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  • BEIJING, Feb 15- China's non-financial foreign direct investment in January rose 3.2 percent to $14.1 billion from a year earlier, according to a statement on the Commerce Ministry's website.

  • MILAN, Feb 15- European shares were sharply higher on Monday, with a rebound in banking stocks and sharp gains among French telecoms stocks on M&A expectations underpinning the market. "It's no surprise to see markets rebounding after excessive movements seen in the last few weeks," said Riccardo Ambrosetti, chairman of Italy's Ambrosetti Asset Management.

  • *Consensus is growing within OPEC to counter price rout- Nigeria. Still, oil prices retained most of the gains made on Friday when they surged as much as 12 percent after speculation that OPEC might finally agree to cut production to reduce the worldwide supply glut. "Oil is down on the stronger dollar and disappointing Chinese export/import figures," said Tamas...

  • *Shell completes $53 billion acquisition. LONDON, Feb 15- Royal Dutch Shell on Monday sealed the $53 billion acquisition of British rival BG Group to form the world's top liquefied natural gas company, even as slumping oil prices cast a shadow on the upcoming years of transition. The success or otherwise of the complex merger will define the legacy of Shell Chief...

  • LONDON, Feb 15- World stocks rose on Monday as China's central bank fixed the yuan at a much stronger rate and oil prices held on to recent gains, easing fears of global deflation. The rally belied a string of poor economic data from Beijing to Tokyo as demand for safe-haven assets waned, yet investors remained on edge as concerns lingered about global growth and the...

  • BEIJING, Feb 15- The non-performing loan ratio of China's commercial banks rose to 1.67 percent at the end of 2015 from 1.64 percent at end-2014, China's top banking regulator said on Monday. The banking sector's total bad loans stood at 1.27 trillion yuan at the end of last year, according to the China Banking Regulatory Commission. The figures were earlier...

  • *PM Abe says Japan will act if necessary. LONDON, Feb 15- The yen's advance halted on Monday as Japan's leader criticised excessively volatile currency markets and as gains for China's yuan on its first full day's trade in a week helped settle global financial nerves. A stock market sell-off since the start of February has driven a wave of capital to seek the...

  • *Japan won't rule out options to soothe markets-sources. *Tokyo solo FX intervention "quite difficult"- govt source. TOKYO, Feb 15- Japan is poised to push for greater cooperation from its G7 partners to soothe market jitters but may struggle to produce measures that could meaningfully restore global market confidence, government sources say.

  • BEIJING, Feb 15- China attracted 88.3 billion yuan, or $14.1 billion, in non-financial foreign direct investment in January, up 3.2 percent from a year earlier, state television reported on Monday, citing a Commerce Ministry official. FDI from the United States, European Union and Japan increased sharply last month, the official said. China attracted $126.3...

  • LONDON, Feb 15- British defense firm BAE Systems named Charles Woodburn as its chief operating officer, making the former oil executive heir apparent for the chief executive's role. BAE's statement on Monday followed media reports on Sunday that Woodburn would be appointed to the role before taking over the top job from Ian King in 12 to 18 months.

  • TOKYO, Feb 15- Japanese lenders are rushing to cut deposit rates before the start of the Bank of Japan's negative interest rates on Tuesday, following sharp falls in benchmark bond yields. Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp said it cut the interest rate on ordinary deposits to 0.001 percent a year, from 0.02 percent, the bank's first reduction on ordinary deposits...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 15- Southeast Asia requires 3,750 new aircraft worth $550 billion in 20 years from 2015, a senior Boeing executive told a press conference ahead of the Singapore Airshow that starts on Tuesday. Of this, 76 percent will be for single-aisle aircraft like the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice-president for Asia Pacific and...

  • MILAN, Feb 15- European shares opened sharply higher on Monday on the back of gains in Asia where the Nikkei surged more than 7 percent and a stronger fix of the yuan eased devaluation concerns. By 0822 GMT, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 2.5 percent to 1,262.59 points, while the Euro Stoxx 50 index was also up by a similar amount. Bank sector stocks, up 3...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 15- Australia will move to a new process by the end of this year for setting its credit market reference rate, even as the corporate regulator reportedly prepares to launch its first civil action for attempted rate rigging. The changes, contained in a discussion paper from the Council of Financial Regulators, are intended to minimize the risk of...

  • Feb 15- Hong Kong stocks posted their best performance in five months on Monday with a jump of over 3 percent, inspired by a surge in Japanese shares and Friday gains in U.S. and European markets following last week's global equity sell-off. Unexpectedly light losses in mainland China stock markets, which reopened after the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, also...

  • BRIEF-SHARES IN HSBC UP ABOUT 1 PCT ON DECISION TO KEEP HQ IN. Feb 15- Hsbc Holdings Plc. *Open up 1 percent after bank says to keep HQ in London, rejects move to Hong Kong.

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 15- Gold tumbled more than 2 percent on Monday, pulling further away from its highest in a year, as a rebound in stocks and profit-taking from China after the Lunar New Year weighed on the market. But Asian shares snapped a five-session losing streak on Monday following a rebound in U.S. and European stocks in the previous session, with Shanghai stocks...

  • Both benchmarks jumped more than $3 a barrel on Friday after the United Arab Emirates' energy minister was quoted as saying that OPEC members are ready to cooperate on curbing production. The mood inside OPEC is shifting from mistrust to a growing consensus that a decision must be reached on how to end the global oil price rout, Nigeria's oil minister said, adding...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 15- China stocks ended lower but pared initial losses on Monday, with sentiment bolstered by a sharply stronger yuan and a surge in Japanese equities. Investors returning from the week-long Lunar New Year holiday also took advantage of the weak start to trading- triggered by last week's global sell-off- to hunt for bargains. The stronger yuan, which...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 15- Malaysia Airlines has delayed plans to sell some of its Airbus A380 jumbo jets, and will now keep all six of them at least until 2018 after retiring its fleet of Boeing 777 s, its chief executive told Reuters. The Kuala Lumpur- based carrier has tried to unsuccessfully sell the planes for the last year to cut costs as part of a restructuring plan which...