*Feb trade balance- $23 bln, vs f'cast of+ $14.5 bln. BEIJING, March 8- China's exports unexpectedly tumbled in February, swinging the trade balance into deficit and adding to fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy despite the Lunar New Year holidays being blamed for the slide.» Read More
SHANGHAI, March 7- China's first domestic bond default looked set to occur as expected on Friday as there was no sign of a last-minute bailout for solar equipment producer Chaori Solar, an event seen as a landmark for market discipline in the world's second-largest economy.
TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, March 7- The euro held steady near a two-month high against the dollar on Friday, pausing in the wake of a European Central Bank inspired rally, as trade turned cautious ahead of U.S. jobs data.
TOKYO, March 7- Asian stocks rose on Friday, buoyed by Wall Street's gains the previous day, but investors remained cautious ahead of the U.S. nonfarm payrolls report later in the session.
*Dollar firm versus yen, Ukraine wariness seen capping gains. TOKYO, March 7- The euro hovered near a two-month high against the dollar early on Friday following a relief rally when the European Central Bank left its interest rates unchanged. The euro stood at $1.3860, within a stone's throw of a two-month peak of $1.3873 hit on Thursday just after the ECB decision.
Commenting on Chaori Solar possibly becoming the first bond default case for China, Ting Lu, China Economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch., says China needs such defaults to discipline investors.
OTTAWA, March 6- Canada and South Korea are very close to signing a long-delayed free trade deal after years of talks, sources familiar with the negotiations said on Thursday. Canada, seeking to diversify its exports away from the United States, has long targeted the rapidly expanding economies of Asia.
SINGAPORE, March 6- Singapore police are investigating the apparent suicide of a 28- year-old American woman who ran a small exchange in the Asian city state trading virtual currencies. Autumn Radtke, chief executive of First Meta Pte Ltd, was found dead at her Singapore home on Feb. 26.
*Qatar's wealth means it doesn't need GCC. DUBAI, March 5- A diplomatic split between Qatar and its wealthy Gulf neighbours may disrupt billions of dollars of investment in the region and slow efforts to make economies more efficient through trade and transport reforms.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's work report was a steady state-report, reflecting continuity in policy, says Geoff Raby, Chairman and CEO of business advisory firm Geoff Raby & Associates.
With latest news from China's National People's Congress setting a growth target of 7.5 percent, Paul Krake, Founder of View from the Peak: Macro Strategies, says bearish sentiment saying that Australia will be impacted by a slower China growth, simply don't have a case.
TOKYO, March 4- Russia's incursion into Ukraine is setting off alarm bells in Tokyo, where officials worry that any push by Japan's Western allies to impose economic penalties will undermine its drive to improve relations with Moscow.
Thongma Vijitpongpun, Chairman of the Executive Committee & Chief Executive Officer of Pruksa Real Estate Public Company Limited, comments on how Thailand's political unrest is having an adverse effect on home builders in Thailand.
While Asian markets saw a selloff on Monday, V. Anantha Nageswaran, CEO at Vansight, says the extent of declines indicate that markets are 'not worried enough' about Ukraine and weak China economic data.
Bruno Del Ama, CEO of Global X Funds, analyzes Monday's risk-off sentiment prevalent in Asian markets amid brewing instability in Ukraine, and discusses how investors can single out investment opportunities.
Strong growth dynamics driving Japan, China and South Korea economies should raise no particular concern in investors' minds.
With China's economy in a structural downshift, Ben Simpfendorfer, MD & Founder, Silk Road Associates, says latest official purchasing mangers index (PMI) data from China is not surprising.
With the situation in Ukraine unlikely to escalate, Richard Duncan, Chief Economist, Blackhorse Asset Management, says ongoing crisis will not have a long-lasting impact on financial markets.
CNBC's Asia Squawk Box team discuss how Asian stock markets may react to the unrest in Ukraine this week.
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew speaks at the of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference 2014- 2200 GMT. BRUSSELS- ECB President Mario Draghi will give introductory remarks at the Quarterly Hearing before the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium- 1400 GMT.
WASHINGTON _ Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for January, 8:30 a.m. Eastern; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for February, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for January, 10 a.m.; House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on proposed changes to generic drug labeling.