WASHINGTON, Dec 9- Leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Armed Services committees agreed on a slimmed-down defense authorization bill and want a final vote on the measure before Congress leaves for the year, committee leaders said on Monday.» Read More
SINGAPORE, July 2- Brent crude edged higher to above $103 a barrel on Tuesday, extending gains to a second day due to concerns about supply disruptions in the Middle East and Africa.
ZURICH, July 2-- Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG is buying Constitution Medical Investors, the U.S. developer of a testing system for blood diseases like anaemia and leukaemia, for an upfront $220 million, plus further contingent payments.
*China's yuan edges up to 6.1313/ dlr at midday. SHANGHAI, July 2- China's yuan edged up on Tuesday after the People's Bank of China set a stronger midpoint, with dealers saying that demand has rebounded following a spike in quarter-end dollar demand.
*China banks, property sink as fund injection disappoints. HONG KONG, July 2- Hong Kong and China shares fell from their highest in more than a week on Tuesday, with Chinese banks as key index drags after disappointment with the amount of funds the central bank injected at the first of this week's two scheduled open market operations.
SHANGHAI, July 2- China's inter-bank funding costs fell further on Tuesday as the central bank refrained from draining funds via its regular open market operations, and traders predicted rates would soon return to levels seen before the recent cash crunch that roiled global markets.
*Zynga business model flailing due to rise of mobile games. *Zynga shares shoot up on news of Mattrick's appointment.
*Gold continues rebound from 3- year low of $1,180.71. *Gold bar premiums in Hong Kong steady. SINGAPORE, July 2- Gold inched up on Tuesday, stretching its gains into a third straight session as buyers in China continued to snap up deals after bullion's plunge to a three-year low last week.
TOKYO, July 2- The dollar backed off from a four-week high against a basket of currencies on Monday as risk sentiment improved on stronger manufacturing data from major global economies, outweighing fears of a reduction in U.S. monetary stimulus.
SINGAPORE, July 2- Brent crude extended gains to a second day and edged higher above $103 a barrel on Tuesday due to concerns about supply disruptions in the Middle East and Africa.
*Shanghai bonded copper premiums soar to $200- Shmet. SINGAPORE, July 2- London copper dropped on Tuesday, giving up some of previous session's sharp gains to a near two-week top, as a slowdown in China dented the outlook for demand from the world's top consumer of the metal. Copper prices in Shanghai, however, extended gains into a second straight day.
*Manufacturing data in U.S. and Europe offset China disappointment. SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, July 2- Asian stocks rose on Tuesday with Tokyo's Nikkei hitting its highest in nearly five weeks after encouraging manufacturing data in Europe and the United States helped cheer markets fretting about a slowing Chinese economy.
SINGAPORE, July 2- London copper retreated from 10- day highs on Tuesday as a slowdown in China weighed on demand growth prospects, giving up some of the previous sessions's sharp gains when dollar weakness sparked a short-covering rally.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 1- The Winklevoss twins, who famously alleged that Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg stole their website idea, have revealed plans for an IPO that will give investors exposure to the value of digital currency Bitcoins.
TOKYO, July 2- Japan's monetary base hit a record high in June, the Bank of Japan said on Tuesday, boosted by the central bank's sweeping monetary easing scheme to help beat the nation's deflation. The monetary base stood at 173.1 trillion yen at the end of June, up from 159.2 trillion yen from the previous month, the central bank said.
*Fast Retailing up, ahead of Uniqlo June same-store sales. TOKYO, July 2- The Nikkei share average climbed above 14,000 points for the first time in nearly five weeks on Tuesday as encouraging U.S. manufacturing and construction data added to signs of an improving economy, which is Japan's biggest export market.
HONG KONG, July 2- Hong Kong shares may return weaker from a long weekend on Tuesday after two surveys on Monday showed China's factory sector slowed to multi-month lows.
SINGAPORE, July 2- Gold was a fraction lower on Tuesday after mixed U.S. economic data added to uncertainty over whether the Federal Reserve will begin to scale back its stimulus measures this year. *Spot gold slipped 0.02 percent to $1,252.59 an ounce by 0019 GMT, while U.S. gold fell $3 to $1,252.80.
SINGAPORE, July 2- U.S. crude futures traded just below $98 a barrel on Tuesday, not far off a two-week high, as positive U.S. economic data buoyed the fuel demand outlook in the world's largest oil consumer. *U.S. crude futures for August delivery inched down 4 cents to $97.95 per barrel by 0007 GMT after settling up 1.5 percent on Monday.
*Manufacturing data in U.S. and Europe offset China disappointment. SYDNEY, July 2- Asian stocks rose on Tuesday with Tokyo's Nikkei extending gains after encouraging manufacturing data in Europe and the United States helped cheer a market fretting about a slowing Chinese economy.
SAO PAULO, July 1- Brazilian state-run lenders Caixa Econômica Federal and BNDES have the largest loan exposure to debt-laden Grupo EBX, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said on Monday, as markets assess risks stemming from years of hefty borrowing by billionaire Eike Batista's mining and energy conglomerate.