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  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.2 percent, on course to log its sixth straight week of losses with a fall of 0.9 percent so far this week. Germany's DAX is seen starting up to 0.1 percent higher while France's CAC 40 could be 0.3 percent and Britain's FTSE 0.2 percent. A possible recession in Europe, a floundering economy in...

  • SYDNEY, Oct 17- Australian biotech firm CSL Ltd, the world's second-biggest blood products maker, said on Friday it's working on a plasma product to treat Ebola following a request from the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation, part of a growing commercial response to the deadly outbreak. Along with CSL, Sydney- listed protective products maker Ansell Ltd, the world's...

  • SYDNEY, Oct 17- Australian biotech firm CSL Ltd, the world's second-biggest blood products maker, said on Friday it's working on a plasma product to treat Ebola following a request from the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation, part of a growing commercial response to the deadly outbreak. Along with CSL, Sydney- listed protective products maker Ansell Ltd, the world's...

  • TOKYO, Oct 17- Asian stocks clawed back some of this week's losses on Friday after a solid set of U.S. data calmed turbulence in global financial markets, though underlying worries about slowing world economic growth kept investors on edge. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.2 percent, though it is likely to log its sixth...

  • TOKYO, Oct 17- Asian stocks were tentatively higher on Friday after a solid set of U.S. data calmed turbulence in global financial markets, though underlying worries about slowing world economic growth kept investors on edge. Japan's Nikkei share average rose 0.3 percent from a 4 1/ 2- month low hit the previous day while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 16- Medicine costs would rise if draft proposals in a Pacific Rim trade pact come into force, health and consumer rights advocates said on Thursday after the release of a leaked negotiating text. The TPP's 12 members range from the United States and Japan to Malaysia and Vietnam, where equitable access to medicine is a priority, and Australia and...

  • Oct 16- Chicago grain and soybean futures rose on Thursday on technical buying, rebounding from losses in the previous session that were due to forecasts for favorable harvest weather in the week ahead. The CBOE volatility index, the fear gauge of financial markets, hit its highest level since November 2011 and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq briefly fell into negative...

  • LONDON, Oct 16- Copper prices plunged to their lowest levels in six months on Thursday, pressured by concerns about the outlook for global economic growth and caution about stimulus measures from the United States coming to an end. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange fell 1.1 percent to $6.568 a tonne at 0956 GMT, having earlier fallen to $6,558, its...

  • METALS-London copper slides towards lowest since May Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 3:43 AM ET

    *Shanghai zinc drops 3 pct as short selling heats up. SYDNEY, Oct 16- London copper slid on Thursday towards its lowest since May with mounting concerns over global growth also stoking selling across other metals. "Talk of stimulus programmes suggests that there is a realisation that without these measures, we could have dire economic consequences, and that's...

  • *Shanghai zinc drops 3 pct as short selling heats up. SYDNEY, Oct 16- London copper held its ground on Thursday after logging its biggest daily fall in six months the session before, with mounting concerns over global growth stoking selling across other metals. "Talk of stimulus programmes suggests that there is a realisation that without these measures, we could...

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Oct 29 Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    CHELSEA, United States- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen tours the CONNECT facility and meets consortium leaders and local residents to hear about conditions in the local economy and the impact of CONNECT for residents entering or re-entering the workforce- 1645 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe takes part in a panel discussion at...

  • You might hope for a sense of realism and practical moves to address the issues, but instead the World Coal Conference in Copenhagen this week was characterised by what seemed like a state of denial. Spot thermal coal at Australia's Newcastle port fell to $64.92 a tonne in the week ended Oct. 10, 1 cent higher than the previous week, which was the lowest since...

  • *OPEC shows no sign of cutting output to defend oil prices. SINGAPORE, Oct 15- Brent crude edged higher on Wednesday, holding above $85 a barrel after its biggest daily fall in three years in the previous session, a drop of nearly $4 that pushed prices to the lowest since late 2010 in an oversupplied market. Comments from core OPEC members, including Saudi Arabia,...

  • Brent recovers above $85 after biggest fall in three years Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 12:55 AM ET

    *OPEC shows no sign of cutting output to defend oil prices. SINGAPORE, Oct 15- Brent edged higher above $85 a barrel on Wednesday, recovering from its biggest daily fall in three years, a drop that pushed prices to the lowest since late 2010 as traders scrambled to keep up with the downward momentum. Comments from core OPEC members, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and...

  • TOKYO, Oct 15- Asian stocks were cautiously up on Wednesday as benign inflation data in China and more gloom in the euro zone economy lent credence to fears of a faltering global economic recovery. "Problems in Europe are an ongoing headwind for other major economies including the US, and China is a negative for world growth." Data showing China's consumer...

  • Australia's Flanagan wins Booker fiction prize Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 10:06 AM ET

    LONDON— Australian writer Richard Flanagan won the Booker Prize on Tuesday with a visceral book about wartime brutality and its aftermath— a novel the head of the judging team said was as powerful as a kick in the stomach. Flanagan drew on his father's experiences as a World War II prisoner of the Japanese for " The Narrow Road to the Deep North," which centers on the...

  • LONDON, Oct 14- Copper prices rose to a two-week high on Tuesday, buoyed by confidence about the outlook for demand from top consumer China following its plans to step-up infrastructure projects. The outlook for copper, which is mainly used in the power and construction industries, brightened after a senior official at China's economic planner said the...

  • METALS-LME copper hits 2-wk peak on China outlook Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    SYDNEY, Oct 14- London copper climbed to fresh two-week peaks on Tuesday, boosted by technical buying after China reaffirmed plans to step up infrastructure projects to support growth, following robust September trade data. China's investment growth should pick up in the coming months as authorities hasten construction of water conservation projects and...

  • MANILA, Oct 14- Seasonal rains are set to disrupt nickel mining in the Philippines for the next four months or so, crimping exports to top buyer China and stoking a shortfall in the global supply of ore. But, with a ban on raw metal shipments by former top exporter Indonesia, the seasonal decline in the Philippines' output could force China's vast stainless steel...

  • *Saudi Arabia, Kuwait play down possibility of OPEC output cut. SINGAPORE, Oct 14- Brent crude fell to just above $88 a barrel on Tuesday in a well-supplied market as expectations faded that OPEC could cut output in an effort to shore up prices. Investors expecting a production cut from OPEC to support prices were disappointed as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait played down...