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  • *Shock Japan GDP data hits stocks in Asia, Europe. LONDON, Nov 17- Shares fell and the oil price slid on Monday after data showed Japan had slipped into recession, raising concerns about global growth. It also shaved $1 off the price of Brent crude oil and sent ripples across Europe, where the FTSEurofirst 300 pan-European share index was down 0.3 percent.

  • FOREX-Yen holds ground after shock Japan GDP slide Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 4:04 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 17- The yen recovered from seven-year lows against the dollar on Monday but remained under pressure having sunk across the board after shock data showed Japan's economy slipping back into recession. London investors sold the yen for the dollar in the first hour of trading, but it was still up 0.1 percent on the day against both the dollar and the euro.

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, Nov 17- International buyers snapped up Chinese stocks on Monday at the debut of an exchange link that allows Hong Kong and Shanghai investors to trade shares on each other's bourses, a major step towards opening China's tightly controlled capital markets. Northbound trade- investors with Hong Kong accounts buying mainland shares- far...

  • *Deals come as China, Australia sign landmark FTA. BEIJING, Nov 17- China is giving Australia more access to its capital markets and allowing it to clear yuan trades, measures that would boost Beijing's efforts to free Chinese financial markets and promote global usage of its renminbi currency. The agreements, which were announced by the Chinese central bank,...

  • *Deal may reduce need for Pfizer to acquire AstraZeneca. FRANKFURT/ LONDON, Nov 17- Pfizer punctured investor expectations of a renewed bid for AstraZeneca on Monday by signing a major cancer drug deal with Germany's Merck KGaA, reducing the U.S. firm's need for Astra's products. Winning access to AstraZeneca's cancer pipeline has been viewed as a key goal for...

  • *Japan economy unexpectedly shrank in third quarter. LONDON, Nov 17- German bond yields fell on Monday after data showing Japan unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter, stoking investor concerns about the global economy. "The Japan number underlines the weak outlook for global growth," said Rabobank strategist Lyn Graham-Taylor.

  • CANBERRA, Nov 17- China and Australia on Monday sealed a landmark free trade agreement more than a decade in the making, significantly expanding ties between the world's second largest economy and one of Washington's closest allies in Asia. The deal, which Australia called the best ever between Beijing and a Western country, will open up Chinese markets to...

  • HONG KONG, Nov 17- Hong Kong shares, swinging between gains and losses, finished down on Monday, the first day of trading for the landmark Shanghai- Hong Kong stock connect scheme. The trading link lets international investors trade Shanghai- listed shares directly for the first time via the Hong Kong stock exchange, and mainland China investors to trade in Hong...

  • European shares fall as Japan slips into recession Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 3:09 AM ET

    PARIS, Nov 17- European shares dropped in early trading on Monday, hit by worries over the pace of global growth after data showed Japan, the world's third-largest economy, slipped into recession. At 0805 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.7 percent at 1,335.76 points, a level not seen since Nov. 5. Japan's gross domestic product fell at...

  • SYDNEY, Nov 17- London copper slipped from its highest level in a fortnight on Monday as news that Japan had surprisingly fallen into recession tainted previously buoyant sentiment following a slew of improving economic signals from the United States. Japan's economy unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter, setting the stage for Prime...

  • RUSSIAN CENBANK TO OFFER 1- YEAR DOLLAR REPO AT MINIMUM RATE OF 2.0633 PCT, VOLUME LIMIT SET AT $10 BLN.

  • *Gold scales 2- week high. *Holding $1,180 level key for further gains- trader. SINGAPORE, Nov 17- Gold held near two-week highs on Monday, clinging on to gains from the previous session's short-covering rally, on a softer dollar.

  • Iran attacks OPEC members for refusing to stabilise oil prices. SINGAPORE, Nov 17- Brent crude fell more than $1 to near $78 a barrel on Monday following news that Japan, the world's fourth-biggest crude importer, had slipped into recession and after comments from the West's energy watchdog that a return to high oil prices was unlikely soon.

  • SYDNEY, Nov 17- China's metals industry is grappling with tougher credit conditions that are likely to persist and spark consolidation after a portside financing scandal roiled the market, said an executive at one of the world's biggest commodity traders. Simon Collins, head of metals and minerals at Trafigura, said that miners, smelters and fabricators were...

  • CANBERRA, Nov 17- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the free trade deal agreed with China on Monday was the most comprehensive that China had concluded with any country.

  • TOKYO, Nov 17- Tokyo stocks suffered their biggest one-day slump since August on Monday after Japan's economy unexpectedly slipped into recession, prompting investors to book profits from recent gains. Japan's economy unexpectedly shrank an annualised 1.6 percent in the third quarter, following a sharp contraction between April and June caused by a hike in...

  • India's Oct Iran oil imports rise 60 pct y/y -trade Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    NEW DELHI, Nov 17- India bought 60 percent more Iranian oil in October than a year ago as refiners held to higher volumes despite signs that world powers and Iran might not reach a final agreement on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme before a Nov. 24 deadline. Six world powers- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States- are negotiating with Iran to...

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 17- China stocks ended slightly lower as profit-taking pressures offset the first buying by foreign investors through a landmark Hong Kong- Shanghai trading link that debuted on Monday. The Shanghai Composite Index ended down 0.2 percent to 2,475.1 points, while the CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 0.5...

  • RUSSIAN ROUBLE WEAKENS 0.1 PCT AGAINST DOLLAR AT OPENING ON MONDAY.

  • TOKYO, Nov 17- Japan's Toray Industries said it will be the sole supplier of carbon fibre for Boeing Co's 777 X passenger jet in addition to the 787 Dreamliner and expects orders to exceed $8.6 billion for both planes. The new supply contract, which will extend Toray's current one with Boeing for more than 10 years, sent shares in the Japanese company surging 4...