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  • LONDON, July 4- World stocks were enjoying the view at an all-time high on Friday, lifted by a strong week of U.S. economic data and promises from the European Central Bank that cheap money will be sloshing around for years.

  • EBA PROPOSES THAT VIRTUAL CURRENCY EXCHANGES HOLD CAPITAL THAT CAN BE USED IF THEY GO BUST.

  • EUROPEAN BANKING AUTHORITY ADVISES BANKS IN EU NOT TO BUY, HOLD OR SELL VIRTUAL CURRENCIES LIKE BITCOIN UNTIL NEW RULES IN PLACE.

  • EU banks watchdog advises lenders to shun bitcoins Friday, 4 Jul 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    LONDON, July 4- Banks in the European Union should stop offering customer accounts in virtual currencies like bitcoins until regulatory safeguards are in place, the bloc's banking watchdog said on Friday. Virtual currencies, which unlike conventional money are not backed by a central bank or government, have come under scrutiny after Tokyo- based exchange Mt.

  • LONDON, July 4- World stocks were enjoying the view at an all-time high on Friday, lifted by a strong week of U.S. economic data and promises from the European Central Bank that cheap money will be sloshing around for years.

  • *Dollar stalls after jobs data boost. *U.S. markets closed on Friday for Independence Day. LONDON, July 4- The dollar struggled to make more headway on Friday after a jump in U.S. job creation left stock markets in optimistic mood but did not convince traders it would be a trigger for the U.S.

  • HONG KONG, July 4- Hong Kong's benchmark index ended flat on Friday, as early gains on upbeat U.S. jobs data was cancelled out by weakness in mainland markets. The China Enterprises Index of leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong added 0.3 percent, rising in all four trading sessions this week.

  • JAKARTA, July 4- Indonesia's two presidential candidates have pledged to increase the amount of farm land to improve self sufficiency, although previous such plans by Asia's top importer of wheat and a major buyer of other grains and edibles have often stumbled.

  • *California is one of the biggest markets in U.S. for Honda. *Move comes after Honda learned of air bag incident in California. "While this case does not match the areas that NHTSA has determined, Honda is adding California into the areas in which it is conducting a regional recall in order to investigate the cause," the Honda spokeswoman said.

  • *Recent data suggests Ukraine, Iraq weighing on demand. BERLIN, July 4- German industrial orders fell in May for the first time in two months and more sharply than expected due to a perceived increase in geopolitical risk, the Federal Statistics Office said on Friday.

  • The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings was off 0.1 percent. Dalian Port PDA and Rizhao Port plunged 10 and 9.4 percent, respectively, while China Shipping Container Lines shed 3.4 percent. Property giant China Vanke was the top CSI300 boost, climbing 3.9 percent in Shenzhen, while Poly Real Estate Group rose 1.8 percent in Shanghai.

  • LONDON, July 4- European stocks paused for a breather on Friday after brisk gains since the start of July set key regional indexes on course for their biggest weekly gains in several months and close to major technical resistance levels.

  • RUSSIA'S GAZPROM SAYS RUSSIAN GAS FLOWS TO EUROPE VIA UKRAINE STABLE ON FRIDAY.

  • PARIS, July 4- France is tightening airport security for U.S. flight destinations for the summer holiday period at the request of U.S. authorities, an official statement said on Friday. The civil aviation authority warned passengers bound for the United States that they may experience some delays as a result.

  • TOKYO, July 4- The yield on three-month Japanese government discount bills fell to zero percent on Friday for the first time since late 2005, on fears that short-term bills could disappear from markets as the Bank of Japan vacuums them up to facilitate its asset purchases.

  • BEIJING, July 4- China's economic performance has improved in the second quarter from the first quarter, though the downward pressure should not yet be ignored, Premier Li Keqiang said in a statement published on Friday.

  • TOKYO, July 4- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a 5-1/ 2- month high on Friday following a much-stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs report, with retail giant Seven& i Holdings Co leading the gains on upbeat earnings. The Nikkei rose 0.6 percent to 15,437.17 Points, its highest level since Jan. 23. For the week, the benchmark added 2.3 percent.

  • SINGAPORE, July 4- Brent futures held steady around $111 a barrel on Friday on signs of an improving demand outlook, although the benchmark is still set to post its biggest weekly loss since early January as supply worries that have rattled oil markets for weeks recede.

  • LONDON/ ACCRA, July 4- Tucked in a corner of a Guinness brewery in a run-down part of Ghana's capital, flanked by industrial silos and crates of bottles, stands the Cube, a gleaming mini-factory that may point the way forward for global consumer goods companies in Africa.

  • *Hong Kong retailers suffer after data disappoints. HONG KONG, July 4- China shares slipped from two-week highs early Friday as investors took profit on recent outperformers, though a stronger property sector helped limited losses.