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  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Asian stocks fell on Thursday as falling oil prices added to global growth concerns, while the dollar saw a bit of a respite against the yen and euro after successive sharp losses. Spreadbetters expected the bearish tone for equities to continue into Europe, forecasting Britain's FTSE to fall by as much as 0.3 percent at the open, and Germany's DAX and...

  • BEIJING, Dec 11- Brent crude ticked higher on Thursday but remained below $65 per barrel, not far from a five-year low hit in the previous session, with the market's bearish tone largely intact. Brent crude edged up 55 cents to $64.79 by 0454 GMT, more than a dollar away from the previous session's low of $63.56- the weakest since July 2009. "This is a bit of a return to a...

  • SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, Dec 11- The dollar inched higher versus the yen on Thursday, getting some respite after falling roughly 3 percent in the past three days as the market unwound stretched positions ahead of the year-end. It touched a two-week low near 117.45 yen earlier on Thursday but later stabilised and last traded at 118.09 yen, up 0.2 percent on the day.

  • BEIJING, Dec 11- Brent crude ticked higher on Thursday but remained below $65 per barrel, and not far above five-year lows hit in the previous session, with the market's bearish tone largely intact. Brent crude edged up 51 cents to $64.75 by 0325 GMT, a little more than a dollar away from the previous session's low of $63.56- the weakest since July 2009.

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Asian stocks fell on Thursday as falling oil prices continued to feed into global growth concerns, while the dollar struggled against peers such as the yen and euro after a further drop in U.S. bond yields. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.3 percent as another large decline in oil prices took a heavy toll on energy...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Dec 24 Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent will hold a press conference along with Former Federal Reserve Board Governor Kevin Warsh- 1000 GMT. NEW YORK- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz speaks before the Economic Club of New York- 1245 GMT. HELSINKI- Bank of Finland Governor and ECB council member Erkki Liikanen to hold a...

  • Corn and wheat futures also fell at the Chicago Board of Trade, with corn hitting session lows in the minutes after the monthly supply and demand report was released at midday. USDA pegged both soybean and corn ending stocks below analyst expectations amid strong soy export demand and increased corn domestic demand for sweeteners. "I think it's a buy the rumor,...

  • HAMBURG/ SYDNEY, Dec 10- Chicago wheat fell for a second session on Wednesday as concern that Russia will restrict exports eased, while soybeans hit a near one-month high amid expectations the U.S. Department of Agriculture will cut its forecast for inventories. Corn also rose as traders adjusted positions ahead of the monthly USDA report on global supply and...

  • *Freeport, Jiangxi agree 16.3- pct hike in 2015 TC/RCS- sources. *TC/RC benchmark seen at $107 a tonne/ 10.7 cents a pound. SYDNEY, Dec 10- London copper prices slipped on Wednesday from two-week highs hit the session before, after a short-covering rally lost momentum and as focus shifted to looming oversupply next year.

  • Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon, expressing deep concern about slow action to combat climate change, told governments at U.N. talks in Lima on Tuesday there was no "time for tinkering" and urged a radical shift to greener economies. "But the window of opportunity is fast narrowing," he told delegates from about 190 nations at the Dec. 1-12 talks working on a deal due in...

  • LONDON, Dec 9- Gold rose for a second straight session on Tuesday to above $1,200 an ounce after cautious comments from U.S. Dennis Lockhart, head of the Atlanta Federal Reserve, said late on Monday that he was in no rush to drop the Fed's pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time," while San Francisco Fed chief John Williams said the phrase was...

  • FOREX-Yen benefits as investor risk appetite wanes Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 4:27 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 9- The yen rose strongly on Tuesday as a further drop in oil prices hit risk appetite and as cautious comments from U.S. Commodity currencies extended recent losses, with the Australian dollar setting a four-year low of $0.8223 and the Canadian dollar hitting a five-year trough of C $1.1501 versus its U.S. counterpart as Brent sank below $66 per barrel.

  • LONDON, Dec 9- Oil prices fell to fresh five-year lows on Tuesday, prompting investors rattled by worries over global growth and renewed political uncertainty in Greece to dump shares. The government of bailed-out euro zone member Greece brought forward a presidential vote to next week in a political gamble that could trigger parliamentary polls if Prime...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 9- Gold rose for a second straight session on Tuesday, reversing earlier losses to trade above $1,200 an ounce, as the U.S. dollar gave up early gains. The greenback fell against a basket of major currencies after earlier gains triggered by a Wall Street Journal report that Federal Reserve officials were seriously considering dropping an...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 9- Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday abandoned a plan to radically reshape Australia's universal healthcare system by charging patients a fee to see their doctor, a major back flip for his struggling conservative government. The A $7 "co-payment" fee, which had been included in an unpopular May budget, was heavily criticised by the opposition and...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 9- Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday abandoned a plan to radically reshape Australia's universal healthcare system by charging patients a fee to see their doctor, a major back flip for his struggling conservative government. The A $7 "co-payment" fee, which had been included in an unpopular May budget, was heavily criticised by the opposition and...

  • SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, Dec 9- The yen edged higher on Tuesday as a fall in oil prices dented risk appetite and prompted investors to trim short positions in the Japanese currency. Against the yen, the greenback fell 0.4 percent to 120.25 yen, pulling further away from a seven-year high of 121.86 yen set on Monday. The dollar may retreat further versus the yen in the near...

  • WELLINGTON, Dec 9- Farmers in New Zealand, the world's largest dairy exporter, are reining in milk production as a flood of supply from Europe and the United States pummels prices, a sign the "white gold" rush that has fuelled the New Zealand economy for years is over. Last season's record-high prices have fallen well out of reach as the supply glut and a slowdown in...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 9- Gold gave up some of its overnight gains on Tuesday on a stronger dollar and fears the Federal Reserve could soon raise U.S. interest rates. Spot gold had slipped 0.2 percent to $1,200.60 an ounce by 0349 GMT. Gold will have a hard time holding on to rallies because the gains are mostly from short-covering, "said a trader in Sydney.

  • LONDON, Dec 8- Copper and other base metals fell on Monday after weak Chinese trade data, a rating downgrade for Italy and a stronger dollar. "The market seems to be trading on macro signals," said Citi analyst David Wilson. "But I think people are too pessimistic on China."