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  • *Quiet markets await Fed minutes, trade talks. *Dollar steadies after Trump comments had weighed. LONDON, Aug 22- The euro on Wednesday snapped a four-day rally that had lifted it to a two-week high as markets awaited news of U.S.- China trade talks and Federal Reserve minutes.

  • BERLIN— Germany's foreign minister is setting out proposals for a "balanced partnership" with the United States that would include setting up payment channels that are independent of the U.S. Heiko Maas wrote in Wednesday's edition of the daily Handelsblatt that he envisions taking "our balanced share of responsibility" and being "a counterbalance when the...

  • COPENHAGEN, Aug 22- Danish hearing aid company GN Store Nord raised its 2018 sales and profit forecast for its headset business on Wednesday, sending its shares 4 percent higher. The stock traded 3.8 percent higher at 0728 GMT. One is we are selling more headsets than the market is growing and second is we are selling better and better headsets, causing prices to go...

  • LONDON, Aug 22- European stock markets opened lower on Wednesday, exerting more caution than Wall Street, where the benchmark S&P 500 reached a record high in its longest-ever bull-market run. At 0730 GMT, the pan-European STOXX 600 was down 0.1 percent, with no trend evident as investors waited to see whether the United States and China could make progress...

  • Aug 22- Four of Japan's biggest nuclear operators and plant builders have started talks on a potential partnership in atomic energy, as the sector struggles to reboot in the wake of the Fukushima disaster seven years ago, a source said on Wednesday. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc, Hitachi Ltd, Toshiba and Chubu Electric Power Co Inc have signed an...

  • BEIJING, Aug 22- China's pig cull topped 20,000 animals on Wednesday as officials try to halt an outbreak of deadly African swine fever in the world's largest pig market, already reeling from a year-long price rout. Nearly 15,000 hogs have been culled in Lianyungang city in eastern Jiangsu province as of Aug. 20, local authorities said, after the third case of the...

  • Minutes from the Fed's July 31- Aug. 1 policy meeting are expected later on Wednesday, which investors will study for clues on further rate hikes in the United States. Spot gold fell 0.2 percent to $1,192.93 an ounce at 0715 GMT, after earlier hitting $1,197.66, its highest level since Aug. 14. U.S. gold futures were largely unchanged at $1,200 an ounce.

  • BRUSSELS, Aug 22- Biotech group Argenx said on Wednesday U.S. pharma group AbbVie had exercised an exclusive option to develop and commercialize one of its experimental drugs which could lead to payments of up to $625 million. Argenx, with bases in the Netherlands and Belgium, has several drugs to treat autoimmune diseases and cancer in various stages of medical...

  • A committee set up by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allied non- OPEC exporters would review their crude output at a meeting in Algeria next month, he told reporters while touring an electricity station. "The production numbers of OPEC and outside OPEC will be reviewed at the meeting in Algeria, and before the end of the current year,...

  • BEIJING, Aug 22- China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday it hoped that trade talks with the United States can produce a good outcome.

  • *Shanghai stocks lower, blue-chip CSI300 index down. *Shanghai losses led by Gansu Gangtai. **Trading activity was thin, with Shanghai stocks seeing the lowest trading volume in one and half years.

  • BEIJING, Aug 22- China's pig cull topped 20,000 animals on Wednesday as officials try to halt an outbreak of deadly African swine fever in the world's largest pig market, already reeling from a year-long price rout. Nearly 15,000 hogs have been culled in Lianyungang city in eastern Jiangsu province as of Aug. 20, local authorities said, after the third case of the...

  • *Market weighs potential oil supply cut from Iran sanctions. Brent crude oil futures were at $72.90 per barrel at 0653 GMT, up 27 cents, or 0.37 percent, from their last close. "Investors are also confident that inventories in the United States will decrease this week," ANZ Bank said in a note.

  • MANILA, Aug 22- London copper retreated on Wednesday ahead of trade talks between the United States and China with U.S. Trump told Reuters in an interview on Monday that he had "no time frame" for ending the trade dispute with China, which threatens to impose tariffs on virtually all goods traded between the world's two largest economies. "The previously announced...

  • LONDON, Aug 21- Loading up on Russian sovereign bonds was a consensus trade for emerging market investors once Donald Trump won the White House, but the U.S. Earlier this month, Washington outlined another round of sanctions over Moscow's alleged use of a nerve agent against a former Russian spy in Britain. They kick in on Wednesday, and if Russia does not permit...

  • *Market weighs potential oil supply cut from Iran sanctions. *U.S., China trade dispute raises demand growth concerns. "Investors are also confident that inventories in the United States will decrease this week," ANZ Bank said in a note.

  • LONDON, Aug 22- Debenhams, the British department store group that has issued three profit warnings this year, said on Wednesday it had recruited a former chief financial officer of Domino's Pizza to be its new finance chief. Debenhams said Rachel Osborne, who has also worked for department store rival John Lewis and home improvement retailer Kingfisher, would...

  • TOKYO, Aug 22- Japan's Nikkei closed higher on Wednesday supported by tech shares, which tracked gains in their U.S. peers, although telcos were volatile on news the government wanted to cut their mobile phone fees and stop handset bundling. Weighing on sentiment were declines in U.S. futures after Michael Cohen, U.S. Nobuhiko Kuramochi, a strategist at Mizuho...

  • AMP has been the worst hit by a quasi-judicial inquiry, or Royal Commission, into Australia's finance sector, losing half its board and nearly A $5 billion in market value over accusations it charged customers fees for no service and then worked at the board level to deceive a regulator about it. "He takes regulation very seriously and understands how to engage...

  • AMSTERDAM, Aug 22- Adyen, the Dutch company which processes payments for Netflix and Facebook, reported at 75 percent jump in first-half net profit, driven by existing and new customers including retailer eBay. It was the first earnings report for the Amsterdam- based Adyen as a public company, whose wild initial public offering in June saw shares rise 100 percent...