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Tokyo shares end 1.69% lower

Tokyo stocks fell 1.69 percent Monday following a heavy sell-off on Wall Street, while the yen strengthened against the dollar, denting exporter shares. The benchmark Nikkei-225 index lost 254.92 points to finish at 14,808.85, while the Topix index of all first-section issues fell 1.57 percent, or 19.05 points, to 1,196.84.

Dollar under pressure in Asia after jobs data

The dollar faced downward pressure in Asia on Monday as investors bet the Federal Reserve will not speed up the pace of tapering of its stimulus programme after last week's US jobs report matched forecasts. The greenback fetched 103.25 yen in Tokyo midday trade, compared with 103.26 yen late in New York but well below the 103.88 yen in Tokyo earlier Friday before the jobs data was released. The euro was at 141.48 yen, from 141.50 yen in New York on Friday and 142.36 yen on Friday in Tokyo.

Asian shares slip after Wall St sell-off

Asian markets retreated Monday, taking their lead from a sell-off on Wall Street despite a healthy US jobs report, while the dollar struggled to regain losses suffered against the yen at the end of last week. Tokyo fell 1.51 percent, Hong Kong eased 0.42 percent, Sydney lost 0.27 percent and Seoul was 0.10 percent lower. Shanghai and Bangkok were closed for public holidays. On Friday the US Labor Department said the world's number one economy added 192,000 jobs in March -- just below forecasts of 195,000 -- while the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent.

Tokyo stocks open down 1.21%

Tokyo stocks opened down 1.21 percent on Monday after the yen strengthened against the dollar and euro. The Nikkei 225 index lost 182.95 points to 14,880.82 at the start. "Japanese stocks are likely to struggle at low levels," said Yoshihiro Okumura, general manager of research at Chibagin Asset Management, noting that a recovery in the US labour market was progressing only gradually. Market participants are also waiting for the outcome of a Bank of Japan policy meeting concluding Tuesday, he told Dow Jones Newswires.

Dollar mixed following US jobs report

The dollar had a mixed day Friday after a US jobs report suggested the Federal Reserve is unlikely to hasten its timetable for tightening monetary policy. Near 2230 GMT, the dollar fell to 103.26 yen from 103.94 Thursday. The euro bought $1.3704, down slightly from $1.3717. The euro fell to 141.50 yen from 142.61. Heading into Friday, analysts had predicted the dollar would rally if the US Department of Labor report showed the addition of more than 225,000 jobs in March, but retreat if the figure came in below 150,000.

Tokyo investors eye Bank of Japan meeting next week

Tokyo investors will be looking to the Bank of Japan's policy meeting next week for signs of further stimulus measures, a year after policymakers unleashed an unprecedented easing campaign to stoke the economy. Brokers said investor sentiment was upbeat, but many were keeping to the sidelines ahead of the release of key US jobs data later Friday.

Asian shares mostly up after new Wall St record

Asian markets mostly rose Thursday following another record close on Wall Street as US private jobs growth picked up, but Shanghai gave up early gains despite China unveiling a mini stimulus programme. Global shares have enjoyed a broad rally this week following upbeat manufacturing data in key economies, while investors are keenly awaiting the release of a US non-farm payrolls report on Friday.

Asian shares mostly up after new Wall St record

Asian markets mostly rose Thursday following another record close on Wall Street as US private jobs growth picked up, but Shanghai gave up early gains despite China unveiling a mini stimulus programme. Global shares have enjoyed a broad rally this week following upbeat manufacturing data in key economies, while investors are keenly awaiting the release of a US non-farm payrolls report on Friday. Tokyo added 0.84 percent, or 125.56 points, to 15,071.88, Sydney gained 0.12 percent, or 6.6 points, to close at 5,409.9 and in the afternoon Hong Kong was 0.21 percent higher.

Asian shares up after Wall St rally, China stimulus

Asian markets rose Thursday following another record close on Wall Street as US private jobs growth picked up, while Hong Kong and Shanghai were boosted after China unveiled a mini stimulus programme. The gains extend a broad rally across global shares this week following upbeat manufacturing data in key economies while investors are keenly awaiting the release of a US non-farm payrolls report on Friday. Tokyo jumped 0.85 percent, Shanghai advanced 0.22 percent, Hong Kong added 0.63 percent, Sydney put on 0.28 percent and Seoul was 0.47 percent higher.

Asian shares climb on strong manufacturing reports

Asian markets enjoyed a healthy rally on Wednesday following positive manufacturing data from the United States and Europe, while Tokyo was also boosted as the dollar pushed towards the 104-yen level. Traders were given a strong lead from New York, where the S&P 500 closed at another record high, while attention turns to the release Friday of a closely watched US jobs report.
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