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  • China shares little changed, HK eases on weak earnings Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 12:46 AM ET

    *Weak company earnings weigh on Hong Kong market. SHANGHAI, Oct 28- China shares were little changed by midday on Thursday as weakness in the property sector offset the positive impact after the government said it would support consumption, while Hong Kong shares eased on gloomy corporate earnings. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index edged down 0.5 percent to...

  • NO GAS AGREEMENT BETWEEN RUSSIA, UKRAINE AFTER TALKS ON WEDNESDAY, NEGOTIATIONS TO CONTINUE THURSDAY EVENING- RIA NOVOSTI CITES RUSSIAN ENERGY MINISTER.

  • HEAD OF RUSSIA'S GAZPROM SAYS GAS DEAL ONLY TO BE SIGNED AFTER EU- UKRAINE AGREEMENT ON FINANCIAL GUARANTEES FROM EUROPE IS FINALISED- INTERFAX.

  • *China official PMI seen at 51.2 vs 51.1 in Sept Data due on Nov 1 at 0100 GMT. BEIJING, Oct 30- Growth in China's manufacturing sector likely picked up slightly in October as demand improved, a Reuters poll showed, offering some tentative signs that the world's second-biggest economy may be stabilizing but at levels which are subdued. "Overall, we see that China's...

  • SEOUL, Oct 30- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said it would revamp its smartphone line-up to take on competitors in the rapidly growing mid-to-low range segment, after third-quarter earnings set it on course for its worst year since 2011.. The global smartphone leader's market share declined in annual terms for the third straight quarter in...

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 30- China's yuan fell against the dollar on Thursday after rising in the previous four trading sessions, tracking a weaker midpoint fixing by the central bank as the greenback strengthened in international markets. The People's Bank of China fixed the midpoint rate at 6.1457 per dollar, down 0.08 percent from the previous fix, as the dollar index...

  • Oct 30- The U.S. Department of Education will introduce stricter regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities. For-profit institutions, including Apollo Education Group Inc, Corinthian Colleges Inc and DeVry Education Group Inc, have been struggling to attract new...

  • Oct 29- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Honeywell International Inc to stop the company from imposing penalties on employees who refuse to undergo testing under its corporate wellness program. Honeywell employees could be penalized up to $4,000 each, through surcharges and lost contributions to health plans, if they or their...

  • Brent drops below $87 as Fed optimism lifts dollar Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 11:23 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Oct 30- Brent oil futures fell below $87 a barrel on Thursday, pressured by a stronger U.S. dollar after the Federal Reserve painted a brighter outlook for the U.S. economy. "Anything priced in U.S. dollars is seeing a fall since FOMC released that statement and that goes right across the commodities complex," said Ben Le Brun, market analyst at...

  • *China to free up market for clearing bank card transactions. BEIJING, Oct 30- Visa Inc and Mastercard Inc welcome China's plans to open up its market for clearing domestic bank card transactions, as they stand to gain access to a growing market worth more than $1 trillion a year. While China lags behind countries such as the United States in spending on credit,...

  • *Kiwi slides on softer New Zealand rate outlook. TOKYO, Oct 30- Asian stocks fell and the dollar surged to a three-week high versus the yen after the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.6 percent.

  • *Nintendo will release new device in 2015/ 16. *Nintendo announced a surprise profit for 2 Q day earlier. TOKYO, Oct 30- Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co Ltd will develop a device to measure a user's fatigue and map their sleep, Chief Executive Satoru Iwata said on Thursday, the first offering from the company's newly created healthcare division.

  • SEOUL, Oct 30- Strategy Analytics. *Samsung Electronics Co Ltd Q3 smartphone shipments at 79.2 mln, down from 88.4 mln year earlier. *Apple Inc ranks second with 39.3 mln smartphones shipped in Q3, up from 33.8 mln year earlier.

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  • HONG KONG, Oct 30- China financial institutions are rushing to expand their business beyond Hong Kong, aiming to broaden their investor base to Europe and the United Staets with yuan products. Asset manager GF International Investment Management told Reuters on Monday in an interview that it was looking to set up offices in New York and London next year to...

  • SYDNEY, Oct 30- Australia said on Thursday it will sell A $1.5 billion worth of shares in health insurer Medibank Private to retail brokers at home and in New Zealand, a fraction of what they had applied for, to give the public and institutions a bigger share. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said retail brokers had applied to buy A $12 billion worth of shares in the...

  • TOKYO, Oct 30- Japanese government bond prices eased slightly on Thursday after U.S. Still, the market was firmly supported by the Bank of Japan's massive JGB buying with many expecting the BOJ to ease policy further sometime in the future. "We think the BOJ could take additional easing steps tomorrow, when we are likely to have data showing slowing inflation in the...

  • WELLINGTON, Oct 30- New Zealand's central bank held rates steady on Thursday and signaled it will keep monetary policy on hold closer to the end of next year, diluting its tightening bias just as the U.S. The New Zealand dollar tumbled more than half a U.S. cent as markets reacted to the contrasting tones in the policy statements of the Fed and the Reserve Bank of New...

  • Nikkei rises to 3-week high on Fed view; Nintendo soars Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 10:06 PM ET

    *Nintendo soars on unexpected operating profit for FY. *Yahoo Japan dives on forecast cut for Apr-Dec period. TOKYO, Oct 30- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh three-week high on Thursday morning as optimism about the U.S. economy buoyed sentiment, while Nintendo Co soared on better-than-expected earnings.

  • SEOUL, Oct 30- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. *Samsung executive says aims for stable double-digit profit margin rate from the mobile business going forward. *Company says expects Galaxy Note 4 to outsell predecessor Galaxy Note 3, cites stronger North America and Western Europe sales so far.