*China data send Canadian, Aussie dollars lower. LONDON, March 10- The Australian and Canadian dollars lost as much as half a percent against their U.S. counterpart on Monday as a plunge in exports from China underlined the risks of more weakness in one of the big drivers of world growth.» Read More
TOKYO, Sept 19- Japan's land prices fell the least since the global financial crisis in the year to July 1, while commercial land in the three biggest cities rose in value for the first time in the same period, the latest signs that deflation is easing its stubborn grip on the country.
*Germany's DAX hits fresh all-time highs. LONDON, Sept 19- European shares rose strongly on Thursday after the U.S. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index rose 1.3 percent to its highest level since May 2011, while Germany's DAX advanced 1.2 percent to hit fresh all-time highs.
LONDON, Sept 19- The dollar struggled near a seven-month low against a basket of major currencies on Thursday after the Federal Reserve wrong-footed many investors who had positioned for a scaling back in its massive stimulus program.
Germany's DAX hit a new record, France's CAC and the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index hit five-year highs while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index rose to its highest since May 2011. The Fed said on Wednesday it would keep buying $85 billion in bonds per month, defying expectations it would start to scale back that programme by at least $5- 10 billion.
*U.S. crude inventories fall to lowest level since March 2012. SINGAPORE, Sept 19- Brent crude edged up towards $111 a barrel on Thursday, extending gains for a second day after the United States kept its monetary stimulus programme intact, boosting global equity and commodity prices.
TOKYO, Sept 19- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday instructed Tokyo Electric Power Co to decommission the No. 5 and No. 6 reactors at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The other four reactors at the six-reactor plant, devastated by a massive earthquake and towering tsunami in March 2011, are already set to be scrapped.
TOKYO, Sept 19- Sony Corp expects its PlayStation 4 game console to become profitable in much less time than the four years it took the PS3, the head of Sony's game unit said on Thursday. Andrew House told Reuters in an interview that the price of the PS4 is attractive and that he expects this to drive sales.
TOKYO, Sept 19- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to an eight-week high in active trade on Thursday, as commodity stocks led a jump in buying interest after the U.S. Federal Reserve stunned markets by deciding not to start tapering its massive monetary stimulus just yet. The Nikkei rose 1.8 percent to 14,766.18, the highest close since late July.
TOKYO, Sept 19- Honda Motor Co said it is recalling about 405,400 vehicles including the Odyssey minivan in the United States and three other countries due to a glitch in the computer chip used in the airbag system.
TOKYO, Sept 19- As the U.S. Federal Reserve's surprise decision to maintain its stimulus pushed Japanese government bond yields to multi-month lows, data on Thursday showed the Bank of Japan now holds more JGBs than all of the nation's private banks combined, thanks to its own quantitative easing.
*U.S. crude inventories fall to lowest level since March 2012- EIA. SINGAPORE, Sept 19- Brent crude rose towards $111 a barrel on Thursday, extending gains for a second day after the United States kept its monetary stimulus programme intact, boosting global equity and commodity prices.
*Hong Kong property rallies as Treasury yields slide post-FOMC decision. HONG KONG, Sept 19- Hong Kong shares jumped to their highest in more than seven months on Thursday, led by gold-related and interest-rate sensitive counters after the U.S.
SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, Sept 19- The dollar languished near a seven-month low against a basket of major currencies on Thursday after the Federal Reserve wrong footed many investors who had positioned for a scaling back in its massive stimulus program.
TOKYO, Sept 19- Japanese government bond prices rose on Thursday, pushing yields down by 2.5 basis points to 3.5 basis points in the 7- year and longer zone, after the U.S.
TOKYO, Sept 19- Sony Corp aims to sell 5 million PlayStation 4 game consoles in less than five months from a launch that will coincide with the release of rival Microsoft Corp's Xbox One.
NEW YORK, Sept 19- A report funded by Wall Street's largest lobby group laid out the most public justification yet of banks' role in physical commodity markets, a lucrative business now under threat from mounting political and regulatory pressure.
KUSHIRO, Japan, Sept 19- Risks to Japan's recovery are growing because the United States and other major economies may not be able to grow fast enough to pick up the slack from a slowdown in emerging markets, Bank of Japan board member Takahide Kiuchi said on Thursday.
From Jakarta to Manila, Tokyo to Sydney investors celebrated the prospect of prolonged stimulus in the world's largest economy. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan jumped 2.2 percent to a four-month peak. Indonesia's main stock index climbed 4.5 percent, the Philippines 3.1 percent, Australia 1 percent and Japan's Nikkei 1.6 percent.
*U.S. crude inventories fall to lowest level since March 2012- EIA. SINGAPORE, Sept 19- Brent crude rose toward $111 a barrel on Thursday, extending gains for a second day after the United States kept its monetary stimulus programme intact, boosting global equities and commodity prices.
KUSHIRO, Japan, Sept 19- Bank of Japan board member Takahide Kiuchi said on Thursday that he sees risks to Japan's economy tilted to the downside due to heightening uncertainty regarding overseas economies.