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  • TAIPEI, Aug 5- Taiwan stocks fell on Wednesday on downbeat sentiment in overseas markets and a gloomy economic outlook at home. Taiwan's latest inflation reading issued early Wednesday showed price weakness persisting for the seventh month running, which will likely lead the government to cut its 2015 forecast for the consumer price index from its current...

  • *At stake is access to 36 slots at Tokyo's Haneda airport. TOKYO, Aug 5- ANA Holdings Inc will get the backing of Airbus Group in a crucial vote by creditors on Wednesday to pick a sponsor for bankrupt Japanese discount carrier Skymark Airlines Inc, three sources with knowledge of the matter said. A spokesman for Airbus declined to comment.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 5- Benchmark Brent crude oil prices inched up just above a key support level of $50 on Wednesday, recovering from multi-month lows, as investors await U.S. oil inventories data to gauge supply. "The market is still digesting news of Iran coming back with more supply," Ben Le Brun, a markets analyst at OptionsXpress in Sydney said. September Brent crude...

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 5- Investor confidence in China's stock market improved in July after the government stepped in to. halt a share price slide, China's official Shanghai. Since China's stock markets started crashing in mid-June, Beijing has rolled out an unprecedented series of support measures, including cajoling brokerages and pension funds to buy stocks,...

  • MELBOURNE, Aug 5- London copper slipped back on Wednesday towards six-year lows as the dollar rose on heightened expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve could raise interest rates in September and amid a bearish backdrop for China demand. "Sentiment here among Chinese investors is quite bearish at the moment, it's hard to see any sustainable rebound from here,"...

  • BEIJING, Aug 5- Activity in China's services sector expanded to its fastest pace in 11 months in July, a private survey showed on Wednesday, offseting some downward pressure on the world's second largest economy as the manufacturing sector falters. China's official services PMI released on Saturday showed that activity quickened slightly in July from the...

  • TOKYO, Aug 5- Japanese services sector activity expanded in July at a slightly slower pace than the previous month, a survey showed on Wednesday, suggesting only a moderate rebound in the economy after an expected contraction in the second quarter. The Markit/ Nikkei Japan Services Purchasing Managers Index fell to a seasonally adjusted 51.2 in July from 51.8 in...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 4- The International Monetary Fund should put off any move to add the yuan to its benchmark currency basket until after September 2016, IMF staff said in a report which showed a mixed performance of the renminbi on meeting key financial norms. The report, published on Tuesday, comes after Beijing launched a major diplomatic push for the yuan to be...

  • The FDA recommended at the time that any facilities using the TJF-Q180V device should train staff on the new instructions and implement them as soon as possible. In its latest safety update the FDA recommended hospitals also consider microbiological culturing to identify any bacterial contamination that may be present after the cleaning and...

  • MANILA, Aug 5- Gold steadied not far from a 5-1/ 2- year low early on Wednesday after comments from a Federal Reserve official backed investor expectations that the U.S. central bank would hike interest rates as early as next month. *Gold, an asset that does not earn interest, has taken a hit given rising risks of a U.S. rate hike. *Gold sales at the Perth Mint climbed to a...

  • The heads of two major lobby groups told hundreds of attendees at an industry conference in Traverse City, Michigan, that automakers are struggling to meet a California mandate to boost demand for electric cars to 15 percent of sales by 2025.. "I am a big believer in the idea of California as an incubator for technology," said Christopher Grundler of the EPA.

  • TOKYO, Aug 5- Japan's ANA Holdings Inc has won the support of Airbus Group, one of Skymark Airlines Inc's biggest creditors, to sponsor the bankrupt discount carrier's turnaround, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. Skymark's creditors are scheduled to vote on two competing revival plans later in the day. Airline leasing firm Intrepid...

  • MEXICO CITY, Aug 4- Mexico's oil regulator voted on Tuesday to sweeten rules for the second phase of the country's historic oil field auction, such as lowering a required corporate guarantee to lure more bidders and boost lagging crude output. The auction's next phase consists of five shallow-water production-sharing contracts that cover blocks containing...

  • Moves were minor with Japan's Nikkei off 0.1 percent and South Korea's KOSPI up 0.1 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.3 percent. The latest scare over U.S rates came when Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart told the Wall Street Journal that it would take "significant deterioration" in the economy for...

  • Aug 4- Property and casualty insurer Travelers Cos Inc said on Tuesday that Chief Executive Officer Jay Fishman, who last year disclosed he had a neuromuscular condition, will step down, as Fishman said he may be battling ALS. Alan Schnitzer, chief executive of the Travelers' business and international insurance, the company's largest segment, will take over from...

  • *U.S. crude gained 14 cents to $45.88 a barrel as of 0000 GMT. *Brent also rose 14 cents to $50.13 a barrel after previously settling up 47 cents, or 1 percent, at $49.99 a barrel. Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub fell by 504,000 barrels, the American Petroleum Institute said.

  • TOKYO, Aug 5- The dollar stood tall against the yen and euro early on Wednesday after Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart expressed his support for an interest rate hike in September. The euro was steady at $1.0892 after sliding to a two-week low of $1.0879. "Lockhart was not scheduled to speak until Monday, so the hawkishness of the comments, and the...

  • OVERLAND PARK, Kan. _ QTS Realty Trust Inc. on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 47 cents per share. QTS Realty expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $2.10 to $2.20 per share.

  • SAN FRANCISCO _ Glu Mobile Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $5.5 million in its second quarter. For the current quarter ending in October, Glu Mobile said it expects revenue in the range of $58 million to $60 million. Glu Mobile shares have climbed 45 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • PASADENA, Calif. _ Green Dot Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $3.5 million. For the current quarter ending in October, Green Dot expects its per-share earnings to be 7 cents. Green Dot expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.24 to $1.35 per share, with revenue ranging from $694 million to $714 million.