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  • *Most of Asia still shut for Lunar New Year holidays. SYDNEY, Feb 9- The yen held at its highest in over a year against the dollar early on Tuesday, having soared broadly as a selloff in European and U.S. stocks stoked demand for the safe-haven currency. Against the greenback, the euro flirted with $1.1200 after bouncing off Monday's low around $1.1086.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 8- U.S. commodity trader Gerald Group said on Monday it will sell a stake in a subsidiary to a Chinese copper explorer and producer to boost its balance sheet, the latest sign that plunging metals prices are shaking up the global metals landscape. The size of the stake was not disclosed, but Pengxin International Mining Co Ltd will inject equity into...

  • *Dollar falls to lowest vs yen since November 2014. NEW YORK, Feb 8- The dollar fell to a 15- month low against the yen on Monday as a renewed slide in oil prices and doubts about the effectiveness of the Bank of Japan's negative interest-rate policy drove investors back into the safe-haven currency. "A bit of it is positioning," said Charles St-Arnaud, senior...

  • *Banks help drive Europe shares to 16- month low. Some U.S. bank shares traded sharply lower in Frankfurt. "The fundamental picture is clearly softening," said Owen Callan, senior analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald.

  • LONDON, Feb 8- Another day, another landmark low for the nickel price. London Metal Exchange three-month nickel traded down to $7,900 per tonne on Monday morning. "Not an inconceivable prospect by any means," according to one analyst, Leon Westgate of ICBC Standard Bank..

  • LONDON, Feb 8- The yen surged by half a percent against the dollar on Monday as worry over Europe's banks drove capital to the safety of the Japanese currency. It fell 0.4 percent against the dollar, to $1.1121. "The strong yen stands out," said Stephen Gallo, a strategist with BMO in London.

  • LONDON, Feb 8- Members of troubled European industries including steel and aluminium will descend on Brussels in their thousands next Monday to protest against proposed measures to give China greater access to EU markets, and call for action on subsidised Chinese imports. Industrial sector representatives fear millions more jobs will be at risk if Brussels...

  • LONDON, Feb 8- European shares plunged to 16- month lows on Monday, extending a aggressive sell-off, while bond yields and oil also fell as investors shed risky assets on persistent concern over the pace of global growth. Data over the weekend showing China's foreign reserves fell for a third straight month in January, as dollars were dumped to defend the yuan and...

  • LONDON, Feb 8- The dollar turned lower against the euro in Europe on Monday as stock markets resumed their decline, wiping out gains based on Friday's U.S. jobs report. "Ultimately the dollar is still likely to trade on a weaker footing," said Lee Hardman, a currency economist with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi-UFJ in London. The Aussie dollar was up 0.5 percent against its...

  • *Lunar New Year closes most markets, with China off all week. TOKYO, Feb 8- Asian shares pared losses on Monday as a weaker yen helped Japan's Nikkei snap a four-day losing streak, but trade was thin with many regional markets closed for the Lunar New Year holiday. Financial spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 to open around 0.6 percent higher, and Germany's...

  • *Lunar New Year closes most markets, with China off all week. *Wall Street skids, led by technology sector. TOKYO, Feb 8- Asian shares got off to a rocky start on Monday after mixed U.S. jobs data helped sink shares on Wall Street, but trade was thin with many regional markets closed for the Lunar New Year holiday.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia slumps in holiday-thinned trade Sunday, 7 Feb 2016 | 7:21 PM ET

    *Lunar New Year closes most markets, with China off all week. TOKYO, Feb 8- Asian shares got off to a rocky start on Monday after mixed U.S. jobs data helped sink shares on Wall Street, but trade was thin with many regional markets closed for the Lunar New Year holiday. With Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China all closed for the new year holiday, "volumes will be well...

  • China, a focus of much of the recent market concern, released foreign reserves data on Sunday which showed the central bank dumped dollars to defend the yuan and prevent an increase in capital outflows. The country's foreign reserves fell $99.5 billion to $3.23 trillion in January, the lowest level since May 2012, central bank data showed. Federal Reserve Chair...

  • *China investing $46 billion in new trade route. GWADAR, Pakistan, Feb 8- A heavy police presence, guarded convoys, new checkpoints and troop reinforcements have turned parts of the southern port city of Gwadar into a fortress, as Pakistan's powerful military seeks to protect billions of dollars of Chinese investment. Securing the planned $46 billion economic...

  • Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits Taiwan Sunday, 7 Feb 2016 | 8:52 AM ET
    A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan on Feb. 5, 2016.

    Rescuers pulled more survivors from a collapsed apartment tower in Taiwan on Sunday and kept searching for people, a day after a strong earthquake.

  • China FX reserves fall almost $100B in January Sunday, 7 Feb 2016 | 5:25 AM ET

    China's foreign reserves fell for a third straight month in January, as the central bank dumped dollars to defend the yuan and prevent an increase in capital outflows.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 6- The United States vowed on Saturday to take all necessary actions to defend itself and its allies following a North Korean rocket launch, and said it would seek "significant measures" in the U.N. Security Council to hold North Korea to account. North Korea said the rocket carried a satellite, but its efforts have raised strong suspicion in...

  • BEIJING, Feb 7- China's foreign reserves fell for a third straight month in January, as the central bank dumped dollars to defend the yuan and prevent an increase in capital outflows. China's foreign reserves fell $99.5 billion to $3.23 trillion in January, the lowest level since May 2012, central bank data showed, but higher than the median forecast of $3.20...

  • New breed investors embrace China's white-knuckle ride Saturday, 6 Feb 2016 | 8:00 PM ET

    *Summer, January crashes slash China stocks trading volume. BEIJING, Feb 7- A new breed of small investor is riding China's rollercoaster stock markets, looking for a quick buck and thriving on the volatility that has sent others scurrying to the exit clutching their stomachs. Last summer's 40 percent crash and a 20 percent drop so far in 2016 have sent trading...

  • China eyes Sinochem chief for ethics lapses Saturday, 6 Feb 2016 | 5:29 PM ET
    A Chinese policeman stands guard in front of a portrait of Mao Zedong at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.

    The president of Sinochem Group, China's energy and chemicals conglomerates, is under investigation for discipline violations, authorities said.