*Upbeat U.S. retail sales data helps lift greenback. By Lisa Twaronite and Ian Chua. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Dec 13- The U.S. dollar clambered to a 5- year peak against the yen in Asia on Friday, after upbeat U.S. retail sales data stoked expectations the U.S.» Read More
HONG KONG, Sept 4- China share indexes hovered around multi-week highs on Wednesday, as strength in commodities-related counters offset weakness in the financial sector and some profit-taking on recent outperformers. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings ended down 0.2 percent at 2,350.7 points.
TOKYO, Sept 4- The Nikkei share average edged up to a fresh three-week high on Wednesday, helped by futures-led buying, marking its third-straight day of gains. The benchmark Nikkei ended up 0.5 percent at 14,053.87, its highest closing since Aug. 14.
MOSCOW, Sept 4- Russia's state-owned gas producer Gazprom has postponed construction of a pipeline to China until next year, the Vedomosti newspaper reported on Wednesday, as Moscow and Beijing have failed so far to agree terms on pricing.
BERLIN, Sept 4- Eight years ago Angela Merkel stared gloomily at the election results with disbelief when her party crashed to 35.2 percent of the German vote, seven points below the opinion poll forecast.
SINGAPORE/ JAKARTA, Sept 4- Indonesia's top tin exporter PT Timah said it has stopped tin shipments and declared force majeure since new regulations forcing domestic producers to trade on a local exchange came into force last Friday.
WASHINGTON/ SEOUL, Sept 4- Boeing Co is confident of winning South Korea's biggest defense deal, company executives said, although defense sources said many in Seoul's military establishment prefer rival Lockheed Martin Corp's costlier stealth fighters.
SINGAPORE, Sept 4- Brent crude held above $115 a barrel on Wednesday, close to its highest in almost a week, as U.S. lawmakers' support for military action against Syria rekindled worries over the possible impact on oil supply from the Middle East.
BANGALORE, Sept 4- Indian services activity shrank in August at its quickest pace since the depths of the global financial crisis as new business dried up, a survey showed, the latest evidence that Asia's third-largest economy is rapidly losing steam even as policymakers battle a full-blown currency crisis.
*HSI may have 1st loss in 5 days, China hovers at 3- week high. *Time to position for rally in China late cyclicals- BoCom. HONG KONG, Sept 4- Hong Kong shares were lower at midday Wednesday, dragged down by weakness in China Construction Bank and snack maker Want Want China after block sales of their shares hurt their sectors.
MUMBAI, Sept 4- The rupee slid towards a record low against the dollar on Wednesday, providing the incoming governor of the country's central bank with a test of fire as he takes over in the middle of a slump in confidence in the economy and its currency.
SHANGHAI, Sept 4- China's yuan rose slightly against the dollar on Wednesday amid further signs of economic momentum in the world's second-largest economy, while traders said dollar selling by companies continues to support the Chinese currency.
BANGKOK, Sept 4- Tens of thousands of Thai rubber farmers protesting against a sharp drop in prices escalated protests across southern Thailand on Wednesday, cutting off access to large swathes of the region by blocking roads leading to tourist and commercial hubs.
TOKYO, Sept 4- Radiation readings around tanks holding contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have spiked by more than a fifth to their highest levels, Japan's nuclear regulator said, heightening concerns about the clean-up of the worst atomic disaster in almost three decades.
*Mondeo Vignale to debut in Europe early 2015. The Vignale, which makes its first public appearance at the Frankfurt auto show next week and launches in Europe early in 2015, is the latest attempt by a mass-market carmaker to woo affluent customers more interested in a lifestyle than a bargain.
SEATTLE/ HELSINKI, Sept 3- When a British bookmaker installed Stephen Elop as favorite to take over the soon-to-be-vacant CEO slot at Microsoft Corp last week, most tech observers laughed it off as a publicity stunt.
*Yen comes down off intraday spike marked after minor Japan earthquake. TOKYO, Sept 4-- The dollar steadied against major rivals in Asian trading on Wednesday, with the dollar index sticking close to a six-week peak after U.S. data on Tuesday reinforced expectations that the U.S.
HONG KONG/ NEW YORK, Sept 4- Bank of America Corp raised $1.47 billion by selling its remaining stake in China Construction Bank Corp, ending an eight year-old investment that generated a paper profit more than five times the original cost.
BEIJING, Sept 4- Growth in China's services sector hit a five-month high in August, underpinned by optimism over government policy measures, a private survey showed, the latest evidence that the world's second-largest economy may have avoided a sharp slowdown.
*Obama gains key backing for strike against Syria. HONG KONG, Sept 4- Asian stocks snapped a four-day winning streak on Wednesday and safe assets like gold consolidated chunky overnight gains after President Barack Obama clinched the backing of two key figures in Congress in his drive for limited U.S. strikes on Syria.
*Obama wins backing for Syria strike from key Congress members. SINGAPORE, Sept 4- Brent crude held above $115 a barrel on Wednesday, near a week's high, as U.S. lawmakers voiced support for military action on Syria, renewing jitters over potential supply disruption in the Middle East.