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Yen at 10-day low vs. dollar after Ukraine talks, U.S. data

By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO (Reuters) - The yen slipped to 10-day lows against the dollar on Friday after speculators unwound some safe-haven trades following upbeat U.S. economic data and on hopes for a diplomatic initiative seeking an end to violence in Ukraine. The dollar traded at 102.43 yen, and has ticked up in the past five sessions from a three-week low of 101.32 yen.

Tokyo stocks open up 0.50%

Tokyo stocks climbed 0.50 percent in quiet trading on Friday, with a weak yen sending exporters higher. The Nikkei 225 index, which closed flat on Thursday, rose 71.84 points to 14,489.37 at the start. "It's mostly a story about the yen, futures, and the US holiday tonight, all of which point to a relatively quiet, if slightly bullish trading session," says Hiroichi Nishi, SMBC Nikko Securities general manager of equities. The dollar was at 102.44 yen early Friday in Tokyo, up from 102.39 yen in New York Thursday afternoon ahead of the Easter weekend.

Donations to bidding committee for 2020 Olympics reach 4.9 bil. yen

Private donations to the bidding committee for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo have reached around 4.9 billion yen, surpassing the initial expectation by 1.1 billion yen, sources close to the matter said Friday. The surplus will be used to cover the 690 million yen deficit generated in the failed bid to host the 2016 Games and be donated to the organizing committee for the 2020 Games, according to the sources.

Donations to bidding committee for 2020 Olympics reach 4.9 bil. yen

Private donations to the bidding committee for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo have reached around 4.9 billion yen, surpassing the initial expectation by 1.1 billion yen, sources close to the matter said Friday. The surplus will be used to cover the 690 million yen deficit generated in the failed bid to host the 2016 Games and be donated to the organizing committee for the 2020 Games, according to the sources.

Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade

Asian markets mostly rose while the dollar edged up in holiday-narrowed trade on Friday following a mixed lead from Wall Street and news of a deal between Russia and the West to ease Ukraine tensions. With many bourses closed for the Easter break, business was thin at the end of a broadly positive week in Asia, which was helped by bargain buying after the previous week's sell-off. Tokyo added 0.68 percent, or 98.74 points, to finish at 14,516.27 -- the index rose four percent for the week after losing more than seven percent last week.

Tokyo stocks close up 0.68%

Tokyo stocks rose 0.68 percent in quiet trade Friday as a weaker yen boosted exporter shares following a mixed session on Wall Street. The Nikkei 225 index added 98.74 points to finish at 14,516.27, while the Topix index of all first-section shares climbed 0.58 percent, or 6.78 points, to 1,173.37. Most regional markets were closed Friday for the long Easter weekend. Trading volume was low with many investors sticking to the sidelines after the Nikkei's 7.3 percent tumble last week, its worst weekly showing since Japan's 2011 quake-tsunami disaster.

Dollar steady in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal

The dollar was steady in quiet Asian trade Friday, winning support from positive US jobs data and a deal between Russia and the West aimed at easing tensions in Ukraine. The greenback fetched 102.43 yen in Tokyo, up from 102.39 yen in New York Thursday while the euro drifted lower against the dollar to $1.3812 from $1.3813. The European single currency rose to 141.46 yen from 141.45 yen in US trade.

Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal

The dollar rose in quiet Asian trade Friday, winning support from positive US jobs data and a deal between Russia and the West aimed at easing tensions in Ukraine. The greenback fetched 102.48 yen in Tokyo, up from 102.39 yen in New York Thursday while the euro drifted lower against the dollar to $1.3811 from $1.3813. The European single currency rose to 141.54 yen from 141.45 yen in US trade. But the dollar's rise against the yen could prove short- lived, dealers said.

Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade

Asian markets mostly rose while the dollar edged up in holiday-narrowed trade on Friday following a mixed lead from Wall Street and news of a deal between Russia and the West to ease Ukraine tensions. With many bourses closed for the Easter break business was thin at the end of a broadly positive week in Asia, which was helped by bargain buying after the previous week's sell-off. Tokyo rose 0.72 percent, Seoul added 0.58 percent and Taipei gained 0.20 percent but Shanghai was down 0.35 percent.

Dollar-euro rate flat, yen lower as Ukraine crisis simmers

The dollar-euro exchange rate was virtually unchanged for a second day Thursday while the yen slipped again amid worries about the simmering Ukraine crisis. A deal struck in talks in Geneva between the US, European Union, Ukraine and Russia to ease the crisis took some of the short-term worries out of the market, where traders in many forex centers including London and New York were to start the Easter weekend holiday on Friday.
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