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  • TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, Feb 27- The dollar took a breather after surging to a one-month high against a basket of currencies the previous day as U.S. economic data and comments from Federal Reserve officials prompted investors to raise their bets on a rate increase. The euro edged up 0.1 percent to $1.1213, but remained not far from a one-month low of $1.1184 touched on...

  • *Statoil shuts Statfjord C platform in North Sea. SINGAPORE, Feb 27- Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday, with Brent heading for its biggest monthly gain since May 2009, as supply outages in the North Sea and renewed fears of gas supply disruption in Europe supported prices. Norwegian energy firm Statoil has shut its Statfjord C platform in the North Sea after...

  • *Rest of Asia stocks sag after Wall St dips on sharp oil fall. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.3 percent after advancing to a five-month high on Wednesday. But shares in Australia and Hong Kong nudged higher.

  • *Nissan working on plan to utilise Japan capacity- exec. "The key word is flexibility," Jose Munoz, executive vice president at Nissan and chairman of its North American arm, told reporters at Nissan's headquarters in Yokohama. With recent and upcoming model launches in the United States such as the Murano sport-utility vehicle, Maxima sedan and Titan pickup truck,...

  • YOKOHAMA, Japan, Feb 27- Nissan Motor Co will be able to meet its goal of taking 10 percent of the U.S. market in two years without any major new investments and by making use of capacity available at factories in Japan and South Korea, a top executive said on Friday. Jose Munoz, executive vice president of Nissan and chairman of its North American arm, also said there was...

  • TOKYO— Japanese factories churned out more machinery and electronic devices in January as export shipments rose, but lower energy costs due to cheaper crude oil failed to provide a long-awaited boost to consumer spending. The weak retail sales and employment data for the month, and a cooling of already slow inflation, underscored the fragility of the recovery...

  • TOKYO, Feb 27- The dollar took a breather in Tokyo on Friday after surging to a one-month high against a basket of currencies overnight as U.S. economic data and comments from Federal Reserve officials prompted investors to raise their bets on a rate increase. The euro edged up about 0.1 percent in Asian trade to $1.1197, but remained not far from a one-month low of...

  • *Rest of Asia stocks sag after Wall St dips on sharp oil fall. The rest of Asian equity markets lagged Japan after a sharp pullback in oil prices dulled risk appetite and sent Wall Street lower overnight. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.3 percent, with South Korean and Australian shares posting light losses.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 12 Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester, Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer, former Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke and Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Hiroshi Nakaso participate in the U.S. Monetary Policy Forum 2015 Annual Conference sponsored by the...

  • Thai Airways plane hits turbulence, 11 on board injured Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:33 AM ET

    BANGKOK— A Thai Airways plane hit severe turbulence over Thailand that injured 11 people Thursday, the airline said. The Airbus A340-600 landed safely at its destination, Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, according to airline President Jarumporn Chotikasathein. The extent of their injuries was unclear, and Thai Airways has not specified the...

  • FOREX-Aussie up, kiwi down in becalmed FX markets Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 4:05 AM ET

    *New Zealand shows surprise trade surplus. LONDON, Feb 26- The Australian and New Zealand dollars were the main movers among major currencies on Thursday, pushed in opposite directions by contrasting signals on the health of two struggling economies. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen have done little to move on the debate over when U.S. interest rates will rise,...

  • Japan's small firms hold out for Abenomics trickle down Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 1:49 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 26- Japan Inc is under pressure to boost pay to keep a fragile economic recovery afloat, but even hefty wages increases from the biggest companies may prove to be a hollow victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the bulk of the country's workers. "The government is asking a small number of large firms, particularly large exporters that are doing...

  • JGBs firm after decent demand in 2-year auction Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:58 PM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 26- Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Thursday, with the market relieved after witnessing decent investor demand for newly auctioned two-year debt. Auction results have drawn more attention from participants as lower liquidity, a result of massive debt purchases under the Bank of Japan's extensive easing scheme, has made the...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell about 0.2 percent, as investors took profits after Yellen's testimony and a China factory survey's better-than-expected headline number lifted it to a five-month high on Wednesday. Japan's Nikkei stock average outperformed, rising about 0.9 percent to a 15- year high, helped by news that the...

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Feb 26- The dollar nursed modest losses on Thursday, having eased for a second straight session after recent remarks from the head of the Federal Reserve prompted markets to push back the timing of an expected U.S. interest rate hike. The euro edged up to $1.1364, up from this week's trough of $1.1288, but remained stuck in a $1.12- $1.15 range held since...

  • TOKYO, Feb 26- Japanese households cut spending further and retail sales fell for the first time in seven months in January, data on Friday is likely to show, a sign the central bank's radical stimulus has yet to convince consumers that inflation will take hold. Soft consumption is a headache for the Bank of Japan, which hopes its aggressive money printing will fuel...

  • U.S. lawmakers battle over currency in trade deals Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:04 PM ET

    A bipartisan bill introduced this month and proposals from other lawmakers seek to stop trading partners such as China and Japan from manipulating exchange rates to make their goods cheaper for overseas buyers. It encompasses 12 Pacific Rim trading partners including Japan, whose stimulus program has helped lop off a third of the yen's value since late...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 10 Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    ATLANTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on monetary policy and the economic outlook before the 2015 Banking Outlook Conference- 1800 GMT. LONDON- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher gives a lecture on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed: Through the Financial Crisis" at event hosted by the...

  • *Greece debt deal supports euro but doubts persist. NEW YORK, Feb 25- The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Wednesday on Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's suggestion the U.S. central bank would not rush into raising interest rates, spurring traders to trim bullish dollar bets. Treasuries from recent highs, as Yellen's testimony to Congress...

  • *Yellen refrains from giving clear hint on rate hike timing. LONDON, Feb 25- The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested the central bank would not be rushed into kicking off the U.S. interest rate tightening cycle. "Some investors were positioned for more hawkish comments and they were...