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  • REUTERS POLL- JAPAN Q1 CORE CPI EXCLUDING TAX-RISE EFFECT +0.3 PCT.

  • REUTERS POLL-ANY FURTHER BANK OF JAPAN EASING TO OCCUR SOMETIME DURING 2 ND HALF OF 2015.

  • TOKYO, Feb 13- Inflation in Japan is forecast to slow further in coming quarters pressured by the collapse in crude oil prices, but the Bank of Japan is set to sit tight for now as it assesses the broad impact of the oil slump on consumption and prices. But a patient approach will give the BOJ more time to assess the impacts of a wave of monetary policy easings around the...

  • *Gold ticks up for second session. SINGAPORE, Feb 13- Gold held above a five-week low on Friday amid a weaker dollar and uncertainty over debt-laden Greece, but the safe-haven metal was set to close down for a third straight week on expectations of higher U.S. interest rates. "Support for gold was well pronounced around the 100- day moving average of $1,216 and this...

  • *Soft U.S. retail sales, jobless claims halt dollar's advance. TOKYO, Feb 13- The dollar was on the defensive on Friday after soft U.S. economic data halted its advance against peers such as the yen and euro while the market awaited further developments in Greek debt negotiations. The dollar slipped 0.2 percent to 118.94 yen, knocked down from a five-week high of...

  • Brent holds above $59, up more than 2 pct on week Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 9:59 PM ET

    BEIJING, Feb 13- Benchmark Brent crude held above $59 on Friday, up more than 2 percent this week as news of deeper industry spending cuts and a sinking U.S. dollar revived buying. Brent crude for April delivery was trading down 17 cents at $59.11 at 0232 GMT. U.S. crude futures were down 13 cents at $51.08, following similar swings.

  • *Japan Display soars on strong profit. TOKYO, Feb 13- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Friday, retreating from a 7-1/ 2 year closing high as investors took profits from the previous day's gainers such as Fanuc Corp, but buying in defensive shares limited the losses. Fanuc, which rose 6.2 percent on Thursday on media reports saying that Third Point bought a stake in...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, Feb 12- President Barack Obama is set to sign an executive order on Friday aimed at encouraging companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats with the government and each other, a response to attacks like that on Sony Entertainment. Obama will sign the order at a day-long conference on cybersecurity at Stanford...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- President Barack Obama is set to announce a new cybersecurity executive order on Friday designed to encourage companies to share information about cyber threats, White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel told reporters. The executive action will kick off a process for setting standards and security protocols for new...

  • MELBOURNE, Feb 13- London copper was steady on Friday as a weaker dollar kept it on track for a second week of gains from last month's more than five year lows, but the start of Lunar New Year next week was likely to curb any rise. *The most-traded April copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange climbed 1.9 percent to 41,800 yuan a tonne. *Greece agreed on Thursday...

  • Feb 12- Two senior executives at JPMorgan Chase& Co who are connected to an investigation into its hiring practices in Asia will exit the bank, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Todd Marin, vice chairman of Asia Pacific investment banking, and Catherine Leung, vice chairwoman of Asia investment banking, are set to leave...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 12- Activist Investor Carl Icahn thinks Apple Inc is already worth over $1 trillion but others on Wall St. think it will take a few more years for the iPhone maker's stock value to get there. With Apple's stock market value ballooning this week beyond $700 billion, larger than Switzerland's gross domestic product, activist investor Icahn said...

  • MEDIA-TRANSCANADA PLANS TO SEEK U.S.

  • *Board meets Feb 17-18, decision expected Feb 18 0330-0430 GMT. TOKYO, Feb 13- Bank of Japan policymakers meet next week for that most delicate of monetary missions- raising inflationary expectations without scaring households into cutting back consumption. Having eased monetary policy less than four months ago, the BOJ is set to maintain its "quantitative and...

  • MEDIA-TWO JPMORGAN EXECUTIVES CONNECTED TO ASIA HIRING PROBE.

  • TOKYO, Feb 13- Asian shares gained on Friday on news of a ceasefire accord in Ukraine, while Sweden's surprise move to cut its main rate into negative territory and hopes of a resolution between debt-strapped Greece and its creditors burnished risk appetite. The main driver of receding anxiety was news of a ceasefire in Ukraine, providing relief to investors as...

  • *Soft U.S. retail sales, jobless claims halt dollar's advance. TOKYO, Feb 13- The dollar was on the defensive on Friday after soft U.S. economic data halted its surge against peers such as the yen and euro while the market awaited further developments in Greek debt negotiations. The dollar traded at 119.04 yen, knocked down from a five-week high of 120.48 touched on...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 13- Gold held firm above a five-week low on Friday on a weaker dollar and uncertainty over Greece, but the safe-haven metal was headed for its third weekly drop on expectations of higher U.S. interest rates. *In the latest out of Europe, Greece agreed on Thursday to talk to its creditors about the way out of its hated international bailout in a political...

  • SEOUL, Feb 13- U.S. crude futures held above $51 a barrel on Friday, after it jumped on the previous session as news of deeper industry spending cuts and a sinking U.S. dollar revived buying. It rose $2.37 or 4.85 percent to settle at $51.21 on Thursday. *Expiring March Brent futures rose $2.39, or 4.37 percent to settle at $57.05 a barrel on the previous session.

  • CARACAS/ SAN CRISTOBAL, Feb 12- Venezuelan security forces faced off with stone-wielding protesters on Thursday as supporters of President Nicolas Maduro also rallied on the anniversary of last year's fatal unrest. The flare-ups, in the volatile western city of San Cristobal and the capital Caracas, recalled four months of protests and violence in 2014...