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.» Read More
TOKYO, Feb 15- U.S. crude futures were steady above $97 a barrel on Friday, holding a slight gain from the day before on encouraging U.S. jobless data and concerns over U.S. gasoline supply. *NYMEX crude for March delivery, which expires on Wednesday, was up 2 cents at $97.33 a barrel by 00017 GMT, after settling 30 cents higher at $97.31 on Thursday.
SYDNEY, Feb 15- The euro nursed heavy losses on Friday in the wake of data showing the euro zone slipped deeper into recession late last year, while markets braced for more conflicting comments on currencies as G20 officials meet in Moscow.
*G20 FX text may differ from G7, but same intent- Russia. NEW YORK, Feb 14- The euro dropped to a three-week low against the dollar and fell sharply versus the yen on Thursday after data painted a bleak picture of the euro zone economy, raising expectations the European Central Bank will cut interest rates.
MOSCOW, Feb 14- Hosts Russia said on Thursday that Group of 20 finance officials meeting in Moscow would back the thrust of a Group of Seven statement on currencies, but indicated there was still haggling over the final wording.
WASHINGTON, Feb 14- The International Monetary Fund said talk about currency wars was overdone, playing down concerns that easy monetary policies in advanced economies had sparked dangerous devaluations.
NEW YORK, Feb 14- The euro tumbled to a three-week low against the dollar and plunged against the yen on Thursday after data painted a dismal picture of the euro zone's economy, raising the chances of European Central Bank monetary policy action.
LONDON, Feb 14- The euro fell to a three-week low against the dollar and dropped against the yen on Thursday after data painted a grim picture of the euro zone economy as it struggles with the debt crisis now in its fourth year.
LONDON, Feb 14- The euro fell to a three-week low against the dollar on Thursday after data painted a grim picture of the euro zone economy as it struggles with the debt crisis now in its fourth year.
LONDON, Feb 14- Gold held near this week's five-week lows on Thursday as data on European economies signalled a deeper recession than previously thought, weighing down the euro and European shares. Gold was little changed at $1,641.79 an ounce by 1013 GMT.
LONDON, Feb 14- The euro and shares fell on Thursday after data showed the euro zone's two biggest economies shrank even more than expected late last year, throwing a first quarter recovery into doubt.
TOKYO, Feb 14- Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa defended the central bank's aggressive monetary expansion, saying it was aimed at reviving the economy not at weakening the yen, as the country came under fresh international criticism ahead of a closely watched G20 gathering.
*German GDP worst since 2009, France also contracts. LONDON, Feb 14- The euro dropped and European shares fell on Thursday as growth data from the region's two largest economies came in weaker than forecast, throwing a first quarter recovery for the bloc into doubt.
TOKYO, Feb 14- Japan's economy unexpectedly contracted in the fourth quarter, failing to escape a mild recession and playing into the hands of a government pushing for more aggressive monetary expansion that's drawn international criticism.
NEW DELHI, Feb 14- India's headline inflation rate moderated to its lowest level in more than three years in January, helped by a slower rise in fuel and manufactured goods prices, which could give policymakers more leeway to revive a slowing economy.
SINGAPORE, Feb 14- Brent crude was steady near $118 per barrel on Thursday after positive euro zone data, although a subdued demand outlook by the International Energy Agency may weigh on prices. April Brent futures, which became the front-month contract on Thursday, added 11 cents to $117.99 per barrel by 0604 GMT.
NEW YORK, Feb 14- The euro plunged to a three-week low against the dollar and sank against the yen on Thursday after data showed a dour picture of the euro zone economy, raising speculation the European Central Bank will cut interest rates.
*Bank of Korea cites Japan monetary policy as "uncertainty" factor. SEOUL, Feb 14- South Korea's central bank held interest rates steady for a fourth straight month on Thursday, as expected, but warned that Japan's expansionary monetary policy could impact future growth as a weak yen could undercut Korean exporters' competitiveness.
SINGAPORE, Feb 14- Brent crude was steady near $118 per barrel on Thursday after positive euro zone data, although a subdued demand outlook by the International Energy Agency may weigh on prices. April Brent futures which began trading on Thursday, added 10 cents to $117.98 per barrel by 0338 GMT.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan up 0.6 pct, Nikkei rises 0.6 pct. The MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended gains, rising 0.6 percent as its materials sector outperformed with a 1.4 percent increase partly on a jump in shares of top miners ahead of earnings news from Rio Tinto.
SINGAPORE, Feb 14- London copper traded in a narrow range on Thursday, supported by signs of a revival in China's economic growth, but a week-long holiday there kept turnover light, while attention shifted to the G20 meeting at the weekend for cues on direction.