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*Trading volumes in China hit highest in seven weeks. SINGAPORE, Nov 28- Gold snapped a two-day decline on Thursday boosted by demand from Chinese buyers, but gains were kept in check by strong weekly jobs data in the United States that stirred fears of an early winding-down of the Federal Reserve's stimulus.
HONG KONG, Nov 28- China shares closed at their highest in almost six weeks on Thursday, with coal and cement leading gains in materials-related counters after Beijing pledged further support for the overcapacity-hit coal sector.
MANILA, Nov 28- Annual growth in the Philippines cooled to its lowest in more than a year in the third quarter, and this month's destructive typhoon is set to dim the lights further in one of Asia's fastest growing economies.
TOKYO, Nov 28- Asian shares were in a buoyant mood, with Japanese stocks hitting their highest close in nearly six years after the yen fell sharply on relatively positive U.S. economic data, while two major regional currencies slumped.
TOKYO, Nov 28- Japan's Nikkei share average soared 1.8 percent to its highest closing level in nearly six years on Thursday, as a slump in the yen pushed exporters higher on expectations of improved earnings. The Nikkei closed 277.49 points higher at 15,727.12, the biggest daily gain in a week.
CARACAS, Nov 28- It's Sunday morning. The sun is barely up, and already there are long lines outside a large state-run supermarket next to a hillside Caracas slum. Critics of the government decry the lines as a humiliating new symbol of economic failure akin to scenes in communist-run Cuba, Soviet-era Russia or Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe.
Nov 28- Macy's Inc and a slew of other U.S. retailers are opening on Thanksgiving for the first time ever in a bare-knuckled brawl for a bigger slice of overall holiday sales.
TORONTO, Nov 28- Canada allowed the U.S. National Security Agency to conduct widespread surveillance during the 2010 Group of 20 summit in Toronto, according to a Canadian Broadcasting Corp report that cited documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
*China coal lifted by Beijing pledge to support sector. HONG KONG, Nov 28- Hong Kong shares touched their highest in more than 2-1/ 2 years early on Thursday, led by Chinese coal companies after Beijing pledged further support for the sector struggling with overcapacity. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 0.8 percent.
*Vietnam, Thailand likely to compete to offer extra rice. But Vietnam, traditionally the country's main supplier, and Thailand, which is sitting on record-high stocks, are expected to duke it out in bidding to supply Manila.
TOKYO, Nov 28- Asian shares were in a buoyant mood, with Japanese stocks charging towards a 5-1/ 2 year peak on Thursday after the yen fell sharply on the back of relatively positive U.S. economic data, while two major regional currencies slumped.
Nov 27- The chairman of Dish Network Inc. can stay involved in the satellite TV company's bid for telecommunications firm LightSquared Inc. despite having a personal interest in the deal, a Nevada judge has ruled.
The People's Bank of China fixed the daily yuan midpoint fixing marginally weaker at 6.1343 per dollar. However, Biden's trip to Beijing next week may see the Chinese authorities allow the yuan to trade out of its narrow range, in a nod to U.S. complaints that an undervalued yuan gives China an unfair advantage in global trade.
TOKYO, Nov 28- International Energy Agency head Maria van der Hoeven said on Thursday oil markets are sufficiently supplied even with the prospect of dwindling crude output from Libya, where armed militias continue blockading oilfields and ports. Van der Hoeven was speaking to reporters in Tokyo, responding to a question on the strife in Libya.
MEXICO CITY, Nov 27- Mexico's state-run oil monopoly Pemex will likely discuss a potential stake in Argentina's massive Vaca Muerta shale deposit next month, a member of the company's board said on Wednesday.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it is replacing data center services from Verizon Communications Inc's Terremark subsidiary, with services from Hewlett-Packard Co..
*Libya struggles to pay salaries, more clashes erupt. SINGAPORE, Nov 28- Brent futures held above $111 a barrel on Thursday on worries OPEC member Libya isn't anywhere close to ramping up output as winter oil demand increases, while a bigger-than-expected rise in US crude stock kept the gains in check.
TOKYO, Nov 28- Japanese government bonds were resilient on Thursday morning, ahead of a two-year debt auction, even though investors were in a "risk-on" mood with Tokyo shares jumping to a six-month high.
TOKYO, Nov 28- Asian shares were in a buoyant mood, with Japanese stocks charging towards a 5-1/ 2 year peak on Thursday after the yen fell sharply on the back of relatively positive U.S. economic data.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 27- Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista's oil company, OGX, lost 2.12 billion reais in the third quarter as it scrambled to start output from an offshore oil field that represents one of its last chances to remain afloat.