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  • SEOUL, South Korea— Asian stock markets fell Tuesday ahead of U.S. Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan policy meetings, as commodity prices ran out of steam, dragging on big miners. Taiwan was higher but markets in Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines declined. JAPAN WATCH: A string of economic reports are due before the Bank of Japan's monthly policy meeting on...

  • *Govt, Bank of Korea see improvement in Q2. SEOUL, April 26- South Korea's economic growth halved in the first quarter from the previous three-month period as poor exports and stumbling capital investment cast doubts over policymakers' more optimistic expectations for a near-term recovery. First-quarter growth slowed to 0.4 percent in January-March over the...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea's economy expanded at its slowest pace in three quarters during the first three months of this year, as exports and domestic demand sagged due to subdued global demand and heavy household debts. The Bank of Korea said Tuesday that Asia's fourth-largest economy grew 2.7 percent during the first quarter over a year earlier and just...

  • Visitors walk past replicas of a North Korean Scud-B missile (R) and South Korean Hawk surface-to-air missiles (L) at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul.

    North Korea fired what was believed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast, according to South Korea.

  • ANKARA- Turkey central bank quarterly inflation report- 0700 GMT. ANKARA- Turkey central bank to release minutes of its April monetary policy committee meeting- 1100 GMT. BRASILIA- Central Bank of Brazil monetary policy meeting.

  • A rebound in the price of oil and natural gas helped drive sharp gains for energy and financial companies, nudging U.S. stocks mostly higher Friday. That offset a slide in the technology sector following disappointing earnings from Microsoft, Google parent Alphabet and other big names. "The Nasdaq took a hit today," said Erik Davidson, chief investment officer at...

  • *Committed to strong production, supplier base in Japan. The car maker's reliance on Aisin Seiki Co, an affiliate, for door and engine parts forced Toyota to halt much of its production at virtually all its plants in Japan this week after an earthquake damaged Aisin plants in the south. Toyota says it will restart production at most of its assembly plants in Japan...

  • *Apple hopes services up in China "as soon as possible"- spokeswoman. BEIJING, April 22- Apple Inc's online book and film services have gone dark in China, after Beijing introduced regulations in March imposing strict curbs on online publishing, particularly for foreign firms. "We hope to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as...

  • Britain's FTSE 100 was off 0.7 percent at 6,336.96. On Thursday, the DAX gained 0.2 percent while the CAC 40 was off 0.1 percent and the FTSE 100 lost 0.2 percent. ASIA'S DAY: Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 0.7 percent to 21,467.04 while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.2 percent to 2,959.24.

  • SEOUL/ JAKARTA, April 22- Months after its global rollout, Netflix Inc is facing problems in several major Asian markets as it struggles to provide enough strong content to attract consumers amid tough local competition, and also faces many regulatory hurdles, underlining concerns about disappointing subscriber numbers reported this week.

  • MCM plans to expand in Japan, Europe. SEOUL, April 22- MCM, the German accessories brand owned and run by one of South Korea's best-known female entrepreneurs, Sung-Joo Kim, aims to more than double sales to $2 billion within five years, tapping into shoppers' growing appetite for niche luxury brands. The brand, founded in Munich in 1976 and known for its colorful $700...

  • *Posco Q1 results buoyed by rallying China steel prices. *China steel prices unlikely to extend gains- POSCO exec. Currently there is a massive supply glut in the global steel market due to soaring cheap shipments from China as well from other countries, such as Japan and South Korea.

  • THURSDAY, APRIL 21 PRAGUE- Joint European Central Bank and Czech National Bank conference on "Productivity and external rebalancing". PRAGUE- Czech Republic Finance Minister Andrej Babis and General Tax Directorate Director Martin Janecek hold a news conference on the fight against aggressive tax planning- 0900 GMT. PRAGUE- Czech National Bank board member...

  • BRUSSELS, April 20- The European Union charged Google on Wednesday with using its dominant Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals, opening a second front against the U.S. technology giant that could result in large fines. The European Commission said such practices, which started in 2011 when the company became dominant in mobile operating...

  • 2007- USA- Competitors and consumer groups push U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google's acquisition of online display advertising firm DoubleClick. 2009-2010- EUROPE- Rivals and industry trade groups file complaints against Google to a variety of national regulators in Europe, citing competition concerns. 2010- EUROPE- European Commission...

  • SEOUL/ SINGAPORE, April 19- South Korea's Lotte Shopping is pulling out of French retailer Casino's auction of its Big C Vietnam supermarket chain, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. A spokesman for Lotte Group, which controls Lotte Shopping, declined to comment. One of the sources said that Lotte was not keen to bid aggressively for Big C Vietnam,...

  • SEOUL, April 19- South Korea's central bank kept interest rates untouched on Tuesday for a 10th straight month, and its governor stressed that the current rate level supports economic growth, although a lowered growth forecast for this year kept expectations of a rate cut alive. The Bank of Korea committee held its base rate steady at 1.50 percent, as expected,...

  • BOK Rates

    The Bank of Korea is likely to cut rates later this year regardless of politics due to trade stagnation, Goldman Sachs' Asia economist, Kwon Goohoon.

  • The BOK kept rates untouched while observing the fallout from an election and the effects of policy measures in the major economies.

  • High Speed train in China

    Traders seem encouraged by the recent bout of Chinese economic data. They may be wrong.