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  • PARIS— Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia- linked hackers, adding more details to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin. Trend Micro said it discovered the...

  • Bullion prices fell about 0.7 percent in the previous session after touching $1,265.90 an ounce, the lowest since April 11, following the first round of France's presidential election that indicated less support for far-right candidate Marine LePen. "People are going on the risk-on scenario, but gold didn't really fall too far away," said Yuichi Ikemizu, head of...

  • An auction by the Japan's Ministry of Finance of off-the-run JGBs, intended to enhance market liquidity, drew solid demand, also underpinning JGBs. "I think a lot of banks are still under-invested" in JGBs, said Tadashi Matsukawa, head of fixed income investment in Tokyo at PineBridge Investments. Tokyo markets will be closed for three days from May 3 for a string of...

  • *Investors relieved as North Korea takes no new missile steps. TOKYO, April 25- Japan's Nikkei share average retook the 19,000 level on Tuesday for the first time in three weeks, buoyed by overseas gains as well as relief that North Korea did not conduct another missile test to mark a military anniversary. Investors had speculated that Pyongyang could launch...

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a firing contest of the KPA artillery units at an undisclosed location in a photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on Jan. 5, 2016.

    North Korea reportedly put on a massive live-fire drill on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military.

  • TOKYO— Shares were higher Tuesday in Europe and Asia as the rally driven by the outcome of France's vote persisted. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 edged 0.1 percent higher to 5,275.32, while the FTSE 100 of Britain jumped 2.1 percent to 7,264.68. FRENCH FACTOR: Investors were encouraged that Emmanuel Macron, a candidate who investors see as pro-business, got the...

  • The euro last traded at $1.0866, off Monday's peak of around $1.0940, its highest level since Nov. 10, after centrist Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the French presidential elections. The euro's sharp bounce on Monday was partly due to the triggering of stop-loss buying at $1.09, said Tan Teck Leng, forex analyst for UBS Wealth Management in Singapore.

  • SINGAPORE, April 25- Chicago soybeans lost ground on Tuesday with the market falling from last session's three-week high as rapid U.S. planting weighed on the market. The Chicago Board Of Trade most-active soybean contract fell 0.4 percent to $9.68 a bushel by 0336 GMT. "The crop report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed corn and soybean...

  • *Investors relieved as North Korea takes no new missile steps. TOKYO, April 25- Japan's Nikkei share average retook the 19,000 level on Tuesday for the first time in three weeks, buoyed by Wall Street gains as well as relief that North Korea did not conduct another missile test to mark a military anniversary. "When the morning passed with nothing from North Korea, the...

  • SINGAPORE, April 25- The euro edged lower on Tuesday, catching its breath after a relief rally sparked by the first round results of the French election, while the Canadian dollar fell on news of U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber. The euro slipped 0.1 percent to $1.0860, off Monday's peak of around $1.0940, its highest level since Nov. 10, after centrist Emmanuel...

  • BRUSSELS- European Central Bank board member Daniele Nouy participates at the ECON Committee Public Hearing in Brussels 0830 GMT. LUXEMBOURG- EU General Affairs Council meeting 0800 GMT. FRANKFURT, Germany- "Frankfurt Finance Summit 2017." STOCKHOLM- Meeting of the executive board of the Riksbank- 0800 GMT.

  • **FRANKFURT- Deutsche Bundesbank Executive Board Member Andreas Dombret speaks in Frankfurt. BRUSSELS- European Central Bank board member Daniele Nouy participates at the ECON Committee Public Hearing in Brussels 0830 GMT. LUXEMBOURG- EU General Affairs Council meeting 0800 GMT.

  • TOKYO, April 25- Japan's growing labor shortage threatens the nation's ubiquitous convenience stores, whose business model relies on an army of part-timers packing bento lunch boxes, manning cash registers and delivering goods 24/ 7.. The big three "combini" operators 7- Eleven, FamilyMart and Lawson, which have expanded through Japan's long slump, are...

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all sides to exercise restraint in a telephone call about North Korea with U.S. President Donald Trump.

  • TOKYO— Nikon Corp. said Monday it has taken legal action in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan over the use of semiconductor lithography technology in products made by Dutch and German companies. Nikon said it is seeking to stop Dutch company ASML Holding N.V. and its supplier Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH from using patented technology without its permission.

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks joined a worldwide rally Monday after the first round of France's presidential election raised expectations that the European Union will hold together. TRIOMPHE: Coming into Sunday's presidential election in France, several candidates railed against the European Union, one of the world's dominant trading partners.

  • China's President Xi Jinping walks along U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson upon arriving at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017.

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping held separate calls with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday that focused on tension on the Korean Peninsula.

  • *Euro jumps as high as $1.0940 in early Asian trade. TOKYO, April 24- The euro pared gains after scaling a five-month high against the dollar on Monday after the centrist candidate won the first round of the French presidential election, reducing the risk of an anti-establishment shock in the final round. The euro was up 1.1 percent at $1.0844 by midday in Asia after...

  • TOKYO— Asian stocks were mixed Monday as investors weighed the results of the first round of the French presidential election. FRENCH ELECTION: After the weekend vote, centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen are advancing to a runoff in France's presidential election. The outcome could lead to a reshaping of the country's political...

  • President Donald Trump (L) listens as Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin delivers remarks in the US Treasury Department building on April 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.

    U.S. President Donald Trump need to get his bearings back on trade policy, Michael Ivanovitch says.