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  • Oct 22- Johnson& Johnson said it has made a commitment of up to $200 million to accelerate and significantly expand the production of an Ebola vaccine program.

  • Nikkei rallies on ECB hopes; Apple-related shares soar Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese stocks climbed more than 2 percent on Wednesday as the prospect of the European Central Bank taking further action to stimulate the faltering eurozone economy boosted investor sentiment. The Nikkei share average rose 2.6 percent to close at 15,195.77 points, more than recouping Tuesday's losses. Shares in Japanese suppliers to Apple...

  • TOKYO, Oct 22- The euro flirted with one-week lows on Wednesday following a Reuters report that the European Central Bank is considering buying corporate bonds, while recovery in risk appetite underpinned the dollar against the yen. The prospect of fresh ECB easing could restore the interest rate gap between Europe and the United States, helping to underpin...

  • *Orders rise 24 pct to $11.2 bln vs $10.1 bln poll f'cast. ZURICH, Oct 22- Swiss engineering group ABB posted a bigger-than-expected rise in third-quarter orders, helped by demand from the oil and gas industries, but said the outlook for the global economy was increasingly uncertain. The Zurich- based firm showed encouraging signs of increased order momentum at...

  • UPDATE 1-Brent holds above $86 as buyers slowly return Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:42 AM ET

    *No immediate oil glut- Standard Chartered Bank. SINGAPORE, Oct 22- Brent crude futures steadied above $86 a barrel on Wednesday, clinging to gains from the previous session as buyers gradually returned to a market hammered to four-year lows by abundant supply. Brent crude for December delivery was up 17 cents at $86.39 at 0525 GMT, pulling further away from last...

  • TOKYO, Oct 22- An economic adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that the next sales tax hike should be delayed until April 2017, given the big risk that a tax increase would pose to the fragile economy. Etsuro Honda, a University of Shizuoka professor and a prominent outside architect of Abe's economic policies, made the comments to...

  • Fears over gas supply as Russia-Ukraine talks fail Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:16 AM ET

    Russia and Ukraine failed to reach an accord on gas supplies for the coming winter in talks on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 22- Apollo Global Management LLC plans to start raising between $2 billion and $3 billion for a second natural resources private equity fund, sources familiar with the situation said, in the latest sign that the firm is doubling down on the U.S. shale boom. The firm's first resources fund, the Apollo Natural Resources Partners, has now almost fully...

  • BOSTON, Oct 22- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters. The products under review by the agency's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency...

  • China stocks rise on policy support optimism, U.S. rebound Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 12:28 AM ET

    *Shanghai index up 0.4 pct. The CSI300 index of the largest companies listed in Shenzhen and Shanghai rose 10.022 points, or 0.41 percent, in the morning session to 2,443.413, the Shanghai Composite Index gained 8.8227 points, or 0.38 percent, to 2,348.4797. "The rise can be attributed to the market's bullish sentiment on more policy support to come in the future,"...

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 22- China's yuan hit its highest level against the dollar since early March on Wednesday, as the breach of a psychological resistance level sparked follow-through buying, traders said. The yuan was also buoyed by data on Tuesday which showed China's economy did not slow as much as feared in the third quarter, traders said. The currency trimmed some...

  • TOKYO, Oct 22- An economic adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that the next sales tax hike should be delayed by a year and half, until April 2017, given the big risk that the tax increase would pose for the country's fragile economy. Etsuro Honda, a University of Shizuoka professor and a prominent outside architect of Abe's economic...

  • U.S. Architecture Billings Index rises in September Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    Oct 22- The Architecture Billings Index, an indicator of U.S. non-residential building activity, rose in September due to an increase in demand for institutional projects. The index rose to 55.2 last month from 53.0 in August, the American Institute of Architects said on Wednesday. "Strong demand for apartment buildings and condominiums has been one of the main...

  • Brent holds above $86 as buyers slowly return Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 11:51 PM ET

    *No immediate oil glut- Standard Chartered Bank. SINGAPORE, Oct 22- Brent crude futures steadied above $86 a barrel on Wednesday, clinging to gains from the previous session as buyers gradually returned to a market hammered to four-year lows by abundant supply. Brent crude for December delivery was up 3 cents at $86.25 at 0329 GMT, pulling further away from last...

  • BEIJING, Oct 22- Airbus Helicopters, the world's largest civil helicopter maker, expects China and Hong Kong to become its biggest global market within six years as Beijing starts to lift restrictions on the use of low altitude airspace from 2015.. The Airbus Group NV's helicopter division expects to increase its annual sales in China to 150 units by 2020 from...

  • *Apple, Texas Instruments results power Wall Street gains. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended gains and was up 0.9 percent, while Japan's Nikkei stock average added 1.7 percent, rebounding from Tuesday's 2 percent drop. In U.S. trading, shares of Apple Inc and Texas Instruments Inc gained on stronger-than-expected quarterly...

  • BEIJING, Oct 22- China's foreign direct investment is likely to grow by at least 10 percent every year for the next five years, the Commerce Ministry said on Wednesday. Zhang Xiangchen, an assistant minister at the ministry, made the comments at a briefing. Commerce Ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said last month that China's FDI may hit an all-time high of $120...

  • BOGOTA, Oct 21- Panama and Colombia will negotiate a financial information-sharing deal, ending a stand-off over Colombia's classification of the Central American country as a tax haven and removing it from that status, Colombia's president said on Tuesday. The move could have pushed Colombian investors out of Panama, as assets in declared havens are taxed at...

  • DETROIT, Oct 21- The problems for Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp grew after U.S. safety regulators expanded a warning about faulty air bags to 6.1 million vehicles in the United States while two more lawsuits have been filed over accidents in older Honda cars. The news came a day after Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States...

  • JGBs inch down on higher Nikkei, weaker Treasuries Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:04 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese government bond prices inched down on Wednesday with the debt market weighed by a bounce in Tokyo stocks and overnight weakening by U.S. The Bank of Japan's regular bond-buying operation, through which it offered to purchase a total of 630 billion yen of JGBs on Wednesday, helped limit the debt market's losses. Tokyo's Nikkei climbed 1.5...