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TOKYO, Dec 28- Major Japanese firms plan to use their excess cash next year on capital investments and M&As rather than higher salaries, according to a Reuters poll, showing few businesses plan to heed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's call for wage hikes. Telecommunications company NTT, seasoning maker Ajinomoto Co Inc and Asahi Kasei Corp were among the 21 firms...
Japan's Nikkei share average ended a shade lower in holiday-thinned Christmas trading, with the slightly stronger yen capping risk appetite.
Asian markets ended mostly a tad higher Tuesday, as the jolly fat man delivered a glimmer of green in the little time left to trade before the holiday.
Most Asian stock markets fell Thursday, taking cues from a weak finish in the U.S.
While fresh geopolitical fears after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane sent most Asian equities lower, oil prices and some energy plays saw gains.
Asian equity markets finished mixed on Tuesday afternoon, following a lower finish from Wall Street overnight.
Asian shares rebounded from the prior day's sell-off, as investors take heart from the rally on Wall Street.
Asian stocks mostly edged up on Wednesday following fresh economic data from China that largely met expectations.
Asian shares retreated on Tuesday, as a fresh batch of Chinese data added to the uncertainty from a looming rate hike in the U.S.
Asian markets traded mixed Wednesday, with losses in energy plays counterbalanced by gains in Japan shares on stimulus hopes.
Asian stocks mostly extended their rally on Monday after another rate cut in China fueled risk appetite.
Asian shares traded mixed on Monday after China's gross domestic product showed the world's second-biggest economy cooled lesser than expected.
Asian stocks marched higher on Thursday after weak U.S. data overnight heightened expectations that the Fed will hold off raising interest rates.
Asian equities kicked off the fourth quarter on a positive note, as an overnight rally on Wall Street spurred risk appetite.
Asian equity markets were mixed on Monday, with data from the world's second largest economy in focus.
Asian shares outside Japan advanced on Friday after the Fed decided to hold off on its first rate hike in nearly a decade.
Asian shares advanced on Wednesday, with markets in China spiking in the final minutes of trade to clinch their best single-day gain since August 27.
Asian stocks declined on Friday, as investors awaited the U.S. nonfarm payrolls report for August.
Asian share markets went through a roller-coaster ride on Wednesday amid persisting concerns over the health of China's economy.