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  • TOKYO, May 21- The question of when the Bank of Japan should wind back crisis-era stimulus has dogged policymakers for some time, but its less aggressive support for the stock market in recent weeks has some investors speculating it's already taking its foot off the gas. But since April 9, when Haruhiko Kuroda entered his second term as BOJ governor, it refrained...

  • SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, May 21- The dollar advanced against the yen on Monday, after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. trade war with China is "on hold," boosting risk sentiment amid hopes for an easing of trade tensions between the world's two biggest economies. The easing of U.S.- China trade tensions is likely to underpin riskier assets such as...

  • MELBOURNE, May 21- Copper edged higher on Monday after China and the United States put their trade row on hold, easing concerns the dispute could escalate, although headwinds from a stronger dollar capped gains. *Shanghai Futures Exchange copper also edged up by 0.5 percent to 51,490 yuan a tonne. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday.

  • SHANGHAI, May 21- China's yuan eased to a near four-month low against the U.S. dollar on Monday, dragged lower by a weaker yuan midpoint fix, but market sentiment improved as trade tensions between the world's two largest economic powers eased. A trade war between the United States and China had been put "on hold" after the pair agreed to drop their tariff threats...

  • WASHINGTON— The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world's two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America's massive trade deficit with Beijing. After high-level talks Thursday and Friday in Washington, Beijing agreed in a joint statement with the U.S. to "substantially reduce"...

  • NEW YORK, May 21- U.S. small-cap stocks look poised to extend a breakout rally, especially if oil prices advance deeper into levels last seen in 2014 to drive further gains in the small energy companies that have provided leadership in recent week, analysts and investors said. The Russell 2000 index of small capitalization stocks closed at a record high for a third...

  • SAO PAULO, May 21- Canada's Brookfield Asset Management Inc and its subsidiaries have made nearly a dozen major acquisitions since 2013, spending $10 billion on energy, infrastructure and real estate assets few others would touch due to the legal, political and economic risks involved. YEAR SECTOR TARGET PRICE/CAPEX SELLER UPSIDE 2017 Energy NTS gas...

  • SAO PAULO, May 21- Rampant corruption scandals and a deep recession soured many foreign investors on Brazil in recent years, but one Canadian group saw opportunity. The companies have spent about $10 billion on energy, infrastructure and real estate assets few others would touch due to the legal, political and economic risks involved. The deals confirmed...

  • A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:. The Federal Reserve releases minutes from its most recent policymakers' meeting on Wednesday. The National Association of Realtors is expected to report Thursday that sales fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million last month.

  • BEIJING, May 21- Chinese state media on Monday praised a significant dialling back of trade tension with the United States, saying China had stood its ground and the two countries had huge potential for win-win business cooperation. The previous day, Beijing and Washington said they would keep talking about measures under which China would import more energy...

  • SHANGHAI, May 21- China and Hong Kong stocks extended their rally on Monday, amid easing trade tensions between China and the United States after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. trade war with China was "on hold." **China has agreed to significantly increase its purchases of U.S. goods and services, the two countries said on Saturday, but made no...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Asian stock markets were higher on Monday as investors cheered the outcome of negotiations between the United States and China that put a trade war on hold, clearing uncertainty. TRADE TALKS: The U.S. and China concluded their two days of trade negotiations with an agreement not to impose tariffs on each other, pulling back from the brink of a...

  • *Specs cut net long position in gold in week to May 15. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said a trade war between China and the United States was "on hold." The dollar rose versus the yen and hit a five month-high against a basket of currencies on Monday, after Mnuchin's comments downplaying a trade dispute with China, boosting risk sentiment amid hopes for an easing...

  • May 21- Australia's top power producer AGL Energy on Monday turned down a A $250 million offer for an aging coal-fired energy plant from Chinese-owned Alinta Energy and shunned government pleas to keep the facility open beyond 2022.. AGL's Liddell power plant, which supplies 10 percent of the electricity used in Australia's most populous state, New South...

  • May 21- Australia's top power producer AGL Energy on Monday turned down a A $250 million offer for an ageing coal-fired energy plant from Chinese-owned Alinta Energy and shunned government pleas to keep the facility open beyond 2022.. AGL's Liddell power plant, which supplies 10 percent of the electricity used in Australia's most populous state, New South...

  • *Soybeans rally as U.S.- China trade tensions ease. SINGAPORE, May 21- Chicago soybeans gained more than 2 percent on Monday, rising for a second session to a near one-week high, after Washington and Beijing agreed to drop tariff threats, easing fears about demand for U.S. shipments in top importer China. "The United States and China have reached some sort of an...

  • May 21- U.S.-based Harbour Energy made a final offer of $10.8 billion for Australia's Santos Ltd on Monday, hiking its bid for a fifth time in nine months after a steep rise in oil prices and potentially deterring any rival bids. Analysts have said the government might raise concerns that a takeover could dent gas supply on Australia's east coast and could even...

  • BEIJING, May 21- Chinese state media on Monday praised a significant dialing back of trade tension with the United States, saying China had stood its ground and the two countries had huge potential for win-win business cooperation. The previous day, Beijing and Washington said they would keep talking about measures under which China would import more energy...

  • SYDNEY, May 21- An Australian backbencher on Monday introduced legislation to parliament to ban the export of live sheep after the death of 2,400 animals on a ship bound for the Middle East, an incident that led to widespread criticism of the A $250 million industry. While the bulk of Australia's meat exports are processed, markets such as the Middle East and...

  • NEW YORK— The New York Police Department is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against celebrity chef Mario Batali. She says she remembers joining him for a glass of wine at a Manhattan restaurant, then waking up on the floor feeling drugged and assaulted. Batali issued a statement to CBS denying that he assaulted the woman.