TOKYO Asian stocks dipped early on Wednesday amid growing concerns about the health of the global banking sector, particularly in Europe, while the safe-haven yen stood near a 15-month high versus the dollar.
The turmoil engulfing Viacom deepened on Tuesday as weak earnings and continued concern over the company's leadership sent shares down more than 21 percent, the lowest level in more than five years.
... * Bank's market value has almost halved since a year ago. * Two top 10 investors say running out of patience with turnaround.
Japan is venturing further into the terra incognito of negative interest rates, selling a 10-year government bond that actually costs its purchasers money over time.
U.S. stocks closed little changed on Tuesday as a rally in materials was offset by losses in the energy sector. The main indexes spent the session switching between gains and losses.