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  • HONG KONG, Nov 5- Howard Marks, co-founder and chairman of Oaktree Capital, the world's largest distressed debt investor, said on Thursday he expects to raise more funds from Chinese high net worth investors to buy distressed debt overseas. Marks said funds raised from Chinese investors went to the Oaktree Opportunities Fund 10 and are being used to buy...

  • BEIJING, Nov 5- China's industrial output is likely to grow above 6 percent in 2015 from a year earlier, the country's industry minister said on Thursday. China's economy is generally steady as previous government policies had started to gain traction, Miao Wei, the head of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, told a new conference.

  • UPDATE 1-Toshiba flags huge first-half operating loss Wednesday, 4 Nov 2015 | 10:13 PM ET

    *Toshiba to announce first-half results on Saturday. TOKYO, Nov 5- Toshiba Corp on Thursday said its first-half operating loss will be "roughly" in line with the 90 billion yen reported earlier by the Nikkei business daily. The Nikkei reported that sluggish sales of household appliances meant Toshiba would book a 90 billion yen operating loss, while a sale of...

  • The meeting coincides with rising anti- China sentiment in Taiwan ahead of the presidential and parliamentary polls in January that Ma's pro-China Kuomintang is likely to lose to the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, which traditionally favours independence from China. Communist China deems Taiwan a breakaway province to be taken back, by force if...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.4 percent, led by a 1 percent fall in Australian shares. "Emerging markets are facing some stiff headwinds particularly in the form of a historic China transition away from manufacturing-led growth and an entrenched slowdown in global trade," said Jeremy Lawson, senior international...

  • China says Disney to get special trademark protection Wednesday, 4 Nov 2015 | 9:47 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, Nov 5- China will give special trademark protection to Walt Disney Co as the iconic U.S. firm prepares to open its first theme park in mainland China next year, a regulator said on Thursday. China has struggled to shake off a reputation for fakes, from replica handbags to knock-off cars, which cause headaches for global brands such as iPhone maker Apple Inc...

  • Officials were working on the final aspects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership text, the person said, after negotiators reached a deal on Oct. 5 in Atlanta. President Barack Obama, who hopes it will cement U.S. influence in the Asia-Pacific region and help counter the rise of China. Daniel Russel, the top U.S. diplomat for Asia, told a New York seminar he had "every hope" he...

  • MELBOURNE, Nov 5- London copper edged up on Thursday, holding its ground in the face of a stronger dollar, with prospects for the U.S. economy picking up. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had climbed 0.3 percent to $5,150 a tonne by 0058 GMT. *Shanghai Futures Exchange copper edged up 0.2 percent to 38,620 yuan a tonne.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- At least one U.S. aluminum producer may be hunkering down for a trade dispute with top-producer China, as the beleaguered aluminum industry fights for survival amid high labor and energy costs and prices at a six-year low. Century Aluminum Co, controlled by Swiss trader and miner Glencore Plc, is leading an aggressive campaign to fight China's...

  • *Japan Post shares soar for 2nd day on strong demand. *Takata plunges as Honda says will no longer use its inflators. The three Japan Post shares extended their gains into the second day, with Japan Post Insurance Co soaring more than 17 percent, Japan Post Bank Co gaining 8 percent and Japan Post Holdings Co climbing 5 percent.

  • GRAINS-Wheat edges away from near one-month high Wednesday, 4 Nov 2015 | 8:54 PM ET

    *Chicago Board of Trade November soybeans were unchanged at $8.84 a bushel, having closed little changed on Wednesday. *Wheat was under pressure from forecasts for rain across dry regions of the United States. *Rain is expected from Texas to Illinois in the next 48 hours, while a mix of rain and snow is expected in the Dakotas and Minnesota.

  • Contributing to the general bearish sentiment was an internal OPEC document published by Reuters that showed weaker demand in the next few years for oil from the producer group. OPEC oil ministers are due to meet on Dec. 4 to decide whether to extend the strategy of allowing prices to fall to slow higher-cost rival supply. Saudi Arabia, the biggest OPEC producer,...

  • Crude futures edge up, but U.S. inventory build drags Wednesday, 4 Nov 2015 | 8:19 PM ET

    Contributing to the general bearish sentiment was an internal OPEC document published by Reuters that showed weaker demand in the next few years for oil from the producer group. OPEC oil ministers are due to meet on Dec. 4 to decide whether to extend the strategy of allowing prices to fall to slow higher-cost rival supply. Saudi Arabia, the biggest OPEC producer,...

  • TOKYO, Nov 5- Asian shares stumbled on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said a December interest rate hike in the United States is a "live possibility", sending short-term U.S. bond yields to 4-1/ 2- year highs and pushing the dollar broadly up. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.5 percent, led by 1.2 percent fall in...

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 5- Gold held near a one-month low on Thursday and looked likely to drop below the key $1,100- an-ounce level after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen bolstered market expectations for a U.S. interest rate hike in December. *Spot gold had ticked up 0.2 percent to $1,109 an ounce by 0035 GMT, staying close to an overnight slide to $1,106, its lowest since...

  • TOKYO, Nov 5- Shares of Japanese supplier Takata Corp plunged 21 percent on Thursday, extending a sharp fall from the day before when top customer Honda Motor Co said it would stop buying a component at the heart of a multi-million-vehicle recall. Takata slid to 936 yen in early Tokyo trade, the lowest level since April 2009. Takata faces fresh questions over its...

  • On Wednesday, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as Petrobras is formally known, said in a securities filing late Wednesday that oil output in Brazil was about 140,000 barrels a day, or 6.5 percent below pre-strike levels of about 2.1 million barrels a day. "This is serious because it is happening in the midst of Brazil's worst economic crisis in decades and in the middle of...

  • FISCHER SAYS ANCHORING OF INFLATION EXPECTATIONS IS DUE TO CONTINUED CREDIBILITY OF FED'S INDEPENDENCE FROM POLITICAL INTERFERENCE.

  • FISCHER SAYS FED REQUIRES' OPERATIONAL FREEDOM' TO PURSUE ITS MANDATE.

  • FISCHER DOES NOT COMMENT ON MONETARY POLICY OR ECONOMIC OUTLOOK IN PREPARED REMARKS.