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The yen was little changed against the dollar on Wednesday one day after a sharp rally, and traders appeared ready to resume selling the yen.
Shares in Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Italy's third-biggest lender, fell more than 5 percent for the second day in a row on Wednesday on worries of mounting losses on some financial derivative positions which it took in 2008 and 2009.
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The yen pushed higher against the euro and dollar on Wednesday, extending gains from the previous day, when monetary easing from Bank of Japan fell short of some expectations for faster, more aggressive action.
For the first time in recent years, policymakers don't have a major financial crisis to grapple with at this year's World Economic Forum (WEF), which gets under way on Wednesday.
The yen soared 1 percent against the dollar and euro on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan said its open-ended commitment to buy assets would kick in only next year.
U.S. Treasury debt prices were trading little changed as a U.S. Republican proposal for a limited rise in the debt ceiling curbed demand for safe-haven assets.
European shares closed flat on Tuesday as shares of Deutsche Bank weighed heavily on Germany's DAX Index after rumors that the German financial sector regulator had asked it to simulate a split of investment banking and retail operations.
The EU's economic and monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn has told CNBC that he backs the idea of granting an extension to Ireland and Portugal on their bailout loans.
David Bloom, global head of foreign exchange strategy at HSBC, tells CNBC that sterling will come under substantial pressure in 2013.
European companies are under mounting pressure to come clean about overpriced acquisitions after regulators found that losses taken on past deals were suspiciously low. The FT reports.
The yen briefly fell against the dollar on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan surprised markets by adopting an open-ended commitment to buy assets, but later regained ground as the new scheme for additional purchases only comes into effect next year.
European shares closed higher on Monday, managing to hold onto earlier gains as investor sentiment was buoyed by an agreement among U.S. Republicans on Friday to extend the debt ceiling for three months.
Traders backed off short yen positions ahead of a key Bank of Japan meeting, and Iceland's finance minister looks at the euro zone and wants in.
Europe's economies and markets have nothing to fear from the defeat of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party in German regional elections this weekend as the euro zone crisis will be on hold until Germany's national elections in September, analysts told CNBC on Monday.
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