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  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to May 12 Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation Deputy Director Mark van der Weide testifies on insurance regulation before the House Financial Services subcommittee on housing and insurance- 1400 GMT. Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Nathan Sheets speaks on "What to Expect from the Next U.S.- China...

  • LONDON, April 28- Aluminium surged to a 2-1/ 2 month high on Tuesday, pushed up by speculative buying, but some analysts doubted how long the rally could last given expectations of high Chinese exports. "We've seen some pretty strong CTA buying coming in to the market, but certainly the overall fundamental picture still remains relatively soft," said Nicholas...

  • *International aid effort to Nepal intensifies. *Street vendors return in capital Kathmandu. JHARIBAR/SINDHUPALCHOWK, Nepal, April 28- People stranded in remote villages and towns across Nepal were still waiting for aid and relief to arrive on Tuesday, four days after a devastating earthquake destroyed buildings and roads and killed more than 4,300 people.

  • FOREX-Dollar slumps to 3-week low as traders await Fed Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 7:45 AM ET

    LONDON, April 28- The dollar hit a three-week low on Tuesday as investors eyed a U.S. U.S. housing index data and consumer confidence numbers, due at 1300 GMT and 1400 GMT respectively, should provide the greenback with some near-term direction, analysts said, though the main focus will be on the Fed's statement at the end of its policy meeting on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, April 28- The euro hovered near a three-week peak on Tuesday, boosted by renewed hopes that cash-strapped Greece could secure extra funding and as the dollar remained weak ahead of a U.S. The euro rose late on Monday on news that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had reshuffled his team handling talks with European and IMF lenders.

  • *International aid effort to Nepal intensifies. KATHMANDU, April 28- The death toll from Nepal's devastating earthquake could reach 10,000, the prime minister said on Tuesday, as residents frustrated by the government's slow response used their bare hands to dig for signs of their loved ones. "It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal."

  • *Saudi Arabia says ready to supply more oil to China if needed. SINGAPORE, April 28- Oil fell more than 1 percent on Tuesday ahead of weekly U.S. crude inventory data that is expected to hit another high and as Saudi Arabia pledged to supply more oil to China if needed. Brent June crude futures had dropped 75 cents to $64.08 a barrel by 0458 GMT.

  • *International aid effort to Nepal intensifies. A Home Ministry official in the capital, Kathmandu, said the death toll from Saturday's 7.9 magnitude quake stood at 4,010, with 7,598 injured. Nepal's most deadly quake in 81 years also triggered a huge avalanche on Mount Everest that killed at least 17 climbers and guides, including four foreigners, the worst...

  • *Saudi Arabia says ready to supply more oil to China if needed. SINGAPORE, April 28- Oil fell more than 1 percent on Tuesday ahead of weekly U.S. crude inventory data that is expected to hit another high and as Saudi Arabia pledged to supply more oil to China if needed. Brent June crude futures had dropped 83 cents to $64.00 a barrel by 0152 GMT.

  • 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...