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  • LONDON, Aug 28- The dollar eased against a basket of major currencies for the first time in four days on Friday, with investors awaiting fresh comment from the U.S. Against the yen, the greenback dipped below 121 yen, still a remarkable recovery from Monday's seven-month low of 116.15. The yen gave a muted reaction to data showing Japan's inflation slowed to zero...

  • *Olam to use funds for key acquisitions. *Olam to issue new shares to Mitsubishi at S $2.75/ share. SINGAPORE, Aug 27- Mitsubishi Corp's decision to spend $1.1 billion for one fifth of Olam International is a key vote of confidence that will allow the Singapore agri-trader to exploit M&A opportunities thrown up by the slump in the global commodities market.

  • The law approved by a vote of 230-1 in the House of Councillors is intended to promote greater gender equality and counter labor shortages that are arising as Japan's population ages and declines. Japan now lags most other industrial countries in this respect, and Abe has spearheaded various empowerment initiatives, vowing to make it a society where "women...

  • *Dollar supported by robust U.S. LONDON, Aug 28- The dollar held steady against a basket of major currencies on Friday as a sense of calm returned to financial markets, capping off a tumultuous week when the greenback hit seven-month lows against the euro and the yen. It last stood at 121.05 yen.

  • *Financing more common in China for foreign and luxury brands. BEIJING, Aug 28- When China's central bank singled out auto financing companies for extra help on Tuesday, it effectively freed up more than 200 million yuan for Volkswagen AG's China finance unit, which it can use to boost falling car sales, a top official said on Friday. Volkswagen Finance Co Ltd is...

  • TOKYO— The backdrop to the wild drama in financial markets over the past few weeks is a less dramatic but more daunting reality: the deep-seated challenges for sustaining long-term growth, especially for aging economies like Japan's. Japan released data Friday showing its economy has yet to escape the doldrums more than two years after Prime Minister Shinzo...

  • TOKYO, Aug 28- Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Friday, with the negative impact from rallying Tokyo shares and an overnight retreat by U.S. Treasuries offset by the Bank of Japan's regular debt buying. Japan's Nikkei surged more than 2 percent, helped by further gains on Wall Street after strong U.S. economic data buoyed sentiment that had...

  • TOKYO— Japan's inflation rate dropped to its lowest level in more than two years in July and household spending also slowed, data that likely will raise pressure on the central bank to up its barrage of monetary stimulus. Many economists are forecasting a renewed expansion in the current quarter, though weakening demand for exports to China and other emerging...

  • EDINBURGH, Scotland- Bank of England's Executive Director of Prudential Policy David Rule at the Credit Scoring and Credit Control XIV Conference, University of Edinburgh. REYKJAVIK- Launch of Economic Survey of Iceland 2015. NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren speaks on the economic outlook before the Forecasters Club of New...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 27- Stock around the world rallied on Thursday, shaking off a slump related to China growth fears, as strong U.S. economic data boosted investor sentiment and crude oil rebounded sharply. All three major U.S. indexes were up less than 1 percent in afternoon trade, trimming earlier gains, following share rebounds in China and Europe.

  • *Eyes on central banker meeting in Jackson Hole. NEW YORK, Aug 27- Stock markets around the world rallied on Thursday, helped by strong U.S. economic data and after a U.S. "The bounce in Wall Street and stabilization in Asia are causing the market to rally back," said Clairinvest fund manager Ion-Marc Valahu.

  • LONDON, Aug 27- Stocks rose around the world on Thursday, following the biggest gains on Wall Street in four years, after a U.S. Germany's DAX, France's CAC 40 and Britain's FTSE 100 were all up more then 2 percent. "Financial market volatility has increased the likelihood that the first Fed hike will occur later than the September meeting," said Angela Hsieh at...

  • US stocks open higher after Chinese market surges Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 3:29 AM ET

    BEIJING— China's main stock index surged 5.3 percent Thursday, its biggest gain in eight weeks, as markets across Asia advanced in the wake of Wall Street's rebound, giving investors some relief after gut-wrenching global losses. Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 2.9 percent to 21,697.31 and Tokyo's Nikkei 225 added 1.1 percent to 18,574.44.

  • TOKYO, Aug 27- Japan's Nikkei share average extended the previous day's gains on Thursday after a strong rebound on Wall Street and continued calm in Chinese markets eased investors' fears of a prolonged global market rout. North America and Europe are doing just fine and that's what really drives things as far as Japan is concerned--the shopping malls of rich...

  • Asian stocks rise after US data calms investor nerves Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 12:49 AM ET

    Investors were in a buying mood again on Thursday, driving U.S. stocks higher for the second straight day as they took advantage of this month's sell-off. Energy stocks surged as the price of U.S. oil jumped more than 10 percent, closing back above $40 a barrel. "Asset prices sold off so much and so drastically, people went in and did start to bottom-fish," said David Lyon,...

  • TOKYO, Aug 27- Japanese government bond prices slipped on Thursday as Tokyo stocks extended gains on the back of ebbing risk aversion. Two-year JGBs have attracted steady investor demand as the Bank of Japan's debt-buying scheme has made short-term six-month and one-year bills in short supply. Japan's Nikkei share average rose one percent on Thursday, adding...

  • Still, some investors remained on edge, after European shares slid nearly 2 percent overnight and ahead of more readings on China's factory and services sector activity early next week. Markets around the world plunged earlier in the week as a slump in Shanghai shares fueled worries over China's economic health, but some calm returned after Beijing rolled out...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 26- China's economic slowdown should not harm Japan's exports very much in coming years, and falling oil prices will not stop the Bank of Japan from hitting its inflation target, BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Wednesday. Kuroda, addressing a New York audience, said China's economy is likely to slow further although he predicted growth in its...

  • BoJ's Kuroda: Don't be too pessimistic on China Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 10:04 PM ET

    Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda says China's economic slowdown should not harm Japan's exports.

  • *China stocks still a wild card. Stock markets around the world had tumbled earlier in the week as a slump in Shanghai shares fueled worries over China's economic health, but some calm returned after Beijing rolled out strong policy easing steps late on Tuesday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.4 percent early on Thursday,...