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TOKYO, Sept 19- As the U.S. Federal Reserve's surprise decision to maintain its stimulus pushed Japanese government bond yields to multi-month lows, data on Thursday showed the Bank of Japan now holds more JGBs than all of the nation's private banks combined, thanks to its own quantitative easing.
*U.S. crude inventories fall to lowest level since March 2012- EIA. SINGAPORE, Sept 19- Brent crude rose towards $111 a barrel on Thursday, extending gains for a second day after the United States kept its monetary stimulus programme intact, boosting global equity and commodity prices.
*Hong Kong property rallies as Treasury yields slide post-FOMC decision. HONG KONG, Sept 19- Hong Kong shares jumped to their highest in more than seven months on Thursday, led by gold-related and interest-rate sensitive counters after the U.S.
SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, Sept 19- The dollar languished near a seven-month low against a basket of major currencies on Thursday after the Federal Reserve wrong footed many investors who had positioned for a scaling back in its massive stimulus program.
TOKYO, Sept 19- Japanese government bond prices rose on Thursday, pushing yields down by 2.5 basis points to 3.5 basis points in the 7- year and longer zone, after the U.S.
TOKYO, Sept 19- Sony Corp aims to sell 5 million PlayStation 4 game consoles in less than five months from a launch that will coincide with the release of rival Microsoft Corp's Xbox One.
NEW YORK, Sept 19- A report funded by Wall Street's largest lobby group laid out the most public justification yet of banks' role in physical commodity markets, a lucrative business now under threat from mounting political and regulatory pressure.
KUSHIRO, Japan, Sept 19- Risks to Japan's recovery are growing because the United States and other major economies may not be able to grow fast enough to pick up the slack from a slowdown in emerging markets, Bank of Japan board member Takahide Kiuchi said on Thursday.
From Jakarta to Manila, Tokyo to Sydney investors celebrated the prospect of prolonged stimulus in the world's largest economy. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan jumped 2.2 percent to a four-month peak. Indonesia's main stock index climbed 4.5 percent, the Philippines 3.1 percent, Australia 1 percent and Japan's Nikkei 1.6 percent.
*U.S. crude inventories fall to lowest level since March 2012- EIA. SINGAPORE, Sept 19- Brent crude rose toward $111 a barrel on Thursday, extending gains for a second day after the United States kept its monetary stimulus programme intact, boosting global equities and commodity prices.
KUSHIRO, Japan, Sept 19- Bank of Japan board member Takahide Kiuchi said on Thursday that he sees risks to Japan's economy tilted to the downside due to heightening uncertainty regarding overseas economies.
TOKYO, Sept 19- Sony Corp aims to sell 5 million of its new PlayStation 4 game consoles worldwide in the financial year to March 31, 2014, Sony's game unit chief, Andrew House, said during a presentation at the Tokyo Game Show on Thursday.
TOKYO, Sept 19- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to an eight-week high on Thursday morning, led by commodity stocks after the U.S. Sumitomo Metal Mining Co jumped 7.1 percent, Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co advanced 3.8 percent and Mitsubishi Materials Corp added 2.2 percent.
TOKYO, Sept 19- Confidence among Japanese manufacturers slipped in September from a three-year high on worries about a slowdown in emerging markets, although the fastest growth in exports since late 2010 suggested the economy is still building momentum.
FRANKFURT, Sept 18- Deutsche Lufthansa signalled a major aircraft order to drive down fuel costs on long routes, saying its board had backed modernization plans that industry watchers expect to benefit both Airbus and Boeing Co..
SINGAPORE, Sept 19- U.S. crude futures gained for a second session on Thursday as the Federal Reserve surprised markets by holding on to its monetary stimulus, a move that is expected to underpin demand for oil from the world's top consumer. *U.S. crude for October delivery rose 49 cents to $108.56 a barrel by 0043 GMT.
HONG KONG, Sept 18- Hong Kong shares may end a holiday-shortened week higher on Thursday, as global stocks soared and U.S. The prospect of super-easy money and low U.S. rates holding for longer should bolster interest-rate sensitive stocks such as Hong Kong property-related names.
Sept 18- Capital Group Cos Chairman James Rothenberg outlined a new effort on Wednesday to promote its American Funds lineup, left sidelined by client withdrawals even as investors edge back to other actively managed equity mutual funds.
MELBOURNE, Sept 19- London copper jumped to a three-week top on Thursday, stretching its gains into a second straight session after the U.S. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose to $7,303 a tonne, the highest since Aug. 28, before trading at $7,297 by 0018 GMT, up 1.6 percent.