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Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.27%

Investing.com - Investing.com – Japan stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Real Estate, Food and Fishery sectors led shares lower. At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.27%. The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokuyama Corp. (T:4043), which rose 2.88% or 13.0 points to trade at 464.0 at the close. Meanwhile, JX Holdings, Inc. (T:5020) added 1.61% or 8.2 points to end at 518.2 and Yaskawa Electric Corp. (T:6506) was up 1.43% or 27.0 points to 1910.0 in late trade. The worst performers of ...

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Japan’s Economy Watchers Current Index 51.4 vs. 50.0 forecast

Investing.com - Japan’s economy watchers current index remained unchanged unexpectedly last month, official data showed on Thursday.In a report, Cabinet Office said that Japan’s Economy Watchers Current Index remained unchanged at a seasonally adjusted 51.4, from 51.4 in the preceding month whose figure was revised down from 52.5.Analysts had expected Japan’s Economy Watchers Current Index to fall to 50.0 last month.

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Gold prices down in Asia as dollar recovers after Trump press conference

Investing.com - Investing.com - Gold prices eased in Asia on Thursday as the dollar recovered a bit from a sell-off after President-elect Donald Trump held a freewheeling press conference overnight that was slim on details of economic policies. Gold for February delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange eased 0.07% to $1,195.75 a troy ounce, while copper futures rose 0.50% to $2.613 a pound. The U.S. dollar index was nearly flat at 101.69 after dropping to about 101.46 overnight, offering support for the precious metal which is priced in greenbacks. A weaker dollar benefits key ...

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Crude prices mixed in Asia as weaker dollar eyed

Investing.com - Investing.com - Crude oil prices traded mixed in early Asia on Thursday as the dollar took a hit after President-elect Donald Trump's first press conference since winning the presidency failed to provide fine details on economic policy and with data on U.S. stockpiles up more than expected weighing on sentiment. A weaker dollar makes crude denominated in greenbacks cheaper for major importers like China and India. On London's ICE, Brent futures were last quoted up 0.14% to $55.28 a barrel, while U.S. crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 0.23% to $52.25 a barrel. A bigger-than-expected 4.1 million barrel overall ...

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Japan’s Bank Lending 2.6% vs. 2.4% forecast

Investing.com - Japan’s bank lending rose unexpectedly in the last quarter, official data showed on Wednesday.In a report, Bank of Japan said that Japan’s Bank Lending rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.6%, from 2.4% in the preceding quarter.Analysts had expected Japan’s Bank Lending to remain unchanged at 2.4% in the last quarter.

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