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Madrid stock exchange

Asia shares inch ahead, hostage to Fed outlook

Asian share markets crept higher on Tuesday as Tokyo scored another 15-year peak, though gains were hostage to what Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen might say later in the day about the likely lift-off date for U.S. rate hikes.

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Tokyo

Asia tentative, awaits word on Fed rate outlook

Caution gripped Asian markets on Tuesday as investors fretted over what Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen might say later in the day on the likely lift-off date for U.S. policy tightening.

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Japan's Nikkei

Japan shares hit 15-year peak; yields drop on Fed view

The U.S. dollar was nursing losses in Asia on Thursday while bonds held hefty gains as investors scaled back expectations on how fast, and how far, the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates in coming months and years.

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Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ)

ANZ names Mark Whelan as new Australia CEO

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ.AX) on Monday said Mark Whelan will replace Phillip Chronican as the head of its Australian business.

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Currency exchange

Sterling firmer in sleepy start to holiday week

Sterling scaled a six-week peak early on Monday following recent hawkish-sounding comments from the Bank of England, while the other major currencies were subdued in a holiday-riddled week.

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Tokyo

Stocks, currencies wary of Greek confusion

Asian stock markets turned cautious on Wednesday while the U.S. dollar crept higher as looming euro zone meetings to discuss the Greek debt crisis threatened to produce more confusion than clarity.

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Brokerage house in Shanghai

Stocks, currencies count down to Greek meetings

Asian stock markets were subdued on Wednesday while major currencies barely budged as looming euro zone meetings to discuss the Greek debt crisis overshadowed a firmer finish on Wall Street.

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Tokyo

Asia subdued by Greek uncertainty

Asian markets got off to a cautious start on Wednesday as looming euro zone meetings over Greece overshadowed a firmer finish on Wall Street.

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Boco Rock Australia Wind Farm

Australian windfarms face $13 bln wipeout from political impasse

Australia faces a A$17 billion ($13.3 billion) exodus of investment from its windfarm industry because of a political deadlock, threatening to deal the country a major economic blow and kill hopes of meeting a self-imposed clean energy target.

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Reserve Bank of Australia

Australia's RBA cuts rates to record low, market hankers for more

Australia's central bank cut its cash rate to an all-time trough of 2.25 percent on Tuesday, breaking an 18-month hiatus on stimulus as it seeks to spur a sluggish economy while keeping downward pressure on the local dollar.

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Proposed Crown resort and casino

Australia’s Crown Resorts drops Sri Lanka $400 million casino plan

Australian gaming mogul James Packer’s Crown Resorts Ltd. (CWN.AX) has scrapped a proposed $400 million luxury hotel and resort development in Sri Lanka after Colombo's new government withdrew approvals for casinos.

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Exchange rates

Asia shares inch ahead, euro steady as Fed meets

Most Asian share markets firmed on Tuesday and the euro clung to rare gains, relieved that European equities had weathered Greece's election outcome without too much disruption.

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European Notes

Copper suffers meltdown on growth anxiety, euro on defensive

Unease over the global economy engulfed commodities and dented Asian equities on Wednesday, while the euro loitered near nine-year lows as investors bet the European Central Bank was just a week away from launching a new stimulus campaign.

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US bills

Dollar slips with yields, oil still dropping

The U.S. dollar took a dip on Monday as Asian investors caught up with a benign payrolls report and the subsequent slide in Treasury yields, though turnover was light with Tokyo on holiday.

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Macquarie

Macquarie in exclusive talks to buy planes from lessor AWAS for more than $4 billion: sources

Australian bank Macquarie Group Ltd's aircraft leasing subsidiary is in exclusive talks to buy a portfolio of new planes from Dublin-based lessor AWAS for more than $4 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

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