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  • *BOJ meets Oct 30, decision expected 0330-0500 GMT. *BOJ's new growth, price forecasts due out 0600 GMT. TOKYO, Oct 29- The Bank of Japan is expected to hold monetary policy steady on Friday even while diluting its rosy inflation forecasts, sources say, clinging to the hope a tightening job market will underpin consumption and help the economy emerge from a soft patch.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has pursued a plan in recent months to dominate the market for specialty contact lenses, according to two people familiar with the company's approach and some of the company's communications with its customers. The acquisition of Paragon also gave Valeant and Bausch and Lomb full control of the small...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- U.S. economic growth likely braked sharply in the third quarter as businesses cut back on restocking warehouses to work off an inventory glut, but solid domestic demand could encourage the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in December. The Commerce Department will release its snapshot of third-quarter GDP on Thursday at 08:30 a.m..

  • *Airbus building completion centre in Tianjin. BEIJING, Oct 29- China and Germany signed a deal on Thursday that will see Chinese airlines buy 30 A330 aeroplanes manufactured by Airbus Group SE. To help secure more jet orders in China, Airbus agreed in July to build a 150 million euro A330 completion centre in Tianjin where it has been assembling A320s, sold mostly...

  • China's Premier Li urges free trade talks with Germany Thursday, 29 Oct 2015 | 12:19 AM ET

    BEIJING, Oct 29- China and Europe should establish a feasibility study on free trade talks as soon as possible, China's Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

  • BEIJING, Oct 29- China's foreign exchange trading operator and Germany's Deutsche Boerse signed an agreement to establish a joint venture in Germany, with each side holding a 50 percent stake, the China Foreign Exchange Trade System said on Thursday.

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 29- China stocks were mixed on Thursday as investors eyed weak financial sector earnings and subdued expectations for a rebound in manufacturing. China CSI300 stock index futures for November at 3,418 was flat, 106.65 points below the current value of the underlying index. China Life Insurance Co Ltd, the nation's largests insurer, said Wednesday...

  • Oct 28- White House hopeful Ted Cruz slammed the U.S. Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas who is among the candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the November 2016 election, said during the debate in Boulder, Colorado, that the Fed's actions have benefited Wall Street but hurt ordinary families. "On Wall Street, the Fed is doing great.

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Japanese government bond prices slipped on Thursday, taking cues from U.S. Treasuries which fell after the Federal Reserve kept the door open for a rate hike this year. JGBs were also affected by stronger-than-expected industrial production data dented expectations for the Bank of Japan would opt for further easing when it sets monetary policy...

  • Oct 28- Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc recently approached Botox-maker Allergan Plc to discuss what could be the biggest takeover deal this year, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. A bid for Allergan, which has a market value of $113 billion, would be Pfizer's second attempt to acquire a European rival, following...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Oct 29- There are several reasons why coal prices in Asia are unlikely to rally much in the coming years, but the most compelling one is also likely one of the most obscure: Colombia. Why should a South American country that hasn't exported much coal to Asia recently provide the cap for prices? It's true that Colombia and other producers in the...

  • BEIJING, Oct 29- China and Germany signed a framework agreement for strategic cooperation between Volkswagen AG and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd, at a ceremony overseen by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and China's Premier Li Keqiang.

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 29- The onshore yuan barely moved against the dollar on Thursday as the firmer offshore market offset a slightly weaker midpoint set by China's central bank. Traders credited the stronger offshore yuan to the rising prospects of the International Monetary Fund including the Chinese currency to its Special Drawing Rights basket in the fund's...

  • BEIJING, Oct 29- German would be pleased if the International Monetary Fund included China's yuan in the Special Drawing Rights currency basket, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday in Beijing.

  • *Asia shares fall after Fed statement, see glass as half empty. TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, Oct 29- Asian shares fell and the dollar stood tall on Thursday, after the U.S. While Wall Street ended a volatile session with solid gains, apparently underpinned by the Fed's vote of confidence in the U.S. economy, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended...

  • *Corn hits 1- week low on slowing demand, supply pressure. SINGAPORE, Oct 29- U.S. soybean futures edged higher on Thursday with prices supported by bargain-buying after the market slid to a near three-week low on forecasts of rains in the world's top exporter Brazil. "We are looking at rains in Brazil which should be helpful for soybean planting," said Ole Houe, an...

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Crude futures held on to strong gains in early Asian trading on Thursday, after the U.S. U.S. crude futures were down 12 cents at $45.82 a barrel at 0223 GMT. "It looks like there was a lot of momentum in last night's move so I would not be surprised to see it continue when the European and U.S. sessions open up," said Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC...

  • *Nintendo shares slide 10 pct, reversing early gains. TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's Nintendo Co on Thursday pushed back the much-awaited launch of its videogame service for smartphones by a few months to March 2016, disappointing gaming fans as well as investors who drove its shares down by more than 10 percent. Chief Executive Tatsumi Kimishima, a former banker who...

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's Nikkei share average was nearly flat in choppy trade on Thursday morning after stronger-than-expected industrial output data helped reduce expectations that the Bank of Japan will announce additional easing on Friday. The market opened on a strong note after Wall Street surged as the U.S. "Now that the Fed hints a December hike and...

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- The dollar held near 2-1/ 2- month highs against a basket of currencies on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled it may raise interest rates in December, when the European Central Bank is widely expected to add to its stimulus. The reaffirmation of a contrasting direction in monetary policy was enough to boost the dollar index to as high as...