HONG KONG, Dec 9- China's yuan jumped to a record high against the dollar on Monday lifting some Asian currencies in its wake after the central bank relaxed its grip on the currency following strong trade data, suggesting a noticeable shift in policy.» Read More
TOKYO, Dec 9- Japanese government bond prices ended the morning mixed on Monday, with the superlong zone slightly underperforming as the Bank of Japan refrained making any purchases this session under its asset-buying stimulus program.
*Aussie also firmer due in part to strong China trade data. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Dec 9- The euro raced to a near six-week high against the dollar and scaled a fresh five-year peak versus the yen on Monday after strong U.S. payrolls data boosted risk appetite despite threats of a possible reduction in the U.S. monetary stimulus.
*China Nov copper imports up 7.1 pct on month to 435,613 T. SINGAPORE, Dec 9- London copper edged down on Monday, with concerns about the United States curbing its commodity-friendly stimulus as soon as this month overshadowing stronger demand signals from a step-up in monthly imports by top consumer China.
CARACAS, Dec 8- President Nicolas Maduro's government won a majority of votes in Venezuela's local elections on Sunday, boosting his quest to preserve the late Hugo Chavez's socialist legacy and denting the opposition's hopes for change.
CARACAS, Dec 8- Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party won a majority of votes in Sunday's local elections, giving a major boost to President Nicolas Maduro in his quest to preserve the socialist legacy of his late mentor Hugo Chavez, officials said.
HONG KONG/ SYDNEY, Dec 9- Bankers in Australia have much to cheer this Christmas as fees from underwriting IPOs surge 10- fold this year, and many are now betting on an equally active year in 2014 as a slew of private equity exits keep the market busy.
BEIJING, Dec 9- China's annual consumer inflation unexpectedly slowed to 3 percent in November from an eight-month high of 3.2 percent, official data showed on Monday, easing market fears of imminent policy tightening amid signs of momentum in the economy.
SINGAPORE, Dec 9- London copper edged down on Monday, with concerns the United States would curb its commodity-friendly stimulus as soon as this month eclipsing a step up in monthly imports from top consumer China. *The most-traded February copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange edged up 0.12 percent to 50,830 yuan a tonne.
Dec 9- HSBC Holdings Plc is considering the flotation of up to 30 percent of its British retail and commercial banking arm, the Financial Times reported, a move that would help it cope with planned new rules that demand that British banks ringfence their retail arms.
TOKYO, Dec 9- Japan's Nikkei stock average climbed as much as 2 percent on Monday morning, buoyed by a slide in the yen after an upbeat U.S. jobs report raised expectations the Federal Reserve will soon begin unwinding its stimulus.
SINGAPORE, Dec 9- U.S. crude oil steadied near $98 a barrel early on Monday, clinging to gains from last week when it scored its biggest weekly climb in five months after a drop in U.S. crude stockpiles and strong employment data. *U.S. crude for January delivery was up 5 cents at $97.70 a barrel by 0030 GMT.
TOKYO, Dec 9- Japanese business confidence improved in the three months to December and is predicted to continue rising, a Reuters poll showed on Monday, adding to evidence of a steady recovery in the world's third-largest economy.
SINGAPORE, Dec 9- Gold eased on Monday as markets continued to fret over when the United States would begin tapering its economic stimulus and as stronger equities dented the metal's safe-haven appeal, but short-covering by investors offered some support. *Spot gold had fallen 0.2 percent to $1,227.24 an ounce by 0020 GMT.
LONDON, Dec 9- Growth in global advertising spending will accelerate to 5.8 percent a year by 2015, driven by demand for marketing via mobile devices and a broad-based economic recovery, a market research group forecast on Monday.
TOKYO, Dec 9- Japan's current account balance unexpectedly swung to a deficit in October, Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday, as chronic trade deficits weighed on the balance of payments. The deficit stood at 127.9 billion yen, against a median estimate for a 153.0 billion yen surplus in a Reuters poll.
TOKYO, Dec 9- Japan's economy expanded 0.3 percent in July-September from the previous quarter, government data showed on Monday, revised down from a preliminary 0.5 percent increase.
*Aussie also firmer due in part to strong China trade data. SYDNEY, Dec 9- The euro raced to a near six-week high against the dollar and scaled a fresh five-year peak on the yen on Monday as investors ploughed back into the common currency after an unexpectedly upbeat U.S. jobs report failed to impress dollar bulls.
*Asian markets look well placed in wake of Wall St gains. SYDNEY, Dec 9- Asian markets were poised to move higher on Monday, energised by a potent cocktail of upbeat Chinese trade data, a weaker yen and a firm finish on Wall Street.
Marching north, it was expected to pummel the East Coast with snow, sleet, and freezing rain from Baltimore to north of Portland, Maine, according to the National Weather Service. The Delaware Memorial Bridge, which links Delaware with New Jersey, was closed briefly "due to ice and multiple accidents," according to the bridge's official Twitter account.
SINGAPORE, Dec 9- Southeast Asia's power sector will tilt away from gas to use more coal by the end of this decade, chipping away at demand for liquefied natural gas as the region of more than 600 million people tries to cut costs to meet soaring electricity needs.