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Asian shares up after Wall St rallies on Fed minutes

Asian markets rose on Thursday, taking a lead from a Wall Street rally, after minutes from the US Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting showed no support for an early rise in interest rates. But early gains were pared after China said imports and exports fell sharply in March, adding to concerns about the world's number two economy. Hong Kong was up 0.14 percent by the break, Tokyo added 0.10 percent in the afternoon and Sydney gained 0.47 percent after unemployment saw a surprise fall in March. Shanghai and Seoul were flat.

Japan March bank loans rise 2.1 percent vs. year ago

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese bank lending rose 2.1 percent in March from a year earlier, the Bank of Japan said on Thursday. Outstanding loans held by the country's four main categories of banks, including "shinkin" or credit unions, stood at 476.253 trillion yen ($4.67 trillion). To view the full tables, go to http://www.boj.or.jp/en/statistics/dl/depo/kashi/kasi1403.pdf ($1=101.97 Yen) (For queries, contact Stanley White at: stanley.white@thomsonreuters.com;

Asian shares mixed, tech firms follow US peers down

Asian markets were mixed on Tuesday following another heavy sell-off on Wall Street, with technology stocks taking a beating, while a stronger yen added to downward pressure on Japan's Nikkei. Eyes are also on a news conference by the head of the Bank of Japan after its latest policy meeting, its first since a controversial tax rise took effect at the start of the month. Tokyo sank 1.36 percent, or 201.97 points, to 14,606.88 and Sydney was down 0.06 percent, or 3.1 points, at 5,410.6, while Seoul added 0.17 percent, or 3.33 points, to close at 1,993.03.

Tokyo stocks close down 1.36%

Tokyo stocks fell 1.36 percent Tuesday following another sell-off on Wall Street, while exporters took a hit as the stronger yen picked up against the dollar. The benchmark Nikkei-225 index fell 201.97 points to 14,606.88, while the Topix index of all first-section shares lost 1.86 percent, or 22.28 points, to 1,174.56. Traders took their lead from New York, where the three main indexes each tumbled more than one percent, as big-name tech firms, which had helped last year's rally, were sold off on concerns they are overvalued.

Asian shares mixed, tech firms follow US peers down

Asian markets were mixed on Tuesday following another heavy sell-off on Wall Street, with technology stocks taking a beating, while a stronger yen added to downward pressure on Japan's Nikkei. Eyes are also on a news conference by the head of the Bank of Japan after its latest policy meeting, its first since a controversial tax rise took effect at the start of the month. Tokyo sank 1.36 percent, or 201.97 points, to 14,606.88 and Sydney was down 0.06 percent, or 3.1 points, at 5,410.6, while Seoul added 0.17 percent, or 3.33 points, to close at 1,993.03.

Tokyo stocks down 1.13% by break

Tokyo stocks slipped 1.13 percent Tuesday morning, tracking falls on Wall Street while a stronger yen hit exporter shares. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 167.24 points to 14,641.61 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section shares lost 1.63 percent, or 19.46 points, to 1,177.38. "Overseas investors are dumping Internet-related stocks, largely in reaction to selloffs in their overseas peers overnight," an equity trading director at a foreign brokerage said.

Tokyo stocks open down 0.63%

Tokyo stocks opened 0.63 percent lower on Tuesday, hit by falls on Wall Street and the yen's strength. The Nikkei 225 index fell 93.05 points to 14,715.80 at the start. US stocks Monday slumped for a third day in a row as investors worried about whether high-flying technology stocks are overvalued and cautiously anticipated earnings season. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 1.02 percent to 16,245.87 while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index declined 1.16 percent to 4,079.75.

Asian shares slip after Wall Street sell-off

Asian markets retreated Monday, taking their lead from a heavy 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's benchmark Nikkei-225 index fell 1.69 percent, or 254.92 points, to finish at 14,808.85; Sydney recovered most of its early losses to close down 0.17 percent, or 9.1 points, at 5,413.7.

Asian shares slip after Wall Street sell-off

Asian markets retreated Monday, taking their lead from a heavy 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's benchmark Nikkei-225 index fell 1.69 percent, or 254.92 points, to finish at 14,808.85; Sydney recovered most of its early losses to close down 0.17 percent, or 9.1 points, at 5,413.7.

Asian shares slip after Wall Street sell-off

Asian markets retreated Monday, taking their lead from a heavy 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's benchmark Nikkei-225 index fell 1.69 percent, or 254.92 points, to finish at 14,808.85; Sydney recovered most of its early losses to close down 0.17 percent, or 9.1 points, at 5,413.7. Seoul closed flat, inching up 0.08 percent, or 1.61 points, to close at 1,989.70, while Hong Kong eased 0.62 percent in afternoon trade.
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