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  • UPDATE 4-Oil prices dip on weak China GDP data Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 3:23 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Jan 20- Oil markets dipped on Tuesday as China's economic growth for 2014 undershot a government target and hit its weakest annual expansion in 24 years, adding to worries in energy markets already suffering from slowing demand and oversupply. The world's second-largest economy grew 7.4 percent last year, China's National Bureau of Statistics...

  • European shares rise early as China data reassures Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 3:09 AM ET

    PARIS, Jan 20- European shares rose in early trade on Tuesday, tracking a rally in Asian shares after data showed China's economic growth slowed less than feared. Shares in Unilever bucked the trend, falling 1.7 percent after the consumer goods major posted lower-than-expected fourth-quarter underlying sales growth due to weak emerging markets.

  • Jan 20- Hong Kong shares rose on Tuesday after mainland indexes rebounded on comments by China's securities regulator that it was not trying to suppress that market's rally. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were Bank Of China, up 2.6 percent at HK $4.29 Yat Sing Holding Ltd, up 50.0 percent at HK $0.90 and ICBC, up 2.4 percent at HK $5.58.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 20- With 1.35 billion users of its Internet social network, Facebook Inc would rank as the world's second-most populous nation if it were a country. While its users may populate only a virtual country, Facebook says it generates a lot of real economic activity- $227 billion worth of economic impact and 4.5 million jobs in 2014, according to a new...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 20- The Russian central bank said on Tuesday that external debt of companies and banks at the start of 2015 stood at $547.6 billion.

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK SAYS EXTERNAL DEBT OF COMPANIES AND BANKS AT START OF 2015 AT $547.6 BLN.

  • LONDON, Jan 20- Consumer goods giant Unilever reported lower than expected fourth-quarter underlying sales growth due to weak emerging markets, bringing a disappointing end to the sector's most difficult year in recent memory. Following a dramatic weakening of emerging markets last year that made Unilever's third quarter the weakest in five years, its...

  • JAKARTA, Jan 20- Freeport-McMoRan Inc could lose its permit to export copper concentrate from its massive Indonesian mine in West Papua, the country's mining minister said on Tuesday, unless it can show progress in developing a new copper smelter this week. "Freeport hasn't confirmed the location," Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said told...

  • *China Dec industrial output at 7.9 pct, from 7.4 pct forecast. MELBOURNE, Jan 20- London copper steadied on Tuesday after data showed slowing growth in China's economy despite some bright spots in the world's top metals user. I'm hopeful that it will maybe take the focus off the supply-side of the equation which has obviously been a bearish focus for the market, "...

  • Unilever posts weaker-than-expected fourth quarter Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 2:17 AM ET

    Consumer goods giant Unilever reported lower than expected fourth-quarter underlying sales growth.

  • *Slower slaughter rate could boost Australia cattle prices. A slower slaughter rate could boost Australian cattle prices to record highs and ramp up costs for key consumers such as the United States, which is battling tight supply at home, while forcing others such as China to opt for Brazilian beef. But it will also ease concerns about long-term global...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 1.2 percent, to 3,396.22, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.9 percent, to 3,173.05 points. "The CSRC's announcement has slightly relieved investor sentiment but it's impossible for investors to immediately regain confidence given that the problem of margin trading...

  • Unilever posts weaker-than-expected fourth quarter Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 2:10 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 20- Consumer goods giant Unilever reported lower than expected fourth-quarter underlying sales growth, as the emerging market downturn that rocked performance earlier in the year failed to improve. Following a dramatic weakening of emerging markets last year that made Unilever's third quarter the weakest in five years, its full-year...

  • Russian rouble edges higher in early trade Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 2:08 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Jan 20- Russia's rouble edged higher at market opening on Tuesday, extending modest gains from the previous session despite declining global oil prices. At 0706 GMT, the rouble was around 0.1 percent stronger against the dollar at 64.92 and gained 0.3 percent to trade at 75.20 versus the euro. For rouble poll data see.

  • TOKYO, Jan 20- Japan's inflation rate is expected to slow in the next fiscal year, a Reuters poll showed, which could probably force the Bank of Japan to launch more stimulus later in the year. Japan, which has been grappling with either outright deflation or very low inflation for decades, is facing an even greater challenge than some other economies given the 60...

  • REUTERS POLL- JAPAN FY 2014/ 15 CORE CPI EXCLUDING TAX-RISE EFFECT.

  • REUTERS POLL-MANY ANALYSTS EXPECT JAPANESE BASE PAY RISE IN SPRING WAGE NEGOTIATION EQUAL TO RATE IN 2014 OR HIGHER.

  • REUTERS POLL- JAPAN Q1 ANNUALISED GDP +2.1 PCT, Q2 GDP +1.7 PCT.

  • *Revised budget assumes world oil price of $55 instead of $100. KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20- Malaysia ringgit currency fell to a six-year low on Tuesday as the government cut its economic growth forecast, reduced its budget and widened its fiscal deficit target for 2015, to reflect lower oil and gas revenues due to plunging world prices. Announcing revisions to a 2015...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 20- Russia is not experiencing the same pace of capital outflows as it did at the end of 2008 and sees no need to introduce capital controls, central bank first deputy governor Ksenia Yudayeva told Reuters on Tuesday. "We do not see the objective need of capital control measures," she said in an interview on the sidelines of the Asian Financial Forum in...