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  • June 22- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Wednesday as investors held off from making big bets, a day ahead of Britain's referendum on its European Union membership. While polls are extremely close, bookmakers have pointed to betting patterns in favor of the U.K. remaining in the EU. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's second day of testimony to...

  • *Risk assets gain on eve of Britain's EU referendum. LONDON, June 22- Oil rose further above $50 a barrel on Wednesday supported by an industry report that showed a large drop in U.S. crude inventories and a boost in investor risk appetite ahead of Britain's referendum on EU membership. U.S. crude climbed 44 cents to $50.29, marking its first rise above $50 since June...

  • *Markets focus on Britain's EU vote on Thursday. LONDON, June 22- Gold eased to a two-week low on Wednesday after its biggest one-day drop in four weeks, as growing expectations that Britain will vote to remain in the European Union calmed risk aversion and lent a steadier tone to stocks. Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,265.95 an ounce at 0930 GMT, off an earlier...

  • Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen's circumspect tone on raising interest rates helped emerging stocks almost half a percent higher on Wednesday while the naira firmed in forward markets on its third day as a floating currency. While the Fed chair virtually ruled out a rate rise in July, lingering jitters over Britain's vote on Thursday on European Union...

  • *Risk assets gain on eve of Britain's EU referendum. LONDON, June 22- Oil rose further above $50 a barrel on Wednesday after an industry report showed a large drop in U.S. crude inventories, with analysts expecting volatile trading ahead of Britain's referendum on EU membership. U.S. crude climbed 46 cents to $50.31, marking its first rise above $50 since June 10.

  • Sterling and the euro rose on the last day before Britain's referendum on EU membership, the pound trading just off its highest this year.

  • LONDON, June 22- Sterling and the euro inched higher on the last day of campaigning before Britain's referendum on EU membership, the pound trading just off its highest this year after a swing in polls towards the "In" camp this week. Most analysts still see the vote as too close to call and the mood remains shaky among financial investors worried that Britain's...

  • LONDON, June 22- Stocks and sterling rose while traditional safe-haven assets gold and bonds slipped on Wednesday, as investors were guardedly optimistic about a "Remain" vote in Britain's European Union referendum later this week. Europe's FTSEuroFirst index of 300 leading shares was up 0.1 percent, Germany's DAX was up 0.5 percent, France's CAC 40 was up 0.3...

  • June 22- Hong Kong stocks rose for a fourth straight day on Wednesday as investors were hopeful Britain will vote to stay in the European Union this week, while Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's cautious tone on future rate hikes also soothed sentiment. The Hang Seng index rose 0.6 percent, to 20,795.12, while the China Enterprises Index gained 0.7 percent, to...

  • LONDON, June 22- Sterling rose on Wednesday, moving back towards a 5-1/ 2- month high against the dollar, as investors cut bets against the pound just a day before Britain votes on whether to remain in the European Union. While opinion polls suggested the vote on Thursday was too close to call, the implied probability of a vote to remain in the European Union was at 75...

  • BENGALURU, June 22- Gold touched its lowest in two weeks on Wednesday as Asian stocks rose amid indications Britain would vote to remain in the European Union. Bullion fell nearly 2 percent on Tuesday in its biggest one-day loss in a month, after two opinion polls on Monday suggested it was increasingly likely Britain would choose to stay in the EU.

  • SHANGHAI, June 22- China's main stock indexes closed up on Wednesday as more investors bet Britain will vote to stay in the European Union this week, while Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's cautious tone on future rate hikes also soothed market sentiment. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.9 percent to 3,133.96...

  • *All eyes on Britain's EU referendum. SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, June 22- Asian stocks edged up on Wednesday as investors were guardedly optimistic about a "Remain" vote in Britain's make-or-break European Union referendum, while Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's cautious tone virtually ruled out a July rate hike. European markets were also poised for a positive...

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, June 22- The dollar erased its early modest gains on Wednesday while sterling stood tall on the eve of Britain's referendum on whether to remain in the European Union. "Some banks are not in the market today, or they are just in for commercial orders, ahead of the vote, so dollar/yen will be rangebound for a while," said Kaneo Ogino, director at foreign...

  • SHANGHAI, June 22- The yuan was up slightly against the dollar on Wednesday, though a lower official mid-point and uncertainty ahead of Britain's referendum on whether to remain in the European Union capped gains. Right now, all the focus is on Britain's referendum, "said a trader at a Chinese commercial bank in Shanghai. If Britain chooses to leave, that could give...

  • SHANGHAI, June 22- China and Hong Kong shares rose on Wednesday morning, as more investors bet Britain will vote to stay in the European Union this week, while Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's cautious tone on future rate hikes also soothe market sentiment. In Hong Kong, both the Hang Seng index and the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index added 0.4 percent.

  • BENGALURU, June 22- Gold hovered near its lowest in over a week on Wednesday as Asian stocks rose amid indications that Britain would vote to remain in the European Union. That came after two opinion polls on Monday suggested it was increasingly likely Britain would choose to stay in the EU. A vote on June 23 by Britain to leave the 28- member EU, dubbed "Brexit," could...

  • Brexit Markets

    While the Brexit vote is tipped towards remain, there could still be outstanding issues after the vote, says Union Bancaire Privee's Kieran Calder.

  • *All eyes on Britain's EU referendum. TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, June 22- Asian stocks edged up on Wednesday as nervous investors counted down to Britain's make-or-break European Union referendum, while Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's cautious tone on future rate hikes added to a subdued mood in markets. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan...

  • TOKYO, June 22- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Wednesday, snapping a three-day winning streak as investors took profits from recent gains against a background of nerves over Thursday's Brexit referendum. Recent opinion polls have mostly shown a shift towards keeping Britain in the European Union, but there are signs that momentum has stalled for the'...