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  • CO-HEAD OF GASCONNECT AUSTRIA SAYS ALL TRANSIT LINES AT BAUMGARTEN HUB BACK ONLINE- ORF RADIO.

  • *Dollar slips after Democrat win Alabama Senate race. TOKYO, Dec 13- The dollar slipped from a four-week high against a basket of currencies on Wednesday after a Democrat won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama, reducing Republicans' already narrow Senate majority further. The reduced Senate majority could make it harder for...

  • *Policy statement due at 2 p.m. EST. WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The Federal Reserve is widely expected to raise interest rates on Wednesday, but, more significantly, it may give its strongest hint yet on how the Trump administration's tax overhaul could affect the U.S. economy. Her successor, Fed Governor Jerome Powell, said at his recent confirmation hearing before a Senate...

  • Algeria, the world's third-largest wheat importer, made its biggest U.S. wheat purchase in nine months on Tuesday. "The fact that we sold wheat to Algeria got my attention," said Jim Gerlach, president of broker A/C Trading in Indiana. Algeria is known as one of the world's low-cost buyers and imports most of its wheat from France, taking advantage of its proximity to...

  • TOKYO, Dec 13- Japan's army of retail investors, no strangers to high risk bets in the past, have emerged as a major force in bitcoin's spectacular rally, now accounting for an estimated 30-50 percent of trading in the cryptocurrency as it spikes to record highs. "When I first heard about the bitcoin a few years ago, I thought it was a fraud," said Yoshinori Kobayashi, 39, a...

  • TOKYO, Dec 13- Japan's army of retail investors, no strangers to high risk bets in the past, have emerged as a major force in bitcoin's spectacular rally, now accounting for an estimated 30-50 percent of trading in the cryptocurrency as it spikes to record highs. "When I first heard about the bitcoin a few years ago, I thought it was a fraud," said Yoshinori Kobayashi, 39, a...

  • TOKYO, Dec 13- Japan's army of retail investors, no strangers to high risk bets in the past, have emerged as a major force in bitcoin's spectacular rally, now accounting for an estimated 30-50 percent of trading in the cryptocurrency as it spikes to record highs. "When I first heard about the bitcoin a few years ago, I thought it was a fraud," said Yoshinori Kobayashi, 39, a...

  • TOKYO, Dec 13- Japan's army of retail investors, no strangers to high risk bets in the past, have emerged as a major force in bitcoin's spectacular rally, now accounting for an estimated 30-50 percent of trading in the cryptocurrency as it spikes to record highs. "When I first heard about the bitcoin a few years ago, I thought it was a fraud," said Yoshinori Kobayashi, 39, a...

  • *Bitcoin weaker, but Bitcoin-related shares in Seoul recover. SEOUL, Dec 13- South Korea said on Wednesday it may tax capital gains from cryptocurrency trading as global regulators worried about a bubble, with Australia's central bank chief warning of a' speculative mania "that has seen the digital asset making rip-roaring gains. Digital currencies are very...

  • *Bitcoin weaker, but Bitcoin-related shares in Seoul recover. SEOUL, Dec 13- South Korea said on Wednesday it may tax capital gains from cryptocurrecy trading as global regulators worried about a bubble, with Australia's central bank chief warning of a' speculative mania "that has seen the digital asset making rip-roaring gains. Digital currencies are very...

  • *Spot gold may bounce to resistance at $1,250/ oz- technicals. *U.S. stock futures, dollar fall as Democrat wins Alabama race. U.S. stock futures, Treasury yields and the dollar fell on Wednesday as Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore in a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama, dealing a political blow to Trump in a race marked by accusations of sexual misconduct...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 13- A boom in newly built luxury apartments in Manhattan has skewed prices for the overall residential real estate market in the borough and masked a sharp drop in transaction volume over the past five years, a property report on Wednesday showed. The super wealthy have tilted condo prices in Manhattan, marking a dramatic change from the pre-crisis...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 13- AT&T Inc has started trials in Georgia state and a non-U.S. location to deliver high-speed internet over power lines, the No. 2 wireless carrier said on Wednesday, marking its latest push to offer faster broadband service to more customers. While the Georgia trial is in a rural area, the service could potentially be deployed in suburbs and cities, the...

  • RIC= JPINTRQP Bank of Japan poll data. TOKYO, Dec 13- Economists fear that the Bank of Japan's ultra-low interest rates could hurt banks' ability to do business if they are kept too long, a Reuters poll found on Wednesday. "Banks' profitability in their main business has been squeezed and regional financial institutions may go bankrupt if the current monetary policy...

  • TOKYO, Dec 13- Oil prices rose on Wednesday as industry data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles, while expectations for an extended shutdown of a major North Sea crude pipeline also continued to bolster markets. It had settled down $1.35, or 2.1 percent, on Tuesday on a wave of profit-taking after news of a key North Sea pipeline...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 13- China's yuan firmed slightly against the dollar on Wednesday as domestic market participants trimmed greenback positions ahead of the U.S. While the greenback stood near a four-week high against a basket of currencies on Wednesday after strong U.S. wholesale inflation data, traders in China say they anticipate a fall in the dollar index...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 13- The high-profile founder of struggling Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco has been placed on an official blacklist of debt defaulters, a further blow to a firm that had spent heavily to compete in areas from smart cars to online entertainment. Jia Yueting had his name and ID number splashed on China's defaulter website after failing to satisfy a...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 13- China stocks dipped slightly as financial shares weighed, while the Hong Kong market was firm ahead of a widely expected interest rate hike from the U.S. **The largest percentage losses in the Shanghai index were Huaxin Cement Co Ltd down 5.29 percent, followed by Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co Ltd losing 4.49 percent and Hainan HNA Infrastructure...

  • Democrat seen beating Trump-backed candidate in Senate race. TOKYO, Dec 13- U.S. stock futures, Treasury yields and the dollar fell on Wednesday as Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore in a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama, while Asian shares edged up as crude oil futures took back lost ground. It would narrow the Republicans' already slim majority in the...

  • Lawyers for Setya Novanto, the former speaker of Indonesia's parliament, argued Wednesday he was too ill to stand trial but prosecutors said he was in good health. Novanto, also a senior figure in the Golkar party, which is part of Indonesia's governing coalition, has denied any wrongdoing. An admirer of President Donald Trump, Novanto made an unexpected...