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  • NEW YORK, Dec 15- The U.S. dollar rose against the euro on Monday on expectations that the Federal Reserve will take a less-dovish stance on monetary policy at the end of a two-day meeting on Wednesday, while risk aversion on lower oil prices underpinned the yen. "The market is setting up for a less-dovish-sounding FOMC this week," said Martin Schwerdtfeger, a foreign...

  • *Europe shares steady after biggest weekly loss in 3-1/ 2 years. LONDON, Dec 15- Oil prices touched fresh 5-1/ 2- year lows on Monday, spurring an emerging market selloff as demand for the safe-haven yen picked up while European stocks stabilised after their worst week since 2011.. Indonesia's rupiah sank to a six-year trough and Russia's rouble hit record lows.

  • FOREX-Yen rises in choppy trading, euro on defensive Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 4:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 15 (Reuters- The yen rose on Monday as financial markets shrugged off Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's widely expected election win, while a new low for euro zone inflation expectations kept the bloc's currency on the defensive. Japan's Nikkei stock average fell 1.6 percent. The euro extended losses against the yen as investors digested the...

  • *BOJ tankan highlights uneven progress of Japan stimulus. TOKYO, Dec 15- The yen climbed against the dollar and euro in extremely choppy trading on Monday, as investors took their cues from slumping Japanese shares and rising risk aversion. Japan's Nikkei stock average was down 1.3 percent in afternoon trade.

  • *BOJ tankan highlights uneven progress of Japan stimulus. TOKYO, Dec 15- The dollar quivered in choppy trading against the yen on Monday as oil prices continued to sink on a weak outlook for global demand, while risk aversion pressured U.S. It remained above a two-week low of 117.44 yen touched last Thursday, and a considerable distance away from a seven-year high...

  • FOREX-Yen gains as Nikkei sags after Japan election Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 7:16 PM ET

    *BOJ tankan highlights uneven progress of Japan stimulus. TOKYO, Dec 15- The yen gained early on Monday after stocks sagged following a big victory for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition in an election on Sunday, while oil prices continued to sink on a weak outlook for global demand. On Friday, the Paris- based International Energy Agency cut its...

  • *Oil price plunge knocks Norway, Canadian dollar lower. NEW YORK, Dec 12- The U.S. dollar cut its losses against the euro, extended gains against the yen and reached an 11- year high against the Norwegian crown on plunging oil prices and stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data on Friday. U.S. consumer sentiment rose to an eight-year high in December, above...

  • *Oil price plunge knocks Norway, Canadian dollar lower. NEW YORK, Dec 12- The U.S. dollar cut its losses against the euro, extended gains against the yen and reached an 11- year high against the Norwegian crown on plunging oil prices and stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data on Friday. U.S. consumer sentiment rose to an eight-year high in December, above...

  • What if Abe’s election gamble doesn't pay off? Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 5:49 PM ET
    Supporters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) at a rally as Prime Minister and ruling LDP leader Shinzo Abe delivers a campaign speech at Omiya, suburban Tokyo on December 9, 2014

    Japan Prime Minister Abe's election gamble is expected to end in a respectable, if not landslide, victory, but some are concerned the bid may fail.

  • Oil's slide a black swan event?  Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:32 AM ET

    Kathy Lien, BK Asset Management; Richard Mallinson, Energy Aspects, and Scott Nations, NationShares, discuss oil's decline, global currencies, and the markets.

  • *Coming up: U.S. Weekly jobless claims, retail sales. SINGAPORE, Dec 11- Gold reversed early gains to move further away from a seven-week high on Thursday as the dollar got some respite against the yen, dulling the metal's appeal as a hedge. Gold tends to fall in tandem with oil as weaker energy prices dull the metal's appeal as a hedge against oil-led inflation.

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Asian stocks fell on Thursday as falling oil prices added to global growth concerns, while the dollar saw a bit of a respite against the yen and euro after successive sharp losses. Spreadbetters expected the bearish tone for equities to continue into Europe, forecasting Britain's FTSE to fall by as much as 0.3 percent at the open, and Germany's DAX and...

  • SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, Dec 11- The dollar inched higher versus the yen on Thursday, getting some respite after falling roughly 3 percent in the past three days as the market unwound stretched positions ahead of the year-end. It touched a two-week low near 117.45 yen earlier on Thursday but later stabilised and last traded at 118.09 yen, up 0.2 percent on the day.

  • Japan bears bet on Abe victory, yen disaster Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:45 PM ET

    An election sweep for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this weekend looks like a safe bet, but some are betting that the consequences for Japan could be calamitous.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 11- The dollar remained on the backfoot early on Thursday, having fallen for a third session against the yen as the market unwound stretched positions to lock in profits with just one full week of activity left this year. The euro retested Tuesday's high of $1.2448, recovering from a 2-1/ 2 year trough of $1.2247. In the near term, whether the Aussie can...

  • Japan bears bet on Abe victory followed by yen disaster Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    TOKYO, Dec 11- An election sweep for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this weekend looks like a safe bet, but some are betting that the consequences for Japan could be calamitous- a collapse in the yen and uncontrolled inflation. The continuation of' Abenomics', a program of money printing and debt-funded spending to lift Japan from two decades of deflation and...

  • FOREX-U.S. dollar slide persists for third day Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 3:26 PM ET

    *Political uncertainty in Greece weighs on markets. NEW YORK, Dec 10- The U.S. dollar fell against the yen for a third straight session on Wednesday as risk appetite diminished amid worries about Greece and the outlook for China, the world's second-largest economy. "Swelling risk appetite, embodied by a relentless push upward in the S&P 500, and a firming U.S. dollar...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 10- Oil prices slumped to five-year lows on Wednesday and U.S. and European equity markets fell as investors withdrew from riskier positions in favor of safe-havens like the Japanese yen. Brent crude oil futures fell to $64.04 a barrel, the lowest since September 2009, before recovering a bit as producers forecast lower demand for oil next year.

  • *Euro climbs, but developments in Greece eyed. NEW YORK, Dec 9- The dollar tumbled on Tuesday, posting its largest one-day loss against the yen in eight months, as investors sought the Japanese currency's safety amid uncertainty in Greece and the weak trend in oil prices. "We're seeing a broad pullback in risk appetite given weak oil prices and concerns about Greece...

  • FOREX-Dollar drops vs yen as risk appetite falters Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

    *Euro climbs, but developments in Greece eyed. LONDON, Dec 9- The dollar plunged across the board on Tuesday, on track for its largest one-day loss against the yen since June 2013, as investors sought the Japanese currency's safety amid uncertainty in Greece and the weak trend in oil. "It's generally position-squaring in the dollar going into the last two weeks of the...