*Asia ex- Japan shares poised for biggest weekly drop in 12 weeks. LONDON, May 6- Stock markets in Europe and Asia struggled on Friday and only monthly U.S. nonfarm payrolls numbers stood in the way of shares globally racking up their biggest falls since mid-February. Stock markets in Europe lost half a percent in the first hour of trade, weighed down by a 4 percent fall... » Read More
Asian markets bounced back and forth in a narrow trading band Monday. Trading was quiet after most major overseas centers were closed on Friday due to the long Easter weekend.
Asian markets were mixed Tuesday after Goldman Sachs' stronger-than-expected profit signaled the worst could be behind for U.S. banks, emboldening investors to chase after riskier assets.
Tokyo stocks closed at a three-month high while Seoul shares rose to their highest in six months Friday. Trading was limited around the region with the Australian, Hong Kong and Singapore markets closed for the Good Friday holiday.
Asian stocks pushed back towards a six-month high Thursday as technology shares resumed their rally, while Japan's surprisingly big stimulus spending and signs of stabilizing economic activity drove up government bond yields.
Asian stocks slid for a second day Wednesday while the U.S. dollar climbed, with investors fleeing to the sidelines to await companies' business outlooks as what is expected to be a grim results season begins.
Asian stocks teetered Tuesday, snuffing a five-day rally as uncertainty about U.S. banks pushed dealers to take profits on recent gains, while investors' reduced willingness to take risks lifted the U.S. dollar and yen.
Asian shares climbed to a six-month high Monday, as hopes that the global economic downturn is nearing its bottom spur demand for riskier assets while hitting the yen and safe-haven government bonds.
Efforts by G20 leaders convinced investors that policy makers were united enough to keep a risk taking rally alive Friday, pushing up Asian markets higher for a fourth day.
Asian markets surged Thursday, with investors seeing a sliver of hope the U.S. economy has bottomed, while the euro edged up before a European Central Bank meeting at which rates may be cut for the last time in a while.
Asian markets started the new quarter with more gains after an impressive performance in March on expectations the frail global economy is about to bottom out and hopes the financial system was on the mend.
Asian stocks wobbled Tuesday with markets weaving in and out of negative territory as some investors bet the most painful stretch of corporate earnings damage may be over and bought technology shares.
Asian markets dived and U.S. stock futures slumped Monday, while safe-haven U.S. Treasuries gained after the Obama administration's autos task force rejected turnaround plans for troubled automakers GM and Chrysler.
Asian markets touched two-month highs on Tuesday, with financial stocks among the leaders, as the U.S. government's plan to absorb toxic debts met with investor approval.
Asian stocks rose to a two-month high Monday and high-yielding currencies advanced on the yen after details on a U.S. plan to rid banks of up to $1 trillion of toxic assets improved confidence about risk taking.
Asian markets were mixed Friday, but looked set to gain for a second consecutive week -- marking their best weekly back to back gains since mid-December -- as the Fed's plan to inject a combined $1.15 trillion into the U.S. financial system improved battered confidence in the banking sector.
Asian markets struggled while the U.S. dollar nursed large losses Thursday, after the Federal Reserve pledged to pump an additional $1 trillion into the ailing U.S. economy.
Asian stocks drifted higher Wednesday as banks extended gains, while Japanese government bonds rose after the Bank of Japan sharply increased the amount of government debt it would purchase to support the economy.
Asian markets advanced Tuesday, with banks extending gains on hopes the struggling global financial system is stabilizing, despite reports showing the U.S. economy is deteriorating further.
Asian stocks wavered Thursday as some markets were disappointed with the lack of any detail to China's stimulus plans, while the euro fell on expectations the European Central Bank will cut rates to an all-time low later in the day.
Asian markets climbed into positive territory while the U.S. dollar rose to a three-year high against a basket of currencies Wednesday, after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave a grim view on the financial sector.