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  • Risk-appetite was further weakened by receding expectations that Japan can act to weaken its currency after a fresh warning from the United States last week against intervention. That sentiment was reinforced by comments from Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, who said on Tuesday that Japan has no intention to devalue the yen sharply and consistently.

  • TOKYO, May 24- Asian shares were nearly flat in early trading on Tuesday, while the dollar rebounded from steep losses against the yen in the previous session. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan did not stray far from its previous close, after Wall Street closed with modest losses overnight. "While markets may be flat for now, the saying goes'...

  • LONDON, May 23- Stocks, oil and yields on government bonds all fell on Monday, reversing some of their recent gains as investors began the week in a cautious mood, still grappling with the possibility that U.S. interest rates could soon be raised. The FTSEuroFirst 300 index of leading shares, Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 all shed around 0.8 percent, and Britain's...

  • LONDON, May 23- Stocks seesawed on Monday while oil, the dollar and bond yields all fell as investors began the week cautious about prospects that U.S. interest rates could soon be raised. The FTSEuroFirst 300 index of leading shares, Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 all fell as much as 1 percent in early trade but then rebounded into positive territory.

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.6 percent, after U.S. shares rallied on Friday, shrugging off growing expectations of further tightening in monetary policy. But Japan's Nikkei stock index ended down 0.5 percent on worrying economic data and reports that Japan's sales tax increase would be implemented after all, quashing...

  • KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index shed 0.5 percent to 16,657.72, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.1 percent to 5,344.40. Seoul's Kospi added 0.3 percent to 1,953.00 and benchmarks in Taiwan, Indonesia and the Philippines also advanced. ANALYST'S TAKE: Lew's message to Aso, the second time Washington has warned Tokyo against trying to intervene in...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.6 percent, after U.S. shares rallied on Friday, shrugging off growing expectations of further tightening in monetary policy. But Japan's Nikkei stock index extended losses, shedding 1.1 percent on worrying economic data and reports that Japan's sales tax increase would proceed as planned.

  • *Dollar/yen falls on Japan trade data, weaker Nikkei. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, May 23- The dollar fell versus the yen on Monday, dragged lower by sliding Tokyo stocks and data showing Japan logged a much larger-than-expected trade surplus in April. Japan logged a trade surplus for the third consecutive month.

  • TOKYO, May 23- Asian shares rose on Monday after a solid session on Wall Street, while the dollar held near recent highs against major rivals as investors bet that the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.2 percent, after Wall Street rallied on Friday, shrugging off growing expectations of tighter monetary policy.

  • G7 finance ministers meeting begins in Sendai, Japan. LONDON, May 20- The dollar cruised to its third straight week of gains on Friday as stock and commodity markets showed signs that they might be able to manage another U.S. interest rate hike in the coming months. The dollar, a dominant force in markets this week, was keeping close to two-month highs after it had...

  • TOKYO, May 20- Tokyo stocks rose on Friday as the dollar held its recent gains on the yen, tempering some of the recent worries over the Japanese currency's strength and the negative impact on exporters. Volume and turnover were thin as many investors waited on the sidelines while Group of Seven finance ministers began a two-day meeting that many hope will...

  • NEW YORK— Stocks rose on Friday in a modest but broad rally that erased much of the losses from earlier in the week when investors had sold over fears of rising interest rates. Stocks rose from the start of trading, following sizable gains in Europe. Among the winners, Intel climbed nearly 2 percent and Pfizer closed up 1.1 percent.

  • TOKYO, May 20- Japan's Nikkei was mostly flat on Friday morning as investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of Group of Seven meetings, and prospects for a U.S. interest rate hike as early as June curbed buyers' appetite. Analysts said that investors are closely focused on a meeting of Group of Seven finance leaders in Japan starting on Friday, which is likely to take...

  • *MSCI Asia-ex Japan falls 1 percent. *Fed minutes help revive prospects of a June rate hike. LONDON, May 19- Revived prospects of an early U.S. interest rate rise, possibly as soon as June, lifted the dollar to a near two-month high on Thursday and left bonds, stocks, commodities and emerging markets all nursing losses.

  • KEEPING SCORE: European stocks dropped sharply in early trading, with Germany's DAX shedding 1.6 percent to 9,788.29 and France's CAC 40 falling 0.9 percent to 4,278.98. Britain's FTSE 100 slid 1.5 percent to 6,075.68. Investors are hoping for more insight from Fed officials including Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer and William Dudley, president of the Fed's...

  • TOKYO, May 19- Japan's Nikkei share average ended little changed on Thursday, moving in and out of positive territory as general caution offset some gains from Federal Reserve minutes that boosted the dollar and weakened the yen. Some investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of Group of Seven meetings to be held this week in Japan. Oil shares' drops weighed after...

  • *MSCI Asia-ex Japan falls 1 percent. Financial spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 to open down nearly 1 percent, Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 to each pull back 0.6 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 1 percent as the prospect of a second U.S. rate hike in six months raised concerns for emerging markets already...

  • KEEPING SCORE: The benchmark Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo dipped less than 0.1 percent to 16,636.67 while South Korea's Kospi lost 0.5 percent to 1,946.74. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.3 percent to 19,761.53 while the Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China gained 0.5 percent to 2,820.43. Benchmarks in Taiwan, New Zealand and Southeast Asia also lost ground.

  • TOKYO, May 19- Japan's Nikkei share average was flat in choppy trade on Thursday morning as a late rise in the yen erased earlier index gains that came from increased expectations of a Federal Reserve rate hike in June. The Nikkei share average ended the morning session flat at 16,636.67. "We are seeing the Nikkei edge up tentatively as the yen slides back down to the...

  • *MSCI Asia-ex Japan dips 0.8 pct. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.8 percent in early trade as the prospect of a second U.S. rate hike in six months raised concerns for emerging markets already grappling with a slowing China. South Korea and Australia led regional markets lower with 0.5 and 0.6 percent falls each as investors...