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  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 20- Three companies have presented bids for an upcoming tender to operate two public television networks, Mexico's telecoms regulator said on Thursday. The three companies are Centro de Informacion Nacional de Estudios Tepeyac, Cadena Tres I and Grupo Radio Centro, the Federal Telecommunications Institute said in a statement.

  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, Nov 21- China's central bank has taken a hands-off approach to the yuan in the last six months, possibly setting the currency up to depreciate again next year. The People's Bank of China has phased out daily operations in the market since May, after it engineered a 3.4 percent depreciation of the yuan early this year to deter speculators betting...

  • SEOUL, Nov 21- San Francisco Federal Reserve President John Williams said on Friday that very low growth with very low interest rates was a concern globally.

  • SYDNEY, Nov 21- London copper was barely changed on Friday but was on target for its biggest weekly loss since early October, as consumer demand faded and investor activity dwindled ahead of U.S. Bonded copper premiums fell by $5 to $60- $70 a tonne, overnight, according to China information provider Shmet. *Asian shares took solace from data showing broad U.S....

  • JGBs edge up, BOJ buying helps longer-dated maturities Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:28 PM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 21- Japanese government bond prices edged up on Friday, lifted by slipping Tokyo shares and overnight gains in U.S. A regular operation by the Bank of Japan, through which large amounts of government debt is purchased for its monetary easing programme, also supported longer-dated JGBs. Tokyo's Nikkei skidded 0.9 percent as selling ahead of a long...

  • TOKYO, Nov 21- Japan's transport minister said on Friday that he had directed Takata Corp to investigate its defective air bags, adding that the ministry was directly in touch with the supplier over the issue. Japan's transport ministry usually works through automakers in recall matters but in this case was directly in touch with Takata, underscoring the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama plans to make life a little easier for some foreign tech workers, but Silicon Valley representatives are disappointed that his immigration rule changes will not satisfy longstanding demands for more visas and faster green cards. The president's moves will make it easier for entrepreneurs to work in...

  • Nikkei sags, heads for first weekly drop in five Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:01 PM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 21- Japanese stocks skidded on Friday as selling ahead of a long weekend and signs of short-term overheating offset a boost from a solid Wall Street performance rooted in U.S economic strength. Fast Retailing Co Ltd, the Uniqlo clothes brand owner, lost 1.3 percent, knocking 21 points off the Nikkei, while Softbank Corp sagged 0.3 percent.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- Following is the full text of President Barack Obama's speech on Thursday on his plans for immigration, as prepared for delivery, according to a White House statement:. "My fellow Americans, tonight, I'd like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a...

  • NYMEX-U.S. crude climbs towards $77 on strong U.S. data Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:31 PM ET

    SINGAPORE Nov 21- U.S. crude climbed towards $77 a barrel in Asian trade on Friday following strong U.S. economic data overnight and mounting speculation oil ministers could agree production cuts at next week's OPEC meeting. *Venezuela would be willing to cut oil output if OPEC agrees to production cuts at the oil cartel's meeting on Nov. 27, its Foreign Minister...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans. In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican critics who say his decision to bypass Congress and take executive...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- President Barack Obama on Thursday announced steps to address the "broken" U.S. immigration system, but urged Republican lawmakers to pass broader reforms to deal with millions of undocumented immigrants living in the country. "Today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it," Obama said, announcing rules that will let millions...

  • *Sees FY profit of $3.40- $3.55/ shr. Nov 20- GameStop Corp posted quarterly revenue and profit well below analysts' estimates as the delayed release of "Assassin's Creed Unity," and flagging videogame software sales more than offset high demand for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. GameStop narrowed its fiscal 2014 earnings forecast to $3.40- $3.55 per share...

  • PRECIOUS-Gold firm near $1,200, eyes third weekly gain Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Nov 21- Gold was headed for a third weekly gain in a row on Friday buoyed by a pause in the dollar rally and short-covering after sharp losses, with support also from physical demand that is picking up on firmer prices. *Gold had fallen to a 4-1/ 2- year low of $1,131.85 earlier this month on a strong dollar. Gold is a non-interest-bearing asset.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- In an often-heated hearing before a U.S. Senate investigative subcommittee, Goldman Sachs Group Inc on Thursday rejected allegations that Wall Street banks exploited physical commodity markets to manipulate prices and gain unfair trading advantages. Led by Senator Carl Levin, who chairs the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- Ukraine slashed its gold reserves by more than a third in October, while Russia increased its reserves for a sixth straight month, according to International Monetary Fund data released on Thursday. Ukraine ended last month with 26 tonnes of gold, down by 14 tonnes from September, while Russia, which has one of the world's largest bullion reserves,...

  • TOKYO, Nov 21- Asian shares took solace from data showing broad U.S. economic strength even as signs of spreading weakness in China and Europe checked risk appetite, while the yen nursed its losses after sliding to multiyear lows against the dollar and euro overnight. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up slightly in early trade.

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Nov 20- Goldman Sachs Group Inc on Thursday took the lead in rejecting allegations by a U.S. Senate subcommittee that Wall Street banks were exploiting physical commodity markets to manipulate prices and gain unfair trading advantages. In an often heated hearing before the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Senator...

  • Obama's immigration tweaks leave Big Tech wanting more Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 7:21 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, Nov 20- Silicon Valley expects President Barack Obama to make life a little easier for foreign workers, but tech industry representatives were disappointed that his immigration rule changes will not satisfy longstanding demands for more visas and faster green cards for high-skilled employees. The president's moves will make it...

  • Nov 20- Casino operator Wynn Resorts Ltd said it was not aware of any investigation after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is being probed by U.S. federal authorities for possible violation of money-laundering laws. The Internal Revenue Service sent a letter to Wynn's outside lawyer Donald Campbell requesting information on the company's...