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China will cut the level of reserves banks must hold for those that have sizable loans to the farming sector and small- and medium-sized firms.
The dollar rose, getting a lift from fatter Treasury yields and investor anxieties about policy shifts from the ECB.
Japan's Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. has agreed to buy U.S. peer Protective Life for $5.7 billion, the largest acquisition by a Japanese insurer.
Thousands of oncologists, investors, researchers and analysts descended on Chicago for the annual ASCO, the year's biggest cancer research meeting.
General Electric has improved its offer for French train and turbine maker Alstom, with a pledge to create 1,000 jobs in France, sources said.
*Wall Street rise, solid U.S. housing data support sentiment. TOKYO, May 26- Japanese shares climbed to a one-month high on Monday morning, extending its winning streak to a third day, helped by the yen's retreat and a closing record-high for Wall Street on upbeat U.S. housing data.
Bargain hunters sharpening their knives in hopes Thailand’s coup will bring buying opportunities should put the silverware away, Goldman said.
*Sony falls after CEO fails to impress investors with restructuring plans. TOKYO, May 23- Japan's Nikkei share average surged to a four-week high on Friday morning, thanks to upbeat economic data in Japan's two biggest trade partners, with the yen's retreat rounding out an encouraging array of positive catalysts.
Asian stocks ended mostly higher on Thursday on upbeat Chinese data and the Federal Reserve's reassurance that rates would not rise anytime soon.
The historic mandate won by India's BJP party has amped up enthusiasm for Indian stocks, with banks raising their targets for the Sensex index.
Data points from Asia's two biggest economies, the Bank of Japan and the Federal Reserve will likely influence regional markets this week.
*Nikkei turns negative on week, strong yen hits exporters. *Fall in U.S. stocks, yields raise concerns. TOKYO, May 16- Japanese shares stumbled on Friday as the combination of a stronger yen and a second day of declines on Wall Street depressed sentiment, leaving the market poised for the third-week of losses in the past month.
Gold ended above $1,300 an ounce on Wednesday after the dollar and global equities came under pressure.
The euro bounced back thanks to the Bank's of England's loose monetary policy and Asian central banks.
The PBOC's call on the lenders to give priority to first-time home buyers when allocating credit marks a policy shift for the government.
The bond market is giving the stock market angst.
Asian equities were mixed on Thursday in a quiet session with several markets shut for the 'May 1' public holiday.
SYDNEY, May 1- Asian markets suffered only a brief wobble on Thursday as data on China's vast manufacturing sector just missed forecasts, with upbeat earnings news helping Japanese stocks stage their biggest rally in two weeks.
TOKYO, May 1- Japanese shares rallied on Thursday, helped by a record closing high in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and solid earnings from brokerage firms such as Nomura Holdings, and some manufacturers.
*Murata, Fujitsu jump on upbeat guidance. Dow and solid earnings from brokerage firms such as Nomura Holdings, and some manufacturers. "At least he seems to have considered not completely denying future easing," said Eiji Kinouchi, chief technical analyst at Daiwa Securities.