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  • *Singapore deal was eight years in the making. *EU has agreed trade deals with Japan, Vietnam. BRUSSELS, Oct 18- The European Union will sign a trade agreement with Singapore on Friday, the highlight of a two-day meeting of 51 European and Asian leaders and a signal of the EU's push for open market accords with Asian countries.

  • *China Q3 GDP growth slowest since early 2009. Official data earlier in the day underscored weakness in the economy in the face of a worsening trade war with the United States. China's blue-chip CSI300 index ended the day up 3 percent and the Shanghai Composite index rose 2.58 percent after slumping to near four-year lows.

  • *Wall Street falls after weak industrial earnings, hawkish Fed. Spot gold rose 0.3 percent to $1,226.11 per ounce at 2:53 p.m. EDT. $2.7, or 0.22 percent, at $1,230.10 an ounce.

  • Spot gold rose 0.1 percent to $1,223.40 an ounce at 1322 GMT. U.S. gold futures were down 0.1 percent at $1,226.40. "Overall, we have been technically breaking above the previous highs, so it will be difficult for gold prices to move below that," said ABN AMRO analyst Georgette Boele.

  • Spot gold was flat at $1,222.23 an ounce at 0746 GMT, staying close to its highest since July 26 at 1,233.26 an ounce hit on Monday. "Gold is closely tracking both the U.S. dollar and equities, more so the dollar," said Peter Fung, head of dealing at Wing Fung Precious Metals in Hong Kong. "When the debate is that how high you can push the interest rate, it is going to leave a...

  • *Q3 GDP +6.5 pct y/y, down from Q2, vs poll +6.6 pct. BEIJING, Oct 19- China's economic growth cooled to its weakest quarterly pace since the global financial crisis, with regulators moving quickly to calm nervous investors as a years-long campaign to tackle debt risks and the trade war with the United States began to bite. The economy grew 6.5 percent in the third...

  • LONDON, Oct 19- The euro fell towards a two-month low on Friday after the European Union criticized Italy's spending plans, raising fresh concern over conflict within the common currency zone. Political wrangling over the budget in heavily indebted Italy has seen the euro weaken over 1 percent versus the dollar this week. In the first step of a procedure that...

  • *China's Q3 economic growth slowest since 2009. BENGALURU, Oct 19- Gold prices held steady on Friday as renewed political and economic concerns including China's weak growth weighed on Asian stocks, with the metal on track for a third straight weekly gain. "The geo-political and market-wide factors that were driving safe haven demand for gold such as Fed...

  • LONDON, Oct 19- European stocks managed a modest rise on Friday, recovering from the previous session's sharp fall thanks to a recovery in oil prices, while weak results from Michelin and Bouygues reignited investors' concerns about autos and construction stocks. Italian stocks tumbled 0.4 percent after a ramp-up in rhetoric from the European Commission with...

  • LONDON, Oct 19- European stocks managed a modest rise on Friday, recovering from the previous session's sharp fall thanks to a recovery in oil prices, while weak results from Michelin and Bouygues reignited investors' concerns about autos and construction stocks. Italian stocks tumbled 0.4 percent after a ramp-up in rhetoric from the European Commission with...

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 19- London copper steadied on Friday as investors were heartened by China's pledge to support its economy after growth slowed to the weakest since 2009, but the metal was still on course for its deepest weekly decline in two months. Copper hit a one-week low of $6,121.50 on Thursday and has been trading between $5,780 struck in mid-August and...

  • *Tokyo CPI data due at 2330 GMT Oct 25. "Energy prices contributed to support Tokyo core CPI but the pace of recovery in prices of other items remained slow and will unlikely jump anytime soon," said Yoshiki Shinke, chief economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute. The internal affairs ministry will issue the core CPI for Tokyo at 8:30 a.m. on Friday Oct. 26 Japan...

  • LONDON, Oct 19- Singapore and Britain can do a trade deal after Brexit, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday, adding that he would be prepared to extend the terms of the Asian country's recently agreed deal with the European Union to the UK. "We hope we will be able to continue arrangements with Britain whether or not it is inside the EU... And then we have time to...

  • YOKOSUKA Japan, Oct 19- Unclaimed urns containing ashes of the dead are piling up by the thousands across Japan, creating storage headaches and reflecting fraying family ties and economic pressures in an rapidly ageing nation. The abandoned remains highlight social, economic and demographic changes in Japan, where more elderly live on welfare and families...

  • *China Q3 GDP growth slowest since Q1 2009. SHANGHAI, Oct 19- Chinese stocks bounced on Friday, erasing losses from the past two sessions after regulators pledged steps aimed at calming markets and supporting struggling firms, as Beijing moved quickly to mitigate rising risks to the economy. Official data earlier in the day underscored weakness in the economy...

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 19- Oil prices nudged higher on Friday on signs of surging demand in China, the world's second-biggest oil user, though prices are set to fall for a second week amid concerns of the ongoing Sino-U.S. trade war is limiting overall economic activity. Brent crude oil futures were trading at $79.51 per barrel at 0521 GMT, up 22 cents, or 0.3 percent, from...

  • *Q3 GDP +6.5 pct y/y, down from Q2, vs poll +6.6 pct. BEIJING, Oct 19- China's economic growth cooled to its weakest pace since the global financial crisis in the third quarter, with regulators pledging further policy support as a years-long campaign to tackle debt risks and the trade war with the United States began to bite. The economy grew 6.5 percent in the third...

  • *China's Q3 economic growth slowest since 2009. BENGALURU, Oct 19- Gold prices nudged higher on Friday as Asian shares fell on renewed political and economic concerns including China's weak growth, with the metal on track for a third straight weekly gain. China's economy grew 6.5 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, its weakest pace since the global...

  • *SSEC -0.02 pct, CSI300 +0.21 pct, HSI -0.34 pct. *China Q3 GDP growth slowest since Q1 2009. SHANGHAI, Oct 19- Chinese blue chips inched up on Friday morning, clawing back losses from the previous session, as regulators pledged support for firms facing liquidity problems, and brushing off data that showed the slowest quarterly economic growth since 2009..

  • *Asia air cargo volume up 4.8 pct in Jan-Aug. JEJU, South Korea, Oct 19- Strong e-commerce demand is fueling Asia's air freight market, with the U.S.- China trade war having minimal negative impact so far and in some cases even boosting shipments, industry executives said on Friday. E-commerce is growing at pace in populous Asia, driven by Chinese behemoth Alibaba...