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  • TOKYO, April 27- The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy unchanged on Thursday and offered a more upbeat view of the economy than last month, signaling its confidence that a pick-up in overseas demand will help sustain an export-driven recovery. At a post-meeting news conference due 0630 GMT, BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda is likely to remind markets the Japanese...

  • TOKYO, April 27- Japan's finance minister will meet the chief executive of Japan Post Holdings Co in the coming days over the state-controlled company's shock $3.6 billion writedown on its Australian logistics arm, Toll Holdings Ltd, a source said. The source, who has direct knowledge of the meeting, said Taro Aso and Japan Post's Masatsugu Nagato would focus on...

  • MEXICO CITY, April 26- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday and they agreed on the "convenience" of not scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement, but instead renegotiating the treaty along with Canada. Mexico's peso gained more than 1 percent after the White House released a readout of calls Trump had...

  • *Q1 operating profit $8.8 bln, highest since Q3 2013. SEOUL, April 27- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday flagged stronger earnings and announced a cancellation of treasury shares after posting a solid first-quarter profit boosted by the memory chip business, sending its shares to a new high. "The cancellation of the entire existing shares held by the company...

  • SHANGHAI, April 27- Chinese and European aviation regulators said on Thursday they will forge closer ties over aircraft manufacturing and certification as the global industry turns its eyes to China ahead of the maiden flight of the Chinese-built C919 jet. The Civil Aviation Administration of China and European Aviation Safety Agency are holding a...

  • TOKYO, April 27- The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Thursday and offered a more upbeat view of the economy than last month, signalling its confidence that a pick-up in overseas demand will help sustain an export-driven recovery. "Japan's economy has been turning towards a moderate expansion," the BOJ said. That compared with the previous month's...

  • *Concerns over U.S. exports to Mexico cap gains. SINGAPORE, April 27- Chicago corn futures edged higher on Thursday as the market took a breather following deep decline in the last session on concerns over exports to Mexico should the United States withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Chicago Board Of Trade most-active corn contract rose...

  • *Q1 operating profit $8.8 bln, highest since Q3 2013. SEOUL, April 27- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday flagged stronger earnings and announced a cancellation of treasury shares after posting a solid first-quarter profit boosted by the memory chip business, sending its shares to a new high. "The cancellation of the entire existing shares held by the company...

  • April 27- Australia's sovereign wealth manager, the Future Fund, on Thursday, posted a return of 1.6 percent for the March quarter, in line with its target, after shifting money to alternative assets and cash. "This reflects our view that we should only take on additional risk where the expected returns are appropriate," said David Neal, managing director of the...

  • SEOUL, April 27- South Korea raised its export outlook this year after economic growth accelerated at a sharper pace on Thursday, with policymakers saying there was no need for extra stimulus even as the economy faces a host of political and economic challenges. The strong start to the year on strong exports and capital investment is a relief for policymakers...

  • WASHINGTON, April 26- The U.S. Commerce Department launched an investigation on Wednesday to determine whether a flood of aluminum imports from China and elsewhere was compromising U.S. national security, a step that could lead to broad import restrictions on the metal. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the investigation was similar to one announced last...

  • President Donald Trump told the leaders of Canada and Mexico on Wednesday that he will not terminate the NAFTA treaty but will renegotiate it with them, a White House statement said. The announcement came as White House officials disclosed that Trump and his White House advisers were considering issuing an executive order to withdraw the United States from...

  • TOKYO, April 27- The Canadian dollar and Mexican peso gained on Thursday, bouncing from falls earlier, after news that U.S. The Canadian dollar rose about 0.4 percent to C $1.3569 per dollar after declining to a 14- month low of C $1.3648 on reports earlier that the United States was considering pulling out from NAFTA. The Mexican currency gained 0.8 percent to...

  • President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The White House made the surprise announcement in a read-out of calls Wednesday between the world leaders. President Donald Trump is considering signing a draft executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free...

  • *Sentiment sours after Wall Street slumps as tax plan disappoints. *Foreigners remain net buyers of Japan shares through April 22. TOKYO, April 27- Japan's Nikkei share average slipped on Thursday, giving back some of this week's gains as sentiment soured on Wall Street losses and wary investors awaited the Bank of Japan's policy decision.

  • HANOI, April 27- Vietnam's government said Facebook has committed to work with it to prevent content that violates the country's laws from appearing on its platform. In February, communist Vietnam complained about "toxic" anti-government and offensive content on Facebook and Google Inc.' s YouTube and pressured local companies to withdraw advertising until...

  • TOKYO, April 27- Trading in Takata Corp shares was suspended on Thursday after a report that the Japanese airbag maker at the heart of the car industry's biggest-ever recall is considering a bankruptcy plan that will create a new company and ringfence its liabilities. The Nikkei business daily reported Chinese-owned car parts maker Key Safety Systems, the...

  • BEIJING, April 27- Profits earned by China's industrial firms rose 23.8 percent in March from a year earlier, buoyed by a continued boom in the real estate sector, though the growth was off multi-year highs seen in previous months. Profits in March rose to 688.7 billion yuan, the National Bureau of Statistics said on its website on Thursday. Strong first-quarter...

  • BEIJING, April 27- China's Commerce Ministry said on Thursday that the U.S. Department of Commerce had mishandled a probe into Chinese plywood subsidies.

  • *China robo advice assets forecast at $27.1 bln end-2017. Robo advice services barely existed in China before 2015, but they are expected to manage $27.1 billion of assets at the end of 2017, though that remains small relative to the $182 billion figure for the United States, where services launched several years earlier, according to market research firm...