HONG KONG, Dec 12- China shares lingered at their lowest in more than two weeks on Thursday, as weakness in the finance and mining sectors offset strength in pharmaceutical and information technology counters. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings closed down 0.1 percent at 2,410 points, its lowest closing since Nov. 26.» Read More
ATHENS, June 21- The Democratic Left party may pull out of Greece's ruling coalition on Friday after talks to resume state television broadcasts collapsed, plunging the nation into fresh turmoil.
The European Union will seek on Friday to forge rules to force losses on large savers when banks fail, a sensitive reform that could shape how the euro zone deals with its sickly banks.
*Banks in Greece, Portugal, Germany hit. BRUSSELS/ FRANKFURT, June 21- Euro zone banks are refusing to lend to peers in other countries in the common currency bloc, signalling a worrying fall in confidence that appears to have worsened since the Cyprus bailout earlier this year, data analysed by Reuters showed.
HONG KONG, June 21- China's CSI300 share index reversed losses to climb higher in afternoon trade on Friday, led by strength in the financial sector after funding costs dropped, easing some fears of a broader banking crisis on the mainland.
*Eyes on Asian FX, shares after falls on Wall St, Europe. TOKYO, June 21- The U.S. dollar stepped back from a two-week high against a basket of developed world currencies but is seen on solid footing on expectations of an eventual end to super-easy U.S. monetary policy.
LONDON, June 21- European stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Friday, with investors looking for value in some beaten-down stocks a day after the market's biggest one-day drop in 19 months on the U.S. Federal Reserve's plan to trim stimulus.
*U.S. energy companies Hess Corp and Newfield Exploration Co have launched two separate auctions to sell part of their Asian oil and gas field stakes that have a combined value of about $3 billion, people familiar with the matter said.
TOKYO, June 21- Japan's Nikkei average rose 1.7 percent on Friday, erasing early losses as the weakening yen and rising U.S. futures offset worries about the Federal Reserve's plan to start scaling back its stimulus programme later this year. The Nikkei rose 215.55 points to 13,230.13 after falling as low as 12,702.67 earlier on Fed stimulus worries.
*Investors buy in after steep drop; Fed policy plan, China data drag. *Iraq and Lebanon alarmed at spreading Syria war. Brent crude slipped to as low as $101.88 a barrel before recovering to trade up 44 cents at $102.59 by 0512 GMT.
*China's tolerance for yuan appreciation near limit- traders. SHANGHAI, June 21- China's yuan fell slightly against the dollar on Friday, continuing a generally weakening trend that traders said appears to show that a round of appreciation which covered much of April and May is over.
TOKYO, June 21- Japan's Nikkei average erased early losses on Friday as the weakening yen and rising U.S. futures offset worries about the Federal Reserve's plan to start scaling back its cheap stimulus funds later this year. Investors hope that Wall Street will rise later in the day as it dropped sharply over the past two days.
*Hong Kong indexes on track for worst week in a year. *China banks pare losses, cash crunch fears ease as money rates dip.
WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, June 21- Twelve of the 14 judges who have served this year on the most secret court in America are Republicans and half are former prosecutors. Another helped direct the White House war on drugs.
June 21- Since the financial crash, banks have been accused of wrongfully foreclosing on homeowners because they failed to create and maintain proper mortgage paperwork. Now, there are signs that chaotic document management is harming investors in mortgage bonds, too.
SINGAPORE, June 21- Gold recovered from a three-year trough on Friday as lower prices attracted Chinese buyers and as Asian stocks fell, but the metal was still headed for its worst week in nearly two years after the Federal Reserve said it would curb stimulus.
*Eyes on Asian FX, shares after falls on Wall St, Europe. TOKYO, June 21- The U.S. dollar stepped back from a two-week high against a basket of developed world currencies and is seen on solid footing against especially emerging currencies on expectations of an eventual end to super-easy U.S. monetary policy.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan falls recoups some losses after hitting 9-1/ 2- month lows. Spot gold rebounded with an 0.8 percent rise to $1,287.49 an ounce after touching its lowest since September 2010 of $1,268.89 earlier, after falling more than 5 percent overnight in one of bullion's biggest routs since the 2008 financial crisis.
*London copper hits lowest since Oct. 2011. SINGAPORE, June 21- London copper fell to a 20- month low on Friday before bouncing slightly, while Shanghai futures dropped more than 2 percent on fears of a slowdown in China's economic growth. The most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange dropped 1.16 percent to 49,340 yuan a tonne.
TOKYO, June 21- Japan's Nikkei average shed 0.9 percent on Friday, extending the previous session's decline as investors fretted about the implications of the Federal Reserve's plan to wean off the U.S. economy's dependence on cheap money.
HONG KONG, June 21- Casino owner Macau Legend Development Ltd postponed an up to $786 million initial public offering in Hong Kong, sources said on Friday, the latest casualty of volatile global markets which could claim other IPO hopefuls in the region.