New Zealand's capital is preparing for the world premiere of the opening film in "The Hobbit" trilogy by showcasing an artisan festival selling all manner of small-folk paraphernalia, laying a red carpet that will extend 500 yards through central Wellington and even renaming the city itself after the trilogy's fictional setting of Middle-earth.
PARIS-- Europe's stock markets fell Monday on concern about the global economy ahead of a two-day meeting of its finance ministers and a cut in the World Bank's growth forecasts for Asia. Investors continue to worry over protests in Spain and IMF concerns over Greece.
BANGKOK-- World stocks fell Monday as Europe's debt crisis continued to roil markets and the World Bank cut its growth forecasts for Asia. "That worried investors that we might have hit the top of the recent rally and we might see some correction in the short term," said Jackson Wong, vice president of Tanrich Securities in Hong Kong.
SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares fell 0.3 percent, ending seven straight sessions of gains, dragged down by resource sectors as investors worried that the coming U.S. earnings season will feature weaker results.
SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares fell 0.3 percent on Monday, ending seven straight sessions of gains, dragged down by commodities and mining sectors as investors' attention turned to the coming U.S. earnings season amid concerns of weaker results. 3.2 percent, while Woodside Petroleum. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index.
WELLINGTON/ SYDNEY, Oct 8- The Australian and New Zealand dollars traded with a heavy tone near multi-week lows on Monday and looked vulnerable amid persistent concerns about the outlook for the global economy despite better-than-expected U.S. jobs data last week.
BANGKOK-- Asian stocks fell Monday as Europe's debt crisis continued to roil markets and the World Bank cut its growth forecasts for Asia. Benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan and mainland China also fell. Andrew Sullivan, principal sales trader at Piper Jaffray in Hong Kong, said protests in Spain and IMF concerns over Greece continue to worry investors.
WELLINGTON/ SYDNEY, Oct 8- The Australian and New Zealand dollars held near multi-week lows on Monday, as investors remained cautious about the outlook for the global economy despite better-than-expected U.S. jobs numbers at the end of last week. *Kiwi crawls back to around $0.8193, having hit a one-month low of $0.8151 early, from New York's close of $0.8185.
SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares slipped 0.1 percent in early trade on Monday, with mining stocks losing ground while banks gained, and traders were looking for new momentum drivers as the market consolidated last week's rise to 14- month highs.
SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares slipped 0.1 percent in early trade on Monday, in line with a dip on Wall Street where a surprise drop in the U.S. unemployment rate was overshadowed by investor concern about the coming earnings season.
MELBOURNE, Oct 8- Australian shares are expected to open roughly unchanged on Monday, buoyed by a surprise drop in the U.S. unemployment rate, with the market set to consolidate gains that took the benchmark index to a 14- month high last week.
WELLINGTON/ SYDNEY, Oct 8- The Australian and New Zealand dollars started weaker early on Monday, with caution in Wall Street offsetting encouraging U.S. payroll data while markets still await Spain's request for aid. *Aussie at around $1.0156 from NY's close of $1.0177, having dipped to $1.0150, the lowest since July 13.
CLGL is refinancing its existing capital structure in conjunction with acquisition by private-equity sponsor CVC Capital Partners.
NEW YORK, Oct 5- Currency speculators pared bets against the U.S. dollar in the latest week, retreating from its highest level in more than a year, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission released on Friday.
BANGKOK-- Better-than-expected U.S. economic data helped boost stock markets Friday ahead of a monthly report on employment in the world's top economy. Government figures showing the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits for the first time rose to 367,000 last week.
CANBERRA, Oct 5- Australia did not infringe tobacco companies' intellectual property rights by forcing them to sell cigarettes in plain packets, Australia's highest court said on Friday, killing off any domestic challenge to the plain-packet ruling. Tobacco giants British American Tobacco, Britain's Imperial Tobacco, Philip Morris and Japan Tobacco.
SYDNEY, Oct 5- Australian shares rose 0.9 percent to their highest close in more than 14 months on Friday, tracking a fourth day of gains on Wall Street on expectations of positive U.S. payrolls data later in the day.
SYDNEY, Oct 5- Australian shares rose 0.9 percent on Friday, lifted by mining and banking stocks as the market was supported by a fourth day of gains on Wall Street ahead of a U.S. payrolls report later in the day.
Japan's Nikkei 225 index was 0.2 percent higher to 8,844.93 after the Bank of Japan announced no change in the country's key interest rate following a two-day policy meeting. Benchmarks in Singapore, Indonesia and New Zealand rose.
WELLINGTON/ SYDNEY, Oct 5- The Australian and New Zealand dollars found a tentative footing on Friday, following a recent steep decline, with markets cautious ahead of key U.S. jobs data due out later in the session. The local currency crept up to $1.0265, from $1.0240 in early trade, moving some distance away from a one-month trough of $1.0182 hit on Thursday.