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    Thursday, 29 December 2016

    Global Markets: Asia stocks, dollar subdued on last trading day of 2016, euro spikes briefly

    Japan's Nikkei retreated 0.7 percent on a stronger yen, on track for a 0.1 percent loss in 2016. That is its worst in five years, with the yen's 22 percent surge in the first half of the year slamming the index. (Reuters)
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    Asian stocks and the dollar were off to a subdued start on Friday as investors took profits on the last trading day of 2016, while the euro briefly spiked in thin trade.

    The euro jumped as much as 2 percent early on Friday, its biggest intraday gain since Nov. 8, before settling back down to trade 0.6 percent higher at $1.0559.

    “It’s a really thin market today, and suddenly, offers disappeared and short-term players pushed the euro higher and took out stops. That’s all,” said Kaneo Ogino, director at foreign exchange research firm Global-info Co in Tokyo.

    The common currency is still down 2.8 percent for the year. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was little changed early on Friday. In a year marked by major political surprises, including Brexit and the unexpected election of political novice Donald Trump to U.S. President in November, Asia ex-Japan stocks are poised to post a 3.3 percent gain

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