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  • SYDNEY, July 19- Australian employment surged by the most this year in June as firms took on more full-time workers, yet the jobless rate held steady as more people entered the labor force in a trend that has curbed much-needed wage gains. Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics released on Thursday showed 50,900 net new jobs were added in June, blowing...

  • TOKYO, July 19- Japan's exports to the United States fell in June for the first time in 17 months amid worries about U.S. Exports to the United States fell 0.9 percent in June from the same period a year ago due to a decline in shipments of cars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment, two of Japan's most important export products. The decline, while slight, could...

  • BEIJING, July 19- Shanghai zinc soared as much as 6 percent to a one-week high on Thursday after data showed a year-on-year drop in Chinese production and the London Metal Exchange zinc price posted its biggest daily jump in almost a year. *CHINA: China's June zinc output fell 5 percent year-on-year to 475,000 tonnes, the National Bureau of Statistics said on...

  • SHUANGFENG COUNTY, China, July 19- Liu Deke, 73, puffed away on a roll-up as he threshed stalks of dried rapeseed on a large canvas sheet. It was a normal day's work for Liu and his wife, farmers in Dongfeng village in China's southern Hunan province. And like many others in rural China, their offspring have long ago moved to cities where wages far outstrip farming...

  • SHUANGFENG COUNTY, China, July 19- Liu Deke, 73, puffed away on a roll-up as he threshed stalks of dried rapeseed on a large canvas sheet. It was a normal day's work for Liu and his wife, farmers in Dongfeng village in China's southern Hunan province. And like many others in rural China, their offspring have long ago moved to cities where wages far outstrip farming...

  • SYDNEY, July 19- Billionaire James Packer has resigned 22 Australian company directorships in the last few weeks and no longer holds any board seat in his home country, corporate records show, signalling his almost full retreat from public business life. He quit the board of his private company Consolidated Press Holdings on June 27, and corporate records show...

  • TOKYO, July 19- Asian shares made early gains on Thursday as upbeat Wall Street earnings supported global investor sentiment, although trade war jitters pushed China's offshore yuan to a fresh one-year low. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.53 percent, while Japan's Nikkei and the Australian benchmark advanced 0.42 percent...

  • MANILA, July 19- The Asian Development Bank said developing Asia is on track to meet growth expectations for this year and 2019, but warned that rising U.S. protectionist trade measures and countermeasures from China and others pose "a clear downside risk". It now sees Indonesia growing 5.2 percent this year, instead of 5.3 percent, and has raised its forecast for...

  • *In a closely watched two-day congressional testimony, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said he believed the United States was on course for years more of steady growth, and carefully played down the risks to the U.S. economy of an escalating trade conflict. *A prolonged U.S. trade war with China and Europe would dent global economic growth and force...

  • FARNBOROUGH, England, July 18- Boeing Co struck a new deal for 100 passenger jets with Vietnamese budget airline VietJet Aviation JSC on Wednesday, deepening a battle for market share against rival Airbus in one of southeast Asia's hottest markets. "The growth is incredibly strong in Southeast Asia," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Kevin McAllister.

  • *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were up 0.2 percent to $8.59 a bushel by 0101 GMT, having firmed 0.3 percent on Wednesday when prices hit a high of $8.63-1/ 2 a bushel- the highest since July 11. *China's buyers have loaded up on soybeans from Brazil, instead of the United States, because of a 25 percent tariff on imports of U.S. soy that...

  • TOKYO, July 19- Oil prices on Wednesday extended gains from the previous session, buoyed after official data showed that U.S. inventories of gasoline, diesel and heating oil unexpectedly fell last week. Brent crude futures had risen 8 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $72.98 by 0043 GMT. West Texas Intermediate crude futures climbed 20 cents, or 0.3 percent, to $68.96.

  • TOKYO, July 19- The dollar held firm against the yen and other major currencies on Thursday, supported by bullish comments from the U.S. In closely watched congressional testimony on Tuesday and Wednesday, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said he believed the United States was on course for years more of steady growth, and carefully played down the risks to the U.S....

  • *Protectionism remains a risk for Japan's exports. TOKYO, July 19- Japan's exports to the United States fell in June for the first time in 17 months amid worries about U.S. Exports to the United States fell 0.9 percent in June from the same period a year ago due to a decline in shipments of cars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment, two of Japan's most important...

  • LONDON, July 18- A global trade war would hit financial markets hard, potentially wiping trillions of dollars off the value of stocks and other assets. This is despite the fact that, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch's latest fund manager poll, a global trade war is the biggest single tail risk facing investors since the euro debt crisis six years ago.

  • The company fired Vilchez Lazo on Friday, Margolis said. Margolis and police investigators said there's no evidence Vilchez Lazo was on duty when the attacks occurred. On Tuesday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said Vilchez Lazo was living in the country illegally and that it planned to deport him to his native Peru if he was ever released...

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- The U.S. Interior Department's watchdog said in a letter to lawmakers on Wednesday that it was investigating a Montana real estate deal involving a foundation set up by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and a development group backed by the chairman of oil service company Halliburton. Neither the inspector general's office nor the Interior...

  • Federal Reserve Today in Washington. 19- Jul France Index-linked Securities auction 19- Jul Japan 1- year discount bill auction 19- Jul Spain Bond auction 19- Jul United Kingdom 1 3/ 4% Treasury Gilt 2057 20- Jul Japan 3- month discount bill auction 23- Jul Belgium OLO Auction 24- Jul Japan Auction of 40- year government bonds 24- Jul United States Sale of 2-...

  • Detour said it had asked the Ontario Securities Commission to investigate Paulson, accusing it of "concerning and unlawful behavior." The hedge fund, run by billionaire John Paulson, has threatened to replace the company's board if it does not successfully explore strategic alternatives, including a sale, and look for a new chief executive.

  • TOKYO, July 19- Japan's exports rose 6.7 percent in June from a year earlier, Ministry of Finance data showed on Thursday, suggesting a pick-up in global demand. The trade balance came to a surplus of 721.4 billion yen, versus the median estimate for a 534.2 billion yen surplus. For background, please see this PREVIEW To view full tables, go to the website of the...