SYDNEY, May 22- The end of Australia's resources boom is taking its toll on investment in the sector, with A $150 billion in planned projects delayed or cancelled since April 2012, government data shows. China's economic slowdown has squashed a decade-long mining boom in Australia that drove gold, copper, iron ore and coal to record prices.» Read More
*Euro retraces gains after failure to rise above $1.33. NEW YORK, Jan 3- The euro fell against the dollar on Thursday as optimism over a U.S. budget deal quickly faded and investors awaited a closely watched U.S. government jobs report due on Friday.
OTTAWA, Jan 3- Proponents of the planned Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta's oil sands to Canada's West Coast can still carry the day even though the project has generated a wave of opposition, the country's natural resources minister said.
Jan 3- Major bullion bank HSBC Holdings Plc cut its 2013 average gold price after factoring in a 2012 year-end price of $1,675 an ounce. It kept its 2014 gold forecast at $1,775 and introduced a 2015 forecast of $1,675 an ounce.
HONOLULU, Jan 2- President Barack Obama signed on Wednesday "fiscal cliff" legislation that raises tax rates for top earners and extends tax cuts for the middle class, the White House said.
*Investors focus on congressional- White House battles ahead. NEW YORK, Jan 3- U.S. stocks took a breather on Thursday a day after celebrating Washington's deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" with the biggest one-day rally in a year.
WASHINGTON, Jan 3- U.S. regulators said on Thursday they would make an announcement at 1 p.m. EST about their long-running investigation of the Web search giant Google.
Costco, TJX, Ross, Gap top expectations. Costco Wholesale Corp, Nordstrom Inc, TJX Cos Inc and Ross Stores Inc were among the winners of the month, while such chains as Target Corp and Family Dollar Stores Inc felt the pinch as cautious consumers focused purchases on food and other basics.
*ADP Dec private employment rises by more than expected. *Fed buys about $5.1 bln of longer-dated Treasuries. NEW YORK, Jan 3- U.S.
*Deal opens 40 mln U.S. households to Qatar- based channel. *Time Warner drops carriage deal. LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, Jan 2- Al Jazeera said on Wednesday it will buy Current TV, the struggling cable channel founded by Al Gore and partners, in a move that will boost the Qatar- based broadcaster's footprint in the United States.
*Google executive chairman to visit North Korea-AP. SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 2- Google Inc's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, will travel this year to reclusive North Korea, where Internet use is subject to some of the world's tightest controls, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, Jan 2- In the wake of bruising fights in their own ranks over the "fiscal cliff" and aid for victims of superstorm Sandy- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives open a new Congress on Thursday more divided than ever.
*Shanghai market remains closed for holiday. SINGAPORE, Jan 3- London copper edged down on Thursday, but prices did not stray too far from a more than two-month top hit in the previous session as relief over a last-minute deal to avert a U.S. fiscal disaster continued to underpin prices.
*China data underpins gains in Hong Kong, Asia stocks. HONG KONG, Jan 3- Most Asian stock markets edged higher on Thursday on hopes of a steady economic revival in China although oil gave back some of the previous session's strong gains as investors took some money off the table and braced for more U.S. budget battles.
BEIJING, Jan 3- Growth in China's increasingly important services sector accelerated in December at its fastest pace in four months, adding to signs of a modest year-end revival in the world's second-largest economy.
SINGAPORE, Jan 3- Brent crude slipped below $112 a barrel on Thursday as investors' focus shifted from a deal to avert the U.S. " Brent crude fell 57 cents to $111.90 a barrel by 0219 GMT, after rising more than 1 percent on Wednesday to settle at the highest since October.
LOS ANGELES, Jan 2- Qatar- based Al Jazeera news channel said on Wednesday it will buy Current TV, the low-rated cable channel founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt in 2005, in a move that will boost its U.S. footprint.
SINGAPORE, Jan 3- Copper edged down on Thursday, taking a pause from the rally in the previous session when U.S. lawmakers reached a last-minute deal to prevent the world's top economy from slipping into another recession.
HONG KONG, Jan 3- Hong Kong shares were set to start at a second successive 19- month high on Thursday, with China Overseas Land& Investment topping percentage gains among Hang Seng Index components after rising 2.3 percent. The Hang Seng Index was set to open up 0.3 percent at 23,390.5, its highest intra-day level since June 1, 2011.
HONG KONG, Jan 3- Hong Kong shares could open higher on Thursday, helped by positive China data and tracking strong Wall Street gains after a last-minute deal averted a fiscal crisis in the world's largest economy. Elsewhere in Asia, South Korea's KOSPI was down 0.2 percent at 0104 GMT.
LOS ANGELES, Jan 2- The U.S. wind industry is powering up once again after Congress extended a critical tax credit that wind companies say will save tens of thousands of domestic jobs and allow more clean energy projects to ramp up this year.