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Most Asian markets fell Friday after the Bank of Japan's less-than-expected rate cut halted a powerful three-day rally, sending safer havens such as regional bonds and the yen higher.
Asian markets soared Thursday with Japan and South Korea making double digit gains on international efforts to provide liquidity to emerging markets and global prospects of lower borrowing costs.
Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday, with Japan's Nikkei surging over 7% near the close of trade. South Korean shares though dropped into the red plunging as much as 7%, but paring back losses to close down 3%.
The majority of Asian stock indexes closed in positive territory Tuesday, despite highly a volatile session where stocks struggled to find direction. The Hang Seng ended 14.3 percent higher and the Nikkei 225 finished 6.4 percent higher after spending most of the morning session in the red.
Asian shares extended losses Monday, with Japan's Nikkei hitting its lowest intraday level since 1982, as investors feared fresh moves expected from central banks this week will not be enough to stave off a deep global recession.
Asian markets were massacred Friday, led by South Korea's 10.6% plunge and Japan's 9.6% tumble, as the global economic slowdown slashed earnings prospects for an array of companies.
Asian markets' climb gained traction amid a choppy session on Monday, led by Hong Kong's 4 percent rally. But recession jitters continued to keep investors cautious.
Asian markets were battered as the Nikkei plunged more than 11 percent and South Korea tumbled 9.4 percent, as oil prices dropped to a one-year low Thursday after downbeat U.S. economic data spread fears of a more protracted and sharp global slowdown than initially expected.
Asian markets fell and gold rose Wednesday on investor worries of lower corporate earnings in a weakening global economy, even as money markets continued to heal gradually.
Asian stocks surged, with Japan's Nikkei finishing 14% higher Tuesday after governments around the world readied plans to take stakes in banks to keep the global financial system from collapsing.
Asian stocks bounced from a four-year low Monday after policymakers around the world took increasingly bold steps to rescue the financial system, including guaranteeing bank deposits and taking stakes in banks.
It feels like 1997 all over again in Asia. Japan down 10%, Hong Kong down 8%, Singapore down 7% and Australia down 8% as markets around the world are gripped by recession fears.
Investor nerves were frayed and that was reflected in Thursday's chopping trading session with markets weaving in and out of negative territory even after central banks around the world cut interest rates to support the global economy.
Asian stocks saw a turnaround in trade Tuesday after a dramatic 100 basis point rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia. Markets were paring back sharp losses that had seen the Nikkei crashing the 10,000 level at one point in the session.
Asian markets fell 4% Monday and the yen surged to a 2-year high against the euro as investors doubted the scattered European response to the financial crisis and the $700 billion U.S. bank bailout could prevent a global recession.
Asian markets fell sharply Friday while the yen rose to a two-year high against the euro on fears the $700 billion financial rescue bill still needing final U.S. government approval may not be enough to keep the global economy from falling into recession.
Asian markets closed mostly lower Thursday and safe haven assets such as government debt gained after the U.S. Senate's approval of a massive bank bailout plan failed to dispel the deepening worries about the global economy. Japan closed 1.9 percent lower while South Korea shed 1.4 percent.
Stocks in Japan and Australia bounced higher Wednesday and the yen steadied as investors edged away from safety plays on hopes that a salvaged Wall Street rescue plan in Washington could keep global equities rallying.
Asian markets pared back losses Tuesday, but were still firmly in the red, putting them on course for the biggest monthly decline in more than a decade after U.S. lawmakers rejected a $700 billion plan to end financial panic and stave off recession. Both Japan and Australia finished over 4 percent lower.
Asian markets slipped into negative territory after a firm open Monday, as investors waited to see the details of the $700 billion rescue package agreed by U.S. lawmakers.