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  • *Trade flows in Asia changing due to stronger greenback. *Japan reducing corn purchases from US, taking more S.America. Japan, the world's top corn importer, has seen the yen drop around 14 percent against the greenback since September, while the rupiah in Indonesia, Asia's biggest wheat buyer, has lost about 11 percent.

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, March 5- The euro slid to its weakest level in more than 11 years against the dollar on Thursday, as investors waited for the European Central Bank to announce more details of its massive bond-buying program. The common currency fell to as low as $1.1026 as of 0653 GMT, its lowest level since September 2003. It last traded at $1.1039, down 0.4 percent on...

  • TOKYO, March 5- Loss-making Japanese electronics firm Sharp Corp meets its main banks on Thursday in an effort to secure its second major bailout since 2012, betting they will have little choice but to pay up despite their call for more drastic overhauls. Sharp Chief Executive Kozo Takahashi will meet officials from Mizuho Bank and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 18 Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    TEXAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed& Farewell, El Paso" before a community forum hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas El Paso Branch- 0000 GMT. SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia Deputy Governor Philip Lowe speaks at the Goldman Sachs 10th Annual Global Macroeconomics Conference- 0130...

  • Gloom and gallows humor in Fed's 2009 transcripts Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 5:01 PM ET

    Federal Reserve officials faced the worst of the Great Recession in early 2009: a collapsing economy hemorrhaging jobs, a plunging stock market, and banks saddled with bad debts, refusing to lend. Yet the transcripts also show that then-Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and other Fed policymakers were quicker to grasp the magnitude of the downturn than in previous...

  • *Bank of Japan board member Ryuzo Miyao steps down March 25. TOKYO, March 5- Markets believe the Bank of Japan's reflationary credentials will be burnished by new board member Yutaka Harada this month, but a closer look at his views suggests he is unlikely to back an early expansion in the bank's massive monetary stimulus. The 64- year-old Waseda University...

  • *China is world's second-biggest defence spender. *Aircraft carriers, submarines seen among China's priorities. BEIJING, March 4- China's defence budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, a top government official said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment such as...

  • *Saudi Arabia raises monthly prices for crude sales. LONDON, March 4- Brent crude oil extended losses to fall below $60 a barrel on Wednesday after a much larger-than-expected build in U.S. crude stocks, while Saudi Arabia's oil minister said he expected the market to balance itself and prices to recover. April Brent fell $1.46 to $59.56 by 1538 GMT, dropping below...

  • *Europe equities fall after regional PMI data. NEW YORK, March 4- Stock prices around the world fell on Wednesday on profit-taking, while the euro dropped to an 11-1/ 2 year low ahead of a European Central Bank meeting where policymakers are expected to offer details on their bond purchase stimulus plan. Brent crude was just below $60 a barrel after Saudi Arabia's...

  • LONDON, March 4- Brent crude oil slipped towards $60 a barrel on Wednesday as a stronger dollar pressured commodity prices, while Saudi Arabia's oil minister said he expected the market to balance itself and for prices to recover. Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said he expected supply and demand would soon match and oil prices, which hit a near six-year low of $45 in...

  • LONDON, March 4- Brent crude oil steadied above $60 a barrel on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia's oil minister said he expected the oil market to balance itself. Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said he hoped and expected the oil market to balance and prices, which hit a nearly six-year low around $45 in January, to stabilize, adding to signs OPEC's largest exporter is...

  • FOREX-Euro slides ahead of ECB; dollar at 11-year high Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 4:35 AM ET

    LONDON, March 4- The euro crashed through support levels that have held for more than a month on Wednesday, hitting a six-week low under pressure from the imminent launch of outright quantitative easing by the European Central Bank. "Its really the dollar side of the equation that is at stake at the moment," said Daragh Maher, a strategist with HSBC in London.

  • *China is world's second biggest defense spender. *Aircraft carriers, submarines seen among China's priorities. BEIJING, March 4- China's defense budget this year will rise about 10 percent compared with 2014, a top government official said on Wednesday, outpacing the slowing economy as the country ramps up investment in high-tech equipment such as...

  • *Fighting escalates in Libya, militants seize oilfield. LONDON, March 4- Brent dipped on Wednesday but held above $60 a barrel, supported by a rise in Saudi crude prices and air strikes and militant raids on oil facilities in Libya. In a move widely seen as showing Saudi Arabia's confidence in a demand recovery, the OPEC kingpin raised official selling prices for its...

  • *Europe chief Didier Leroy to be first foreign EVP. *Japan aims to have women in 30 pct of top jobs by 2020. The world's biggest automaker appointed Europe chief Didier Leroy to become one of six executive vice presidents effective after the company's annual shareholders' meeting in June.

  • TOKYO— North Korea is trying to invigorate its hidebound economy by offering more control and possibly more personal rewards to key sectors of its workforce in the country's biggest domestic policy experiment since leader Kim Jong Un assumed power. The focus is on management, distribution and farming, said economist Ri Ki Song of the Economic Science Section...

  • TOKYO, March 4- Uber Technologies Inc is reviewing its ride sharing service in the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka after the transport ministry said it had banned the pilot project, citing potential legal concerns. Uber's month-old Fukuoka service pays drivers who use cars registered for personal use to ferry around passengers, a business model that...

  • TOKYO, March 4- Japanese government bond prices were lower across the board on Wednesday in response to overnight weakness in U.S. Treasuries, although strong results in the Bank of Japan's debt buying operation helped trim losses. The BOJ bought one- to 10- year debt and the firm operation results released later in the session calmed sentiment bruised by...

  • *Saudi Arabia raises monthly prices for crude sales to U.S., Asia. SINGAPORE, March 4- Brent dipped on Wednesday but held above $60 a barrel, supported by a rise in Saudi crude prices and air strikes on oil facilities in Libya. In a move widely seen as showing Saudi Arabia's confidence about a recovery in demand, the OPEC kingpin raised the official selling prices for...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 17 Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    LAKE FOREST, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans speaks on current economic conditions and monetary policy before the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club 2015 Economic Breakfast- 1400 GMT. KANSAS CITY, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George speaks on the U.S. economy at an event hosted by...