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Midday and afternoon stock markets reports from Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan and South Korea and the Asia emerging forex report will not be issued separately on Thursday but will be combined into the Global Markets report.
*Hirai says Sony's board will consider Third Point's proposal carefully. TOKYO, June 20- Sony Corp shareholders pressed its chief executive on Thursday for a response to a proposal by hedge fund Third Point to spin off its profitable entertainment business, aiming to invigorate its struggling electronics business.
HONG KONG, June 20- Hong Kong shares could plumb fresh 2013 lows on Thursday, with interest rate-sensitive counters seen under pressure after U.S. Investors will also be watching the June HSBC manufacturing flash purchasing managers' index for China, due at 0145 GMT.
TOKYO, June 20- A proposal by Sony Corp's top investor to partially spin off the Japanese company's lucrative entertainment business will be the elephant in the room at an annual shareholders meeting on Thursday.
BOSTON, June 19- Microsoft Corp is looking to recruit computer geeks in its ongoing efforts to protect Windows PCs from attacks, offering rewards of as much as $150,000 to anybody who helps identify and fix major security holes in its software.
SAO PAULO, June 19- Petróleo Brasileiro SA, Brazil's state-run oil company, and China Petroleum and Chemical Corp are in talks to build a $20 billion, 300,000- barrels-a-day refinery in the South American country, according to a securities filing on Wednesday.
LONDON, June 19- Brent oil rose on Wednesday supported by fears that violence in Syria could spread elsewhere in the region, disrupting supply, while investors looked to a meeting of the Federal Reserve later in the day for clues on the outlook for continuing stimulus.
TOKYO, June 19- Sony Corp's top investor Daniel Loeb will miss its shareholder meeting on Thursday and those attending will not be considering his proposal to partially spin off the lucrative entertainment business, sources familiar with the matter said.
The multi-role Eurofighter combat jet is made by EADS, representing France and Spain, Britain's BAE Systems and Italian weapons maker Finmeccanica, with each taking responsibility for particular campaigns. It is vying for orders in South Korea, Kuwait, Qatar, Bulgaria and Denmark, Gutierrez said.
*SoftBank gains after Dish says abandons Sprint bid. TOKYO, June 19- Japan's Nikkei average hit a one-week high on Wednesday, with traders citing the launch of a near $780 million investment trust as a driving factor, while SoftBank Corp rose as it looked likely to win the battle for Sprint Nextel.
SYDNEY, June 19- Japanese stocks rose on Wednesday, thanks to a positive lead from Wall Street plus a softer yen, outperforming the rest of Asia which anxiously seeks clarity on the Federal Reserve's next policy step. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.3 percent, led by a 1.3 percent fall in mainland Chinese stocks.
SYDNEY, June 19- Optimism among Asia's top companies gathered momentum in the second quarter despite lingering concerns about the global economy and rising costs, the latest Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asia Business Sentiment Survey published on Wednesday showed.
*Sentiment in China continues at record low. SEOUL, June 19- Asia's top companies have become more optimistic about their business outlook with the retail and shipping industries rebounding sharply in the second quarter of 2013, the latest Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asia Business Sentiment Survey shows.
SEOUL, June 19- Asia's top companies have become more optimistic about their business outlook with the retail and shipping industries rebounding sharply in the second quarter of 2013, the latest Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asia Business Sentiment Survey shows.
HONG KONG, June 19- Hong Kong shares may start lower on Wednesday, with turnover likely weak as most investors stay on the sidelines awaiting the outcome of a two-day U.S. On Tuesday, the Hang Seng Index closed flat at 21,225.88 points, while the China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong slipped 0.1 percent.
Figures on Tuesday from the Association of European Carmakers showed Germany, France and Italy, accounting for about half of the embattled region's sales, suffered declines at or near double-digit percentage levels.
BANGALORE, June 18- China and other East Asian stock markets will be able to shrug off recent turmoil and post some gains in 2013 on hopes of an economy recovery, policy easing in the second half of the year and attractive valuations, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.
TOKYO, June 18- Japan's exports are expected to have risen in May by the most in a year in a sign that a weaker yen is starting to take hold, giving the government's economic revival strategy a nod even as the recent market turmoil threatens to undercut its policies.
President Barack Obama sparred with Russia's Vladimir Putin over how to end the war in Syria on Monday during an icy encounter at a G8 summit where divisions over the conflict eclipsed the rest of the agenda.
BARCELONA, June 17- Shoppers in the 109 countries where Spanish fashion chain Mango has stores recognise its celebrity faces well, but few know much about the company behind the clothes modelled by Kate Moss, Gerard Pique and Scarlett Johansson. "Mango is from Spain, part of the Inditex group, isn't it?"