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  • Asia stocks uneven as China data, Japan policy weighed Sunday, 31 Jan 2016 | 10:54 PM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Chinese stocks fell Monday after a weak manufacturing report while Japan extended gains following its central bank's introduction of a negative interest rate policy to boost lending by banks. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.8 percent to 17,833.53 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.3 percent to 1,918.22. THE QUOTE: Investors will...

  • *Exports to China in Jan worst since May 2009. SEOUL, Feb 1- South Korean exports in January suffered their biggest slump in more than six years as sales to the key China market collapsed, pointing to another wrenching year for Asia's export-reliant economies and more stimulus from regional policymakers. Shipments to China, South Korea's largest market, tumbled...

  • *Iran won't join immediate OPEC production cut- report. *Iran oil exports set to rise in January, February. The oil market rallied for four straight sessions this week after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries renewed calls for rival producers to cut supply alongside its members that triggered a volley of comments from Russia on a deal with...

  • *Iran won't join immediate OPEC production cut- report. NEW YORK, Jan 29- Oil prices trimmed early gains in volatile trade on Friday after news that Iran had dashed the possibility of participating in a possible deal between OPEC and other producing countries to trim output. But oil retraced early gains, with both contracts briefly turning negative, after the Wall...

  • *Iran won't join immediate OPEC production cut- report. NEW YORK, Jan 29- Oil prices retraced early gains in volatile trade, and U.S. crude turned negative on Friday after news Iran would not participate in a possible deal between OPEC and other producing countries to trim output. Russia, a major non- OPEC producer, this week said it could cooperate with the...

  • Brent was down 4 cents to $33.85 a barrel by 1102 GMT on Friday, after gaining 79 cents, or 2.4 percent, on Thursday. U.S. crude was up 7 cents to $33.29 a barrel, having settled up 92 cents, or 2.9 percent, at $33.22 on Thursday. That appeared to pour cold water on possible joint OPEC and non- OPEC production cuts mentioned by Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak on...

  • UPDATE 6-Oil gains on production cut prospects Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 5:45 AM ET

    *Iran oil exports set to rise over 20 pct in Jan, Feb. U.S. crude climbed 26 cents to $33.48 a barrel, having settled up 92 cents, or 2.9 percent, at $33.22 on Thursday. Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said on Friday Russian output could decline as a result of lower investment, but the state would not intervene to balance the market.

  • *Thailand's Central Group seen as frontrunner. SINGAPORE/ HONG KONG, Jan 29- French retail group Casino's sale of its Thai and Vietnam units has drawn the eye of Singapore's Dairy Farm International Holdings and South Korea's Lotte Shopping but they'll need punchy bids to go up against deep-pocketed Thai tycoons, bankers said. Central Group, Thailand's biggest...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 28- Crude oil prices rose on Thursday to their highest in three weeks on hopes for a pact among oil producers to cut output, while the dollar slipped on bets that interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve would be more gradual than it has suggested. The rebound in the oil market lifted share prices on Wall Street and other stock markets in another...

  • Crude had jumped as much as 8 percent after Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Saudi Arabia had proposed that oil-producing countries cut production by up to 5 percent, which for non- OPEC member Russia- the world's top producer- would represent around 500,000 barrels per day. Prices, however, pared most gains amid growing doubts over the deal to cut...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 28- Oil prices were about 3 percent higher on Thursday after the Russian energy minister said Saudi Arabia had proposed that oil-producing countries trim output, which would be the first global deal in over a decade to help clear a glut that has depressed prices for over a year and a half. Crude had jumped as much as 8 percent after Russian Energy...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 28- The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved legislation on Thursday that would broaden sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber activities, amid growing international concern over Pyongyang's weapons program. The committee passed the measure by unanimous voice vote and members said they...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 28- Crude oil prices rose on Thursday to their highest in three weeks on hopes for a pact among oil producers to cut output, while the dollar slipped on bets that interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve would be more gradual than it has suggested. Wall Street indexes were mostly little changed after advancing earlier on a boost from the energy sector,...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 28- Oil soared on Thursday after a Russian official said Saudi Arabia had proposed that oil-producing countries cut output by up to 5 percent each amid a massive supply glut in the world market that has depressed prices for a year and a half. The reduction would amount to about 500,000 barrels a day of cuts by Russia, a major non- OPEC producer.

  • *Cuts at Cushing seen as supportive. LONDON, Jan 28- Oil surged as much as 8 percent to above $35 per barrel on Thursday, hitting a three-week high and bouncing sharply away from a 12- year low set this month, as expectations built that major producers may cooperate to cut output. Gains have gathered pace this week on speculation that Russia and OPEC may agree to reduce...

  • LONDON, Jan 28- Oil rose towards $34 per barrel on Thursday, hitting a three-week high and bouncing well off a 12- year low set this month, supported by the possibility that major producers may cooperate to cut production. Russian officials have decided they should talk to Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries about output curbs to bolster oil prices, the head of...

  • LONDON, Jan 28- Uncertainty over the future path U.S. interest rates weighed on European stocks on Thursday, while the resignation of Japan's economy minister impacted currency markets, sending the yen higher. Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said he would step down from his post to deal with allegations, which he denies, that he received bribes from a...

  • LONDON, Jan 28- Oil steadied above $33 per barrel on Thursday, well off a 12- year low set earlier in the month, supported by the possibility that major producers may cooperate to cut production. Russian officials have decided they should talk to Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries about output curbs to bolster oil prices, the head of Russia's pipeline monopoly...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Jan 28-- It's probably cold comfort to coal miners in Australia and South Africa, but their Indonesian counterparts are bearing the brunt of the supply cuts needed to balance the market. This is shown rather starkly by data from China and India, the world's two largest coal importers. While the headline figure from China's 2015 coal customs...

  • SEOUL, Jan 28- Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday warned of possible weaker earnings this year compared with 2015 due to softer sales of gadgets such as smartphones, a trend that is also hurting rival Apple Inc and major chipmakers. Samsung said its October-December operating profit was 6.1 trillion won, compared with 6.1 trillion won it guided...