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  • *Euro jumps as high as $1.0940 in Asia, yen slips broadly. Japan's Nikkei jumped 1.3 percent as the yen retreated, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged up 0.2 percent. In France, Centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step toward the presidency on Sunday by winning the first round of voting and qualifying for the May 7 runoff...

  • *Soybeans hit highest since March 30 at $9.68/ bushel. SINGAPORE, April 24- Chicago soybean futures climbed for a second straight session on Monday to a three-week high with a weaker dollar and short-covering by investors driving the market higher. The most-active soybean contract on the Chicago Board Of Trade was up 0.6 percent at $9.66-3/ 4 a bushel.

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Taiwan's "digital minister" Audrey Tang, a computer prodigy and entrepreneur who taught herself programming at age 8, says she's a "civic hacker," who like a locksmith uses specialized skills to help rather than harm. "Just by getting people to listen to the ideas that they don't like, basically, develops their immune systems," Tang said in an...

  • TOKYO— Asian stocks were mixed Monday as investors weighed the results of the first round of the French presidential election. FRENCH ELECTION: After the weekend vote, centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen are advancing to a runoff in France's presidential election. The outcome could lead to a reshaping of the country's political...

  • SHANGHAI, April 24- China's major stock indexes fell around 1 percent on Monday, extending last week's sharp drop, after state media signaled Beijing would tolerate more market volatility as regulators clamp down on riskier forms of financing and coax companies to reduce debt. Recent signs of stability in China's economy "have provided a good external...

  • SHANGHAI, April 24- China's major stock indexes fell around 1 percent on Monday, extending last week's sharp drop, after state media signalled Beijing would tolerate more market volatility as regulators clamp down on riskier forms of financing and coax companies to reduce debt. Recent signs of stability in China's economy "have provided a good external...

  • TOKYO, April 24- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a near three-week high on Monday with broader investor risk sentiment improving after centrist Emmanuel Macron took a step towards the French presidency after the weekend's voting. Latest opinion polls put Macron ahead of Le Pen. The worst case scenario of Le Pen heading in to the final round of voting with...

  • SYDNEY, April 24- Shanghai copper futures opened higher on Monday but quickly went into negative territory as investors cut bets that Chinese demand was getting stronger and that global tensions were easing. President Donald Trump prepared to call the leaders of China and Japan. *The most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange dropped 0.24...

  • SYDNEY, April 24- U.S. soybeans rose more than 0.5 percent on Monday as a weaker dollar pushed the oilseed to a three-week high. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade rose 0.55 percent to $9.66 a bushel, near the session high of $9.66-3/ 4 a bushel- the highest since March 30. *The U.S. Agriculture Department said private exporters reported the...

  • *Spot gold was down 0.9 percent to $1,273.15 per ounce by 0057 GMT. *The outcome lessens the risk of an anti-establishment shock on the scale of Britain's vote to quit the European Union, with Macron widely tipped to win the final vote and keep France in the union. President Donald Trump prepared to call the leaders of China and Japan.

  • President Donald Trump this week will sign new executive orders before he completes his first 100 days in office, including two on energy and the environment, which would make it easier for the United States to develop energy on and offshore, a White House official said on Sunday. Obama had used the Antiquities Act more than any other president, his White House...

  • *OPEC looks set to extend output cuts through 2017. SINGAPORE, April 24- Oil prices recovered some ground on Monday following last week's big losses, driven by expectations that OPEC will extend a pledge to cut output to cover all of 2017, although a relentless rise in U.S. drilling capped gains. "WTI oil slipped back below the $50 per barrel level, amid concerns that...

  • *OPEC looks set to extend output cuts through 2017. SINGAPORE, April 24- Oil prices recovered some ground on Monday following last week's big losses, driven by expectations that OPEC will extend a pledge to cut output to cover all of 2017, although a relentless rise in U.S. drilling capped gains. "WTI oil slipped back below the $50 per barrel level, amid concerns that...

  • PYONGYANG, North Korea— No modern airport terminal is complete without an ATM, and Pyongyang's now has two. ATMs are an alien enough concept in North Korea that those in the capital's shiny new Sunan International Airport have a video screen near the top showing how they work and how to set up an account to use them. Years ago, the Ryugyong Commercial Bank installed...

  • *Partial results put Macron and Le Pen ahead. *Defeated main rivals urge their supporters to stop Le Pen. *New surveys suggest Macron will easily beat Le Pen.

  • *Euro jumps as high as $1.0940 in Asia, yen slips broadly. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan tacked on 0.3 percent, while Japan's Nikkei jumped 1.4 percent as the yen retreated. The outcome lessens the risk of an anti-establishment shock on the scale of Britain's vote to quit the European Union with Macron widely tipped to win the final...

  • The young independent centrist's qualification on Sunday for the runoff of France's presidential election in two weeks' time will certainly bring a sigh of relief in European capitals and financial markets; opinion polls suggest he will beat his far-right rival Marine Le Pen with ease. But to have a real chance of implementing the reform of France's economy...

  • 1/ 8 POLL/ DI ARY 3/ 8. Politica l and general news 1/ 8 POL/ DIA RY 3/ 8. 1- May Japan 3- month discount bill auction 2- May Belgium Auction of Treasury bills 2- May Netherlands DTC auction 3- May Sweden Auction of government bonds 3- May Germany Auction of 10- year Federal bonds 4- May United Kingdom Auction of 1 3/ 4% Treasury Gilt 2037 4- May Spain Bond auction 8- May France...

  • 1/ 8 POLL/ DI ARY 3/ 8. Politica l and general news 1/ 8 POL/ DIA RY 3/ 8. 1- May Japan 3- month discount bill auction 2- May Belgium Auction of Treasury bills 2- May Netherlands DTC auction 3- May Sweden Auction of government bonds 3- May Germany Auction of 10- year Federal bonds 4- May United Kingdom Auction of 1 3/ 4% Treasury Gilt 2037 4- May Spain Bond auction 8- May France...

  • LOS ANGELES, California- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari participates in a question-and-answer session at " Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute, TBTF"- 1530 GMT. **BRUSSELS- European Central Bank board member Daniele Nouy participates at the ECON Committee Public Hearing in Brussels 0830 GMT. LUXEMBOURG- EU General Affairs...