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  • SINGAPORE, Sept 3- Oil fell on Thursday on an unexpected build in U.S. crude stocks and a stronger dollar, but a recovery in Asian shares after Wall Street posted a near 2- percent gain overnight helped support prices. Asian investors were focused on the increase in U.S. crude inventories last week and questioned why supply had not filtered through to demand, said...

  • *China bonded copper premiums hold at more than 1 year top. MELBOURNE, Sept 3- London copper held steady on Thursday, following a 1 percent bounce in the previous session as investors closed short positions amid a two-day holiday in China that drained volumes from the market. A flood of data from China in coming weeks is likely to point to further weakness in the...

  • TOKYO, Sept 3- Japan's Nikkei share average rose for the first time in four days on Thursday as gains on Wall Street boosted sentiment and bargain hunters flocked to recently battered stocks. Traders said global markets were getting some respite from worries about China, as markets there are closed on Thursday and Friday for ceremonies to mark the end of World...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3- The Malaysian economy is in a stronger position than it was during the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis to bear any "incoming storms", Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday. Local companies now have stronger balance sheets and governance, while structural reforms to the financial and banking sector has strengthened it against "intense...

  • Sept 2- Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc has reached a settlement agreement with nine former employees who had filed a lawsuit claiming that their personal data was stolen in a 2014 hacking tied to the studio's release of a comedy film set in North Korea, "The Interview." Sony Pictures declined to comment on the settlement. In June, a U.S. judge had rejected a bid by...

  • BOSTON, Sept 2- Hedge fund mogul William Ackman, one of last year's best performers, joined a string of high profile managers in reporting deep losses for August as global markets tumbled amid fears over slower growth in China. Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management, which makes concentrated bets on a small number of stocks, told clients on Wednesday that...

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 3- London copper ticked higher on Thursday, extending a 1- percent bounce from the previous session as investors closed short positions amid a two-day holiday in China that drained volumes from the market. *The Shanghai Futures Exchange is closed for two days as China celebrates the anniversary of the end of World War Two. *A flood of data from China...

  • *Chicago Board Of Trade December wheat fell to $4.76-1/ 2 a bushel, matching a contract low touched on Monday and Wednesday, and was trading down 0.4 percent at $4.77-1/ 4 a bushel 0047 GMT. Wheat closed down 1.5 percent on Wednesday. *Wheat under pressure amid abundant supplies and dim U.S. export prospects.

  • U.S. producer Century Aluminum warned last week it would begin shuttering its Hawesville smelter in Kentucky in October "unless the current pricing environment substantially improves." Overshadowed by its announcement on Hawesville was Century's decision in July to dismantle permanently its Ravenswood smelter in West Virginia. The uncomfortable truth...

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 3- Gold added to overnight losses on Thursday, hurt by a stronger dollar and equities, and as investors awaited a key U.S. jobs report later this week to gauge the timing of a Federal Reserve rate hike. *Spot gold had eased 0.1 percent to $1,132.25 an ounce by 0042 GMT, after dropping 0.5 percent on Wednesday. *In other industry news, Said Kerimov, son of...

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 3- U.S. crude futures dipped below $46 a barrel in early Asian trade on Thursday after a rise in U.S. crude stocks and a stronger dollar weighed on prices, although a rebound on Wall Street put a floor under prices. Public holidays in China and Hong Kong on Thursday are likely to keep markets subdued. *U.S. crude for October delivery fell 30 cents to $45.95...

  • TOKYO, Sept 3- The price of shares and other risk assets staged a tentative recovery in early Asian trade on Thursday though volatility remained high as investors fretted over global economic health. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3 percent, hovering about 2.8 percent above the three-year low hit last week, while Japan's...

  • *ECB policy meeting awaited for cues, China markets closed. TOKYO, Sept 3- The dollar climbed against the euro and yen on Thursday as global investors tentatively stepped back into riskier equities, tempering the recent rush to unwind carry trades that had boosted the single currency and the Japanese unit. Global stock indexes rose on Wednesday, helped by reports...

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is now pouring through the trading data from Aug. 24 to get a better idea of what might be done to dampen the volatility in ETFs, many of which saw their prices diverge widely from the stocks they were tracking, said a person familiar with the regulator's thinking. The SEC has been looking to adjust the rules for some time,...

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  • Sept 2- Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc has reached a settlement agreement with nine former employees who had filed a lawsuit claiming that their personal data was stolen in a 2014 hacking tied to the studio's release of a comedy film set in North Korea, "The Interview." In June, a U.S. judge had rejected a bid by Sony Pictures, the entertainment arm of Sony Corp, to...

  • WASHINGTON— China's slowdown, volatile financial markets and tumbling raw-materials prices have raised the risks to economic growth around the world, the International Monetary Fund reported Wednesday. China's troubles have sent the prices of raw materials such as oil and copper into a freefall, pinching Brazil, Russia and other commodity exporters.

  • PARIS- French Finance Minister Michel Sapin holds a press conference- 0500 GMT. AOMORI, Japan- Bank of Japan board member Takahide Kiuchi speaks in Aomori- 0130 GMT. MISSOULA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks before a Town Hall open forum- 0100 GMT.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 2- Downside risks to the global economy have risen and a combination of threats including slower growth in China and rising market volatility could severely cut the outlook, International Monetary Fund staff warned on Wednesday. The IMF in July lowered its global growth forecast for 2015 to 3.3 percent and forecast growth in China- where a...

  • BRASILIA, Sept 2- Brazil's central bank halted one of the world's boldest rate-hiking cycles on Wednesday, taking pressure off an economy struggling with recession even amid concerns that a looming budget crisis could stoke inflation. "What happened in the last 10 days is that there was an increase in uncertainty, but apparently they thought best to wait and see...