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  • *Australia delays legislation governing emission reductions. With Australia's east coast in the middle of the worst drought in 60 years, Turnbull said his government would seek to legislate emission reductions in the future. "It's a complete capitulation to the right wing members of the Liberal Party of Australia, who want to perpetuate Australia's coal...

  • *Speculators raise net gold shorts in the week to Aug. 14. BENGALURU, Aug 20- Gold prices inched higher on Monday as hopes of easing trade tensions between the United States and China put pressure on the dollar, adding to demand for the yellow metal that improved last week after prices touched 19- month lows. "Though the overall trend remains slightly weak for gold as...

  • *Underlying profit A $1.6 bln vs A $1.68 bln analyst expectations. SYDNEY, Aug 20- Australia's biggest grocer Woolworths Group flagged on Monday it was rapidly losing sales momentum after starting to charge shoppers for plastic bags, sending its shares lower. Woolworths' shares fell 3.5 percent at start of trading on Monday to a two-month low, before erasing some...

  • TOKYO— Asian stocks are mostly higher Monday as investors welcomed signs of progress in resolving the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. The Wall Street Journal reported the countries hope to have a resolution by November. The Wall Street Journal cited officials in both the U.S. and China in its report that said negotiators want to end the trade war before...

  • TOKYO, Aug 20- Japan's Nikkei fell on Monday morning as chip-related stocks weakened, tracking their U.S. peers's declines on Friday, while investors awaited developments from trade talks scheduled between the United States and China this week. After a plunge in Turkish lira lifted demand in the safe-haven yen, risk sentiment recovered in the Japanese market...

  • *China shares up modestly in early trade, Nikkei slips. *Dollar off highs, focus on China yuan and Turkish lira. Investors were also encouraged by news China and the United States will hold lower-level trade talks this month, offering hope that they might resolve an escalating tariff war.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 20- U.S. wheat futures fell on Monday, easing after gains of more than 3 percent in the previous session when prices hit an 11- day high, although losses were checked by concerns that Russia may limit exports. *The most active wheat futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were down 0.7 percent at $5.75-3/ 4 a bushel by 0156 GMT, having closed up 3.2 percent on...

  • MELBOURNE, Aug 20- London copper climbed on Monday as appetite for risk revived on hopes of progress in a trade dispute between the world's top two economies, which undermined safe-haven demand for the dollar. Shanghai Futures Exchange copper rose by 0.9 percent to 48,300 yuan a tonne. Reports suggested that China and Washington would hold lower level trade...

  • 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...