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  • *Scotland's independence vote next focus. SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Sept 18- The dollar hit a six-year high against the yen on Thursday after the Federal Reserve's guidance on interest rates highlighted the diverging pathways between the United States and other rich nations. The greenback raced to a high of 108.69 yen, its strongest level since September 2008.

  • *Scotland's independence vote next focus. SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Sept 18- The dollar hit a six-year high against the yen on Thursday after the Federal Reserve's guidance on interest rates highlighted the diverging pathways between the United States and other rich nations. The greenback raced to a high of 108.69 yen, its strongest level since September 2008.

  • *Winter demand should support oil prices- OPEC delegates. SINGAPORE, Sept 18- Brent crude dropped towards $98 per barrel on Thursday, pressured by a stronger dollar on fears about a looming U.S. interest rate increase and a steep spike in U.S. crude stocks.

  • JGBs track lower U.S. Treasuries as BOJ buying supports Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:22 PM ET

    TOKYO, Sept 18- Japanese government bond prices dipped on Thursday on the back of a relatively sharp rise in U.S. The BOJ offered to buy 400 billion yen of JGBs in the 5- year to 10- year zone, 100 billion yen in the 10- year to 25- year zone, and 30 billion yen in the 25- year to 40- year zone under its massive JGB purchase program, as widely expected.

  • *Gold, oil prices pressured by rising dollar. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Sept 18- Japanese shares jumped on Thursday after the dollar vaulted to a six-year peak on the yen as the Federal Reserve's outlook for rising rates underlined the diverging path between the United states and the rest of the rich world.

  • Sept 17- California Governor Jerry Brown signed new insurance requirements on ridesharing companies into law on Wednesday, but the regulations come at a far lower cost to the industry than previously written into the bill, officials said.

  • UPDATE 1-Sony shares slide 10 pct after dividend scrapped Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 11:09 PM ET

    *Sony to forgo dividend- first time since 1958 listing. TOKYO, Sept 18- Sony Corp shares fell more than 10 percent on Thursday in their biggest drop in more than 10 months after the Japanese consumer electronics maker announced deep losses in its smartphone business and scrapped its dividend for the first time since it listed in 1958..

  • VANCOUVER, Sept 17- The Supreme Court of British Columbia has rejected a local municipality's bid for a temporary injunction to stop survey work for an oil pipeline expansion project proposed by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners.

  • BEIJING, Sept 18- China home prices fell in August for a fourth straight month, official data showed on Thursday, underlining a deepening downtrend in the property market that is increasingly weighing on the broad economy.

  • *Sony tumbles to 1- month low on loss estimate. "For the Japanese market, a rise in U.S. interest rates is positive, and the weak yen is serving as a tailwind to major exporters," said Hiromichi Tamura, chief strategist at Nomura Securities, adding that the weak yen should be positive to Japanese manufacturers as far as 125 yen to the dollar.

  • BEIJING, Sept 18- Average new home prices in China's 70 major cities fell 1.1 percent in August from July, a fourth consecutive monthly drop, according to Reuters calculations from official data published on Thursday.

  • BRASILIA, Sept 17- Brazil's government will extend its " Minha Casa, Minha Vida" low-income housing program into 2015 and build another 350,000 units to boost the building industry, Finance Minister Guido Mantega said on Wednesday.

  • Sept 17- The California Public Employees' Retirement System said Ted Eliopoulos would assume the role of chief investment officer at America's largest public pension fund. The $300 billion fund, known as Calpers, invests with firms including Och-Ziff Capital Management, Deepak Narula's Metacapital Management and Bain Capital's Brookside Capital.

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept 17- Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority's new chief restructuring officer Lisa Donahue said on Wednesday that she is confident of developing a restructuring plan that will have the support of all stakeholders at the embattled government power utility.

  • TOKYO, Sept 18- Japan's exports declined in August as shipments to the United States contracted, another sign the economy is struggling to rev up after a deep slump in April-June. A further period of lackluster exports and slack domestic demand could force the government and the Bank of Japan to find new ways to prop up the economy.

  • CalPERS names Ted Eliopoulos chief investment officer Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:02 PM ET

    Sept 17- The California Public Employees' Retirement System said Ted Eliopoulos would assume the role of chief investment officer at the nation's largest public pension fund. The $300 billion fund, known as CalPERS, invests with firms including Och-Ziff Capital Management, Deepak Narula's Metacapital Management and Bain Capital's Brookside Capital.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- Amazon.com Inc ramped up its push into hardware on Wednesday with the debut of six new or upgraded devices, including a high-end $199 e-reader called the Kindle Voyage and its cheapest-ever touch-screen tablet. Amazon also upgraded its 7- inch and 8.9 inch Fire tablets.

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 18- London copper slipped on Thursday after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed rates will stay low in the short term but suggested hikes may follow more quickly when they do arrive, pushing up the dollar and cutting the price of commodities.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 18- Gold tumbled to its lowest in 8-1/ 2 months on Thursday as the dollar index traded near a four-year peak after the Federal Reserve signalled that a faster hike in U.S. interest rates might be on the horizon. *Gold has dropped for five sessions in the last seven as any rise in rates would dim the appeal of non-interest-bearing assets such as bullion.

  • NYMEX-U.S. crude falls below $94 on high stock build Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:38 PM ET

    SEOUL, Sept 18- U.S. crude futures fell below $94 a barrel on Thursday in early Asian trade, pressured by an unexpected inventory build and a strong U.S. dollar, although the fall was capped by a Libyan oil field closure and strikes in Nigeria.