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  • A security guard salutes at the entrance of the Bank of Japan building in Tokyo

    The Bank of Japan surprised global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive monetary easing as economic growth and inflation have not picked up as expected after a sales tax hike in April. The jolt from the BOJ, which had been expected to maintain its level of asset purchases, came as the government signaled …

  • NaturalCycles Expands Its Contraception App Subscription Service In Europe

    Swiss founded startup NaturalCycle, which has been testing its contraception app in the Nordics since last December has now opened it up to the U.K. market, making its first move to scale the subscription service which aims to offer women an alternative to hormone based contraception methods such as the pill.The app (on …

  • SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nikkei jumps 5 percent, other Asian stocks up after Japan announces more stimulus; yen slides.

  • The yen tumbled to its lowest level in almost seven years against the dollar on Friday, as the Bank of Japan wrong-footed markets by unexpectedly easing policy further in the face of mounting evidence it would miss its inflation goal. The dollar surged more than 1 percent to a high of 110.67 yen, its best level since January …

  • Japan's Nikkei stock average surged to a seven-year high and the yen tumbled to its lowest since early 2008 against the dollar on Friday as the Bank of Japan caught markets flat-footed with its surprise ...

  • Japan's benchmark index rallied on Friday following surprise easing measures from the central bank and updates from the world's largest pension fund.

  • Japan expands asset purchases to spur recovery Associated Press - 15 minutes ago
    A shoe shop clerk cleans the merchandise in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Japan's economic recovery remained in the doldrums in September, as household spending fell, inflation edged lower and unemployment ticked up. The data were released Friday as the Bank of Japan held a monetary policy meeting. As the U.S. winds down its own "quantitative easing," Japan's central bank faces pressure to increase stimulus to support growth as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe weighs approval of a sales tax hike next year. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's central bank decided Friday to expand its asset purchases in a surprise move to shore up sagging growth in the world's No. 3 economy.

  • ENN Energy Holdings Ltd. (2688) rose the most in four years after its chairman bought stock and the company said its purchase of North American assets, which sent shares tumbling earlier in the week, won’t hurt earnings. Chairman Wang Yusuo and his wife spent just over $6 million on boosting their stake in ENN Energy to …

  • Reuters Market Eye - The BSE Sensex and Nifty on Friday rose to their second consecutive record highs. The 30-share Sensex surged as much as 1.2 percent to an all-time high of 27,668.31. The broader index ...

  • Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp said on Friday its second-quarter operating profit slipped 18.3 percent, missing forecasts, as a consumption tax increase in Japan squeezed sales of electronic parts, TVs and white goods. Sharp's operating profit for July-September fell to 24.5 billion yen ($224 million) from 30 billion …

  • Philippine two-year bonds rose this month, pushing the yield down by the most since May, on speculation the central bank will hold off from raising borrowing cost through the first quarter of 2015. Inflation eased to 4.2 percent in October, from 4.4 percent in September and 4.9 percent in August, according to the median …

  • In the first policy change since Governor Haruhiko Kuroda began record asset purchases in April last year, the BOJ said it is targeting an 80 trillion yen ($726 billion) expansion in the monetary base, up from 60 to 70 trillion yen before, according to a statement in Tokyo today. Only 3 of 32 economists surveyed by Bloomberg …

  • The simple answer to this question is that absolute P/E, which is the most quoted of the two ratios, is the price of a stock divided by the company's earnings per share (EPS). This measure indicates how ...

  • Because the funding vehicle for the SEP is a Traditional IRA, the same transfer and rollover rules that apply to a Traditional IRA also applies to an SEP IRA. The SEP is treated as a Traditional IRA, except ...

  • Learn Simple And Compound Interest @ Investopedia - 44 minutes ago

    Investopedia explains: Interest is defined as the cost of borrowing money, and depending on how it is calculated, can be classified as simple interest or compound interest.

  • When an organization decides to engage in international financing activities, they also take on additional risk as well as opportunities. The main risks that are associated with businesses engaging in ...

  • The Bank of Japan unexpectedly eased monetary policy on Friday in a 5-4 vote, due to concerns that a decline in oil prices would weigh on consumer prices and delay a shift in sentiment away from deflation. Previously, the BOJ targeted an annual increase of 60-70 trillion yen. The BOJ also decided to increase its purchases …

  • The Bank of Japan (BOJ) on Friday expanded its monetary base target, a move aimed at supporting an economy that's struggled since the nation-wide tax hike took effect in April.

  • [video] Hello Kitty: Building a Global Phenomenon @ Bloomberg - 1 hour 6 minutes ago

    Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) – In today’s “Brandstanding” segment, Bloomberg’s Brian Bremner discusses the Hello Kitty phenomenon and Sanrio’s branding strategy as the icon turns 40 with Rishaad Salamat on “On ...

  • World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim is interviewed at the Reuters Global Climate Change Summit in Washington

    By Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Bank said it plans to cut 500 jobs over the next three years as part of a broad restructuring meant to make it more efficient but that has rattled employees. ...

  • Malaysia's closing tin prices for October 31 Reuters - 1 hour 11 minutes ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Following is a table of Kuala Lumpur tin market prices provided by a Malaysian trader. (Prices in $/tonne, and volumes in tonnes unless stated) Date KL Premium/ Spot Bid ...

  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. has agreed to buy health-care facilities from Orion Partners ahead of a plan to list a real estate investment trust, according to people familiar with the transaction. Sumitomo Mitsui bought the 50 billion yen ($457 million) portfolio, which consists of about 20 properties, including Senri …

  • Modi's Black-Money Blunder @ Bloomberg - 1 hour 11 minutes ago

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a man more accustomed to giving than to following orders. As a candidate, Modi had promised to expose and repatriate any “black money” squirreled away abroad. By obeying the Supreme Court -- handing over the list of names in a sealed envelope -- Modi has evaded the awkward possibility …

  • The deal caps months of laborious talks under the aegis of European Union authorities on how much, and how soon, Ukraine needed to pay Russia for gas it has already consumed, and on the terms for future deliveries. * Timothy D. Cook, Apple Inc's chief executive, said on Thursday he was gay - the most striking example of …

  • Yahoo Poaches Amazon Ad Exec Lisa Utzschneider, Ned Brody Takes Ad Tech Role

    Some executive musical chairs and an interesting poach/hire at Yahoo, announced today. The company has named Lisa Utzschneider as its SVP of sales for the Americas, nabbing her from Amazon, where she was VP, global advertising sales and had been with the company since 2008. Meanwhile, Ned Brody, who had been in the Americas …

  • Trialfire Begins Selling Code-Free Analytics Service For Apps And Websites

    Toronto-based startup Trialfire is launching a service so companies can track customers as they interact with applications and websites without the need for data analysts and technical support. The company’s new software allows companies to collect every user click, navigation and entered field, without the need for fancy …

  • Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) – Citi Investment Management Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income John Woods discusses Japan’s economy, the latest CPI and Unemployment figures and the casino bill with Bloomberg’s ...

  • A Luxury Villa Near Florence, Italy, Lists for About $25 Million @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 23 minutes ago

    On roughly 247 acres, the 4,843-square-foot villa has nine bedrooms and eight bathrooms

  • SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Dairy giant Danone SA (DANO.PA) will buy a 25 percent stake in Chinese milk powder maker Yashili International Holdings Ltd for $550 million (343.95 million pounds) as it looks to ...

  • [video] RBI Gives Uber Extension for New Standards @ Bloomberg - 1 hour 27 minutes ago

    Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) – Uber’s been given a month-long extension by India’s central bank to update its payment system to get them in line with new rules. Bloomberg’s Sunanda Jayaseelan reports on “On The ...

  • [video] Jakarta Workers Seek Bigger Pay Jump @ Bloomberg - 1 hour 31 minutes ago

    Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) – Indonesia’s government is facing its first real test as workers in the nation’s capital seek an increase to the minimum wage. Bloomberg’s Alia Karenina reports on “On The Move.” (Source: ...

  • For China's Online Shoppers, Obama's Visit Nothing to Cheer About @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 32 minutes ago

    For many Beijing residents, the upcoming APEC forum means a six-day holiday and—if the government has its way—hopefully bluer skies. But the meeting also could mean hiccups for online retail addicts.

  • Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) – Berjaya is trying its luck in pitching for a casino license in Malaysia. If successful it would be the second in the country. The company is already involved in lotteries, as well ...

  • Samsung Electronics: Cheap Even If China Makes No Money @ Barrons.com - 1 hour 36 minutes ago

    This is not a good year for Samsung Electronics (005930.KS/SSNLF). Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 6 series are so popular even the Koreans are ditching Samsung Galaxy. There is also power vacuum at the top, with its legendary chairman hospitalized since May and rumors circulating that Samsung has no incentive to pay dividends …

  • A senior official in Komeito, the junior party in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition government, said on Friday it would be difficult to press ahead with a plan to raise the nation's sales tax next year. "I think conditions are severe for (raising the tax) next October," Isamu Ueda told reporters after a meeting of …

  • Europe's Deadly Fiscal Paralysis @ Bloomberg - 1 hour 40 minutes ago

    Instead of grappling with this, however, Europe's leaders are endlessly engaged with trivialities. Anti-EU sentiment has become so pronounced that Prime Minister David Cameron has promised an "in or out" referendum on U.K. membership if his party wins next year's general election. So last week, when the European Commission …

  • Thailand’s five-year bonds halted a seven-week run of gains and the baht declined after the Federal Reserve ended its bond-buying program, damping demand for emerging-market assets. The Federal Open Market Committee said in a statement this week that signs of improvement in the labor market meant it could end its record …

  • [$$] Cnooc: Deal or No Deal? -- Overheard @ The Wall Street Journal - 2 hours 15 minutes ago

    Who needs hard targets when you can just confusingly reinterpret them? Chinese oil major Cnooc appears to have taken this approach when it revised production targets this week. Cnooc has for a while been ...

  • [$$] Oil Price Slump Unbalances Majors’ Budgets @ The Wall Street Journal - 2 hours 15 minutes ago

    Heard on the Street : Europe’s oil and gas companies were just getting close to being able to cover their out-goings with operating cash flow. But the sector should be able to trim further in the light ...

  • [$$] World Watch: News Digest @ The Wall Street Journal - 2 hours 18 minutes ago

    World Watch: News Digest

  • [$$] In Sierra Leone, Ambulances Carry Ebola Patients, Big Questions @ The Wall Street Journal - 2 hours 18 minutes ago

    Sierra Leone’s far-flung ambulances have exposed a dangerously disjointed emergency-response system, one that sends gravely ill patients across the country for hospital beds they sometimes don’t live to ...

  • [$$] Hong Kong Protests: Guan Yu Is the People’s Deity @ The Wall Street Journal - 2 hours 18 minutes ago

    One red-faced Chinese god has the distinction of being revered not only by Hong Kong’s protesters but also the police and triads who have clashed with the pro-democracy crowd.

  • The first dozen of some 160 Iraqi Kurdish fighters crossed into the besieged Syrian city of Kobani from Turkey, as Islamic State continued shelling the frontier in an apparent attempt to keep them away....

  • [$$] Spanish Government Criticizes New Independence Vote in Catalonia @ The Wall Street Journal - 2 hours 18 minutes ago

    Tensions are flaring up again as the Spanish government lays the groundwork for a possible legal challenge to the symbolic vote that Catalonia is planning on Nov. 9.

  • [$$] Ukraine, Russia Reach Deal on Natural-Gas Dispute @ The Wall Street Journal - 2 hours 18 minutes ago

    Ukraine and Russia resolved their natural-gas feud on Thursday in a hard-fought deal that averts the threat of gas shortages in Europe this winter.

  • [$$] Ukraine’s GDP Fell 5.1% in Third Quarter @ The Wall Street Journal - 2 hours 18 minutes ago

    Ukraine’s economy continued its rapid slide in the third quarter of 2014, gross domestic product data from the state statistics service showed Thursday.

  • Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.KS> unveiled two new mid-tier handsets with a premium design as it prepared to deliver a riposte to its low-priced Chinese rivals and reclaim its title as the top brand in the world's biggest smartphone market. The Galaxy A3 and A5 will be Samsung's first devices to feature fully metal …

  • Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.KS> unveiled two new mid-tier handsets with a premium design as it prepared to deliver a riposte to its low-priced Chinese rivals and reclaim its title as the top brand in the world's biggest smartphone market. The Galaxy A3 and A5 will be Samsung's first devices to feature fully metal …

  • Falling Bank Deposits Add to China Economy Warning Sign @ Bloomberg - 2 hours 38 minutes ago

    Chinese bank deposits dropped following a crackdown on lenders manipulating their numbers and “illicit” means of attracting money, threatening to weigh on credit growth and hinder efforts to reignite the economy. Four of the five biggest banks, led by Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd. (601398) , posted a drop …

  • Meet Obi: Ex-Apple CEO's new smartphone brand @ CNBC - 2 hours 39 minutes ago

    Obi Mobiles, the new kid on the smartphone block, was launched by co-founder and former Apple CEO John Sculley in Singapore on Thursday as part of the brand's global rollout.

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