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  • *BoE minutes eyed for UK interest rate clues. LONDON, Oct 22- The euro hit a one-week low against the dollar on Wednesday following a Reuters report that the European Central Bank was considering buying corporate bonds, highlighting the diverging policy outlooks for the euro zone and the United States. Fresh ECB easing could restore the interest rate gap between...

  • *Earnings results beat expectations in Europe, the U.S. LONDON, Oct 22- European shares edged up and the euro hit a one-week low against the dollar on Wednesday, driven by upbeat company earnings results and hopes of corporate bond buying by the European Central Bank. Outdoor equipment maker Husqvarna surged 6.1 percent after reporting a rise in earnings that was...

  • UPDATE 1-Brent holds above $86 as buyers slowly return Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:42 AM ET

    *No immediate oil glut- Standard Chartered Bank. SINGAPORE, Oct 22- Brent crude futures steadied above $86 a barrel on Wednesday, clinging to gains from the previous session as buyers gradually returned to a market hammered to four-year lows by abundant supply. Brent crude for December delivery was up 17 cents at $86.39 at 0525 GMT, pulling further away from last...

  • Japan's exports up in September, deficit persists Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 12:36 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's trade deficit edged higher in September though exports rose more than expected as the yen weakened to a near six-year low, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday. The September figures took Japan's trade deficit in the first half of the fiscal year to 5.53 trillion yen, up 8.6 percent from a year earlier. Japan's economic recovery has slowed in recent...

  • Brent holds above $86 as buyers slowly return Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 11:51 PM ET

    *No immediate oil glut- Standard Chartered Bank. SINGAPORE, Oct 22- Brent crude futures steadied above $86 a barrel on Wednesday, clinging to gains from the previous session as buyers gradually returned to a market hammered to four-year lows by abundant supply. Brent crude for December delivery was up 3 cents at $86.25 at 0329 GMT, pulling further away from last...

  • *Apple, Texas Instruments results power Wall Street gains. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended gains and was up 0.9 percent, while Japan's Nikkei stock average added 1.7 percent, rebounding from Tuesday's 2 percent drop. In U.S. trading, shares of Apple Inc and Texas Instruments Inc gained on stronger-than-expected quarterly...

  • DETROIT, Oct 21- The problems for Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp grew after U.S. safety regulators expanded a warning about faulty air bags to 6.1 million vehicles in the United States while two more lawsuits have been filed over accidents in older Honda cars. The news came a day after Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States...

  • JGBs inch down on higher Nikkei, weaker Treasuries Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:04 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese government bond prices inched down on Wednesday with the debt market weighed by a bounce in Tokyo stocks and overnight weakening by U.S. The Bank of Japan's regular bond-buying operation, through which it offered to purchase a total of 630 billion yen of JGBs on Wednesday, helped limit the debt market's losses. Tokyo's Nikkei climbed 1.5...

  • TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese prosecutors must decide this week whether to charge Tokyo Electric Power Co executives for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, in a process that could drag the operator of the stricken nuclear plant into criminal court. The judicial review is unlikely to see Tepco executives go to jail, legal experts say, but rehashing details...

  • Japan's exports up in September, deficit persists Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 PM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's trade deficit edged higher in September though exports rose more than expected as the yen weakened to a near six-year low, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday. Economists expect the U.S. economic recovery to give Japan's exports a long-awaited boost. Despite a weaker yen in the past two years, demand for Japan's exports had remained weak and the...

  • TOKYO, Oct 22- Izuru Kato is a soft-spoken and bookish economist, but his dismissal of the Bank of Japan's stimulus policy as "monetary shamanism" is ringing loud in the ears of bank Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. His weekly research notes- with witty insights stretching from monetary policy to how the poor lime crop in Mexico is inflating margarita prices- have become a...

  • DIARY -Top Economic Events to Nov 3 Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Board holds open meeting to discuss a final rulemaking requiring sponsors of securitization transactions to retain risk in those transactions- 1930 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England publishes minutes of latest Monetary Policy Committee meeting. OTTAWA- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn...

  • TOKYO, Oct 22- Izuru Kato is a soft-spoken and bookish economist, but his dismissal of the Bank of Japan's stimulus policy as "monetary shamanism" is ringing loud in the ears of bank Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. His weekly research notes- with witty insights stretching from monetary policy to how the poor lime crop in Mexico is inflating margarita prices- have become a...

  • TOKYO, Oct 22- After the Fukushima disaster crippled Japan's nuclear energy sector three years ago, the government pledged the biggest shake up in the history of the fragmented electricity industry to boost competition and contain a surge in power prices. But plans to give the nationwide grid management body more control over the system of distribution and...

  • DETROIT, Oct 21- The recall crisis is growing involving Takata- made air bags exploding with too much force and spraying vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel, with two more lawsuits filed over accidents in older Honda cars. News of the lawsuits came a day after Toyota Motor Corp on Monday recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States because of potentially...

  • DETROIT, Oct 21- The recall crisis involving Takata- made air bags exploding with too much force and spraying occupants with metal shrapnel continues to grow, with two more lawsuits filed concerning accidents in older Honda cars. News of the lawsuits comes a day after Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States because of potentially...

  • *Thailand is world's biggest exporter, producer of rubber. BANGKOK, Oct 17- Thailand's government has announced a series of measures to support rubber farmers reeling from a slump in global prices to five-year lows, helping push up futures in Tokyo and Shanghai by almost 5 percent at one stage on Friday. The steps announced late on Thursday include nearly $1...

  • TOKYO, Oct 21- The time is "ripe" for Japan and the United States to reach a breakthrough in talks for a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, the U.S. commerce secretary said on Tuesday, adding that the two were "a lot closer" to a deal than in recent months. Penny Pritzker, who is in Japan with a trade mission of U.S. energy and medical companies, said both countries needed...

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 21- Brent edged up on Tuesday, holding above $85 a barrel as robust China oil demand supported prices, although gains were capped by oversupply and lingering fears of a weak global economy. Front-month Brent inched up 1 cent to $85.41 at 0544 GMT, remaining entrenched at below $100 since early September. U.S. crude for November delivery gained 30...

  • US urges Japan to be bolder in opening markets Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:47 AM ET

    Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is urging Japan to be bolder in opening its markets to help reach a deal on a pan-Pacific trade agreement. Pritzker, who is leading the Commerce Department's first trade mission to Japan in two decades, said Tuesday that U.S. and Japanese negotiators were closing the gap on trade in farm goods and vehicles but that there were...