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  • TOKYO, Oct 26- Public approval of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government slumped after the resignation of two high-profile cabinet ministers last week, according to a poll published on Sunday, adding more pressure on Abe as he struggles to turn around the Japanese economy. Japan's biggest daily the Yomiuri surveyed 1,059 people by telephone on Friday and...

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Nov 6 Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    FRANKFURT- Deutsche Bundesbank Board Member Andreas Dombret to give press conference at the Bundesbank in Frankfurt- 1200 GMT. FRANKFURT- ECB Vice-president Vitor Constancio and Supervisory Board Chair Daniele Nouy to hold a press conference on the results of the Comprehensive Assessment- 1030 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor Minouche Shafik...

  • What you need to know about massive air bag recall Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 4:51 PM ET

    So far, more than 12 million vehicles worldwide with air bags made by Japanese parts supplier Takata Corp. have been recalled for the problem. There have been recalls in Japan, Europe, China and other areas. A: Chemicals that quickly inflate air bags during a crash are exploding with too much force in Takata air bags made from 2001 to 2011. This blows apart metal...

  • After big miss, will activists circle Amazon? Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 2:40 PM ET
    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos discusses the Fire smartphone at a news conference in Seattle, June 18, 2014.

    Any underperforming company can come under attack from an activist investor. Hedge funds ponder whether Amazon will be targeted next.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- The euro rallied on Friday ahead of an official report on the health of the euro zone's main banks as investors continued a trend of covering their short-positions leading to buying of the currency against the U.S. dollar. Bloomberg News first reported the results of the tests, which are due on Sunday. It just highlights that this is a risk that is not...

  • *Factory output due Oct 29 at 8:50 a.m.. *CPI, jobs, household spending Oct 31 at 8:30 a.m.. TOKYO, Oct 24- Japanese factory output probably recovered in September, but only moderately, and consumer price inflation may have dipped, a Reuters poll showed, adding to uncertainty over whether the government will decide to raise the sales tax again next year.

  • Disney pens love letter to Japan with robot film Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 4:58 AM ET

    "The fifth-highest-grossing movie of all time made more than $250 million of its total in Japan alone, nearly a third of its overseas numbers and more than five times what it made in France, according to Box Office Mojo. Disney shows its love for Japan by setting the story in a picturesque town that's a cross between Tokyo and San Francisco, San Fransokyo, complete...

  • *Sterling eyes Q3 UK GDP data. LONDON, Oct 24- The euro slipped on Friday, as investors were cautious ahead of the results on Sunday of stress tests on euro zone banks, while the yen was underpinned by safe-haven flows due to a fresh Ebola scare in New York. The euro zone's 130 biggest banks received the European Central Bank's final verdict on their finances on...

  • TOKYO, Oct 24- Japanese prosecutors have delayed a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, an official with a special panel that requested an indictment said on Friday. The Tokyo's District Prosecutors Office had been reinvestigating the case, after a citizens' panel...

  • TOKYO, Oct 24- Japanese shares rose to a two-week high on Friday as the weaker yen lifted exporters, while renewed fears about the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States bolstered Ebola-related stocks such as Fujifilm Holdings Corp. Tokyo- listed shares in firms manufacturing Ebola-related products jumped in response to news that a New York City doctor...

  • Honda exec says will keep doing business with Takata Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 11:47 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 24- Honda Motor Co will continue to do business with Takata Corp, a senior executive at Japan's third largest automaker said on Friday, even as defective Takata airbags threaten to expand a recall already affecting 5 million Honda cars in the United States. Senior Managing Officer Yoshiharu Yamamoto, also head of Honda's research and development unit,...

  • *Fujifilm says receiving inquiries from overseas govts, hospitals. TOKYO, Oct 24- Shares of Fujifilm Holdings Corp and Japanese makers of air purifiers and protective clothing soared in Tokyo trading on Friday as the first confirmed Ebola case in America's biggest city renewed fears about the spread of the virus. Fujifilm, which has gained on hopes that its...

  • Nikkei gains capped by Ebola case in New York Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 10:21 PM ET

    *Nikkei advances on weak yen, Wall Street gains. *Helath stocks Airtech, Fujifilm rise. TOKYO, Oct 24- Japanese shares rose on Friday on the back of a weaker yen and Wall Street gains, but its advance was capped by reports of an Ebola case in New York City which sent U.S. stock futures lower.

  • Caterpillar, 3 M earnings underpin sentiment. TOKYO, Oct 24- U.S. stock futures tumbled while safe-haven assets such as the yen and U.S. bonds gained on Friday after media reported that a doctor who returned to New York City from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola. Asian shares also some ground with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan...

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Oct 24- The yen pulled away from two-week lows against the dollar on Friday on safe-haven bids as U.S. stock futures tumbled on reports that a New York doctor had tested positive for the Ebola virus. "I think, next week the market will be more event-driven, with the FOMC and the Bank of Japan, so the downside should be limited," he said, adding that support at...

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Nov 5 Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    MILAN, Italy- ECB Executive Board member Peter Praet speaks at the International Banking Conference "Structural changes in the banking sector" organized by Bocconi University- 0820 GMT. FRANKFURT- Deutsche Bundesbank Board Member Andreas Dombret to give press conference at the Bundesbank in Frankfurt- 1200 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor...

  • JAKARTA/ SINGAPORE, Oct 24- Honda Motor's Mobilio, a spacious yet affordable multi-purpose vehicle, has nearly doubled its market share this year, triggering a price war with Toyota Motor in Indonesia, the latest battleground for global carmakers. Toyota and its Daihatsu Motor affiliate have long enjoyed a more than 50 percent market share in Indonesia- where...

  • FOREX-Dollar rises on return to riskier assets Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 4:48 PM ET

    *Dollar's gains cut on reports of Ebola-like symptoms in New York doctor. NEW YORK, Oct 23- The dollar rallied on Thursday as investors plowed cash back into riskier asset classes, underpinned by promising U.S. data and stronger-than-expected manufacturing reports in Europe and China. However, the dollar trimmed gains in late trading as the U.S. stock rally...

  • FOREX-Risk-on trade pulls dollar higher Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 11:42 AM ET

    *U.S. leading economic indicators better than expected. *German and eurozone flash PMIs beat expectations. NEW YORK, Oct 23- The dollar rallied on Thursday as investors plowed cash back into riskier asset classes, with an underpinning of promising data from the United States and better-than-expected manufacturing data in Europe and China.

  • TOKYO, Oct 23- Japanese three-month government discount bills were sold for the first time at negative yields on Thursday, highlighting the strength of investor demand for short-term debt- whatever the yield- because the Bank of Japan is buying such large amounts of it. The Ministry of Finance sold 5.257 trillion yen of three-month bills at an auction on...