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  • HONG KONG, July 25- China's yuan edged higher on Monday but stayed within sight of last week's near-six year low against the dollar as investors worried that improved economic activity in the June quarter was a blip with weakness likely in coming months. "Our broad China macro views have not changed: we expect growth to decelerate in the second half as the credit...

  • BEIJING July 24- China, accused of flooding world markets with cheap steel, has started levying anti-dumping duties as high as 46.3 percent on electric steel products imported from Japan, South Korea and the European Union, according to China's official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. China began levying the duties on Saturday after an investigation by the...

  • *Shanghai indexes edge higher, Hong Kong's lower. SHANGHAI, July 25- China stocks were mixed in narrow trade on Monday due to a lack of market cues while Hong Kong shares were seen consolidating recent gains. Total volume of A shares traded in Shanghai was 7.63 billion shares, while Shenzhen volume was 10.31 billion shares.

  • SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, July 25- Oil prices held near two-month lows on Monday amid worries that a global crude and refined product glut would weigh on markets for some time to come. International Brent crude oil futures were trading at $45.59 per barrel at 0424 GMT, down 10 cents from their previous close. West Texas Intermediate crude was at $44.09, also down 10 cents a...

  • TOKYO— Japanese electronics maker Funai Electric Co. says it's yanking the plug on the world's last video cassette recorder. They can do so using VHS/DVD converters, known as "combos" in Japan. Funai's VCR factory, which is in China, is off-limits to media coverage for security reasons because other products are made at the same plant, he said.

  • TOKYO, July 25- Japanese government bond prices edged up on Monday as a regular debt-purchasing operation by the Bank of Japan emboldened buyers, although caution ahead of an upcoming 40- year sale weighed on the longer-dated maturities. Japan's finance ministry will auction 400 billion yen of 40- year debt on Tuesday. Longer-dated JGBs that still yield above...

  • The customs data released Monday showed a 692.8 billion yen surplus, compared with a 60.9 billion yen deficit in June 2015. Despite the recent strengthening of the Japanese yen against the U.S. dollar, export prices have fallen 14 percent from a year earlier, according to separate data from the Bank of Japan. Japan's exports to the U.S., its biggest overseas market,...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Historical markers have long dotted the landscape, often barely noticed by passers-by— until they became treasure-filled stops this month on the "Pokemon Go" trail. Players hunting for fictional creatures on their smartphones are now visiting real-life memorial plaques, statues, mosaics and landmarks, ranging from a Civil War battlefield in...

  • BENGALURU, July 25- Gold extended losses on Monday from the previous session as Asian stocks were at near nine-month highs on increasing risk appetite and ahead of central bank meetings in the United States and Japan this week. Asian shares rose on Monday as worries over the impact of Britain's Brexit vote eased amid efforts to maintain growth, while the dollar...

  • BEIJING, July 25- Borrowing costs and access to funding are the key obstacles to private investment in China, a senior official at the top economic planning agency said on Monday, after private investment growth shrank to a record low. Growth in investment by private firms, which accounts for over 60 percent of total investment in China, fell to a new record low in...

  • *JPMorgan estimates AMP funds at 32 trillion yuan at end-March. HONG KONG, July 25- The takeover tussle embroiling top Chinese developer China Vanke has unveiled how local banks are increasingly exposed to highly volatile domestic stock markets through risky shadow lending products that mask their worsening asset quality. Baoneng Group, which is attempting...

  • NEW YORK— Parents who want to dress their kids in clothes that upend gender stereotypes have a small but growing number of options. Some of the clothes are unisex basics. PRICE RANGE: $25 for a T-shirt.

  • NEW YORK— Pink for girls. Kristin Higgins was adamant about not pushing "girly" stereotypes on her daughter, and painted her room in shades of green. "It's hard to find gender-neutral clothing," said Higgins, 35, of Little Rock, whose daughter is now 6. "I want her to just get up and put on the clothing without thinking of putting on a costume, an identity."

  • SINGAPORE, July 25- Chicago soybeans extended losses on Monday, trading near a three-month low hit in the previous session, as forecasts of near-perfect weather during next month's yield-determining phase for the U.S. crop dragged on prices. Chicago Board of Trade most-active soybean contract fell 0.5 percent to $9.83 a bushel by 0326 GMT, having closed down...

  • TOKYO— Japanese electronics maker Funai Electric Co. says it's yanking the plug on the world's last video cassette recorder. A spokesman, who requested anonymity citing company practice, said Monday production will end sometime this month, although it declined to give a date, because key component makers are pulling out, due to shrinking demand for VCRs.

  • TOKYO, July 25- Japan's exports fell less than expected in June in a tentative sign that overseas demand could be recovering from persistent weakness that set in last year. A slowing decline in exports could ease concerns for Japan's policymakers as they try to revive growth with stimulus spending on infrastructure after their structural reform plans failed...

  • TAIPEI, July 25- Taiwan stocks retreated from more-than-one-year highs on Monday as investors took profits on recent winners such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. As of 0258 GMT, the main index fell 0.6 percent at 8,954.58 points. It reached as high as 9,085.91 earlier in the session, an intraday level not seen since July 2015.

  • TOKYO, July 25- Japan's Nikkei share average got off to a bright start on Monday, buoyed by gains on Wall Street and hopes that the Bank of Japan will unveil stimulus steps later this week. "I'd say there's probably a great chance of the Nikkei testing the upside of its range," said Yutaka Miura, senior technical analyst at Mizuho Securities, who sees downside support at...

  • MELBOURNE, July 25- London copper inched higher on Monday as the metal was supported by the prospect of a protracted period of looser global central bank policy, but expectations for more supply kept a lid on prices. *Shanghai Futures Exchange copper fell by 0.9 percent to 38,120 yuan a tonne. *The world's biggest economies will work to support global growth and...

  • TOKYO— Asian shares were mostly higher Monday, cheered by upbeat signs from Wall Street, a strengthening U.S. dollar and promises from the Group of 20 nations over the weekend to support global growth. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.8 percent in early trading to 16,759.80. GLOBAL MEETING: Envoys of the Group of 20 major economies, meeting in...