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  • *Perceived safe haven currencies on rise in morning in Europe. *Dollar inches down ahead of Trump speech to Congress. LONDON, Feb 28- Safe haven currency bets including the yen, the Swiss franc and to a lesser extent the Swedish crown rose on Tuesday as investors braced for a tensely-awaited speech to Congress by U.S.

  • *Europe stocks flat, world shares set for 4th month of gains. LONDON, Feb 28- World stocks hovered just off all-time highs and were on course for a fourth straight month of gains on Tuesday, as investors awaited a speech by U.S. Wall Street was expected to hold at a record high when it reopens, while some upbeat company earnings helped Europe steady as it looked to pull...

  • *New way will curb' excessive market volatility'- BOJ official. *Pace of buying for most maturities likely to be similar to now. TOKYO, Feb 28- The Bank of Japan announced on Tuesday the dates of its bond-buying operation for March, a move an official said is aimed at making its operations more transparent and reducing market volatility.

  • DETROIT, Feb 27- Japan's Takata Corp removed a major obstacle to its potential sale or restructuring, pleading guilty on Monday in a U.S. federal court to a felony charge as part of a $1 billion settlement that included compensation funds for automakers and victims of its faulty airbag inflators. With the criminal settlement and penalties set in the United...

  • *Europe stocks up, world shares set for 4th month of gains. LONDON, Feb 28- World stocks hovered just off all-time highs and were on course for a fourth straight month of gains on Tuesday, as investors awaited a speech by U.S. Global share markets have risen more than 10 percent since Trump won power in November and investors are hoping a speech to U.S. Congress later...

  • *Dollar steadies ahead of Trump speech to Congress. LONDON, Feb 28- Japan's yen was the only substantial mover among major developed world currencies on Tuesday, rising a third of a percent against the dollar and euro as investors sought safe havens for their money before a speech to Congress by President Donald Trump. But the details of Trump's speech, and his...

  • PARIS, Feb 28- If financial markets are a guide, France is facing a perilous period of turbulence and uncertainty as the presidential election nears. While France's bond yields have spiked and its stocks have trailed the rest of the euro zone, as investors run scared of political risk, the country's economic prospects are actually looking up.

  • MILAN— Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's vision for the chain was largely inspired by the coffee bars he saw on his first trip to Milan more than three decades ago. "I didn't think we were ready to come to Italy," Schultz told The Associated Press in an interview Monday. "I think Italy is such a special place.

  • TOKYO, Feb 28- Asian shares edged up on Tuesday, on track for a winning month and bolstered by gains on Wall Street as investors awaited a speech by U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent, up 3.6 percent this month nearly 10 percent for the year so far. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 index was up 0.4 percent as financial shares...

  • TOKYO, Feb 28- Japanese government bond prices edged down on Tuesday following an overnight retreat by U.S. President Donald Trump's address to Congress later in the day. Through its purchases the BOJ has significantly tightened the supply of JGBs, and Tuesday's 2.3 trillion yen two-year auction attracted firm investor demand under such conditions.

  • TOKYO, Feb 28- Japan's industrial output unexpectedly fell in January for the first time in six months, pressured by a slowdown in shipments of cars to the United States in a sign of an economy grappling for a more sure-footed recovery. While Asian exports, including Japanese sales, have started to recover from late last year, the jury is still out on whether the...

  • TOKYO, Feb 28- Asian shares edged up on Tuesday, bolstered by gains on Wall Street as investors awaited a speech by U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1 percent in early trading, while Japan's Nikkei stock index got a tailwind from a weaker yen and gained 0.7 percent. "This could be like the case of his inauguration speech, in which...

  • BASEL, Switzerland- Bank of England Banknotes and Chief Cashier Director Victoria Cleland will speak on "Introduction of the new Bank of England 5 Euro note" at World Banknote Summit 2017- 0950 GMT. PHILADELPHIA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker speaks on the economic outlook before an event hosted by the Temple...

  • BASEL, Switzerland- Bank of England Banknotes and Chief Cashier Director Victoria Cleland will speak on "Introduction of the new Bank of England 5 Euro note" at World Banknote Summit 2017- 0950 GMT. PHILADELPHIA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker speaks on the economic outlook before an event hosted by the Temple...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- Guided by cameras and radars, and negotiating traffic and roundabouts, a self-driving Nissan car took to the streets of London on Monday for the Japanese company's first European tests of an autonomous vehicle. Britain's flexible approach to testing autonomous vehicles helped Nissan pick London for its first European tests, the director of its...

  • Wall Street notched another set of milestones Monday as the Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record high for the 12th consecutive time, the longest winning streak for the 30- company average in 30 years. Many investors were taking a wait-and-see approach ahead of President Donald Trump's speech to Congress on Tuesday, hoping for details of promised...

  • *France election campaign continues to weigh on euro. LONDON, Feb 27- The dollar edged up from a 2-1/ 2- week low against the yen on Monday but struggled to gain traction elsewhere, as investors awaited a speech this week by U.S. "The market is still waiting for further details of President Trump's economic stimulus plans, including looser regulation, comprehensive...

  • HONG KONG, Feb 27- Asian stocks declined on Monday, led by financials, as a renewed drop in sovereign bond yields on political concerns prompted some investors to move to the sidelines after a recent equities rally. President Donald Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, where he is expected to unveil some elements of his plans to cut taxes.

  • President Donald Trump's speech to Congress this week for details of promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending. KEEPING SCORE: London's FTSE -100 advanced 0.4 percent to 7,274.60 and Germany's DAX gained 0.1 percent to 11,817.81. On Friday, the DAX lost 1.2 percent while the CAC 40 slumped 0.9 percent and the FTSE 100 shed 0.4 percent.

  • DETROIT— Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. pleaded guilty to fraud Monday and agreed to pay $1 billion in penalties for concealing an air bag defect blamed for at least 16 deaths, most of them in the U.S. Chief financial officer Yoichiro Nomura spoke on behalf of the Tokyo- based company, saying the conduct was "completely unacceptable." Penalties in the...