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  • *Skymark dives after Asahi says it will not seek help from ANA. TOKYO, Jan 15- Japan's Nikkei gained on Thursday, recovering from a one-month low as rebounding oil prices eased worries about the global economy, while a pause in the rising yen lifted exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp. The Nikkei rose 1.0 percent to 16,970.96 in mid-morning trade.

  • Copper "is reflecting new and ominous signs about the health of China's economy. Copper "for nothing," said Jeffrey Gundlach, co-founder of DoubleLine Capital, which oversees $64 billion in assets under management. To Daniel Alpert, founding managing partner of investment banking firm Westwood Capital LLC, the plunge in the price of oil, and now copper, is a clearer...

  • "The establishment of the state venture capital investment guidance fund, with the focus to support fledging start-ups in emerging industries, is a significant step for the combination of technology and the market, innovations and manufacturing," China's State Council, the cabinet, said in a statement. China's venture capital market remains small, the legacy...

  • UBS lowers precious metal price forecasts for 2015 Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 9:00 PM ET

    The bank cut its 2015 gold price forecast to $1,190 per ounce from $1,200 but kept its price expectations unchanged for the next couple of years. Gold ticked up on Thursday after Asian equities mostly extended declines on global growth concerns, but the metal stayed below a 12- week high as a sell-off in commodities took a toll. The bank also cut its 2015 price view...

  • MELBOURNE, Jan 15- London copper edged up on Thursday, a day after seeing its biggest one-day slide in more than three years, but traders said buyers were eerily quiet and waiting in size at lower levels. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange edged up by 0.8 percent to $5,593 a tonne at 0145 GMT, after careening down 5.3 percent on Wednesday.

  • Jan 14- Changing their previous stance, two influential proxy advisory firms advised Family Dollar Stores Inc shareholders to vote for the retailer's acquisition by Dollar Tree Inc, saying the deal offered more certainty of closure. The proxy advisory firm had asked Family Dollar's shareholders in December to oppose Dollar Tree's $8.5 billion...

  • SEOUL, Jan 15- South Korea's central bank kept interest rates unchanged for a third straight month on Thursday, in line with expectations, as it monitors economic recovery at home along with euro zone troubles and falling oil prices. The Bank of Korea's monetary policy committee left its base rate unchanged at 2.00 percent, a media official said without...

  • SYDNEY, Jan 15- Australian authorities said on Thursday they would start investigating petrol stations without warning for possible price fixing after a lawmaker accused some of failing to pass on huge falls in the oil price to consumers. The probe will put additional pressure on firms like Chevron Corp and its half-owned retail subsidiary Caltex Australia...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 14- U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Wednesday she was disappointed that SpaceX was not certified to launch military and spy satellites by the end of December as hoped, but added she was confident the company would complete the process soon. James said the Air Force remained committed to completing the certification process as...

  • SEOUL, Jan 15- South Korea's central bank kept interest rates unchanged for a third straight month on Thursday, in line with expectations, at 2.00 percent. The following is a chronology of the Bank of Korea's main policy rate changes since it began setting the policy rate target in May 1999:. Oct. 15, 2014 Down 25 bp to 2.00 percent.

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 15- Gold ticked up on Thursday after Asian equities mostly extended falls on global growth concerns, but the metal stayed below a 12- week high as a sell-off in commodities took a toll. *Gold was sold off along with copper, which slid to a 5-1/ 2- year low on Wednesday after the World Bank cut its global growth forecast. *Gold is facing a test of strength...

  • *Copper slide adds to fears over global economic health. The mood among investors remained subdued after a fourth successive drop on Wall Street overnight, pushing MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan down 0.2 percent. Copper skidded to a 5-1/ 2 year low on Wednesday as the recent decline in oil prices amplified fears about the state of the...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 14- After more than five years and 15 convictions, the U.S. government's criminal investigation of Bernard Madoff's colossal Ponzi scheme may finally be coming to an end. In court filings on Tuesday and Wednesday, prosecutors in New York asked judges to schedule sentencing dates for key witnesses who pleaded guilty and agreed to help investigators,...

  • TOKYO, Jan 15- Japan's core machinery orders rose less than expected in November due to declining orders in the manufacturing sector, suggesting companies are still cautious about capital expenditure due to worries about domestic demand. Lackluster business investment suggests that the economic recovery will be weak after an increase in the sales tax last...

  • *S.Korea firm offered up to $7.5 bln to buy Canada firm- source. SEOUL, Jan 15- South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday that it had no plan to buy Canada's Blackberry Ltd, denying a Reuters report on a takeover approach. Samsung recently offered to buy BlackBerry for as much as $7.5 billion, seeking its valuable patents as it battles Apple in the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 14- The International Monetary Fund plans to appoint a new deputy managing director who will for the first time focus on the day to day running of the global financial institution. Carla Grasso, who used to work at Brazil's Vale SA, the world's largest iron ore producer, will become a deputy managing director and the newly created Chief...

  • NYMEX-US crude rises above $49 after best day since 2012 Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 7:22 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Jan 15- U.S. crude rose for a second session on Thursday after surging nearly 6 percent in the previous session in its biggest gain since June 2012 as traders with expiring options bought back futures. *U.S. crude for February delivery was up 43 cents at $48.91 a barrel by 0005 GMT, after briefly hitting a session high of $49.59. *Exchange operator Nasdaq OMX...

  • Markets split on endgame for Caesars' looming bankruptcy Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 7:17 PM ET

    Jan 14- On the eve of Caesars Entertainment Corp's $10 billion debt-cutting bankruptcy, markets are reflecting two competing views of how the casino company's high-stakes plan will play out. "The fact there is equity value in Caesars, that equity value describes a really optimistic view of how this will play out," said Chris Snow, an analyst with CreditSights.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Jan 27 Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    TOKYO- Bank of Japan's quarterly meeting of regional branch managers. DUBLIN- European Central Bank Governing Council member Patrick Honohan to attend the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry- 0730 GMT. SAN FRANCISCO, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams gives opening remarks before the Bay Area Council Economic Institute 8th...

  • OTTAWA, Jan 14- A possible bid for BlackBerry Ltd by South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd would be unlikely to raise Canadian government security concerns, sources familiar with Ottawa's thinking said on Wednesday. Canada has had a fractious trade relationship with China but there are no such problems with South Korea, which Ottawa sees as a key partner and...