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  • TOKYO— Asian stock markets crept higher Monday in thin holiday trading, with gains kept in check as investors fretted about a global economic slowdown after data showed U.S. employers added fewer jobs last month. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 1.1 percent to 17,004.30 while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was flat at 4,975.40. Markets were closed in...

  • *Dollar extends Friday's post-payrolls gains. *Much of Asia shut for the Lunar New Year holidays. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Feb 8- The dollar extended its post-payrolls gains on Monday in a sluggish start to the week with the Lunar New Year holidays and the Super Bowl game all but guaranteeing a tepid session in Asia.

  • TOKYO— Asian stock markets were little changed Monday in thin holiday trading as investors fretted about a global economic slowdown after data showed U.S. employers added fewer jobs last month. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.1 percent to 16,827.97 while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was flat at 4,975.00. Markets were closed in China, Hong Kong,...

  • *Lunar New Year closes most markets, with China off all week. *Wall Street skids, led by technology sector. TOKYO, Feb 8- Asian shares got off to a rocky start on Monday after mixed U.S. jobs data helped sink shares on Wall Street, but trade was thin with many regional markets closed for the Lunar New Year holiday.

  • TOKYO, Feb 8- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday he will publish the outcome of investigations the central bank is conducting into a media leak of its impending decision last month to deploy negative interest rates. The online edition of Japanese daily Nikkei ran a story saying the BOJ was discussing adopting a negative interest rate policy...

  • TOKYO, Feb 6- North Korea has brought forward a time frame for the launch of a rocket that it says will carry an earth observation satellite, to begin on Sunday, the Japanese and South Korean governments said on Saturday. North Korea had earlier told the International Maritime Organisation it would launch the rocket some time between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to Feb 18 Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 7:01 PM ET

    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8 LOS ANGELES- Federal Deposit Insurance Corp Chair Martin Gruenberg speaks before the 2016 National Inter-agency Community Reinvestment Conference, "Pathways to Economic Opportunity," sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 12:41 PM ET

    BERLIN— Germany releases industrial production figures for December. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for December, 10 a.m.; Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for December, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Fed Chair Janet Yellen testifies to House committee on monetary policy, 10 a.m.; Embargo on prepared...

  • PARIS, Feb 5- France's Vinci is looking at opportunities to grow in concessions in Latin America and in oil and gas and infrastructures in Iran, as it further expands abroad to counter weak growth at home, its chief executive said on Friday. Vinci was also looking to grow all its businesses in America, notably motorway concessions in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, and...

  • Japanese volcano erupts near nuclear plant Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 6:05 AM ET
    An aerial view of Sakurajima taken in August 2015

    A Japanese volcano about 50 km (30 miles) from a nuclear plant erupted on Friday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

  • OSAKA, Japan, Feb 5- Foxconn should be able to reach a deal to acquire Sharp Corp over the next two to three weeks, after the two firms reached a consensus on most points at a meeting on Friday, Chief Executive Officer Terry Gou said. Foxconn, known formally as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, has officially been given preferred negotiating rights, he told reporters.

  • *On track for worst week since May 2009. LONDON, Feb 5- The dollar inched up from a 2-1/ 2- month low on Friday but was on track for its heaviest weekly loss since 2009, as investors awaited U.S. employment data for justification of the view that the Federal Reserve will not raise rates in 2016.. Commerzbank currency strategist Thulan Nguyen, in Frankfurt, said a weak...

  • Whatever lifts off from North Korea's western coast space center this month, one thing is certain— since rockets and missiles inevitably have overlapping technologies, it will run afoul of U.N. resolutions that have been in place for years to bar North Korea from testing any technology that could be used to develop long-range ballistic missiles.

  • TOKYO— Honda Motor Co. said Friday that it would recall 5.7 million cars worldwide in the latest round of recalls involving Takata Corp. air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel into the vehicle. The total includes 440,000 vehicles in Japan and another 2.2 million in the United States announced earlier this week. Honda spokeswoman Yuka Abe would...

  • Toyota Motor Corp., the No. 1 automaker in global vehicle sales, reported Friday a 627.9 billion yen profit for the October-December fiscal third quarter, up from 600 billion yen a year earlier. Toyota's vehicle production in Japan will be suspended from Feb. 8 to Feb. 13. Over the three month period through December, Toyota's vehicle sales rose in North America,...

  • BOJ board 'surprised' by its own policy move Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 1:49 AM ET

    Just days before the Bank of Japan stunned financial markets, members of the central bank's own policy board had also been taken by surprise.

  • TOKYO, Feb 5- Japan's Nikkei share average fell for a fourth day on Friday on concerns that a stronger yen may squeeze exporters' earnings, while investors awaited U.S. jobs data for clues on the Federal Reserve's policy outlook. The Nikkei dropped 1.3 percent to 16,819.59 points, the lowest closing level since Jan. 26. Bucking the weakness, Sharp Corp soared on...

  • Coming near you: 6M Chinese tourists next week Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 11:13 PM ET
    BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 17: A Chinese traveler sleeps as others read and relax as they wait to leave for the Spring Festival at a local railway station on February 17, 2015 in Beijing, China.

    The Chinese economy may be slowing but that's not stopping a record number of tourists from traveling over Lunar New Year.

  • Why Japan's trading houses are getting hit Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 10:38 PM ET
    Japan Trading Houses

    Seijiro Takeshita from University of Shizuoka explains the impact of the commodities rout on Japan's trading houses.

  • TOKYO, Feb 5- Asian equities were subdued on Friday and the dollar wobbled ahead of the closely watched U.S. jobs report, which could provide clues on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy outlook. Shanghai shares crept up 0.1 percent, South Korea's KOSPI shed 0.1 percent and Australian shares lost 0.7 percent. "The biggest concern for the Japanese market now is...