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  • SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, Dec 8- The euro edged up and traded near a three-week high against the dollar on Thursday ahead of a European Central Bank policy decision, as the greenback lost momentum from the recent pull-back in U.S. bond yields. The euro has been the main focus for traders this week after Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he would resign after a...

  • TOKYO, Dec 8- The Japanese government bond yield curve flattened a touch on Thursday on relief after an auction of 30- year debt managed to attract some demand after early indications had suggested a weaker outcome. The 800 billion yen 30- year auction results were not particularly strong, with the bid-to-cover ratio, a gauge of demand, slipping to 2.85 from 3.50...

  • TOKYO, Dec 8- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday, fueled by a further rise on Wall Street, but a stronger yen kept gains in check. On Wednesday, the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500 hit fresh records as equities continued their march upward after the last month's vote for Donald Trump as U.S. president-elect. "The fizz has waned," said Stefan...

  • Japan's economy grew at an annualized rate of 1.3 percent in the July-September quarter, revised down from a preliminary reading of 2.2 percent.

  • *Q3 GDP revised to annualized +1.3 pct vs prelim +2.2 pct. TOKYO, Dec 8- Japan's economy grew much slower than initially estimated in the third quarter, revised data showed, as capital expenditure dried up and companies ran down inventories- renewing concerns about Japan's growth prospects. "Capex and consumer spending are the twin engines of domestic demand, and...

  • TOKYO— Japan's economy grew at a slower pace than earlier estimated in the July to September quarter, expanding at an annual pace of 1.3 percent. Japan has yet to attain the strong momentum Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised with his economic platform, which has mostly relied on massive asset purchases by the central bank. The country remains far from the 2...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 8- The euro held firm near a three-week high versus the dollar on Thursday, as investors turned their attention to the European Central Bank's policy meeting later in the day, and as the greenback was dragged down by a drop in U.S. bond yields. Emphasizing abundant risk, including from forthcoming elections in Europe, ECB President Mario Draghi is...

  • Animator Makoto Shinkai's "Your Name" is taking the box office by storm in China.

    The success of "Your Name," a fantasy body-swapping romance, in China is stoking expectations for the film ahead of its U.S. release.

  • Japan GDP not the most important for markets: Strategist

    Japan's GDP growth is not as important as higher company profit margins, says John Vail at Nikko AM Americas.

  • WELLINGTON- Reserve Bank of New Zealand Governor Graeme Wheeler delivers speech on "Some thoughts on New Zealand's Economic Expansion" at the South Island town of Greymouth. QUEBEC, Canada- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz, Canada Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and Minister of Status of Women Patty Hajdu to attend an event in Gatineau- 1400 GMT.

  • WELLINGTON- Reserve Bank of New Zealand Governor Graeme Wheeler delivers speech on "Some thoughts on New Zealand's Economic Expansion" at the South Island town of Greymouth. QUEBEC, Canada- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz, Canada Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and Minister of Status of Women Patty Hajdu to attend an event in Gatineau- 1400 GMT.

  • *75 pct see no change in Japan Inc investment in America. *Mixed views on yen impact, 62 pct sees dlr in 100- 110 yen range. He has threatened Mexico and China with punitive tariffs that some economists have warned could spark a trade war that could potentially roll back decades of liberalization.

  • Don't hold your breath for Japan Q3 GDP but...

    Japan's Q3 GDP will be weak but people are looking forward to next year for the impact of a weaker yen, says Peter Boardman, MD at NWQ IM.

  • *Oil dips on U.S. inventory date, doubts on impact of OPEC deal. NEW YORK, Dec 7- U.S. stocks jumped to record levels and bond prices climbed on Wednesday as investors prepared for the European Central Bank to signal an extension of its bond-buying at its Thursday meeting. "The market does not have a lot of clarity on what the ECB would do tomorrow," said Jeffery Elswick,...

  • *Oil dips on U.S. inventory date, doubts on impact of OPEC deal. NEW YORK, Dec 7- U.S. stocks rose along with bond prices on Wednesday as investors prepared for the European Central Bank to signal an extension of its bond-buying at its Thursday meeting. "There's a little bit of a bond market rally going on certainly in the long end so that means dividend stocks feel better,"...

  • Pokemon Go on Apple iPhones

    Sprint and Niantic are partnering to create "a special 'Pokemon Go' experience" for players in select locations.

  • *Banks lead European shares higher, Wall St seen lower. *Oil dips on doubts over impact of OPEC deal. NEW YORK, Dec 7- Wall Street's rise was held back by health stocks on Wednesday while European stocks rose on reports Italy would step in to rescue troubled bank Monte dei Paschi and on expectations the European Central Bank would extend its bond-buying.

  • The company also plans to open an outlet of its high-end coffee chain, Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, in Europe, bringing the number to five globally. Starbucks opened its first Reserve coffee roastery and tasting room in Seattle in late 2014, which roasts limited-supply Reserve coffees that sell for up to $50 per 8- ounce package. The company plans to open a...

  • BENGALURU/ LONDON, Dec 7- Global stock markets will rise further in 2017, hundreds of upbeat strategists say in a Reuters poll released on Wednesday, braving a long list of political uncertainties just as the fuel behind the historic post-financial crisis rally runs dry. The most striking shift since the last Reuters global survey- in October- is how quickly many...

  • *Bank of Canada meeting eyed. LONDON, Dec 7- Most major currencies treaded water on Wednesday with traders looking ahead to a meeting of the European Central Bank on Thursday that could set the tone for markets after the sharp moves in the wake of last month's U.S. elections. It had slumped on Monday to $1.0505, its lowest since March 2015, in a knee-jerk reaction after...