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  • *Saudi, Venezuela meet ends with few signs of price boost. TOKYO, Feb 8- Crude oil futures rose on Monday in thin trade as many Asian markets were on holiday for Lunar New Year, with few trading cues expected until Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gives testimony to lawmakers later in the week. U.S. crude futures were also up 30 cents at $31.19, after falling 83 cents to...

  • TOKYO, Feb 8- Japan's Nikkei share average rebounded on Monday in choppy trade, snapping a four-day losing streak as a weak yen offset concerns about weak Japanese companies' earnings and slumping U.S. stocks. The Nikkei ended 1.1 percent higher at 17,004.30 after falling as low as 16,552.30 in morning trade, the lowest since Jan. 22. The market turned positive...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 8- A doctor at a hospital in India's capital, New Delhi, was recently tracking a wall of monitors displaying the vital signs of intensive care patients admitted hundreds of miles away when red-and-yellow alerts rang out. India's top private hospitals, seizing on a shortage of critical-care doctors, are expanding into the remote management of...

  • BANGKOK, Feb 8- Shares in Thailand's Big C Supercenter surged more than 9 percent to a 13- month high on Monday after France's Casino Group agreed to sell its majority stake in the Thai hypermarket operator to TCC Group at a premium. The French retailer said on Sunday it had agreed to sell its 58.6 percent of Big C to TCC Group at 252.88 baht per share, a 28 percent...

  • *Dollar extends Friday's post-payrolls gains. *Much of Asia shut for the Lunar New Year holidays. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Feb 8- The dollar extended its post-payrolls gains on Monday in a sluggish start to the week with the Lunar New Year holidays and the Super Bowl game all but guaranteeing a tepid session in Asia.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 8- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday ruled out a rise in the Goods and Services Tax under pressure from within his own party, further raising the possibility that he may dissolve parliament and call a snap election. "At this stage, I remain to be convinced or persuaded that a tax mix switch of that kind would actually give us the...

  • TOKYO, Feb 8- Japan's Nikkei share average rebounded on Monday, crawling back from an early two-week low as a weak yen offset concerns about weak Japanese companies' earnings and slumping U.S. stocks. "Investors are seen unwinding their buy-yen, sell-stocks positions which were persistent in the past few days," said Yutaka Miura, a senior technical analyst at...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 8-- One of the dominant themes in Asia's oil products markets is the rise of Chinese fuel exports, so much so that the decline in shipments from India barely gets mentioned. India has in recent years been a fairly major player in Asia's market for refined products, given the presence of plants designed to take advantage of the country's...

  • TOKYO— Asian stock markets were little changed Monday in thin holiday trading as investors fretted about a global economic slowdown after data showed U.S. employers added fewer jobs last month. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.1 percent to 16,827.97 while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was flat at 4,975.00. Markets were closed in China, Hong Kong,...

  • TOKYO, Feb 8- Crude oil futures inched up on Monday in thin trade as many Asian markets were on holiday for Lunar New Year, with few trading cues expected until Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gives testimony to lawmakers later in the week. Global benchmark Brent futures were up 9 cents at $34.157 at 0403 GMT. U.S. crude futures were also up 9 cents at $30.98, after...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 7- LinkedIn Corp Executive Chairman Reid Hoffman lost almost half his $2.8 billion fortune on paper Friday as shares of his social media company suffered their largest drop on record. Silicon Valley- based LinkedIn's shares closed down 43.6 percent at $108.38 on Friday, after hitting a three-year low, following a sales forecast well short of...

  • *Lunar New Year closes most markets, with China off all week. *Wall Street skids, led by technology sector. TOKYO, Feb 8- Asian shares got off to a rocky start on Monday after mixed U.S. jobs data helped sink shares on Wall Street, but trade was thin with many regional markets closed for the Lunar New Year holiday.

  • BANGKOK, Feb 8- Shares in Thailand's Big C Supercenter surged more than 9 percent to a year high on Monday after France's Casino Group agreed to sell its majority stake in the Thai hypermarket operator to TCC Group. At 0303 GMT, Big C shares were up 9.6 percent to 249 baht, the highest since late January 2015, while the overall market index was up 0.16 percent.

  • *Market awaiting USDA supply outlook for trading cues. SYDNEY, Feb 8- U.S. soybeans fell to a 10- day low on Monday as rains across Argentina eased fears over dry weather curbing yields, although trading was light due to Lunar New Year holidays. Chicago Board of Trade front-month soybeans were unchanged at $8.67-1/ 2 a bushel by 0238 GMT, near a session low of $8.67, the...

  • TOKYO, Feb 8- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday he will publish the outcome of investigations the central bank is conducting into a media leak of its impending decision last month to deploy negative interest rates. The online edition of Japanese daily Nikkei ran a story saying the BOJ was discussing adopting a negative interest rate policy...

  • *Coming up: euro zone Sentix index at 0930 GMT. MELBOURNE, Feb 8- Spot gold stepped back on Monday from near a three-month top hit the session before, after a U.S. jobs report cast some doubt over prospects for a quicker pace of rate hikes this year and pushed up the dollar. "We prefer gold," said analyst Lachlan Shaw of UBS.

  • *Volume likely to be subdued with holidays in China. TOKYO, Feb 8- Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a more than a two-week low on Monday on concerns about weak earnings and after the U.S. jobs report failed to give clues on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy outlook. Trading volume is likely to be subdued with many regional markets in Asia closed for the Lunar...

  • MEXICO CITY— Mexico's state oil company says a fire that erupted on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico killed two workers and injured eight. Petroleos Mexico says via Twitter that the fire on the Abkatun A platform off the coast of the southern state of Campeche was brought under control Sunday morning and the installation was never abandoned.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 8- U.S. soybeans dipped to a 10- day low in Asian trade on Monday as rains in Argentina relieved pressure on crops, although trading was muted amid Lunar New Year holidays. *Chicago Board Of Trade front-month soybeans eased slightly to $8.67 a bushel, the lowest since January 29. *Front-month corn rose 0.1 percent to $3.66 a bushel, having earlier hit a low of...

  • MELBOURNE, Feb 8- London copper edged down on Monday after the dollar rallied following robust U.S. jobs data, with the start of a week-long holiday in China draining liquidity from the market. *The Shanghai Futures Exchange is closed for the Lunar New Year holiday and will reopen Monday Feb. 15. *Hedge funds and money managers cut a bearish position in copper to the...