*Hamas sticks to demand embargo on enclave be lifted. *One killed in West Bank march is support of Gaza. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon expressed horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip.» Read More
NEW YORK, April 21- A U.S. appeals court is set hear a case whose outcome could make it harder for the government to prosecute insider trading and potentially jeopardize several high-profile guilty verdicts, including that of SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Michael Steinberg.
April 21- Here are some key dates in Enbridge Inc's bid to build a 525,000- barrel-per-day pipeline from the Alberta oil sands hub of Edmonton to Kitimat, British Columbia, on Canada's Pacific Coast. March 6, 2002- Enbridge says it is sketching out plans for a pipeline from northeastern Alberta to Canada's West Coast.
BRUSSELS, April 21- Jacques de Larosiere says he is an isolated and modest man. An eminence grise as respected among France's political elite as in the heart of the law-drafting European Commission, de Larosiere finds himself at the nexus of finance and rulemaking, treading a fine line between lobbying and advice.
BEIJING, April 21- China shares drifted lower on Monday, hit by concerns about a potential share oversupply after the securities regulator released draft prospectuses for 28 new companies planning to list. Shares in TBEA Co Ltd climbed 2.9 percent, while Henan Pinggao Electric Co Ltd gained 1.1 percent, and China XD Electric Co Ltd rose 1.3 percent.
*Gold retreats from early climb to $1,300 in choppy trade. *Australia, Hong Kong, London closed for Easter. Australia, Hong Kong and London are closed on Monday for the Easter holiday.
*Unrest in Ukraine likely to limit safe-haven yen's losses. TOKYO, April 21- The dollar edged higher versus the yen on Monday, though a tense situation in Ukraine was likely to keep traders on their toes, with some markets still closed for the Easter holiday. It last stood at 102.61 yen, up 0.2 percent, after rising as high as 102.71 yen.
SINGAPORE, April 21- Shanghai copper futures were little changed on Monday amid lean volumes with trading interest thin ahead of the next reading on top copper user China's factory activity due later in the week. The most-traded July copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was up half a percent at 46,660 yuan a tonne by 0313 GMT.
TOKYO, April 21- Japanese shares climbed to a two-week high on Monday morning, led by gains in nonbank lenders on a media report the government is considering easing rules in the industry, though trading activity was thin due to the Easter.
*Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord. SINGAPORE, April 21- Brent futures dropped towards $109 a barrel on Monday as investors took profits after steep gains, but uncertainty surrounding the crisis in Ukraine kept limited the decline.
SINGAPORE, April 21- Chicago wheat fell more than 2 percent on Monday to its lowest in almost a week, while corn slid for a third consecutive session as improved U.S. weather pressured grain prices. Chicago Board of Trade wheat for May delivery slid as much as 2.2 percent to $6.76-1/ 4 a bushel, its lowest since April 15.
*Ukraine on the radar in wake of fresh violence. TOKYO, April 21- Asian stock markets started the week on a subdued note on Monday, as tensions in Ukraine kept investors cautious amid an absence of catalysts as several markets remained closed for the Easter holiday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched down 0.1 percent.
TOKYO, April 21- Japanese government bond prices dipped slightly on Monday on a rise in Japanese shares, with the benchmark 10- year yield unable to break strong support at 0.6 percent. The 10- year JGB yield briefly touched a four-week low of 0.595 percent but edged back to 0.600 percent, up 0.5 basis point from Friday's settlement.
SINGAPORE, April 21- Shanghai copper futures dropped for a second session on Monday, hurt by persistent concerns over the outlook for demand in top consumer China amid a slowing economy. *The most-traded July copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was down 0.2 percent at 46,380 yuan a tonne by 0110 GMT.
PARIS, April 21- Mark Karpeles, CEO of failed bitcoin exchange Mt. Speaking from her home in Switzerland last week, Anne, 57, said Karpeles was a "terrible" student, but was admitted to Mensa, a global society of those with a high IQ, as a teenager.
TOKYO, April 21- In June 2011, when customers of now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox agitated for proof that the Tokyo- based firm was still solvent after a hacking attack, CEO Mark Karpeles turned to the comedy science fiction novel "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy".
TOKYO, April 21- Japan's annual export growth slowed sharply in March due to weaker shipments to China, casting doubt that a recovery in external demand could help offset the impact of the April 1 sales tax hike. Ministry of Finance data showed that exports rose 1.8 percent in March from a year earlier, following a 9.8 percent annual gain in the previous month.
*Ukraine on the radar in wake of fresh violence. TOKYO, April 21- Asian stock markets started the week on a subdued note on Monday, as tensions in Ukraine kept investors cautious amid the absence of catalysts as several markets remained closed for Easter holiday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched down 0.1 percent.
SINGAPORE, April 21- Gold edged higher on Monday as heightened tensions in Ukraine sparked some safe-haven buying, but fund outflows and weak physical demand continued to cloud the metal's outlook. *Spot gold had gained 0.5 percent to $1,300.21 an ounce by 0026 GMT.
SINGAPORE, April 21- U.S. crude futures hovered above $104 a barrel early on Monday, supported by continuing geopolitical risks in Ukraine despite an accord aimed at averting a wider conflict, as investors return from a three-day Easter weekend. *U.S. crude for May delivery was nearly flat at $104.24 a barrel by 0022 GMT versus Thursday's close of $104.30.
TOKYO, April 21- Japan's exports rose 1.8 percent in March from a year earlier, Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday, suggesting that sluggish external demand could put a drag on the economy already hit by the April 1 sales tax hike.