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  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 1:21 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for March, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for February, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases international trade data for February, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases...

  • *Crude dips as market reassesses Yemen conflict impact. Trading in many markets was choppy, with oil dropping back after Thursday's spike on Saudi-led air attacks in Yemen and investors awaiting a speech on monetary policy later on Friday by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. "Yellen will be the big news of the day, certainly, so I don't expect a lot of movement...

  • YOKOHAMA, Japan— The cutting-edge technology was billed as a way to decipher where exactly the morass of nuclear fuel might sit at the bottom of reactors in the Japanese power plant that went into multiple meltdowns four years ago. But what went wrong, even in a simple demonstration for reporters Friday for the 500 million yen project, was a sobering reminder of...

  • *Crude dips as market reassesses conflict in Yemen. Asian shares dropped overnight but the pan-European FTSEurofirst tip-toed higher as a 0.2 percent fall for Britain's FTSE was offset by 0.6 and 0.1 percent gains on Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40.. "I'm not surprised that European shares are fading their gains," said Gavin Friend, a strategist at National...

  • BANGKOK— Thailand is facing bans on new international flights and increased inspections after the International Civil Aviation Organization flagged significant concerns about the country's aviation safety, officials said Friday. Japan has blocked new flights from Thailand following the ICAO decision and South Korea is considering similar measures,...

  • TOKYO, March 27- Japanese government bonds skidded sharply on Friday, as investors sold both cash bonds and futures before the end of Japan's fiscal year. The benchmark 10- year yield added 5 basis points to 0.375 percent, after soaring as high as 0.405 percent, its highest since March 18. "It's a strange market today," said Tadashi Matsukawa, head of Japan...

  • Stocks recover their poise ahead of US economic data Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 2:24 AM ET

    TOKYO— Asian shares were lackluster Friday as the conflict in Yemen ripped through the Middle East and Japanese data showed the world's No. 3 economy is still in the doldrums. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 1.3 percent to 19,213.15 and South Korea's Kospi was down 0.3 percent at 2,016.94. MIDDLE EAST: The turmoil in Yemen has erupted into a regional...

  • SEJONG, South Korea/ SEOUL, March 27- South Korea hopes its infrastructure companies will benefit from the country joining the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the finance ministry said on Friday. China has set March 31 as the deadline for joining the bank as a founder member, which will be capitalized at an initial $50 billion to provide...

  • SEJONG, South Korea/ SEOUL, March 27- South Korea hopes its infrastructure companies will benefit from the country joining the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the finance ministry said on Friday. China is South Korea's biggest trading partner and the two countries are set to sign a free trade agreement in the first half of this year.

  • *Lingering concerns over conflict in Yemen limit stock gains. TOKYO, March 27- Asian stocks crawled higher on Friday as upbeat U.S. economic data helped revive some risk appetite lost following air strikes on Houthi militants in Yemen, while the dollar rebounded. Crude oil prices were slightly lower on the dollar's bounce after surging overnight on the...

  • TOKYO— Japan reported lackluster inflation and wages data for February that suggested Friday that its economic recovery remains in the doldrums. Excluding the impact of an April 2014 sales tax hike, inflation was flat. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sought to spur growth through extreme monetary easing by the central bank that is meant to drive prices higher,...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 9 Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, United States- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks on "Monetary Policy" before the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Conference: The New Normal for Monetary Policy- 1945 GMT. PRISHTINA- European Central Bank's Deputy Director General International& European Relations, Gilles Noblet, speaks at an event to celebrate the conclusion of a...

  • March 26- Private equity firm Platinum Equity LLC is in advanced talks to buy PrimeSource Building Products Inc, the largest distributor of screws and nails in the United States, from Itochu Corp, according to people familiar with the matter. Reuters reported in November that Itochu, a Japanese trading house, had hired investment bank JPMorgan Chase& Co in an...

  • *Iran denounces strikes, Russia calls for "immediate ceasefire". NEW YORK, March 26- Oil jumped about 5 percent on Thursday, the biggest daily gain in a month, as air strikes in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies sparked fears that escalation of the Middle East battle could disrupt world crude supplies. The Saudi military operation against the Iran- backed...

  • *Iran denounces strikes, Russia calls for "immediate ceasefire". NEW YORK, March 26- Oil jumped about 5 percent on Thursday, rallying a second straight day, after air strikes in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies sparked fears of a bigger Middle East battle that could disrupt world crude supplies. Pakistan, a Riyadh ally far away from the conflict, promised a "...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 2:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for February, 8:30 a.m.; National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for February, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for March, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for February, 10 a.m..

  • Business events scheduled for Friday Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 2:24 PM ET

    Major business and economic events scheduled for Friday:. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases fourth-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m. Eastern. TOKYO— Japan releases its February economic data.

  • *Oil rises on fears of Middle East supply disruption over Yemen. *Gold tops $1,200 an ounce. NEW YORK, March 26- Stock markets worldwide were knocked lower and oil prices jumped on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its allies carried out air strikes in Yemen that fueled worries Middle East energy shipments may be put at risk, although Wall Street later recovered.

  • *Iran says halt "aggressions"; security up at Kuwait oil sites. NEW YORK, March 26- Oil prices rallied for a second straight day on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began air strikes in Yemen, sparking fears of a bigger Middle East battle that could disrupt world crude supplies. The military operation against Houthi rebels, who have driven the...

  • SEOUL, March 26- South Korea said on Thursday it has decided to seek to be a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, another key U.S. ally joining the China- led institution despite Washington's misgivings. South Korea has demanded improvement in relation to the governing structure of the bank and other safeguards and there has been...