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  • Japan stocks rise on hopes for new stimulus Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 1:58 AM ET

    The latest milestone for the S&P 500 came on a day when the major U.S. stock indexes mostly hovered between small gains and losses as investors weighed the implications of an economic slowdown in Japan that worsened in the third quarter into a recession. "Japan definitely started us on a bit of a negative tone with the economy back into recession," said Chris...

  • TOKYO, Nov 17- Japanese government bond prices rose across the board on Monday after news Japan had unexpectedly slipped into recession, hammering Tokyo stocks. The data showed Japan had entered recession and numbed any concerns the bond market may have had over a delayed sales tax hike eroding fiscal discipline. "It's basically a' sell- Japan' scenario unfolding...

  • TOKYO, Nov 17- Japan's Nikkei share average tumbled 2.6 percent to a one-week low on Monday morning after Japan's economy unexpectedly slipped into recession. The news prompted investors to take profits after recent gains stemming from expectations Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will postpone a planned sales tax hike. Japan's economy unexpectedly shrank an...

  • *But dollar eventually drops as Tokyo stocks slide. TOKYO, Nov 17- The dollar swung wildly against the yen on Monday, initially spiking to a seven-year high after data showed Japan's economy unexpectedly slipped into recession before pulling down as the grim economic news sent Tokyo stocks tumbling. "Dollar/yen has been moving recently in close relationship...

  • *Japan's GDP fall cements views Abe will call election. TOKYO, Nov 17- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Monday morning after Japan's economy unexpectedly slipped into recession, prompting investors to take profits from recent gains on the view that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will postpone a planned sales tax hike. Japan's economy unexpectedly shrank an...

  • TOKYO, Nov 14- Japanese stocks gained on Friday to close near a seven-year intraday high amid choppy trade ahead of Monday's third quarter GDP figures. For the week, the average has added 3.6 percent and since the Bank of Japan's shock easing on Oct 31 it has soared 6.6 percent. Sekisui House was the star performer, adding 6.2 percent after it raised its earnings...

  • Spreadbetters expected the cautious mood in risk assets continuing into Europe, forecasting an effectively flat open for London's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.3 percent. "As Federal Reserve policy shifts towards monetary tightening, the kind of risk aversion stemming from...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.2 percent. "As Federal Reserve policy shifts towards monetary tightening, the kind of risk aversion stemming from emerging markets we saw at the start of the year may take place again," said Junichi Ishikawa, a market analyst at IG Securities in Tokyo. We may see instability continue in...

  • *Asia dips in light of soft China data. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.25 percent. "As the Federal Reserve policy shifts towards monetary tightening, the kind of risk aversion stemming from emerging markets we saw at the start of the year may take place again," said Junichi Ishikawa, a market analyst at IG Securities in Tokyo.

  • *Japan's yen sags as Nikkei rises. NEW YORK, Nov 13- The dollar on Thursday neared a seven-year high against the yen amid heightened speculation that Japan's prime minister will call a snap election next month, and dipped against the euro. "The market seems content to sit in the range here and bide time on the dollar," said Shaun Osborne, chief foreign exchange...

  • *Dow, S&P hit intraday record highs after Wal-Mart results. NEW YORK, Nov 13- U.S. stock prices held firm on Thursday after the Dow and Standard& Poor's 500 reached record intraday highs, while crude fell below $80 a barrel for the first time in four years on further signs of a slowdown in China's economy. Brent crude was last down $2.02 or 2.51 percent at $78.36 a barrel,...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. stocks rise, oil falls below $80 Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    *Wall Street approaches record highs after Wal-Mart results. NEW YORK, Nov 13- U.S. stock prices rose on Thursday, hovering near record highs, while crude fell below $80 a barrel for the first time in four years on further signs of a slowdown in China's economy. Brent crude was last down $1.43 or 1.78 percent at $78.95 a barrel, while U.S. oil futures fell $1.46 to $75.72.

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan were flat, showing a muted response to a flurry of Chinese data which was either in line with or slightly below expectations. Still, Shanghai shares remained near two-year highs in the hope of more foreign buying before the Shanghai- Hong Kong exchange link is launched, as well as policy support to...

  • TOKYO, Nov 13- Japanese stocks rose to fresh seven-year highs on Thursday as investors lapped up a media report that said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to have decided to call an early election amid mounting expectations he would postpone a planned sales tax hike. The Nikkei benchmark ended 1.1 percent higher to 17,392.79, the highest closing level since...

  • Nikkei turns up on report Abe moving to call election Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 12:57 AM ET

    *Takata jumps on Reuters report of changes to air bags. TOKYO, Nov 13- Japanese stocks rose on Thursday afternoon as investors lapped up a media report that said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to have decided to call an early election amid mounting expectations he would postpone a planned sales tax hike. "As the Nikkei has risen above 17,000 and while most...

  • *Takata rises on air bag chemical modification announcement. After big gains in the previous two sessions on expectations Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to delay a second rise in the sales tax in an attempt to keep Japan's sluggish economy recovery on track, investors stepped back to assess the wider economic picture. "I think the mood in the market is...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares weaken ahead of Chinese data Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 7:58 PM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 13- Asian shares slipped slightly on Thursday as investors looked to a run of Chinese economic indicators due later in the day, while Wall Street shares ended a five-day winning streak as falling oil prices hurt energy stocks. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan ticked down 0.1 percent with resource-heavy Australian shares...

  • Global regulators fined UBS AG, HSBC Holdings Plc, Royal Bank of Scotland, JPMorgan and Citigroup Inc $3.4 billion for failing to stop their traders from trying to manipulate the foreign exchange market. "The imposition of fines by the watchdog basically weighed on European bank stocks, and as a result the market is following suit here," said Peter Cardillo, chief...

  • *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,...

  • 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.