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  • HONG KONG, Feb 21- HSBC Holdings' 2016 pre-tax profit fell 62 percent, below analysts' estimates, as it grappled with slowing economic growth in its core markets of Hong Kong and Britain and took one-time charges related to some of its businesses. The 2016 profit reflected a $3.2 billion impairment of goodwill in its global private banking business in Europe and...

  • *Japan "integrated resort" would cost $6- 10 bln- CEO. TOKYO, Feb 21- A resort hosting casinos in Japan could cost up to $10 billion to build, Las Vegas Sands Corp's chief said, as the casino operator looks to win operating rights in what is widely expected to become the world's second-biggest casino market. "It would be at least what we paid in Singapore, $6 billion...

  • HONG KONG, Feb 21- China's yuan slipped against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday, after the global dollar index rose to nearly one-week highs, but much of the focus was on offshore trade as yuan deposit rates in Hong Kong spiked to more than 6 percent. Offshore yuan liquidity was squeezed at the end of last year as Beijing's tightening measures to stem capital outflows made...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 21- Australia will weigh long-term geopolitical considerations when it vets proposals by foreigners to buy critical infrastructure assets such as power grids and ports, the government said on Tuesday. Last month, the Australia announced the creation of a new critical infrastructure centre to oversee sensitive assets. Australia last year...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 21- Australia will weigh long-term geopolitical considerations when it vets proposals by foreigners to buy critical infrastructure assets such as power grids and ports, the government said on Tuesday. Last month, the Australia announced the creation of a new critical infrastructure centre to oversee sensitive assets. Australia last year...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 21- Australia will weigh long-term geopolitical considerations when it vets proposals by foreigners to buy critical infrastructure assets such as power grids and ports, the government said on Tuesday. Last month, the Australia announced the creation of a new critical infrastructure center to oversee sensitive assets. Australia last year...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 21- Australia will weigh long-term geopolitical considerations when it vets proposals by foreigners to buy critical infrastructure assets such as power grids and ports, the government said on Tuesday. Last month, the Australia announced the creation of a new critical infrastructure center to oversee sensitive assets. Australia last year...

  • *Spot gold may break support at $1,233/ oz- technicals. Spot gold fell 0.5 percent to $1,232.31 per ounce by 0338 GMT, while U.S. gold futures also fell 0.4 percent. "Fed chief Janet Yellen recently signalled that the U.S. economy was prepared for an early increase in key interest rates.

  • MELBOURNE, Feb 21- London copper held its ground on Tuesday, trading near its highest levels in a week amid ongoing supply concerns from industrial action in Chile and an Indonesian export permit dispute. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange edged up 0.1 percent to $6,075 a tonne by 0312 GMT, holding gains after a 1.9 percent rally the session before...

  • *Soybeans up 1 pct, potential yield loss after rains in Argentina. SINGAPORE, Feb 21- Chicago soybean futures gained almost 1 percent on Tuesday as the market recovered from its lowest in more than two weeks with rains in Argentina raising concerns over potential decline in yields. The Chicago Board Of Trade most-active soybean contract rose 0.9 percent to...

  • BEIJING, Feb 21- China's central bank said on Tuesday that it will make dynamic changes to banks' targeted reserve requirement ratio rates, effective from Feb. 27. The People's Bank of China recently completed an assessment of banks' adherence to RRR regulations based on lending to rural sector and small firms in 2016, and said most banks meet their targeted RRR...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent on Tuesday and held below a 19- month peak hit last Thursday. "We upgraded our China equities call last month because of the strong economic data and comments coming out from the new U.S. administration pointing to a softer stance towards China," said Francis Cheung, head of China- Hong...

  • *Singapore plans carbon tax from 2019. SINGAPORE, Feb 21- A tax proposed by Singapore on emissions of greenhouse gases will likely cover the city-state's oil refineries, a government official said on Tuesday, driving up costs in one of the region's key energy hubs. Refineries in Singapore currently pay no taxes on carbon emissions, so such a tax would weigh heavily...

  • TOKYO, Feb 21- Crude futures rose for a second day on Tuesday, with data showing hedge funds are betting big across oil markets following OPEC production cuts agreed last year. West Texas Intermediate crude was up 31 cents, or 0.6 percent, at $53.71 a barrel at 0218 GMT, after rising about 0.5 percent in a shortened session on Monday due to a U.S. national holiday.

  • Feb 20- Uber Technologies Inc has hired former U.S. Holder and Tammy Albarran, who are partners at the law firm Covington& Burling, will look into the complaints about a manager at Uber, as well as general questions about diversity and inclusion, Chief Executive Travis Kalanick told his employees in a memo on Monday that was seen by Reuters. Arianna Huffington, who...

  • Buttner served as CNBC's Washington correspondent and hosted the network's " The Money Club" before joining Fox News in 2000.. Fox News host Neil Cavuto paid tribute to Buttner on his show " Your World with Neil Cavuto." Fox News announced her death on Monday.

  • HAVANA, Feb 20- The Mississippi ports of Pascagoula and Gulfport signed agreements in Cuba on Monday with an eye to future business and with a Republican U.S. senator from the state looking on, despite concerns President Donald Trump might backtrack on improved relations. There is great potential for business between these ports and Cuba due to the...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 21- U.S. soybeans rose 1 percent on Tuesday, rebounding from a more than two-week low hit in the previous session, as heavy rains in Argentina over the weekend stoked concerns over potential yield losses. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade rose 0.94 percent to $10.42-1/ 4 a bushel, having closed down 1.1 percent on Friday when...

  • TOKYO, Feb 21- Japanese stocks edged up on Tuesday morning as the yen eased back against the dollar, although trading volumes were low as a holiday in the United States left investors short of the usual leads. "There is not a whole lot of factors for the market to trade on while it awaits Trump's address to the Congress on Feb. 28. Shikoku Electric Power rallied more than...

  • BRASILIA, Feb 20- Brazilian Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles said cash-strapped states that sign up for a debt relief program would get three years to repay loans owed to the federal government and private banks as long as they commit to drastic spending curbs. Meirelles told Globo TV's cable news network on Monday a new bill with the deal's terms would be...