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  • SINGAPORE, Feb 23- Oil prices dipped on Friday as high U.S. crude exports outweighed lower crude inventories in the world's biggest consumer of the fuel. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were at $62.73 a barrel at 0449 GMT, down 4 cents from their last settlement. Brent crude futures were down 6 cents at $66.33 a barrel.

  • *HK-> Shanghai Connect daily quota used 6.5 pct, Shanghai-> HK daily quota used 7.4 pct. SHANGHAI, Feb 23- Hong Kong stocks rallied across the board on Friday morning, tracking gains in other Asian markets as comments from a Federal Reserve official eased worries about faster U.S. rate hikes. Shares in listed firms in which Anbang Insurance Group holds stakes were mixed...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 23- China's yuan strengthened against the dollar in post-holiday thin trade on Friday, supported by a slightly stronger official guidance rate. The Chinese currency is on course for marginal gains in the holiday-shortened week. Prior to market opening, the People's Bank of China set the yuan midpoint rate at 6.3482 per dollar, 48 pips or 0.08...

  • *China exports to North Korea at $168.88 mln in Jan vs $257.73 mln in Dec. *China imports from North Korea at $47.09 mln versus $54.68 mln in Dec. BEIJING, Feb 23- China's January trade with North Korea fell to the lowest level since at least June 2014, the latest sign that China has kept up pressure on its isolated neighbour in line with United Nations trade sanctions.

  • *Japan's Jan inflation pace unchanged, yen shows little reaction. TOKYO, Feb 23- The dollar edged up against the yen and other currencies on Friday, trimming earlier losses, as global investors gingerly dipped their toes back into riskier assets amid rapidly shifting views on U.S. monetary policy. Japan's Nikkei rose 0.4 percent and MSCI's broadest index of...

  • *Spot gold may rise to $1,354/ oz- technicals. Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,328.90 an ounce. Treasury yields remaining elevated, "said INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir.

  • YOKOHAMA, Japan— Starting next month, Nissan Motor Co. is testing on regular roads what it calls "a robo-vehicle mobility service." Nissan says that feedback from the 300 people who have signed up to try out Easy Ride will be used to fine-tune the app. For now, Easy Ride will be limited to a 4.5- kilometer course that starts from Nissan headquarters and winds through a...

  • YOKOHAMA, Feb 23- Facing a future in which self-driving cars may curb vehicle ownership, Nissan Motor Co is taking its first steps to becoming an operator of autonomous transportation services, hoping to break into a segment set to be dominated by Uber Technologies and other technology firms. In partnership with Japanese mobile gaming platform operator DeNA...

  • UNITED STATES TO HIT NORTH KOREA WITH LARGE PACKAGE OF NEW SANCTIONS ON FRIDAY- SENIOR U.S.

  • *China's Jan scrap metal imports lowest since Feb, 2016. BEIJING, Feb 23- China's scrap metal imports fell to the lowest level in nearly two years in January, as stringent new rules on foreign solid waste imports came into force at the start of the year, with imports of other types of waste also tumbling. Beijing in November told the World Trade Organization that it...

  • TOKYO, Feb 23- Japan's core consumer inflation was steady in January from a year earlier in a sign a strengthening economy has yet to prompt companies to raise prices, a challenge policy makers have yet to overcome despite years of massive stimulus. That adds to growing challenges for BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda as he prepares for his second term in April with...

  • HONG KONG/ JAKARTA, Feb 23- Indonesia has become the first Asian country to sell "green" bonds internationally in a $1.25 billion deal as one of the world's worst greenhouse gas emitters tapped into investor interest in climate-friendly investments. Indonesia on Friday sold $1.25 billion in five-year green Sukuk bonds- which means the deal conforms to Islamic...

  • BRASILIA, Feb 22- Brazil's defense minister said on Thursday that Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX and other U.S. aerospace companies have expressed interest in launching rockets from its Alcantara military base near the equator and visited the site in December. Rubens Barbosa, a former Brazilian ambassador to the United States who organized the visit to the...

  • BEIJING, Feb 23- China's imports of liquefied natural gas hit record levels in January, as the world's most populous nation rushed to shore up supplies ahead of another cold snap and this month's Lunar New Year celebrations, while fuel exports also jumped. LNG imports totalled 5.18 million tonnes, compared with the previous record of 5.03 million tonnes set in...

  • BEIJING, Feb 23- China's imports of liquefied natural gas hit record levels in January, as the world's most populous nation rushed to shore up supplies ahead of another cold snap and this month's Lunar New Year celebrations, while fuel exports also jumped. LNG imports totalled 5.18 million tonnes, compared with the previous record of 5.03 million tonnes set in...

  • *MSCI ex- Japan up climbs 1 pct, Nikkei up 0.4 pct. SYDNEY, Feb 23- Asian shares rebounded on Friday as comments from a Federal Reserve official eased worries about faster rate rises in the United States, while the safe-haven yen held on to its gains amid heightened volatility across markets. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 1...

  • BEIJING, Feb 23- China's customs said on Friday that its final January dollar-denominated export numbers showed they grew 11.1 percent on-year, unchanged from the preliminary figure. The January dollar-denominated imports growth was revised lower to 36.8 percent year-on-year, compared with the preliminary reading of 36.9 percent. The regulator revised...

  • China's exports to North Korea totaled $168.88 million in January compared with $257.73 million in December, while imports from North Korea were $47.09 million versus $54.68 million in December.

  • BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Feb 23- The Chinese government on Friday seized control of Anbang Insurance Group Co Ltd, one of China's biggest insurance conglomerates, in a dramatic move that underscores Beijing's intent to crackdown on financial risk. Anbang's chairman and key shareholder, Wu Xiaohui, had also been prosecuted for economic crimes, the China Insurance...

  • BEIJING, Feb 23- China's imports of liquefied natural gas rose to a record in January, as the world's most populous nation rushed to shore up supplies ahead of another cold snap and the Spring Festival celebrations this month. Arrivals totalled 5.18 million tonnes, compared with the previous record of 5.03 million tonnes set in December and up 51.2 percent from...