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Japan cuts GDP growth for third quarter

Japan's economy contracted in the last three months of 2015, before bouncing back this year although the recovery has been wobblyJapan's third-quarter GDP was weaker than thought with a 0.3 percent expansion, revised data showed Thursday, as slack corporate spending held back the world's number three economy. The plan sharply weakened the yen -- fattening corporate profits -- and set off a stock market rally that spurred hopes for a once-soaring economy caught in a deflationary spiral of falling prices and lacklustre growth.



Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:36:56 -0500


Asia shares at 1-month peak, bonds bet on ECB support

Pedestrians are reflected on a window as they walk past an investor looking at a board displaying stock prices at the Australian Securities Exchange in Sydney, AustraliaBy Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares hopped higher on Thursday after Wall Street strode to new records and bonds rallied on wagers the European Central Bank would extend its asset buying campaign at a policy meeting later in the session. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.8 percent to a one-month top, while Australia jumped 1.3 percent helped by rising resource prices. Sentiment also seemed little troubled after Moody's changed its outlook on Italy to negative, warning it may downgrade the credit rating if the country's deteriorating economic and debt outlook was not reversed.



Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:22:23 -0500


Asia shares at one-month peak, bonds bet on ECB support

A pedestrian walks across a road and is reflected in a window displaying stock prices at the Australian Securities Exchange in Sydney, AustraliaBy Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares hopped higher on Thursday after Wall Street strode to new records and bonds rallied on wagers the European Central Bank would extend its asset buying campaign at a policy meeting later in the session. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.8 percent to a one-month top, while Australia jumped 1.3 percent helped by rising resource prices. Sentiment also seemed little troubled after Moody's changed its outlook on Italy to negative, warning it may downgrade the credit rating if the country's deteriorating economic and debt outlook was not reversed.



Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:20:57 -0500


Wall Street surges to new highs; transports set record

Traders work on the floor of the NYSEWall Street surged on Wednesday, with the Dow industrials and S&P 500 hitting fresh records, as equities continued their march upward after the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, and a new high for transportation stocks added to the bullish tone. The gains came even as Trump's comments on prescription drug pricing wounded the healthcare sector. U.S. equities have scaled new highs since the election, with investors encouraged by Trump's plans for economic stimulus and to reduce corporate taxes and regulations.



Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:46:39 -0500





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