PARIS, Dec 9- European stocks rose in early trade on Monday, adding to the previous session's gains as robust exports data from China boosted investor sentiment.» Read More
MOSCOW, Dec 9- Russia's Uralkali, the world's largest potash producer, is to create a joint venture for potash distribution with Malaysia as it seeks to boost sales in South East Asia, the company said on Monday. Malaysia, along with other countries in South East Asia, is a major market for the crop nutrient due to demand from its palm oil industry.
Just days after the first World Trade Organisation trade reform deal was pushed through on Saturday, trade ministers from 12 countries are in closed-door talks in a Singapore hotel to try to tie up the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
*Founder Ercil was formerly Asia head of Perry Capital. *Opportunities for Asia distressed asset investment growing. ARCM, founded by Alp Ercil, the former Asia head of New York- based Perry Capital, has become one of the largest hedge fund companies in the region.
HONG KONG, Dec 9- China shares kicked off the week on a sluggish note on Monday, with the banking sector a drag following a series of reports on financial reforms ahead of a key central economic work meeting that will set policy goals for the new year.
CARACAS, Dec 8- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged to deepen his "economic offensive" to force businesses to cut prices after his ruling Socialist Party won most votes in Sunday's municipal elections.
*Changes in " Brussels consensus" likely to be only limited. These articles of faith are widely regarded as self-evident truths in the European Commission and the European Central Bank but are often regarded by voters as the cause of their misfortunes rather than the solution to them.
SINGAPORE, Dec 9- Brent crude oil futures held near $112 a barrel on Monday, underpinned by upbeat economic data from the United States and China, the world's first and second largest oil consumers. Brent crude oil futures had edged up 12 cents to $111.71 a barrel by 0615 GMT, after rising more than $1 in the previous session.
HONG KONG, Dec 9- KKR& Co LP and Bain Capital are among suitors which have placed initial bids for Tyco International Inc's South Korean security systems unit, a business valued at about $1.6 billion, people familiar with the matter said.
TOKYO, Dec 9- Japan's Nikkei climbed 2.3 percent on Monday, its best one-day gain in three months, spurred by a slide in the yen after an upbeat U.S. jobs report raised expectations the Federal Reserve will soon begin removing its stimulus.
--Clyde Russell is a Reuters market analyst. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Dec 9- China's record imports of iron ore in November may be as good as they get for a while as a series of factors points to a moderation in the next few months.
MUMBAI, Dec 9- Indian shares rose to a record high on Monday and the rupee hit a four-month high after the main opposition party, widely seen by investors as being more business friendly, swept three out of four key state elections held since last month.
HONG KONG, Dec 9- China's yuan jumped to a record high against the dollar on Monday lifting some Asian currencies in its wake after the central bank relaxed its grip on the currency following strong trade data, suggesting a noticeable shift in policy.
CARACAS, Dec 8- President Nicolas Maduro's government won a majority of votes in Venezuela's local elections on Sunday, disappointing the opposition and helping his quest to preserve the late Hugo Chavez's socialist legacy.
SINGAPORE, Dec 9- Brent crude oil futures held near $112 a barrel on Monday, underpinned by upbeat economic data from the United States and China, the world's first and second largest oil consumers. Brent crude oil futures edged higher by 11 cents to $111.72 a barrel by 0430 GMT, after rising more than $1 in the previous session.
HONG KONG, Dec 9- China shares reversed gains early on Monday, helping unwind a fast start to the week in Hong Kong markets as China's robust November exports and benign inflation prompted some short covering in growth-sensitive counters offshore.
TOKYO, Dec 9- Japanese government bond prices ended the morning mixed on Monday, with the superlong zone slightly underperforming as the Bank of Japan refrained making any purchases this session under its asset-buying stimulus program.
*Aussie also firmer due in part to strong China trade data. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Dec 9- The euro raced to a near six-week high against the dollar and scaled a fresh five-year peak versus the yen on Monday after strong U.S. payrolls data boosted risk appetite despite threats of a possible reduction in the U.S. monetary stimulus.
*China Nov copper imports up 7.1 pct on month to 435,613 T. SINGAPORE, Dec 9- London copper edged down on Monday, with concerns about the United States curbing its commodity-friendly stimulus as soon as this month overshadowing stronger demand signals from a step-up in monthly imports by top consumer China.
CARACAS, Dec 8- President Nicolas Maduro's government won a majority of votes in Venezuela's local elections on Sunday, boosting his quest to preserve the late Hugo Chavez's socialist legacy and denting the opposition's hopes for change.
CARACAS, Dec 8- Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party won a majority of votes in Sunday's local elections, giving a major boost to President Nicolas Maduro in his quest to preserve the socialist legacy of his late mentor Hugo Chavez, officials said.