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Risks to 'Abenomics' growing, whether Japan PM raises tax or not

TOKYO (Reuters) - If history is a guide, a string of disappointing economic reports in Japan would seem to argue against raising the country’s sales tax again. But the risks for "Abenomics" are increasing whatever Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decides to do. A recovery in the world’s third-biggest economy is faltering, despite Abe’s massive monetary easing and government spending over the past 21 months, and Japan may already be sliding into recession just as Abe must decide whether to raise the tax once again.The damage from an April tax hike has been worse than expected and worse than an increase in 1997, which began a tailspin that ended the career of the then prime minister.At the same time, delaying the tax hike is looking riskier. Some economists, investors and business people say it could spook financial markets already worried about Japan’s commitment to curbing its runaway government debt."If they don't go ahead with it, that will shake confidence in Japan's finances to some degree," said Takao Yasuda, chief executive of discount retailing giant Don Quijote Holdings Co.     “People would interpret it as evidence of just how weak the economy is,” Yasuda told Reuters on Tuesday. “If you ask me, it would be better to raise it to 10 percent soon and get all the negative factors out there.”Economists generally expect Abe to decide by year-end to proceed with a longstanding plan to raise the tax to 10 ...  

Mississippi Becomes Epicenter of College Football

Former Mississippi State quarterback Matt Wyatt and his wife sometimes find time to talk a little football over breakfast while hustling around their house in Tupelo, Mississippi, getting the family ready for another day. His wife, Annabeth, is an Ole Miss graduate, so by this point in the season one of them is usually complaining. This week, he said, it's been all smiles. There's talk of victories and huge crowds. Of national rankings and national exposure. Even crazy things were popping out of their mouths — like Southeastern Conference championships. The Magnolia State's getting a little giddy with a special weekend on the horizon. No. 12 Mississippi State (4-0, 1-0 SEC) hosts No. 6 Texas A&M (5-0, 2-0) in the first game of a memorable doubleheader. The showdown will be followed with No. 11 Mississippi (4-0, 1-0) entertaining No. 3 Alabama (4-0, 1-0), giving the state an all-day showcase to prove its teams are capable of hanging with the nation's best. "This just doesn't happen every day in Mississippi," Wyatt said, later adding. "It's cool and it's a huge deal — a great moment for the state." It's the first time since 1958 the two Mississippi schools have been ranked this high at the same time. Ole Miss hadn't started the season with a 4-0 record since 1970. Yes, think about it: Mississippi will be the epicenter of college football this Saturday. And the rest of the country will be paying attention. ESPN's College Gameday show is coming to Mississippi f...  

Ashley Harris steps up for Arizona volleyball

By Evan Rosenfeld | Published 1 hour ago | Updated 47 minutes ago Arizona volleyball outside hitter Ashley Harris has proven she is a force to be reckoned with on the court. Harris, a sophomore from Petaluma, Calif., entered Arizona’s program last year and has since taken tremendous strides toward developing into a physically dominant player on both sides of the net. “I think we’re barely scratching the surface with her,” UA volleyball head coach Dave Rubio said. “Ashley isn’t even close to being where she’s going to be. My expectations are that she’s going to grow into a full six-rotation player; she’s going to pass, hit and be doing exactly what Madi Kingdon is doing, except she’s going to be 6-foot-8 [instead of 6-foot-1].” After being utilized mainly as a blocking sub last year, Harris took advantage of early season opportunities to earn more playing time. She’s currently ranked third on the team with 74 kills and has tallied seven solo blocks. “Ashley has really brought a lot to our team so far this year,” UA senior outside hitter Madi Kingdon said. “I’m very proud of her. She’s really proving herself in conference and is starting to make a name for herself.” While blocking is arguably Harris’ greatest strength, she’s been more than capable of holding her own on offense as well. In the Wildcats five-set victory over then-No. 19 A...  

Asian Markets Join Global Losses as Weak Data Rattles Investors

Asian markets join global losses as weak data rattles investors.Reuters Asian markets traded lower in thin trade and joined losses in the US and Europe as downbeat global manufacturing activity data and the Ebola health scare in the US hit investor sentiment. The Japanese Nikkei finished 420.26 points, or 2.61%, lower at 15,661.99. South Korea's Kospi finished 15.38 points, or 0.77%, lower at 1,976.16. Australia's S&P/ASX finished 36.40 points, or 0.68%, lower at 5,297.70. Markets in Hong Kong and in mainland China were closed for the National Day holidays and will resume trading on 3 October and 7 October respectively. Markets in Mumbai were closed for the festive holidays and will resume trading on 7 October. Niall King, sales trader at CMC Markets in Sydney, said in a note to clients: "Recent days have seen a barrage of nerve-inducing events converge to cast a shadow over the investment outlook. "Confirmation of a case of Ebola in the US has joined a growing list of bad news stories with geo-political tensions in Ukraine and Hong Kong, and growth concerns around China and Europe sapping risk appetite." Scott Schuberg, CEO at Rivkin Securities said in a note: "A sea of red index movements is not the most pleasant thing to see when one checks the markets in the morning, and there's something about a fall in the Dow Jones Industrial Average of more than 200 points that tends to sting; however, there is still some way to go before the current uptrend in US ...  

Civ 4 designer swaps culture for commodities in Offworld Trading Company

Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis, is very nearly science fiction. The book's narrative revolves around an elite who have manipulated technology to the point where they can practically see the future. They can see what you're planning to do, and then they can use those plans against you. They can read your mind. They're almost inside your head. Sadly, though, Flash Boys isn't science fiction at all. Lewis' latest is a furious exposé of high-frequency trading, and high-frequency traders are a group of horrible jerks - as Lewis has it - who have been exploiting the fact that they were the first to spot that Wall Street had started to operate in milliseconds rather than minutes and hours and days. They laid down special fibre optic channels to travel between crucial servers in as straight a line as possible - one of these channels even went through a mountain range so as not to lose time with bends - and then, using the milliseconds of advantage this gave them over everyone else still using the standard fibre optic channels, they were able to see your buy order leaving your computer, they were able to beat that order to the market, and they were able to grab the shares you were after and then sell them to you, pocketing a profit. HFTs only buy when you want to buy. They only buy because you want to buy. They're assume no market risk, they warp in straight out of the entangled future and yet they've landed here in the present, just so they can give you a shoeing. Flash Boys has ...  

Forex - NZD/USD jumps over 1%, eyes on US jobs data

By Investing.comForexOct 02, 2014 06:52AM GMT Add a Comment Investing.comInvesting.com - The New Zealand dollar jumped over 1% against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday, as Thursday's disappointing U.S. manufacturing data weighed on the greenback and investors eyed upcoming data on U.S. employment.Kiwi rallies vs. greenback ahead of U.S. nonfarm payrolls hit 0.7928 during late Asian trade, the pair's highest since September 26; the pair subsequently consolidated at 0.7864, advancing 1.03%.The pair was likely to find support at 0.7736, the low of September 30 and resistance at 0.7961, the high of September 26.The greenback pulled away from one-year highs recently hit against the kiwi after the Institute for Supply Management on Wednesday said its index of purchasing managers fell to 56.6 last month from a reading of 59.0 in August.Investors were now looking ahead to Friday’s U.S. nonfarm payrolls report, which was expected to show that the U.S. economy added more than 200,000 jobs for a sixth successive month in August.A report by payroll processor ADP on Wednesday showed that the U.S. private sector added 213,000 jobs last month, slightly ahead of expectations for jobs growth of 210,000.The kiwi was higher against the Australian dollar, with shedding 0.36% to 1.1176.Also Thursday, official data showed that Australian building approvals increased by 3.0% in August, exceeding expectations for a 1.0% rise. Building approvals for July were revised to a 2.1% gain from a ...  

European Markets Indicate Lower Open Amid Weak Global Cues

The European markets are poised for a lower open on Thursday, following weak cues from Asia and Wall Street overnight. Rate decision from the European Central Bank and Eurozone producer prices are some of the important economic data expected to impact trading.The DAX futures are losing 39.00 points, the CAC 40 futures are falling 15.00 points and the FTSE 100 futures are dropping 20.00 points. The Swiss Market Index futures are declining 31.00 points.The European markets closed to the downside on Wednesday, amid some weak data. The DAX and the FTSE 100 index fell around 1 percent each, the CAC 40 dropped 1.15 percent and the Swiss Market index slipped 0.5 percent.On the corporate front, the Bayer Group said it is issuing a jumbo bond in 144A/Reg S format with a volume of $7 billion through its subsidiary Bayer U.S. Finance LLC, Pittsburgh, United States.TUI Travel said it is confident of achieving full year underlying operating profit growth of at least 9 percent on a constant currency basis, compared to its previous guidance of 7 to 10 percent.Domino's Pizza Group reported a 17.6 percent increase in 13-week UK system sales to 165.7 million pounds, from 140.9 million pounds last year. The U.S. futures indicate a cautious open on Wall Street. In the previous session, the major averages fell to their lowest closing levels in over a month. The Dow tumbled 1.4 percent, the Nasdaq plunged 1.6 percent and the S&P 500 plummeted 1.3 percent.In Asia/Pacific, markets dropped, foll...  

Search for missing Malaysian airliner to resume in Indian Ocean

SYDNEY, October 2. /TASS/. Australia and Malaysia on October 5 will resume searching for the missing Malaysian airliner, which disappeared over the Indian Ocean in March this year. It was originally planned to begin a new deepwater operation on October 2, but it was postponed till next Sunday because of bad weather, an Australian transport safety agency official said. The Malaysian and Australian governments have chartered three special ships used in ocean exploration for oil and gas. Some of them already participated in the first phase of search, when they mapped the ocean floor. The new search zone will be further south to the area examined in March and April. After analyzing a great amount of satellite data, specialists decided to look for the airliner not west, but south-west of Australia on the area of 60,000 sq km. Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the new phase of search was planned to last for about a year. The head of the international search coordination center, a former Australian armed forces commander, Angus Houston, told reporters recently that the missing airliner may not be found at all. He cited the fate of the Australian naval cruiser Sydney, which disappeared in the Indian Ocean in 1941 and its wreckage was found only 67 years later. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200, which was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, disappeared on March 7. Contact with the Boeing was lost two hours after it took off. Intens...  

Asian currencies get respite as dollar's rally pauses

SINGAPORE: Asian currencies rose on Thursday after a disappointing reading on US factory activity helped spur a drop in US bond yields and blunted the dollar's strength. Leading the gains were the Malaysian ringgit, which pulled up from a six-month low that had been set on Wednesday. "We did see the sharp drop in (US) front-end yields yesterday and I think that's really taken some of the wind out of the dollar's sails," said Mitul Kotecha, head of FX strategy, Asia-Pacific for Barclays in Singapore. "Probably near-term I would imagine there is going to be some consolidation. The move in dollar/Asia has been fairly sharp in a short period of time," he added. US Treasury yields fell on Wednesday after US manufacturing growth unexpectedly slowed and as worsening factory activity in Europe and Asia increased concerns about faltering global growth. The US two-year Treasury yield had slipped nearly 6 basis points on Wednesday, its biggest one-day drop in two months. The US two-year yield eased a bit further in Asian trade on Thursday and last stood at 0.516 per cent. Still, there was also caution on the near-term outlook for emerging Asian currencies due to declines in Asian stock markets. South Korean equities were down 0.8 per cent, Philippine equities fell 1.0 per cent and Indonesian stocks dropped 1.9 per cent. "Asian currencies may not find shelter from the dollar for long if global sentiment continues to deteriorate," Emmanuel Ng, an analyst for OCBC Bank, said in a research ...  

Forex - Dollar slips against yen, euro pushes higher before ECB

By Investing.comForexOct 02, 2014 06:37AM GMT Add a Comment Investing.comInvesting.com - The yen was higher against the dollar on Thursday as declines in Asian equities markets overnight spurred increased safe haven demand for the currency, while the euro was holding above recent lows ahead of the European Central Bank policy announcement later in the day.Yen, euro push higher against dollar hit lows of 108.56, before retracing some of those losses to trade at 108.77, down 0.10% for the day, off the previous sessions six year peaks of 110.07.Investor sentiment was hit after a slew of disappointing manufacturing reports showed that factory activity in the U.S. slowed more than expected last month, Germany’s manufacturing sector slid into contraction territory for the first time in 14 months, while activity in China stalled.Concerns over unrest in Hong Kong and a confirmed Ebola diagnosis in the U.S. also contributed to the risk-off mood. was last up 0.16% to 1.2639, off Tuesday’s two-year trough of 1.2570.The single currency remained under pressure after Wednesday’s weak German factory data added to concerns that the recovery in the region is faltering.Earlier in the week, data showed that the annual rate of euro area inflation fell to a five year low of 0.3% in September.The weak data added to pressure on the ECB to implement additional stimulus measures to stave off the threat of deflation in the region, ahead of its monthly meeting later Thursday.In...  


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