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  • *Soured risk sentiment keeps yen near 2- month high vs dollar. TOKYO, Dec 29- The yen was supported against the dollar on Tuesday as soured risk sentiment favoured the safe haven Japanese currency, while the Canadian dollar struggled near an 11- year low against the greenback as crude oil prices resumed their slide. The dollar, which has lost some steam against its...

  • *British markets to remain closed, Germany and France reopen. The British markets will remain closed on Monday, while those in Germany and France will reopen. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gave up earlier modest gains and were down 0.4 percent.

  • TOKYO, Dec 28- Asian stocks were steady in quiet trade on Monday, drawing heart after a rebound in crude oil that took prices away from multi-year lows. Investors across asset markets were without some of the usual leads as markets in Europe and North America were closed on Friday for Christmas. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat.

  • TOKYO, Dec 25- Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group is seeking to buy into the rapidly growing financial technology sector ahead of the lifting of a ban on such investments next year, the president of Japan's third-largest bank said. Larger rivals Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc and Mizuho Financial Group Inc have also said they are seeking out similar ventures.

  • *But economics of U.S. crude exports to Asia are tight. *Asia gasoline demand may open window for condensate imports. SINGAPORE, Dec 24- Asian oil traders may seek to import U.S. light crude after the repeal of a decades-old export ban as a small window of opportunity appears to have opened because of surging demand in Asia for light fuels like naphtha and gasoline.

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 24- U.S. crude prices rose for a fourth straight session in early Asian trading on Thursday, headed for a 9 percent weekly gain in the lead-up to Christmas as the U.S. market tightened on the back of falling supplies and looming exports. Front-month West Texas Intermediate crude futures were trading at $37.74 per barrel at 0315 GMT, up 0.6 percent on...

  • U.S. municipal bonds on solid footing heading into 2016 Wednesday, 23 Dec 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    Barclays' muni index returns as of Monday of 3.23 percent also outperformed every other U.S. and Canadian fixed-income index. However, Barclays' muni analysts project total tax-exempt returns to turn slightly negative at -1.0 percent to -0.5 percent in the coming year. "Higher Treasury rates, rich valuations and headline risks are set to make 2016 a lackluster...

  • The biggest M&A deals of 2015 Wednesday, 23 Dec 2015 | 5:25 AM ET
    Heinz and Kraft Foods to merge.

    2015 has been a record year for mergers and acquisitions (M&A). CNBC looks back at the 10 biggest deals of the year and who advised on them.

  • *Tokyo markets closed for Japanese emperor's birthday. TOKYO, Dec 23- The dollar steadied in holiday-thinned Asian trading on Wednesday after data overnight painted a mixed picture of the U.S. economy, with major currency pairs bobbing in narrow ranges. Volume was relatively thin, with Tokyo markets closed for the Japanese emperor's birthday and many...

  • *Tokyo markets closed for Japanese emperor's birthday. TOKYO, Dec 23- The dollar edged down in Asian trading on Wednesday after data overnight painted a mixed picture of the U.S. economy, with major currency pairs bobbing in narrow ranges as traders wound down in a holiday-heavy week. Volume was expected to be relatively thin, with Tokyo markets closed for the...

  • Europe ends mixed as oil recovers; miners jump Tuesday, 22 Dec 2015 | 11:48 AM ET

    European stocks attempted to make gains on Tuesday, but closed mixed as the volatility in oil prices kept investors on edge.

  • Japan Airlines Co Ltd rose 2.7 percent while competitor ANA Holdings Inc added 1.7 percent. The construction sector gained 1.3 percent as Sekisui House Ltd climbed 2.2 percent after Barclays raised its target price to 2,500 yen from 2,100 yen. Taisei Corp added to the gains, rising 1.6 percent after a design submitted by a Taisei- led consortium was chosen as the...

  • DEALS-Year of the mega deal unlikely to be repeated Monday, 21 Dec 2015 | 8:52 PM ET

    While the number of announced deals globally declined from 2014 by 2.1 percent to 39,687, deal volume rose 40.8 percent to a record $4.6 trillion, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data, as big companies pursued their dream matches. This year's mega deals included many with long-expected operational efficiencies, such as brewer Anheuser-Busch...

  • *Europe's 10 biggest banks announced 130,000 job cuts since June. By Anjuli Davies, Sinead Cruise and Steve Slater. LONDON, Dec 21- Regulation, anaemic economic growth and technology changes will force banks across Europe to find more savings in 2016, with jobs likely to be the biggest casualty, according to investors and analysts.

  • FACTBOX-Job cuts across Europe's banks Monday, 21 Dec 2015 | 10:06 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 21- Some of Europe's biggest banks have said in the last six months they plan to cut more than 130,000 jobs as they ramp up plans to cut costs, sell businesses and restructure. Earlier this month, Dutch lender Rabobank said it would cut 9,000 jobs, joining Deutsche Bank, UniCredit, Credit Suisse, HSBC and Standard Chartered to announce hefty job culls since...

  • LONDON, Dec 21- An election result that may spark unease over Spain's financial stability did little to weaken the euro on Monday, while China's yuan was fixed stronger by authorities for the first time in two weeks. "I find it hard to imagine big moves in the dollar against the euro or yen by the end of the year, but there is certainly some potential for it to gain...

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Dec 21- The dollar drifted lower in light Asian trading on Monday amid doubts about how far and fast the Federal Reserve would raise U.S. interest rates next year. The yen held gains made after Friday's decision by the Bank of Japan to merely tweak its stimulus campaign rather than outright expand the amount of assets it buys. "Policy divergence...

  • TOKYO, Dec 21- The dollar was steady in Asian trading on Monday, as holiday calm replaced the previous week's heavy market action driven by monetary policy moves in the United States and Japan. "While the Fed rate hike has helped to lower risk premia and underscore the strong-USD trend, FX movements may disconnect from fundamentals over the next two weeks as...

  • M&A bankers toast a bumper year discreetly Thursday, 17 Dec 2015 | 11:34 AM ET

    LONDON/ NEW YORK/ HONG KONG, Dec 17- Bankers are celebrating the biggest year on record for mergers and acquisitions with magnums of champagne and slap-up dinners: just don't expect to read about it on Facebook. The sense of corporate restraint is replicated on Wall Street and in the City of London. Alternatively, bankers are inviting the troops, and their...

  • LONDON, Dec 17- World stock markets jumped on Thursday as investors chose to take the first hike U.S. interest rates since 2006 as a mark of confidence in the world's largest economy, also lifting the dollar but piling on the pain for oil prices. After solid gains in Asia, European shares followed with Britain's FTSE 100 1.7 percent higher in early deals.