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MUMBAI, June 11- The Indian rupee hit a record low on Tuesday, with the absence of central bank intervention prompting importers to rush to cover future dollar needs, while exporters refrained from selling dollars in expectation that the rupee could fall further.
*South Sudan oil shipments continue despite row with Sudan. PERTH, June 11- Brent futures held under $104 per barrel on Tuesday after the world's largest consumer, the United States, nearly doubled an estimate of its shale oil reserves, while prospects of a slowdown in Chinese demand sapped prices.
*HSI -0.9 pct, H-shares -1.3 pct, China market shut. HONG KONG, June 11- Hong Kong shares tested a seven-month low on Tuesday, with local developers and Chinese cyclical counters leading index losses as investors took risk off the table ahead of the Dragon Boat Festival holiday. Mainland China is shut June 10 to 12, with Hong Kong also closed on Wednesday.
*Supply side outages lend support to copper prices- AME Group. SINGAPORE, June 11- London copper edged up on Tuesday amid supply concerns, but held near one-month lows as worries over a slower pace of growth in top metals consumer China dragged on prices.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan falls to 6-1/ 2- month lows. TOKYO, June 11- The U.S. dollar slipped against the yen after the Bank of Japan held off from taking fresh steps to curb bond market volatility, while Asian shares sagged to a fresh 2013 low as China growth worries and continued uncertainty over the U.S. bond-buying programme depressed sentiment.
--Clyde Russell is a Reuters market analyst. LAUNCESTON, Australia, June 11- The weakness in China's crude imports and apparent oil consumption is starting to look at odds with other economic indicators. While it would be hard to find analysts who believe China's economy is roaring ahead, it is by no means falling apart.
*Nikkei falls 0.5 pct, Topix down 0.3 pct. TOKYO, June 11- The Nikkei share average fell as much as 1.5 percent on Tuesday afternoon after some investors were disappointed that the Bank of Japan did not announce a new long-dated funding operation to calm the bond market some had expected.
*Governor Kuroda to brief media at 0630 GMT. TOKYO, June 11- The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Tuesday and held off on taking fresh steps to calm bond market volatility, possibly judging that recent market turbulence has yet to pose a significant risk to the economy's recovery prospects.
NEW YORK, June 11- More employers in the United States plan to hire workers next quarter than in any period since the fourth quarter of 2008, according to a survey by Manpower Group, the global employment services giant. There were certain bright spots, however, with employers in the United States and some parts of Europe feeling cautiously optimistic.
The BOJ will consider taking further steps to curb any spike in bond yields when it debates policy on Tuesday, with the recent market turbulence threatening its stimulus plan.
SoftBank is in talks with Deutsche Telekom over a possible deal for T-Mobile US, as the Japanese company looks for alternatives if its $20.1 billion deal with Sprint Nextel falls apart.
The Obama administration is under pressure from large corporations and a senior U.S. senator to revisit oversight of Chinese corporate audits at upcoming summit meetings.
Royalty Pharma raised its hostile bid for Irish drug firm Elan to a potential $8 billion on Friday, coming back for the third time after just 7.5 percent of shareholders accepted the last offer.
A misfired email from an IRS employee in Cincinnati alerted a number of Washington IRS officials that extra scrutiny was being placed on conservative groups in July 2010.
On the site of a former military golf course where President Dwight Eisenhower once played, the future of U.S. warfare is rising.
China's new leaders have adopted a greater tolerance for a slowdown in the economy than their predecessors and are likely to allow quarterly growth to slip as far as 7 percent before triggering fresh stimulus.
Tesco, the world's third-biggest retailer, slipped back to an underlying sales decline in the U.K. in the first quarter, raising doubts about a costly recovery plan for its home market.
Conservative groups delivered an emotional plea for Washington to rein in government overreach.
Software maker Salesforce.com will buy marketing software provider ExactTarget for about $2.5 billion in cash.
Bank of America's proposed $8.5 billion settlement offers investors more than they are likely to get if they go to trial, a lawyer argued Monday.