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  • SINGAPORE, Nov 20- Gold struggled to recover from overnight losses on Thursday as the Federal Reserve's optimism over the U.S. economy boosted the dollar, and a poll showed softer support for a Swiss referendum that would have forced the central bank to boost gold reserves. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,182.10 an ounce by 0036 GMT, after dropping 1.2 percent...

  • *MSCI Asia index excluding Japan slips 0.3 percent. TOKYO, Nov 20- Asian mostly stocks fell on Thursday apart from Tokyo, where shares bucked the downward trend and rose in reaction to a further weakening in the yen. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent, with an extended decline in oil and other commodity prices continuing to...

  • Uwe Parpart, MD, Head of Research, Reorient Financial Markets, says Japan's monetary policy is implemented decisively, noting BOJ Governor Kuroda knows how to handle market expectations.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Dec 3 Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    MADGEBURG, Germany- Bundesbank Vice President Claudia Buch speaks in Magdeburg, Germany- 1730 GMT. VIENNA- ECB Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny to speak on "Understanding of economic matters" in Vienna- 1700 GMT. FRANKFURT- EU Council President Van Rompuy, ECB Supervisory Board Chair Daniele Nouy, ECB Executive Board member Sabine Lautenschlaeger to take...

  • 'Japan is exporting itself out of crisis': Pro     Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:51 PM ET

    October's trade figures are "very good" and will likely persist as Japanese exporters expand into other parts of Asia, says Martin Schulz, Senior Economist at Fujitsu Research Institute.

  • Deregulation at heart of Japan's robotics revolution Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:22 PM ET

    Japan, with the world's largest robot population, is awakening to a crisis as its lead in robotics comes under threat from better-coordinated efforts abroad.

  • Can snap polls quicken Abenomics' progress?     Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:48 PM ET

    Robin Bew, MD of Economist Intelligence Unit, says December's election is aimed at solidifying Prime Minister Abe's power within his party, hence it may not have any impact on driving Abenomics.

  • Deregulation at heart of Japan's new robotics revolution Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 20- Neurosurgeon Tetsuya Goto had just begun testing a robot to perform brain surgery when he discovered Japan was moving to tighten regulations that would shut down his seven-year project. Japan, with the world's largest robot population, is now awakening to a crisis as its lead in robotics- one of its last areas of technological prominence- comes...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar, bond yields gain after Fed minutes Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 19- The dollar hit a seven-year high against the yen on Wednesday and U.S. The tendency has been for the minutes to go the other way of the statement, said Robbert Van Batenburg, director of market strategy at Newedge in New York. The yen weakened further after the minutes were released, with the dollar rising as high as 118.0 yen, its highest since August...

  • Did China just grant one-of-a-kind trade status? Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:12 PM ET
    China's President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye during a meeting in Beijing, November 10, 2014.

    A new free trade agreement may give companies from South Korea a serious leg up—in China.

  • UPDATE 1-Marlboro HeatSticks on sale in Milan this week Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- Philip Morris International Inc, the world's largest tobacco company, plans to launch its new iQOS smokeless device and Marlboro HeatSticks in Milan, Italy on Thursday following a better-than-expected launch in Nagoya, Japan earlier this month. The burgeoning market for electronic cigarettes is a key battleground for Big Tobacco players such...

  • LONDON, Nov 19- The dollar hit a seven-year high against the yen on Wednesday ahead of minutes from the U.S. U.S. equity futures pointed to a flat opening on Wall Street while oil prices recovered a touch but stayed near four-year lows on signs of disagreement between OPEC members before a meeting next week. Petr Krpata, currency strategist at ING, said the Fed...

  • TOKYO, Nov 19- Japan may borrow more debt over a longer horizon as the country steps up its already super-loose monetary policy to prop up economic growth and avoid slipping back into deflation. The plan is seen aimed at taking advantage of central bank stimulus to lock in low borrowing costs for the longest period of time and to reduce the need for future debt...

  • Open up to our beer, EU to tell Japan in trade talks Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    *EU, Japan seeking broad trade deal by end of 2015. BRUSSELS, Nov 19- Japan needs to open up its beer market to European exports if Tokyo and Brussels are to agree one of the world's biggest free trade deals next year, according to an EU document prepared for the next round of talks in December. Japan and the European Union are seeking to strike a deal at the end of 2015 but...

  • Why you should care about Japan     Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:06 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera takes a look at why investors should care about the Bank of Japan's decision to keep QE intact.

  • Bank of Japan keeps QE intact     Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:03 AM ET

    The Bank of Japan's governor says fiscal reform is the government's job and indicates CPI could slow below one-percent, reports CNBC's Kaori Enjoji.

  • *European shares, hit by miners, follow Asia down. LONDON, Nov 19- Shares fell in Europe and Asia on Wednesday while the dollar rose broadly, hitting a new seven-year high against the yen, as investors focused on the divergent outlooks for the world's major economies. Oil prices stayed near 4- year lows on signs of disagreement between OPEC members before a meeting...

  • Nikkei can hit 20,000: Pro     Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 2:15 AM ET

    Ian Wright, director of Morant Wright, and Bob Parker, senior investment, strategy and research advisor at Credit Suisse, say easy monetary policy from the Bank of Japan will boost equities in the world's third-largest economy.

  • TOKYO, Nov 19- The Bank of Japan kept monetary settings and its upbeat economic view unchanged on Wednesday in the wake of data showing the economy has slipped into recession, preferring to spend more time to gauge the effect of its surprise easing last month. BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda avoided criticising Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision on Tuesday to...

  • Toyota aims to replicate Prius success with Mirai Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 2:09 AM ET
    The Toyota Mirai

    Toyota will introduce its first mass-market fuel cell car next month, hoping to replicate the success of its Prius hybrid.