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Japan's Nikkei 225 index is set to climb further next year, despite already rising more than 70 percent over the past two years, analysts say.
Japan's industrial output posted a surprise drop in November, while inflation slowed, offering fresh signs efforts to kickstart the economy face headwinds.
Asian equity markets were mixed on Friday following weak economic data and as oil prices extended their slide.
The Bank of Japan (BoJ) is set deliver its biannual economic Outlook Report, which may offer clues about the central bank's next move.
The Australian dollar had managed to keep diehard fans among currency traders and analysts, but now some of them are throwing in the towel.
Asian equity markets were mixed on Monday due to geopolitical tensions and weak economic data from the world's two largest economies.
Standard & Poor's may face securities fraud charges for ratings given to six commercial mortgage-backed securities issued in 2011.
Milk prices may unravel the popular carry trade of using currencies such as the yen or U.S. dollar to buy higher-yielding New Zealand dollar assets.
A month after a landslide election win, India's new government finds itself having to take action to fulfill a pledge to contain inflation.
The Philippines posted weaker-than-expected first quarter growth, but Southeast Asia's 'rising star' economy is still rising, analysts say.
Thailand's political instability has dented the economy, but contagion to the region should be little with some countries even benefiting.
Asian equities were mixed on Thursday as robust growth figures from the world's third-largest economy failed to lift sentiment.
Chinese shares outperformed on Monday as investors cheered the latest market reforms while geopolitical tensions weighed on the rest of region.
Riccardo Barbieri, chief European economist at Mizuho International, says UniCredit could be vulnerable the turmoil in Ukraine, given its exposure to eastern europe.
Asian stocks declined on Thursday after a preliminary reading of Chinese manufacturing activity fell to a six-month low.
Asian stocks rallied on Monday following record highs on Wall Street late last week and as attention turned to the region's corporate earnings season.
Lachlan Colquhoun, Head of Markets Analysis at East & Partners says Mizuho's scandal involving loans to criminal groups in Japan could damage the bank's reputation.
Asian stocks experienced a broad sell-off on Monday over weak Chinese factory data and worries about a shutdown of the U.S. government.
The second quarter is shaping up to be a high point for corporate Japan in recent memory, with the majority of companies beating consensus estimates in their earnings reports.
Asian stocks ended mixed on Tuesday with Japan's benchmark Nikkei index leading gains by 2 percent and Sydney shares gaining traction after the Australian central bank left the door open for future easing at its policy meeting.