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  • SINGAPORE, Dec 13- U.S. oil prices edged up on Thursday, buoyed by a drawdown in inventories and by signs of easing trade tensions between Washington and Beijing. "The news that China is looking to redraft its' Made in China' 2025 plan boosted hopes that trade talks are progressing better than expected." China appears to be easing its high-tech industrial development...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 13- Coal railway workers at Australian hauler Aurizon Holdings Ltd are planning strikes after a breakdown in pay negotiations, their trade union said, a move that could delay shipments from the world's largest coking coal export region. Miners including BHP Billiton, Glencore, Anglo American and Peabody Energy use Aurizon's four major railways in...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 13- Asian shares and the pound moved higher on Thursday as investors breathed a sigh of relief after British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote, and as China appeared to be taking more steps to meet U.S. demands to open its markets. "The fact remains that the EU is highly unlikely to offer the reassurance MPs are demanding on the...

  • OTTAWA, Dec 12- Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday warned the United States not to politicize extradition cases, a day after President Donald Trump said he could intervene in the affair of a Chinese executive detained in Canada at Washington's request. Authorities in China are already holding former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who was...

  • *China buys over 1.5 mln tonnes of U.S. soy, seeks up to 3 mln tonnes. CHICAGO, Dec 12- China on Wednesday made its first major purchases of U.S. soybeans since President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping struck a trade war truce earlier this month, providing some relief to U.S. farmers who have struggled to find buyers for their record-large harvest.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 12- A top U.S. Justice Department official pushed back on Wednesday against President Donald Trump's comment that he might intervene in a legal case involving an executive from the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co if it would help secure a trade deal. Assistant Attorney General John Demers told a U.S. Senate hearing on...

  • *reuters:// realtime/verb= Open/url= cpurl:// apps.cp./ Apps/mm-bondyield-polls? BENGALURU, Dec 13- The U.S. That is expected to leave a budget gap of over $1 trillion that will need to be funded by the issuance of more Treasuries, which currently consists mostly of shorter-term maturities.

  • Federal Reserve Today in Washington. 13- Dec United States Sale of 30- year bond 13- Dec Italy Medium-long term auction 13- Dec Japan Auction of 5- year government bonds 13- Dec Spain Bond Auction 14- Dec Japan 3- month discount bill auction 17- Dec Norway Auction of Treasury Bills 18- Dec Japan Auction of 20- year government bonds 19- Dec Japan 1- year discount...

  • LONDON, Dec 13- A measure of British house prices hit a six-year low in November as the approach of Brexit put off buyers and sellers, a survey of property valuers showed on Thursday. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said its house price balance sank to -11 in November from -10 in October, its lowest since September 2012, before Britain's economy began...

  • FRANKFURT- ECB Governing Council meeting, followed by interest rate announcement.- 1245 GMT. FRANKFURT- ECB President Mario Draghi and Vice President Luis de Guindos to hold news conference after interest rate decision- 1330 GMT. OSLO- Norway Central Bank announces interest rate decision- 0900 GMT.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 12- A Democratic U.S. senator said on Wednesday he found "very disturbing" a comment by President Donald Trump that he might get involved in the case of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies Co.. Trump said in a Reuters interview on Tuesday he would intervene with the Justice...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 12- A landmark U.S. bill that would speed adoption of self-driving cars is now "a long shot" to pass before the current Congress adjourns in the coming weeks, a key Republican senator behind the legislation said. Many automaker lobbyists and congressional aides say the bill would face even tougher odds in 2019 when Democrats and Republicans will...

  • HOUSTON, Dec 12- Hess Corp said on Wednesday it expects oil and gas output to grow more than 10 percent a year compounded through 2025, touting development of its Bakken shale and offshore Guyana projects. Hess expects the first production from the offshore Guyana discovery to be tapped in 2020, and said the region had the potential to produce more than 750,000...

  • OTTAWA, Dec 12- Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday warned the United States not to politicize extradition cases, a day after President Donald Trump said he could intervene in the affair of a Chinese executive detained in Canada at Washington's request. Authorities in China are already holding former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who was...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 12- Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday. The Camp Fire, which erupted on Nov. 8 and quickly incinerated most of the Sierra foothills town of...

  • FRANKFURT, Dec 13- The European Central Bank is all but certain to formally end its lavish bond purchase scheme on Thursday but will take an increasingly dim view on growth, raising the odds that its next step in removing stimulus will be delayed. The long-flagged end of bond buys must be irreversible for the sake of credibility, but with France and Italy in...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 12- With many rival airlines scaling back plans to add travel routes and seats in a bid to protect margins, Oscar Munoz is taking United Airlines in a different direction. United has overhauled its hubs in Chicago, Houston, Denver, Newark, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco with 220 new flights and better coast-to-coast connecting...

  • *Singapore dominance as bunker port still hard to beat. The port facilities in the cluster of islands around Zhoushan have annual marine fuel sales of 3.6 million tonnes, less than a tenth of the record 50.6 million tonnes of shipping or bunker fuel Singapore sold in 2017.. Zhoushan wants to go after the fueling business represented by this traffic, and many...

  • LONDON, Dec 12- British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a confidence vote by the Conservative Party on Wednesday, but a mutiny by more than a third of her lawmakers indicated parliament was heading towards deadlock over Brexit. With Britain due to leave the EU on March 29, parliament's opposition has suddenly opened up possibilities including a...

  • Dec 12- Sportswear maker Under Armour Inc on Wednesday forecast 2019 revenue growth and profit below Wall Street estimates on expectations of flat sales in North America, triggering a 11 percent drop in its shares. Under Armour's earnings forecast of 31 cents to 33 cents per share fell short of analysts' estimate, reflecting the company's struggle to turn...