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  • NEW YORK, March 21- Sprint Corp cut 330 jobs and closed 55 stores around the country this week, as part of an ongoing plan to shrink its workforce in 2014, Cnet.com reported. The operator also closed call centers in New York, Kansas, California and is shrinking centers in Florida and Texas.

  • HONG KONG, March 20- Even before Alibaba Group Holding Ltd kicks off its first underwriter meeting for its planned U.S. IPO, traders are pouncing on the deal, betting the valuation of the Chinese e-commerce giant may leap to around $250 billion by the debut, according to IG Group.

  • HONG KONG, March 19- After a year of waiting, the man running what could be the biggest-ever technology IPO finally lost patience with Hong Kong. Joe Tsai, the Alibaba Group Holding executive in charge of plans for the highly anticipated deal, only abandoned hope of a Hong Kong listing in the last few weeks, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • HONG KONG, March 19- After a year of waiting, the man running what could be the biggest-ever technology IPO finally lost patience with Hong Kong. Joe Tsai, the Alibaba Group Holding executive in charge of plans for the highly anticipated deal, only abandoned hope of a Hong Kong listing in the last few weeks, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • Asian equity markets rose on Tuesday, stabilizing after recent volatility, as the implementation of sanctions on Russia lifted global risk appetite.

  • Asian stocks started the week mixed as concerns escalate over Ukraine after exit polls from a weekend referendum showed Crimea voting to join Russia.

  • TOKYO, March 17- Japan's Nikkei share average stumbled to a 6- week low on Monday as escalating tensions in Ukraine soured investor sentiment, although SoftBank Corp jumped after its affiliate said it would go public in the United States. The Nikkei slipped 0.4 percent to 14,277.67, hitting its lowest closing level since February 6.

  • TOKYO, March 17- Japan's Nikkei share average hovered near a one-month low on Monday morning as escalating tensions in Ukraine dampened risk-appetite, though SoftBank Corp soared after its affiliate said it would go public in the United States.

  • *Alibaba listing is the most anticipated deal since Facebook's IPO in 2012.

  • *Alibaba's US IPO move could be a blow to Hong Kong stock exchange. Alibaba's planned U.S. listing is the most anticipated IPO since Facebook Inc raised $16 billion in 2012. Alibaba's decision to go to the United States is a blow to the Hong Kong stock exchange, which was initially the company's preferred venue for the IPO.

  • E-commerce giant Alibaba starts plan for US IPO Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | 3:21 AM ET
  • Alibaba Group seeking US listing in Q3 - sources Saturday, 15 Mar 2014 | 2:18 AM ET

    HONG KONG, March 15- China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is planning a U.S. Alibaba does not want to miss the technology boom, which has boosted valuations of Internet companies both in the United States and in Hong Kong.

  • *Metal shares take another hit after copper price hurt on China concern. TOKYO, March 14- Japanese stocks skidded 2.7 percent to a one-month low on Friday morning as concerns over Ukraine and slowing growth in China rattled investors, underpinning the safe-haven yen and hurting exporters.

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  • HONG KONG, March 13- Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding is "95 percent certain" to choose New York as the venue for its initial public offering, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources close to the deal. The company is no longer discussing a potential listing in Hong Kong, the newspaper added, citing the sources.

  • TOKYO, March 13- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Thursday morning after falling to a one-week low on the previous day as strong machinery data supported sentiment as far as metal shares, which remained pressured on persistent concern about Chinese demand.

  • Ongoing worries over China's economy weighed Asian equity markets down on Wednesday, while overnight losses on Wall Street further ignited a flight-to-safety.

  • WASHINGTON, March 11- The chief executive officer of Japan's SoftBank Corp on Tuesday called the U.S. wireless market an oligopoly plagued by slow speeds and high prices and said his company's Sprint Corp could shake up the competition, but it would require a scale that Sprint cannot reach alone.

  • WASHINGTON, March 11- The chief executive of Japan's SoftBank Corp on Tuesday called the U.S. wireless market an oligopoly plagued by slow speeds and high prices and said his company's Sprint Corp could shake up the competition, but it would require a scale that Sprint cannot reach alone.

  • WASHINGTON, March 11- Japan's SoftBank Corp CEO, Masayoshi Son, said another meeting is necessary with U.S. regulators who have so far given him a cold shoulder on a potential merger between Son's Sprint Corp and its competitor T-Mobile US Inc..

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