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Asian shares broadly up after Wall St rally

Asian markets mostly rose Wednesday following a rally on Wall Street as dealers welcomed a better-than-expected jump in US consumer confidence to a six-year high, while there was muted response to a missile test by North Korea. The euro eased slightly after the European Central Bank suggested it would be willing to further loosen monetary policy as it grapples with low inflation. Tokyo added 0.37 percent, or 53.97 points, to finish at 14,477.16, buoyed by investors picking up stocks to lock in dividends before the new tax year starts in April.

Asian stocks muted amid dearth of market-moving news but European shares and US futures rise

MANILA, Philippines - Asian stock markets were muted Tuesday with little news to excite investors, but European shares and U.S. futures were mostly higher. In early European trading, Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.8 per cent at 6,571.0 and Germany's DAX rose 0.8 per cent at 9,258.50. France's CAC-40 climbed 0.9 per cent at 4,314.48. Futures augured slightly higher opening on Wall Street, with S Japan's Nikkei 225 closed 0.4 per cent lower at 14,423.19. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.5 per cent to 21,732.32 while China's Shanghai Composite rose 0.5 per cent at 2,067.31.

Asian stocks muted amid dearth of market-moving news but European shares and US futures rise

MANILA, Philippines - Asian stock markets were muted Tuesday with little news to excite investors, but European shares and U.S. futures were mostly higher. In early European trading, Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.8 per cent at 6,571.0 and Germany's DAX rose 0.8 per cent at 9,258.50. France's CAC-40 climbed 0.9 per cent at 4,314.48. Futures augured slightly higher opening on Wall Street, with S Japan's Nikkei 225 closed 0.4 per cent lower at 14,423.19. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.5 per cent to 21,732.32 while China's Shanghai Composite rose 0.5 per cent at 2,067.31.

European stocks push higher after wobble

European stocks pushed higher on Friday and the euro rebounded against the dollar after falling sharply the day before on expectations of sooner-than-expected US interest rate hikes. London's FTSE 100 rose 0.23 percent to 6,557.17 points, the CAC 40 in Paris added 0.17 percent to 4,335.28 points, while Frankfurt's DAX 30 climbed 0.50 percent to 9,342.94 points. Global markets had skidded in early trading Thursday after new Fed chief Janet Yellen said a US rate rise could come "around six months" after the bank's stimulus programme ends.

Euro zone consumer confidence improves strongly in March

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Consumer confidence in the euro zone rose by much more than expected in March following a surprise fall in February, the European Commission said on Friday, adding momentum to the bloc's recovery. The European Commission said in a flash estimate that euro zone consumer morale jumped to -9.3 points from -12.7 points in February, beating market expectations of an improvement to -12.4 points in March. In the European Union as a whole, consumer sentiment also improved to -6.7 points from -9.3 points in February.

Euro zone consumer confidence improves strongly in March

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Consumer confidence in the euro zone rose by much more than expected in March following a surprise fall in February, the European Commission said on Friday, adding momentum to the bloc's recovery. The European Commission said in a flash estimate that euro zone consumer morale jumped to -9.3 points from -12.7 points in February, beating market expectations of an improvement to -12.4 points in March. In the European Union as a whole, consumer sentiment also improved to -6.7 points from -9.3 points in February.

World markets bounce as US economic data helps investors overlook Fed tightening fears

HONG KONG - World stock markets bounced back Friday as upbeat U.S. economic data helped shake off worries about future increases in U.S. interest rates. Trading in Asia was subdued as Japanese markets were closed for a public holiday. The Conference Board index of leading indicators, a measure of U.S. economic health, rose in February by the largest amount in three months, suggesting growth should bounce back following a harsh winter. Separately, U.S. jobless benefits rose to near pre-recession levels, suggesting stable job market in the world's largest economy.

Asian markets bounce as US economic data helps investors overlook Fed tightening fears

HONG KONG - Asian stock markets rebounded Friday as upbeat U.S. economic data helped shake off worries about future increases in U.S. interest rates. Trading was subdued as Japanese markets were closed for a public holiday. The Conference Board index of leading indicators, a measure of U.S. economic health, rose in February by the largest amount in three months, suggesting growth should bounce back following a harsh winter. Separately, U.S. jobless benefits rose to near pre-recession levels, suggesting stable job market in the world's largest economy.

Asian shares edge up after Wall Street gains

Asian markets moved slightly higher Friday as bargain-hunters moved in after the previous session's heavy losses, with investors taking a lead from Wall Street and a positive batch of US data. The dollar held on to its recent gains after the head of the Federal Reserve on Wednesday hinted that US interest rates could be hiked early next year, sooner than analysts had expected. Hong Kong nudged 0.27 percent higher, Sydney added 0.44 percent and Seoul was up 0.68 percent, while Shanghai put on 0.19 percent. Tokyo was closed for a public holiday.

Asian stock markets fall as investors start to anticipate earlier Fed interest rate hike

TOKYO - Asian stocks inched down Thursday after comments from the new head of the Federal Reserve suggested U.S. interest rates could rise sooner than financial markets were anticipating. Janet Yellen's comments after the Fed's first policy meeting since she replaced Ben Bernanke sent Wall Street lower and the dollar higher on Wednesday. The Nikkei 225, the benchmark for the Tokyo stock market, fell 0.5 per cent to 14,386.72 and South Korea's Kospi dropped 0.8 per cent to 1,922.03. Hong Kong's Hang Seng shed 0.6 per cent to 21,426.47. Australia's S
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