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  • TOKYO, Aug 4- Asian shares cautiously nudged into positive territory on Tuesday after downbeat economic data pressured Wall Street ahead of a key U.S. jobs report that could provide important clues to the timing of the Federal Reserve's interest rate increase. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was slightly higher, while Japan's...

  • TOKYO, Aug 4- The benchmark 10- year Japanese government bond yield hit a two-month low on Tuesday after an auction of the maturity was met with firm investor demand. The 10- year JGB yield was down 1 basis point at 0.40 percent after touching 0.39 percent, the lowest since May 29. Japan's finance ministry offered 2.4 trillion yen of 10- year debt on Tuesday, with...

  • *U.S., Chinese factory figures drag down Wall Street. TOKYO, Aug 4- Asian shares struggled to stay positive on Tuesday after downbeat economic data pressured Wall Street ahead of a key U.S. jobs report that could provide important clues to the timing of the Federal Reserve's interest rate increase. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was...

  • *Commodity currencies hit as oil prices sink on China worries. In a bearish turn of events for currencies of oil exporters, crude prices slid a further 5 percent overnight to their lowest since January after weak factory activity in China deepened a commodity-wide rout. This was also bad news for the Aussie, often used as a proxy for China trades.

  • LONDON- Bank of England announces interest rate decision- 1100 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England will release the minutes from its August policy meeting- 1100 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England to release inflation report- 1100 GMT.

  • District Judge Paul Crotty in Manhattan said Roger Darin, a Swiss citizen, was "flouting judicial process" by remaining in his home country to avoid arrest while sending lawyers to ask the judge to dismiss the case. Darin's lawyers argued he was not a fugitive since he had never fled, let alone appeared, in the United States since the U.S. Justice Department filed its...

  • *Highlights potential of dominant India business. TOKYO, Aug 3- U.S. activist investment fund Third Point LLC has placed a bet on Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp potentially worth almost $1 billion citing the automaker's dominance in India, sending its shares to a lifetime high. Third Point, led by Daniel Loeb, on Friday said Suzuki stock was cheap considering...

  • *Deal to mark Alibaba's first direct investment in India. BEIJING, Aug 3- Indian online marketplace Snapdeal is set to raise $500 million from a group of foreign investors including China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, three people familiar with the matter said on Monday. Snapdeal, Japan's SoftBank, Alibaba and Foxconn declined comment.

  • JGBs edge down ahead of 10-year debt auction Sunday, 2 Aug 2015 | 11:13 PM ET

    TOKYO, Aug 3- Japanese government bond prices edged down on Monday on caution towards an upcoming 10- year debt auction, although gains by U.S. Treasuries and weakness in Tokyo stocks limited losses. Japan's finance ministry will offer 2.4 trillion yen of 10- year JGBs on Tuesday.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 3- An index of Asian shares outside Japan fell close to this year's lows thanks to a deepening selloff in commodities and concerns over slowing growth in China, while the dollar held its ground against a basket of currencies. "We believe the stock market panic in early July chilled economic activity, which is what the manufacturing PMIs picked up," ING...

  • Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange head arrested Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | 3:13 AM ET

    The head of the failed Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox was arrested in Tokyo on Saturday on suspicion of inflating his cash account by $1 million.

  • E&Y Japan arm launches internal probe of Toshiba audit Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 11:36 PM ET

    TOKYO, Aug 1- The Japanese affiliate of Ernst& Young LLC has launched an in-house investigation into its audit of Toshiba Corp in the wake of the electronics maker's $1.2 billion accounting scandal, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Ernst& Young ShinNihon LLC has established a team of about 20 executives to investigate whether there were any problems...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 1:40 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for June, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for July, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for June, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for June, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department...

  • *Dollar index on track for 1.2 percent gain in July. *Upbeat core inflation data bolsters euro. NEW YORK, July 31- The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Friday, ending a decent month on a sour note as a record-low rise in U.S. employment costs in the second quarter dialed back bets the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates later this year.

  • LONDON, July 31- The dollar fell by a third of a percent against the euro on Friday, the lack of decisive new direction from numbers on the U.S. economy prompting traders to take profit on its rise since Wednesday's statement by the Federal Reserve. Another 1 percent fall in Brent crude helped drive the Norwegian crown and Australian and Canadian dollars lower...

  • A document released Friday showed the committee of independent citizens voted in favor of indicting Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, who was chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. at the time of the crisis, along with then-vice presidents Sakae Muto, 65, and Ichiro Takekuro, 69.. The decision also blamed the three executives for the injuries suffered by 13 defense...

  • TOKYO— Judicial panel sends 3 former TEPCO executives to trial for alleged negligence in nuke crisis.

  • With almost 80 million people and annual output of some $400 billion, Iran could be the biggest economy to rejoin the global trading and financial system since Russia emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union more than two decades ago. Iran has already outlined plans to rebuild its main industries and trade relationships, saying last week it was targeting...

  • WikiLeaks also posted what it says is an NSA list of 35 Japanese targets for telephone intercepts including the Japanese Cabinet office, Bank of Japan officials, Finance and Trade Ministry numbers, the natural gas division at Mitsubishi and the petroleum division at Mitsui. Japanese Foreign Ministry press secretary Yasuhisa Kawamura said Japan and the...

  • LONDON, July 31- The dollar steadied near a one-week high against a basket of currencies on Friday and was on track for an almost 2 percent monthly rise, with the latest U.S. growth data supporting the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year. "Expectations of a September rate hike were probably marginally firmed up on the growth data but it...