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  • TOKYO, Jan 24- Asian shares inched up in subdued trade on Thursday after Wall Street ended higher, but political uncertainty in the United States and worries about weakening global economic growth kept many investors on the sidelines. Financial spreadbetters expect London's FTSE Frankfurt's DAX and Paris's CAC to dip marginally when they open, with...

  • International Brent crude oil futures were at $60.85 a barrel at 0627 GMT, down 29 cents, or 0.5 percent, from their last settlement. It looks to be viewing inventory readings secondary, "said Hue Frame, portfolio manager at Frame Funds in Sydney. Earlier this week, the International Monetary Fund cut its world economic growth forecasts for 2019 and 2020, due to...

  • *Airbus employs 14,000 people in Britain. PARIS, Jan 24- Airbus warned on Thursday it could shift future wing-building out of Britain in the absence of a smooth exit from the European Union, predicting "potentially very harmful decisions" for its British operations in the event of a' no-deal' Brexit. The world's second-largest aerospace group employs 14,000...

  • FORMER UK PM TONY BLAIR, AT WEF DAVOS, SAYS CHANCE OF SECOND BREXIT REFERENDUM IS GREATER THAN 50 PCT- REUTERS TV.

  • PARIS, Jan 23- Franco-Italian chipmaker STMicroelectronics said on Thursday it expected first-quarter sales to fall by about 21 percent from the last quarter of 2018, joining the crowd of peers predicting a slowdown within the industry. The Geneva- based company said fourth-quarter net revenues rose by 5 percent from the previous quarter to $2.65 billion,...

  • *European Central Bank's policy decision due 1245 GMT. Spot gold may retest support at $1,278- technicals. Spot gold was mostly steady at $1,282 per ounce, as of 0549 GMT, while U.S. gold futures were down 0.2 percent at $1,281 per ounce.

  • *Output forecast at 20 mln T in Malaysia, 43 mln T in Indonesia. KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24- Average palm oil prices are set to climb this year, a Reuters poll showed, buoyed by slowing output-growth in top producer Indonesia and by robust demand for the commodity which is used to churn out products ranging from chocolate to biofuels. Output in No.2 producer Malaysia will...

  • PARIS, Jan 24- Airbus warned on Thursday it could shift future wing-building out of Britain in the absence of a smooth exit from the European Union, predicting "potentially very harmful decisions" for its British operations in the event of a' no-deal' Brexit. The world's second-largest aerospace group employs 14,000 people in Britain, including 6,000 at its main...

  • Jan 24- Digital payments company Paytm is considering foraying into 1-2 more developed markets in 2019, Chief Financial Officer Madhur Deora said on Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Paytm has already found its footing in Canada and Japan, and several commerce and financial services verticals of the company have begun to churn out revenue and...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 24- Top U.S. universities are ditching telecom equipment made by Huawei Technologies and other Chinese companies to avoid losing federal funding under a new national security law backed by the Trump administration. The University of California at Berkeley has removed a Huawei video-conferencing system, a university official said, while...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24- Following are the results of a Reuters poll on palm oil's 2019 production and its benchmark prices on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange. For a related story, see. *estimates by the Indonesia Palm Oil Association.

  • NEW DELHI/ BENGALURU, Jan 24- The owner of India's biggest airline by market share, IndiGo, reported a rise in airfare in November, December and stretching into January after suffering a year of decline, and said it would boost growth with the expansion of international services. Investors welcomed the news, with InterGlobe Aviation Ltd shares rising as much as 5...

  • *Pelosi says no State of Union speech until shutdown ends. President Donald Trump said in a late night Tweet on Wednesday that he would delay a State of the Union address until the government shutdown was over, responding to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's move to obstruct his plans for the speech. Earlier in the day, Democratic leaders in the House of...

  • SEOUL, Jan 24- South Korea's Hyundai Motor reported on Thursday it swung to a net loss for the October-December quarter, bucking analysts' estimates for a profit, as its vehicle sales skidded in the key China market. Hyundai, the world's No.5 automaker along with affiliate Kia Motors Corp, reported a net loss of 129.8 billion won for the fourth quarter, compared with...

  • SEOUL, Jan 24- South Korea's Hyundai Motor reported on Thursday it swung to a net loss for the October-December quarter, bucking analysts' estimates for a profit, as its vehicle sales skidded in the key China market. Hyundai, the world's No.5 automaker along with affiliate Kia Motors Corp, reported a net loss of 129.8 billion won for the fourth quarter, compared with...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 24- The Midwestern states hit hardest by job automation in recent decades, places that were pivotal to U.S. But the pain may be most intense in a familiar group of manufacturing-heavy states like Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa, whose support swung the U.S. electoral college for Trump, a Republican, and which have among the largest share of jobs, around 27...

  • *European Central Bank's policy decision due 1245 GMT. Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,283.31 per ounce, as of 0326 GMT, while U.S. gold futures were down 0.1 percent at $1,282.60 per ounce. "The issue for gold is there is a very heavy resistance seen around $1,290 and $1,310.

  • In an 8-4 decision, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said the "plain language" of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which forbids discrimination against people 40 and older, showed that Congress intended that law to cover current employees, not outside job applicants. It also reinstated a federal district judge's dismissal of Illinois...

  • BEIJING/ HONG KONG, Jan 24- China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said on Thursday its consumer business sales exceeded a record $52 billion in 2018, on strong demand for its premium smartphones, even as it continued to face heightened global scrutiny of its activities. Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, has been facing intense...

  • *Hopes for Pope Francis's visit to Hiroshima, Nagasaki, lift tourism-linked shares. TOKYO, Jan 24- Japan's Nikkei edged lower on Thursday morning as lingering concerns about the global economy and international trade frictions hurt sentiment, but chip-related stocks outperformed after Texas Instruments alleviated worries about chip demand.