North Korea fired its fifth short-range missile in three days. South Korea's Defense Ministry said a missile had been fired on Monday morning.» Read More
WASHINGTON, Feb 6- The United States said on Wednesday it had sanctioned Iran's main agency in charge of broadcasting for helping the government censor Western reports, part of a broader effort by Washington to pressure Tehran's nuclear program.
*Possible bidders include Westinghouse, Areva. *London and Berlin open to sale, Dutch prefer status quo. Germany, Britain and the Netherlands, which set up Urenco more than forty years ago, have a duty to ensure secret technology that could be used to make an atomic bomb does not fall into the wrong hands.
LONDON, Feb 6- The euro dipped and European shares fell on Wednesday as investors waited to see if the European Central Bank would respond to the currency's recent jump after Germany said it was not overvalued. U.S. stock index futures also pointed to a lower open on Wall Street after the benchmark S&P 500' s rally of more than 1 percent a day earlier.
KIDAL, Mali- French and Malian troops are fighting Islamist rebels in the Sahara outside northern Mali's biggest town, France's defence minister said on Wednesday, describing the desert campaign against al Qaeda as a "real war" that was far from won.
LONDON, Feb 6- The euro dipped on Wednesday as investors waited to see if the European Central Bank would respond to the currency's recent jump which threatens to delay any regional economic recovery.
*Japan expected to install new BOJ chief quickly. LONDON, Feb 6- The yen dropped to a 33- month low versus the dollar and a 34- month low against the euro on Wednesday on expectations Japan will soon install a new central bank chief to speed up aggressive monetary easing.
LONDON, Feb 6- The yen fell close to a three-year low on Wednesday on expectations that a new Bank of Japan governor could ease policy, while the euro was steady and European shares edged up ahead of a central bank meeting.
SHANGHAI, Feb 6- Chinese coal imports will fall for the first time in five years in 2013, dropping 10 percent from the year before due to rising domestic supply and an improved transport network in the country, a Reuters poll showed. That will keep the arbitrage window for imports closed, "said Karen Li, an analyst at Nomura Research in Hong Kong.
BANGALORE, Feb 6- For all the talk of competitive devaluation and concerns over excessive yen weakness, Asian currencies will rally modestly in 2013 against the U.S. dollar, helped by superior economic growth and capital inflows, a Reuters poll on Wednesday showed.
*Dollar/yen up 0.1 pct, hits above Y94 at one point. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Feb 6- The yen slumped to a 33- month low against the dollar and the euro on Wednesday as investors piled back into the easy one-way trade on viewd that a more dovish Bank of Japan governor will soon be installed to push through aggressive easing measures.
*Dollar/yen up 0.1 pct after hitting high near Y94. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Feb 6- The yen slumped to a 33- month low against the dollar and the euro on Wednesday as investors piled back into the easy one-way trade on the view that a more dovish Bank of Japan governor will soon be installed to push through aggressive easing measures.
HONG KONG, Feb 6- Hong Kong shares are set to start firmer after falling to a one-month low in the previous session, buoyed by a solid lead offsore on positive U.S. and euro zone economic data.
*Sees FY EPS $2.51- $2.59 vs prior forecast $2.47- $2.56. Feb 5- Estée Lauder Cos Inc on Tuesday raised its full-year profit forecast, pointing to a surge in luxury sales and strong demand in the United States and China that is counteracting weaker markets like southern Europe and South Korea.
*China's physical gold import from Hong Kong hit record. Bullion rose earlier in the session after data showed Hong Kong's net gold flow to mainland China jumped 47 percent in 2012 to a record high. The report was consistent with latest data showing renewed gold interest among central banks such as Russia, South Korea and other emerging economies. "
Feb 5- Estée Lauder Cos Inc reported a higher quarterly profit on Tuesday and raised its full-year profit forecast while standing by its forecast for sales growth, pointing to strong demand in the United States and China that is counteracting weak markets like Southern Europe and South Korea.
PARIS- French police arrested four suspected Islamist militants near Paris on Tuesday as part of an investigation into the recruitment of volunteers by al Qaeda insurgents in Mali, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said.
Feb 5- Estée Lauder Cos Inc reported higher quarterly sales and earnings on Tuesday and affirmed its full-year forecast for sales growth, pointing to strong U.S. and China demand that is counteracting weak markets like Southern Europe and South Korea.
Feb 5- Estée Lauder Cos Inc reported higher quarterly sales and profit on Tuesday and reaffirmed its full-year forecast for sales growth, pointing to strong U.S. demand, which is helping counteract weak markets like Southern Europe and South Korea.
TOKYO, Feb 5- The Osaka Securities Exchange is investigating how Universal Entertainment Corp accounted for millions of dollars paid in 2010 to advance the Japanese firm's casino project on Manila Bay, people with direct knowledge of the inquiry said.
IBM agreed in March 2011 to pay around $10 million to resolve SEC charges over improper gifts to government officials in South Korea and China. IBM neither admitted nor denied the allegations, a common feature in SEC settlements.