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  • LONDON, Sept 4- World shares slid towards their fourth weekly loss in the last five on Friday, as a boost from a supportive-sounding European Central Bank gave way to caution ahead of closely watched U.S. jobs data. Rumbling concerns about China had consigned Asian shares to a seventh straight weekly loss and Europe's markets started 1.3 to 1.6 percent in the red...

  • *GDP, c/a due 2350 GMT on Sept 7, machinery data on Sept 9. TOKYO, Sept 4- Japan's economy is expected to show a more severe contraction than originally estimated in revised second quarter growth data due next week because of a big drop in capital spending, a Reuters poll found, indicating any rebound in the current quarter may limited. Japan's economy was expected to...

  • *China and Japan had been vying for $5 billion contract. *Japan, China to be invited to bid for medium-speed rail project. JAKARTA, Sept 4- Indonesia's 11th- hour decision to scrap plans for the nation's first high-speed railway has sown confusion among top investors China and Japan, potentially undermining the strong foreign investment that has been a rare...

  • The benchmark briefly touched 17,737.01, its lowest level since Feb. 10, with the yen's gains souring already weak sentiment strained by concerns of a hard landing in China. The selling in futures drove lower index-heavy stocks such as Fast Retailing Co, SoftBank Group and Fanuc Corp; down 2.8 percent, 4 percent and 2 percent, respectively. Exporters were mostly...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Global stock markets were lower Friday with Tokyo's index down 2 percent as jitters mounted before the release of the monthly U.S. jobs report and the resumption next week of trading on Chinese stock markets. Britain's FTSE 100 dropped 1.7 percent to 6,097.27 and France's CAC 40 sank 1.7 percent to 4,573.23. Germany's DAX fell 1.7 percent to...

  • *China and Japan had been vying for $5 billion contract. *Japan, China to be invited to bid for medium-speed rail project. JAKARTA, Sept 4- Indonesia's 11th- hour decision to scrap plans for the nation's first high-speed railway has sown confusion among top investors China and Japan, potentially undermining the strong foreign investment that has been a rare...

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Sept 4- The dollar sank against the yen on Friday as the safe-haven Japanese currency gathered bids after Tokyo shares fell to a seven-month low in nervous trading ahead of U.S. jobs data due later in the day. The greenback was down 0.7 percent to 119.22 yen. The yen also surged against the euro, which came under broad pressure after the European Central...

  • *Senate inquiry, TV report say firm underpays workers. SYDNEY, Sept 4- The operator of 7- Eleven convenience stores in Australia said it was launching its own probe into how its franchisees treat employees after a TV report and a Senate inquiry said the company was denying its workers proper pay. In a statement, Australia's 7- Eleven Stores Pty Ltd, which is licensed...

  • TOKYO, Sept 4- Longer-dated Japanese government bond prices gained Friday thanks to a regular debt buying operation by the Bank of Japan and weaker Nikkei, although caution ahead of the U.S. non-farm payrolls report later in the session limited market activity. The BOJ bought 140 billion yen of JGBs with maturities exceeding 25 years as a part of its ongoing...

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Sept 4- The euro nursed losses on Friday, having come under broad pressure after the European Central Bank gave a sobering assessment of the euro zone economy and suggested it may have to beef up its already massive stimulus program. The common currency slid as far as $1.1087, from levels above $1.1200. Traders in Asia may not take things much further...

  • *NGK Insulators to pay $65.3 mln for price-fixing. *NGK Insulators pleads guilty to U.S. Justice Department charges. TOKYO/ WASHINGTON, Sept 4- Japan's NGK Insulators Ltd has agreed to pay $65.3 million for fixing the prices of parts supplied to car makers and plead guilty to criminal charges, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

  • MISSOULA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks before a Town Hall open forum- 0100 GMT. LONDON- Swedish Riksbank Deputy Governor Cecilia Skingsley speaks at Deutsche Bank's headquarter in London on the Swedish central bank's latest report- 0930 GMT. ANKARA- German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and...

  • JPMorgan's Global All-Industry Output Index, produced with private data vendor Markit, held steady at July's 53.7 last month and has been above the 50 mark that divides growth from contraction since October 2012. Markit's global service sector purchasing managers index rose to 54.4 in August from 54.1 in July, though on Tuesday the world manufacturing PMI...

  • TOKYO— An international body that monitors fisheries in most of the Pacific Ocean ended a meeting in Japan on Thursday without agreement on fresh measures to protect the dwindling bluefin tuna. The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission was unable to get a consensus on either short-term or long-term measures to help restore the bluefin...

  • TOKYO, Sept 3- Japanese government bond yields hit a three-week high on Thursday as Tokyo stocks rallied and reduced the appeal of safe-haven debt, while overnight losses by U.S. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield touched 0.405 percent, highest since Aug. 11. Japan's Nikkei rose for the first time in four days as gains on Wall Street boosted sentiment and bargain...

  • *China markets closed, ECB policy meeting awaited for cues. TOKYO, Sept 3- The dollar climbed against the euro and yen on Thursday as global investors tentatively stepped back into equities, tempering demand for the single currency and the Japanese unit. Global stock indexes extended gains Thursday after receiving a midweek lift from reports of brokerage...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Sept 15 Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    PARIS- French Finance Minister Michel Sapin holds a press conference- 0500 GMT. AOMORI, Japan- Bank of Japan board member Takahide Kiuchi speaks in Aomori- 0130 GMT. MISSOULA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks before a Town Hall open forum- 0100 GMT.

  • NEC Tokin settles price-fixing charges in U.S. Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 5:30 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 2- Japan's NEC Tokin Corp settled charges on Wednesday that it conspired to fix the prices of electrolytic capacitors, used in autos and electronics, agreeing to plead guilty and to pay a fine of $13.8 million, the Justice Department said. The case in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is United States of America v.

  • LONDON, Sept 2- The dollar rose on Wednesday as fragile global stock markets stabilised, taking the heat out of a rush to unwind carry trades that boosted the safe-haven yen and the low-yielding euro in recent weeks. The dollar was up 0.6 percent at 120.10 yen, rising from a low of 119.225 yen as European stock markets rose and U.S. stock futures were almost 1 percent...

  • TOKYO, Sept 2- The dollar bounced to cut steep losses versus the yen on Wednesday as Tokyo shares rebounded after sharp losses, dulling demand for the safe-haven Japanese currency for the time being. The dollar was up 0.7 percent at 120.175 yen, hoisted up from a low of 119.225 as Tokyo's Nikkei gained 0.8 percent following the previous day's 3.8 percent tumble.