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  • MOSCOW, Oct 8- The rouble was slightly weaker against the dollar on Wednesday but stronger against the euro, while Russian shares fell for a second day, following global markets hit by weak euro zone data. The Russian central bank said on Wednesday it had spent $420 million to defend the rouble on Monday, following $980 million on Friday. The rouble and Russian...

  • TOKYO, Oct 8- Japanese stocks fell on Wednesday after surprisingly weak German factory data sparked renewed concerns over global economic growth, bolstering the yen and prompting investors to sell shares in exporters. The Nikkei share average closed down 1.2 percent at 15,595.98, a five-week closing low. The Tokyo Stock Exchange's transport equipment...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 8- Russia's central bank has shifted the boundaries of its floating rouble corridor by 5 kopecks, the bank said on Wednesday, following market interventions to curb the pace of the currency's decline.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 8- Russia's central bank said on Wednesday it had spent 16.8 billion roubles' worth of forex interventions to defend the rouble on Oct. 6. The central bank releases its data on interventions with a two-day lag. The rouble has been sliding on falling oil prices and broad risk aversion towards Russia because of its role in the Ukraine crisis.

  • RUSSIAN C.BANK SAYS SPENDS 16.8 BLN ROUBLES WORTH OF FOREX INTERVENTIONS TO DEFEND THE ROUBLE ON OCT. 6.

  • *Asian equities follow Wall Street, Europe lower. Extending a three-month-long decline, Brent oil sank $1.18 to $90.93 a barrel while U.S. crude tumbled $1.07 to $87.78. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 1 percent, while Australia's main index lost 0.9 percent.

  • IMILORSKOYE FIELD, Russia, Oct 8- Russia's No.2 oil producer Lukoil launched an oilfield in western Siberia ahead of schedule on Wednesday, a major step in its drive to prop up falling production and to weather U.S. sanctions over Ukraine. The United States imposed sanctions on Lukoil and other Russian energy companies last month, preventing U.S. firms from...

  • JGBs edge higher, bolstered by safe-haven bid Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 12:58 AM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 8- Japanese government bonds rose on Wednesday, taking their cue from sagging stocks amid worries about global growth. Japan's Nikkei stock average skidded 1.2 percent in afternoon trading. The JGB market shrugged off Ministry of Finance data that showed Japan's current account surplus grew in August, as income from investments overseas bolstered...

  • *Hong Kong down on weak overseas markets. The Hang Seng Index fell 0.7 percent to 23,253.06 points by midday while the China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong was off 0.8 percent. "The latest property policy had some impact on the performance of the sector today," said Du Changchun, analyst at Northeast Securities in Shanghai, referring to...

  • *Brent drops as low as $90.76/ bbl, WTI hits $87.39/ bbl. The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday cut its global economic growth forecasts for the third time this year, warning of weaker growth in core eurozone countries, Japan and big emerging markets like Brazil. Brent for November delivery fell $1.18 to $90.93 by 0426 GMT, after hitting $90.76 earlier in the...

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 8- Brent crude futures fell to just above $91 a barrel on Wednesday, holding to a months-long tumble in prices as lower economic growth forecasts raised new concerns about global oil demand amid rising U.S. inventory levels. The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday cut its global economic growth forecasts for the third time this year, warning of...

  • Oct 7- Security software maker Symantec Corp is in advanced talks to split its business into two entities- one that sells security programs and another that does data storage, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. "The company does not comment on rumors," Symantec spokeswoman Kristen Batch told Reuters in an email. A breakup may position...

  • *Tighter U.S.- Japan 2- yr yield spread seen weighing on dollar. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Oct 8- The safe-haven yen stood tall on Wednesday, having risen broadly as risk appetite waned in the wake of a plunge in German industrial output and after the IMF cut its global economic growth forecasts for a third time this year. At the same time, the IMF nudged its global growth forecast...

  • *China demand eyed going into fourth quarter. *ShFE zinc hits 1- month high; low China stocks support. The International Monetary Fund cut its global economic growth forecasts for the third time this year on Tuesday, warning of weaker growth in core euro zone countries, Japan and big emerging markets like Brazil.

  • Symantec exploring breakup of company - Bloomberg Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 11:12 PM ET

    Oct 7- Security software maker Symantec Corp is in advanced talks to split its business into two entities- one that sells security programs and another that does data storage, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Reuters reported in April that Symantec was in the process of hiring banks to help advise on strategy and defend against...

  • HONG KONG, Oct 8- China's yuan edged higher on Wednesday after a week-long holiday break, as the central bank fixed the yuan's daily midpoint broadly in line with market expectations. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.1493 per dollar prior to market open on Wednesday, up 0.05 percent from the previous fixing. China's financial markets were...

  • *Asian equities follow Wall Street, Europe lower. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.8 percent, while Australia's main index lost 0.7 percent. China's markets were relatively steady as they returned from a week-long break, with Shanghai flat, but Hong Kong shed 0.7 percent.

  • The Sunrise 689, which had a crew of 18 people and was carrying over 5,000 tonnes of gas oil, vanished from radar 40 minutes after leaving Singapore on Oct. 2 when it was bound for Quang Tri province in central Vietnam. The ship is owned by Vietnam's Haiphong Sea Product Shipbuilding Co, which said its last known location was 115 nautical miles northeast of...

  • UPDATE 1-Brazil's Grupo Oi CEO Zeinal Bava resigns Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 10:05 PM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 7- Brazilian telephone and wireless carrier Grupo Oi SA said its Chief Executive Officer Zeinal Bava had resigned from the company with immediate effect on Tuesday, potentially paving the way for a sale of the company's Portuguese assets. Oi is in the process of selling non-core assets to pay down its debt and allow it to better jostle for...

  • TOKYO, Oct 8- Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a five-week low on Wednesday as renewed global growth concerns lifted the safe-haven yen, sending exporter stocks skidding. Adding to concerns about the health of the global economy, the IMF also downwardly revised its 2015 global growth forecast to 3.3 percent, warning of weaker growth in Japan and core...