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  • BEIJING— Global stocks mostly rose on Monday despite a downgrade of Japan and a lack of a bailout deal for Greece. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, France's CAC-40 index rose 0.5 percent to 5,228.80 points and Germany's DAX gained 0.9 percent to 11,919.80. ASIA'S DAY: Tokyo's Nikkei shed 0.2 percent to 19,983.32, while the Shanghai Composite Index rose 3 percent to...

  • Asian markets rise after Wall Street gains Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 11:42 PM ET

    BEIJING— Asian stock markets rose Monday after Wall Street gained on strong earnings and investors looked ahead to Apple results and this week's U.S. Sydney's S&P ASX 200 added 0.7 percent to 5,973.30 and Seoul advanced 0.2 percent to 2,163.17. Taiwan, Singapore and Manila also rose.

  • *Fifty line up at one Tokyo store, more in Berlin. NEW YORK/ TOKYO, April 24- The Apple Watch launched quietly around the world on Friday without the usual frenzy or fanfare for an Apple Inc rollout, as a handful of boutiques in major cities like Tokyo and Paris sold the timepiece- but not for purchase at its own stores. Shops included The Corner in Berlin, Colette in Paris,...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for April, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for March, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m..

  • *Fifty line up at one Tokyo store, more in Berlin. TOKYO, April 24- A small group of Japanese tech-addicts lined up in Tokyo to become the first consumers to buy the Apple Watch from selected stores on Friday, but there was no sign of the frenzy that usually accompanies Apple Inc product rollouts. They include The Corner in Berlin, Colette in Paris, Maxfield in Los...

  • *Copper up as Asian equities rise, oil steadies. SYDNEY, April 24- Copper futures turned up on Friday after dropping overnight on weak Chinese industrial data, buoyed by robust share markets in Asia. Copper has been consolidating since hitting near six-year lows in January, as unexpected supply disruptions spurred analysts to cut their 2015 surplus forecasts.

  • TOKYO, April 24- The Apple Watch launched globally on Friday with a small queue of Japanese tech-addicts lining up in Tokyo for Apple Inc's first wearable gadget, but there was no sign of the excitement usually attached to the company's product rollouts. Buyers can take the smartwatch home from a handful of upscale boutiques and department stores, including The...

  • MELBOURNE, April 24- Apple Inc managed to frustrate gadget lovers and investors desperate to find out the components of its new smartwatch on Friday, encasing its chips in tough resin and using rare screws to thwart people trying prise it apart. The iFixit team, which travelled from San Luis Obispo to Australia to get its hands on one of the first Apple Watch...

  • The findings echo results from earlier this week in Reuters surveys of more than 250 economists in Europe and North America who also expect more easing. The Reuters surveys across Asia, which bring the total number of forecasters polled above 300 globally this week, found nearly all central banks in the region, with a few exceptions such as New Zealand and South...

  • SYDNEY, April 24- Australia is finding it harder than hoped to get over the hump of a decade-old mining boom as sliding resource prices and sluggish business investment foreshadow another year of substandard growth. The latest Reuters poll of analysts expects Australia's A $1.6 trillion of gross domestic product to grow 2.6 percent in 2015, just up on last...

  • METALS-Copper rises in step with stronger equities, oil Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:41 PM ET

    *Copper up as Asian equities, oil firmer. SYDNEY, April 24- Copper futures edged up on Friday after dropping overnight on weak Chinese industrial data, buoyed by robust share markets in Asia. Copper has been consolidating since hitting near six-year lows in January, as unexpected supply disruptions spurred analysts to cut their 2015 surplus forecasts.

  • *China to cut export tariffs on aluminium products from May 1. LONDON, April 23- A soft reading on factory activity in top metals user China sent copper to a month low on Thursday, reinforcing worries about tepid demand, while aluminium slid on news that China will remove export taxes on rods and bars. "We haven't seen a strong pickup in demand in China after the New Year...

  • B/E Aerospace tops 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 5:03 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, Fla. _ B/E Aerospace Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $77.6 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 73 cents per share. B/E Aerospace expects full-year earnings to be $3.03 per share, with revenue expected to be $2.8 billion.

  • FOREX-Kiwi sinks on central bank comments, dollar gains Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 3:58 AM ET

    *New Zealand dollar hammered by hint at lower rates. LONDON, April 23- The New Zealand dollar was by far the biggest mover on major currency markets on Thursday, sinking 1.5 percent after a senior central banker pointed to the need for lower, not higher, interest rates. "It is a pretty easy way for the Reserve Bank to try and ensure that New Zealand does not lose out...

  • SYDNEY, April 23- Morgan Stanley's sale of its Australian real estate unit, Investa Property Group, is expected to fetch more than A $3 billion and has attracted more than 20 bids, a source with direct knowledge of the deal told Reuters. Nearly half of the bids came from Asia, including from China's biggest privately owned business Fosun International Ltd and...

  • *Asia still facing tough conditions, more China stimulus seen. April 23- Manufacturing activity in Asia's top two economic powerhouses slowed further in April, a disappointing outcome that calls for yet more stimulus and puts pressure on the United States and Europe to do more of the heavy lifting to drive global growth. The flash HSBC/ Markit Purchasing...

  • *China to cut export tariffs on aluminum products from May 1. MELBOURNE, April 23- London copper fell to its lowest level in a month on Thursday as a flash reading on China's factories showed activity shrank to its slowest in a year, fanning worries about already tepid demand. "Everyone has probably already decided that demand doesn't look great in China so a miss is...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to May 5 Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- The Atlantic holds summit on the economy. WASHINGTON- Senate Finance Committee holds hearing on nominations of Anne Elizabeth Wall to be a deputy undersecretary of the Treasury and Brodi Fontenot to be chief financial officer, U.S. Department of the Treasury- 1800 GMT. RIGA- Germany's Bundesbank board member Andreas Dombret speech on developing...

  • SYDNEY, April 22- The euro edged lower on Wednesday, pressured by continued uncertainty over Greece's debt negotiations, while the Australian dollar rose after inflation data suggested an interest rate cut was not imminent. But market participants have little incentive to take positions in the euro, with Greece's debt negotiations hanging in the balance.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to May 4 Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Germany's Bundesbank board member Andreas Dombret speaks on current situation in the euro area- 1700 GMT. WASHINGTON- Senate Finance Committee holds hearing on nominations of Anne Elizabeth Wall to be a deputy undersecretary of the Treasury and Brodi Fontenot to be chief financial officer, U.S. Department of the Treasury- 1800 GMT.