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  • *Spot gold looks neutral in $1,329- $1,341 range- technicals. Spot gold rose 0.2 percent to $1,336.26 per ounce at. The U.S. Senate voted on Monday to pass a temporary spending plan through Feb. 8 to end the government shutdown.

  • *Q4 operating profit 44 bln won vs 250 bln won forecast. SEOUL, Jan 23- LG Display Co Ltd said it would begin making plastic organic light-emitting diode panels at a new line in South Korea in the third quarter, driving up its shares as investors cheered the clearer timeline for mass production of the small screens. "The fact that the third quarter was mentioned...

  • TOKYO, Jan 23- Japan's central bank kept monetary settings unchanged on Tuesday and offered a more upbeat view on inflation expectations than three months ago, signaling its conviction a strengthening recovery will gradually push price growth to its 2 percent target. But Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda will likely seek to dispel market speculation of...

  • TOKYO, Jan 23- The yen ticked up slightly on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan kept monetary policy unchanged as expected but made tweaks to its views on inflation that some trader say pointed to a slightly less pessimistic central bank view on consumer prices. The greenback fell 0.2 percent to 110.74 yen, edging near last week's four-month low of 110.19, after the...

  • *China 2017 corn imports hit 2.83 million T, lowest since 2014. BEIJING, Jan 23- China, the world's top sugar importer, brought in 2.29 million tonnes of the sweetener in 2017, down 25.2 percent from the year before and the lowest since 2010, data showed on Tuesday. China's December sugar imports dropped 38.7 percent to 130,000 tonnes, from 220,000 tonnes a year ago,...

  • TOKYO, Jan 23- Asian stocks advanced on Tuesday after U.S. senators struck a deal to end a three-day government shutdown, sending Wall Street's main indexes to record highs, while the dollar inched down against the yen after the Bank of Japan kept policy steady. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.7 percent to a fresh record peak.

  • *HK-> Shanghai Connect daily quota used 1.8 pct, Shanghai-> HK daily quota used 14.1 pct. SHANGHAI, Jan 23- Hong Kong stocks climbed on Tuesday morning to an all-time peak, underpinned by a combination of gains in financial and IT firms as well as record highs on Wall Street after U.S. senators struck a deal to end a three-day government shutdown. **Chinese H-shares listed...

  • BEIJING, Jan 23- China's imports of liquefied natural gas hit a monthly record of 5.03 million tonnes in December, customs data showed, as purchases spiked to cover a surge in demand under Beijing's push to replace coal with gas for households and factories. December shipments came in 24 percent ahead of November's previous record of 4.056 million tonnes, and...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 23- Chicago soybean futures were little changed on Tuesday as the market took a breather after gaining 3.6 percent in the last six sessions on concerns over dry weather in Argentina, the world's third largest supplier. The most-active soybean contract on the Chicago Board Of Trade was unchanged at $9.84-1/ 4 a bushel as of 0349 GMT.

  • *Strong demand comes as OPEC/ Russia withhold oil supplies. SINGAPORE, Jan 23- Oil prices rose on Tuesday, lifted by healthy economic growth as well as the ongoing supply restraint by a group of exporters around OPEC and Russia. Spot Brent crude futures were at $69.41 at 0409 GMT, up 38 cents, or 0.55 percent, from their last close, not far off the Jan. 15 three-year high of...

  • BEIJING, Jan 23- China, the world's top sugar importer, bought 2.29 million tonnes of the sweetener in 2017, down 25.2 percent from the year before and the lowest since 2010, data showed on Tuesday. That came in the wake of steps by China's government to protect the local sugar industry. China's December sugar imports dropped 38.7 percent to 130,000 tonnes, from...

  • BEIJING— China's anti-corruption agency says the deputy head of the Cabinet agency in charge of energy policy for the world's second-largest economy has been dismissed on graft charges. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Tuesday that Wang Xiaolin, a former longtime executive in the state-owned coal industry, was suspected of "serious...

  • TOKYO, Jan 23- Toshiba Corp said on Tuesday it has completed the sale of its claims against bankrupt U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co LLC, a move that allows the Japanese conglomerate to replenish its depleted capital base and remain listed. The $2.16 billion sale, to a group of hedge funds led by the Baupost Group, will also come with tax benefits and...

  • BEIJING— China on Tuesday criticized U.S. It repeated criticism that Washington is improperly responding to trade complaints under U.S. law instead of through the World Trade Organization. "China hopes the United States will exercise restraint in using trade restrictions and compliance with multilateral trade rules and will play a positive role in...

  • SYDNEY, Jan 23- Australia's annual wine exports to China jumped 63 percent by value in 2017, industry figures showed on Tuesday, as high-end sales rose and a free trade agreement signed two years ago cut import duties. The surge in sales to Australia's No. 1 wine export market lifted shares in the country's biggest wine exporter, Treasury Wine Estates, to an...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea plans to require local banks to launch a real-name system for crypto currency trading that will require the up-to-now anonymous transactions be traceable as the country seeks to curb speculation and criminal activities. Financial Services Commission Vice Chair Kim Yong- beom said at a press briefing Tuesday that the new...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 22- Puerto Rico's governor said on Monday he intends to sell off the U.S. territory's troubled power utility to the private sector, saying the process could take roughly 18 months to complete. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has yet to recover fully from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, which in late September knocked out power to...

  • TOKYO, Jan 23- Japan's central bank kept monetary settings unchanged on Tuesday and offered a more upbeat view on inflation expectations than three months ago, signaling its conviction a strengthening recovery will gradually push price growth to its 2 percent target. But Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda will likely seek to dispel market speculation of...

  • *China Dec LNG imports up 34.8 pct y/y at 5.03 mln tonnes, their highest on record, official customs data showed on Tuesday. *That exceeds November's record of 4.056 mln tonnes. *China 2017 LNG imports were up 46.3 pct on-year at 38.13 mln tonnes, also a record, customs said.

  • NEIL DIAMOND ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM TOURING DUE TO RECENT DIAGNOSIS OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE.