*Investors look past possible OPEC output cut. Comments from OPEC's secretary general last week that the group could cut output next year buoyed Brent on Friday, but investors' attention turned back to the gloomy economic outlook in Europe and China which has curbed oil demand.» Read More
MANILA, April 28- The Philippines' state grains procurement agency has awarded deals to supply the country with 800,000 tonnes of rice to two Vietnamese exporters. The National Food Authority approved prices offered by Vietnam's state-owned rice exporters Vinafood 1 and 2 at a tender on April 15, NFA Administrator Orlan Agbin Calayag said on Monday.
April 27- German drugmaker Bayer AG is exploring the sale of its $10 billion plastics unit to focus on growing its health business, Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the matter.
*Market participants keeping an eye on Ukraine tensions. SYDNEY, April 28- The dollar got off to a quiet start on Monday following a few days of directionless trading with investors unlikely to take aggressive positions ahead of major events in the United States and the euro zone.
SEOUL, April 28- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said the number of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphones shipped with non-working cameras was "very limited" and that it has taken measures to ensure the issue does not recur in new shipments.
TOKYO, April 28- Japanese shares fell on Monday, weighed down by a drop on Wall Street and as tensions in the Ukraine drove up the yen. The dollar was on course to mark its fourth straight day of losses against the safe-haven yen, as tensions mount over the crisis in the Ukraine.
BEIJING, April 28- China must act cautiously in cutting leverage ratios in the corporate and government sectors, as any abrupt move could deal a blow to an economy that is already slowing, a senior central bank official said in remarks published on Monday.
*U.S. to expand sanctions on Russia over Ukraine on Monday. SINGAPORE, April 28- Brent edged up toward $110 a barrel on Monday as tensions rose in Ukraine and Libya delayed the re-opening of a damaged eastern port. The United States and Europe are preparing new sanctions against Russia as tensions escalated in eastern Ukraine.
SYDNEY, April 28- London copper prices edged to their highest in seven weeks on Monday on tight Chinese copper supply, while nickel pushed to its strongest in almost 15 months in the wake of Indonesia's ban on ore shipments.
*March retail sales +11.0 pct yr/yr, matching f'cast. TOKYO, April 28- Japanese retail sales rose in March at their fastest pace in 17 years as consumers went on a shopping spree before a national sales tax hike took effect on April 1, setting the stage for a decline in consumer spending the following month.
SINGAPORE, April 28- Gold climbed to its highest in 1-1/ 2 weeks on Monday, as weaker equities and escalating geopolitical tensions in Ukraine boosted the metal's safe-haven appeal.
SINGAPORE, April 28- U.S. crude edged up toward $101 a barrel on Monday, reversing recent weakness as tensions rose in Ukraine and the United States and Europe prepared new sanctions against Russia.
*Major currencies stick to ranges; Ukraine crisis supports yen. TOKYO, April 28- Asian shares began the week under a cloud on Monday, after a dismal week on Wall Street and against the backdrop of increasing tension in Ukraine.
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SYDNEY, April 28- The dollar got off to a quiet start on Monday following a few days of directionless trading with investors unlikely to take aggressive positions ahead of major events out of the United States and euro zone. Policy reviews by the U.S. Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan will also keep the market cautious in a holiday-shortened week for much of Asia.
NEW YORK, April 27- Criminal prosecutors from the U.S. Department of Justice have gone to London to interview individuals in connection with an investigation into traders' alleged rigging of foreign exchange rates, a person familiar with the matter said.
* "Brexit" worry increasing among UK financial bosses. LONDON, April 28- A British exit from the European Union could wreck London's position as the only financial centre to rival New York and isolate the country's economy, research ordered by a lobby group for banks and money managers showed.
PARIS, April 28- President Francois Hollande and his Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg are set to meet with General Electric Chief Executive Jeff Immelt on Monday to discuss the future of French engineering group Alstom, a presidential official said.
*Omnicom, Publicis tie-up delayed by antitrust, tax reviews.
NEW YORK, April 27- Criminal prosecutors from the U.S. Department of Justice have gone to London to interview individuals in connection with an investigation into traders' alleged rigging of foreign exchange rates, in the DOJ's first major move since it announced the investigation in October, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.
SHANGHAI, April 28- A network of loan guarantees set up to improve companies' access to credit in one of China's richest districts is creating new risks of default as some debts sour, another sign of how private firms are bearing the brunt of an economic slowdown.