*China Feb exports tumble unexpectedly, heighten slowdown fears. SINGAPORE, March 10- Brent futures slipped towards $108 a barrel on Monday as data showing an unexpected fall in China's exports added to fears of a slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy, though geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Libya limited the decline.» Read More
HAMBURG, Sept 17- To the casual observer, the Landesbanken's results for the first half of this year might suggest Germany's publicly-owned regional banks are in rude financial health.
HAMBURG, Sept 17- Many Germans feel that whoever wins Sunday's election, they should not fund any more bailouts of fellow European countries, whose errant banks are a particular bugbear for Berlin.
*Change in Indonesia beef policy to boost Aus cattle exports. *Sugar production outlook drops by around 6.5 pct. SYDNEY, Sept 17- Australia has boosted its projection for live cattle exports by 25 percent, after key market Indonesia abandoned a quota system.
*Wing Hang Bank leads Hong Kong up after takeover offer. HONG KONG, Sept 17- Hong Kong shares slipped from a 17- month high in early Tuesday trade, with mainland Chinese markets also weaker, ahead of a U.S.
By Masayuki Kitano and Hideyuki Sano. SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, Sept 17- The dollar wallowed near a four-week low on Tuesday as traders waited with bated breath for the outcome of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting at which it's expected to announce a modest reduction in its bond-buying stimulus.
*Copper little changed, trades near Friday's 5- week low. SINGAPORE, Sept 17- Copper was largely unchanged on Tuesday, hovering close to its lowest in five weeks in cautious trade ahead of a U.S. The most-traded December copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange dropped 0.3 percent to 51,190 yuan a tonne.
HONG KONG, Sept 17- China's yuan fell against the dollar on Tuesday on suspected intervention by the central bank to prevent its currency from appreciating too fast, a sign that any further gains by the yuan might be modest. The People's Bank of China fixed the yuan's midpoint at 6.1571, or 0.03 percent weaker than Monday's 6.1554.
LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 17- China may boast the world's largest potential reserves of shale gas but is likely to lose to Australia in the race to be second behind the United States in bringing significant production on line.
*Australia sugar production forecast drops by around 6.5 pct. SYDNEY, Sept 17- Australia has lowered its forecast sugar output in the 2013/ 14 marketing season by around 6.5 percent due to flood damage and crop disease, the world's third largest raw sugar exporter said.
*South Korea, China lead regional declines. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.4 percent, with Japan's Nikkei stock average rose 0.1 percent as Japanese markets caught up after a public holiday on Monday.
TOKYO, Sept 17- Japan's trade minister said on Tuesday the government would like to consider lowering the dependence on nuclear power two-and-a- half years after a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant in northeast Japan.
GIGLIO, Italy, Sept 17- Salvage crews completed raising the wreck of the Costa Concordia in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a 19- hour-long operation on the Italian island of Giglio where the huge cruise liner capsized in January last year.
SINGAPORE, Sept 17- Brent crude oil futures edged lower on Tuesday, adding to steep losses in the prior session, after a diplomatic resolution to the Syrian crisis calmed worries that crude supply from the Middle East would be at risk.
TOKYO, Sept 17- Japan's Nikkei average came out of a holiday on a firmer footing on Tuesday, playing catch-up to news that Lawrence Summers had dropped out of the race to head the Federal Reserve as markets brace for the U.S. central bank's decision on its stimulus programme. A Russian-brokered deal that has averted U.S. strikes on Syria also supported sentiment.
SINGAPORE, Sept 17- Copper edged lower on Tuesday, falling for three out of four sessions and trading close to five-week low on positioning ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting at which it is widely expected to begin withdrawing stimulus. *The most-traded December copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange dropped 0.7 percent to 50,980 yuan a tonne.
HONG KONG, Sept 17- Hong Kong shares may open lower on Tuesday, pulling back from a 17- month high as investors await the outcome of the U.S. *Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Monday that it will buy a 36.5 percent stake in Sohu.com Inc's Sogou search engine, China's third-largest, to lift its presence in the fast-growing China market for search and Internet services.
TOKYO, Sept 17- The dollar stayed near a four-week low on Tuesday after Lawrence Summers' withdrawal from the race to lead the Federal Reserve reduced expectations of a faster pace of monetary policy tightening by the U.S. central bank.
*Brent dropped 2.4 percent on Monday, its steepest single-day decline since June 20 after the United States agreed to call off military action against Syria in a deal with Russia to remove Damascus's chemical weapons.
MIRABEL, Quebec, Sept 16- Bombardier Inc said on Monday that the cost of developing its CSeries jetliner had climbed to about $3.9 billion from its previous estimate of $3.4 billion.
WASHINGTON, Sept 16- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen became the frontrunner for the U.S. central bank's top job when President Barack Obama's preferred candidate, former adviser Larry Summers, withdrew, sources familiar with the situation said on Monday.