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WRAPUP 3-BOJ slightly more upbeat on economy, Kuroda sees no need for more easing

TOKYO, May 22- The Bank of Japan offered a slightly more upbeat view of the economy on Friday and its governor shrugged off the need for more monetary stimulus, dismissing market concerns that the recovery is too slow to accelerate inflation toward the bank's target. That followed data on Wednesday which showed Japan's economy expanded at the fastest pace in a...
Source: Reuters | By: Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto
GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks get that Friday feeling as stimulus trumps growth concern

Wall Street's record high on Thursday lifted Asian stocks on Friday, a day that will be packed with key European and U.S. economic data as well as speeches from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank president Mario Draghi. European shares struggled to match that, but the leading index of European shares was still poised for its biggest...
Source: Reuters | By: Jamie McGeever
PREVIEW-Japan April core CPI seen subdued even after 2-year BOJ stimulus

*CPI data due 2330 GMT, output due 2350 May 28. TOKYO, May 22- Japan's consumer inflation remained subdued in April on lower energy costs, adding pressure on the Bank of Japan after already two years of massive stimulus aimed at banishing deflation. "The actual condition of the economy lacks momentum," said Takumi Tsunoda, senior economist at Shinkin Central Bank...
Source: Reuters | By: Kaori Kaneko
Shanghai shares on a tear, while Nikkei ekes out 15-year peak

Mainland shares took the limelight on Friday, with the Shanghai Composite clinching a fresh seven-year high, while markets in Japan edged up to finish the week at their highest levels in 15 years.
Source: CNBC.com | By: See Kit Tang
JGBs edge down, pressured by rising stocks after BOJ holds steady

TOKYO, May 22- Japanese government bonds edged down on Friday, pressured by rallying stocks and investors' wariness ahead of a 20- year auction next week. A short while earlier, the Bank of Japan said it was maintaining its massive monetary stimulus as expected, and slightly revised up its assessment of the economy, signalling that it sees no need to expand stimulus...
Source: Reuters
UPDATE 1-Japan stock market cap hits record, exceeds 1989 peak

TOKYO, May 22- The market capitalisation of shares listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's main board hit a record high on Friday, topping a 26- year peak and marking one victory in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign to jolt the economy out of a long phase of deflation and stagnation. The total market capitalisation of the TSE's first section rose to 591.30...
Source: Reuters | By: Hideyuki Sano
CORRECTED-WRAPUP 2-BOJ slightly more optimistic on economy as business mood improves

TOKYO, May 22- The Bank of Japan maintained its massive stimulus programme and offered a slightly more upbeat view of the world's third-largest economy on Friday, citing a modest rebound in consumption and exports. That added to some signs of hope from Wednesday's data that showed Japan's economy expanded at the fastest pace in a year in January-March due to...
Source: Reuters | By: Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto
Nikkei rises for a 6th day, longest winning streak since Dec

TOKYO, May 22- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Friday in thin trade, extending its gains into a sixth day as optimism for the recovering economy supported the mood after the Bank of Japan's two-day policy meeting. The market capitalisation of the Tokyo Stock Exchange's main board hit a record high at the close. It rose to 591.30 trillion yen, surpassing the...
Source: Reuters
Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects

TOKYO- Toyota President Akio Toyoda vowed to help get to the bottom of the problems with Takata air bags, the recalls for which have ballooned to nearly 34 million vehicles, stressing that regaining consumer trust is an industry-wide concern. Doubts are growing about whether Japanese supplier Takata Corp. has the financial muscle to deal with all the defects, a...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer
China stocks hit 7-year high, Europe muted ahead of Fed

HONG KONG- Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while most other world markets were subdued Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.3 percent to 7,033.44. CHINA RALLY: Investors who weren't allocated shares in recent initial public offerings are...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer