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  • MOSCOW, Dec 19- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday that because of the rouble's slide the country's banks have insufficient capital to meet their capital adequacy ratios. The rouble is down around 45 percent against the dollar so far this year. Russia's government has submitted a draft law to parliament that could grant the banking sector a...

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- Japanese government bond prices held mostly firm on Friday with two-year yield hitting a record low and yields up to four years staying below zero on expectations of a bond shortage next week, ahead of a large redemption. Treasuries dipped on the Federal Reserve's upbeat economic assessment, JGBs were well-supported because the Bank of Japan's...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 19- Russia's rouble strengthened in volatile trade early on Friday, supported by a slight uptick in oil prices and supportive comments from Finance Minister Anton Siluanov confirming his ministry had sold foreign currency. At 0720 GMT, the rouble was around 0.7 percent stronger against the dollar at 61.04 and gained 0.5 percent to trade at 75.35...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 19- A former top Hong Kong civil servant was found guilty on Friday of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from the city's largest property developer, Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd.. Raymond Kwok, co-chairman of the company, was found not guilty of three charges in the graft case. Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 and has a separate legal...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 1.1 percent to 3,383.17, and climbed 5.95 percent for the week. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were China State Construction Engineering, up 10.1 percent to 6.88 yuan; GD Power Development, up 9.9 percent to 4.10 yuan and China Shipbuilding Industry, up 5.9 percent to 9.84...

  • Dec 19- Binder& Binder, one of the largest social security disability firms in the United States, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late on Thursday, court filings showed. U.S. Bank National Association and Capital One have agreed to provide debtor-in-possession financing of up to $26 million, the filings showed. The case is in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 19- Russia's central bank said on Friday it had conducted no forex market interventions on Dec. 17.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 19- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Friday the rouble would definitely firm at the beginning of next year.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 19- Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft said on Friday its 2014 reserves growth exceeded forecasts and was expected at more than 450 million of oil equivalent.

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- The Bank of Japan maintained its massive monetary stimulus on Friday and offered a brighter view of the economy, clinging to hope that joint efforts with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to revitalise the economy will prod companies into boosting wages and investment. The rate review was the first since Abe's landslide victory in a Dec. 14 election that...

  • *Turkey assumed G20 presidency this month. They fear he is taking Turkey ever further from Western standards on rule of law and free speech. Supporters say he is returning Turkey to its former glory, restoring its Ottoman and Islamic heritage after nine decades of rule by a secular elite.

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 19- Brent crude held below $60 a barrel, near a 5-1/ 2- year low, on Friday as a global oversupply of oil showed little sign of receding, even as companies cut upstream investments next year. Oil prices were on track for a fourth straight week of declines after OPEC members last month decided against cutting production in response to a drop of nearly 50...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 19- China on Friday set up its first insurance fund for its $2.1 trillion trust industry in a move to reduce financial risk in shadow banking, the country's banking regulator said. The fund, jointly established by China Trustee Association and 13 trust firms, will be chaired by Xu Zhichao, an ex-deputy president of the state-owned Cinda Asset...

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- Japanese stocks posted their best day in 6-1/ 2 weeks on Friday as investors continued to take heart from the U.S. Federal Reserve's "patient" approach to raising interest rates, while awaiting comments from the head of the Bank Of Japan after it held policy steady. The Bank of Japan maintained its massive monetary stimulus and offered a brighter view...

  • REUTERS POLL-PM SHINZO ABE SHOULD FOCUS ON STRUCTURAL REFORMS AND A CORPORATE TAX CUT, SAY ECONOMISTS.

  • REUTERS POLL- JAPAN FY 2014/ 15 CORE CPI EXCLUDING TAX-RISE EFFECT.

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- Japan was expected to emerge from recession this quarter, economists said in a Reuters poll, adding that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should still prioritize reforms to support the economy. Many survey respondents also expected the Bank of Japan to further ease policy sometime in second-half 2015, believing consumer prices would be unlikely to...

  • In the end, the deal survived only after Taser dropped Amazon.com Inc as the data storage provider for the year-long project. The fact that Amazon did not have a data center in Britain was a deal breaker for British officials, according to Taser. The case is an example of the challenges that Amazon faces as it works to expand its cloud computing business, known as...

  • REUTERS POLL- JAPAN FY2014/15 GDP -0.6 PCT, FY 2015/ 16 +1.6 PCT.

  • REUTERS POLL- JAPAN Q4 ANNUALISED GDP +3.3 PCT, Q1 GDP IN 2015 +2.1 PCT.