By Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares were mostly lower on Friday as a sharp overnight pullback in crude oil prices dampened risk appetite, while the dollar was firm after upbeat U.S. data tilted expectations back toward an early interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve. Strong factory output data and a weaker yen Read More

TOKYO – Asian shares prices edged away from five-month highs on Thursday, while the dollar steadied after slipping on Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s indication that the US central bank is in no hurry to hike interest rates. Financial spreadbetters expected a downbeat open in Europe, with Britain’s FTSE 100 .FTSE seen opening 12 to Read More

By Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian stocks rose on Wednesday, taking their cues from Wall Street’s gains after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested the Fed would not rush into raising interest rates. Shares extended gains after a survey of Chinese factory activity eked out a rise to a four-month high in February, though Read More

By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) – A drop in HSBC (HSBA.L) shares on Monday stalled attempts by Britain’s top index to hit record highs, even efforts to seal a Greek financial rescue package lifted other European markets. The blue-chip FTSE 100 (.FTSE) index initially rose 0.4 percent in early deals to hit a new 15 Read More

By Hideyuki Sano and Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares were flat on Monday as many countries in the region returned from Lunar New Year holidays, with sentiment supported by relief that Greece reached a deal to avert an immediate fiscal crisis. Euro zone ministers late on Friday agreed to extend Greece’s financial rescue Read More

European markets ended mixed on Friday, with investors reacting to fresh economic data amid continued uncertainty over Greece. The pan-European Euro Stoxx 600 (^STOXX) index finished around 0.2 percent higher, while major bourses closed pointing in different directions. London’s FTSE (FTSE International: .FTSE) and Germany’s DAX (^GDAXI) both closed around 0.3 percent higher, while French Read More

By Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese stocks rose to a fresh 15-year high on Friday with the dollar boosted by upbeat U.S. data, but continuing uncertainty over the Greek debt negotiations weighed on the euro. Spreadbetters expected a cautious start for European shares on lingering uncertainty, forecasting Britain’s FTSE (.FTSE) to open flat, Germany’s Read More

European stock markets closed mixed on Tuesday as fears over Greece’s debt problems continued to make investors nervous. The pan-European Euro Stoxx 600 index (^STOXX) ended flat, off session lows at 376.5. The Athens Stock Exchange closed down more than 2 percent with Bank of Piraeus (Athens Stock Exchange: TPEIR-GR), the National Bank of Greece Read More