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  • TOKYO, Sept 11- Japanese government bond prices ticked up slightly on Friday, supported by perception that some Japanese investors who are behind their target for JGB investment in the half-year to September. The 10- year JGB yield dipped 0.5 basis point to 0.345 percent, its lowest level since May 1. There was even speculation that the Bank of Japan could ease its...

  • *Codelco premium may be $115- $125, Japan's around $100- trade. Term premiums for 2015 were set at $133 a tonne for metal from Chile's Codelco and $115 from Japan, down 3.6 percent and 6.5 percent from the previous year respectively. Premiums are expected to fall by at least $10 from this year in 2016, with a range of $115- $125 expected for metal from Codelco and about...

  • TOKYO, Sept 11- Japanese stocks fell amid choppy trade on Friday as investors remained focused on next week's U.S. Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting, which could potentially see the first U.S. interest rise in almost a decade. The benchmark index wiped out its year-to-date gains on Tuesday only to rebound on Wednesday with its biggest single-day rise...

  • *Hapoalim says U.S. probe looking into suspects' bank accounts. JERUSALEM, Sept 11- Israel's Bank Hapoalim said it is cooperating with a probe by U.S. authorities into alleged corruption involving officials from world soccer's governing body, FIFA. "Within the framework of cooperation by the bank with the investigation in this matter, it has come to the bank's...

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 11- Economic growth in the euro zone is still too weak to create a sufficient number of jobs, European Central Bank Executive Board member Benoit Coeure told a French newspaper group EBRA on Friday. "Growth is still not strong enough to create a sufficient number of jobs," Coeure told the group. "When inflation is weak, the best way to bring it up to the 2...

  • *Trade data due 23:50 GMT, Sept 16. TOKYO, Sept 11- Japanese exports are forecast to have risen at a slower pace for the second straight month in August, pressured by weakening demand across Asia as China's economic slowdown takes a toll on export-growth engines in the region. A slowdown in China, which has recently shown signs of deepening and roiled global...

  • WASHINGTON/ LOS ANGELES, Sept 11- In early June, in cities across America, U.S. immigration agents arrested more than two dozen Chinese nationals with unfulfilled deportation orders, telling them that after years of delay, China was finally taking steps to provide the paperwork needed to expel them from the U.S. But, not for the first time, China failed to provide the...

  • SandRidge Energy Inc and Oasis Petroleum Inc are two publicly traded oil producers openly marketing their saltwater divisions. "The psychology of the market is pretty bad right now," said Andrew Coleman, an energy analyst at Raymond James. Other publicly held energy companies with notable saltwater units include Devon Energy Corp, MidStates Petroleum Co and...

  • *Bank of Korea chief indicates low chances of a cut soon. SEOUL, Sept 11- South Korea's central bank reassured investors on Friday that its future policy decisions would be based on economic data, but noted that another rate cut soon was unlikely because the economy was already recovering as expected. Trader reaction to the decision and the Bank of Korea chief's...

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 11- China's major stock indexes ended Friday morning slightly lower, bobbing in and out of positive territory as investors awaited more data for clues on the health of the economy. Hong Kong stocks rose slightly by midday. China's blue-chip CSI300 index fell 0.2 percent to 3,352.66 points at lunch time, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.1...

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 11- China's yuan firmed against the dollar on Friday, encouraged by the central bank setting a stronger midpoint and a rally in the offshore market a day earlier that dealers suspected was instigated by state banks acting at the central bank's behest. Traders said they believed Beijing was seeking to steady the yuan after it came under pressure...

  • BEIJING, Sept 11- China will prosecute the former chairman of state-owned conglomerate China Resources Holding Co Ltd on suspicion of corruption, the country's main anti-graft watchdog said on Friday.

  • October Brent, the global oil benchmark, shed 16 cents to $48.73 a barrel as of 0352 GMT after it settled up $1.31, or 2.8 percent, on Thursday at $48.89 a barrel. October U.S. crude lost 29 cents to $45.63 a barrel after it settled up $1.77, or 4 percent, at $45.92 a barrel. The comments followed a meeting of Gulf Arab oil ministers with Qatar's emir in Doha, at which a...

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 11- London copper edged up on Friday and was set for its biggest weekly gain since early May, with a string of output cut announcements set to bring supply closer to demand. Prices hit the highest in seven weeks on Thursday, extending a rebound from a 6- year trough below $5,000 plumbed late last month that has triggered a raft of production cuts by...

  • BEIJING, Sept 11- China needs to avoid "blind" and duplicated investment, the country's top economic planner said on Friday, adding that the requirements for investment on industries with overcapacity will not be relaxed. Zhang Yong, Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, made the comments at a news conference. China last week relaxed...

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Sept 11- The dollar extended gains against the yen on Friday on increased prospects of more easing by the Bank of Japan, while the Aussie stood tall after catching a lift from upbeat employment data. The U.S. currency coasted on a boost received Thursday on a media report quoting Japanese ruling party lawmaker Kozo Yamamoto as saying that the Bank of...

  • GRAINS-Soybeans edge higher as market awaits USDA report Thursday, 10 Sep 2015 | 11:08 PM ET

    *Soybeans firm on USDA expectations. While analysts noted support from the expectations around the USDA forecast, market activity remained cautious and light. "The market is focused on the USDA report and as a result, there isn't much happening and I expect that to continue until its publication," said Andrew Woodhouse, grains analyst, Advance Trading...

  • BEIJING, Sept 11- China's investment growth remains weak although the pace of growth is stable, with fixed-asset investment growth in the first eight months similar to that of the January-July period, the country's top economic planner said on Friday. Zhang Yong, Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, also told a briefing that China's...

  • The front-month October contract for Brent, the global oil benchmark, shed 5 cents to $48.84 a barrel as of 0217 GMT after it settled up $1.31, or 2.8 percent, on Thursday at $48.89 a barrel. The U.S. crude October contract also lost 14 cents to $45.78 a barrel after it settled up $1.77, or 4 percent, at $45.92 a barrel. The comments followed a meeting of Gulf Arab oil...

  • *Futures and options settlement boosts liquidity. *Nikkei up 2.4 pct on week, poised to end 4- week losing streak. TOKYO, Sept 11- Japan's Nikkei share average fell in a choppy trading on Friday morning as investors remained focused on the U.S.