*Wall Street set for subdued start. LONDON, March 14- Heightened tensions between the West and Russia ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea pushed world stocks to their lowest in more than a month on Friday and left investors scurrying into safe-haven gold and bonds.» Read More
Asian markets were mostly higher Monday while the greenback lost ground as investors looked for U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to quickly roll out hefty economic stimulus spending and a revived plan to buy bad bank assets.
Major Asian markets rose on Wednesday, with markets from Japan to China and Australia logging decent gains, but continued worries about corporate earnings persisted.
Fears of steep losses at corporate bellwethers from Citigroup to Sony hit Asian shares on Tuesday, signaling the extent of the global economic slowdown and bolstering less risky assets such as government debt.
Asian stocks slipped for a fourth consecutive session and the yen climbed against the euro Monday, as a relentless global economic slowdown renewed investor caution about taking on risk.
Asian markets were mixed Friday, with South Korea's Kospi shedding 2 percent after the central bank cut rates.
Asian stocks dropped sharply Thursday, with a recent rebound in investor willingness to take risks jeopardized by dire U.S. private employment data and fears about corporate earnings.
Asian stocks were mostly higher Wednesday, extending their recent rally into an eighth straight day, inspired by hopes massive U.S. government spending and tax cuts will continue to support the dollar and stimulate demand for exports.
Asian markets were mostly higher Tuesday despite some weakness on Wall Street, with shares of Japanese exporters spurred by recent weakness in the yen.
Asian stocks hit a two-month high Monday, with investors betting the global economy will start to recover later this year by shedding some of their big holdings of safe-haven government bonds.
It's a quiet start to the New Year in Asia this Friday, with major markets like Japan and China closed for holidays. Trading volumes are very thin with many investors still away on vacation.
Asian markets ended the last trading session of 2008 mostly higher. However, markets suffered record losses for the whole year.
Asian markets closed mixed Tuesday in thin year-end trading. Oil prices and shares of resource producers rose as violence in the middle east escalated stirring caution among investors and denting the dollar.
Asian stocks closed mixed Monday with Japan pushing back into the black right at the end of the Nikkei's trading session. Bank and financial shares weaker and energy-sensitive shares such as airlines falling on the oil rebound. Trading activity was limited before New Year's holiday.
Asian stocks finished the Christmas Eve session mixed with markets closing early, in holiday-thinned trade Wednesday.
Asia stock markets retreated for a third straight day Tuesday as more investors locked in profits on the year-end rally and prepared to close their books on one of the worst years in decades.
Asia markets were mostly lower Monday though Japan managed to finish higher, while the dollar retreated after the U.S. government's $17.4 billion of rescue loans to ailing automakers last week.
Asian markets were mostly higher, helped by property and bank shares, on hopes policymakers will follow the Fed's lead and cut rates with abandon to spur growth. But the U.S. dollar sank to 13-year lows against the yen.
Asia stocks rose and the U.S. dollar remained under pressure Wednesday after the Federal Reserve cut rates to a record low, paving the way for regional policymakers to take more aggressive actions to support growth.
Asian markets were mostly lower Tuesday, ahead of an expected 10th rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve since the financial crisis began and likely dismal results from Goldman Sachs, while the dollar hit a two-month low against the euro.
Gold has reached a good base of $730 and it looks likely to break out of that negative trend, Robin Griffiths, technical analyst at Cazenove Capital, told CNBC.