Japan's household spending improved month-on-month while retail sales rose for a second consecutive month, says Mikihiko Yamato, Deputy Head of Research from Ji Asia.» Read More
*Euro slips below $1.26 for 1st time in 2 years. LONDON, Sept 30- The dollar surged to a four-year high against a basket of currencies and a two-year high against the euro on Tuesday after euro zone inflation fell in September, putting the greenback on track for its best quarter in six years.
*iPhone to reach China Oct 17 after regulatory delay. *Suppliers say no impact from China delay; have spare capacity. The company fixed the date after addressing software security concerns raised by regulators, which delayed the launch in China beyond the Sept 19 of several other countries.
NEW YORK— A suddenly stormy month on the stock market came to a quiet end on Tuesday. Ford Motor fell after cutting its profit forecast, while eBay jumped after announcing plans to spin off PayPal.
LONDON, Sept 30- The dollar was poised to finish the month with its biggest quarterly gain in six years, though it paused for breath on Tuesday and some analysts saw its recent rally running out of steam.
TOKYO, Sept 30- Japan's factory output, consumer spending and real wages all fell in August, offering fresh signs of an economy reeling under the hammer-blow of a sales tax hike and keeping pressure on policymakers to deliver more stimulus to revive growth.
*Markets still keeping an eye on developments in Hong Kong. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Sept 30- The dollar took a breather on Tuesday from its recent rally but was still not far from four-year peak against a basket of major currencies, and could be on track to post its biggest monthly gain in over a year.
Sept 30- SoftBank Corp's talks to acquire Hollywood studio DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc have cooled, a SoftBank source and banking sources in Japan said. Two bankers at separate institutions in Japan said SoftBank's interest had cooled even before media reports emerged over the weekend about the discussions, with one citing price as a dissuading factor.
BANGKOK— Asian stocks were mostly lower Tuesday after Wall Street's losses overnight and pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major financial center, added to worries about political risk. Sydney's S&P ASX 200 gained 0.2 percent to 5,275.60 while Seoul, Taipei, Singapore and New Zealand declined.
LOS ANGELES, Sept 29- DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc's talks about taking on a Japanese owner highlight the challenges facing Hollywood's smaller studios in remaining independent and could prompt a string of other deals.
TOKYO, Sept 30- Japanese government bond prices edged higher on Tuesday as geopolitical woes drove Tokyo stocks lower. Treasuries and downbeat Japanese economic data also supported JGBs. Tokyo's Nikkei shed 0.8 percent as civil unrest in Hong Kong weighed on global stock markets.
*BOJ to review tankan, other data Oct 6-7, no action seen. TOKYO, Sept 30- Annual household spending in Japan fell for a fifth straight month in August and factory output unexpectedly declined, highlighting the challenges policymakers face to revive an economy reeling under the strain of a sales tax hike.
LONDON- Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member David Miles speaks at London School of Economics and Political Science- 1730 GMT. VIENNA- ECB Executive Board member Sabine Lautenschlaeger speaks at the annual supervisory conference in Vienna on the topic: "National supervision within a European system- getting the balance right"- 0745 GMT.
NEW YORK, Sept 29- U.S. crude oil rose on Monday, hovering around $94 a barrel on support from strong U.S. economic data last week, while Brent edged up after nearing a two-year low last week. "I think demand by U.S. refiners to make product to export is definitely supporting WTI prices," said Gene McGillian, an analyst at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut.
TOKYO, Sept 29- Japan's government said the sudden deadly eruption of a volcano in central Japan won't derail its push to restart two reactors located near active volcanoes, even though the public remains opposed to nuclear power after the Fukushima crisis.
*Hong Kong dollar falters after pro-democracy demonstrations. LONDON, Sept 29- The dollar rose to new multi-year highs against the yen, euro and a basket of currencies on Monday, a three-month-old rally showing no signs of dissipating before a week of important economic set pieces.
LONDON, Sept 29- Brent crude oil fell below $97 a barrel on Monday, moving closer to a two-year low hit last week as weak data from major buyer China and a stronger U.S. dollar added to pressure from strong supplies. Brent for November delivery fell 61 cents to $96.39 a barrel by 0757 GMT.
Hong Kong dollar falters in face of pro-democracy demonstrations. The greenback also rallied to a 13- month high against the New Zealand dollar after Reserve Bank of New Zealand data showed that the central bank intervened last month to speed its currency's descent.
*Hong Kong dollar falters in face of pro-democracy demonstrations. Asian market attention turned to Hong Kong, where democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton-charges in the centre of the financial hub.
*Tokyo government downgrades casino project. TOKYO, Sept 29- Plans to open Japan's first casino in Tokyo before the 2020 Olympics are becoming increasingly unlikely, with developers facing skyrocketing building costs and a city government that no longer considers casino development an economic priority.
TOKYO, Sept 29- The deadly eruption of a volcano in Japan over the weekend will not affect the restart of the Sendai nuclear reactor, which is in a separate volcanically active area, the country's top government spokesman said on Monday.