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  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japan's Nikkei share average jumped on Friday as the government prepared to approve new allocation targets for the world's largest pension fund that are expected to sharply increase its purchases of domestic stocks. Tokyo will approve on Friday targets for the $1.2 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund which aim to increase the ratio of...

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japanese life insurers are looking to buy more foreign bonds in the six months to March as yields on domestic bonds have fallen to uneconomical levels due to the Bank of Japan's massive purchases as part of its monetary easing programme. Investment plans by Japanese life insurers, which collectively manage more than 180 trillion yen of assets, are...

  • District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan ruled that the evidence failed to support the investors' claims and dismissed the case, a Paramount spokesman said. "We are gratified by the decision," said Robert Lawson, a Paramount spokesman. The investors had been seeking $16 million to $24 million in damages from Paramount, which is owned by Viacom Inc, said James...

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japan's government will approve new allocation targets for the world's biggest pension fund on Friday, aiming to raise its holding of Japanese shares to 25 percent of its portfolio from the current 12 percent, two government sources said. The $1.2- trillion Government Pension Investment Fund is under pressure from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to...

  • *Semi-annual report due 0600 GMT, Kuroda speaks 0630 GMT. TOKYO, Oct 31- The Bank of Japan is set to maintain its massive asset buying programme on Friday and keep its upbeat forecast that inflation will hit its 2 percent target next year, suggesting no further stimulus is on the horizon. "The BOJ will put on a brave face and stick to its upbeat projections as...

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 31- Gold was struggling near $1,200 an ounce on Friday and looked likely to post its worst week in seven, while silver was stuck near its lowest in 4-1/ 2 years, as strong U.S. economic data and fears of an early rate hike curbed the metals' appeal. Gold was also headed for its second monthly decline and silver looked set for a fourth monthly drop in a row.

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Asian shares ticked higher on Friday on Wall Street's cheer after upbeat U.S. growth data, while the dollar traded around four-week highs against the yen as investors awaited the outcome of the Bank of Japan's monetary policy meeting. But data released early on Friday showed Japan's annual core consumer inflation slowed for a second straight...

  • NYMEX-Crude below $81, set for fourth monthly loss Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 8:19 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 31- U.S. crude futures edged below $81 a barrel on Friday, extending declines as the dollar rallied on bets of a sooner-than-expected U.S. rate hike, while traders saw little chance of OPEC cutting output at its November meeting. *NYMEX crude for December delivery was down 15 cents at $80.97 a barrel by 0002 GMT, after settling down $1.08 on Thursday.

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japan's annual core consumer inflation slowed for a second straight month in September, adding to evidence the Bank of Japan will miss its 2 percent price goal even as it dismisses growing doubts about the efficacy of its money-printing programme. The 3.0 percent year-on-year gain in the core consumer price index, which excludes volatile prices...

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japanese household spending fell 5.6 percent in September from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday, in a sign that consumer spending remains weak. The decrease was more than the median estimate of a 4.3 percent decline and followed a 4.7 percent annual drop in August. To view the full tables, go to the website of the Ministry of Internal...

  • Oct 30- A major RadioShack Corp lender is attempting to buy a bigger part of the electronic retailer's debt in exchange for backing the company's store-closing plan, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Salus Capital Partners LLC is seeking to buy as much as $465 million of the $585 million of loans arranged for affiliates of...

  • Japan Sept jobless rate rises to 3.6 pct - govt Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:40 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 31- Japan's jobless rate rose in September and the availability of jobs fell for the first time in more than three years, suggesting the labour market is starting to lose some momentum. The jobs-to-applicants ratio was 1.09 in September, down from 1.10 the previous month, which matches the highest since June 1992, according to data from the labour...

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  • FOREX-Dollar underpinned by GDP, BOJ next in focus Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:22 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Oct 31- The dollar held at four-week highs against a basket of major currencies early on Friday, getting another boost from encouraging growth data a day after the Federal Reserve gave an upbeat assessment on the economy. The dollar index climbed as far as 86.491- a high last seen on Oct. 6- after U.S. gross domestic product grew at an annual pace of 3.5 percent...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 30- Twitter Inc has sidelined the product chief it recently poached from rival Google Inc, in the latest executive reshuffle at the online messaging service, according to a source familiar with the situation. Former consumer product chief Daniel Graf will now oversee strategic initiatives such as geo-location mobile features, the person...

  • LIMA, Oct 30- Peruvian precious metals miner Buenaventura said on Thursday that its net profit jumped 20 percent in the third quarter because of a recent acquisition, beating market forecasts. The company's reported income of $78.3 million, or 31 cents a share, came in slightly above the estimate of a single analyst of $69 million, according to Thomson Reuters...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- Starbucks Corp, the world's biggest coffee chain, sees no supply shortages in beans, even as drought and disease hinder crops in Latin America and prices remain near 2012 highs. Starbucks still needs to buy one-third of its coffee needs for 2015, Chief Financial Officer Scott Maw told analysts on a conference call about fourth-quarter and...

  • Brazil builder PDG posts a Q3 net loss of $73 mln Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:59 PM ET

    SAO PAULO, Oct 30- Brazilian homebuilder PDG Realty SA's third-quarter net loss widened to 174.7 million reais from 111.3 million reais a year earlier, more than market analysts expected, according to a securities filing on Thursday. Seven analysts in a Reuters survey had an average forecast for a third-quarter net loss of 95.8 million reais.

  • UPDATE 1-FDA panel backs Daiichi's blood thinner Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:57 PM ET

    Oct 30- A panel of advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted 9-1 in favor of approving Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo Co's blood thinner for use in some patients with atrial fibrillation. According to late-stage trial data submitted by Daiichi, the drug is as effective- and safer than- warfarin, an anticoagulant that has been on the market for more...

  • Oct 30- GoPro Inc forecast better-than-expected holiday quarter sales, underscoring the increasing popularity of its wearable cameras among surfers, skydivers and other action junkies. GoPro's shares, which went public in June, shot up 14 percent in extended trading on Thursday after the company also reported strong third-quarter results.