*China Feb exports tumble unexpectedly, heighten slowdown fears. SINGAPORE, March 10- Brent futures slipped towards $108 a barrel on Monday as data showing an unexpected fall in China's exports added to fears of a slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy, though geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Libya limited the decline.» Read More
BEIJING, Sept 23- With ousted senior politician Bo Xilai jailed for life, Chinese President Xi Jinping has stamped his authority on the Communist Party by effectively warning he will not tolerate dissent as he seeks to push through tough economic reforms.
Investors in base metals markets were waiting for the HSBC manufacturing flash purchasing managers' index for China at 0145 GMT for clues on the outlook for demand in the world's top copper consumer.
SINGAPORE, Sept 23- U.S. crude futures steadied near $105 a barrel on Monday after losing more than 3 percent in the past two sessions, with investors looking towards Chinese manufacturing data for more clues on the economic health of the world's No. 2 oil consumer. *U.S. crude for November delivery was off 9 cents at $104.66 a barrel by 0049 GMT.
SINGAPORE, Sept 23- Gold was steady on Monday after sliding sharply in the previous session on fresh fears the United States could taper its massive economic stimulus sooner rather than later. *Spot gold had risen 0.09 percent to $1,326.19 an ounce by 0021 GMT, after a near 3- percent drop on Friday.
SYDNEY, Sept 23- Asian markets got off to a lacklustre start on Monday ahead of more testing data from China, while the euro had only the briefest of lifts from Chancellor Angela Merkel's landslide victory in Germany's general election. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was a fraction lower following a pullback on Wall Street on Friday.
SYDNEY, Sept 23- The dollar held off a seven-month trough in Asia on Monday, having found a bit of support after a top Federal Reserve official suggested there is a chance the central bank may scale back stimulus next month.
*Grand coalition would please Germany's euro partners. BERLIN, Sept 23- Despite leading her conservatives to their strongest election result in over two decades, German Chancellor Angela Merkel now faces the unsavoury prospect of having to court her arch-rivals on the left to maintain her grip on power.
BEIJING, Sept 23- With ousted senior politician Bo Xilai jailed for jail, Chinese President Xi Jinping has stamped his authority on the Communist Party by effectively warning he will not tolerate dissent as he seeks to push through tough economic reforms.
BERLIN, Sept 22- Angela Merkel won a landslide personal victory in Germany's general election on Sunday, but her conservatives appeared just short of the votes needed to rule on their own and may have to convince leftist rivals to join a coalition government. "Together, we will do all we can to make the next four years successful ones for Germany."
MUMBAI, Sept 23- India's central bank governor Raghuram Rajan may raise policy rates again after shocking markets by increasing them in only his first meeting, signalling he is willing to risk prolonging what is already the lowest economic growth in years in order to quash persistent inflation.
SINGAPORE/ JAKARTA, Sept 23- The U.S. The borrowing binge was a product of Indonesia's strong economic growth and record-low global interest rates. Data from Indonesia's central bank shows that 89 percent of its corporate debt is denominated in U.S. dollars.
Crude has fallen as Libya has produced more and there have been signs of diplomatic progress regarding Syria and Iran. "California did buck the trend because of some recent hiccups in the California refining capacity affecting the West," Lundberg said.
*Effect of rise in bond ylds on E. Europe moderate. *Laggards Croatia, Slovenia need bold reforms. ZAGREB, Sept 22- Eastern Europe should be able to absorb any surge in emerging market bond yields when monetary policy in the west becomes less expansionary, Croatia's central bank governor Boris Vujcic said.
*Democratic-led Senate gets ready for showdown votes. WASHINGTON, Sept 22- Key Democrats and Republicans said on Sunday that they expect a bitterly divided Congress to somehow come together and avert a U.S. government shutdown in eight days.
Purchasing managers indexes for the euro zone, China and the United States are all forecast to climb further away from the boom-bust line of 50. Germany's closely watched IFO business sentiment index is also expected to show a gain.
NEW YORK, Sept 21- George Soros, the 83- year-old billionaire investor, philanthropist and supporter of liberal political causes, married for a third time on Saturday, tying the knot with education consultant Tamiko Bolton.
LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, Sept 22- "Prisoners," a dark thriller starring Hugh Jackman as a father on a desperate search for his missing daughter, locked up the weekend box office title in the United States and Canada, grabbing $21.4 million in ticket sales during its first three days in theaters.
BERLIN, Sept 22- Angela Merkel was on track to win a third term as chancellor in a German election on Sunday after her conservatives scored their best result in decades, but it was unclear whether she could avoid being forced into a coalition with her leftist rivals.
LONDON, Sept 22- Britain could be close to agreeing a deal to ease sanctions that have stopped gas production from the North Sea's Rhum field, jointly owned by BP and the National Iranian Oil Co., the Mail on Sunday newspaper said.
BERLIN, Sept 22- Angela Merkel's conservatives won the most votes in a German election on Sunday, putting her on track for a third term, but it was unclear whether she would be able to preserve her centre-right coalition or be forced to work with her leftist rivals, an exit poll showed.