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  • WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve of New York releases its February survey of manufacturers, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for January, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases housing starts for January, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for January, 9:15 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases...

  • Feb 12- Now markets have delivered their verdict on inflation- it's not picking up any time soon- economic data due next week will show whether price pressures are rising meaningfully or falling back in some of the world's major economies. Sweden's Riksbank also slashed its repo rate to -0.50 percent on Thursday, partly as insurance against expectations that...

  • *U.S. export sales, China return boost soybean market. *Wheat traders eye Egypt tender result after ergot row. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Feb 12- Chicago soybeans extended gains to one-week highs on Friday, as higher than expected U.S. export sales and the prospect of post-holiday demand in China boosted demand prospects.

  • Japanese markets punished

    A look at Japanese stocks and margins.

  • LONDON, Feb 12- The yen was firm on Friday, on track for its biggest weekly rise against the dollar since late 2008, as deepening worries about global growth and whether policymakers have enough ammunition to respond to it underpinned flows into safe-haven currencies. Japanese officials stepped up their attempts to talk the yen down, with Finance Minister Taro...

  • Consumers in China and India tend to typically buy gold in jewellery form, swooping in to hunt bargains or if they are confident of a sustained rally. A lack of interest from China and India- which together account for about 45 percent of world gold demand- could put a dent on the metal's biggest rally in years, though panic buying of gold coins and bars led by Western...

  • *Could go to $1,300 if stocks don't stop falling- Standard Bank. SINGAPORE, Feb 12- Gold on Friday clung to sharp overnight gains that pushed the metal to a one-year high, and looked set to post its best week in over four years as stock market turmoil stoked safe-haven demand. Spot gold rose to as high as $1,260.60 an ounce on Thursday, its highest since February last...

  • TOKYO— European stocks rose Friday, shrugging off a bad day in Asia, as the sell-off in banking shares abated and oil prices rebounded from a 12- year low. Germany's DAX was up 1.4 percent at 8,873.93 and Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1.7 percent to 5,631.27. Shares in Germany's Commerzbank AG jumped 17 percent after it announced its first dividend since 2007 and upbeat...

  • TOKYO, Feb 12- Japanese government bond prices slipped on Friday as profit taking emerged after a volatile week that saw debt yields sink to record lows. Bond yields had declined steadily after the BOJ adopted negative rates on Jan. 29. Mediocre demand at Friday's liquidity-enhancing auction, under which the Ministry of Finance sells existing JGB issues to the...

  • *Rapid drop vs yen leads to speculation of Japan intervention. TOKYO, Feb 12- The dollar nursed losses on Friday that have put it on course for steep weekly drops against major currencies, with many investors favouring the perceived safe-haven appeal of the yen amid sinking global markets. Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso adopted stronger rhetoric, saying...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 12- Chicago soybeans climbed to a one-week high on Friday, rising for a second session on support from strong demand for U.S. exports as the market eyes the return of Chinese buyers to make further purchases. Chicago Board Of Trade most-active soybeans are up 0.9 percent this week, partially recouping last week's 1.7 percent loss.

  • TOKYO— Japan's main stock index dived more than 5 percent Friday, leading other Asian markets lower, after a sell-off in banking shares roiled investors in Europe and the U.S. Shares in New Zealand, Taiwan and Thailand fell while Singapore and Indonesia rose. Markets in China and Taiwan are closed until Monday for Lunar New Year holidays.

  • Japan's negative rate policy should have weakened the yen, but instead it's spurred a rally as appetite to use the currency to fund other bets wanes.

  • *Rising yen, falling stocks undermines Japan's economy. TOKYO, Feb 12- Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday the government would take necessary steps to deal with currency volatility, the minister's strongest hint of intervention since the yen began its surge this month. The dollar fell below 111 yen on Thursday to hit its lowest level since October...

  • Japanese economy outlook

    Markets are overreacting to the stronger yen and BOJ's negative interest rates policy, remarks John Vail from Nikko Asset Management Americas.

  • *Rapid drop vs yen leads to speculation of Japan intervention. TOKYO, Feb 12- The dollar fell on Friday headed for steep weekly losses, as investors braced for another day of cratering sentiment and waited to see whether Japan would act to stem its currency's slid. "The BOJ's negative interest rate policy has less effect on encouraging more liquidity by banks but...

  • TOKYO, Feb 12- Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday he hopes the Group of 20 finance leaders gathering in Shanghai later this month will consider a global policy response in the wake of the recent market turmoil. "I want to consider if there are ways that the G20 countries can cooperate in response to recent market turmoil," Aso told reporters at a...

  • Japan govt official says recent yen moves "rough" Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 6:07 PM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 12- A Japanese government official said on Friday that recent exchange-rate moves have been "rough," but declined to comment on whether Tokyo would directly intervene in the market to arrest sharp yen rises against the dollar. "Recent exchange-rate moves have been rough. The dollar fell below 110 yen on Thursday to hit its lowest level since October 2014,...

  • Japan Post hurt by negative rates: Investor Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 5:48 PM ET
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    Jesper Koll from Wisdom Tree Japan says the BOJ's negative rates have decked Japan Post but its restructuring plans are good.

  • Global markets have entered something resembling a tailspin, with the impetus most likely being the introduction of negative rates in Japan and further moves below zero in Europe. Fed Chair Janet Yellen told Congress on Thursday that regarding negative rates, "I wouldn't take those off the table," though she also allowed that the legal position was unclear.