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  • *Japan machinery orders hit 7- yr highs, German exports surge. SINGAPORE, July 9- Crude oil prices bounced on Thursday on strong economic data from Japan and Germany, and as Chinese stocks picked up after the government launched new steps to stop a rout in its share markets. Demand for oil was also supported by the return from maintenance of a 120,000- barrels per day...

  • *Greek debt crisis, China's slowdown pose some risks. TOKYO, July 9- The value of Japan's core machinery orders rose to a 7- year high in May and were up for the third-straight month, adding to recent evidence of a steady pick-up in spending by firms and raising hopes of a more durable economic recovery. Thursday's data and a key central bank survey last week suggest...

  • TOKYO, July 9- Japan's core machinery orders in May unexpectedly grew for a third straight month, with the total value reaching a 7- year high and adding to recent evidence of a steady pickup in business spending seen as vital for a durable economic recovery. The Cabinet office said the value of core orders reached its highest levels since June 2008.

  • TOKYO, July 9- Japan's core machinery orders unexpectedly rose 0.6 percent in May from the previous month, up three months in a row, the Cabinet Office said on Thursday, in a sign that capital spending is steadily picking up. The rise in core orders, a highly volatile data series regarded as an indicator of capital spending in the coming six to nine months, compared...

  • *Core orders +3.8 pct m/m vs forecast -2.0 pct. TOKYO, June 10- Japan's core machinery orders unexpectedly rose in April at the fastest pace in four months, in a sign companies are turning more optimistic about business investment as domestic demand strengthens. "Capital expenditure is headed in the right direction, reflecting an improvement in domestic demand,"...

  • Japan April core machinery orders up 3.8 pct mth/mth Tuesday, 9 Jun 2015 | 7:54 PM ET

    TOKYO, June 10- Japan's core machinery orders unexpectedly rose 3.8 percent in April from the previous month, the Cabinet Office said on Wednesday, in a sign that capital expenditure is gaining strength. The rise in core orders, a highly volatile data series regarded as an indicator of capital spending in the coming six to nine months, compared with the median...

  • TOKYO, June 5- Japan's economy was expected to expand faster pace than initially projected in the first quarter, helped by a pickup in capital spending, a Reuters poll showed, suggesting firms' business investment supports gradual economic recovery. Data due next week is also seen as likely to show Japan's core machinery orders slipped in April, but analysts see...

  • *March core orders +2.9 pct vs forecast +1.8 pct. TOKYO, May 18- Japan's core machinery orders grew in March for the first time in two months but they are seen sliding in the current quarter, suggesting that weak capital spending could further sap momentum from an economy struggling to rebound from a recession. "Japanese firms are not in a situation where they can...

  • *March core orders +2.9 pct vs forecast +1.8 pct. *Core orders up 3rd straight qtr, seen down ahead. TOKYO, May 18- Japan's core machinery orders grew in March for the first time in two months but they are seen slipping in the current quarter, suggesting that weak capital spending could further sap momentum from an economy struggling to rebound from a recession.

  • TOKYO, May 18- Japan's core machinery orders increased 2.9 percent in March from the previous month, rising for the first time in two months, the Cabinet Office said on Monday, in a sign of a pick-up in business investment. The rise in core orders, a highly volatile data series regarded as an indicator of capital spending in the coming six to nine months, compared with...

  • Japan's machinery orders recover in March Sunday, 17 May 2015 | 7:53 PM ET

    Japan's machinery orders rose 2.9 percent on month in March, slightly better than the 1.8 percent forecast from a Reuters poll of economists.

  • Is your kid playing with your capex? Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 7:02 PM ET

    Companies – even new ones – appear to be skipping out on capex, but that spending may just not get counted because your kid is playing with it, UBS said.

  • *Japan Inc, wary of outlook, cautious about boosting spending. TOKYO, April 13- Japan's core machinery orders fell for a second straight month in February in a sign that business investment remains soft, and analysts say the smaller-than-expected decline won't necessarily allow policymakers to relax given an uncertain economic outlook.

  • *Japan Inc, wary of outlook, cautious about boosting spending. TOKYO, April 13- Japan's core machinery orders, a key gauge of capital spending, fell for a second straight month in February in a sign of soft business investment that could challenge policymakers' efforts to shake off decades of economic malaise. But weak capital spending plans for the new fiscal year...

  • TOKYO, April 13- Japan's core machinery orders fell 0.4 percent in February from the previous month, Cabinet Office data showed on Monday, suggesting companies were cautious about raising capital spending amid uncertainty over the economic outlook. The fall in core orders, a highly volatile data series regarded as an indicator of capital spending in the...

  • *Europe's manufacturing center shifts to Germany and hinterland. *UK, France, Spain and Italy seen losing industrial capacity. BRUSSELS, March 15- Once depicted as a "Blue Banana" stretching from Manchester to Milan, Europe's industrial heartland has moved eastwards just as its political center of gravity has shifted to Germany.

  • TOKYO, March 11- Japanese share prices shook off a dismal performance on Wall Street the previous day to post gains on Wednesday, helped by buying of construction firms and other shares on hopes of recovery in the domestic economy. Machinery manufacturers were also helped after Japan's machinery orders were slightly above market expectations while some...

  • TOKYO, March 11- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Wednesday, with better-than-expected machinery orders offsetting the downdraft from weaker U.S. markets, which fell on growing views that the Federal Reserve may raise rates as soon as June. "The market started to worry about side effects from a further slide in the yen," said Hiroichi Nishi, general manager at...

  • *Jan machinery orders -1.7 pct vs f'cast -4.1 pct. TOKYO, March 11- Japan's core machinery orders fell 1.7 percent in January from the previous month, underscoring the challenges facing the government as it attempts to nudge firms into boosting spending on wages and equipment with its aggressive stimulus policies. "Capital spending is recovering, although at a...

  • *Jan machinery orders -1.7 pct vs f'cast -4.1 pct. TOKYO, March 11- Japan's core machinery orders fell 1.7 percent in January, suggesting that companies remain reluctant to increase capital expenditure given the uncertain economic outlook. The data underscores the challenges Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Bank of Japan face as they attempt to nudge firms...