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  • AMSTERDAM, Nov 29- Standard& Poor's cut the Netherlands credit to AA+ on Friday, removing one of the euro zone's few remaining triple-A ratings while rewarding Spain for its efforts to reform public finances with an improved stable outlook.

  • SYDNEY, Nov 29- Saputo Inc's bid for Australia's Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Co was dealt a blow on Friday after a regulator granted a rival suitor's request for an interim order preventing the Canadian dairy firm from processing acceptances received in the deal.

  • TOKYO, Nov 29- Japanese stocks faltered slightly on Friday after hitting their highest closing level in nearly six years in the previous session, but still revelled in the sliding yen to record their best November performance since 2005..

  • *More than 40 killed in army depot blast in Libya. SINGAPORE, Nov 29- Brent futures held near $111 a barrel on Friday as prolonged unrest in Libya kept supply worries to the fore, but steady progress in settling the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme dragged on prices.

  • TOKYO, Nov 29- Japan's Nikkei stock average slipped on Friday as investors locked in profits from recent gains, with traders citing an unwinding of hedge funds' positions in futures, dragging down heavyweights like SoftBank and KDDI. The Nikkei is still within sight of a 5-1/ 2 year peak of 15,942.60 marked on May 23.

  • SYDNEY, Nov 29- Standard& Poor's says it has revised its outlook on Spain to stable from negative and affirms their' BBB-/A-3' long and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings. The credit ratings agency said Spain's external position is improving as economic growth gradually resumes.

  • *Japan crude imports from Iran fall 19 pct in Oct to 127,279. TOKYO, Nov 29- Asia's top buyers of Iranian crude cut purchases by about 15 percent so far this year but shipments may start rising after six world powers agreed this past Sunday to ease some sanctions on Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.

  • SYDNEY, Nov 29- Standard& Poor's lowered its long-term unsolicited sovereign credit rating for the Netherlands to' AA+' from' AAA', with a outlook stable, though it said the economy's growth prospects were weaker than anticipated.

  • INSIGHT-No quick exit from West's economic malaise Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | 1:00 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 29- Ending the Great Stagnation that is taxing Western policy makers may depend as much on the Chinese Communist Party as it does on the world's leading central banks.

  • *Citigroup has 34 mln retail accounts in Asia. HONG KONG, Nov 29- Five insurers including Metlife Inc and AIA Group Ltd have submitted final bids to have their products distributed by Citigroup in Asia, a deal estimated to generate more than $10 billion in revenue over 15 years, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

  • BEIJING, Nov 29- China's central bank has asked commercial banks for feedback on draft rules for a long-awaited deposit insurance system, three industry sources said on Friday, amid a debate on whether the country should adopt the same insurance rate for all banks.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 29- Hong Kong shares crept higher early on Friday, with mainland markets again tepid and the Chinese shipping sector buoyed by surging dry bulk rates and media reports that a plan to rejuvenate the industry has been submitted to the State Council for approval.

  • TOKYO, Nov 29- The yen slid to a six-month low against the dollar and a five-year trough against the euro on Friday as rising risk sentiment fanned speculation that more investors might borrow and sell the low-yielding yen to buy riskier assets.

  • European firms size up Iran's post-deal potential Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

    *Populous, resource-rich Iran could be lucrative market. *German exports to a post-sanction Iran could hit 5 bln euros.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 28- Mexican state oil company Pemex is not currently weighing a potential stake in Argentina's giant Vaca Muerta shale oil and gas field, a company official said on Thursday, rejecting reports that it was being considered.

  • BEIJING, Nov 29- Sotheby's will hold its first major auction on the Chinese mainland on Sunday as competition between the New York- based auction house and its long-time rival Christie's moves into one of the world's hottest art markets amid a government crackdown on corruption and luxury spending.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 29- The Chinese currency is set to end one of its quietest trading weeks this year with the onshore yuan stuck in a tight range as investors consolidated positions after a volatile spell.

  • *China demand picks up this week, volumes increase. SINGAPORE, Nov 29- Gold eased on Friday and was headed for its biggest monthly drop since June as a recovering U.S. economy prompted investors to shift money to rallying equities, amid expectations of an end to easy central bank money.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 29- Five insurers including Metlife Inc and Manulife Financial Corp have submitted final bids to have their products distributed by Citigroup in Asia, a deal estimated to generate more than $10 billion in revenue over 15 years, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

  • Brent holds near $111, Libya worries support Thursday, 28 Nov 2013 | 10:57 PM ET

    *More than 40 killed in army depot blast in Libya. *Venezuela says OPEC should maintain production limits. SINGAPORE, Nov 29- Brent futures held near $111 a barrel on Friday as prolonged unrest in Libya kept supply worries to the fore, but steady progress in settling the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme dragged on prices.

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