*January trade deficit narrows to C $177 mln ( $161 mln. OTTAWA, March 7 (Reuters)- The Canadian economy unexpectedly lost 7,000 jobs in February, giving little reason for the Bank of Canada to change its neutral stance on interest rates after strong hiring in January had raised hopes of renewed vigor in the labor market.» Read More
*EU banks getting ready for Basel capital target. *Top banks already exceed Basel liquidity requirements. LONDON, Sept 25- The top 42 banks in the European Union would need an extra 70.4 billion euros of capital to comply with new rules that take full effect in 2019, the bloc's banking watchdog said on Wednesday.
SINGAPORE/ JAKARTA, Sept 25- Indonesia has long been a surprising jewel in the crown of BlackBerry Ltd, a rare market where its devices enjoyed mass appeal.
*Oil above $109 as little thaw seen in U.S., Iran relations. LONDON, Sept 25- World shares dipped for a fourth straight day on Wednesday and the dollar struggled as worries over a possible government shutdown in Washington and mixed signals on U.S. monetary policy kept investors in a cautious mood.
PARIS, Sept 25- European shares dipped early on Wednesday as nagging concerns over a potential U.S. government shutdown at the end of the month and uncertainty about the outlook for the Federal Reserve's stimulus programme kept investors on edge.
SEOUL, Sept 25- Hyundai Motor and its affiliate Kia Motors said they are recalling about 660,000 vehicles in South Korea to fix a faulty brake switch, with further recalls in other countries possible.
LONDON, Sept 25- European shares edged lower early on Wednesday, with a sharp decline in shares of the world's largest cruise operator, Carnival Corp, dragging down the European travel and leisure sector.
LONDON, Sept 25- Global miner Anglo American has revised a deal to sell its Amapa iron ore operation in northern Brazil to Zamin Ferrous, following a landslide that sent machinery tumbling into the Amazon River and killed six people.
The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings ended down 0.6 percent at 2,429 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index slipped 0.4 percent. Strength in Shanghai- related counters limited index losses.
*Applied shares rise 9 pct, Tokyo Electron jumps 13 pct. Sept 25- Applied Materials Inc agreed to buy rival Tokyo Electron Ltd in an all-stock deal worth more than $10 billion, combining the No.1 and No.3 makers of chip-making gear as demand for their products slows and it gets tougher to turn a profit.
TOKYO, Sept 25- Asian shares turned in a lacklustre performance and the dollar treaded water against a basket of currencies on Wednesday, as concerns about a possible U.S. government shutdown and uncertainty about the Federal Reserve's policy outlook made investors hesitant to push out of recent ranges.
HONG KONG, Sept 25- Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has decided to pursue an initial public offering in New York after talks with Hong Kong regulators broke down over a listing in the Asian financial hub, sources familiar with the discussions said on Wednesday.
*Turkey lifts gold holdings by about 23 tonnes in Aug. *Russia also among 8 central banks that bought more gold.
TOKYO, Sept 25- Japan's Nikkei share average eased for a second day on Wednesday hit by concerns about a possible U.S. government shutdown, while Tokyo Electron Ltd bucked overall weakness on news of a $7 billion- plus takeover of the tech company by Applied Materials Inc. The Nikkei shed 0.8 percent to 14,620.53, moving away from a nine-week high of 14,816.65 hit last Friday.
BERLIN, Sept 25- German consumer confidence rose to its highest level in six years heading into October, supporting expectations strong consumer spending will help Europe's largest economy to post moderate growth in 2013..
SINGAPORE, Sept 25- China National Offshore Oil Corp expects to add five liquefied natural gas receiving terminals by 2015, doubling its total capacity to 35-40 million tonnes per year, a senior company official said on Wednesday.
*Obama pledges diplomacy with Iran; no Rouhani meeting. SINGAPORE, Sept 25- Brent crude oil futures climbed towards $109 a barrel on Wednesday as investors remained sceptical whether relations between the United States and Iran would thaw, and if that would affect a long-running nuclear dispute.
*Iran seeks' consistent voice "from Washington. WASHINGTON, Sept 25- After balking at President Barack Obama's plan to attack Syria, the U.S. Congress is also stirring in opposition to his latest foreign policy goal: an effort to improve relations with Iran.
Sept 25- Wal-Mart Stores Inc, whose focus on low-cost sourcing helped to fuel the offshoring of U.S. manufacturing, has been promoting a patriotic new image in recent months. But an examination of the company's "Made in America" campaign suggests Wal-Mart's caught on to a reshoring phenomenon that was already underway.
HONG KONG, Sept 25- The travails of companies working for oil giant PetroChina and its parent China National Petroleum Corp took another twist on Wednesday when one supplier said it had been unable to contact several executives since they disappeared weeks ago.
*Official media confirm Sept 29 as Shanghai trade zone launch. "Other than some news-driven moves like the Shanghai free trade zone, there hasn't been a lot of fresh buying, a lot of rotation is going on," said Jackson Wong, Tanrich Securities' vice-president for equity sales.