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  • *Soybeans edge up, forecast of rain in Argentina caps gains. Soybean prices climbed for the first time in six sessions to edge away from their lowest in almost a month, although gains were checked by improved weather in parched areas of Argentina. The most-active Chicago Board of Trade wheat contract had gained 0.6 percent to $4.13-1/ 4 a bushel by 0339 GMT, after...

  • S&P futures extended earlier losses on Wednesday, as Democrat Doug Jones took a slight lead over Republican Roy Moore with about 86 percent of the vote counted in a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama. S&P emini futures were down 0.3 percent, compared to their drop 0.1 percent before the Alabama polls closed. It would narrow the Republicans' already slim majority in...

  • BEIJING, Dec 13- Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it is opening an artificial intelligence research center in China to target the country's local talent, even as the U.S. search firm's products remain blocked in the country. This year Google held a Go tournament in cooperation with local authorities in eastern China, pitching its AI against Chinese world...

  • SEOUL, Dec 13- South Korea on Wednesday said it will consider taxing capital gains from trading of virtual coins, a government statement obtained by Reuters ahead of an official release showed. The government will also ban minors from opening accounts on virtual coin exchanges, and propose a bill to allow only eligible exchanges to operate, the statement said.

  • *Vietnam unit of Thai Bev registers interest to buy stake. HANOI/ SINGAPORE, Dec 12- Thai Beverage, through a Vietnam unit, has emerged as the only potential bidder which has registered to own at least 25 percent of the nation's top brewer, Sabeco, in which the government is selling a $5 billion stake, although no formal bid has been made. Last month, Vietnam announced its...

  • MELBOURNE, Dec 13- London copper trading was little changed on Wednesday, as volumes thinned throughout the complex in the lead-up to holidays and ahead of a U.S. monetary policy meeting which may spell out higher interest rates. *SHFE: Shanghai Futures Exchange copper rose by half a percent to 52,180 yuan a tonne. *SHFE: Lead and zinc climbed 1.8 percent and 0.9...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 13- U.S. soybean prices climbed for the first time in six sessions on Wednesday to edge away from their lowest in nearly a month, though gains were checked by ample global supply. *The most active Chicago Board of Trade March soybeans were up 0.3 percent at $9.78-1/ 4 a bushel by 0220 GMT. They closed down 0.7 percent on Tuesday, after hitting their lowest...

  • *Oct core machinery order +5.0 pct m/m vs consensus +3.0 pct. TOKYO, Dec 13- Japanese machinery orders bounced back in October with a faster increase than expected, re-affirming the resilience of capital spending- a key driver in the economy's near two-year expansion. "Machinery orders from manufacturers were especially strong in October," said Daiju Aoki, UBS...

  • TOKYO, Dec 13- Toyota Motor Corp and Panasonic Corp on Wednesday said they would hold a joint news conference in Tokyo at 3:30 pm. The two companies did not give details on the content of the news conference. The Nikkei business daily reported earlier on Wednesday that Toyota and Panasonic were forming a tie-up to establish standards for batteries used in...

  • SEOUL, Dec 13- South Korea's government has called an emergency meeting to discuss the trading of cryptocurrencies, and measures on the market will be announced on Friday, a central bank official said on Wednesday. Vidente Co Ltd and Omnitel Inc, which hold stakes of South Korea's biggest bitcoin exchange Bithumb, fell 8.4 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively.

  • *Philippines had inoculated 830,000 children with vaccine. CHICAGO/ LONDON, Dec 12- When French drugmaker Sanofi published the results of clinical trials of children given its dengue vaccine two years ago, the overall findings were that it protected against the world's biggest and fastest growing mosquito-borne disease. More than two years later, it turns out...

  • TOKYO, Dec 13- Japan's Nikkei share average edged lower on Wednesday morning after tech stocks lost ground as they tracked their weaker U.S. counterparts, offsetting gains in the financial space. Suppliers of Apple such as Murata Manufacturing lost 0.6 percent and Taiyo Yuden dropped 1.6 percent after the U.S. tech giant's shares declined 0.6 percent...

  • It had settled down $1.35, or 2.1 percent, at $63.34 on Tuesday on a wave of profit-taking after news of a key North Sea pipeline shutdown helped send the global benchmark above $65 for the first time since mid-2015. West Texas Intermediate crude was up 36 cents, or 0.6 percent, at $57.50 a barrel, having earlier settled down 85 cents at $57.14. After settlement on...

  • HOUSTON, Dec 12- Oil prices fell sharply on Tuesday, as traders took profits after prices surged early to a two-year high on an unplanned closure of the pipeline that carries the largest North Sea crude oil grade. Selling picked up after the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its monthly short-term energy outlook that U.S. crude oil output will rise by...

  • BUENOS AIRES/ BRASILIA, Dec 12- Trade talks between the European Union and South America's Mercosur bloc will likely extend into next year after European negotiators said they needed more time to respond to improved offers, a source close to Mercosur negotiators said on Tuesday. Mercosur delegates had hoped to announce a so-called political agreement...

  • SEOUL, Dec 13- South Korea's government has called an emergency meeting to discuss the trading of cryptocurrencies, and measures on the market will be announced on Friday, a central bank official said on Wednesday. Vidente Co Ltd and Omnitel Inc, which hold stakes of South Korea's biggest bitcoin exchange Bithumb, fell 8.4 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 13- The fascination with virtual currencies feels more like a "speculative mania," the head of Australia's central bank said on Wednesday, just days after the launch of the world's first bitcoin futures. To tap in to the rapidly rising investor interest, Chicago- based derivatives exchange CBOE Global Markets began futures trading in bitcoins on...

  • LOS ANGELES— Comedian and legendary stoner Cheech Marin doesn't want your pot business to go up in smoke. That's why he's in a new public service announcement publicizing a California Secretary of State website for budding marijuana entrepreneurs. California on Friday began accepting applications from businesses that want to operate in the state's legal...

  • *Spot gold was steady at $1,243.10 an ounce at 0051 GMT, after marking its lowest since July 20 at $1,235.92 in the last session. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from U.S. demands that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up...

  • The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, which represents the women, says Tuesday's complaint against McCormick& Schmick's Seafood Restaurants details a "humiliating" and "toxic" work environment at the chain's location near Boston's historic Faneuil Hall. A spokeswoman for the Landry's Inc., the Houston- based restaurant and hotel...