TOKYO, May 20- Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari said on Monday that core-core consumer prices, which exclude fresh food and energy, are showing signs of turning positive due to the Bank of Japan's aggressive monetary easing.» Read More
NEW YORK, Dec 6- Charles Schwab Corp has been quietly meeting with exchange-traded fund providers to try to persuade them to join a new network that would make ETFs available commission-free to the brokerage's 8.6 million customers.
GOP House Speaker John Boehner and Obama aides have resumed talks on averting the "fiscal cliff."
TOKYO, Dec 7- One in two Japanese manufacturers said their top request for the winner of this month's parliamentary election is a push to weaken the yen, which they see as critical to reviving the nation's economy, a Reuters poll showed.
TOKYO, Dec 7- Half of Japan's manufacturers say their top request for the winner of this month's parliamentary election is a push to weaken the yen, which they see as critical to reviving the nation's economy, a Reuters poll showed. He has called for radical monetary easing by the Bank of Japan to beat persistent deflation and a strong yen.
*Mursi says constitutional referendum on track for Dec. 15. CAIRO, Dec 6- Egypt's Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, called on Thursday for a national dialogue after deadly clashes around his palace, where demonstrators responded by demanding the "downfall of the regime", using the chants that brought down Hosni Mubarak.
WASHINGTON, Dec 6- U.S. small business employment slipped in November as Superstorm Sandy shut businesses along the East Coast, the National Federation of Independent Business said on Thursday. The NFIB said the net change in employment per firm dipped to "minus 0.04" last month from a positive reading of 0.02 in October.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 6- Gilt Groupe said on Thursday it hired board member and Citigroup Inc Internet executive Michelle Peluso as chief executive as the e-commerce company prepares for a possible initial public offering next year. Peluso will replace Gilt founder and current CEO Kevin Ryan in late February.
Dec 6- McGraw-Hill Companies Inc said it will pay a special dividend of $2.50 a share before year-end and will drop its previously announced plan to buy back up to $200 million more of stock this year. McGraw-Hill expects to receive $1.9 billion in after-tax proceeds from that sale. McGraw-Hill had 278 million shares of stock outstanding as of Oct. 15.
*Europe's FTSEurofirst 300 index up 0.7 pct to 18- month high. NEW YORK, Dec 6- Oil prices slipped and the euro fell the most in a month on Thursday after the European Central Bank said growth in the euro zone is likely to shrink next year, sparking speculation of an interest rate cut.
Dec 6- A record 1 billion people will travel across an international border as a tourist in 2012, according to the World Travel& Tourism Council.
BRASILIA, Dec 6- Brazil's government on Thursday unveiled a $26 billion public-private drive to modernize clogged sea ports, whose high costs and notorious delays are eroding the country's competitive edge as a major commodities exporter.
*Fed buys $6.1 bln in longer-dated debt in two operations. NEW YORK, Dec 6- U.S. The possibility that the White House and Congress will fail to reach a deal to reduce the federal deficit by year-end is heightening concern about a $600 billion fiscal contraction, dubbed the "fiscal cliff," and a U.S. recession next year. "
CHICAGO, Dec 6- U.S. corn futures eased on Thursday on concerns about sluggish demand after a report showed last week's export sales were well below expectations, although spillover support from a late-day rally in soybeans helped the market close above session lows.
TORONTO, Dec 6- Research In Motion Ltd on Thursday outlined a program of incentives to encourage its biggest customers to run its soon-to-launch line of BlackBerry 10 devices, seeking to persuade corporations and government users to stick with its secure smartphones. RIM is betting that the devices, to be launched on Jan. 30, will revive its fortunes.
*Starbucks, H&R Block buoy consumer discretionary names. *Dow up 0.3 pct, S&P 500 up 0.3 pct, Nasdaq up 0.5 pct. "Right now we're just drifting, waiting to learn about the cliff and jobs," said Donald Selkin, chief market strategist at National Securities in New York. "
TORONTO, Dec 6- Primaris Retail REIT's chief executive said on Thursday the company is in the process of hiring financial advisers, a day after receiving a C $2.6 billion takeover bid from a consortium led by KingSett Capital.
NEW YORK, Dec 6- Gold rose on Thursday on short-covering before a U.S. employment report and after comments from the European Central Bank chief boosted expectations of an interest rate cut.
BOSTON, Dec 6- Massachusetts regulators on Thursday continued their crackdown on pharmacies in the wake of a deadly meningitis outbreak, announcing sanctions on three companies while recasting an oversight board that has been criticized for being too lax.
*Store foot traffic up 3.7 pct in latest week-ShopperTrak. CHICAGO, Dec 6- The falloff in visits to U.S. stores the week after Thanksgiving was not as steep this year as last, as retailers appear to be doing a better job of luring shoppers during the holiday season, the founder of shopper counting firm ShopperTrak said.
NEW YORK, Dec 6- U.S. stocks edged higher on Thursday a day ahead of the key monthly jobs report, with a rebound in Apple's shares helping to boost the Nasdaq. Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 39.55 points, or 0.30 percent, to end unofficially at 13,074.04.