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HONG KONG, July 18- Hong Kong shares are expected to start Thursday trade steady, with the mainland property sector in focus as China's June home price data is due around the market open. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan's Nikkei was up 0.4 percent, while South Korea's KOSPI was down 0.5 percent at 0035 GMT.
SINGAPORE, July 18- U.S. oil futures were steady at above $106 a barrel in early Asian trade on Thursday, supported by a drawdown in U.S. stockpiles while a recovery in the dollar dragged. U.S. crude had climbed 1 cent to $106.49 a barrel by 0027 GMT, shifting between a high of $106.73 and a low of $106.38.
TOKYO, July 18- Asian shares inched up to a near five-week high on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke pledged to keep monetary policy easy for the foreseeable future, while the dollar held on to modest overnight gains.
July 17- Opposition to Michael Dell's bid to take his computer company private grew on Wednesday, and billionaire Carl Icahn argued Dell Inc had no right to delay a shareholder vote, even if the deal looked more likely to fail.
SYDNEY, July 18- The dollar held on to modest overnight gains early in Asia on Thursday after a choppy session that saw investors first sell then buy back the currency in reaction to comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
WELLINGTON, July 18- New Zealand's Fonterra- the world's largest dairy producer- will cut the price of one of it milk formula products in China, joining a growing list of firms responding to Beijing's investigation into the sector.
NEW YORK, July 17- A deal with U.S. senators allowing President Barack Obama to make appointments to the National Labor Relations Board without Republican obstruction is unlikely to stop the Supreme Court from deciding a major case concerning his previous appointees to the agency.
TOKYO, July 18- Japan's Nikkei share average may hit fresh two-month highs on Thursday, after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke signalled he was flexible on when the central bank would begin winding down its stimulus.
July 17- Ford Motor Co has sued Japanese auto-parts supplier Fujikura Ltd, claiming a conspiracy to fix the prices of electrical systems used in vehicles, the latest civil lawsuit filed in the wake of a related criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.
WASHINGTON, July 17- The White House is deliberately leaving it vague as to whether President Barack Obama will attend talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin if the saga involving former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is unresolved.
NEW YORK, July 17- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, known for his strong-arm tactics in America's boardrooms, tried to bury the hatchet on Wednesday with a host of former rivals, including fellow hedge fund manager William Ackman.
DETROIT, July 17- General Motors Co has delayed the launch of the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze by a year due to engineering changes and a desire to squeeze more sales from the small car before it is redesigned, people familiar with the U.S. automaker's plans said.
TOKYO, July 18- Japanese manufacturers' mood slid in July for the first time in eight months after June had its best reading in more than two years, a Reuters poll showed, as China's slowdown clouded the outlook for the export-reliant economy.
TOKYO, July 18- Japanese manufacturers' mood slid in July for the first time in eight months after June had the best reading in more than two years, a Reuters poll showed, as China's slowdown clouded the outlook for the export-reliant economy.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 17- Dell Inc shareholders face a critical decision- whether or not to approve founder Michael Dell's proposal to take the personal computer maker private at $13.65 a share.
WASHINGTON, July 17- Two U.S. government officials warned on Wednesday that the launch of new state healthcare exchanges could potentially be delayed, raising further doubts about the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature legislation.
*Honeywell says has no orders to remove the beacons.
WASHINGTON, July 17- The head of the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday defended the "NextGen" program to modernize U.S. flight control systems, telling a government panel the effort has made progress despite delays and is "designed to be flexible."
LONDON, July 18- The number of users accessing Facebook via their mobile phones in June jumped around 20 percent in the United States and Britain, the social network said, touting its appeal for brands trying to reach consumers during the summer months.
*Yahoo's stock jumps to highest intraday level since May 2008. *Bank of America shares climb after earnings. Shares of Bank of America and Yahoo rose after the companies reported quarterly results.