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SYDNEY, June 20- The U.S. dollar held firm in Asia on Thursday, having posted its best one-day gain in over a month after the Federal Reserve confirmed that it would begin to dial down stimulus this year if the economy continued to recover as it expected. The euro swiftly retreated from a four-month high around $1.3418 to last stand at $1.3282.
TOKYO, June 20- Japan's Nikkei share average is expected to lose ground on Thursday after U.S.
SYDNEY, June 20- Asian stock markets were braced for a fall on Thursday in line with Wall Street after the U.S. central bank confirmed that it would begin to withdraw stimulus this year if the economy continued to recover as it expected.
*Copper price touches lowest level since May 3. NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 19- Copper slid to six week lows on Wednesday after Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke outlined plans for reining in the U.S. central bank's massive bond-buying program, comments that boosted the dollar and knocked assets considered more risky.
*Abe says door to dialogue with China open. LONDON, June 19- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought on Wednesday to repair some of the damage a row over disputed islands has done to its relationship with China, and said his country needed to prove his stimulus drive would not end in a debt crisis.
LONDON, June 19- Japan must convince the world of its debt sustainability, and it is ready to restart dialogue with China following recent tensions over a group of disputed East China Sea islands, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday.
June 19- Fab has raised $150 million from several investors, including Tencent Holdings, that values the online retailer at $1 billion.
*Physical demand sluggish in China, India- traders. NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 19- Gold rose on Wednesday after the previous session's sharp drop, but uncertainty over the future of the U.S. Spot gold was up 0.4 percent at $1,373.24 an ounce by 12:37 p.m., trading in a narrow $10 range.
PARIS, June 19- European shares ended slightly lower on Wednesday in thin trading volumes, as investors awaited clues from the U.S. Investors avoided increasing their exposure to equities ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee's policy decision, and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's press conference, both due after European markets' closing bell.
*Ukraine uses Chinese loan to buy grain for exports. *Ukraine firm sees high flour exports to Middle East. KIEV, June 19- A Chinese state company has started a programme of purchasing grain from Ukraine's state-run grain corporation for export to clients in China, the Middle East and markets further afield, the Ukrainian chief executive said on Wednesday.
SAO PAULO, June 19- Petróleo Brasileiro SA, Brazil's state-run oil company, and China Petroleum and Chemical Corp are in talks to build a $20 billion, 300,000- barrels-a-day refinery in the South American country, according to a securities filing on Wednesday.
LONDON, June 19- Brent oil rose on Wednesday supported by fears that violence in Syria could spread elsewhere in the region, disrupting supply, while investors looked to a meeting of the Federal Reserve later in the day for clues on the outlook for continuing stimulus.
*Copper touches lowest level since May 3. LONDON, June 19- Copper slid on Wednesday to its lowest in over six weeks, the third straight day of losses, as investors worried about the potential for less stimulus from the U.S.
*March-May pretax 6.1 bln SEK vs consensus 6.3 bln. STOCKHOLM, June 19- H&M, the world's second-largest fashion retailer, posted a sharp rise in sales since the start of June, driven by strong demand for full-price items from its new collections more than discounted older unsold items.
OLYMPIA, Wash.-- Substantial improvements in Washington's financial outlook provided state lawmakers with a pathway to resolve their budget differences Tuesday, and negotiators expressed optimism they would avoid any government shutdown.
*Physical demand sluggish in China, India- traders. LONDON, June 19- Gold firmed on Wednesday as stock markets retreated ahead of a Federal Reserve policy statement, but uncertainty over the future of the U.S. central bank's quantitative easing programme kept the price in a narrow range.
*China, U.S.' serious' about climate change. LONDON, June 19- The world should stop arguing about whether humans are causing climate change and start taking action to stop dangerous temperature rises, the president of the World Bank said on Wednesday.
PARIS, June 19- China's Comac could build a larger version of its C919 aircraft in the early 2020 s to tempt airlines away from dominant global planemakers Airbus and Boeing, the head of Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair said. Ryanair, which has an all-Boeing 737 fleet, signed a design agreement with Comac two years ago to help produce a rival jet.
*Physical demand sluggish in China, India- traders. LONDON, June 19- Gold edged higher on Wednesday as stock markets retreated ahead of a Federal Reserve policy statement, but uncertainty over the future of U.S. central bank's quantitative easing programme kept it in a narrow range.
NEW YORK, June 19- For some people, overspending might mean ordering the lobster or splurging on an extra pair of shoes at Macy's. The Portland, Oregon, author woke up one day and decided to go on a trip to China. Along the way, she blew through around $10,000.