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  • RUSSIA'S RTS INDEX OVER 2.5 PCT DOWN FROM PREVIOUS CLOSE, BREAKS BELOW 1,000 POINTS.

  • RUSSIA'S RTS SHARE INDEX FALLS BELOW 1,007 POINTS TO LOWEST LEVEL IN 2014.

  • RUSSIAN ROUBLE OPENS OVER 2 PCT WEAKER VS DOLLAR AT MARKET OPENING.

  • RUSSIAN ROUBLE WEAKENS BEYOND 48 ROUBLES PER DOLLAR FOR FIRST TIME.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 7- Russia's central bank said on Friday it had conducted 15.53 billion roubles worth of forex market interventions on Nov. 5.

  • RUSSIAN CENBANK CONDUCTS 15.53 BLN ROUBLES WORTH OF LIMITED FOREX MARKET INTERVENTIONS ON NOV 5.

  • TOKYO, Nov 7- Japan's economy is forecast to grow enough in the third quarter to allow the government to hike the sales tax next year, but the decision remains a close call although the Bank of Japan's expanded stimulus should help to ease the hit on consumption. The government has agreed with opposition parties to raise the sales tax twice to pay for welfare...

  • TOKYO, Nov 7- Regional authorities in Japan on Friday approved the restart of the idled Sendai nuclear plant of Kyushu Electric Power Co, paving the way for a revival of the stalled industry more than three years after the Fukushima disaster. The move represents a victory for the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which has defended the importance of...

  • Nov 7- Three passengers sustained minor injuries in an accident involving an Air Canada Express flight while landing at the Edmonton Airport in Alberta on Thursday night, an airport spokeswoman said. Jazz Aviation LP, operating as Air Canada Express, said there was an accident involving a Q400 aircraft at about 8:30 p.m. Centre Mountain Time.

  • *Gold on track for near 3 percent weekly drop. SINGAPORE, Nov 7- Gold tumbled to a fresh 4-1/ 2 year low and looked set to post its third straight weekly drop on Friday, as the U.S. dollar rallied on economic optimism and expectations the Federal Reserve could raise rates sooner rather than later. Spot gold fell as much as 0.8 percent to $1,131.85- lowest since April 2010-...

  • *Attention also turning to OPEC meet later in Nov. SINGAPORE Nov 7- Brent crude dropped for the second straight session on Friday, dragged below $83 by worries over the strong U.S. dollar. More people employed means more oil demand, "said Jonathan Barratt, chief investment officer at Sydney's Ayers Alliance.

  • *New rules mapped out after Libor rate-rigging scandal. LONDON, Nov 7- Only months into an overhaul of financial benchmarks at the centre of market manipulation allegations, traders and investors have raised concerns over whether new rules will work and big banks will have too much influence. In the $5 trillion- a-day currency market, regulators plan to extend...

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 7- Traders and shipping companies scrambled to source fuel and take over supply contracts on Friday after Danish marine fuel supplier OW Bunker said a suspected fraud at its Singapore subsidiary had pushed it to the brink of bankruptcy. The alleged fraud at Singapore- based Dynamic Oil Trading is potentially one of the biggest financial market...

  • Ford says October China auto sales fall 1 pct y/y Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 1:15 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Nov 7- Ford Motor Co and its Chinese joint ventures sold 93,179 vehicles in China in October, down 1 percent from the same period a year earlier. Ford's China sales have been bolstered by strong growth in SUV models, the Ford Kuga and Ford EcoSport. Ford makes vehicles in China in partnership with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co Ltd and Jiangling Motors...

  • TOKYO, Nov 7- Japanese stocks gained on Friday as a weaker yen boosted exporters, while troubled auto parts maker Takata Corp skidded after reports said it erased test results showing problems with its air bags. Strong performers included Panasonic Corp, which jumped 2.7 percent, and chip-maker Disco, which surged 11.5 percent as it hiked its profit outlook for...

  • *Dollar stands tall ahead of U.S. jobs data. SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, Nov 7- The dollar set a fresh four-year high against a basket of major currencies on Friday, with its near-term fortunes hinging on whether U.S. jobs data will add to or temper optimism about the U.S. economy's outlook. The dollar index touched a high of 88.174, its strongest level since June 2010.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 7- U.S. employers likely hired new workers at a fairly brisk clip last month, underscoring the economy's resilience in the face of slowing global demand. "It all speaks to the story that the U.S. can sustain pretty strong growth even when there are concerns about growth slowing in places like China and the euro zone," said Jeff Greenberg, a senior...

  • *Germany says duty to address the wrongs of former East. *Berlin spent at least 1.2 bln euros on compensation so far. COTTBUS, Germany, Nov 7- Sunday marks 25 years since the collapse of the regime that imprisoned and persecuted them, but many victims of former communist East Germany are still so traumatised that celebrating the unification of their country may...

  • Oil prices have fallen 30 percent since late June and shares of such firms as U.S. Silica Holdings and Hi Crush, which supply sand to U.S. drillers, followed, dumped by investors anticipating 2015 output cuts and a drop in demand. "We have not seen any data or had any discussions that indicate lower demand for our sand," said Robert Rasmus, Co-Chief Executive Officer of...

  • *Attention also turning to OPEC meet later in Nov. SINGAPORE Nov 7- Brent crude dropped for the second straight session on Friday, dragged below $83 by worries over the strong U.S. dollar. More people employed means more oil demand, "said Jonathan Barratt, chief investment officer at Sydney's Ayers Alliance.