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BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Feb 8- A blizzard blew into the northeastern United States on Friday, bringing whiteout conditions to some parts of New England and threatening to drop record amounts of snow around Boston.
*Gold Fields' South African assets list Monday. JOHANNESBURG, Feb 8- South Africa's Gold Fields will list most of its local assets as a separate company from Monday, testing investor appetite for a mining industry battered by labour unrest. Gold Fields is spinning off two of its three South African mines, both of which were hit by labour unrest last year.
LONDON, Feb 8- Sudden swings in currency rates are refiring measures of future global markets volatility, pushing these risk gauges back towards what some will see as more realistic and even healthier levels.
SHANGHAI, Feb 8- The yuan rose slightly on Friday after the Chinese central bank set a stronger midpoint that bucked the dollar's strength in global markets overnight but reflected China's much stronger-than-expected foreign trade in January.
NEW YORK, Feb 8- The yen jumped against the euro and dollar on Friday after Japan's finance minister said the currency's recent drop had gone too far, too fast and doubts arose on whether the next governor of the Bank of Japan will ease policy aggressively.
TOKYO, Feb 8- Japan's trade minister heads to Saudi Arabia on Friday for talks on securing extra oil, an official said, after a report the two will set up a telephone hotline to allow one of the world's top importers to seek emergency supply from OPEC's biggest producer.
Feb 8- China shares rose in choppy Friday trade ahead of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, buoying slim Hong Kong gains, lifted by strength in the auto sector after strong January sales. The Hang Seng Index was up 0.1 percent, but the China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong was down 0.4 percent.
BEIJING, Feb 8- China's exports and imports surged in January as the first hard data of the year pointed to robust domestic demand and a pick up in the economy not solely explained by the timing of the Lunar New Year holiday. "I think the Chinese New Year effect only explains part of the story," Zhang Zhiwei, chief China economist at Nomura in Hong Kong, told Reuters. "
TOKYO, Feb 8- Japan posted its smallest annual current account surplus on record in 2012 as exports weakened and energy imports grew, a signal to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that economic revival needs more than just a weaker yen and extra spending.
SINGAPORE, Feb 8- Gold regained its footing on Friday after falling in the previous session as the euro weakened on concerns over the health of the euro zone economy.
*China exports, imports surge, surpass market expectations. SINGAPORE, Feb 8- London copper futures rose for the first time in four sessions on Friday after trade data from top consumer China confirmed signs of a strengthening economic recovery, suggesting its raw material demand will remain robust.
*Fiery rhetoric from Iran leader spooks oil markets. SINGAPORE, Feb 8- Brent futures rose towards $118 per barrel on Friday, heading for a fourth weekly gain as robust trade data from China bolstered the outlook for demand, while escalating tensions in the Middle East stoked concerns over supply.
TOKYO, Feb 7- Japanese government bond yields slid on Thursday, with the five-year yield hitting an all-time low, as investors bet the Bank of Japan will adopt a zero interest rate policy under a new governor.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan edges higher, Nikkei falls 1.3 pct. TOKYO, Feb 8- Asian shares edged up on Friday after China's trade data for January handily beat forecasts to underscore a recovery trend, but prices were capped by investors seeking to book profits before next week's Chinese new year holidays.
*Fujitsu rises on chip unit restructure. TOKYO, Feb 8- Japan's Nikkei share average fell for a second day on Friday as investor sentiment was dented by gloomy comments from the ECB president on Europe's outlook, while Sony Corp tumbled on worse-than-expected quarterly results.
*San Bernardino not making required pension payments. LOS ANGELES, Feb 7- Negotiations between the bankrupt California city of San Bernardino and the state's public pension fund over the city's unprecedented suspension of pension payments have failed to produce an agreement before a crucial court hearing, officials said on Thursday.
SINGAPORE, Feb 8- Muddy Waters LLC kept its "strong sell" rating on Olam International Ltd, saying the Singapore commodities firm's borrowings had increased in its second quarter. The short-seller also said that with Olam's bonds yielding around 7 percent to 8 percent, which it feels is too low, the company's interest burden is "not sustainable".
LEESBURG, Va. Feb 7- Facing government spending cuts that could delay air travelers, pare education programs for the poor and weaken military readiness, Democrats in the U.S. Congress this week sought to shift the deficit-reduction burden to the rich. Without congressional action, about $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts are set to begin on March 1.
BEIJING, Feb 8- China's economic rebound was evident as the first hard economic numbers of the year, released on Friday, showed a surge in exports and imports that was not solely explained by the timing of the Lunar New Year holiday.
Feb 7- Dell Inc's largest independent shareholder, Southeastern Asset Management Inc, has told the computer maker that a $24.4 billion buyout bid undervalues it, adding to a chorus of investor dissatisfaction with the landmark deal to take it private, two sources close to the situation said.