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  • *OPEC/ non- OPEC deal compliance at 86 pct in Jan- sources. *LBBW cuts year-end Brent price forecast by $5 to $55/ bbl. Their joint compliance with a production-reduction deal reached at the end of last year was around 86 percent in January, according to OPEC sources quoting results from a technical committee meeting held this week.

  • TOKYO— It was not business as usual for some workers in Japan on Friday. As the clock reached 3 p.m., about 100 office workers raised champagne glasses in a cafe in the middle of Tokyo's central business district to toast "Premium Friday," a new initiative to promote better work-life balance. Company and government offices were asked to let employees leave at 3 p.m. in...

  • *OPEC/ non- OPEC deal compliance at 86 pct in Jan- sources. *U.S., Asia traders start selling most costly stored crude. Their joint compliance with a production-reduction deal reached at the end of last year was around 86 percent in January, according to OPEC sources quoting results from a technical committee meeting held this week.

  • TOKYO, Feb 24- Toshiba Corp, responding to media reports, said on Friday it was not aware that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse was considering filing for Chapter 11 protection from creditors- an option analysts say could jeopardize the entire group. The Nikkei business daily reported Toshiba was now looking at a potential Chapter 11 filing as one of several...

  • LONDON, Feb 24- The dollar slipped on Friday and was set for its first week of falls in three, after the new U.S. finance chief poured a little cold water on the "Trumpflation trade" that had taken the greenback to 14- year highs earlier this year. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that any steps that U.S. "Mnuchin's comments were less belligerently...

  • LONDON, Feb 24- The dollar slipped on Friday and was set for its first week of falls in three, after the new U.S. finance chief poured a little cold water on the "Trumpflation trade" that had taken the greenback to 14- year highs earlier this year. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that any steps that U.S. "Mnuchin's comments were less belligerently...

  • LONDON, Feb 24- The dollar slipped on Friday and was set for its first week of falls in three, after the new U.S. finance chief poured a little cold water on the "Trumpflation trade" that had taken the greenback to 14- year highs earlier this year. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that any steps that U.S. "Mnuchin's comments were less belligerently...

  • LONDON, Feb 24- The dollar slipped on Friday and was set for its first week of falls in three, after the new U.S. finance chief poured a little cold water on the "Trumpflation trade" that had taken the greenback to 14- year highs earlier this year. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that any steps that U.S. "Mnuchin's comments were less belligerently...

  • The yen was set to strengthen against the dollar, despite expectations for U.S. rate hikes, a foreign-exchange strategist at JPMorgan said.

  • KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 slumped 1.4 percent to 4,822, while Germany's DAX fell 1.5 percent to 11,770. Britain FTSE100 shed 0.7 percent to 7,218. U.S. shares were set to drift lower as well, with Dow and S&P 500 futures both down 0.4 percent. TRUMP WORRIES: President Donald Trump's stance on trade has unnerved many U.S. trading partners, as he has repeatedly...

  • TOKYO, Feb 24- Toshiba Corp said on Friday it was not aware that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse was considering seeking protection from creditors, an option analysts say could put the entire TVs-to-construction conglomerate at risk if exercised now. In theory, it could help the Japanese firm draw a line under problems at Westinghouse that have resulted in a...

  • TOKYO, Feb 24- The dollar clawed back some ground on Friday after skidding to a two-week low against the yen, but was still on track for weekly losses after the Federal Reserve meeting minutes disappointed dollar bulls. "Market participants were still digesting the FOMC minutes from the January meeting, and there seems to be two different camps in the reading of...

  • TOKYO, Feb 24- Japanese government bond prices gained on Friday, helped by a regular Bank of Japan buying operation, with the yield curve at its flattest in three weeks as the market tracked a recent decline in global debt yields. In Europe, recent debt market volatility eased slightly, with French government bond yields pulling back after rising earlier in the...

  • *Yuan flat after Trump calls China "grand champions" of FX manipulation. TOKYO, Feb 24- Asian shares took a breather on Friday, slipping from 1-1/ 2- year highs as material shares were hit by sudden falls in copper and other commodity prices while investors assessed Washington's stance on tax and currency policies. And he has said a strong dollar is in U.S. interests, "...

  • TOKYO, Feb 24- The dollar clawed back some ground on Friday after skidding to a two-week low against the yen, but was still on track for weekly losses after the Federal Reserve meeting minutes disappointed dollar bulls. "Market participants were still digesting the FOMC minutes from the January meeting, and there seems to be two different camps in the reading of...

  • NORMAN, United States- Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan to participate in a moderated Q&A session before the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series- 1600 GMT. TOKYO- Bank Of Japan Executive Director Shigehiro Kuwabara to attend the Third FinTech Forum. SANTA CRUZ, United States- San Francisco Fed President John...

  • NORMAN, United States- Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan to participate in a moderated Q&A session before the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series- 1600 GMT. TOKYO- Bank Of Japan Executive Director Shigehiro Kuwabara to attend the Third FinTech Forum. SANTA CRUZ, United States- San Francisco Fed President John...

  • U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a luncheon at the Congress of Tomorrow Republican Member Retreat January 26, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the "top of the pack."

  • *OPEC/ non- OPEC show 86 pct compliance with cuts in Jan- sources. NEW YORK, Feb 23- Oil prices rose on Thursday but gains were pared after U.S. government data showed a seventh straight build in crude stocks, suggesting high inventories could undermine OPEC's move to cut output. OPEC and producers including Russia aim to cut production by around 1.8 million barrels...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- Stock prices climbed to record highs worldwide for a third straight session on Thursday, propelled by an oil rally after a surprise drop in U.S. crude inventories and comments from U.S. Treasury and euro zone government bond yields declined as European Central Bank policymakers also signalled they were not getting carried away by signs the euro...