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Yesterday 24.02.2017


US tax fears drag on Asian stocks

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Asian markets fell across the board on Friday on worries about Washington's tax and trade plans. 

In a speech next week, US President Donald Trump is expected to unveil a tax reform plan that is likely to impact businesses around the world, as well as international trade. 

Japan's Nikkei 225 index ended 0.45% lower, Hong Kong's  Hang Seng  lost 0.4%, and Australian stocks slipped 0.79%.  



Fed minutes drive Asian markets lower

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Many Asian markets traded lower on Thursday after the latest Fed minutes revealed the possibility that a US rate hike could come sooner than expected. 

Japan's benchmark Nikkei was down 0.3%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was also lower by 0.3%. In Australia the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 shed 0.4%.

The minutes from the Fed's last meeting showed officials believe they may need to raise interest rates "fairly soon" if the economy stays strong. 

They had discussed the possibility of a rate rise as early as March, however most economists have been forecasting a rise in June. 



Asset sale boosts Toshiba shares

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Toshiba shares soared 18.5% on Wednesday, outpacing the broader market where the benchmark Nikkei 225 was flat. 

Investors snapped up shares on expectations it will soon sell off a stake in its prized microchip business, after the company announced a $28m (£22.5m) sale of its medical finance unit to Canon. 

The Japanese firm has been looking at ways to raise cash, after revealing it is looking at a $3.4bn loss for the year to March 2017. That is mainly due to a $6.3bn writedown at its US nuclear business. 



Asian markets up ahead of Fed minutes

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Many Asian markets traded higher on Tuesday, ahead of the latest minutes from the US Federal Reserve, which could give clues as to when the bank will next raise interest rates. 

The Nikkei in Japan was up 0.7% as investors bought shares in car companies and banks. Exporters' shares also got a boost from the weaker yen.

Stocks in China and Hong Kong also headed higher - but HSBC shares traded down 3.7% in Hong Kong, after the banking giant revealed a 62% drop in full-year profit.

US markets will kick off the shortened trading week on Tuesday. They were shut on Monday for the President's Day public holiday.



Samsung shares rise on bargain-hunting

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Shares in Samsung Electronics rose 1.9% as investors' looked for bargains in South Korean trade. 

The company's boss, Lee Jae-yong, was arrested last week, in a case linked to a scandal which saw the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. 

In the broader market, the main Kospi index was up 0.15% after starting the day lower. 

Japanese stocks were flat in the afternoon, after a negative start earlier in the day. Continued yen strength had placed exporters under pressure. 

Markets in the US are shut on Monday for the President's Day public holiday.  



Nikkei falls again

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Stocks in Tokyo have seen another day of losses on Friday with banks and car makers pulling the index down. The Nikkei 225 closed the day 0.6% lower.  

All eyes though were on Toshiba, clocking the fourth day of big falls and fears the company might even drop off the the index's top tier. 

In Australia, the ASX 200 finished the day flat, as did South Korea's Kospi. 

Chinese markets are still trading, with the Hang Seng in Hong Kong down by 0.5% while the mainland's Shanghai Composite is 0.7% lower. 



More losses on the Nikkei

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Business reporter in Singapore
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Despite the rally we've seen on Wall Street overnight, Asia's biggest market in Japan has failed to pick up the cue from the US. 

The Nikkei 225 ended the day 0.5% lower as investors worried about a strengthening yen - usually bad news for the country's export sector.

In South Korea, the Kospi closed 0.3% lower while Australia's ASX 200 finished the day flat. 

Chinese markets are still trading - the Shanghai Composite is also flat with only the Hang Seng in Hong Kong seeing modest gains of 0.4%. 



Nikkei jumps on weaker yen

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Japan's Nikkei 225 jumped on a weaker yen on Wednesday after US central bank chief Janet Yellen suggested the next US interest rate hike might be not too far off. 

A weaker currency is usually good news for the country's big exporters.

Asia's largest index rose 1.1% despite another steep drop at Toshiba. Shares in the ailing conglomerate tumbled almost another 10% as a result of the delayed earnings, the chairman resigning and the depressing outlook for the firm. 

Elsewhere in Asia, the ASX 200 in Sydney was 0.9% higher while South Korea's Kospi rose 0.4%. 

Chinese markets are still trading and Hong Kong's Hang Seng is up by 1.4% while the mainland benchmark Shanghai Composite is currently up 0.3%



No Trump jump for Asian shares

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Asian shares have not followed America's lead after Wall Street hit a fresh high yesterday on hopes of economic stimulus from the Trump administration. 

Tokyo's Nikkei 225, the region's biggest index, lost 1.1% on Tuesday. All eyes were on Toshiba, whose shares dived more than 7% after the firm delayed a much-anticipated report on its multi-million dollar losses in the US. 

In China, the Shanghai Composite has lost 0.3% while Hong Kong's Hang Seng is flat at midday. 

Australia's ASX 200 ended the day flat while the Kospi in South Korea shed 0.3%. 



Shares rise on Trump-Abe talks

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Investors seem to be pleased with the talks between Donald Trump and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe over the weekend. 

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 traded higher after the US president toned down his aggressive rhetoric and reconfirmed Washington's commitment to its closest ally in Asia. 

The index rose by 0.5% with traders also looking at the latest data showing Japan's economy grewing for a fourth straight quarter in the final three months of last year. 

The rest of Asia also saw gains with Hong Kong's Hang Seng higher by 0.4% and the Shanghai Composite 0.5% higher. 

In Australia, the ASX 200 rose 0.7% while South Korea's Kospi wrapped the day flat. 

The rises also come after US stock indexes finished the week at record highs.

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