Nikkei races to biggest gain in a month on improved China PMI, Fed minutes

The Nikkei rose 2.1 percent to 14,337.79, with news government-controlled Japan Post Insurance Life is ramping up its investment in Japanese stocks providing the icing on the cake.

Dow, S&P gain on Yellen; Nasdaq ends down for 2nd day

US stocks mostly rose on Wednesday after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signalled continued support for the economy, but the Nasdaq fell for a second session as momentum names sold off.

Fed shows faith in US economy with bond-buying reduction

The Fed said it would reduce its monthly bond purchases to USD 45 billion from USD 55 billion.

Dow closes at all-time high after US Fed decision

The central bank, as expected, continued a plan to gradually taper its bond-buying stimulus program.

BOJ stands pat, keeps upbeat view despite Japan slowdown

Some BOJ-watchers, however, detected a note of caution in the bank`s assessment.

Gold price up for 2nd day on short-covering ahead of US jobs data

Gold rose 0.1 percent to USD 1,290.91 an ounce Thursday, after gaining 0.8 percent on Wednesday, the metal`s biggest one-day jump in nearly three weeks.

Wall St falls after Fed sticks with taper plan

Trading was volatile after the Fed`s move, which further reduces its monthly bond purchases by USD 10 billion a month. Declines were fairly broad-based, with nine of the 10 S&P 500 sector indexes ending lower. Shares of Boeing Co ranked among the biggest drags on both the Dow and the S&P 500.

Dollar slips in Asia despite upbeat jobs data

The dollar drifted lower in Asia on Friday as weak inflation figures and disappointing US corporate results dampened investor sentiment, while the euro was also under pressure on deflation fears.

Wall Street to edge up even as payrolls disappoint

US stocks were set to rise slightly at the open on Friday even as the December jobs report came in much weaker than anticipated.

Fed no less committed to stimulus after cut to QE: Bernanke

The US Federal Reserve is no less committed to highly accommodative policy now that it has trimmed its bond-buying stimulus, Ben Bernanke said on Friday in what could be his last speech as Fed chairman.

Gold price stumbles to 6-month low after Fed stimulus trim

Gold prices slid more than 1 percent on Thursday to its lowest since late June after the U.S. Federal Reserve took its first step away from the ultra-loose monetary policy.

US stocks down fifth day, yields up on Fed worry

Treasury yields hit three-month highs and U.S. stocks closed down for a fifth straight day on Thursday as robust economic and labor market data raised expectations of an imminent cutback in the Federal Reserve`s stimulus.

Upbeat US data points to growth momentum

US private-sector hiring rose in November at the fastest clip in a year, opening the door wider for the Federal Reserve to start trimming its bond purchases within the next few months.

Gold slips as investors look to US data for stimulus clues

Gold dropped on Monday, with investors jittery ahead of key US data this week that could provide clues on when the Federal Reserve will begin scaling back its monetary stimulus.

Gold price retreats from 1-week high on low demand, Fed stimulus

Spot gold fell 0.5 percent to USD 1,246.61 an ounce. It hit USD 1,256.49 in early trade, its highest since Nov. 20.

Nikkei nears 2013 peak as dollar breaks 100 yen barrier

Japanese stocks scaled six-month peaks on Friday as the yen took a spill, though other Asian markets lagged as investors resigned themselves to an inevitable slowdown in US stimulus.

Fed officials felt taper may happen at next few meetings

Federal Reserve officials felt they could decide to start scaling back the U.S. central bank`s massive asset-purchase program at one of its next few meetings provided this was warranted by economic growth.

US stocks rise after retail sales best forecasts

An hour trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 25.36 (0.16 percent) to 15,992.39.

Dollar dips VS euro on poor US economic data

The dollar weakened against the euro Friday after a batch of lackluster US economic data bolstered Federal Reserve chair nominee Janet Yellen`s support of easy money.

Yellen to defend Fed's ultra-easy monetary policy

Her words bolstered expectations the central bank would push on with its bond-buying stimulus into next year and move cautiously when it seeks to temper its support for the economy.