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  • *Foreign investors step up China investments, want more hedging tools. SHANGHAI, April 19- China's financial futures exchange said on Friday it was further relaxing index futures trading rulesreducing margin requirementscutting fees and allowing more trading activities. China's stock market has seen a surge of inflows from foreign investors, who have been...

  • SHANGHAI, April 19- Electric vehicle concepts shown in Shanghai this week, such as the Audi AI: me and Infiniti QX Inspiration, point to a future of living-room-like comfort in cars with flat floors and ample space for sofa-like bench seats. As most batteries in an EV are laid out flat under the floor, the EVs shown in the Shanghai auto show, which started on Tuesday,...

  • JOHANNESBURG, April 19- South Africa's government rescued Eskom from default early this month by giving the struggling state power firm $355.5 million to help it meet its obligations, according to a finance ministry report to parliament seen by Reuters. The 5 billion rand transfer, authorised on April 2, falls within the 23 billion rand a year bailout the South...

  • BEIJING, April 19- A top decision-making body of China's ruling Communist Party said on Friday that Beijing will step up proactive fiscal policy and maintain prudent monetary policy that is neither too tight nor too loose, the official Xinhua news agency said.

  • SHANGHAI, April 19- China's financial futures exchange said on Friday it was further relaxing index futures trading rulesreducing margin requirementscutting fees and allowing more trading activities.

  • GOUDA, Netherlands, April 19- Surrounded by 15- kg wheels of cheese ready to be carted away in horse-drawn carriages, a dairy farmer in the Dutch city of Gouda faces off against a cheese trader wearing traditional wooden clogs. The United States could impose $11 billion worth of European export products with tariffs over subsidies for Airbus, and Europe...

  • BEIJING, April 19- Germany's Leica Camera AG drew criticism on Chinese social media over a video depicting a news photographer covering the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in and around Beijing's Tiananmen Square three decades ago. The five-minute dramatisation, released this week, touches on a highly sensitive topic in China. The hashtag "Leica...

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  • PARIS, April 19- Climate activists blocked hundreds of employees from entering the headquarters of French bank Societe Generale, state-run utility EDF and oil giant Total on Friday, environmental group Greenpeace said. Greenpeace said it was protesting against the companies links to the oil and gas industry, which the group says is a driving force in global...

  • *SSEC +0.6 pct, highest close since March 21, 2018. SHANGHAI, April 19- Chinese shares rallied on Friday afternoon in thin volumes from earlier profit-taking to end the day at a near 13- month closing high, with signs of an economic recovery in China contributing to a recent surge. About 31.52 billion shares were traded on the Shanghai exchange, roughly 79.2 percent...

  • TOKYO, April 19- Japan's Nikkei rose on Friday as investors snapped up cyclical stocks, while Nintendo jumped after Tencent won approval to sell its Switch console in China. Shares of Nintendo Co soared after China's Tencent won a key approval to begin selling Nintendo's Switch console in China, the world's largest games market. Risk appetite was buoyed by...

  • BEIJING, April 19- Most Shanghai base metal prices drifted lower on Friday as traders were away in Europe and parts of Asia for the Good Friday holiday, while the London Metal Exchange was closed until Tuesday. Copper on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was down 0.5 percent by the end of the morning but still on course to end the week up 0.6 percent after positive macro...

  • *China hosting Belt and Road summit in Beijing April 25-27. BEIJING, April 19- China's Belt and Road project is not a "geopolitical tool" or a debt crisis for participating nations, but Beijing welcomes constructive suggestions on how to address concerns over the initiative, the government's top diplomat said on Friday. Beijing will host a Belt and Road summit next...

  • BEIJING, April 19- China's Belt and Road project is not a "geopolitical tool" or a debt crisis for participating nations, but Beijing welcomes constructive suggestions on how to address concerns over the initiative, the government's top diplomat said on Friday. Beijing will host a Belt and Road summit next week which 37 foreign leaders will attend, including some...

  • SHANGHAI, April 19- China's benchmark equity index inched lower on Friday, while blue-chips edged higher, as investors await clearer signs of a sustainable economic recovery and a resolution to a long-running trade war with the United States. **China's blue-chip CSI300 index was up 0.08 percent, with its financial sector sub-index higher by 0.52 percent, the...

  • TOKYO, April 19- Yields on long-dated Japanese government bonds rose on Friday after the Bank of Japan trimmed the amount of debt it offered to buy at a regular market operation. The BOJ on Friday offered to purchase 160 billion yen of 10- to 25- year JGBs, down from 180 billion yen at the previous operation last week. The central bank also trimmed its purchase of 25-...

  • TOKYO, April 19- Tokyo Electric Power plans to allow overseas workers coming to Japan under a new visa programme to work on the cleanup of its wrecked Fukushima nuclear power station north of Tokyo, a spokeswoman said on Friday. Tepco has been criticised by the United Nations over possible exploitation of those working on the decades-long decommissioning of...

  • TOKYO, April 19- Japan's Nikkei rose on Friday morning as Wall Street gains raised risk appetite and lifted cyclical stocks, while Nintendo jumped after Tencent won approval to sell its Switch console in China. The U.S. market rose supported by robust economic data, while industrial stocks rallied after China's commerce ministry spokesman said there had been...

  • *Key approval paves way for console to enter China. It remains unknown when the console may go on sale in China, with games needing to clear a separate approval process. Gaming industry leader Tencent is trying to recover from a lengthy game approval freeze in China last year.

  • BEIJING, April 19- Shanghai copper prices drifter lower in morning session as the Good Friday holiday saw traders in Europe and parts of Asia sit out of the market, while the London Metal Exchange is closed until Tuesday. The metal nonetheless remains on course to end the week up 0.4 percent in Shanghai after positive macro data from top metals consumer China,...