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  • SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, Oct 23- The euro eased on Thursday with the focus turning to a gauge of euro zone business activity due later in the day, while the kiwi slid after a surprisingly weak reading on inflation in New Zealand. The U.S. dollar managed to stay above water, though a largely muted reaction was seen in currency markets to a survey showing China's factory sector...

  • B/E Aerospace tops 3Q net income expectations Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, Fla. _ B/E Aerospace Inc. on Wednesday reported net income of $102.2 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.15 per share. B/E Aerospace expects full-year earnings to be $4.45 per share.

  • Cost of making 'Hobbit' movies up to $745 million Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 12:49 AM ET

    Financial documents filed this month in New Zealand, where the three movies are being made, show production costs through March had reached 934 million New Zealand dollars. Warner Bros., which is making the movies, on Tuesday declined to answer questions about the costs: "We don't comment on production budgets," wrote Candice McDonough, a senior vice president at...

  • Cost of making 'Hobbit' movies up to $745 million Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 11:16 PM ET

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand— The movie trilogy "The Hobbit" has so far cost nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars to make as the epic continues to set new benchmarks for studio spending. Financial documents filed this month in New Zealand, where the films are being made, show production costs through March had reached 934 million New Zealand dollars.

  • New Zealand government agenda: surplus, flag vote Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 8:41 PM ET

    Prime Minister John Key, whose National Party won a decisive election victory last month that saw it return to power for a third consecutive term, outlined his plans at the ceremonial opening of the nation's 51st Parliament. In accordance with New Zealand parliamentary tradition, Key's opening speech was delivered by the governor general, Sir Jerry Mateparae.

  • TOKYO, Sept 25- Asian stocks slipped on Thursday, giving back earlier gains as initial cheer from a rebound on Wall Street fizzled out, while the New Zealand dollar hit a one-year low when the central bank governor decried the currency's recent strength.

  • Gabriel Makhlouf, Secretary & Chief Executive of New Zealand Treasury, expects the country's reform agenda to continue after the election of Prime Minister John Key to a third term over the weekend.

  • HSBC: Still bullish on New Zealand     Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 7:36 PM ET

    Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist for Australia and New Zealand at HSBC, expects New Zealand to be the fastest-growing OECD economy for 2014.

  • TOKYO, Sept 19- Sterling jumped to a two-week high against the U.S. dollar and two-year peak against the euro on Friday, rallying on relief that Scottish voters rejected independence in a referendum, averting a break-up of the United Kingdom.

  • TOKYO, Sept 19- Sterling jumped to a two-week high against the U.S. dollar and two-year peak against the euro on Friday, rallying on relief that Scottish voters rejected independence in a referendum, averting a break-up of the United Kingdom.

  • TOKYO, Sept 19- Sterling rose to a two-week high against the U.S. dollar and two-year peak against the euro on Friday, taking comfort from early results of a Scottish referendum that indicated a break-up of the United Kingdom will be averted.

  • TOKYO, Sept 19- Sterling rose to a two-week high against the U.S. dollar and two-year peak against the euro on Friday, taking comfort from a poll showing support for Scotland to remain in the United Kingdom. The YouGov survey showed support for Scottish independence amounted to 46 percent of the electorate with 54 percent wanting to stay in the United Kingdom.

  • Fracking or drinking water: Must we choose? Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 11:35 AM ET
    A crewman watches over water tanks used for hydraulic fracturing at an Anadarko Petroleum Corporation site near Brighton, Colo.

    Many shale-rich countries face a dilemma, says a new report. It might mean a choice between fracking for energy or having enough water to drink.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Sept 22 Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo and other banking officials testify before Senate Banking Committee on Wall Street Reform- 1400 GMT. Counselor to the Treasury Secretary Michael Stegman speaks before the 2014 American Mortgage Conference in Raleigh- 1715 GMT.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Sep 19 Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    AMELIA ISLAND, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser speaks on the economic outlook before the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers 137th Annual Convention- 1415 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane speaks to Society of Business Economists on "In Giving, How Much Do We Receive"- 1700 GMT.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 27- Nutanix, which builds data infrastructures for companies, said on Wednesday it raised $140 million in another funding round, which valued the company at $2 billion. A spokeswoman for Wellington declined to comment.

  • SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Aug 27- The dollar hit a 13- month peak against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday, with the euro still struggling amid expectations of further policy easing from the European Central Bank.

  • WELLINGTON/ SHANGHAI, Aug 6- Hopes of a "white gold" rush fueled by booming Asian demand for milk and other dairy products have been dealt a blow as swollen stockpile in top consumer China and a flood of supply pummel dairy prices.

  • *Comment comes after India derails global trade talks over food security objections. NEW DELHI/ GENEVA, Aug 1- India is willing to sign a global trade deal, which it has torpedoed, if other World Trade Organization members can agree to its parallel demand for concessions on stockpiling food, senior officials in New Delhi said on Friday.

  • *India derails global trade talks over food security objections. Secretary of State John Kerry told Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday that India's refusal to sign a global trade deal sent the wrong signal, and he urged New Delhi to work to resolve the row as soon as possible.