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  • BRIDGEPORT, Conn.— A Connecticut judge will hear arguments on whether gun maker Remington Arms' company documents should be sealed from public view as it fights a lawsuit filed by families of some of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. A court hearing is set for Thursday in Bridgeport. Madison, North Carolina- based Remington Arms is the...

  • TOKYO, July 28- The Japanese government is planning direct fiscal spending of around 7 trillion yen to help fund an economic stimulus package totalling more than 28 trillion yen, two people briefed on the matter told Reuters on Thursday. The total package, to be approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet next Tuesday, also includes 6 trillion yen for a fiscal...

  • NEW YORK— The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a massive overhaul of the multibillion dollar debt-collection industry on Thursday, which would restrict collectors from calling numerous times a day, require them to have more documentation on what's owed, and give people more ability to dispute their bills. It would be the biggest overhaul of the...

  • WASHINGTON, July 28- The U.S. watchdog for consumer finances unveiled on Thursday a major proposal to toughen regulation of the multibillion-dollar debt collection industry, with a focus on keeping agencies from pushing people to pay debts they do not owe, informing borrowers of their rights and cutting down on calls to debtors. "Today we are considering...

  • SYDNEY, July 28- U.S. soybeans rose to an almost one-week high on Thursday, as concerns over potential adverse weather across the Midwest underpinned prices. The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade rose 0.53 percent to $9.91-1/ 4 a bushel by 0321 GMT, near the session high of $9.97 a bushel- the highest since July 22. Soybeans drew support from...

  • *Q2 profit $7.2 bln, in line with earlier guidance. SEOUL, July 28- South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it expects solid earnings to continue in the second half of 2016, with stronger components demand likely offsetting heightened margin pressures for smartphones. Samsung said April-June profit rose 18 percent from a year...

  • HONG KONG, July 28- China's yuan rose to three-week highs against the dollar on Thursday, as the central bank set another stronger midpoint to reflect weakness in global dollar index after the Federal Reserve stopped short of signaling a near-term rate rise. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.6597 per dollar prior to market open, firmer than the...

  • TAIPEI, July 28- Taiwan stocks fell on Thursday, tracking slides in some other Asian bourses even as the U.S. China's Shanghai Composite index dipped 0.5 percent, while Japan's Nikkei was off 0.7 percent. Asian stocks however edged up, with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rising 0.2 percent after briefly climbing to its highest level...

  • *China official PMI due for release on Sunday. MELBOURNE, July 28- London copper climbed away from its lowest in nearly a fortnight on Thursday as the dollar fell after the U.S. said Chief Investment Officer Jonathan Barratt of Ayers Alliance in Sydney. "

  • TOKYO, July 28- Asian stocks edged up on Thursday after the Federal Reserve provided an positive assessment of the world's largest economy and lifted risk sentiment. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent after briefly climbing to its highest level since August 2015. Australian shares rose 0.4 percent and Shanghai...

  • TOKYO, July 28- Political pressure on the Bank of Japan to expand stimulus this week is intensifying with the economy minister calling on the bank to work with the government to boost growth, in the wake of premier Shinzo Abe's announcement of a bigger-than-expected fiscal spending package. "I think people at the BOJ will take into that account and make an...

  • SYDNEY, July 28- U.S. soybeans rose for a third consecutive session on Thursday to hit a six-day high, boosted by concerns over potential adverse weather over the next month in key U.S. growing regions. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade rose 0.63 percent to $9.92-1/ 4 a bushel, near the session high of $9.97 a bushel- the highest since July 22.

  • AIA Group posts 37 pct rise in first half new business growth.

  • SHANGHAI, July 28- China's share indexes fell in early trade on Thursday, extending a slump from the previous session, on news that Chinese regulators are planning a clampdown on wealth management products to curb risks to the banking system. China is considering rules to restrict investments by small banks in the $3.5 trillion wealth management product...

  • TOKYO, July 28- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Thursday morning after Wall Street ended lower and a stronger yen soured sentiment, while most investors stayed cautious amid the two-day Bank Of Japan policy meeting that ends Friday. Eyes are on the BOJ's meeting while many investors expect the central bank to expand monetary stimulus after Prime Minister...

  • MELBOURNE, July 28- London copper edged higher on Thursday after the dollar fell following some disappointment from investors who had hoped the U.S. *Shanghai Futures Exchange copper fell half a percent to 37,690 yuan a tonne. *China's manufacturing sector struggled for growth in July, a Reuters poll showed, adding to expectations that Beijing will step up...

  • *Spot gold was little changed at $1,338.87 an ounce at 0112 GMT. Bullion on Wednesday touched a high of $1,342.18, its best since July 14. *Japan's prime minister unveiled a surprisingly large $265 billion stimulus package on Wednesday to reflate the world's third-largest economy, adding pressure on the central bank to match the measures with monetary stimulus...

  • SINGAPORE, July 28- Oil prices recovered slightly from April lows in early trading on Thursday, but the outlook for the industry remained weak as crude producers and fuel refiners continue to pump out more than the market can consume. International Brent crude oil futures were trading at $43.61 at 0118 GMT, up 14 cents from their previous close.

  • TOKYO, July 28- The government and the Bank of Japan must work together to support the economy, the country's economy minister was quoted as saying by Japanese media in the wake of premier Shinzo Abe's announcement of a bigger-than-expected fiscal spending package. I think people at the BOJ will take into that account and make an appropriate decision, "Economy...

  • *Modestly hawkish Fed statement insufficient to lift dollar. *BOJ expected to ease on Friday, though steps could disappoint. TOKYO, July 28- The dollar took a step back on Thursday after the U.S.