CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Traders remain focused firmly on tomorrow's testimony from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. And expectations for this week's oil inventories.» Read More
TOKYO, May 23- Nissan Motor Co Ltd will recall about 841,000 vehicles worldwide including the Micra compact car, also known as the March, as a result of a steering wheel glitch, Japan's No.2 automaker said on Thursday.
TUNIS, May 23- For the first time since the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, relations between mainstream Islamists in government and radical Salafist Muslim activists have reached breaking point, sparking deadly clashes in two Tunisian cities.
*Copper rallied to $7,533.75 a tonne in the previous session, its highest since April 12, but remains mired in losses of 7 percent for the year. *The most-traded September copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange lost 0.75 percent to 53,080 yuan a tonne.
HONG KONG, May 23- Hong Kong shares could start weaker on Thursday, tracking Wall Street losses and ahead of the HSBC China flash purchasing managers' index for May that could offer fresh clues on the world's second-largest economy. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan's Nikkei was up 1.6 percent, while South Korea's KOSPI was down 0.7 percent at 0050 GMT.
PERTH, May 23- U.S. crude futures prices dropped to around $94 a barrel on Thursday after data showing U.S. gasoline supplies rose and on concerns that the U.S. July oil futures contract fell 26 cents to $94.02 a barrel by 0035 GMT. *Brent also dropped 26 cents to $102.34 a barrel.
UNITED NATIONS, May 22- Metals swap deals with Iran by Switzerland- based commodities giants Glencore Xstrata and Trafigura could have been a way of skirting international sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program, according to a confidential U.N. Panel of Experts report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
May 22- Starbucks Corp executive Michelle Gass, who was instrumental in the world's biggest coffee chain's post-recession U.S. turnaround, is leaving after more than 16 years to become chief customer officer at retailer Kohl's Corp..
May 22- Cybersecurity researcher HD Moore discovered he could use the Internet to access the controls of some 30 pipeline sensors around the country that were not password protected. U.S. national security experts used to take comfort in the belief that "rational" super powers like China or Russia were their main adversaries in cyber space.
*Ireland takes rare aim at multinationals' tax rates. Bruton's call for an international clampdown on aggressive tax planning by large corporates is a rare negative shot at a sector that Ireland has courted for decades and underscores the high stakes for Dublin, which faces pressure to act alone.
NEW YORK-- Syneron Medical Ltd. on Wednesday posted a smaller loss in the first quarter despite a decline in sales, helped by lower costs. Sales for its Syneron and Candela devices fell 5 percent, hurt by economic conditions in Japan and the region encompassing Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
*Turkmenistan, EU tout routes to ease dependence on Russia. PARIS/ ASHGABAT, May 22- Turkmenistan plans to begin production at Galkynysh, the world's second-largest gas field, by June 30, which will allow it boost exports to Asia and help Europe lessen its dependence on Russian gas.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Saks Inc., which operates Saks Fifth Avenue, soared to their highest point since 2008 on Wednesday, extending a rally from Tuesday on a news report that the luxury retailer is considering seeking a sale of the company.
*Kurdistan to start deliveries to second terminal in Turkey. LONDON, May 22- Iraqi Kurdistan's crude oil sales to world markets, deemed illegal by Baghdad, are set to rise by nearly 50 percent next month as trucks start deliveries to a second export terminal in Turkey, industry sources in the region said on Wednesday.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- In just two-and-a-half years Florida Gov. Scott arrived early Tuesday in the South American country of Chile as part of a trade mission with more than 100 people, including top officials from the state's ports and leaders of companies such as Florida Power& Light.
*Cairo needs to cut spending but austerity risks more social unrest. *Analysts urge Cairo to move quickly to secure IMF loan. AL-SAFF, Egypt, May 22- Hundreds of soot-stained factory chimneys dot the horizon in the industrial city of al-Saff, south of Cairo, but only a few spew black smoke.
DUBAI, May 22- A slide in solar power costs and a surge in oil prices over the last few years has made solar power a win-win strategy for Saudi Arabia: saving billions of dollars of crude for export while making electricity at less than half the cost.
*Sudan hopes to offset loss of oil to South Sudan. NEAR SOFIYA, Sudan, May 22- In a hangar-shaped factory hall in central Sudan a dozen workers rush to pack refined white sugar gushing from a funnel into paper bags to be loaded on three trucks parked outside.
DUBAI, May 22- The lure of sub-saharan Africa, with its geographic proximity and promise of higher returns, is tempting cash-rich Gulf Arab bond investors to look south, a marked departure from the relative comfort and familiarity of the Middle East.
May 22- Kohl's Corp said on Wednesday that Michelle Gass, who was instrumental in Starbucks Corp's U.S. turnaround several years ago, will join the department store in the new position of chief customer officer.
*Israel hopes gas finds will strengthen diplomatic hand. TEL AVIV, May 22- Israel's newfound natural gas reserves will boost its regional clout and could help it improve ties with neighbouring states in need of new energy sources, Energy Minister Silvan Shalom said.