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  • Oct 14- Gold prices eased on Monday, extending falls into a third session, as news that the United States and China had made progress in their recent high-level trade talks lifted risk appetite. *Spot gold prices fell more than 1% in intraday trade on Friday on news that the United States and China were likely to reach a partial agreement on trade.

  • *U.S., China strike partial trade deal; risk appetite returns. SYDNEY, Oct 14- The dollar held near a 2 1/ 2- month high against the yen on Monday after Washington and Beijing announced progress towards a trade deal, while sterling hovered near a three-month peak on hopes for an orderly British exit from the European Union. President Donald Trump said the United States...

  • *Nikkei futures rise, trade thin with Tokyo on holiday. Liquidity was lacking, however, with Japan off and a partial market holiday in the United States for Columbus Day. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged up 0.5%.

  • LONDON, Oct 13- Europe's climate change credentials face an acid test this week when the bloc's lending arm, the European Investment Bank, decides whether or not to stop funding fossil fuel projects beyond next year. The European Commission plus Germany, Italy, Poland, Latvia and potentially Spain would like the bank to keep funding some types of gas projects to...

  • RUSSIA'S ORESHKIN SAYS RUSSIA UNLIKELY TO READMIT EU FOOD EXPORTS UNLESS BRUSSELS EASES MOSCOWS ACCESS TO EUROPEAN MARKET IN RETURN- FT INTERVIEW.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- A mooted eleventh-hour solution to the Brexit deadlock cannot work because Northern Ireland must remain in a full United Kingdom customs union, the deputy leader of the province's key political party said on Saturday. The Democratic Unionist Party, which supports Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives in Westminster, will play a key...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- Stocks on Wall Street came off their highs in late trading after U.S. President Donald Trump announced a partial trade deal with China that could be signed within weeks, with the boost from New York enough to give stocks across the globe their largest daily gain in two months. The British pound closed its strongest week against the dollar in over two...

  • November soybeans finished up 12-1/ 2 cents at $9.36 a bushel after touching $9.39-1/ 4, the highest on a chart of the most-active soybean contract since China imposed retaliatory tariffs on U.S. soybeans in July 2018. "It's all about China," Dan Basse, president of Chicago- based AgResource Co, said of the strength in grains. Liu was scheduled to meet Trump at the White...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 11- One of the two Florida businessmen who helped U.S. President Donald Trump's personal attorney investigate his political rival, Democrat Joe Biden, also has been working for the legal team of a Ukrainian oligarch who faces bribery charges in the United States, according to attorneys for the businessmen and the oligarch.

  • *UK, Ireland PMs say can see path to a Brexit deal. Oct 11- European shares were on a tear on Friday as a surprise breakthrough in Brexit negotiations drove UK- focused London- listed companies and the Irish index about 4% higher, while German shares logged their best day in nine months. JP Morgan's UK domestic plays index, which was created in 2017 and tracks about 30 UK...

  • *U.S.- China negotiations going well- Trump. NEW YORK, Oct 11- Global stocks and the euro rallied on Friday on signs of a detente in the U.S.- China trade war and hopes that Britain was moving closer to a smooth exit from the European Union. His comments and plans to meet China's Vice Premier Liu He on Friday at the White House fed hopes that the two sides could dial down a...

  • LONDON, Oct 11- Gabon has told OPEC it will comply fully with its pledge to cut oil output under a 2019 supply deal between the exporter group and rivals such as Russia, in the latest sign of an OPEC push to improve compliance before its next meeting in December. The nation pumped 199,000 barrels per day in September according to OPEC figures, above its target under...

  • LONDON, Oct 11- Major investment banks said on Friday they had become more optimistic on the prospects for a Brexit deal, following an upbeat meeting between British and Irish leaders that buoyed the pound. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday a withdrawal agreement could be clinched by the end of October, which would allow the United Kingdom to...

  • *Metro expects 1 billion euros of proceeds. HONG KONG/ DUESSELDORF, Germany, Oct 11- German wholesaler Metro has agreed to sell a majority stake in its Chinese operations to local retailer Wumart, continuing a drive to simplify its business and focus on its core customers in the hospitality industry. Metro expects to receive proceeds of 1 billion euros from the...

  • PARIS, Oct 11- ECB policymakers need to put their most recent meeting behind them and move on, ECB governing board member Francois Villeroy de Galhau told Reuters on Friday as divisions over a key decision linger. In an unprecedented division more than a third of ECB policymakers, including the central bank chiefs of both France and Germany, were against new bond...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 11- The European Union and Britain agreed on Friday to hold intense talks over the next few days in a bid to secure a deal over Britain's departure from the bloc, but arrangements over British-Irish border controls remain at issue, the EU said. A flurry of activity has brought the fraught bargaining process to a new level as Britain's scheduled...

  • HONG KONG/ DUESSELDORF, Germany, Oct 11- German retailer Metro has agreed to sell a majority stake in its Chinese operations to local retailer Wumart, Metro said on Friday, confirming an earlier Reuters report. Metro's Chinese operations include 95 stores and real estate assets in major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. The sale is part of a global...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 11- The European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told member states that Britain has changed its position to now accept that the proposed replacement to the backstop cannot erect a customs border on the island of Ireland, a diplomat and an official with the bloc said. "On customs, they admitted that the solution cannot result in the...

  • *Corn recovers some of Thursday's 3.6% drop after USDA data. *USDA yield increase, export cut adds to hefty corn stocks. *Soybeans at new 3- month top on USDA supply cut, China hopes.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- Major investment banks said on Friday they had become more optimistic on the prospects for a Brexit deal, following an upbeat meeting between the British and Irish leaders that buoyed the pound. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Thursday said that a withdrawal agreement could be clinched by the end of October, which would allow the United...