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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.
Asian shares end mixed on Tuesday amid optimism over the global growth outlook. But bold easing measures from the Bank of Japan failed to lift Tokyo equities and the yen rebounded from a brief sell-off as investors digested the central bank's actions.
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.
Asian shares ended mixed on Monday, taking a breather after hitting multi-month highs.
Kelvin Lau, Senior Economist at Standard Chartered says the recent developments from Beijing towards the offshore market are positive. He believes there will be a 50% rise in Stanchart's RMB Globalization Index in 2013.
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European shares slipped on Friday as disappointing economic data in the UK and U.S. dampened sentiment.
Asian shares ended higher on Friday as encouraging data from the United States and China boosted prospects for the global economy, while the yen hit new lows ahead of next week's Bank of Japan meeting. Both Tokyo and Hong Kong stock markets surged to multi-month highs on the upbeat sentiment.
The yen hit a 2-1/2 year low against the dollar on Friday as markets positioned for the Bank of Japan to take bold action to tackle deflation at a policy-setting meeting early next week.
Dhiren Sarin, Chief Technical Strategist, Asia Pacific at Barclays says the Shanghai Composite is one of his favorite trades for 2013 as the market shows some bullish signs. He expects the market to hit the 2,550 - 2,600 level.
European shares closed higher on Thursday afternoon after stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs data.
David Riedel, President & Founder, Riedel Research Group recommends investing in well-run Hong Kong listed mid-cap companies that have exposure to China.
While China recently introduced new measures to attract more foreign capital into the country, Kingsley Jones, Founder and CIO at Jevons Global says that much of the capital is immobile because investors are not sure where to go.
A recent warning from a Japanese minister about excessive yen weakness continued to underpin the currency.
CNBC's Rick Santelli explains how exports are impacting currency prices.
European shares ended mostly flat on Wednesday, bouncing off intraday lows as many investors used the early dip to boost their exposure to equities.
Asian shares ended in the red on Wednesday as cautious investors waited for crucial economic data from China later this week, while the yen's extended gains spurred profit taking in Japanese equities after their recent rally.