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  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Feb 3- The Australian dollar skidded more than one U.S. cent to a six-year low on Tuesday and plunged more than two percent against the yen after the Reserve Bank of Australia slashed interest rates to a record low. The Aussie dropped as far as $0.7650, from around $0.7790 before the central bank's announcement. Against the yen, the Aussie was down 2.2...

  • Nikkei falls as weak U.S. data sours sentiment Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 9:05 PM ET

    *Oil beneficiary stocks underperform as oil prices extend gains. TOKYO, Feb 3- Japanese stocks fell on Tuesday after disappointing U.S. economic data weighted on sentiment, while airlines and rubber makers continued to drop on a rebound in oil prices. "The Japanese market would have been strong if currency investors were taking risks and the strong dollar/yen...

  • QE spawns new acronym—meet ZYNY Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 5:48 PM ET

    The ZYNY world – or zero-yield to negative-yield – is set to drive another wave of yield chasers in the markets, JPMorgan said.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 2- The U.S. dollar hit a more than two-week high against the Swiss franc on Monday on signs that the Swiss National Bank has intervened to weaken the franc, but moved lower against the euro and yen on disappointing U.S. economic data. "The SNB in general feels like the Swiss strength is extremely overdone, and based upon that view, it looks like they're...

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Feb 2- The yen briefly touched a two-week high versus the dollar on Monday, while commodity currencies were fragile as worries about the health of the Chinese economy added to unease following a selloff on Wall Street. The dollar slid to a two-week low of 116.64 yen in early trade, its lowest since Jan. 16, down from around 117.52 late in New York on Friday.

  • *China official PMI falls below 50 for first time in over 2 years. SYDNEY, Feb 2- The yen firmed broadly early on Monday, while commodity currencies softened as worries about the health of the Chinese economy dealt a fresh blow to sentiment already unsettled by a selloff on Wall Street. "The weaker China PMI is likely to reinforce the market's current negative bias...

  • TOKYO, Jan 30- The Bank of Japan has put monetary policy on hold and found backing for its wait-and-see stance from advisors to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who worry more easing could send the yen to damagingly low levels, according to officials in the administration and central bank. This newfound caution from some of the same Abe advisors who urged the BOJ to...

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Jan 30- Commodity currencies nursed hefty losses on Friday, as investors sent the Australian dollar to 5 1/ 2 year lows as they bet on the Australian central bank reducing interest rates when it meets next week. While currencies from energy and resource producing countries, such as Canada and Australia, struggled under the weight of falling energy...

  • Could recalls affect Honda's Q3 earnings?  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:32 PM ET

    Koji Endo, Managing Director at Advanced Research Japan, discusses whether the issue of recalls will threaten Honda's earnings due late Friday.

  • Don't worry about Japan's household spending  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:12 PM ET

    Lower oil prices are a tax cut for Japan so it will only be a matter of time before the benefits show up in Japan's economic data, says Joe Zidle, Portfolio Strategist at Richard Bernstein Advisors.

  • TOKYO, Jan 29- The Bank of Japan has put monetary policy on hold and found backing for its wait-and-see stance from advisors to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who worry more easing could send the yen to damagingly low levels, according to officials in the administration and central bank. This newfound caution from some of the same Abe advisors who urged the BOJ to...

  • FOREX-Dollar firm post-Fed, franc eyed for intervention Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:12 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 29- The U.S. dollar inched higher against the yen and was steady to the euro on Thursday after a Federal Reserve statement which, with some caveats, was read as keeping the bank on track to raise interest rates later this year. That prodded U.S. bond yields lower, but the overall picture, of a steadily improving U.S. economy while Europe and Japan remain mired...

  • Why Nintendo isn't getting the weak-yen boost  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 10:33 PM ET

    Despite having a lot of cash, Nintendo has not deployed it on restructuring efforts hence it is not benefiting from the weaker yen, says Peter Boardman, Managing Director at Tradewinds.

  • Why surprise parties are central banks' new thing Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 5:39 PM ET

    After years of carefully telegraphing their outlooks to the market, central bankers are loosening up with surprise parties, with Singapore the latest to jump in.

  • Nintendo says slack console sales to hit profit Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 12:15 PM ET

    Nintendo issued a profit warning, even as it sells fewer consoles, the sharp weakening of the yen means overseas sales will inflate its net income.

  • FOREX-Dollar firms in cautious trade before Fed statement Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 11:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 28- The U.S. dollar made a tepid advance against the euro and the Swiss franc on Wednesday but fell against the yen before a monetary policy statement from the Federal Reserve. The Fed is expected to release a statement at 2 p.m. EST following a two-day meeting. "This is not so much about the Fed, but whether the U.S. economy can live with a stronger dollar,"...

  • TOKYO/ OSAKA, Jan 28- Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co on Wednesday issued a profit warning with a silver lining- even as it sells fewer consoles, the sharp weakening of the yen means overseas sales will inflate its net income this fiscal year. While operating profit still grew nearly 50 percent in October-December from a year earlier, the third quarter is...

  • The case for buying negative yield bonds Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 8:25 PM ET

    Buying negative-yield bonds -- or paying for the privilege of lending money -- may look like a sucker's game, but some see the opportunity for profits.

  • Japanese banks not getting Abenomics-boost: Pro  Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 10:32 PM ET

    Abenomics is not fueling domestic loan growth as of yet, which in turn limits the earnings of Japanese lenders, says David Marshall, Senior Analyst, Asia-Pacific Financials at CreditSights.

  • What will bring the euro down to $1.10  Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 12:11 AM ET

    Jonathan Cavenagh, Senior FX Strategist at Westpac Bank, expects the euro to stay weak following the ECB's bond-buying program, but the Fed's policy decision this week will determine whether the currency hits $1.10.