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Asian markets bounce back from omicron sell-offs

BANGKOK Asian shares were mostly higher on Tuesday after a worldwide slump for financial markets spurred by worries about how badly the omicron variant, inflation and other forces will hit the world economy. Tokyo gained nearly 2% and…

Asian stocks retreat on lack of new Fed action

Asian stock markets declined Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated its benchmark interest rate will stay close to zero at least through 2023 but announced no additional stimulus plans. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo,…

Asian shares mostly higher after Wall Street gains

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday after advances for big technology companies carried Wall Street to further gains overnight. Benchmarks rose modestly in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul but the Shanghai Composite index was almost…

World shares mixed after sell-off on Wall Street

European shares opened higher on Friday and U.S. futures bounced back after a day of losses in Asia. Germany’s DAX gained 0.4% to 13,101.39 and the CAC 40 in Paris jumped 0.8% to 5,048.18. Britain’s FTSE 100 climbed 0.4% to 5,874.37. U.S.…

Asian stock markets follow Wall Street higher

Asian stock markets rose Thursday after Wall Street turned in its biggest daily gain since July despite uncertainty about the global outlook. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney all advanced. Wall Street’s benchmark S&P…

Asian shares mixed following Wall St retreat

TOKYO Major Asian share indexes meandered between modest gains and losses Tuesday after a retreat on Wall Street. Australia’s benchmark led the declines, falling nearly 2% as the Reserve Bank of Australia decided to keep interest rates at…

Global markets sink after Fed virus warning

BEIJING Global markets and U.S. stock futures declined Thursday after the Federal Reserve warned the coronavirus pandemic might threaten the modest economic recovery and kept interest rates near zero. London and Frankfurt opened lower.…

World shares turn lower as virus caseloads surge

MITO, Japan World shares were mostly lower on Wednesday on renewed worries over surging coronavirus caseloads in many countries. U.S. futures also edged lower, though President Donald Trump’s statement that the pandemic will likely get…

Asian shares slide after Wall Street retreat

TOKYO Asian shares were mostly lower Thursday, with Tokyo dropping more than 1% as the Japanese yen gained after the Federal Reserve said it would keep interest rates low through 2022. Asian markets had been expected to fall after the Fed…

Asian stocks fall further amid oil market turmoil

BEIJING Asian stock markets fell further Wednesday as oil prices recovered some of their record-setting losses amid anxiety about the coronavirus pandemic’s mounting economic damage. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia…

Global shares rise despite continuing virus fears

TOKYO Global shares were higher Wednesday, although the outbreak of a new virus, mostly in China, continued to weigh on investor sentiments. France’s CAC 40 added 0.1% in early trading to 6,063.26. Germany’s DAX was up 0.3% at 13,667.35.…

Asian stocks tumble as China virus worries deepen

TOKYO Asian shares skidded again Tuesday on deepening worries over the expanding outbreak of a new virus in China. Markets in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China were closed Tuesday for Lunar New Year holidays, while South Korea’s…

Asian stocks rise ahead of US-China trade pact

BEIJING Asian stock markets rose Monday ahead of the signing of a U.S.-Chinese trade pact as investors shrugged off weaker-than-expected American jobs data. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and South Korea advanced. Japanese markets were…

Asian markets slide on alarm over Mideast tensions

BANGKOK: Shares skidded in Asia on Monday, with Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index down 2% on concern over escalating tensions in the Middle East following the killing by a U.S. air strike of an Iranian general. Shares also fell in most other Asian…