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  • YOKOHAMA, Japan Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao will speak at Global Think Tank Summit ahead of ADB's annual meeting. SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia board meeting on monetary policy- 0430 GMT. TOKYO- ASEAN +3 Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting Working Group.

  • TOKYO- Bank of Japan will release the minutes of its March monetary policy meeting. YOKOHAMA, Japan Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao will speak at Global Think Tank Summit ahead of ADB's annual meeting in Yokohama. OSLO- Norges Bank Governor Oystein Olsen and Chief Executive Officer Yngve Slyngstad...

  • TOKYO- Bank of Japan will release the minutes of its March monetary policy meeting. YOKOHAMA, Japan Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao will speak at Global Think Tank Summit ahead of ADB's annual meeting in Yokohama. OSLO- Norges Bank Governor Oystein Olsen and Chief Executive Officer Yngve Slyngstad...

  • *More suits threatened to follow in the United States. April 28- ASML, the world's third largest semiconductor equipment maker, said on Friday it had counter-sued rival Nikon, after the Japanese company launched a wide-ranging patent battle against the Dutch company this week. They were brought in Japan by ASML on its own and jointly with its partner Carl Zeiss, a...

  • CHICAGO, April 28- U.S. corn and soybean futures fell on Friday on the prospect of dry weather for key Midwest production areas in early May, which would give farmers access to fields during a crucial planting window, traders said. "Nearly week of drying ahead then allows recovery in most of Midwest, limits risk for standing water in corn/wheat," Commodity Weather...

  • A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test, in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency.

    The system, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Device, or THAAD, is designed to defend South Korea and Japan from missile attack.

  • CHICAGO, April 28- U.S. corn and soybean futures fell on Friday on the prospect of dry weather for key Midwest production areas in early May which would give farmers access to fields during a crucial planting window, traders said. "Nearly week of drying ahead then allows recovery in most of Midwest, limits risk for standing water in corn/wheat," Commodity Weather...

  • *ASML files countersuits as patent battle heats up vs Nikon. April 28- ASML, the world's third largest semiconductor equipment maker, said on Friday it had counter-sued rival Nikon, after the Japanese company launched a wide-ranging patent battle against the Dutch company this week. They were brought in Japan by ASML on its own and jointly with its partner Carl...

  • U.S. stocks closed modestly lower Friday, ending just short of another milestone for Wall Street. So far, earnings have been mostly exceeding Wall Street's expectations. "The market is worried that the second quarter perhaps will see continued weakness, and that's part of the tug-of-war we're seeing in the market," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at...

  • *ASML files patent case against Nikon in Japan. April 28- ASML, Europe's largest supplier to semiconductor manufacturers, said on Friday it had filed patent infringement cases against Nikon in Japan, a response to legal action taken by Nikon against the Dutch company. They were brought by ASML on its own and jointly with its strategic partner Carl Zeiss, a German...

  • *Caterpillar, Komatsu, Sany post strong China Q1. SHANGHAI, April 28- Chinese demand for trucks, cranes and diggers is gaining momentum after bottoming out last year, driven by a Beijing- backed infrastructure push, a housing boom and increased investment linked to China's modern-day " Silk Road". "The strong demand in China resulted in a reduction in Asia-Pacific...

  • PARIS/ SINGAPORE, April 28- Chicago wheat futures edged higher on Friday, on track for their biggest weekly gain since early February, with worries about freezing temperatures in U.S. wheat belts fuelling a rebound from price lows this week. The Chicago Board Of Trade's most active wheat contract was up 0.5 percent by 1146 GMT at $4.33-1/ 4 a bushel.

  • PARIS/ SINGAPORE, April 28- Chicago wheat futures edged higher on Friday, on track for their biggest weekly gain since early February, with worries about freezing temperatures in U.S. wheat belts fueling a rebound from price lows this week. The Chicago Board Of Trade's most active wheat contract was up 0.5 percent by 1146 GMT at $4.33-1/ 4 a bushel.

  • LONDON/ TOKYO, April 28- Japanese investors, traditionally among France's most loyal lenders, are not yet convinced that French political risks have faded and are staying away from the country's bonds. Some even exploited a rally in French government bonds this week to sell down their positions further, one London- based trader said. There will be some twists and...

  • LONDON, April 28- Strong inflation numbers drove the euro close to 5-1/ 2 month highs on Friday, turning markets back towards the prospect of a tightening of European Central Bank policy a day after it warned of substantial barriers to sustained higher price growth. According to standard EU measures, in Italy it was 2 percent. That, allied with another batch of solid...

  • *Norway may provide cleanly produced hydrogen to Japan. OSLO/ MELBOURNE/ TOKYO, April 28- Norway and Australia are racing each other to show they can supply Japan with hydrogen, hoping to fulfill its ambition to become the first nation significantly fueled by the super-clean energy source. While Australia has planned to derive liquid hydrogen from brown coal for...

  • *Norway may provide cleanly produced hydrogen to Japan. OSLO/ MELBOURNE/ TOKYO, April 28- Norway and Australia are racing each other to show they can supply Japan with hydrogen, hoping to fulfil its ambition to become the first nation significantly fuelled by the super-clean energy source. While Australia has planned to derive liquid hydrogen from brown coal for...

  • TOKYO _ Honda Motor Co. on Friday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $855 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Tokyo- based company said it had net income of 47 cents. Keywords: Honda Motor, Earnings Report.

  • LONDON, April 28- Solid growth numbers from Spain prodded the euro higher in early European deals on Friday after a week trading at its highest in almost six months on the back of a perceived easing in political risks in France. European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi took a cautious line at Thursday's post-policy meeting news conference, pulling the single...

  • TOKYO— Sony Corp. reported Friday a January-March profit of 27.7 billion yen on the back of healthy sales of image sensors, PlayStation 4 game software and batteries for mobile devices, marking a recovery from its red ink a year ago. Tokyo- based Sony had an 88 billion yen loss in the same period last year, although that was a fraction of the red ink it had posted in...