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  • *China official PMI due for release on Sunday. MELBOURNE, July 28- London copper climbed away from its lowest in nearly a fortnight on Thursday as the dollar fell after the U.S. said Chief Investment Officer Jonathan Barratt of Ayers Alliance in Sydney. "

  • TOKYO, July 28- Asian stocks edged up on Thursday after the Federal Reserve provided an positive assessment of the world's largest economy and lifted risk sentiment. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent after briefly climbing to its highest level since August 2015. Australian shares rose 0.4 percent and Shanghai...

  • TOKYO, July 28- Political pressure on the Bank of Japan to expand stimulus this week is intensifying with the economy minister calling on the bank to work with the government to boost growth, in the wake of premier Shinzo Abe's announcement of a bigger-than-expected fiscal spending package. "I think people at the BOJ will take into that account and make an...

  • SYDNEY, July 28- U.S. soybeans rose for a third consecutive session on Thursday to hit a six-day high, boosted by concerns over potential adverse weather over the next month in key U.S. growing regions. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade rose 0.63 percent to $9.92-1/ 4 a bushel, near the session high of $9.97 a bushel- the highest since July 22.

  • AIA Group posts 37 pct rise in first half new business growth.

  • SHANGHAI, July 28- China's share indexes fell in early trade on Thursday, extending a slump from the previous session, on news that Chinese regulators are planning a clampdown on wealth management products to curb risks to the banking system. China is considering rules to restrict investments by small banks in the $3.5 trillion wealth management product...

  • TOKYO, July 28- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Thursday morning after Wall Street ended lower and a stronger yen soured sentiment, while most investors stayed cautious amid the two-day Bank Of Japan policy meeting that ends Friday. Eyes are on the BOJ's meeting while many investors expect the central bank to expand monetary stimulus after Prime Minister...

  • MELBOURNE, July 28- London copper edged higher on Thursday after the dollar fell following some disappointment from investors who had hoped the U.S. *Shanghai Futures Exchange copper fell half a percent to 37,690 yuan a tonne. *China's manufacturing sector struggled for growth in July, a Reuters poll showed, adding to expectations that Beijing will step up...

  • *Spot gold was little changed at $1,338.87 an ounce at 0112 GMT. Bullion on Wednesday touched a high of $1,342.18, its best since July 14. *Japan's prime minister unveiled a surprisingly large $265 billion stimulus package on Wednesday to reflate the world's third-largest economy, adding pressure on the central bank to match the measures with monetary stimulus...

  • SINGAPORE, July 28- Oil prices recovered slightly from April lows in early trading on Thursday, but the outlook for the industry remained weak as crude producers and fuel refiners continue to pump out more than the market can consume. International Brent crude oil futures were trading at $43.61 at 0118 GMT, up 14 cents from their previous close.

  • TOKYO, July 28- The government and the Bank of Japan must work together to support the economy, the country's economy minister was quoted as saying by Japanese media in the wake of premier Shinzo Abe's announcement of a bigger-than-expected fiscal spending package. I think people at the BOJ will take into that account and make an appropriate decision, "Economy...

  • *Modestly hawkish Fed statement insufficient to lift dollar. *BOJ expected to ease on Friday, though steps could disappoint. TOKYO, July 28- The dollar took a step back on Thursday after the U.S.

  • July 27- Diagnostic-testing company Alere Inc has received a U.S. Department of Justice subpoena seeking patient-billing records related to Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare, the company said on Wednesday. They had fallen 28.6 percent to close at $31.47 after the Wall Street Journal reported news of the subpoena earlier on Wednesday. That turned out to be sort of......

  • TOKYO, July 28- Asian stocks edged up early on Thursday after the Federal Reserve provided an positive assessment of the world's largest economy and lifted risk sentiment. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.3 percent, climbing to its highest level since August 2015. Asia was unable to take a strong lead from Wall Street, where...

  • UPDATE 1-Samsung Elec tips 'solid' H2 profit on components pickup.

  • *Q2 profit $7.2 bln, in line with earlier guidance. SEOUL, July 28- South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it expects solid earnings to continue in the second half of 2016, with stronger components demand likely offsetting heightened margin pressures for smartphones. April-June profit rose 18 percent from a year earlier to 8.1...

  • SAO PAULO, July 27- The public federal prosecutor in the Brazilian state of Amazonas said on Wednesday the court there froze 38 million reais of funds held in Facebook Inc's account for failing to comply with a court order to supply data on users of the company's WhatsApp messaging service who are under criminal investigation. In the most recent decision, the...

  • NEW YORK, July 27- Investors reeling from several quarters of declines from U.S. energy companies are optimistic that a recent oil rebound may help boost results of exploration and production companies reporting in the coming days. "The big question of course is oil prices," said Mike Breard, analyst at Hodges Capital Management in Dallas, Texas.

  • THURSDAY, JULY 28 KIEV- National Bank of Ukraine monetary policy meeting- 0700 GMT. COLOMBO- Central Bank of Srilanka monetary policy committee meeting- 1230 GMT. PRAGUE- Czech Banking Association holds a press conference on the updated macroeconomic forecast- 0800 GMT.

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