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  • HONG KONG, Dec 15- China's HNA Group said on Friday it had repurchased some of its bonds and planned to buy back additional bonds in the future. The conglomerate said in a statement it had repurchased the bonds due to the impact of recent market fluctuations on the prices of some bonds. It did not provide further details.

  • PARIS, Dec 15- Airbus confirmed a top management shake-up on Friday, following weeks of turmoil at the European planemaker. Chief operating officer and planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier will step down in February 2018, while chief executive Tom Enders will not seek a new mandate when his term expires in 2019, the company said. Guillaume Faury, currently chief...

  • TOKYO, Dec 15- Japanese stocks fell to their lowest in more than a week on Friday, with mobile firms extending a sell-off on concerns of increased competition after e-commerce group Rakuten said it aims to become the country's fourth wireless carrier. Taking the cue from weak U.S. stocks overnight, the Nikkei share average declined 0.6 percent to 22,553.22, the...

  • HONG KONG— Asian share benchmarks were mostly lower Friday as uncertainty over U.S. tax reform legislation outweighed upbeat data from Japan. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index dipped 0.6 percent to 22,553.22 but South Korea's Kospi climbed 0.4 percent to 2,478.50. TAXING TIME: President Donald Trump's $1.5 trillion U.S. tax overhaul was...

  • Kuczynski's defiant address ended a 24- hour period of political turbulence that started Wednesday as opposition lawmakers presented documents provided by Odebrecht showing payments to Westfield as well as $4 million to another firm, First Capital, owned by the same business partner. Peru's two biggest parties, which between them have enough seats in...

  • PARIS, Dec 15- European planemaker Airbus confirmed a top management shake-up on Friday. Chief operating officer and planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier will step down in February 2018, while chief executive Tom Enders will not seek a new mandate when his term expires in 2019, the company said. Guillaume Faury, currently chief executive of Airbus Helicopters,...

  • HOUSTON, Dec 15- Apache Corp Chief Executive John Christmann is betting the future of his company on a remote corner of the Permian Basin, the largest U.S. oilfield, planning to spend billions of dollars in the next 20 years to drill more than 5,000 wells. The development of the company's Alpine High field holds ramifications for U.S. oil reserves and future output...

  • *OPEC- led supply cuts, pipeline outage support crude prices. SINGAPORE, Dec 15- Oil markets were stable on Friday as the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea and ongoing OPEC- led production cuts supported prices, while rising output from the United States kept crude from rising further. The ongoing outage of the Forties pipeline, which carries North Sea oil to...

  • *Imports f'cast +18.0 pct, trade deficit seen at 54.9 bln yen. TOKYO, Dec 15- Japan's exports are expected to have risen for a 12th straight month in November, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, as buoyant overseas demand helps drive a steady economic recovery. "The data will confirm exports are on a rising trend as the global economy is expanding," Mana Saito, economist at...

  • Now that the federal government has rolled back the internet protections it put in place two years ago, the big question is: What does the repeal of "net neutrality' rules mean to you? All of which would be perfectly legal under the new deregulatory regime approved Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission, so long as the companies post their policies...

  • NEW YORK— The minefield that co-workers and companies navigate when it comes to love at work has gotten even more complex following the recent flood of sexual misconduct allegations roiling Hollywood, politics and the media. "People need to think hard before they enter into a workplace romance," said Pennell Locey, a human resources expert at consulting firm...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 15- China stocks fell on Friday morning, with the Shanghai benchmark poised for a fifth straight week of declines. Hong Kong shares also fell. **The largest percentage losses in the Shanghai index were Beijing Tiantan Biological Products Corp Ltd down 9.4 percent, followed by Xinyu Iron& Steel Co Ltd losing 5.65 percent and Jiangsu Changjiang...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 15- China's yuan inched up against the U.S. dollar on Friday, poised for a winning week as the U.S. currency comes under pressure from concerns about the progress of U.S. tax reforms. Meanwhile, wrangling in Congress over a bill to change the U.S. tax code also dented confidence. Prior to market opening, the People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at...

  • *Wall Street slumps on concerns about U.S. tax reform bill. TOKYO, Dec 15- Asian shares erased earlier modest gains on Friday but were still on track for a weekly rise, as sentiment was hurt by Wall Street's weakness on concerns about the progress of U.S. tax reform. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.5 percent, but poised to gain 0.7...

  • *Spot gold expected to test resistance at $1,262/ oz- technicals. "The U.S. dollar is weakening a little and that's benefiting gold," said Ronald Leung, chief dealer at Lee Cheong Gold Dealers in Hong Kong. President Donald Trump's efforts to win passage of a sweeping tax bill in the U.S. Congress hit potential obstacles on Thursday when two more Republican senators...

  • *Japan re-exports LNG to China in unusual move. *Tankers from the Americas divert to China. SINGAPORE, Dec 15- Liquefied natural gas is being re-exported to China from Japan and tankers are being diverted from as far away as Brazil, with traders rushing to find cargoes in the face of a supply crunch in the world's No.2 economy as winter bites.

  • BLYTHEVILLE, Ark.— A jury has convicted a man of second-degree murder in the shooting of a farmer who accused him of applying herbicide to crops that the farmer said drifted onto nearby land and damaged plants. A Mississippi County Circuit Court jury late Thursday convicted Allan Curtis Jones, of Arbyrd, Missouri, who admitted to shooting Mike Wallace last...

  • MANILA, Dec 15- U.S. soybeans ticked higher on Friday, but were still on course for the biggest weekly loss in almost two months on expectations of rains in Argentina, the world's third biggest supplier. Soybeans for March delivery on the Chicago Board of Trade were up 0.2 percent at $9.69-1/ 4 a bushel by 0358 GMT. The market had been supported by worries over dry...

  • SAO PAULO, Dec 14- The operator of Burger King restaurants in Brazil and its shareholders raised 2.2 billion reais in an initial public offering on Thursday, topping the busiest week for capital markets in the country in more than four years. This week was the busiest for capital markets in Brazil in more than four years, with IPOs raising $2.1 billion.

  • TOKYO, Dec 15- Japanese government bond prices were supported on Friday, with futures edging up as Tokyo stocks slipped and enhanced demand for safe-haven debt. March 10- year JGB futures were 0.04 point higher at 150.92. The Bank of Japan on Friday offered to buy 290 billion yen of 10- year to 40- year JGBs as a part of its regular debt-purchasing operation, helping...