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  • BENGALURU, Dec 13- Gold was little changed on Thursday as the dollar steadied and equities climbed on signs of easing trade tensions between the United States and China, while palladium rose to a record high, trading at a premium to the bullion. We've got a little more positive sentiment than we anticipated from U.S.- China trade tensions, which is weighing on the...

  • *Q4 sales down 2.3 pct to 9 bln euros. *Q4 sales down 5.1 pct at Real, 7.7 pct in Russia. BERLIN, Dec 13- German wholesaler Metro said on Thursday it expects eastern Europe and Asia to drive a rise in sales in the 2018/ 19 financial year, although it sees profits falling due to its struggling Russia business.

  • *Reduced Sino-U.S. trade war concerns lift China- linked shares. TOKYO, Dec 13- Japanese shares touched a one-week high on Thursday with sentiment lifted by signs of reduced Sino-U.S. trade tensions, and technology firms got a boost from a rally for U.S. peers. During the session, it reached 21,871.34, its highest since Dec. 5.

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  • TOKYO, Dec 13- SoftBank Group Corp plans to replace 4 G network equipment from China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd with hardware from Nokia and Ericsson, Nikkei reported on Thursday, without citing sources. The move comes at a time of heightened scrutiny of Chinese tech firms by the United States and some prominent allies over ties to the Chinese government,...

  • *China also switching 1.5 mln households to electric heating. BEIJING, Dec 13- China has switched another 3.29 million households to gas heating this winter, Reuters calculations show, more than it added last year, as Beijing continues to push the use of cleaner fuels to curb pollution. "If China wants to deliver gas as promised to households, it will sacrifice...

  • *GRAPHIC: U.S. soybean exports to China and others: https://tmsnrt.rs/2Q3DCbZ. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Dec 13- There is a risk that investors will get carried away with optimism over an easing of the U.S.- China trade dispute on the back of China resuming purchases of U.S. soybeans. China ended a six-month boycott of buying U.S. soybeans on Wednesday, with...

  • Dec 13- Last week, Brazilian investigators accused four of the world's largest oil-trading firms of participating in a corruption scheme focused on Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petrobras. Federal prosecutors allege Vitol, Glencore, Trafigura and Mercuria along with several small firms collectively paid at least $31 million in bribes over a...

  • SAO PAULO/ LONDON, Dec 13- Brazil's epic "Car Wash" corruption investigation has taken down presidents and elite businessmen, and led to the largest corporate leniency deal ever signed. But graft allegations lodged by prosecutors last week against four of the world's largest oil trading companies- Vitol SA, Trafigura, Glencore PLC and Mercuria Energy Group- have...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 13- Coal railway workers at Australian hauler Aurizon Holdings Ltd are planning strikes after a breakdown in pay negotiations, their trade union said, a move that could delay shipments from the world's largest coking coal export region. Miners including BHP Billiton, Glencore, Anglo American and Peabody Energy use Aurizon's four major railways in...

  • BEIJING, Dec 13- London copper prices touched their highest in more than a week on Thursday amid signs China is keeping promises made to the United States as part of a deal to resolve a trade row between the world's top two economies. "Signs of positive progression in trade talks between the U.S. and China should see sentiment in the commodity market remain positive,"...

  • *Cut in OPEC 2019 demand forecast weighs. Crude oil prices have also been supported by OPEC- led supply curbs announced last week, although gains were capped after the producer group lowered its 2019 demand forecast. "The agreement of a reduction in output of 1.2 million barrels per day at last week's OPEC meeting should see the market push into deficit in H1 2019,"...

  • Dec 13- U.S. solar installations fell 15 percent in the third quarter as the Trump administration's tariffs on overseas-made panels forced developers to put off large projects, according to a report commissioned by the industry's primary trade group. Quarterly installations of utility-scale solar were 678 megawatts, the lowest quarter since 2015 and a more...

  • TOKYO, Dec 13- The pound held onto most of the previous session's gains on Thursday after British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote, buying time to try to steer her unpopular Brexit deal through a deeply divided parliament. The euro trod water ahead of a closely-watched policy meeting by the European Central Bank later in the day, after...

  • *More dovish Fed set to allow further room for easing in China. Dec 13- Stocks in China and Hong Kong rallied on Thursday as investors expect the Chinese leadership to prop up economic growth with new measures this month and ease policy further in 2019.. **China's leaders are set to hold the Central Economic Work Conference, which typically takes place in December.

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 13- China's yuan inched up against the U.S. dollar on Thursday, as positive progress in Sino-U.S. trade tensions continued to offer support, but gains were capped by some demand for the greenback. China has made its first major purchases of U.S. soybeans since President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping struck a trade war truce...

  • MEXICO CITY, Dec 12- A group of investors holding bonds issued for a new Mexico City airport that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has canceled said on Wednesday that it cannot support an amended bond buyback because problems still remain despite improvements to the plan. The Mexico City Airport Trust, which is overseeing the buyback, on Tuesday said it...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 13- Chicago soybean futures inched down on Thursday to ease from a six-month high reached in the previous session, although losses were limited as China made its first major purchases of U.S. beans since a truce was struck in the Sino-U.S. trade war. China on Wednesday made its first major purchases of U.S. soybeans since President Donald Trump and...

  • *Canada should distance itself from U.S. hegemonism- state media. SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, Dec 13- Canada should distance itself from U.S. Meng has no criminal record anywhere in the world and her arrest violates a U.S.- Canada extradition agreement, the Global Times said, adding that Canada could end the crisis immediately by freeing Meng unconditionally, rather than...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 13- Oil prices rose on Thursday, buoyed by a drawdown in U.S. crude inventories and signs that China is taking more concrete steps to put a trade war truce with Washington into action. "The news that China is looking to redraft its' Made in China' 2025 plan boosted hopes that trade talks are progressing better than expected." China made its first major U.S....