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FRANKFURT, Feb 15- The head of the European Central Bank and its two German policymakers pushed back against political pressure to target the euro's exchange rate ahead of meeting of Group of 20 financial leaders on Friday.
NEW YORK, Feb 15- The yen fell against the euro and dollar on Friday on expectations that the Group of 20 at its meeting this weekend will avoid targeting Japan over policies that have weakened the yen. The G20 finance leaders are meeting in Moscow beginning later on Friday.
TOKYO, Feb 15- The yen firmed against the euro and dollar in Asian trading on Friday, as markets braced for more conflicting comments on currencies as officials from the Group of 20 nations gathered in Moscow.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan pauses, but set for biggest weekly gain since Jan. 6. TOKYO, Feb 15- Weak euro zone growth data dampened sentiment in markets from Asian shares to copper to gold, while the yen was jittery as investors awaited news from the G20's Moscow meeting.
*Rakuten, Yamaha Motor fall on weak earnings. TOKYO, Feb 15- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped in morning trade on Friday as investors pared exposure to exporters and banks while awaiting a Group of 20 meeting where the yen's level will be a focus.
SINGAPORE, Feb 15- London copper was flat on Friday but set to log its largest weekly loss this year after data showed the euro zone recession deepened more than expected at the end of 2012, eroding demand expectations, and with top consumer China still on holiday.
*Rakuten and Yamaha fall on weak earnings. TOKYO, Feb 15- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped in early trade on Friday as investors pared their exposure to exporters and banks as investors cautiously await the outcome of the weekend G20 meeting.
HONG KONG, Feb 15- Hong Kong shares could start a holiday-interrupted week slightly lower on Friday as euro zone growth data showed a deeper-than-expected recession and as investors remain cautious ahead of a G20 meeting this weekend. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong gained 1.5 percent.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan down 0.1 pct, Nikkei opens down 0.6 pct. TOKYO, Feb 15- Asian shares eased on Friday with investors turning cautious as weak euro zone growth data presaged the G20 meeting in this session and on Saturday in Moscow. The MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.1 percent.
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.