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Byron Wien, Blackstone Advisory Partners; and John Park, Harvard and MIT North Korea specialist, discuss U.S. reaction to North Korean threats; and the relationship between China and North Korea amid growing tensions in the area.
Daniel Akerson, Chairman & CEO of General Motors, discusses how central banks and Japan's aggressive monetary policy will impact his company, with CNBC's Phil LeBeau.
*Defense shares may be in focus on North Korea uncertainty. NEW YORK, April 4- U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, signaling a rebound from the previous session's steep loss, as investors awaited a final read on the labor market ahead of the monthly jobs report on Friday.
Daniel Akerson, Chairman & CEO of General Motors, discusses the automaker's plans to grow sales, and how threats in Korea are impacting his company, with CNBC's Phil LeBeau.
LONDON, April 4- Gold hit a 10- month trough below $1,540 an ounce on Thursday, matching a similar drop in other commodities like copper, as the dollar strengthened and investment fell ahead of a European Central Bank meeting.
Joseph Trevisani, Worldwide Markets chief market strategist; and Joe Kinahan, TD Ameritrade, discuss Japan's new bond-buying policy and its impact on global currency markets.
There's new evidence North Korea may already be pointing missiles at South Korea. CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports the latest details on the growing tensions in the area.
SINGAPORE, April 4- Unable to decide if Pyongyang's military threats are real or mere rhetoric, some fund managers and other investors exposed to South Korean stocks and bonds are buying financial protection in the form of cheap options and credit insurance.
SEOUL, April 4- South Korea is to buy Taurus bunker-busting air-to-ground long range missiles for its F-15K strike fighters in a move to boost its strike power amid rising tensions with North Korea, its defence minister told a parliamentary committee on Thursday.
LONDON, April 4- Brent crude oil steadied at around $107 per barrel on Thursday after its biggest fall in five months on signs of faltering economic growth and rising stocks of fuel. "Investors are shifting out of oil and commodities and into equities after poor returns," said Eugen Weinberg, head of commodities research at Germany's Commerzbank.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan down 0.7 pct, N.Korea steps up rhetoric. TOKYO, April 4- Japanese stocks and government bonds rallied while the yen slipped more than 1 percent against the dollar and the euro after the Bank of Japan took strong easing steps on Thursday, but other Asian equities fell on worries over the U.S. economy.
North Korea barred entry to a joint industrial complex it shares with the South for a second day, Seoul's Unification Ministry said, and demanded extended notice of when hundreds of South Korean workers planned to leave.
SINGAPORE, April 4- Brent crude edged up above $107 on Thursday after its biggest fall in five months in the previous session, but prices stayed close to this year's low, as weak data and swelling inventories in top consumer the United States muddied the demand outlook.
LONDON, April 4- Hedge funds set up to profit from huge market slides are falling out of favour, signalling that investors are increasingly confident leading central banks can avert the kind of meltdown that followed the Lehman Brothers' collapse.
SINGAPORE, April 4- Gold dropped to a ten-month low on Thursday as investors cashed in the precious metal to cover steep losses in equities after a disappointing U.S. private-sector job report.
SINGAPORE, April 4- Brent crude edged up above $107 on Thursday after its biggest fall in five months in the previous session, but prices stayed close to this year's low as weak data and swelling inventories in top consumer the United States muddied the demand outlook.
TOKYO, April 4- Investors nervously watched developments in the Korean Peninsula on Thursday while Asian stocks fell after weak data stoked concerns the key American jobs report due later in the week will signal slowing U.S. growth.
SINGAPORE, April 4- London copper slipped to its lowest in eight months on Thursday after weak jobs data sparked worries a U.S. labour market recovery may not prove sustained, hurting demand expectations for metals in a thin market with China out for a two-day break.
*U.S. crude for May delivery rose 6 cents to $94.51 per barrel at 0104 GMT, after dropping by 2.8 percent on Wednesday, its steepest daily decline since Nov. 20. *The shutdown of Exxon Mobil's pipeline which moves crude oil from Illinois to the refinery-rich Texas Gulf Coast may curb efforts to relieve the glut of crude oil in the U.S.