TOKYO, Dec 7- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said central banks should avoid offering overly complicated forward guidance on their policies, warning that doing so could disrupt financial markets and prove to be counter-productive.» Read More
*Gold up 1 pct, hits highest since May 14. *Silver climbs 2 pct to four-month top. SINGAPORE, Aug 28- Gold extended gains to a fifth straight session on Wednesday and climbed over 1 percent to its highest in more than three months, buoyed by safe-haven buying due to geopolitical tensions in Syria.
SHANGHAI, Aug 28- China shares ended down slightly on Wednesday after stock markets in Asia slid on signs that the U.S. is getting closer to launching an attack on Syria, but they stayed within the week's relatively narrow range. 3/ 8 The China CSI300 Index, which tracks the largest. listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen, ended down 0.55 percent at 2328.06 points.
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TOKYO, Aug 28- Japanese government bond prices rose on Wednesday, pushing the 10- year yield to retrace a 3- month low, as heightening tension over Syria increased the safe-haven appeal of fixed-income assets.
NEW YORK, Aug 28- According to Blackstone Group LP's books, the private equity firm's investment in Hilton Worldwide Inc was worth 50 percent more this year than when it took the international hotel chain private in 2007..
Aug 27- Diamonds may be Tiffany& Co's best friend as strong demand for the sparkling gems in China helped lift the U.S. jeweler's global sales in the latest quarter, leading it to raise its profit forecast for the year.
LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 28- The worst may be over for Asian natural rubber prices as stronger economic growth in China and globally boosts demand for vehicle tyres, but there are still risks to calling for a sustained price rally.
BRUSSELS, Aug 28- Belgian graphics group Agfa posted a sharply improved net profit in the second quarter, lifted by a one-off gain from closing a medical plan in the United States as well as lower production costs. But one-off events resulted in a windfall of 31 million euros.
TOKYO, Aug 28- A selloff in global equities dragged Japan's Nikkei share average to a two-month low on Wednesday, as concerns over the implications of a possible U.S.-led military strike on Syria sent investors scurrying out of riskier assets and drove the safe-haven yen higher.
Aug 28- U.S. federal regulators are preparing to impose a fine of $80 million on JPMorgan Chase& Co relating to its dealings with retail customers during the recession, the New York Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
*Consumer morale drops to 6.9 heading into Sept. from 7.0. BERLIN, Aug 28- German consumer confidence eased slightly heading into September, albeit remaining close to its highest level in nearly six years, as shoppers worried about creeping inflation.
MUMBAI, Aug 28- The Indian rupee slumped to a record low below 68 per dollar and shares tumbled on Wednesday on growing worries that foreign investors will continue to sell out of a country facing stiff economic challenges and volatile global markets.
TOKYO, Aug 28- Jitters over a possible U.S.-led military strike against the Syrian government knocked Asian equities to a seven-week low on Wednesday and pushed oil prices and safe-haven gold to multi-month highs.
*U.S. and allies gear up for potential military strike on Syria. SINGAPORE, Aug 28- Oil rose more than $2 a barrel on Wednesday, with Brent pushing above $117 and the U.S. benchmark soaring to its highest in over two years, amid worries a possible military strike by Western powers against Syria could hit Middle Eastern crude supply.
WELLINGTON, Aug 28- Dairy giant Fonterra's products at the centre of a global contamination scare this month did not contain a bacteria that could cause botulism, and posed no food safety threat, New Zealand officials said on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON, Aug 28- U.S. federal regulators on Wednesday will unveil a reworked proposal aimed at reducing risk in the mortgage market and limiting the type of shoddy underwriting practices that fueled the housing bubble.
BRASILIA, Aug 28- Brazil will likely increase interest rates for a fourth straight time on Wednesday, keeping up its aggressive campaign to fight inflation and regain investors' trust in Latin America's largest economy, economists said.
SAYRE, Pa., Aug 28- As the natural gas industry struggles to cope with depressed prices, Chesapeake Energy Corp has begun shifting a much larger share of transportation and marketing costs to the owners of Pennsylvania land it leases. The deductions, set entirely at the discretion of the company, are permitted under most Pennsylvania drilling leases.
*Chances of passage slim given tensions in Congress. The plans could be introduced as early as September and face tough odds in a Congress where disputes over nearly every tax and spending issue threaten a crisis.
WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Aug 28- The White House has yet to begin vetting Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen to take over the top job at the U.S. central bank, according to three sources with knowledge of the situation, after one report said the process had begun for her main rival for the job.