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  • 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...

  • But spreadbetters expected the rebound in equities to peter out in Europe ahead of the U.S. employment data, forecasting Britain's FTSE and Germany's DAX to open little changed and France's CAC to start a shade lower. But optimism about the U.S. economy and prospects of more stimulus from the European Central Bank and China have diffused risk aversion for the...

  • *Fast Retailing contributes hefty gains after strong 1 Q. TOKYO, Jan 9- Japanese stocks extended their gains into a third day on Friday morning after Wall Street rallied on growing confidence in the U.S. economy, while hopes of aggressive stimulus steps in Europe and a pause in sliding oil prices bolstered sentiment. Adding to the improving mood, index-heavy Fast...

  • TOKYO, Jan 9- Asian stocks gained on Friday on upbeat expectations for the closely-watched U.S. jobs data while the euro continued to probe fresh nine-year lows against the dollar. But optimism towards the U.S. economy and prospects of more stimulus from the European Central Bank have diffused risk aversion for the time being. Taking heart after Wall Street...

  • DBS' bullish outlook for Nikkei in 2015  Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 7:41 PM ET

    Lim Say Boon, Chief Investment Officer at DBS Private Bank, expects the Nikkei 225 to hit 22,000 after both the index and dollar-yen broke out of a 20-year downtrend last year. He also expects dollar-yen to hit 128 in 2015.

  • *Europe, Asia stocks up after U.S. snaps 5- day losing streak. LONDON, Jan 8- The dollar hit a nine-year high and stocks worldwide headed for their first back-to-back rise of the year on Thursday, encouraged by expectations for a U.S. rate increase and new stimulus this month from the European Central Bank. Europe's stock markets also advanced: London's FTSE rose 1.9...

  • *Europe, Asia stocks up after U.S. snaps 5- day losing streak. LONDON, Jan 8- The dollar hit a new 9- year high and stocks worldwide headed for their first back-to-back rise of the year on Thursday, as a confident sounding Federal Reserve added to hopes of aggressive new stimulus this month from the European Central Bank. Europe's stock markets also opened strongly...