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  • 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...

  • TOKYO, Feb 8- Crude oil futures were mixed in early Asian trade on Monday after a meeting between OPEC producers Saudi Arabia and Venezuela to discuss coordination on prices ended with few signs there would be steps taken to boost prices. Brent crude futures, the global benchmark was down 9 cents at $33.97 at 0039 GMT. Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi...

  • MELBOURNE, Feb 8- Spot gold slipped on Monday from near a three-month top hit the session before, after a solid U.S. jobs report strengthened the dollar and potentially boosted the chance of rate hikes this year. *Spot gold had slipped by 0.7 percent to $1,165.10 an ounce by 0008 GMT, as it fell back from its highest since Oct. 28 at $1,174.50 hit in the previous session.

  • *Lunar New Year closes most markets, with China off all week. 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. With Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China all closed for the new year holiday, "volumes will be well...

  • MONTREAL/ WASHINGTON, Feb 7- Europe and the United States tried to bridge differences over emissions standards for aircraft on Sunday as global aviation leaders prepared to adopt new rules that could affect Boeing Co and Airbus Group's production of the largest jetliners and freighters. Proposals being debated in Montreal by the International Civil...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 7- The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States fell 8.2 cents in the past two weeks to its lowest level in seven years, according to a Lundberg survey released on Sunday. Regular grade gas fell to around $1.82 per gallon in the Feb. 5 survey from $1.91 on Jan. 22, when the previous survey was taken. West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. benchmark,...

  • NEW YORK— Published reports are saying that Ford plans to build a new auto plant in Mexico, with plans to rev up production there. According to The Wall Street Journal, Ford plans to build a new assembly complex in San Luis Potosi and expand an existing facility near Mexico City. The move reflects how Mexico has become an attractive place for global carmakers.

  • China, a focus of much of the recent market concern, released foreign reserves data on Sunday which showed the central bank dumped dollars to defend the yuan and prevent an increase in capital outflows. The country's foreign reserves fell $99.5 billion to $3.23 trillion in January, the lowest level since May 2012, central bank data showed. Federal Reserve Chair...

  • *Dollar holds on to Friday's gains. *Much of Asia shut for the Lunar New Year holidays. SYDNEY, Feb 8- The dollar held onto its post-payrolls gains early 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.

  • 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...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 8- India will release data on Monday showing it remains one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but economists are struggling to reconcile that rosy picture with ground realities like weak exports, investment, and flat corporate order books. "There are inconsistencies between the picture presented by new GDP series and many other tried...

  • *China investing $46 billion in new trade route. GWADAR, Pakistan, Feb 8- A heavy police presence, guarded convoys, new checkpoints and troop reinforcements have turned parts of the southern port city of Gwadar into a fortress, as Pakistan's powerful military seeks to protect billions of dollars of Chinese investment. Securing the planned $46 billion economic...

  • In September, German prosecutors searched offices and residences linked to Maple Bank in a probe of serious tax evasion and money laundering connected to so called dividend stripping trades. Bafin said in a statement that once Maple Bank made some necessary tax provisions, over-indebtedness loomed. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Sunday...