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  • *Traders expect China to purchase U.S. beans. The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were unchanged at $9.07-3/ 4 a bushel by 0426 GMT, after rising 0.3 percent on Tuesday. "China will have to buy U.S. beans, and they might as well do it now when relations are better than they have been for a while," said Phin Ziebell, agri-business analyst, National...

  • Dec 18- A number of advertisers have dropped Tucker Carlson's show on Fox News, the network said on Tuesday, after the host said last week that immigration makes the United States "poorer and dirtier and more divided." Fox News said in a statement that the conservative commentator has been the target of far-left activist organizations since he made the remarks on...

  • BEIJING/ SINGAPORE, Dec 19- Oil prices rebounded on Wednesday after falling for the past three sesssions with worries about oversupply and a slowing global economy keeping markets under pressure though sentiment may be shifting as falling equity markets seemed to stabilize. West Texas Intermediate futures climbed 4 cents cents, or 0.09 percent, to $46.28 per...

  • *HK-> Shanghai Connect daily quota used -0.5 pct, Shanghai-> HK daily quota used 0.1 pct. **Energy firms retreated both on the mainland and Hong Kong, tracking weakness in oil prices on economic slowdown fears and a supply glut. **Property shares climbed, with the CSI300 real estate index up 0.8 percent and its peer in Hong Kong up 0.5 percent after a Chinese city removed...

  • BEIJING, Dec 19- Shanghai copper hit a three-month nadir and led base metals sharply lower on Wednesday, as investors concerned about global economic growth waited to see whether the U.S. *SHFE COPPER: The most-traded February copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was down for a fifth straight session. It slid as much as 2 percent to 48,010 yuan a tonne,...

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- Japan's popular perception of the country's ties with the United States worsened significantly this year, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday, battered by U.S. The poll, which was taken between Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, showed 39 percent of Japanese respondents think the relationship between Japan and the United States is "good," down from 56 percent in last...

  • *Export growth to United States, China slow sharply. TOKYO, Dec 19- Japan's export growth slowed to a crawl in November as shipments to the United States and China weakened sharply, in a sign slowing external demand and a Sino-U.S. trade dispute may leave the world's third-largest economy underpowered over the next year. The trade data highlights rising external...

  • *Export growth to United States, China slow sharply. TOKYO, Dec 19- Japan's export growth slowed to a crawl in November as shipments to the United States and China weakened sharply, in a sign slowing external demand and a Sino-U.S. trade dispute may leave the world's third-largest economy underpowered over the next year. The trade data highlights rising external...

  • *Thomson Reuters/ INSEAD Asian Q4 sentiment index 63 vs 58 Q3. SINGAPORE, Dec 19- A very cautious optimism remains among Asian companies in the fourth quarter as they wait to see whether there will be any breakthrough in a trade dispute between the United States and China, a Thomson Reuters/ INSEAD survey showed. Representing the six-month outlook of 84 firms, the...

  • THOMSON REUTERS/ INSEAD ASIAN SENTIMENT SURVEY SHOWS GLOBAL TRADE WAR IS BIGGEST RISK TO BUSINESS.

  • THOMSON REUTERS/ INSEAD ASIAN SENTIMENT SURVEY SHOWS BUSINESSES IN PHILIPPINES AMONG MOST OPTIMISTIC, TAIWAN LEAST.

  • THOMSON REUTERS/ INSEAD ASIAN BUSINESS SENTIMENT INDEX RISES TO 63 IN Q4 FROM 58 IN Q3.

  • THOMSON REUTERS/ INSEAD ASIAN SENTIMENT SURVEY SHOWS FINANCIALS MOST POSITIVE SECTOR.

  • Dec 18- U.S. chipmaker Micron Technology Inc gave on Tuesday quarterly sales and profit forecasts well below Wall Street estimates, citing a market glut of memory chips as consumer and business demand for phones and computers is weakening. Samsung had already warned of a slowdown in demand and drop in chip prices, flagging an end to a two-year boom in memory chips...

  • Dec 18- Blockchain startup Digital Asset's chief executive officer and one of the most prominent supporters of the distributed ledger technology on Wall Street, Blythe Masters, is stepping down after about four years in the role, the company said on Tuesday. AG Gangadhar, a former Uber executive who joined Digital Asset's board in April, has been appointed as the...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 19- Asian share markets played second string to bonds on Wednesday as a spectacular fall in the price of oil spurred speculation the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.4 percent, while Shanghai blue chips were flat. U.S. crude was last down another 13 cents at $46.11 a barrel, while Brent recouped just 4 cents to...

  • CARACAS, Dec 18- A Florida firm has sued Venezuela for $34 million for defaulting on bonds that matured in 2018, according to a filing in a U.S. court on Tuesday, in what may be the first legal strike by a creditor since the OPEC nation broadly defaulted on its debt. The government of President Nicolas Maduro stopped making payments on nearly all bonds issued by...

  • BEIJING, Dec 19- Shanghai copper hit a three-month low overnight and led base metals sharply lower on Wednesday, as investors concerned about global economic growth waited to see whether the U.S. *SHFE COPPER: The most-traded February copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange fell by 1.6 percent to 48,220 yuan a tonne as of 0201 GMT, having slid as much as 2...

  • *Shares open at Y1, 463 vs IPO price of Y1, 500. *Debut follows Japan's biggest ever IPO. TOKYO, Dec 19- SoftBank Corp shares slumped more than 10 percent on debut, as investor appetite for Japan's biggest ever IPO was hurt by a recent service outage at the telecoms operator and worries over its exposure to Chinese telecoms gear maker Huawei.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 19- U.S. soybean futures fell for the first time in three sessions on Wednesday, but Chinese purchases of U.S. supplies capped losses amid easing trade tensions between Washington and Beijing. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were down 0.2 percent at $9.05-3/ 4 a bushel by 0131 GMT, after rising 0.3 percent on Tuesday.