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  • *Futures and options settlement boosts liquidity. *Nikkei up 2.4 pct on week, poised to end 4- week losing streak. TOKYO, Sept 11- Japan's Nikkei share average fell in a choppy trading on Friday morning as investors remained focused on the U.S.

  • China stocks wobbly in early trade; small-caps outperform Thursday, 10 Sep 2015 | 10:02 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, Sept 11- China's major stock indexes bobbed in and out of positive territory on Friday as investors awaited more data for clues on the health of the economy. China CSI300 stock index futures for September rose 0.8 percent, to 3,327, 26.95 points below the current value of the underlying index. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong was up 0.5 percent at...

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 11- China's yuan firmed at the open of onshore trading on Friday after suspected rare intervention by Chinese state-owned banks to boost the offshore yuan on Thursday afternoon. The intervention catapulted the yuan more than 1 percent higher, the offshore rate's biggest daily gain on record, though the offshore yuan stabilized and was little...

  • *New Zealand cbank governor warns on China risks. *China producer prices down most in six years in August. BEIJING/ WELLINGTON Sept 10- The risk of deflation in China is growing, data suggested on Thursday, as policymakers tried to reassure markets that the economy can stay on track and state banks were suspected of intervening in offshore markets to bolster the...

  • SYDNEY, Sept 11- U.S. soybeans edged higher on Friday, poised for their first weekly gain in five weeks, supported by expectations that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's will cut its output projections. *Analysts expect the USDA to cut its 2015/ 16 corn and soybean production and yield projections from its August estimate due to unfavorable weather, including...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 10- The United States and Israel are weeks away from reaching a draft agreement on a co-production of Israel's air defense system called David's Sling that the two countries jointly developed, the top U.S. missile defense officer told lawmakers on Thursday. U.S. Navy Vice Admiral James Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency, or MDA, said...

  • SEOUL, Sept 11- South Korea's central bank kept its policy interest rate steady on Friday, a widely expected decision as it assesses the effects of its two rate cuts this year, as well as the U.S. The Bank of Korea's monetary policy committee left its base rate unchanged at 1.50 percent, a media official said without elaborating. But since the economy is not expected...

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 11- London copper edged down on Friday but was still set for its biggest weekly gain since early May, with a string of output cut announcements likely to bring supply closer to demand. *Copper prices plunged to six-year lows below $5,000 a tonne last month as escalating worries about weaker demand growth in top consumer China and a strong dollar fed...

  • LIMA, Sept 10- Peru's central bank unexpectedly hiked its benchmark interest rate for the first time in four years on Thursday to tame currency-driven inflation, and said there was scope for further increases. Peru's rate increase comes amid continued uncertainty over whether the U.S. Expectations for tighter monetary policy in the United States have fueled...

  • SEOUL, Sept 11- South Korea's central bank kept its policy interest rate steady on Friday, a widely expected decision as it assesses the effects of its two rate cuts this year, as well as the U.S. The following is a chronology of the Bank of Korea's main policy rate changes since it began setting the policy rate target in May 1999:. June 11, 2015 Down 25 bp to 1.50 percent.

  • S.Korea c.bank freezes rates in Sept, as expected Thursday, 10 Sep 2015 | 9:06 PM ET

    SEOUL, Sept 11- South Korea's central bank kept its policy interest rate steady on Friday, a widely expected decision as it assesses the effects of its two rate cuts this year, as well as the U.S. The Bank of Korea's monetary policy committee left its base rate unchanged at 1.50 percent, a media official said without elaborating. Governor Lee Ju- yeol is due to hold a...

  • The front-month October contract for Brent, the global oil benchmark, shed 20 cents to $48.69 a barrel as of 0034 GMT after it previously settled up $1.31, or 2.8 percent, at $48.89 a barrel. The U.S. crude October contract also lost 29 cents to $45.63 a barrel after it settled up $1.77, or 4 percent, at $45.92 a barrel. The comments followed a meeting of Gulf Arab oil...

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 11- Gold clung to small overnight gains near $1,110 an ounce on Friday, but the metal was headed for a third consecutive weekly fall as investors continued to fret over the timing of a looming U.S. interest rate hike. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,111 an ounce by 0025 GMT, after gaining 0.5 percent in the previous session. *Earlier in the week, gold...

  • Puerto Rico utility seeks private-sector partners Thursday, 10 Sep 2015 | 8:28 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 10- Puerto Rico electric power utility PREPA on Thursday asked for expressions of interest from private-sector companies to help modernize facilities and build new generation capacity in a bid to revitalize the economically troubled power provider. "We believe this REOI will provide a fair opportunity for the private sector to present...

  • TOKYO, Sept 11- Asian shares rose on Friday thanks to gains on Wall Street, while the dollar steadied after facing pressure from a rallying yuan and U.S. data that offered no clarity on whether the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates next week. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up about 0.2 percent, on track for a 3 percent rise...

  • LIMA, Sept 10- Peru's central bank unexpectedly hiked its benchmark interest rate for the first time in four years on Thursday to tame above-target inflation, and said there was scope for further increases. Peru's rate increase comes amid continued uncertainty over whether the U.S. Expectations for tighter monetary policy in the United States have fueled the...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to Sept 23 Thursday, 10 Sep 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    CARDIFF, England- Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee member Kristin Forbes gives keynote speech at the 47th annual Money, Macro and Finance Research Group conference at Cardiff Business School- 1115 GMT. LUXEXPO, Luxembourg- European Central Bank Executive Board member Benoit Coeure to speak on "EMIR Review and CCP Recovery and Resolution"- 0600 GMT.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 10- Company executives may be quicker to hire lawyers and less likely to cooperate with investigations because of a renewed push by U.S. prosecutors to put individuals in prison instead of only levying big fines on corporations that break the law, lawyers with expertise in white-collar crime cases said. The Department of Justice, after years of...

  • FOREX-Dollar under pressure as yuan rallies Thursday, 10 Sep 2015 | 7:39 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Sept 11- The dollar nursed broad losses early on Friday, having come under selling pressure against the yuan, while sterling received a shot in the arm after the Bank of England downplayed global risks facing the UK economy. Catching the eyes of many traders overnight was a 1.2 percent jump in the yuan against the dollar, which in turn provided a lift to the...

  • FANDUEL CEO SAYS COMPANY WILL DECIDE IN JANUARY ON NEXT FUNDRAISING COURSE.