HONG KONG— Most Asian stock markets dipped on Friday following a big sell-off on Wall Street but losses were limited by optimistic reports on China's economy. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index dropped 0.3 percent to 15,572.38 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.5 percent to 24,623.90.» Read More
BRUSSELS, April 10- Russia, the United States, Ukraine and the European Union will hold talks next Thursday in Geneva to try to negotiate an end to the crisis in Ukraine, EU diplomats said. Moscow has said it wants to know more about the agenda for such a meeting, and while no more details were immediately available, EU diplomats said it will now go ahead.
LONDON, April 10- European shares turned negative in choppy trade on Thursday, with traders citing a big sale of Euro STOXX 50 futures while disappointing industrial output figures from Italy and France dented sentiment. Charts, however, showed a spike in volume on the Euro STOXX 50 June future from 0830 GMT as the contract swung into negative territory.
SHANGHAI, April 10- Hong Kong shares closed at their highest level in more than three months on Thursday, lifted by news that Beijing's securities regulator will allow cross-border stock investment between Hong Kong and Shanghai. The announcement also boosted mainland indexes, with the Shanghai composite index reaching a two-month high.
RUSSIAN OIL COMPANY GAZPROM NEFT SAYS HELD DISCUSSIONS WITH ASIAN PARTNERS ABOUT USING EUROS AS SETTLEMENT CURRENCY, RECEIVED POSITIVE SIGNAL.
SINGAPORE/ BANGKOK, April 10- Indonesia is set to overtake Thailand as Southeast Asia's biggest car market as early as this year, driven by an expanding middle class and growing demand for budget, environmentally friendly vehicles, company executives and analysts said.
DUBLIN, April 10- Ireland sold 1 billion euros of 10- year debt as planned on Thursday, bettering the record low yields achieved last month at its first regular auction in four years.
LONDON, April 10- A Deutsche Bank employee responsible for its foreign exchange business with central banks was suspended because the bank identified potentially inappropriate communication with the Monetary Authority of Singapore, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
ATHENS, April 10- Swiss cement producer Holcim's plans to merge with French peer Lafarge and create the world's biggest cement maker will be subject to an extensive review, the European Union's antitrust chief said on Thursday.
PARIS/ ZURICH, April 10- France's competition authority is investigating drugmakers Roche and Novartis on suspicion they were involved in anti-competitive practices in relation to eye disease treatments, the companies said on Thursday.
LONDON, April 10- LONDON, April 10- Two years after being at the epicentre of the European sovereign debt crisis, Greece has returned to the bond markets to much fanfare with a heavily subscribed 3 bn five-year deal offering a yield of just 4.95%.
TOKYO, April 10- Japan's economy took another knock as a gauge of business investment weakened, but the Bank of Japan remained unperturbed and is expected to release optimistic inflation projections as a swing voter on its board turned more confident about the growth outlook.
LONDON, April 10- European shares rose on Thursday after minutes of the U.S. LVMH surged 3.9 percent, the top blue-chip gainer across Europe, after the world's biggest luxury group said sales at its fashion and leather division rose 9 percent, beating analysts' expectations.
SHANGHAI, April 10- Hong Kong shares ended at their highest in more than three months on Thursday, after Beijing's securities regulator said it would allow cross-border stock investment between Hong Kong and Shanghai. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong increased 0.4 percent.
*China copper imports jump 10.8 pct in March on month to 420,000 T. *China exports unexpectedly fall in March; imports weak. "NPI prices are going up in China and that's because of cost pressures the producers are facing with higher costs for their feeds," said Matt Fusarelli at AME Group in Hong Kong, referring to nickel pig iron, a cheaper substitute for refined nickel.
*Dollar hovers near three-week lows. LONDON, April 10- The dollar weakened to near three-week lows versus the yen and the Swiss franc on Thursday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's March meeting disappointed investors positioned for a gradual shift in its monetary policy outlook.
*Financial markets take soft China data in stride. LONDON, April 10- Equities rose on Thursday as markets took heart from minutes of the Federal Reserve's March meeting, which suggested U.S. policymakers would be more cautious about raising interest rates than some had expected.
TOKYO, April 10- Big gaps remain between the United States and Japan after two days of top-level talks on a bilateral trade deal that is vital for a broader regional pact, negotiators on both sides said on Thursday. Japan and the United States are seeking a two-way trade deal, regarded as a key part of the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, before U.S.
*Premier Li says no problem if growth a little below target. BOAO/ BEIJING, April 10- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ruled out major stimulus to fight short-term dips in growth, even as big falls in imports and exports data reinforced forecasts that the world's second-largest economy has slowed notably at the start of 2014..
SHANGHAI, April 10- China shares hit their highest level in nearly two months after Beijing's securities regulator said it would allow cross-border stock investment between Hong Kong and Shanghai.
PARIS, April 10- European shares rose early on Thursday after minutes from the U.S. Shares in LVMH surged 3.4 percent, the top blue-chip gainer across Europe, after the world's biggest luxury group said its fashion and leather division rose 9 percent, beating analysts' expectations and reassuring investors on the impact from turmoil in emerging markets.