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  • SHANGHAI, Feb 9- Ant Financial Services Group, an affiliate of Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba, is in negotiations for funding that have reached a "critical stage" and value the company at $30 billion, news magazine Caixin reported on Monday. Ant Financial is controlled by Alibaba's Executive Chairman Jack Ma and other senior Alibaba executives, after the...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 9- Gold edged higher on Monday, as Asian equity markets fell on disappointing Chinese economic data, but the metal failed to make much headway from a three-week low in the previous session due to worries over U.S. interest rates. Spot gold had gained 0.3 percent to $1,236.38 an ounce by 0346 GMT as Asian shares slipped after dismal Chinese trade data...

  • TOKYO, Feb 9- The dollar dipped on Monday as traders sold into a rally triggered by robust U.S. jobs data, while the Greek debt situation crept back into focus as Athens reaffirmed its rejection of an international bailout programme. The euro edged up 0.2 percent to $1.1338, having lost about 1.5 percent on Friday when strong U.S. employment figures helped rekindle...

  • Feb 8- Altegrity Inc, owner of the company that carried out background checks on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday as it implements a restructuring deal with its lenders. The company said some of its lenders, including funds managed by Third Avenue Management, Litespeed...

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 9- China's January trade data has been viewed as unambiguously weak, and while the softer exports are an obvious concern, the dramatic slump in imports isn't nearly as bad as it looks. While the value of commodity imports has crashed from January 2014 to January this year, volumes still look fairly...

  • *U.S. rate hikes positive for Japan only if gradual- analyst. TOKYO, Feb 9- Japan's Nikkei share average was steady on Monday morning as the yen weakened against the dollar after strong U.S. jobs data, but gains were limited as weak Chinese trade numbers capped risk appetites. "A U.S. rate hike is positive for the Japanese market only when rates are gradually rising," said...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 9- Taken at face value India will post robust quarterly growth figures on Monday, but changes in the way Asia's third largest economy is measured has left analysts and the government's own chief economic advisor doubting how far the data can be trusted. Just over a week ago, everyone was working under the assumption that India was still struggling to...

  • TOKYO, Feb 9- Japanese government bond prices slipped on Monday after a solid reading on U.S. non-farm payrolls hit Treasuries to send their yields spiking. A regular bond-buying operation by the Bank of Japan, a part of its extensive monetary easing scheme, and sluggish Tokyo shares helped limit JGB losses. Treasury yields jumped on Friday, with the benchmark 10-...

  • UPDATE 1-Oil steadies after weak Chinese trade data Sunday, 8 Feb 2015 | 8:49 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Feb 9- Oil prices steadied on Monday as falling U.S. oil rig counts and conflict in producer Libya were balanced by a slump in Chinese imports, pointing to lower fuel demand in the world biggest energy consumer. Global benchmark Brent crude oil for March was up 30 cents at $58.10 a barrel by 0140 GMT after rising as high as $59.06 earlier in the session.

  • MELBOURNE, Feb 9- London copper edged lower on Monday, after surprisingly weak Chinese import data at the weekend fuelled worries that economic growth in the world's top consumer of metals may be more fragile than anticipated. *The most-traded April copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slipped by 0.5 percent to 41,130 yuan a tonne.

  • FACTBOX-Single serve coffee's rise Sunday, 8 Feb 2015 | 8:11 PM ET

    In 2009, Folgers, owned by J.M. Smucker Co. led the single-serve pack, with 17.9 percent market share and sales of $1.5 billion, data from market research firm Euromonitor show. Leading single-serve maker Keurig Green Mountain was seventh, with 2.7 percent market share and sales of $224 million. In the 52 weeks ended Jan. 24, single-serve accounted for 40 percent of...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 9- Gold rose for the first time in three sessions on Monday, boosted by safe-haven bids as Asian equity markets fell on disappointing Chinese trade data. *Gold had taken a hit after strong U.S. jobs data on Friday, falling to its lowest in three weeks, but bullion gained some ground early on Monday on weak data from China. *Gold is often seen as an...

  • Oil extends rally after best week since 2011 Sunday, 8 Feb 2015 | 7:24 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Feb 9- Oil prices jumped on Monday as falling U.S. oil rig counts and conflict in producer Libya helped stretch a rally from last week when crude surged the most since 2011.. Brent crude for March delivery was up 1.3 percent at $58.57 a barrel by 0003 GMT after rising as high as $59.06 earlier in the session. U.S. crude was up 2 percent at $52.74 a barrel, after...

  • TOKYO, Feb 9- The dollar held to a swathe of gains on Monday after robust U.S. jobs data helped rekindle views that the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates as early as June. Data released on Friday showed a rebound in U.S. wages and nonfarm payrolls increasing by 257,000 in January, outstripping Wall Street forecasts. The dollar stood little changed at 119.07...

  • HSBC admits Swiss bank failings over client taxes Sunday, 8 Feb 2015 | 7:22 PM ET

    LONDON, Feb 8- British bank HSBC Holdings Plc admitted on Sunday failings by its Swiss subsidiary, in response to media reports it helped wealthy customers dodge taxes and conceal millions of dollars of assets. HSBC said that its Swiss arm had not been fully integrated into HSBC after its purchase in 1999, allowing "significantly lower" standards of compliance...

  • TOKYO, Feb 9- Asian shares wobbled on Monday after dismal Chinese trade data eclipsed a strong U.S. jobs report, raising concerns about a deepening slowdown in the world's second-largest economy and sending the Australian dollar sliding. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.3 percent with Australian shares down 0.5 percent...

  • TOKYO, Feb 9- Japan's current account logged a surplus for a sixth straight month in December, Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday, helped by income from overseas investments and a narrowing trade gap due to a weak yen and lower oil prices. The surplus stood at 187.2 billion yen, against the median estimate of 358.0 billion yen in a Reuters poll of economists.

  • Feb 8- A federal judge in New Jersey on Sunday called a temporary halt to the pending sale of bankrupt Revel Casino in Atlantic City and scheduled a hearing on Monday on a motion to block some of the terms of the $94.5 million deal. U.S. District Court Judge Jerome B. Simandle ordered an emergency hearing for 3 p.m. in the proposed sale of the property to Florida...

  • The next opportunity to launch is 6:07 p.m. EST on Monday, said NASA launch commentator Michael Curie. The rocket carries the Deep Space Climate Observatory, nicknamed DSCOVR, a partnership of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "We think of DSCOVR as a weather buoy," NOAA administrator and former astronaut Kathryn Sullivan said...

  • LONDON, Feb 8- Coming-of-age drama "Boyhood" scooped three prizes including best film and director at Britain's biggest film awards on Sunday, while " The Grand Budapest Hotel" took five gongs but missed out on the most prestigious awards. "The Theory of Everything" garnered three awards including leading actor at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts...