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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 20- A move by the Trump administration to make it simpler to sell small arms abroad may provide some relief to gun makers American Outdoor Brands and Sturm Ruger& Company in an industry grappling with a deep sales slump since the election of President Donald Trump. The expected relaxing of rules could increase foreign gun sales by as much as 20...

  • TOKYO, Sept 21- The Bank of Japan is expected to reassure markets on Thursday that it will lag well behind its U.S. counterpart in scaling back its massive stimulus, as an improving economy has yet to boost inflation anywhere near its elusive 2 percent target. Premier Shinzo Abe's expected decision to call a snap election and delay the timing for achieving his...

  • *Trump endorses bill, but it is unclear it can pass Senate. President Donald Trump, who has expressed frustration at the Senate's failure thus far to pass legislation dismantling Obama's signature legislative achievement, said "47 or 48" Republicans back the bill, which needs 50 votes for passage in the 100- seat Senate, which his Republican Party controls 52-48..

  • *HTC to hold press conference at 0200 GMT. HONG KONG/ TAIPEI, Sept 21- Alphabet Inc's Google is set to announce a deal to acquire part of Taiwanese firm HTC Corp's smartphone operations for about $1 billion, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday. HTC said in a filing to the stock exchange that it would hold a news conference at 10:00 a.m. Taipei...

  • The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is due to meet in Vienna on Friday to discuss extending a production cut deal with non- OPEC oil producers that has been in place since January and in its current form is due to expire at the end of March 2018. OPEC and some non- OPEC members pledged to cut production by around 1.8 million bpd from January in order...

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 21- China's central bank lowered its official yuan midpoint for a third straight day to 6.5867 per dollar on Thursday, the weakest level since Sept. 1, reflecting strength in the greenback overnight after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled it may raise interest rates for a third time this year. Thursday's fixing was 197 pips or 0.3 percent weaker than...

  • SYDNEY, Sept 21- U.S. soybeans rose for a second consecutive session on Thursday as the oilseed drew support from a report of strong export figures by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were up 0.2 percent at $9.72 a bushel as of 0055 GMT, having firmed 0.5 percent on Wednesday. *The U.S. Department of...

  • HONG KONG/ TAIPEI, Sept 21- Alphabet Inc's Google is set to announce a deal to acquire part of Taiwanese firm HTC Corp's smartphone operations for about $1 billion, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday. The deal will not involve the purchase of a direct stake and HTC will continue to run its remaining smartphone business, the source said,...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 20- Proposed Chinese acquisitions of American companies led U.S. government national security reviews in 2015 for the fourth year in a row, the Treasury Department said in a report released on Wednesday. The Treasury's latest annual report for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, showed that Chinese transactions...

  • *Trump says has made up his mind on Iran deal, but won't say how. *Iran says it will not be first to violate agreement. UNITED NATIONS, Sept 20- The United States said on Wednesday it is weighing whether the Iranian nuclear deal serves its security interests even as Iran said it did not expect Washington to abandon the agreement.

  • The new arbitration requests, filed in the International Court of Arbitration that oversees the companies' agreement, seeks to stop Toshiba from investing in the so-called Fab 6 facility in Yokkaichi, Japan, unless Western Digital's subsidiary Sandisk is also allowed to invest. The court, a branch of the International Chamber of Commerce, is an institution for...

  • *Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,298.61 an ounce at 0054 GMT, after earlier dropping to lowest since late August at $1295.65. *The euro's appreciation reflects a stronger euro zone economy, supporting calls for the European Central Bank to move away from its unprecedented stimulus policy, ECB rate-setter Klaas Knot said on Wednesday. *The Bank of England will...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 20- The hackers who broke into widely used computer utility software in August also tried to infect machines at Microsoft, Intel and other top technology companies, according to research by Cisco Systems released late on Wednesday. That suggests the breach, disclosed on Monday, was far more serious than initially described by Piriform, maker...

  • TOKYO, Sept 21- The U.S. dollar shone while Asian shares slipped slightly on Thursday after the U.S. MSCI's broadest dollar-denominated index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.4 percent. South Korea's Kospi was down 0.1 percent while Australia shed 0.6 percent.

  • ST. LOUIS, Sept 20- St. Louis officials decided on Wednesday to supply police officers with body cameras for a year following nearly a week of protests touched off by the acquittal of a former police officer for the shooting death of a black man. The panel, made up of President of the Board of Aldermen Lewis Reed, Mayor Lyda Krewson and City Comptroller Darlene Green,...

  • TOKYO, Sept 21- The dollar rose to a two-month high against the yen and extended its gains against the euro on Thursday after a hawkish-sounding Federal Reserve heightened expectations for an interest rate hike in December. The U.S. central bank, as anticipated, also said it would begin in October to reduce its approximately $4.2 trillion in holdings of U.S.

  • A Wall Street Journal report says that hackers broker into Equifax's computer systems in March, giving them months to probe vulnerabilities and eventually gain access to the data of 143 million Americans. The Journal cited a report from security firm FireEye that was sent to some Equifax customers this week. One expert said the hackers probably found the...

  • *Trump says has made up his mind on Iran deal, but won't say how. *Iran says it will not be first to violate agreement. UNITED NATIONS, Sept 20- Iran said on Wednesday it did not expect the United States to abandon the Iranian nuclear deal as U.S. officials sent mixed signals on what they plan to do about the international accord.

  • Top Economic Events Polling Unit Diary Today in Washington Political and General News. 21- Sept France BTAN/Index-linked Securities auction 21- Sept Spain Bond auction 26- Sept United States Sale of 2- year notes 26- Sept Germany Auction of 2- year Treasury notes 26- Sept Italy Zero-coupon/BTPi auction 26- Sept Japan Auction of 40- year government bonds...

  • FRANKFURT- ECB President Mario Draghi gives welcome remarks at the 2nd ESRB annual conference in Frankfurt- 1315 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Swedish Central Bank minutes from monetary policy will be published- 0730 GMT. OSLO- Norway Central Bank holds a press conference after the announcing its interest rate decision and issuing its monetary policy report 0830 GMT.