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Asia Market Update

Trade Deficit in Japan Plunges in April, Nikkei Advances
May 25, 2015 11:09 AM ET
Nikkei average in Tokyo closed higher and April month trade deficit tumbled after exports to the U.S. and the European Union advanced. Takata Corp declined after Mazda said it will recalls vehicles in Australia to fix airbag related problems. >>

Independence Offers A$1.8 B for Sirius, Australian Indexes Advance
May 25, 2015 10:28 AM ET
Australian market indexes closed higher on Merger Monday. Independence offered to acquire Nickel miner Sirius Resources for $1.8 billion and said it will spin-off the merged asset as a new company. >>

Bank of Japan Holds Bond Program, Nikkei in 6-Day Rally
May 22, 2015 10:21 AM ET
Bank of Japan offered a slightly upbeat assessment of the economic recovery and held its unprecedented monetary stimulus. Stocks rallied for the sixth session in a row. Market capitalization of stocks on the mainboard of TSE closed at a record high after 26 years. >>

Nikkei at New 15-Year High, Takata May Take Years to Solve Air Bag Recall
May 21, 2015 10:21 AM ET
Nikkei average in Japan jumped to a new 15-year high for second day in a row and banks, utilities and electronics makers led the gainers. Takata was in focus after the airbag maker faced parts shortages to deal with larger recall. >>

Japan's First-Quarter GDP Expands 2.4%, Nikkei at 15-Year Peak
May 20, 2015 12:05 PM ET
Japan reported better than expected first-quarter economic growth of 0.6% and the U.S. dollar rose to a two-month high. On an annual basis, the GDP increased 2.4%. Nikkei average jumped to a 15-year high. Next Co, the online real estate information provider said annual sales jumped 42%. >>

3-Day Rally in Nikke in Tokyo, China Stocks Raly
May 19, 2015 10:55 AM ET
Market indexes in Tokyo advanced for the third day in a row as corporate earnings stay ahead of expectations and higher pay out ratios of dividend. Investors bid up stocks ahead of the release of March quarter economic growth data on Wednesday. >>

RBA Minutes in Australia Raise Hopes for Additional Rate Cuts
May 19, 2015 9:57 AM ET
ustralian stocks traded lower in weak market sentiment and Aussie dollar edged down. Market indexes swung higher in a brief rally after the release of latest RBA minutes of meetings. Bega Cheese fell 4% on weak annual profit outlook. >>

Nikkei Surges 1.3% on Strong Machinery Orders, Dai-ichi Life Lifts Dividend
May 18, 2015 9:20 AM ET
Nikkei average in Tokyo closed at a 3-week high after machinery orders increased in March rose 2.9%. Insurance company stocks jumped after Dai-ichi Life lifted dividend payout. Marubun Corp said annual net rose 7.6%. >>

Nikkei Rebounds; Detsu Announces Buyback Plan, Sharp Plunges
May 15, 2015 11:20 AM ET
Nikkei average rebounded in Tokyo. Dentsu Inc and Marui Group joined other Japanese corporation in announcing share buyback plans and increasing dividend payout. Sharp Corp plunged after the company announced a restructuring plan that many felt did not go far enough. >>

Rising Global Bond Yields Drag Nikkei, Konica Minolta Surges
May 14, 2015 9:59 AM ET
Rising bond market yields hovered stock market sentiment in Tokyo and 10-year Japanese government bond yield jumped to a two-month high of 0.47%. Railroad company stocks declined. Konica Minolta announced stock buyback and dividend hike. Toshiba plans to write down earnings in last three years. >>

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