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  • BOLIVIA EXPECTS RUSSIAN GAZPROM TO OPERATE GAS FIELDS OF VITIACUA, LA CEIBA.

  • RUSSIAN ENERGY MINISTER ALEXANDER NOVAK SAYS GAZPROM IN TALKS WITH BOLIVIA TO POSSIBLY SELL GAS TO NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES.

  • Nov 23- U.S. shoppers had splurged more than $1.52 billion online by Thanksgiving evening, and more bargain hunters turned up at stores this year after two weak holiday seasons as retailers opened their doors early on the eve of Black Friday. "The turnout is clearly better than the last couple of years," said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners.

  • TOKYO, Nov 24- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Friday morning after exporters such as automakers were sold, while Mitsubishi Materials dived after it said its subsidiaries falsified data. The Nikkei declined 0.4 percent to 22,428.83 in midmorning trade, after markets were closed for a national holiday on Thursday. Automakers were hit by selling, with...

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 24- Chinese stocks wobbled in volatile trade on Friday morning as investors grappled with the biggest selloff in months the previous day, with fresh government steps to curb financial risks and a rout in the bond market sapping confidence. The benchmark blue-chip CSI300 Index opened down and then rose into positive territory before sinking back...

  • Nov 23- U.S. shoppers had splurged more than $1.52 billion online by Thanksgiving evening, and more bargain hunters turned up at stores this year after two weak holiday seasons as retailers opened their doors early on the eve of Black Friday. "The turnout is clearly better than the last couple of years," said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners.

  • *Markets also supported by expected extension of OPEC output cuts. *Analysts say internal OPEC tensions threaten collaboration. SINGAPORE, Nov 24- U.S. crude oil hit fresh two-year highs on Friday, as the shutdown of a major crude pipeline from Canada to the United States tightened North American markets.

  • *Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,292.18 per ounce, as of 0134 GMT. *Lawyers for Michael Flynn, U.S. *European Central Bank policymakers broadly agreed last month on extending their asset purchase scheme but a decision to keep the bond buys open-ended appeared to generate fiercer debate, minutes of the meeting released on Thursday showed.

  • SYDNEY, Nov 24- Copper traded in a tight range on Friday, stymied by the U.S. *The most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange started 0.07 percent higher at 54,090 yuan a tonne. *PERU STRIKE: Workers for the two largest unions at Southern Copper Corp in Peru started an indefinite strike, though the company said operations were unaffected.

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 24- China's central bank set its official yuan midpoint at the strongest level in six weeks on Friday at 6.6021 per dollar, breaching the key 6.6 level, reflecting a robust spot yuan performance the day earlier. The official midpoint was 211 pips or 0.32 percent firmer than the previous fix of 6.6021 per dollar on Thursday. Market participants said...

  • TOKYO, Nov 24- Shares of Mitsubishi Materials Corp fell as much as 11 percent on Friday after the company said its subsidiaries had falsified product data, the latest in a series of quality assurance scandals involving Japanese manufacturers. Mitsubishi Materials said on Thursday that data falsification at one subsidiary, Mitsubishi Cable Industries, was...

  • *Markets also supported by expected extension of OPEC output cuts. *Analysts say internal OPEC tensions threaten collaboration. SINGAPORE, Nov 24- U.S. crude oil hit fresh two-year highs on Friday, as the shutdown of a major crude pipeline from Canada to the United States tightened North American markets.

  • The six-month WTI spread is trading at the highest level since October 2014, a sure sign traders expect stocks around Cushing to tighten significantly after the pipeline outage. Cushing crude stocks rose steadily between the middle of August and the start of November, even as stocks declined in the rest of the country, especially on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

  • TOKYO, Nov 24- The dollar wobbled in thin trading on Friday, on track for losses against most rivals in a holiday-shortened week as it remained under pressure on the Federal Reserve's cautious view on low U.S. inflation. U.S. markets were closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, which was also a national holiday in Japan. "Hedge funds that close their books...

  • *Sterling eyes May's visit to Brussels. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan ticked down 0.1 percent in early trade, led by 0.3 percent fall in Australian shares. Still, in the very near term, we could be in a phase where patience is needed, "said Hirokazu Kabeya, chief global strategist at Daiwa Securities.

  • Top Economic Events Polling Unit Diary Today in Washington Political and General News. 27- Nov United States Sale of 2- year notes 27- Nov United States Sale of 5- year notes 27- Nov Italy Zero-coupon/BTPi auction 27- Nov Norway Auction of Treasury bills 28- Nov United States Sale of 7- year notes 28- Nov Italy Bills auction 28- Nov Japan Auction of 40- year...

  • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24 BOGOTA- Bank of Colombia holds Board of Director's meeting followed by a press release and a press conference. **PRAGUE Czech National Bank Vice Governor Mojmir Hampl to participate in a discussion on Czech insurance policy 0730 GMT. CHISINAU- National Bank of Moldova announces interest rate decision.

  • SAO PAULO, Nov 23- Equities markets across Latin America fell on Thursday amid light Thanksgiving trading, led by the blue-chip IPSA index in Chile, where investors are still jittery over a weak performance by conservatives in elections over the weekend. Additionally, workers at BHP Billiton Ltd's major Escondida copper mine in Chile walked off the job...

  • FRANKFURT- ECB Bank Supervisory Chief Daniele Nouy speaks at 18. WINONA, Minneapolis- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari participates in a moderated question-and-answer session before an event hosted by Winona State University- 2330 GMT. **NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley participates in a...