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  • BENGALURU, Aug 20- Gold prices held steady on Monday after making up some ground from 19- month lows hit last week, supported by mild weakness in the U.S. dollar on hopes trade tensions between the United States and China could be easing. *Spot gold was mostly unchanged at $1,184.24 an ounce at 0037 GMT. *However, news of planned U.S.- China trade talks and a partial...

  • In the United States, U.S. energy companies last week kept the oil rig count RIG-OL-USA- BHI> unchanged at 869, according to Baker Hughes energy services firm on Friday. Outside the United States, traders said U.S. sanctions against Iran could soon impact prices. Iran produced around 3.65 million barrels per day of crude in July, according to a Reuters survey, making...

  • In the United States, U.S. energy companies last week kept the oil rig count RIG-OL-USA- BHI> unchanged at 869, according to Baker Hughes energy services firm on Friday. Outside the United States, traders said U.S. sanctions against Iran could soon impact prices. Iran produced around 3.65 million barrels per day of crude in July, according to a Reuters survey, making...

  • TOKYO, Aug 20- The dollar sagged on Monday as investor demand for the safe-haven currency receded on optimism over a reduction in U.S.- China trade tensions, with the focus on discussions between the two countries due this week. Escalating trade tensions between the United States and its trading partners, in addition to a plunge in the Turkish lira, has taken a...

  • *Dollar off highs, focus on China yuan and Turkish lira. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.3 percent in early trade, with South Korea leading the way with a rise of 0.6 percent. Investors had been encouraged by news China and the United States will hold lower-level trade talks this month, offering hope that they might resolve an...

  • Federal Reserve Today in Washington. 20- Aug Norway Auction of Treasury bills 20- Aug Netherlands DTC Auction 21- Aug Germany Auction of 2- year Treasury notes 21- Aug Japan Auction of 20- year government bonds 21- Aug Spain Auction of 3- and 9- month Treasury bills 22- Aug Germany Auction of 10- year Federal bonds 24- Aug Japan 3- month discount bill auction...

  • **FRANKFURT- Bundesbank president Weidmann speaks in Frankfrut 1600 GMT. KINGSPORT, Tennessee- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic speaks on the economic outlook before a fireside chat of the Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol Chamber of Commerce- 1500 GMT. FRANKFURT- Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins participates in...

  • LONDON, Aug 20- Business leaders' confidence in the British economy has fallen to its lowest point this year reflecting the impact of uncertainty over Britain's exit deal with the European Union, according to a survey published on Monday. The survey of 750 business leaders, carried out by the Institute for Directors employers group, found that after general...

  • TOKYO, Aug 20- Most Japanese companies support loosening the country's tight immigration system to cope with a severe labour shortage, but they favour skilled workers who can fit into the workplace, not an influx of unskilled labourers, a Reuters poll shows. The labour market in fast-ageing Japan is its tightest in nearly half a century and the government has...

  • TOKYO, Aug 20- Most Japanese companies support loosening the country's tight immigration system to cope with a labour shortage, but they favour white-collar workers over unskilled labourers, a Reuters poll shows. Below are the questions and answers to a poll conducted by Nikkei Research between Aug 1-14 for Reuters. Answers are denoted in percentage points,...

  • TOKYO, Aug 20- Most Japanese companies support loosening the country's tight immigration system to cope with a severe labor shortage, but they favor skilled workers who can fit into the workplace, not an influx of unskilled laborers, a Reuters poll shows. The labor market in fast-aging Japan is its tightest in nearly half a century and the government has cracked...

  • TOKYO, Aug 20- Most Japanese companies support loosening the country's tight immigration system to cope with a labor shortage, but they favor white-collar workers over unskilled laborers, a Reuters poll shows. Below are the questions and answers to a poll conducted by Nikkei Research between Aug 1-14 for Reuters. Answers are denoted in percentage points, while...

  • *Millenials are the key driver of luxury spend in China. *Falling luxury prices in China help boost demand. HONG KONG, Aug 20- Global luxury brands from Prada to LVMH are investing in China for the first time since a crackdown on conspicuous spending five years ago, focusing on smaller, less developed cities even as the world's second-largest economy slows.

  • SHENZHEN, China/ SHANGHAI, Aug 20- Larry Sloven arrived in southern China three decades ago, just as the region was taking off as the low-cost manufacturing centre of the world. But the final straw may be the prospect of tariffs stemming from a trade war between the United States and China, and a world of more protectionism. And it's been getting more and more...

  • MEXICO CITY, Aug 19- German carmaker Volkswagen AG has agreed to a 5.5 percent salary increase for workers in Mexico and another raise for next year, the company's Mexican union said, averting a potential strike. The deal for workers of Europe's biggest carmaker was reached after two weeks of negotiations, the SITIAVW said. Volkswagen's operations in Mexico are...

  • BERLIN, Aug 20- Turkey's currency crisis poses an additional risk to Germany's economy on top of trade frictions with the United States and the possibility of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal, the German finance ministry said on Monday. The Turkish lira has lost nearly 40 percent of its value against the dollar this year, hit by a worsening...

  • TURKISH LIRA CRISIS POSES NEW RISK TO GERMAN ECONOMY IN ADDITION TO US TARIFFS AND BREXIT- GERMAN FINANCE MINISTRY.

  • *BOJ has already tapered bond buying from Y80 trln target. TOKYO, Aug 17- Japan's central bank appears to be growing more comfortable with larger declines in the country's stock prices, a sign it may have begun in the share market what analysts describe as "stealth tapering" of its massive monetary stimulus. The tweak is part of a wider shift to make its reflationist...

  • MEXICO CITY, Aug 19- The United States has dropped a contentious demand from the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to impose restrictions on Mexican agricultural exports, Mexico's top farm lobby said on Sunday. Talks to rework the 24- year-old pact are entering a crucial phase and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said...

  • DUBAI, Aug 19- Qatar and Turkey's central banks have signed a currency swap agreement to provide liquidity and support for financial stability, Qatar's central bank said on Sunday, days after Turkey's Gulf ally pledged $15 billion in support. The agreement, which was signed by the heads of the two central banks on Friday, will establish a two-way currency...