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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nikkei falls on U.S. growth concerns; exporters weak Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 10:18 PM ET

    *Engineering shares extend gains on Toyota's fuel cell announcement. TOKYO, June 27- Japan's Nikkei share average slipped on Friday as concerns about U.S. economic growth hurt sentiment and as the stronger yen pulled down exporters.

  • Nikkei flat after rally, lingering Fed optimism supports Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 10:05 PM ET

    *Market cautious over overbought signs in Japanese shares. TOKYO, June 20- Japan's Nikkei share average was flat in choppy trade on Friday as investors booked profits from the previous day's rally, but the mood remained upbeat on lingering optimism the U.S. "The good mood is still lingering," said Kyoya Okazawa, head of global equities at BNP Paribas.

  • Get ready, robots are about to steal your job Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 8:00 AM ET
    Kiva Systems robots sit at a warehouse in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Kiva has seen orders for its warehouse robots surge this year as brick-and-mortar retailers rush to open distribution centers to compete with online merchants.

    Already, companies like Foxconn have plans to replace their entire legion of factory workers with robots. How will this affect job growth?

  • *Kubota down on Thai martial law news. TOKYO, May 20- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Tuesday morning, snapping a four-day losing streak supported after dropping its plan to buy mobile network operator eAccess Ltd from SoftBank Corp. However, gains were limited by expectations that the Bank Of Japan may not ease policy further any time soon.

  • TOKYO, May 15- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to outline plans to improve corporate governance as part of an updated economic strategy next month, aiming to overturn Japan's reputation for neglecting shareholders and salvage his reform credentials.

  • *Nikon hits lowest since March 2011 on profit decline f'cast. *Sony, megabanks' earnings eyed on Wednesday. TOKYO, May 14- Japan's Nikkei average edged down on Wednesday, slipping from a 1-1/ 2- week high on profit-taking after big gains the previous day, while Kadokawa Corp and Dwango Co soared on a media report that the two firms plan to merge.

  • Asian stocks were mixed on Friday following a subdued Chinese inflation report and as traders kept a close eye on developments in eastern Ukraine.

  • Japanese shares fell 1 percent on Thursday as investors were disappointed with the lack of a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

  • *Canon expects 16.9 bln yen boost to operating profit from weaker yen in 2014. TOKYO, April 24- Canon Inc inched up its 2014 operating profit target on Thursday due to strong sales of office copiers and printers in the first quarter, and said a reshuffle of its camera line-up had also helped boost margins.

  • TOKYO, April 24- Canon Inc raised its full-year operating profit target by a slight 1.4 percent after strong sales of office copiers and printers in the first quarter.

  • Asia shares mixed in choppy trade despite US rally Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 6:43 AM ET

    Asian stocks ended mixed on Wednesday in a choppy session with activity subdued ahead of Friday's Easter holidays.

  • TOKYO, April 17- Japan's Nikkei share average was flat in choppy trade on Thursday morning as profit-taking from the previous day's big gains offset strength in U.S. shares which rose on confidence that the Federal Reserve will keep the interest rates low.

  • Asian equities were mixed on Tuesday after data showed money supply in the world's second largest economy grew its weakest pace in more than decade.

  • *Toyota falters on recall of vehicles, BoFA Merrill cuts rating. Federal Reserve eased worries over the timing of rate hikes, though Toyota Motor extended losses as investors punished it for its latest global recall of vehicles.

  • HP CEO to flesh out 3-D-printing entry in June Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 6:43 AM ET

    Hewlett-Packard will outline plans to enter the commercial 3-D-printing market in June.

  • *Foreigners sold record 1.09 trillion yen in Japan shares last week. TOKYO, March 20- Japanese stocks retreated from one-week highs on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen raised the prospect of interest rate hikes starting earlier than previously thought, sparking a selloff in equity markets and lifting the U.S. dollar.

  • Asian shares were mixed on Wednesday due to caution over the Federal Reserve's policy meeting and the health of China's property market.

  • TOKYO, March 19- Asia's top companies were slightly more upbeat in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, but concerns over the global economy and rising costs continued to weigh on sentiment, the latest ThomsonReuters/INSEAD Asia Business Sentiment Survey showed.