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  • Stock benchmarks also fell in Southeast Asia, India and New Zealand. Markets are closed in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea for Lunar New Year holidays. Hong Kong and Korea reopen on Thursday and China and Taiwan resume trading on Monday.

  • *H1 underlying NPAT A $375 mln vs A $336 mln expected by analysts. *H1 net loss A $449 mln vs A $308 mln net profit previous year. SYDNEY, Feb 10- A week after quitting a gas business hammered by depressed oil prices, Australia's AGL Energy fast-tracked on Wednesday a shift into another competitive market by buying a stake in U.S. solar battery maker Sunverge Energy.

  • *USDA projects record-large world wheat ending stocks. Most-active wheat futures at the Chicago Board of Trade traded as low at $4.55 a bushel, the lowest level since the summer of 2010, before closing down 1 cent at $4.57-1/ 2. Corn futures ended down 1-1/ 4 cents at $3.61 after the most-active contract touched its lowest price since Jan. 15.

  • Crop prospects are also improving in South America, which competes with the United States for export business, after weekend rains eased concerns about dryness in Argentina, the world's top exporter of soyoil and soymeal and the No. 3 soybean supplier. Traders will probably resume monitoring South American yields and demand once the USDA issues monthly crop...

  • The world will store unwanted oil for most of 2016 as declines in U.S. output take time and OPEC is unlikely to cut a deal with other producers to reduce ballooning output, the International Energy Agency said. The agency cut its forecast for 2016 oil demand growth, which now stands at 1.17 million barrels per day following a five-year high of 1.6 million in 2015,...

  • The world will store unwanted oil for most of 2016 as declines in U.S. output take time and OPEC is unlikely to cut a deal with other producers to reduce ballooning output, the International Energy Agency said. The agency cut its forecast for 2016 oil demand growth, which now stands at 1.17 million barrels per day following a five-year high of 1.6 million in 2015,...

  • *USDA supply/demand report due at 1700 GMT. PARIS/ SYDNEY, Feb 9- Chicago wheat edged higher on Tuesday, recovering from a one-month low as investors awaited monthly U.S. government grain forecasts, but Paris futures extended losses to new contract lows as export worries continued to weigh on European prices. But wheat remained under pressure from ample global...

  • The world will store unwanted oil for most of 2016 as declines in U.S. output take time and OPEC is unlikely to cut a deal with other producers to reduce ballooning output, the International Energy Agency said. The agency cut its forecast for 2016 oil demand growth, which now stands at 1.17 million barrels per day following a five-year high of 1.6 million in 2015,...

  • *Sydney, Hong Kong store owners report sagging business. SYDNEY/ HONG KONG, Feb 9- Watching a lone browser in his Sydney Chinatown shop, Bing Chen is worried business is being squeezed this Lunar New Year by what's ailing the world economy at large- the weakest Chinese economy in 25 years. "Our customers have halved," said Chen, standing by neatly stacked shelves at his...

  • TOKYO, Feb 9- Crude oil prices rose on Tuesday, with U.S. crude shrugging off big drops in Japan's stock market and eroding some of the previous session's losses that were driven by festering concerns about global oversupply. U.S. crude was up 33 cents at $30.02 a barrel at 0720 GMT, after rising as far as $30.30. But on Tuesday, oil market traders ignored a more than 5...

  • *Thin liquidity in Asia with China on week-long holiday. MANILA, Feb 9- Gold edged up to near its highest since June on Tuesday, as uncertainty over global growth that has hammered stocks puts the precious metal on course for its longest rally since 2011.. Tuesday would mark gold's eighth straight day of gains as investors sought safe havens in the face of...

  • *Coming Up: Germany Industrial output Dec 0700 GMT. MELBOURNE, Feb 9- London copper steadied on Tuesday, underpinned by a weaker dollar as worries over bank solvencies spilled over from global stock markets, and turnover was extremely low as traders waited for the return of top consumer China next week. "There are a lot of people who have come back in 2016 and are...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 9- Asian share markets were scorched on Tuesday as stability concerns put a torch to European bank stocks and sent investors stampeding to only the safest of safe-haven assets. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 1.2 percent, with Australian shares hitting 2-1/ 2- year closing low, and would have been lower if not for...

  • *Thin liquidity in Asia with China on week-long holiday. MANILA, Feb 9- Gold edged up to near its highest since June on Tuesday, as uncertainty over global growth that has hammered stocks puts the precious metal on course for its longest rally since 2011.. Tuesday would mark gold's eighth straight day of gains as investors seek safe havens in the face of instability...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 9- U.S. soybeans rose for the first time in five sessions on Tuesday, coming off their lowest level in nearly one month, though gains were capped as heavy rains improved production prospects in Argentina. *Storms brought moisture to dry fields in Argentina during a key time for crop development. *Traders have been on edge about weather conditions in...

  • TOKYO, Feb 9- Crude oil prices jumped as much as 2 percent on Tuesday, shrugging off big drops in Japan's stock market and eroding some of the previous session's losses that were driven by festering concerns about global oversupply. U.S. crude was up 49 cents at $30.18 a barrel at 0259 GMT, after rising as far as $30.30. But on Tuesday, oil market traders ignored a 5-...

  • *Asia trade insurers wary over China, India metals firms. *Coming Up: Germany Industrial output Dec 0700 GMT. MELBOURNE, Feb 9- London copper drifted on Tuesday after worries over bank solvencies spilled over from global stock markets, and turnover was extremely low as traders waited for the return of top consumer China next week for fresh signals on demand.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to Feb 21 Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 7:01 PM ET

    Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry speaks at luncheon before the 2016 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference, "Pathways to Economic Opportunity," sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Community Development Financial Institutions...

  • *Sydney, Hong Kong store owners report sagging business. SYDNEY/ HONG KONG, Feb 9- Watching a lone browser in his Sydney Chinatown shop, Bing Chen is worried business is being squeezed this Lunar New Year by what's ailing the world economy at large- the weakest Chinese economy in 25 years. "Our customers have halved," said Chen, standing by neatly stacked shelves at his...

  • *Argentina crops benefit during critical weekend. CHICAGO, Feb 8- U.S. soybean futures slid to seven-week lows on Monday after weekend rains across major exporter Argentina reduced the likelihood that dry weather would curb yields. Soybean traders focused on Argentina after storms brought moisture to dry fields during a key time for crop development.