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*Governor Kuroda to brief media at 0630 GMT. TOKYO, Feb 18- The Bank of Japan is expected to keep monetary policy steady on Tuesday and maintain its upbeat view on the economy, unfazed by recent signs of slower growth and suggesting that any additional stimulus will be some time away.
Tomo Kinoshita, chief Japan economist at Nomura, says the sales tax hike in Japan will only create one quarter of negative growth for Japan.
TOKYO, Feb 17- Japan's Nikkei stock average edged up on Monday, taking heart from gains on Wall Street, although trade was choppy after weaker-than-expected economic growth data soured investor sentiment.
BANGKOK, Feb 17- Thailand's economic growth slowed significantly in the final quarter of 2013 and the state planning agency cut its forecast for this year because of political unrest that could prevent the formation of a fully functioning government for months.
*US data disappoints; euro zone, China data more upbeat. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Feb 17- The dollar languished at a six-week low against a basket of major currencies on Monday, struggling to get over yet more disappointing U.S. economic news that stood in contrast to better data out of the euro zone and China.
Guy Stear, Asia Head of Research at Societe Generale, says dismal consumer and business spending contributed to a weaker-than-expected gross domestic product (GDP) for Japan.
TOKYO, Feb 17- Japan's economy grew 0.3 percent in October-December from the previous quarter, posting the fourth straight quarter of expansion, government data showed on Monday, reflecting firm private consumption and a pickup in capital spending.
Alvin Liew, senior economist at UOB, says weak exports and machinery orders weighed on Japan's fourth quarter gross domestic product (GDP).
*ThyssenKrupp boosted by robust results. LONDON, Feb 14- European stocks notched up their seventh rise in eight sessions on Friday as firmer economic growth in Germany and France fuelled expectations of a rebound in corporate profits in Europe this year. The FTSEurofirst 300 was up 0.5 percent at 1,332.04 points by 1214 GMT, with Italy's FTSE MIB, up 1.7 percent.
Phyllis Papadavid, senior global FX strategist at BNP Paribas CIB, discusses the euro zone's economy after the latest data showed the economy grew 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter.
ASTANA, Feb 14- Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered officials on Friday to raid the country's strategic oil reserve and slash banks' bad loans, stamping his authority on the economy in an effort to prevent growth rates from slipping. Kazakhstan's gross domestic product expanded by 6 percent last year after a 5 percent rise in 2012..
It rose 0.2 percent to $1.3712, as economic growth in Germany- the euro zone's largest economy- unexpectedly accelerated to 0.4 percent in the fourth quarter, while growth in France also beat forecasts and third quarter numbers were revised upwards. "German GDP didn't bring any surprises but French did," said Dag Muller, technical analyst at SEB in Stockholm.
*ThyssenKrupp, Anglo American boosted by robust results. LONDON, Feb 14- European stocks advanced on Friday, notching their seventh rise in eight sessions, as firmer economic growth in Germany and France fuelled expectations of a rebound in corporate profits in Europe this year.
Elga Bartsch, chief European economist at Morgan Stanley, discusses the string of European GDP data released on Friday and what it means for the euro zone economy.
PARIS, Feb 14- European shares rose early on Friday, up for the seventh time in eight sessions, as data showing better-than-expected economic growth in Germany and France fuelled expectations of a rebound in corporate profits in Europe this year. At 0805 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.1 percent at 1,326.76 points.
Timo Del Carpio, European economist at RBC, discusses Europe's debt profile and says the stronger-than-expected GDP numbers out of France and Germany will help fiscal consolidation.
Philip Tyson, rates strategist at ICAP, discusses Italian fundamentals and says that growth could "potentially" stay negative for the next couple of years.
*Aussie pokes above 90 U.S. cents after China inflation data. SYDNEY, Feb 14- The U.S. dollar was pinned at three-week lows against a basket of major currencies on Friday after disappointingly soft U.S. data dealt a blow to the already struggling greenback.
CNBC's Steve Liesman explains how the weather is impacting the growth in payrolls and the GDP.
CNBC's Steve Liesman reports Lorreta Mester has been named new president of the Cleveland Fed replacing the retiring Sandra Pianalto.