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  • *China nickel premiums firm on prospect ShFE lists global brands. *China easing measures seen supporting demand in H2- analyst. LONDON, May 29- Aluminum prices slid on Friday on continued worries about output from China swamping the global market, notching its biggest monthly decline in more than 2-1/ 2 years.

  • TOKYO, May 29- The European Union and Japan are concerned about unilateral actions that change the status quo in the South China Sea, a joint statement said on Friday, with China's reclamation in disputed waters stoking regional tensions. "We continue to observe the situation in the East and South China Sea and are concerned by any unilateral actions that change...

  • *China nickel premiums firm on prospect ShFE lists global brands. *China easing measures seen supporting demand in H2- analyst. LONDON, May 29- Aluminium prices slid on Friday on continued worries about output from China swamping the global market and was on track for its biggest monthly decline in over 2-1/ 2 years.

  • HONG KONG/ BANGKOK, May 30- Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi is considering buying cognac maker Louis Royer, people familiar with the matter said, potentially locking horns with a Philippine tycoon for the French firm amid a forecast rebound in Asian demand for luxury spirits. Liquor firm Emperador Inc, controlled by the Philippines'...

  • *China nickel premiums firm on prospect ShFE lists global brands. *China easing measures seen supporting demand in H2- analyst. LONDON, May 29- Aluminum slid on Friday on continued worries about heavy output from China swamping the global market and was on track for its biggest monthly decline in over 2-1/ 2 years.

  • HONG KONG/ BANGKOK, May 30- Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi is considering buying cognac maker Louis Royer, people familiar with the matter said, potentially locking horns with a Philippine tycoon for the French firm amid a forecast rebound in Asian demand for luxury spirits. Liquor firm Emperador Inc, controlled by the Philippines'...

  • TOKYO, May 29- Japanese government bonds were mostly higher on Friday, particularly at the longer end as month-end buying bolstered those tenors. The Bank of Japan's operations also underpinned the market. The central bank offered to buy 375 billion yen of JGBs in the 1- year to 3- year zone, 375 billion yen of JGBs in the 3- year to 5- year zone, and 400 billion yen of...

  • TOKYO— Japanese data on Friday showed a mixed outlook for the world's third-largest economy while a renewed decline in the value of the yen is adding to uncertainty over whether the recovery is gaining ground. By some measures, Japan's economy is on the upswing as share prices surge thanks to exporters profiting from the weak yen. Japan's jobless rate dropped to...

  • TOKYO, May 29- Asian shares rose on Friday as Chinese shares edged back from the previous day's dizzying plunge, though regional investors remained fearful that the world's best performing equity market was at the beginning of a major correction. Spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC to open higher, albeit modestly in light of...

  • TOKYO, May 29- Spending by Japanese households slumped unexpectedly in April and consumer inflation came in roughly flat, casting doubt on the central bank's view that a steady economic recovery will help move inflation toward its ambitious 2 percent target. Households spent less on leisure and dining out even as the jobless rate fell to a 18- year low,...

  • Why Skymark Airlines can make a comeback   Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 9:46 PM ET
    Why Skymark Airlines can make a comeback

    Timothy Ross, head of Asia Pacific Transport Research at Credit Suisse, says a positive operating environment in Japan, alongside cheaper jet fuel prices, can support Skymark Airlines.

  • TOKYO— Japan's jobless rate dropped to an 18- year low in April, but industrial production, inflation and household spending were muted as consumers kept purse strings tight. Aggressive monetary easing by the Bank of Japan, combined with pressures pushing the U.S. dollar higher have pulled the Japanese yen to its weakest level against the dollar since 2002..

  • Japanese consumers remain the weak link Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 8:19 PM ET

    Japan data painted a divergent picture, with industrial production and inflation beating forecasts, but consumers kept their wallets shut despite a better jobs picture.

  • These factors will take Japan stocks higher   Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 8:06 PM ET
    These factors will take Japan stocks higher

    Nicholas Ferres, investment director of Global Asset Allocation at Eastspring Investments, attributes his bullish stance on Japan to factors such as corporate restructuring and valuation re-rating.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 11 Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SOFIA- European Central Bank board member Yves Mersch speaks at the Bulgarian Authorities 2015 IMF/World Bank Constituency Meetings- 1100 GMT. BARCELONA, Spain- European Central Bank board member Vitor Constancio speaks at the XXXI Reunion Circulo de Economia- 0730 GMT. HARTFORD, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren speaks...

  • Here's what to buy in the Nikkei 225   Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 7:51 PM ET
    Japan factory output improving gradually: Pro

    Kathy Matsui, MD & Chief Japan Strategist at Goldman Sachs Japan, outlines the buying opportunities in Japan's benchmark index, such as real estate stocks.

  • Why Japan Inc needs to share its wealth   Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 7:42 PM ET
    Why Japan Inc needs to share its wealth

    Kathy Matsui, MD & Chief Japan Strategist at Goldman Sachs Japan, says it is crucial for Japanese corporates to release excess cash into the real economy via capex or wage hikes.

  • Too early to rule out Japan consumers: Goldman   Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 7:31 PM ET
    Too early to rule out Japan consumers: Goldman

    Kathy Matsui, MD & Chief Japan Strategist at Goldman Sachs Japan, explains why she remains upbeat about higher wages and real income growth in Japan over the coming months.

  • NEW YORK, May 28- The euro rose on Thursday as Greece fought to reach an agreement with its lenders to avoid an imminent default, but mixed signals on the state of the negotiations kept other markets little changed. Creditors said progress in talks with Greece was too slow and a deal was still out of reach, a euro zone official told Reuters. I'm looking for an...

  • *South Korea and Saudi Arabia have long-established business ties. SEOUL/ KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, May 29- Saudi Arabia's state oil firm is on a hiring spree in South Korea, as the world's top crude exporter seeks engineers to run plants in its soaring refining sector- setting it on course to compete with some Asian countries that are big oil buyers.