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  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan recovered to be a fraction firmer. Indices in Australia, Singapore and China were all higher, while Japan's Nikkei pared its losses to be off just 0.26 percent. It was notable that MSCI's index of emerging market stocks actually rose on Thursday having hit a 17- month peak earlier in the week.

  • Nikkei falls for 5th day, hit by Portugal bank fallout Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 9:53 PM ET

    TOKYO, July 11- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped for a fifth day to a fresh 1 1/ 2- week low on Friday morning as concerns about the financial health of Portugal's top listed bank turned investors risk-averse.

  • Tensions in the Middle East also continued to simmer with Israeli officials seeming to hint at a possible assault on Gaza by ground forces. Japan's Nikkei fell 0.7 percent, while Australia eased 0.4 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.3 percent.

  • *Relatively weak auction of $13 billion of 30- year bonds. Treasuries prices rose on Thursday, with benchmark yields falling to their lowest in five weeks as investors scrambled for low-risk bonds on worries that problems involving Portugal's biggest listed bank may rekindle the region's financial woes.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Portugal woes sink European stocks Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 7:28 AM ET

    *Earnings, valuations concerns dominate in Europe. LONDON, July 10- Europe's debt-sodden periphery was back at the top of the list of financial concerns on Thursday, troubles around Portugal's biggest listed bank pushing shares sharply lower and quelling demand for an issue of bonds by Greece.

  • TOKYO, July 10- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped for a fourth day to a fresh 1-1/ 2- week low on Thursday as worse-than-expected machinery data soured sentiment and U.S. Federal Reserve minutes suggested the end of its stimulus was a sign of economic strength. The Nikkei dropped 0.6 percent to 15,216.47, the lowest closing since June 30.

  • *Asia up as Wall St rises with Fed in no hurry to end QE. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.3 percent. It's still unrealistic to count on exports to be an important contributor to economic growth, "said Wang Jun, an economist at the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges in Beijing.

  • Nikkei flat as poor machinery data offsets Fed optimism Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 9:43 PM ET

    *Benesse dives to 2-1/ 2- month low after data leak. TOKYO, July 10- Japan's Nikkei share average was flat on Thursday in choppy trade as worse-than-expected machinery data soured sentiment after minutes from the U.S. It had dropped 0.1 percent to 15,302.65 on Wednesday, its lowest closing level since June 30.

  • *Asia up as Wall St rises with Fed in no hurry to end QE. *Focus on China trade data at 0200 GMT. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.2 percent.

  • *Chinese inflation data hits stocks, outweighs Alcoa earnings beat. LONDON, July 9- World stocks fell on Wednesday as cooling Chinese inflation overnight added to weak European industrial data earlier in the week, pointing to slowing global growth and eclipsing a positive start to the U.S. earnings season.

  • TOKYO, July 9- Asian stocks extended losses to a one-week low on Wednesday after China's consumer inflation cooled slightly more than expected in June, pointing to lingering weakness in the economy.

  • JGBs lifted by sagging stocks, rallying Treasuries Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 10:13 PM ET

    TOKYO, July 9- Japanese government bond prices were mostly firmer on Wednesday, lifted by sagging Tokyo shares and an overnight rally by U.S. Superlong JGB maturities lagged slightly, weighed by Thursday's 700 billion yen 30- year debt auction. Tokyo's Nikkei fell to a one-week low in the wake of a broad selloff on Wall Street.

  • TOKYO, July 9- Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a fresh one-week low on Wednesday morning as U.S. stocks beat a retreat before the start of the earnings season, and the stronger yen hurt exporters. Bucking the weakness, ANA Holdings rose 1.3 percent after CLSA hiked its rating to' buy' from' outperform' citing its strong inbound and outbound traffic.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks slip, dollar slumps Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 8:29 PM ET

    *Investors await China inflation data. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down about 0.2 percent in early trade, and Japan's Nikkei stock average dropped about 0.6 percent. Traders were awaiting China inflation data at 0130 GMT for further clues on whether the economy is stabilising, ahead of seonc-.

  • *Asian markets mixed, Japan down while Indonesia extends rally. SYDNEY, July 8- Asian stocks tracked sideways on Tuesday as Wall Street turned cautious ahead of the corporate reporting season while earnings guidance from regional tech heavyweight Samsung came in well short of forecasts.

  • Nikkei drops as pension buying slows, Wall St sags Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 2:10 AM ET

    TOKYO, July 8- Japanese shares dropped on Tuesday, pressured by an apparent halt in buying by public pension funds, losses on Wall Street and caution ahead of corporate earnings. Japan's Nikkei share average fell 0.4 percent to 15,314.41.

  • *Asian markets mixed, Japan's Nikkei suffers setback. SYDNEY, July 8- Asian stocks were subdued on Tuesday as Wall Street turned cautious ahead of the corporate reporting season and earnings guidance from regional tech heavyweight Samsung came in well short of forecasts.

  • TOKYO, July 8- Japanese shares fell to one-week lows on Tuesday, pressured by an apparent halt in buying by public pension funds, losses on Wall Street and caution ahead of corporate earnings.

  • *Asian markets mixed, Japan's Nikkei suffers setback. SYDNEY, July 8- Asian stocks were subdued on Tuesday as Wall Street turned cautious ahead of the corporate reporting season and as earnings guidance from regional tech heavyweight Samsung came in well short of forecasts.

  • Profit-taking pulls Nikkei from 5-1/2-mth high Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 2:22 AM ET

    TOKYO, July 7- Japanese shares fell on Monday as profit-taking kicked in after it advanced to a 5-1/ 2- month high in the previous session. But traders said the market was underpinned by expectations of further buying by domestic pension funds, which has been a major driving force behind the market's rally in the last two months.