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LONDON, March 13- Oil was steady around $108 a barrel on Thursday as weaker-than-expected Chinese data offset supply disruption worries prompted by the ongoing stand-off between Russia and Western powers over Ukraine.
LONDON, March 13- The prospect of further inflows of capital and a lack of any easing in European monetary policy helped the euro back to 2-1/ 2 year highs and the verge of a break above $1.40 on Thursday.
*Shanghai copper to retrace to 44,090 yuan. SINGAPORE, March 13- Shanghai and London copper futures gave up early gains on Thursday, sitting not far off multi-year lows on concerns about China's economic slowdown and high inventory in the world's top consumer of the industrial metal.
Treasury debt, much of it offshore, earning them tax-free interest, the UK's Bureau of Investigative Journalism said on Thursday. The finding means Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Cisco Systems Inc hold a large proportion of the $254.9 billion held in their foreign subsidiaries in U.S.
March 12- The Federal Reserve Bank of New York looked at whether a key foreign-exchange benchmark was subject to manipulation in 2012 but did not pursue any public action, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
SINGAPORE, March 13- Shanghai and London copper futures regained strength on Thursday after plunging to multi-year lows in the previous session but concerns about China's economic slowdown could cap gains as investors await a fresh batch of data.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies on the White House fiscal 2015 budget proposal before the House Budget Committee- 1400 GMT.
*Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac shares fall on Senate proposal for wind-down. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stocks finished little changed on Wednesday, with the Nasdaq up for the first session in five, as investors grappled with the evolving situation in Ukraine but shrugged off concern over weakness in China's economy.
*China's first domestic bond default creates jitters. NEW YORK, March 12- World stock indexes declined for a fourth day and copper dipped to near four-year lows before rebounding on Wednesday as worries about China's economic slowdown intensified.
NEW YORK, March 12- Over the next decade, Wall Street banks will cut in half the proportion of support staff they have in pricey cities like New York and London and shift those workers to less expensive cities in the developing world, according to a projection by consulting firm Johnson Associates Inc..
*Chilean peso rebounds after near 5- year lows on China concerns. NEW YORK, March 12- Emerging market currencies rose moderately on Wednesday, rebounding from earlier losses as investors remained nervous over China's economy and Ukraine's future, supporting safe-haven demand for the yen and the Swiss franc.
*Copper hits near four-year lows. Treasuries prices rose in safe-haven bids on Wednesday on worries over the health of China's economy, which helped fuel strong demand at the U.S. government's 10- year Treasury note auction.
*Herbalife shares tumble on FTC investigation. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, as equities recouped much of their earlier declines amid signs of progress in diplomatic attempts to ease tensions in Ukraine.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 12- New York coffee futures reversed course on Wednesday after setting a two-year high on weather-related concerns over output in top grower Brazil before edging lower as investors cut risk. The second-month ICE contract climbed to a two-year high of $2.0975 per lb before closing down 0.35 cent, or 0.2 percent, at $2.0530 per lb.
*China's first domestic bond default creates jitters. NEW YORK, March 12- Global stock indexes declined for a fourth day and copper dipped to near four-year lows before rebounding on Wednesday as increasing concern about China's economic slowdown unnerved investors.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 12- Gold surged 1.3 percent on Wednesday, hitting a near six-month high as fears of more corporate defaults in China and the geopolitical tug-of-war between Russia, Ukraine and the West boosted bullion's appeal as an insurance against riskier assets.
*Copper's fall compounds concerns over China slowdown. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. crude oil fell by more than 2 percent on Wednesday, its biggest drop in two months, after the United States announced unexpected plans for a "test" release of strategic oil reserves while weekly data showed a big rise in crude stockpiles.
*China central bank ready to ease policy if needed- Reuters report. NEW YORK, March 12- Global stock indexes declined for a fourth day and copper hit four-year lows before rebounding on Wednesday as increasing concern about China's economic slowdown unnerved investors.
NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, as equities recouped much of their earlier declines amid signs of progress in diplomatic attempts to ease tensions surrounding Ukraine.
NEW YORK, March 12- Copper declined to near four-year lows and global stock indexes fell for a fourth day on Wednesday as increasing concern about China's economic slowdown sent a wave of unease through financial markets.