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  • *Export growth to United States, China slow sharply. TOKYO, Dec 19- Japan's export growth slowed to a crawl in November as shipments to the United States and China weakened sharply, in a sign slowing external demand and a Sino-U.S. trade dispute may leave the world's third-largest economy underpowered over the next year. The trade data highlights rising external...

  • *Export growth to United States, China slow sharply. TOKYO, Dec 19- Japan's export growth slowed to a crawl in November as shipments to the United States and China weakened sharply, in a sign slowing external demand and a Sino-U.S. trade dispute may leave the world's third-largest economy underpowered over the next year. The trade data highlights rising external...

  • *Thomson Reuters/ INSEAD Asian Q4 sentiment index 63 vs 58 Q3. SINGAPORE, Dec 19- A very cautious optimism remains among Asian companies in the fourth quarter as they wait to see whether there will be any breakthrough in a trade dispute between the United States and China, a Thomson Reuters/ INSEAD survey showed. Representing the six-month outlook of 84 firms, the...

  • THOMSON REUTERS/ INSEAD ASIAN SENTIMENT SURVEY SHOWS GLOBAL TRADE WAR IS BIGGEST RISK TO BUSINESS.

  • THOMSON REUTERS/ INSEAD ASIAN SENTIMENT SURVEY SHOWS BUSINESSES IN PHILIPPINES AMONG MOST OPTIMISTIC, TAIWAN LEAST.

  • THOMSON REUTERS/ INSEAD ASIAN BUSINESS SENTIMENT INDEX RISES TO 63 IN Q4 FROM 58 IN Q3.

  • THOMSON REUTERS/ INSEAD ASIAN SENTIMENT SURVEY SHOWS FINANCIALS MOST POSITIVE SECTOR.

  • Dec 18- U.S. chipmaker Micron Technology Inc gave on Tuesday quarterly sales and profit forecasts well below Wall Street estimates, citing a market glut of memory chips as consumer and business demand for phones and computers is weakening. Samsung had already warned of a slowdown in demand and drop in chip prices, flagging an end to a two-year boom in memory chips...

  • Dec 18- Blockchain startup Digital Asset's chief executive officer and one of the most prominent supporters of the distributed ledger technology on Wall Street, Blythe Masters, is stepping down after about four years in the role, the company said on Tuesday. AG Gangadhar, a former Uber executive who joined Digital Asset's board in April, has been appointed as the...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 19- Asian share markets played second string to bonds on Wednesday as a spectacular fall in the price of oil spurred speculation the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.4 percent, while Shanghai blue chips were flat. U.S. crude was last down another 13 cents at $46.11 a barrel, while Brent recouped just 4 cents to...

  • CARACAS, Dec 18- A Florida firm has sued Venezuela for $34 million for defaulting on bonds that matured in 2018, according to a filing in a U.S. court on Tuesday, in what may be the first legal strike by a creditor since the OPEC nation broadly defaulted on its debt. The government of President Nicolas Maduro stopped making payments on nearly all bonds issued by...

  • BEIJING, Dec 19- Shanghai copper hit a three-month low overnight and led base metals sharply lower on Wednesday, as investors concerned about global economic growth waited to see whether the U.S. *SHFE COPPER: The most-traded February copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange fell by 1.6 percent to 48,220 yuan a tonne as of 0201 GMT, having slid as much as 2...

  • *Shares open at Y1, 463 vs IPO price of Y1, 500. *Debut follows Japan's biggest ever IPO. TOKYO, Dec 19- SoftBank Corp shares slumped more than 10 percent on debut, as investor appetite for Japan's biggest ever IPO was hurt by a recent service outage at the telecoms operator and worries over its exposure to Chinese telecoms gear maker Huawei.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 19- U.S. soybean futures fell for the first time in three sessions on Wednesday, but Chinese purchases of U.S. supplies capped losses amid easing trade tensions between Washington and Beijing. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were down 0.2 percent at $9.05-3/ 4 a bushel by 0131 GMT, after rising 0.3 percent on Tuesday.

  • *Spot gold was steady at $1,249.63 per ounce, as of 0116 GMT, having touched a peak since July 11 at $1,250.92 earlier in the session. *The British government said on Tuesday it would implement plans for a no-deal Brexit in full and begin telling businesses and citizens to prepare for the risk of leaving the European Union without an agreement.

  • BEIJING/ SINGAPORE, Dec 19- U.S. oil prices rose on Wednesday to claw back part of their more than 5 percent losses from the previous session, with worries about oversupply and a slowing global economy keeping markets under pressure. U.S. crude oil had climbed 37 cents, or 0.8 percent, to $46.24 per barrel by 0122 GMT, after plunging 7.3 percent the day before in a...

  • *COMEX and Shanghai open interest: https://tmsnrt.rs/2GqLLTx. LONDON, Dec 18- Fund managers have thrown in the towel on the copper market. So too has that on the Shanghai Futures Exchange, where China's speculators play the metal markets.

  • *Debut follows Japan's biggest ever IPO. TOKYO, Dec 19- SoftBank Corp shares slumped more than 10 percent in their debut on Wednesday, as investor appetite for Japan's biggest ever IPO was hurt by a recent major service outage and worries over its exposure to Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei. Following its $23.5 billion initial public offering, shares of the...

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- SoftBank Corp shares slid in its market debut on Wednesday, as investor appetite was spoiled by a major service outage this month and worries over its exposure to Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co.. Following its $23.5 billion initial public offering, shares of the telecoms unit of SoftBank Group Corp fell as far as 1,344 yen...

  • DOLLAR/YEN FALLS BELOW 112.23, HITS LOWEST LEVEL SINCE OCT. 29.