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Asian stock markets shrug off Crimea vote result but safe-haven yen remains strong

HONG KONG - Asian stocks drifted Monday as investors largely shrugged off a weekend vote in which Crimeans opted to leave Ukraine and join Russia. Safe-haven assets such as the Japanese yen got a boost after preliminary results showed an overwhelming number of voters in the Ukrainian region approved splitting off and joining Russia in Sunday's vote. Final results are expected later Monday.

Asian shares mostly up but China data hits sentiment

Asian markets were mostly higher on Thursday but sentiment took a hit after China released another batch of disappointing data, adding to fears about growth in the economic giant. The euro rose to a 29-month high against the dollar, while the Australian dollar also surged against its US counterpart after Sydney reported a jump in full-time employment.

Asian shares tick up after sell-off

Asia's markets rose on Tuesday following big losses in the previous session but investors were largely unmoved by the Bank of Japan's decision to stand pat on its stimulus programme. The gains came despite a negative lead from Wall Street, while the dollar and euro edged up slightly against the yen. Tokyo added 0.69 percent, or 103.97 points, to 15,224.11, Seoul climbed 0.48 percent, or 9.56 points, to close at 1,963.87 and Sydney was flat, edging up 2.3 points to 5,413.8.

Yen gains in Asia as Ukraine crisis flares, BoJ meets

The yen rose in Asia Monday as tensions in Ukraine flared and the Bank of Japan (BoJ) starts a two-day meeting, with investors looking for signs of further monetary easing. In Tokyo afternoon trade, the dollar fetched 103.12 yen, down from 103.24 yen in New York Friday afternoon. The euro, which rose last week following the European Central Bank's upbeat outlook for the eurozone, fell to 143.11 yen from 143.31 yen, while it firmed slightly to $1.3878 from $1.3874.

Dollar stuck in tight range ahead of US jobs data

The dollar moved narrowly against the yen and euro in Asia on Friday as investors await US jobs data later in the day for clues about the state of the world's largest economy. The US currency fetched 103.00 yen in Tokyo afternoon trade, slightly down from 103.08 yen in New York Thursday afternoon, but higher than the 102.72 yen in Tokyo earlier Thursday. The euro, which gained Thursday on the European Central Bank's upbeat outlook on the eurozone economy, slipped to $1.3856 and 142.72 yen from $1.3861 and 142.88 yen.

Asian shares higher as leaders hold Ukraine talks

Asian markets rose Thursday as Western and Russian leaders try to broker a deal to end the Ukraine crisis, while Wall Street provided a tepid lead following an anaemic batch of economic data. As the threat of an armed conflict in Eastern Europe has subsided, investor confidence in higher risk assets has slowly returned, sending the safe-haven yen falling against the dollar and euro.

Dollar edges up in Asia after Fed report

The dollar firmed in Asia on Thursday after a Federal Reserve report boosted optimism over the US economy, while investors await a European Central Bank (ECB) policy meeting. The greenback bought 102.72 yen, against 102.33 yen in New York Wednesday afternoon, with confidence also given support by easing tensions in Ukraine as Russian and Western leaders try to find a way out of the crisis. The euro slipped to $1.3724 from $1.3736 while it rose to 140.97 yen from 140.57 yen.

Dollar steady in Asia as Ukraine tensions ease

The dollar held steady in Asia Wednesday after rallying in US trade as fears of a conflict over Ukraine eased, boosting investor demand for riskier assets. In Tokyo afternoon business, the greenback bought 102.22 yen, against 102.24 yen on Tuesday in New York where the unit had risen from the mid 101-yen mark. The euro bought 140.36 yen against 140.49 yen, while it also fetched $1.3733 from $1.3740.

Yen gains in Asia on Ukraine conflict fears

The yen gathered steam in Asia Monday on rising geopolitical fears as Ukraine mobilised its army with Russian troops poised to invade the former Soviet state. In Tokyo afternoon trade, the dollar weakened to 101.45 yen, from 101.76 yen in New York Friday afternoon. The euro was also down at 139.79 yen from 140.44 yen, while it weakened to $1.3778 against $1.3800 in US trade.

European shares close moderately positive; Ukraine's currency firms

Europe's main stock markets closed stable or moderately higher on Friday, while Ukraine's under-pressure currency, the hryvnia, firmed on the promise of IMF financial help. Traders closing shop for the weekend opted for prudent optimism, taking into account the uncertainty in Ukraine but leaning more to data generally showing an accelerating world economy. London's FTSE 100 stock market index barely moved from close the day before, finishing just one point down at 6,809.7 points.
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