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  • *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.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 30- London copper led other metals lower on Thursday, after encouraging comments by U.S. monetary officials on the state of the world's top economy sparked a dollar rally, which weighed on commodities. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange slipped 0.5 percent to $6,779 a tonne by 0139 GMT, after ending slightly firmer in the previous session...

  • SEOUL, Oct 30- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. *Samsung executive says aims to tap into rapid growth in cheaper smartphones, plans new product launch in Q4. *Samsung to streamline strategic models in the mid-to-low tier smartphone markets to boost price competitiveness.

  • SEOUL, Oct 30- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday that it expects average selling prices for handsets to increase in the fourth quarter due to a rise in high-end smartphone sales. Robert Yi, Samsung's head of investor relations, did not specify how much prices would rise, with the average selling price for handsets and tablets combined in the third...

  • Samsung Elec sees higher handset average sale price in Q4 Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 8:58 PM ET

    SEOUL, Oct 30- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday that it expects average selling prices for handsets to increase in the fourth quarter due to a rise in high-end smartphone sales. Robert Yi, Samsung's head of investor relations, did not specify how much prices would rise above the average selling price for handsets in the third quarter of about $190.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 30- Gold was languishing near a three-week low on Thursday after the U.S. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,212.60 an ounce by 0031 GMT. *Gold, often seen as an alternative investment during economic and financial uncertainties, fell on fears that the vote of confidence in the recovery could prompt the Fed to raise interest rates soon.

  • *Brazil's real rises after interest rate-hike shock. TOKYO, Oct 30- The dollar stayed on the front foot on Thursday, holding near prior session highs as it basked in the afterglow of the Federal Reserve's optimistic take on the U.S. economic recovery, raising the odds of policy tightening sooner rather than later. "We maintain our view the first rate hike will be in...

  • TOKYO, Oct 30- Asian stocks dipped and the dollar hovered at three-week highs versus the yen after the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.5 percent in early Asian trade on Thursday. Tokyo's Nikkei bucked the trend and rose 0.3 percent, taking heart from a significantly weaker yen.

  • BRASILIA, Oct 29- Brazil's central bank raised interest rates on Wednesday, surprising investors with a move that signals President Dilma Rousseff could make more market-friendly policy changes after her narrow re-election victory on Sunday. In a divided vote, the central bank's board decided to raise its benchmark Selic rate by 25 basis points to 11.25...

  • NYMEX-Crude falls below $82/bbl on strong dollar Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 8:25 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 30- U.S. crude futures edged below $82 a barrel on Thursday in early Asian trade, pressured by a strong dollar and a supply glut, following overnight gains on the back of a less-than-expected rise in U.S. oil stockpiles. *NYMEX crude for December delivery was down 32 cents at $81.88 a barrel by 0004 GMT, after settling up 78 cents at $82.20 on Wednesday.