With key economic data showing signs of improvement, Song Seng Wun, Regional Economist at CIMB, says Japan may finally be on the right track of recovery.» Read More
*Wall Street set for subdued start. LONDON, March 14- Heightened tensions between the West and Russia ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea pushed world stocks to their lowest in more than a month on Friday and left investors scurrying into safe-haven gold and bonds.
*Draghi sees euro zone deflation risks as "quite limited". *Japan experience shows how deflation can gradually take hold. FRANKFURT/ WASHINGTON, March 14- Meeting students at the University of Amsterdam in April last year, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi extolled the virtues of courage, recalling a story his father had told him:.
LONDON, March 14- Heightened tensions ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea and stresses over China's growth pushed world stocks to their lowest in a month on Friday and sent investors scurrying into safe-haven gold and bonds.
SINGAPORE, March 14- Criminals may already have made off with up to $500 million worth of bitcoins since the virtual currency launched in 2009- and you can double that if it turns out they emptied Mt. "It's just growing pains," says Keith Jarvis, a security researcher at Dell SecureWorks.
SYDNEY/ TOKYO, March 14- Safe-haven currencies like the Swiss franc and the yen were in demand on Friday, having surged overnight as tensions in Ukraine flared up and worries about the health of the Chinese economy continued to fester.
STANFORD, United States- Federal Reserve vice-chair nominee Stanley Fischer speaks before a dinner at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Economic Summit 2014- 0145 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Sweden's central bank governor Stefan Ingves to give a speech on "Have we learned the lessons of earlier financial crises?"
NEW YORK, March 13- The yen rose against the euro and the dollar on Thursday after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signaled a possible response from the West if a referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region goes ahead on Sunday.
Secretary of State John Kerry signalled a possible response from the West if a referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region goes ahead on Sunday. Kerry's comments before Congress, together with a warning by Ukraine's acting president Oleksander Turchinov of a possible Russian invasion, rekindled fears of a war breaking out in the region.
NEW YORK, March 13- The euro rose to 2-1/ 2- year highs against the dollar on Thursday in the wake of the European Central Bank's avoidance of further stimulus, signalling some confidence the region has put recession and its debt crisis behind. Among other major currencies, the New Zealand and Australian dollars surged.
TOKYO, March 13- Chinese trader COFCO Corp's move to grab control of two overseas grains operations in the space of a week threatens to limit the benefits Japan's Marubeni Corp hoped to reap in the world's largest food market. The advantage of that firepower could be curbed as China develops its own global agriculture trading house.
TOKYO, March 13- Japan vowed on Thursday to fight industrial espionage after domestic media reported technology and information from local companies, including chipmaker Toshiba Corp, had been leaked to rivals from other countries.
LONDON, March 13- The prospect of further inflows of capital and a lack of any easing in European monetary policy helped the euro back to 2-1/ 2 year highs and the verge of a break above $1.40 on Thursday.
*China's Jan-Feb economic activity cools to multi-yr lows. SINGAPORE, March 13- Brent futures held above $108 a barrel on Thursday as investors focused on risks from the unfolding crisis in Ukraine, which overshadowed latest China data showing factory output in the world's second-biggest oil consumer lagged forecasts.
TOKYO, March 13- Japan put two reactors on a shortlist for a final round of safety checks on Thursday, moving a step closer to a revival of the country's nuclear industry, three years after the Fukushima disaster led to the shutdown of all plants.
*Asian shares rebound after big losses but gains cut after soft China data. *Concerns over Ukraine, China slowdown and copper rout sap risk appetite.
*Euro's gains capped slightly after lukewarm China data. Recent economic indicators from the euro zone have been upbeat as a whole, decreasing expectations for further easing, "said Ayako Sera, senior market economist at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust in Tokyo.
TOKYO, March 13- Japanese government bond prices slipped on Thursday, while JGB futures briefly fell as much as one point, on what appeared to be a single order, before paring losses. The Bank of Japan offered to buy a total of 570 billion yen in JGBs in two operations.
*Concerns over Ukraine, China slowdown and copper rout sap risk appetite. *China retail sales, industrial output and fixed investment data immediate focus.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies on the White House fiscal 2015 budget proposal before the House Budget Committee- 1400 GMT.
TOKYO, March 12- Two months before Mt. New York resident Marko Simovic filed a civil action at the Tokyo District Court on Dec. 24, seeking to recover $105,000 he had on deposit at Mt. Gox dodged repeated requests to withdraw funds from his account, which as of July 1 was credited with $935,000 in cash.