TOKYO, Oct 23- Asian shares pared gains and the dollar plumbed a fresh two-year low against the euro on Wednesday after disappointing U.S. jobs data vanquished any expectations that the Federal Reserve will taper its stimulus before next year.
*Brent/WTI spread widens to nearly $12 in heavy selling. SINGAPORE, Oct 23- Brent crude edged lower under $110 a barrel on Wednesday, supported by a weak dollar as disappointing U.S. jobs data raised hopes the U.S. Brent crude oil futures slipped 15 cents to $109.82 a barrel by 0352 GMT, after earlier hitting a session-high of $110.06.
TAOYUAN, Taiwan, Oct 23- Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp has halted at least one of its four main manufacturing lines, accounting for at least a fifth of total capacity, and is outsourcing production as a sales slump puts pressure on its cash flow, according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation.
TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, Oct 23- The dollar set a fresh two-year low against the euro on Wednesday after disappointing U.S. jobs data cemented expectations that the Federal Reserve will not begin to taper its stimulus until early next year.
*Australia 2013/ 14 wheat output seen above 25 mln T- poll. SYDNEY, Oct 23- Australia is this year set to produce its fourth largest wheat crop, a Reuters poll showed, beating government predictions even as dry weather threatens yields in some growing areas.
SINGAPORE, Oct 23- The euro set a fresh two-year high versus the dollar on Wednesday, in the wake of disappointing U.S. jobs data that cemented expectations that the Federal Reserve will keep its stimulus in place at least until early next year.
--Clyde Russell is a Reuters market analyst. This seems like a logical response to concerns over slowing demand growth from top consumer China, whose appetite for commodities drove a decade-long boom in developing projects to boost supply.
*White House chooses insider for Healthcare.gov problems. Jeffrey Zients, a former official of the Office of Management and Budget who will become head of the National Economic Council in January, will provide short-term management advice on the project, said Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services.
TOKYO, Oct 23- Japanese government bond prices rose on Wednesday, with the 10- year yield hitting a five-month low, buoyed by gains in U.S. The 10- year yield was down 1 basis point at 0.605 percent after earlier touching 0.600 percent, its lowest since May 9.
HONG KONG, Oct 23- Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka- shing is expected to use proceeds from what could be the world's biggest retail sector IPO to expand his health and beauty business in China- a market forecast to grow by around 40 percent to $186 billion by 2015..
NEW YORK, Oct 22- JPMorgan Chase& Co is nearing an agreement worth close to $6 billion with a group of institutional investors to settle claims over shoddy mortgage-backed securities issued in the run-up to the financial crisis, a source familiar with the talks said.
SYDNEY, Oct 23- Australian inflation rose more than expected in the September quarter due to a sharp spike in fuel prices, sending the local dollar to a 4-1/ 2 month high as markets pruned back the chances of further interest rates cut this year.
TOKYO, Oct 23- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up to a 3-1/ 2 week high on Wednesday morning after a soft U.S. jobs report cemented expectations the Federal Reserve will keep its stimulus in place until early next year. Softbank Corp extended its recent gains, jumping 3.0 percent to a new 13- year high of 7,850 yen and was the most traded stock by turnover.
SINGAPORE, Oct 23- London copper slipped on Wednesday from near one-month highs as traders booked profits given the metal's weak fundamental outlook, after a tepid U.S. labour report reinforced the case for extended stimulus.
SHANGHAI, Oct 23- China's yuan traded at a new strong point versus the dollar on Wednesday morning, guided by a record high midpoint setting by the central bank after the dollar slumped in global markets.
Oct 22- Grupo BTG Pactual SA is considering a bid for JPMorgan Chase& Co's physical commodities unit, a source familiar with the matter said, a move which would dovetail with the Brazilian bank's plans to expand heavily into commodities sales and trading. BTG Pactual and JPMorgan declined to comment.
NEW YORK, Oct 22- JPMorgan Chase& Co is nearing a $6 billion deal with a group of institutional investors to settle claims that the bank sold them substandard mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, a source familiar with the talks said.
SINGAPORE, Oct 23- U.S. oil futures steadied above $98 a barrel on Wednesday, near their weakest level in almost four months, amid swelling crude stockpiles in the world's top consumer that kept Brent's premium to the U.S. contract at its widest since April. *U.S. crude for December delivery was off 5 cents at $98.25 a barrel by 0056 GMT.
BUENOS AIRES, Oct 22- Argentina's state-run energy company YPF will continue to buy liquid natural gas from Spain's Gas Natural Fenosa despite a ruling against the purchases by an Argentine federal judge, YPF chief Miguel Galuccio said on Tuesday.
TOKYO, Oct 23- Asian shares gained and the dollar wallowed near a two-year low against the euro on Wednesday after disappointing U.S. jobs data firmly pushed expectations for the tapering of Federal Reserve stimulus into next year.