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  • *If Nikkei falls further, lowest level since Oct 2014 in sight. *Strong yen triggers worries about Japan Inc's earnings. TOKYO, Feb 9- Japan's Nikkei share average tumbled to a 2-1/ 2- week low on Tuesday morning, with banks taking the brunt of the sell-off, while a stronger yen dragged down stocks across the board.

  • TOKYO, Feb 9- The benchmark 10- year Japanese government bond yield hit zero percent Tuesday for the first time on record as tumble in Tokyo shares boosted demand for safe-haven debt. Traders reckon that it is a matter of time before the 10- year JGB yield falls into the negative with the Bank of Japan having adopted negative interest rates late last month.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 9- Asian share markets were scorched on Tuesday as stability concerns put a torch to European bank stocks and sent investors stampeding to only the safest of safe haven assets. The jump in the yen piled further pressure on Japan's Nikkei which sank 3.4 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.8 percent, and would have...

  • LONDON, Feb 8- European shares plunged to 16- month lows on Monday, extending a aggressive sell-off, while bond yields and oil also fell as investors shed risky assets on persistent concern over the pace of global growth. Data over the weekend showing China's foreign reserves fell for a third straight month in January, as dollars were dumped to defend the yuan and...

  • *Lunar New Year closes most markets, with China off all week. TOKYO, Feb 8- Asian shares pared losses on Monday as a weaker yen helped Japan's Nikkei snap a four-day losing streak, but trade was thin with many regional markets closed for the Lunar New Year holiday. Financial spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 to open around 0.6 percent higher, and Germany's...

  • 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...

  • TOKYO, Feb 8- Japan's Nikkei share average rebounded on Monday in choppy trade, snapping a four-day losing streak as a weak yen offset concerns about weak Japanese companies' earnings and slumping U.S. stocks. The Nikkei ended 1.1 percent higher at 17,004.30 after falling as low as 16,552.30 in morning trade, the lowest since Jan. 22. The market turned positive...

  • 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.

  • Nikkei falls to 2-week low following Wall St drops Sunday, 7 Feb 2016 | 9:00 PM ET

    *Volume likely to be subdued with holidays in China. TOKYO, Feb 8- Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a more than a two-week low on Monday on concerns about weak earnings and after the U.S. jobs report failed to give clues on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy outlook. Trading volume is likely to be subdued with many regional markets in Asia closed for the Lunar...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia slumps in holiday-thinned trade Sunday, 7 Feb 2016 | 7:21 PM ET

    *Lunar New Year closes most markets, with China off all week. 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. With Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China all closed for the new year holiday, "volumes will be well...

  • JGBs mostly higher, 10-year yield edges near zero Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 2:12 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 5- Japanese government bond prices soared on Friday, with the benchmark 10- year yield edging near zero percent after Japanese share prices plunged on a rise in the yen, undermining any benefits from the Bank of Japan's negative interest rates. The 10- year yield fell 3.0 basis points to 0.025 percent. The five-year yield fell 3.5 basis points to minus...

  • 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...

  • Stocks edge lower in early trading on Wall Street Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 12:57 AM ET

    HONG KONG— World stock markets were uneven Friday as investors awaited U.S. job numbers that could influence how much the Fed raises interest rates this year. France's CAC 40 rose 0.6 percent to 4,255.33 while Germany's DAX dipped 0.2 percent to 9,378.43. Britain's FTSE climbed 0.2 percent to 5,911.46.

  • 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...

  • TOKYO, Feb 5- Japan's Nikkei share average fell for a fourth day on Friday and was on track for a weekly loss as investors are worried that a stronger yen could squeeze exporters' earnings, hurting automakers like Toyota and Honda in particular. The dollar traded at 116.89 yen, up slightly from overnight trade but not far from Thursday's two-week low of 116.525 yen.

  • *Europe shares follow Asia higher, focus on commodity firms. LONDON, Feb 4- Stocks advanced in Europe and Asia on Thursday, with the focus on energy companies as speculation U.S. interest rates may not rise at all this year left the dollar nursing hefty losses and oil held most of the previous day's big gains. Brent, the global benchmark, dipped 5 cents to $34.99 a barrel,...

  • HONG KONG— Most Asian stocks jumped Thursday, leading world markets higher as oil prices bounced back and weak U.S. economic data fueled investor hopes that the Fed would slow the pace of rate hikes this year. Britain's FTSE 100 percent rallied 1.5 percent to 5,921.69 and Germany's DAX climbed 0.7 percent to 9,504.25. France's CAC 40 gained 0.6 percent to...

  • TOKYO, Feb 4- Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a one-week low on Thursday as a stronger yen hurt market sentiment, while bellwether companies such as Panasonic Corp and Hitachi Ltd dived after cutting earnings forecasts. Meanwhile, Sharp Corp soared 17 percent after sources told Reuters that the company has decided to give Taiwan's Foxconn preferred...

  • *Exporters may have difficult time this year due to China worry. TOKYO, Feb 4- Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a one-week low on Thursday as a stronger yen hurt market sentiment, while bellwether companies such as Panasonic dived after cutting earnings forecasts. The dollar was steady at 117.97 yen after dropping 1.7 percent overnight, hurting exporters.