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  • *Brazil, US physical premiums: http://link.reuters.com/buv44w. LONDON, April 1- U.S. aluminium producer Alcoa has this week announced the full shuttering of the Alumar smelter in Brazil. This was a period of rapid expansion of primary aluminium capacity in Brazil.

  • FOREX-Dollar retreats on weak data as new quarter begins Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 1- The dollar fell on Wednesday at the start of the second quarter as disappointing data on U.S. manufacturing and jobs growth raised bets the Federal Reserve might refrain from raising interest rates until late 2015 at the earliest. Payroll processor ADP said U.S. companies added 189,000 workers in March, the fewest in 14 months, while the...

  • The Iran talks overshadowed a sharp rise in crude oil stocks in the United States, where inventories rose by 4.8 million barrels to 471.4 million barrels in the week to March 27, according to the United States Energy Information Agency. Talks between Iran and six world powers in the Swiss city of Lausanne to settle a dispute around Tehran's nuclear programme...

  • When the high-speed action sequel "Furious 7" debuts this weekend, audiences at Hollywood's famous TCL Chinese Theatre will see every tire skid and fistfight in Imax's brand-new laser format. Imax's first laser projector just started operating in Toronto's Scotiabank Theatre in December. The Chinese Theatre, one of the largest Imax theaters in the world, is...

  • UPDATE 5-Oil rallies as Iran nuclear talks drag on Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 9:04 AM ET

    LONDON, April 1- Brent crude oil futures reversed early losses to rally to $55.50 barrel as talks over Iran's nuclear program continued, curbing expectations of an immediate deal that would allow Iranian crude onto the market. Talks between Iran and six world powers in the Swiss city of Lausanne to settle a dispute around Tehran's nuclear program extended past...

  • In a closely monitored survey, financial information company Markit said Wednesday the region's manufacturers raised employment levels in March at the fastest rate for over three-and-a-half years. That's evident in Markit's survey, which found incoming new business at its highest level since last April. As a result, Markit's purchasing managers' index— a...

  • *China official PMI edges up to 50.1 in March. *China bonded nickel premiums jump $15 on bargain hunting. Three month nickel on the LME rebounded 1 percent to $12,515 a tonne by 1027 GMT after earlier hitting a near six-year lows of $12,310 and following a 3.8 percent slump on Tuesday.

  • *Iran hopes to wrap up talks by Wed night- senior negotiator. Talks between Iran and six world powers to settle a dispute around Tehran's nuclear program extended beyond a Tuesday deadline in the Swiss city of Lausanne. Iranian senior nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, said that Iran hoped to wrap up talks by Wednesday night.

  • *Companies struggling in China and much of Asia. April 1- Companies struggled in China and much of the rest of Asia in March, suggesting central banks may have to resort to more stimulus, just as factories in the euro zone begin to reap rewards from ultra-easy policy there. But three separate surveys of China's factory and services sectors released on Wednesday...

  • LONDON, April 1- Asia- focused bank Standard Chartered Plc said senior executive Viswanathan Shankar had quit and announced a number of management changes in another reshuffle as it seeks to turn around its fortunes. Shankar has resigned as chief executive of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas, and will now look at setting up a private equity firm, Standard...

  • *Oil remains under pressure as talks on Iran continue. Europe's benchmark FTSEurofirst 300 recovered from a early wobble to put London's FTSE Germany's DAX and France's CAC up 0.5, 0.3 and 0.5 percent higher respectively as core bond markets yields nudged higher. Crude oil prices maintained their decline as an extension of talks between Iran and world powers...

  • LONDON, April 1- Brent crude oil futures slipped below $55 a barrel on Wednesday on speculation that a last-minute deal over Iran's nuclear program would be reached, opening the way for more Iranian crude to come into world markets. Talks between Iran and six world powers to settle a dispute around Tehran's nuclear program extended beyond a Tuesday deadline.

  • *Yen firmer as weak Tokyo shares weigh on risk sentiment. LONDON, April 1- The dollar fell back on Wednesday as a soft reading on Japanese business sentiment dented Tokyo shares but helped bolster the yen, while some improvement in Chinese data offered support to the Australian and New Zealand dollars. Greece's economy minister said the country should reach a...

  • It takes something more audacious to sell beachfront property these days to the global ultra-wealthy who arrive in Miami with millions to spend on second or third homes. With a slew of residential and hotel developments, Miami is embracing the notion that homes, like cars, handbags and jewelry, should carry luxe designer labels. Miami is luring Argentinians,...

  • Upbeat European data prompts stock market turnaround Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 2:42 AM ET

    TOKYO— Asian stock markets mostly sagged Wednesday as China's manufacturing remained weak in February and a Japanese central bank survey showed businesses are wary about the economic outlook. But Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 0.7 percent to 25,074.61 and the Shanghai Composite Index added 1.4 percent to 3,799.64 on speculation authorities will do more...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 15 Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    STONE MOUNTAIN, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams moderates "Policy Session 3: Financial Stability: How Essential Should Financial Stability Be to Central Banks?" before the 2015 Financial Markets Conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta- 1230 GMT. STONE MOUNTAIN, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of...

  • *Oil down for 3rd day on Iran nuclear talks. NEW YORK, March 31- Oil fell for a third straight session on Tuesday, with Brent crude tumbling 12 percent for the month, as world powers entered into intense negotiations with Iran for a nuclear deal that could bring more of its oil to an oversupplied market. In Tuesday's session, prices ended off the day's lows as the United...

  • North American public companies could give up more than $25 billion in revenues and 7 cents per share in earnings in the first quarter alone because of currency-related volatility, said Wolfgang Koester, chief executive of FiREapps, a foreign exchange data analytics firm in Phoenix, Arizona. An early example to watch is Monsanto Co, which reports results on...

  • *Oil down for 3rd day on Iran nuclear talks. NEW YORK, March 31- Oil fell for a third straight session on Tuesday, with Brent crude tumbling 12 percent for the month, as world powers entered into intense negotiations with Iran for a nuclear deal that could bring more of its oil to an oversupplied market. In Tuesday's session, prices ended off the day's lows as the United...

  • March 31- Wildly unpredictable and potentially having a huge impact on future growth, Britain's upcoming general election is the kind of event financial markets should hate. Prime Minister David Cameron met the Queen on Monday to tell her Parliament was dissolved, setting the clock for a May 7 election. In short, it is very difficult right now to know the future...