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  • *Spot gold was nearly unchanged at $1,247.80 an ounce by 0045 GMT, after hitting its lowest since July 26 at $1,243.71 on Dec. 7. Senator Susan Collins, whose support was crucial in passing the Senate tax reform bill earlier this month, said on Sunday she has not yet decided whether she will back the final measure negotiated by House and Senate leaders.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 11- U.S. soybean futures fell on Monday for a fourth consecutive session as forecasts for rain across South America pushed prices to a 10- day low on expectations of increased output amid already ample global supplies. The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were down 0.4 percent to $9.85-3/ 4 a bushel by 0237 GMT, near the session...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 11- The front-month bitcoin futures contract on the Chicago- based CBOE Futures Exchange surged past $17,000 on Monday, the first day of trading. The January contract opened at $15,460 in New York on Sunday evening, before leaping to a high of $17,170 during Asian hours. They were last quoted at $17,120, a more than $1,000 premium to the price on Gemini...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Japanese stocks struggled for traction on Monday as gains in financial shares were offset by drops in real estate and construction companies, with Obayashi Corp diving more than 8 percent. Obayashi tumbled on reports that it is under investigation on suspicion of rigging contracts for Japan's magnetic levitation train line.

  • MELBOURNE, Dec 11- London metal prices were upbeat early on Monday, tracking climbs in materials used to make steel, with zinc also lifted as a crackdown on pollution in China dampens growth in mine supply. *LONDON COPPER: LME copper had risen 0.4 percent to $6,602 a tonne by 0139 GMT, after closing little changed in the previous session and finishing the week down...

  • *Output rise undermines OPEC- led efforts to tighten market. SINGAPORE, Dec 11- Oil prices fell on Monday, pulled down as the latest rise in the U.S. rig count pointed to a further increase in American production, potentially undermining efforts led by OPEC to tighten markets. "The largest concern for investors currently remains the rise in the U.S. rig count, which...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 11- U.S. soybeans fell for a fourth consecutive session on Monday, hitting a 10- day low as forecasts for favorable weather across South America stoked expectations of ample global supplies. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were down 0.4 percent to $9.86 a bushel, near the session low of $9.85-1/ 2 a bushel- the lowest since Dec....

  • The most-traded contract on the Chicago- based CBOE Global Markets exchange opened at $15,460 in New York on Sunday evening, before leaping to a high of $16,660. They were last quoted at $16,420, a near $1,300 premium to the price on the Luxembourg- based Bitstamp. "Bitcoin's price surge continues to look like another speculative mania," said Shane Oliver, chief...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea added several North Korean groups and individuals to its sanctions list Monday in a largely symbolic move that is part of efforts to cut off funding for the North's weapons programs. Seoul is among the first to respond to North Korea's Nov. 29 missile launch with fresh sanctions. Separately on Monday, South Korea, the United States...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Large Japanese manufacturers turned more optimistic about economic conditions in the October-December quarter, a government survey showed on Monday, in another upbeat sign for an economy on a record run of growth. The business survey index of sentiment at large manufacturers stood at plus 9.7, up from plus 9.4 in July-September, according to the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 10- The eagerly anticipated launch of futures trading of the world's largest cryptocurrency bitcoin got off to a positive start on Sunday, with the price nearly 9 percent ahead after briefly slipping below its opening level. The first bitcoin future trades kicked off at 6 p.m. on CBOE Global Markets Inc's CBOE Futures Exchange, with January futures...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Dec 11- The sharp rebound in China's imports of major commodities in November was more of a return to normal service than any sign of a resurgence in demand in the world's largest buyer of natural resources. Certainly, it's appealing to look at the November numbers and conclude that China's appetite for commodities is storming ahead, but...

  • *Aramco has raised prices for all crude oil grades to Asia in Jan. TOKYO, Dec 11- Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, will supply full contractual volumes of crude to a North Asian refiner in January, unchanged from the previous month, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Monday. State oil company Saudi Aramco last week raised prices for all crude...

  • *Spot gold was nearly unchanged at $1,247.80 an ounce by 0045 GMT, after hitting its lowest since July 26 at $1,243.71 on Dec. 7. Senator Susan Collins, whose support was crucial in passing the Senate tax reform bill earlier this month, said on Sunday she has not yet decided whether she will back the final measure negotiated by House and Senate leaders.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 11- Futures in bitcoin, which has taken global financial markets by storm, got off to a volatile start at its launch, while the dollar kept gains in Monday's Asian session on expectations the Federal Reserve will stick to its tightening path. The most-traded contract on the Chicago- based CBOE Global Markets exchange opened at $15,460, then leapt to a...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- The dollar was steady in early Asian trade on Monday, underpinned by expectations of higher U.S. interest rates, while bitcoin seized the spotlight as futures of the cryptocurrency began trading. Bitcoin was up 1.2 percent at $14,819.05 on the Luxembourg- based Bitstamp exchange. The most-traded futures contract opened at $15,460, then leapt to a...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 11- Oil prices fell on Monday, pulled down as the latest rise in the U.S. rig count pointed to a further increase in American production, potentially undermining efforts led by OPEC to tighten markets. "The largest concern for investors currently remains the rise in the U.S. rig count, which could potentially jeopardize the OPEC and Russian agreement...

  • *Shell says investigating cause of fire. SINGAPORE, Dec 11- Royal Dutch Shell said a fire at its Singapore refinery- petrochemical site was extinguished on Sunday and no one was hurt in the incident. The fire occurred at one of its manufacturing units on Bukom Island at about 10 a.m. and was extinguished shortly after by the site's firefighters, a company...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 11- Royal Dutch Shell said a fire at its Singapore refinery- petrochemical site was extinguished on Sunday and no one was hurt in the incident. The fire occurred at one of its manufacturing units on Bukom Island at about 10 a.m. and was extinguished shortly after by the site's firefighters, a company spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement.

  • CHICAGO— The Latest on the debut of bitcoin futures trading:. The futures rose $540 to $16,000 on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. The start of trading overwhelmed the website of the Chicago Board Options Exchange.