Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve, left, speaks with Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, during the Jackson Hole economic symposium, sponsored by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Moran, Wyoming, last week. Yellen said “the labor market has yet to fully recover,” in a speech today at the Kansas City Fed’s annual conference. Photograph: Bradly Boner/Bloomberg

Asian stocks rose, extending two- week of gains, as investors weighed comments from central bank leaders for clues to monetary policy and earnings rep(...)

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TODAY Results: Hertz Global; ModusLink Global Solutions. Meetings: Petroceltic International EGM (Royal College of Physicians, Dublin 2); ISPIM innova(...)

People work on a gondola next to a construction site in Tokyo. Japan’s factory output rose in January at the fastest pace in more than two years and core inflation hovered at five-year highs, suggesting the economy has enough momentum to withstand an expected hit from a sales tax hike scheduled for April. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Japan’s factory output rose in January at the fastest pace in more than two years and core inflation hovered at five-year highs, suggesting the(...)

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TODAYIndicators: Euro zone Markit services PMI (Dec); Euro zone Markit manufacturing PMI (Dec).Meetings: Independent News & Media EGM (Conrad Hote(...)

A computer screen showing stock information is seen next to investors at a brokerage house in Haikou, Hainan province today. China shares ended a choppy Monday on a weaker note, as investors took profit on outperformers this year in anticipation that initial public offering reforms will divert funds to new listings. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Asian shares and the dollar trod water today, as investors cautiously awaited key US data this week after a decent reading on China manufacturing calm(...)

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TODAYMeetings: Origin Enterprises AGM and EGM (The Westbury Hotel, Dublin 2); EMC Forum (Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin 4).Indicators: Euro zone trade bal(...)

US Treasury secretary Jack Lew and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke assured their G20 counterparts at a dinner last night that a resolution would be reached to avoid a debt crisis. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Top finance officials from the G20 leading economies looked set to keep their focus on the receding risk of a US default at talks today as hopes grew (...)

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks at the International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo today. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters.

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda today expressed confidence the central bank can stem bond market volatility with flexible market operat(...)

It has been a breathtaking start to the year for equity investors, with the upward move in stock prices that began during the final quarter of (...)

A businessman looks at a screen displaying a photo of US dollar bank notes in Tokyo today. The yen has hit fresh lows against a host of major currencies, resuming its slide after the Bank of Japan lost no time in launching its new easing policy to underline its determination to beat deflation. Photograph:  Toru Hanai/Reuters

Bank of Japan measures to fight deflation may debase currency further