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      April 29, 2016

      Asian markets mixed as yen continues to climb

      The yen hit its highest point in 18 months on Friday, keeping Asian stocks subdued a day after the Bank of Japan...

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      April 29, 2016

      Fast Asia Open: Japan takes a break

      TGIAPHIJ: Thank goodness it’s a public holiday in Japan. It is perhaps something of a relief for investors that the...

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      April 28, 2016

      Corporate default tally hits fresh '09 high

      Companies have defaulted on obligations at the fastest pace since the US emerged from the financial crisis in 2009, as...

    2. April 28, 2016

      The currency correlations that matter

      This week provided further evidence of how sharp currency moves can have an impact on the broader market. The Japanese...

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      April 28, 2016

      Taylor Wimpey 'well equipped' for EU referendum

      Taylor Wimpey, one of the UK’s largest housebuilders, has said its trading has been unaffected by the upcoming...

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      April 28, 2016

      Japan leads Asian markets higher ahead of BoJ

      Japanese shares were leading Asia higher after data showing the country slipped back into deflation raised hopes the...

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      April 28, 2016

      Fast Asia Open: Fed holds, here comes Japan

      The Federal Reserve kept interest rates on hold overnight, as expected, and Wall Street edged higher as the FOMC’s...

    6. Fast FT

      April 27, 2016

      S&P cuts outlook on IBM to 'negative'

      International Business Machines was dealt a setback on Wednesday after analysts with Standard & Poor’s cut their...

    7. Fast FT

      April 27, 2016

      Aussie CPI livens up ASX, A$, Japan retreats before BoJ

      Markets were diverging across Asia Pacific on Wednesday ahead of major central bank meetings and as a raft of key...

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      April 27, 2016

      Fast Asia Open: Aussie CPI marks start of data dump

      The week is about to get busier for investors as the flow of major data releases and central bank meetings picks up...

    9. April 26, 2016

      US and European stocks edge up with oil

      Tuesday 21:15 BST. Wall Street and European stocks inched higher along with benchmark bond yields as investors...

    10. April 26, 2016

      S&P strips ExxonMobil of coveted triple A rating

      ExxonMobil was stripped of its long-held triple A rating by credit agency Standard & Poor’s on Tuesday as the...

    11. Fast FT

      April 26, 2016

      S&P strips ExxonMobil of 'AAA' rating

      Standard & Poor’s has stripped ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest publicly-traded energy group, of its top-notch credit...

    12. Fast FT

      April 26, 2016

      StanChart enjoying biggest bounce since 2009

      Since Standard Chartered reported earnings this morning the bank’s shares have rallied on and on, notching up a 13 per...

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      April 26, 2016

      UK bank 'mega' legal charges to ease - S&P

      The bulk of the “mega” legal charges faced by the big UK banks may now be in the rearview mirror after the country’s...

    14. Fast FT

      April 26, 2016

      US home price growth cools in Feb

      The pace of growth in US home prices cooled slightly in February, but held well above the rate of inflation in an...

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      April 26, 2016

      Markets cautious with central bank action (and Apple) ahead

      Bourses are mixed, while major currencies and benchmark bonds are little changed, as investors exhibit caution ahead of...

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      April 26, 2016

      Asian markets in holding pattern ahead of C-bank meetings

      Asian shares dipped into the red on Tuesday after a week lead from Wall Street and as investors sit on the sidelines...

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      April 26, 2016

      Fast Asia Open: Weak lead from US sets tone for markets

      Asian markets look set to ease on Tuesday after Wall Street pulled its horns in ahead of this week’s central bank...

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      April 22, 2016

      Fast Asia Open: Rally likely to pause after oil, Wall St slide

      Wall Street pulled back from its highest level this year and oil retreated, with investors also mulling the European...

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      April 21, 2016

      Most Asian markets higher on oil rebound

      Most Asian benchmarks continued their rally this week as the price of oil jumped higher overnight, but Chinese shares...

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      April 21, 2016

      Aussie miners jump as iron ore hits 10-month high

      Australia’s iron ore miners are leading the market higher in morning trade after the price of the steel-making...

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      April 21, 2016

      Fast Asia Open: Markets to lift on oil's 4% jump

      Asian markets look set to gain today after oil prices jumped higher on Wednesday, although this failed to translate...

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      April 20, 2016

      S&P affirms Japan's ratings

      Standard & Poor’s has given Japan a pass, affirming its ratings at A+/A-1 despite looming risks. The ratings agency...

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      April 20, 2016

      Oil rebound underpins gains for Asian markets

      Asian markets advanced after an overnight rebound in oil prices boosted sentiment and pushed Wall Street to its highest...

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      April 20, 2016

      Fast Asia Open: Asia to gain as Wall St hits 2016-high

      A rebound in oil prices (at last!) pushed Wall Street to its highest close this year, and has set up Asian markets for...

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      April 19, 2016

      S&P 500 closes above 2,100 for first time in '16

      It has been a week of firsts. The S&P has closed above 2,100 for the first time since December, the Dow topped 18,000...

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      April 19, 2016

      S&P breaks key 2,100 level for first time since Dec

      The bulls are firmly in control on Wall Street. The S&P 500 on Tuesday pushed above the 2,100 level for the first time...

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      April 19, 2016

      Fast Asia Open: Oil recovers

      A recovery in oil prices underpinned gains for markets on both sides of the Atlantic overnight, and should see Asian...

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      April 18, 2016

      Asian markets slide on collapse of oil talks

      Oil, energy stocks and commodity-linked currencies took a hit on Monday after talks between major producers to freeze...

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      April 18, 2016

      Roiled by oil: stocks, FX slammed by Doha deal collapse

      Oil prices and energy stocks have slumped on Monday morning after major producers failed to reach an agreement over the...

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      April 18, 2016

      Fast Asia Open: Oil talks collapse to drive markets

      Asian markets look set to retreat today as oil prices slumped in early trading following the breakdown of talks at the...

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      April 15, 2016

      Corporate defaults strike $50bn

      Corporate borrowers have defaulted on $50bn of debt so far this year, as the number of delinquent companies gathers at...

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      April 15, 2016

      Chinese data fail to inspire Asian markets

      Investors appeared fatigued at the end of a strong week, with a decent set of economic data from China struggling to...

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      April 15, 2016

      Fast Asia Open: Eyes on China

      Investors turn their attention to China this morning ahead of a raft of data including March quarter GDP. US and...

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      April 14, 2016

      Fast Asia Open: A second helping?

      Investors will be hoping Asian markets can at least consolidate yesterday’s gains, after Wall Street joined in a global...

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      April 13, 2016

      Bank stock rally sends S&P, Dow to new 2016 high

      US stocks climbed for the second day on Wednesday, opening higher as better-than-expected earnings from JPMorgan Chase...

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      April 13, 2016

      China trade figures boost global markets

      Global stocks are challenging their highs for the year as better than expected trade data from China ease growth fears,...

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      April 13, 2016

      China trade data, commodity prices give markets a boost

      Better-than-expected Chinese trade data and solid overnight gains for commodity prices helped to push Asian equities...

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      April 13, 2016

      Fast Asia Open: Commodities give markets a boost

      Further gains for oil prices lifted stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic overnight and have provided a positive...

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