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  • TOKYO, Jan 26- Japanese stocks fell on Monday as a resounding election win for Greece's anti-austerity Syriza party raised the prospect of conflict with the country's international lenders, dampening investors' appetite for risk. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras will likely be sworn in on Monday as prime minister of the first euro zone government openly opposed...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 26- London copper futures fell for a third session running on Monday as the dollar gained against the euro after Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures as it is set to win a snap election. *Syriza's Alexis Tsipras is on course to become prime minister of the first euro zone government openly opposed to austerity policies...

  • Jan 25- Interest rates in Britain may need to start rising sooner than many expectations, Kristin Forbes, a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Healthy growth in the United States and low oil prices could trigger consumption and investments in the UK that would help the cause for hiking...

  • Jan 25- Axis Capital Holdings Ltd and PartnerRe Ltd have agreed to an $11 billion merger to create one of the world's largest reinsurers, PartnerRe said on Sunday. The combined company will have gross premiums topping $10 billion, total capitalization of more than $14 billion, and total cash and invested assets of more than $33 billion, according to the PartnerRe...

  • TOKYO, Jan 26- A majority of Bank of Japan board members said slumping oil prices will weigh on inflation in the short-term but will accelerate price rises over the long run by stimulating the economy, minutes of the bank's policy-setting meeting in December showed. The minutes suggest the central bank is in no rush to expand its massive stimulus program again...

  • TOKYO, Jan 26- Japan's exports grew the most in a year in December, helped by a weak yen and pickup in overseas demand led by the United States, an encouraging sign for the recession-hit economy even as doubts persist about the strength of global consumption. The 12.9 percent year-on-year rise in exports marked a fourth straight month of growth, supported by...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 26- Gold climbed towards a five-month high on Monday as an electoral win by Greece's anti-austerity party sparked fears of renewed instability in Europe, triggering safe-haven demand for bullion. *Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras was set to become prime minister of the first euro zone government openly opposed to bailout conditions...

  • NYMEX-US crude falls to near 6-year low as euro sags Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 7:31 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Jan 26- U.S. crude futures dropped more than $1 on Monday to near the weakest in almost six years as the dollar strengthened after Greece's Syriza party pledged to roll back austerity measures on winning a snap election. *While a final result may not come for hours, Syriza's Alexis Tsipras is on course to become prime minister of the first euro zone...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 26- China CNR Corp Ltd, one of the country's top train makers, said on Sunday it had recently signed 24.3 billion yuan of deals with both Chinese and foreign firms. They included a 4.1 billion yuan subway deal with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which Reuters reported in October. CNR plans to merge with CSR Corp Ltd, another of China's...

  • TOKYO, Jan 26- Many Bank of Japan board members said slumping oil prices will weigh on inflation short-term but will accelerate price rises in the long run by stimulating the economy, minutes of the bank's policy-setting meeting in December showed. Some members voiced caution over risks to Japan's economic outlook, pointing to weak consumer and business...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 26- The euro hit a fresh 11- year low on Monday as Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures after sweeping to victory in a snap election, putting Athens on a collision course with international lenders. The euro fell to $1.1098 on trading platform EBS, its lowest level since September 2003. It last traded at $1.1132, down about...

  • Japan Dec exports rise 12.9 pct year/year - MOF Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 6:54 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 26- Japanese exports rose 12.9 percent in December from a year earlier, Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday, up for a fourth straight month in a sign of a steady recovery in shipments helped by a weak yen and a pick-up in overseas demand. The reading compared with an 11.0 percent increase expected by economists in a Reuters poll, following a 4.9...

  • *Greece vote results stokes fresh concerns of instability in Europe. TOKYO, Jan 26- The euro skidded to near an 11- year low and U.S. stock futures fell on Monday as Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures after sweeping to victory in a snap election, putting Athens on a collision course with international lenders. Syriza leader Alexis...

  • WELLINGTON, Jan 26- The euro weakened on Monday, approaching an 11- year low versus the U.S. dollar after projections showed Greece's Syriza party had won a snap election, raising the risk that the country may demand a debt write-off and end austerity measures. By 2055 GMT, the euro traded around $1.1160 after its sell-off fizzed out ahead of $1.1115 plumbed on...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 26- Li Ka- shing's hectic start to 2015 has meant record Asia M&A, loan and equity deals so far this month- good news for investment bankers close to the 86- year-old Hong Kong tycoon's empire. The brisk business- $108 billion of Asia M&A makes it the best start to a year, according to Thomson Reuters data- raises hopes that the Chinese Year of the Goat could...

  • NEW DELHI/ MUMBAI, Jan 26- India is betting that mobile phone vendors, fuel stations and corner stores can help it put basic banking within the grasp of hundreds of millions of its poor people living beyond the reach of traditional bank branches. The regulations announced by the central bank, the Reserve Bank of India, reflect a realization that traditional banks...

  • ATHENS, Jan 25- Greece's leftwing Syriza appeared on course to trounce the ruling conservatives in Sunday's snap election and could win the absolute majority it wants to fight international creditors' insistence on painful austerity measures. While a final result may not come for hours, 40- year-old Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras was set to become prime...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 25- The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States fell 13.3 cents in the past two weeks, falling to its lowest level since late April 2009, but the end of a months-long slide may be near, according to the Lundberg survey released Sunday. Prices for regular grade gasoline fell to $2.07 a gallon in the survey dated Jan. 23 from the previous...

  • ANTANANARIVO, Jan 25- Madagascar's president announced the replacement of eight ministers late on Sunday, including a new finance minister, after the government was dissolved earlier this month amid mounting public frustration over power cuts and other issues. Maurice Gervais Rakotoarimanana, an accountant who has worked with the World Bank, will be the...

  • ATHENS, Jan 25- Greece's anti-austerity leftist party Syriza will easily win Sunday's election but may fall short of an absolute majority in parliament by as little as one seat, the first official projection of the vote showed. "We have a thriller over the outright majority," said Michalis Kariotoglou from Singular Logic. The far-right Golden Dawn party will take...