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  • SINGAPORE, Feb 20- Cleveland Federal Reserve President Loretta Mester said on Monday she would be comfortable raising interest rates at this point if the economy maintained its current pace of performance. In a speech in Singapore, Mester, seen as one of the more hawkish Fed officials, said the economy was on a "sound footing". Those have passed through and the trend...

  • TOKYO, Feb 20- Japanese shares fell for a third consecutive session on Monday as the yen's gains and uncertainty about U.S. economic policies prompted profit-taking. The Nikkei dropped as much as 0.6 percent to 19,115-- its lowest level since Feb. 9-- where it had a pivotal technical support from the top of Ichimoku cloud, which stood at 19,114.. But even taking that...

  • TOKYO, Feb 20- Japanese shares fell for a third consecutive session on Monday as the yen's gains and uncertainty about U.S. economic policies prompted profit-taking. The Nikkei dropped as much as 0.6 percent to 19,115-- its lowest level since Feb. 9-- where it had a pivotal technical support from the top of Ichimoku cloud, which stood at 19,114.. But even taking that...

  • *Asia shares ex- Japan up 0.1 pct, Nikkei down 0.2 pct. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged up 0.1 percent and back toward a 19- month peak set last week. Shanghai stocks added 0.6 percent and expectations of solid economic growth in China kept commodities such as copper and iron ore well bid.

  • Defense Secretary Jim Mattis distances himself from Trump's assessment of the media as "the enemy of the American people," saying during his first trip to the Middle East that he has no problems with the press. One month into Trump's presidency, his most senior Cabinet members were deployed to Brussels, Bonn and Munich to reassure nervous Europeans that...

  • BEIJING, Feb 20- China's top coal producers will meet on Tuesday to discuss plans for stabilising output this year, the official Shanghai Securities News reported. Coke and coking coal futures rose on Monday after Beijing suspended imports of North Korean coal as part of its efforts to implement United Nations sanctions against the country.

  • BEIJING, Feb 20- China's top coal producers will meet on Tuesday to discuss plans for stabilizing output this year, the official Shanghai Securities News reported. Coke and coking coal futures rose on Monday after Beijing suspended imports of North Korean coal as part of its efforts to implement United Nations sanctions against the country.

  • MELBOURNE, Feb 20- London copper rose on Monday, returning to the $6,000 per tonne mark, as near-term supply disruptions intensified after the world's second-biggest mine said it could not fulfill its promised shipments due to export permit issues. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose by 0.7 percent to $6,000 a tonne by 0210 GMT, paring losses...

  • QUITO, Feb 19- Leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno was winning Ecuador's presidential election on Sunday, first results showed, though he was just short of the margin needed to avoid a runoff against conservative ex-banker Guillermo Lasso. In the event of a runoff, Ecuador's fragmented opposition is expected to coalesce around Lasso amid anger over an...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 20- Cleveland Federal Reserve President Loretta Mester said on Monday she would be comfortable raising interest rates at this point if the economy kept performing the way it did. Those have passed through and the trend in inflation is, it's moving up, "Mester said at a central banking seminar in Singapore. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said last week that...

  • BEIJING, Feb 20- China's steel, coke and coking coal futures rose on Monday after Beijing suspended imports of North Korean coal as part of its efforts to implement United Nations sanctions against the country. "Rebar jumped on anticipation that the ban on North Korean anthracite could lead to higher costs for steel mills that will struggle to find cheaper...

  • QUITO, Feb 19- Partial official results put ruling party leftist Lenin Moreno clearly ahead in Sunday's presidential election, although it was unclear whether he had enough votes to avoid an April runoff against conservative ex-banker Guillermo Lasso. Moreno, who lost the use of his legs two decades ago after being shot during a robbery, has a more conciliatory...

  • ECUADOR RULING PARTY CANDIDATE MORENO HAS 38.26 PCT OF VOTES, VS 29.86 PCT FOR RIVAL LASSO- ELECTORAL COUNCIL WITH 51.8 PCT OF BALLOTS COUNTED.

  • BEIJING, Feb 20- China's coke and coking coal futures rose in early Monday trade after Beijing suspended imports of North Korean coal as part of its efforts to implement United Nations sanctions against its northern neighbor. China stopped all imports of coal from North Korea from Sunday, the country's commerce ministry said in a notice posted on its website on...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 20- The U.S. economy is on "sound footing," a hawkish Federal Reserve official said on Monday in a speech that cautioned against asking the central bank to solve problems beyond its control such as low productivity growth. Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester, at a forum in Singapore, did not comment specifically on interest rates.

  • FED'S MESTER SAYS SKEPTICAL MONETARY POLICY CAN SOLVE LOW U.S.

  • MESTER SAYS WILL TAKE' SOME TIME' TO SHED MORTGAGE BONDS IN FED'S PORTFOLIO.

  • FED'S MESTER, IN SINGAPORE, SAYS U.S. ECONOMY ON 'SOUND FOOTING'

  • Feb 20- Gold prices held steady early on Monday, supported by a weaker dollar and lower equities, with U.S. markets closed for the Presidents Day holiday. at 0045 GMT, while U.S. gold futures were down 0.2 percent, to $1,236.5. Turnover was light with U.S. markets closed for the Presidents Day holiday.

  • TOKYO, Feb 20- Oil prices rose on Monday, but gains were minimal as investors gauged whether an increase in U.S. drilling and record stockpiles would undermine efforts by producers to cut output and bring the market into balance. Brent futures were up 1 cent at $55.82 a barrel at 0050 GMT, while U.S. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other...