SYDNEY, May 22- Asian stocks rose on Wednesday following a positive lead from Wall Street with Japan's Nikkei reaching a 5-1/ 2 year high, while the yen took a defensive stance ahead of the outcome of the Bank of Japan's policy meeting. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.2 percent, reversing some of Tuesday's 0.4 percent decline.» Read More
WASHINGTON, Dec 11- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday called on President Barack Obama to come forth with a new proposal to avert the "fiscal cliff" on Dec. 31- one that would get enough votes to pass the House and Senate.
NEW YORK, Dec 11- The U.S. economy is expected to experience steady growth next year with revenue and investment in the manufacturing and services sectors seen rising, according to an industry report on Tuesday, after signs of weakness in both sectors during the second half of this year.
*Apple up 3 pct, leads tech after recent weakness. NEW YORK, Dec 11- Technology shares led a 1 percent rise in major stock indexes on Tuesday, pushing the S&P 500 to its best levels since mid-October and erasing all of the post-election selloff. The Nasdaq was lifted by a 3 percent gain in Apple Inc's stock to $545.37.
*Citic Pacific up 3.7 pct after tapping debt market. HONG KONG, Dec 11- Chinese shares eased from the previous session's one-month high with weak mainland markets cutting into Hong Kong's gains as investors stayed cautious ahead of the U.S.
Dec 11- Soaring oil and gas production will propel North America into becoming a net energy exporter by 2025, Exxon Mobil Corp said in its annual energy outlook. More than half of the growth in unconventional natural gas supply over the next two decades will be in North America, supplies that will help reshape global markets, Exxon said.
*Canada asking Russia for delay implementing decision. WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Dec 11- Canada is not developing new tests for the feed additive ractopamine in beef and pork exports to Russia, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said on Tuesday, but is leaving shippers to take their own steps to satisfy the new Russian requirement for zero residue.
Dec 11- JPMorgan Chase& Co jumped to first in a U.S. customer satisfaction survey, as its three biggest rivals, including perennial leader Wells Fargo& Co, posted a decline in their scores. JPMorgan, the largest U.S. bank by assets, saw its score climb nearly 6 percent from last year to 79 on a 100- point scale.
*Needle of advancement barely moved in seven years. NEW YORK, Dec 11- Although women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, only 16.6 percent have seats on the boards of Fortune 500 companies and the number has barely budged since 2005, according to a study released on Tuesday.
*China hiring unchanged as economy stalls. NEW YORK, Dec 11- U.S. employers are expected to continue adding jobs in the first quarter of 2013, but uncertainty over the "fiscal cliff" has tempered the outlook, according to a quarterly hiring survey by ManpowerGroup.
*Diller to resign as chairman of TripAdvisor. Dec 11- John Malone's Liberty Interactive Corp took control of travel information website TripAdvisor Inc from veteran media mogul Barry Diller.
*Liquidity returns following apparent c.bank intervention. SHANGHAI, Dec 11- The yuan rebounded sharply on Tuesday, recovering most of the ground lost during a late-day tumble on Monday afternoon that was apparently orchestrated by the central bank.
Mexico depends on income from state oil giant Pemex to fund nearly a third of the federal budget, and it has struggled for years to get major tax reforms through a divided Congress. Pemex has struggled to make the most of Mexico's crude oil reserves, and Pena Nieto has pledged to open up the company to more private investment.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan edges up, Nikkei eases 0.3 pct. TOKYO, Dec 11- Asian shares edged higher while the euro steadied on Tuesday, but prices were capped as investors waited for the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan nudged up 0.2 percent.
SINGAPORE, Dec 11- Gold inched lower on Tuesday but sentiment was underpinned ahead of a U.S. Gold has risen more than 9 percent so far this year amid monetary easing policies by the world's central banks, especially the Fed and European Central Bank. "
SINGAPORE, Dec 11- Brent crude edged down towards $107 a barrel on Tuesday as a stalemate over fiscal talks in the United States and political uncertainty in Italy rattled investors, even as geopolitical tensions in the Middle East supported prices.
NEW YORK, Dec 10- SPX Corp is in exclusive talks to buy rival Gardner Denver Inc and hopes to finalize a deal by the end of the year, four people familiar with the matter said, in a merger that could create an industrial machinery conglomerate with a market value over $7 billion.
*White House says Obama believes deal can be reached. WASHINGTON, Dec 10- The White House and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner's office held more negotiations on Monday on ways to break the stalemate over the "fiscal cliff," steep tax hikes and budget cuts set to start kicking in next month.
MEXICO CITY, Dec 10- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Monday he is confident that energy and fiscal reforms, key to boosting the economy, will be approved next year.
*Nikkei down 0.3 pct, Topix off 0.5 pct. *Utilities down on Atomic Power's possible decommission of plant. TOKYO, Dec 11- Japan's Nikkei share average slipped on Tuesday as investors, cautious over signs that the market is overbought after a 10 percent rally over the past month, took profits on export-focused firms.
BEIJING, Dec 11- China's banks lent more slowly than markets expected in November while the pace of total financing eased, but analysts said the economy remains on track for a modest recovery due to accommodative polices. China's top leaders have pledged to continue policy fine-tuning in 2013 to ensure stable economic growth.