TOKYO, Dec 27- Japan's government approved on Saturday stimulus spending worth $29 billion aimed at helping the country's lagging regions and households with subsidies, merchandise vouchers and other steps, but analysts are sceptical about how much it can spur growth. The government said it expects the stimulus plan to boost Japan's GDP by 0.7 percent.» Read More
SINGAPORE, July 24- Gold broke below the key psychological level of $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as safe-haven demand for the metal eased due to rising Asian equities and strong Chinese manufacturing data.
SHANGHAI, July 24- China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors as it investigates a fast-spreading food safety scare that has dragged in a number of global brands and hit food outlets as far away as Japan.
SYDNEY, July 24- London copper rallied to its highest in more than a week on Thursday after China's factory sector grew at the fastest clip in 18 months in July, shrugging off news that Indonesia may soon resume ore exports that could smooth out kinks in supply. There just wasn't a lot of clarity over when, "said analyst Joel Crane of Morgan Stanley in Melbourne.
By Shinichi Saoshiro and Ian Chua. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, July 24- The New Zealand dollar skidded to a six-week low on Thursday after the country's central bank switched to a wait-and-see stance following its fourth straight rate hike, while its Australian peer rose after a survey showed China's factory sector expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months.
MOSCOW, July 23- Russian officials on Wednesday lined up to dismiss the economic impact of Western sanctions imposed for Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they were "peanuts" compared to what their country had to face during Soviet times.
SHANGHAI, July 24- China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors, the watchdog said in a statement, in an investigation into a fast-spreading food safety scare. The safety scare has already dragged in U.S. chains McDonald's Corp, KFC-parent Yum Brands Inc and coffee giant Starbucks Corp..
JAKARTA, July 24- Indonesia's top two copper miners signalled they are nearing a breakthrough to allow a restart of concentrate exports, which have been halted for more than six months due to a dispute with the Southeast Asian country over new mining rules.
*Tech stocks boosted by Apple, Facebook hits record high. The news injected some life into what had been a very sluggish session, and helped China's CSI300 index of leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share jump 1.1 percent. Japan's Nikkei added 0.2 percent while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.3 percent.
BEIJING, July 24- China's factory activity expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months in July as new orders surged, a preliminary HSBC survey showed on Thursday, the latest indication that the economy is picking up as government stimulus measures kick in.
SAN FRANCISCO, July 23- Researchers have found a flaw that could expose the identities of people using a privacy-oriented operating system touted by Edward Snowden, just two days after widely used anonymity service Tor acknowledged a similar problem.
BEIJING, July 24- Activity in China's factory sector expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months in July, a preliminary HSBC survey showed on Thursday, as a raft of government stimulus measures kicked in.
*Volume may be low as market focused on China survey, Japanese earnings. TOKYO, July 24- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Thursday morning as the slightly weakening yen supported sentiment, but geopolitical worries over Ukraine and Gaza kept activity in check.
July 24- Insurers are expected to hike war risk premiums for airlines following losses due to global conflicts, including the downing of a Malaysia airplane over Ukraine, insurance rating agency A.M. Best Company said on Wednesday.
TOKYO, July 24- Japanese manufacturing activity expanded at a slower pace in July than in the previous month, a preliminary survey showed on Thursday, as companies continued to adjust to fluctuations in demand after a sales tax increase in April.
S.KOREA UNVEILS STIMULUS STEPS, INCLUDING PLANS TO LIFT PUBLIC SPENDING BY 11.7 TRLN WON.
S.KOREA TO SET NATIONWIDE LOAN-TO-VALUE MORTGAGE LOAN CEILING AT 70 PCT VS 50-85 PCT PRESENTLY.
SEJONG, South Korea, July 24- South Korea unveiled stimulus measures on Thursday to prop up slowing economic growth, including plans to boost public spending by some $11 billion and ease mortgage borrowing rules.
S.KOREA FINANCE MINISTRY CUTS 2014 GDP FORECAST TO 3.7 PCT FROM 4.1 PCT; SEES 2015 GDP GROWTH AT 4.0 PCT.
STATE-RUN BANKS TO SUPPLY 26 TRLN WON OF LOANS, OTHER SUPPORT TO SPUR INVESTMENT AND AID TROUBLED FIRMS.
SYDNEY, July 24- London copper was little changed on Thursday, shrugging of news that miners in Indonesia may soon resume ore exports that have been halted since January, while traders awaited a string of flash manufacturing sector reports.