moving average of...

  • What can take Japanese shares higher?  Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 8:14 PM ET

    Kevin Anderson, Head of Investments, Asia-Pacific at State Street Global Advisors, says a change in corporate tax and more structural reforms will bode well for Japan's stock market.

  • TOKYO, Dec 10- Oil prices were knocked again on Wednesday, with Asian shares and the dollar also pulling back as global growth concerns and political uncertainty in Greece prompting a flight to safety. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.4 percent, while Japan's Nikkei stock average was down more than 1 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- U.S. stock index futures declined on Tuesday, putting the S&P 500 on track to extend losses after suffering its biggest drop since Oct. 22 in the prior session on concerns about global growth. *U.S.-listed shares of Seadrill gained 4.5 percent to $12.09 before the opening bell. John Fredriksen, the biggest owner of the offshore driller, purchased...

  • TOKYO, Dec 9- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday, snapping a seven-day winning streak and pulling away from 7-1/ 2- year highs as a rebound in the yen prompted investors to book recent gains in exporter shares. The Nikkei share average ended 0.7 percent lower at 17,813.38, moving away from 18,030.83, the highest intraday level since July 2007.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 9- Oil prices skidded to fresh five-year lows on Tuesday, pressuring commodity-linked currencies and most Asian shares as a bout of risk aversion rippled through world markets. Brent crude shed 70 cents to $65.49 a barrel, while U.S. crude futures lost another 46 cents to $62.59. Prices are likely to remain around $65 a barrel for the next six to seven...