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  • Its dive rubbed off on Hong Kong where the Hang Seng was off 1.1 percent at 23,840.91. CHINA CURBS: The China Securities Regulatory Commission imposed curbs late Friday on margin financing, or borrowing to purchase stocks, following an investigation of the industry. The three affected brokerages, Citic Securities Co., Haitong Securities Co. and Guotai Junan,...

  • TOKYO, Jan 19- Japan's Nikkei share average crawled back from a 2-1/ 2- month low on Monday morning as U.S. stocks rebounded after strong economic data buoyed sentiment, while the weaker yen helped exporters rise. Bucking the strength, Sharp Corp dived 9.1 percent to 229 yen, the lowest since December 2012, after the Nikkei business daily reported that the company is...

  • *China stock markets hit by clamp down on margin trading. SYDNEY, Jan 19- Most Asian share markets followed Wall Street higher on Monday, though investors were wary of being disappointed yet again by economic data from China and policy stimulus in the euro zone. The Shanghai market shed 3.9 percent, while the CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai...

  • LONDON, Jan 16- The shockwaves of Switzerland's move to ditch its currency cap were still being felt on Friday, as investors made a fresh grab for top-rated government bonds, and world shares and commodities headed for another week of losses. For once commodity markets were an area of relative calm as oil climbed to just below $49 a barrel, safe-haven gold cooled...

  • *Fast Retailing, SoftBank together take hefty points off from Nikkei. TOKYO, Jan 16- Japan's Nikkei share average skidded on Friday in volatile trade as risk appetite was dampened by a strong yen after Switzerland stunned markets by abandoning its cap on the franc. Index-heavy shares tumbled, with SoftBank Corp and Fast Retailing Co fell 2.5 percent and 3.7...

  • *Ibiden, Shinko Electric fall on Intel's weaker-than-expected forecast. TOKYO, Jan 16- Japan's Nikkei share average fell 2.3 percent on Friday morning after U.S. stocks dropped for a fifth day and the yen rose after Switzerland abandoned its cap on the franc, hurting Japanese exporters such as electronics and car manufacturers. nearing a one-month low of...

  • TOKYO, Jan 15- Japan's Nikkei posted its biggest daily gain in four weeks on Thursday after rebounding oil prices eased worries about the global economy and as a pause in the rising yen lifted exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp. In its best day since Dec. 19, the Nikkei rose 1.9 percent to 17,108.70 points.

  • TOKYO, Jan 15- Asian stocks mostly edged up on Thursday after a significant rebound in oil and copper prices brought a semblance of calm, while the dollar regained ground lost on disappointing U.S. retail sales. Spreadbetters saw the upward momentum for risk assets being retained in Europe, forecasting Britain's FTSE to open up by as much as 0.5 percent and...

  • *Skymark dives after Asahi says it will not seek help from ANA. TOKYO, Jan 15- Japan's Nikkei gained on Thursday, recovering from a one-month low as rebounding oil prices eased worries about the global economy, while a pause in the rising yen lifted exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp. The Nikkei rose 1.0 percent to 16,970.96 in mid-morning trade.

  • *Copper slide adds to fears over global economic health. The mood among investors remained subdued after a fourth successive drop on Wall Street overnight, pushing MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan down 0.2 percent. Copper skidded to a 5-1/ 2 year low on Wednesday as the recent decline in oil prices amplified fears about the state of the...

  • TOKYO, Jan 14- Japan's Nikkei share average fell 1.7 percent on Wednesday as investors held back due to concerns over plunging oil prices. The Nikkei fell 291.75 points to 16,795.96, its lowest close since Dec. 17. Oil-related shares led the decline, with top refiner JX Holdings falling 4 percent in heavy trade and Showa Shell losing 2.8 percent.

  • TOKYO, Jan 14- Japan's Nikkei share average fell 1.1 percent on Wednesday, with oil-related shares leading the losses as plummeting oil prices showed no sign of abating on worries about the global economic outlook. Although it managed to stay above Tuesday's low, it has slipped below an important support from the Ichimoku cloud top, which comes in around 17,033,...

  • *Retails, prospect of ECB action lifts Europe shares. LONDON, Jan 13- Oil prices slid on Tuesday to their lowest in almost six years, but European shares rose as investors focused on expectations that policymakers would soon take action to prevent the euro zone slipping into deflation. Strength in European shares and the prospect Wall Street would open higher saw...

  • TOKYO, Jan 13- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday as weak U.S. stocks and falling oil prices dampened risk appetite, but a pause in the yen's strength helped the market trim earlier losses. The Nikkei ended 0.6 percent lower at 17,087.71 after falling to as low as 16,828.27, nearing a one-month low of 16,672.94 hit on Dec. 17. The dollar fell as low as 117.74...

  • TOKYO, Jan 13- Asian stocks were mostly firmer after benign Chinese economic data helped offset risk aversion generated by a continuing slide in crude oil prices, while the dollar fell to a one-month low against the safe-haven yen. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan pared earlier losses to rise 0.3 percent after Chinese trade data...

  • This expert bets big on Japan's shares  Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 9:33 PM ET

    Chris Watling, CEO of Longview Economics, says Japan possesses the greatest potential for change, which will generate market upside and earnings growth in the long run.

  • TOKYO, Jan 13- Japan's Nikkei share average fell 2.0 percent on Tuesday after a long weekend as declines in U.S. stocks and weakening oil prices dampened risk appetite, while a strong yen hurt exporters. its one-month low of 16,672.94 hit on Dec. 17. Aeon Co tumbled 5.9 percent to a one-month low after it reported that its operating profit fell 48 percent in the...

  • TOKYO, Jan 13- Asian stocks slipped on Tuesday as a continuing slide in crude oil prices dampened risk appetite, while the dollar nursed losses against the safe-haven yen. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent. "Only the negative aspects of cheaper crude oil have been in focus so far, but attention could turn to its positive...

  • Tracking Japan's growth woes  Sunday, 11 Jan 2015 | 6:50 PM ET

    Richard Harris, Chief Executive at Port Shelter Investment Management, says structural inefficiencies are curbing Japan's growth and explains why a weak Japan won't necessarily impact the world.

  • TOKYO, Jan 9- The Nikkei rose for a third day on Friday on growing confidence in the U.S. economy and hopes of aggressive stimulus steps in Europe, while Fast Retailing Co rose after reporting strong quarterly profits. The Nikkei advanced 0.2 percent to end at 17,197.73 after dipping into negative territory earlier. Index-heavy Fast Retailing gained 0.8 percent...