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  • *2- day meeting ends Dec 20, decision expected 0230-0400 GMT. *Governor Kuroda to brief media 0630 GMT. TOKYO, Dec 17- As the risks to the global economy rises, the Bank of Japan is expected to join a chorus of warnings from other policy-makers of the threat to growth from protectionism and signal its resolve to keep the money spigot open.

  • Dec 17- The percentage of high school seniors who used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days nearly doubled to 20.9 percent from last year, results of a survey released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse showed on Monday. Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, facing mounting pressure to act on the rising popularity of vaping devices, announced sweeping...

  • *Weakening economic growth in China, Europe drags on oil markets. International Brent crude oil futures were at $60.33 per barrel at 0423 GMT, up 5 cents, or 0.08 percent, from their last close. "I don't believe OPEC cuts will work this time around with Qatar going out and Iran refusing to cut, while there's a big question mark when Russia will go to its agreed level," said...

  • *Spot gold biased to fall to $1,224- $1,228 range- technicals. Spot gold was down 0.1 percent at $1,237.51 per ounce, as of 0401 GMT, after having hit its lowest since Dec. 4 at $1,232.39 on Friday. Gold has not recovered yet from Friday's decline, said analyst Helen Lau of Argonaut Securities, adding that prices were moving on the strong dollar over the weekend.

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 17- The dollar held near a 19- month high on Monday, bolstered by safe-haven buying as heightened concerns of a global economic slowdown reduced appetites for riskier assets such as stocks and Asian currencies. Weaker-than-expected economic data from China and Europe and fears of a possible U.S. government shutdown spooked investors away from...

  • SEOUL, Dec 17- South Korea cut its 2018-2019 economic growth outlook to the lowest in six years on Monday, with the economy hurt by weak investment and global trade disputes, but it pledged to ensure that the benefits of growth are distributed more equally. "The ministry's growth projection is more a goal than a forecast, and I think the government wants to show it is...

  • *China confirmed two new cases of African swine fever, as the disease continues to spread through the world's largest hog herd, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said late on Sunday in a statement on its website. *Another case was confirmed in a district of the city of Jixi in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang where 24 pigs died on a farm of 84...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 16- The lead attorney for the group of Apple Inc device assemblers seeking at least $9 billion in damages from Qualcomm Inc said on Sunday the contract manufacturers are not in settlement talks with the mobile chip supplier and are "gearing up and heading toward the trial" in April. But Qualcomm was also handed another setback in an antitrust...

  • TOKYO, Dec 17- Japanese government bond prices edged broadly higher on Monday, with the benchmark yield trading at a more than five-month low hit in the previous session, as worries about slower global growth helped boost safe-haven demand for debt. Asian share markets were cautious after soft economic data from China and Europe added to evidence of cooling...

  • *Vietnam passenger jet orders: https://tmsnrt.rs/2SJzvyK. *Visitors to Vietnam have doubled since 2015. Fuel consumption in Vietnam will reach a record high this year and will keep rising for the years to come, "said Tran Hoai Nam, vice president of Vietjet, Vietnam's biggest private airline.

  • TOKYO, Dec 17- Japan's Nikkei rose on Monday, recouping some of Friday's sharp losses as investors picked up battered shares, but the upside was curbed by persistent concerns over global growth. The Nikkei share average rose 0.8 percent to 21,536.85 at the midday break, after it slumped 2 percent on Friday, when a drop in U.S. futures suggested a fall in Wall Street.

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 17- A former vice president of China's state-run oil and chemicals group Sinochem is now under official investigation for suspected "serious disciplinary violations," according to a statement on Monday posted on the website of the government's anti-graft watchdog.

  • MANILA, Dec 17- China banned induction furnaces last year in a crackdown on polluting producers of low-quality steel, but these machines have made their way to parts of Southeast Asia, hitting domestic steelmakers and fueling safety and environmental concerns. The Philippines and Indonesia have seen an influx of these furnaces since China prohibited their...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 17- U.S. soybean futures rose nearly 1 percent on Monday, rebounding from an eight-day low touched in the previous session, as the market drew comfort from signs that U.S.- China trade tensions were easing. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were up 0.9 percent at $9.08-1/ 4 a bushel by 0234 GMT, having closed down 0.7 percent on...

  • TOKYO, Dec 17- Asian share markets began the week on a cautious note after soft economic data from China and Europe added to evidence of cooling global growth and reinforced anxiety over the broadening impact of international trade frictions. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.1 percent in early Monday trade, led by losses in...

  • SEOUL, Dec 17- South Korea trimmed economic growth forecasts for both this year and next year on Monday, citing weak investment and global trade disputes, and pledged to employ aggressive fiscal policy to cushion the impact. The finance ministry said Asia's fourth-largest economy would post annual growth of between 2.6 and 2.7 percent this year and next year,...

  • *Weakening economic growth in China, Europe drags on oil prices. "Oil is finding support as the drop in Baker Hughes rig counts points to a near-term slowdown in U.S. production," said Stephen Innes, head of trading for Asia-Pacific at futures brokerage Oanda in Singapore. "This, when combined with Saudi Arabia is... to cut exports to the United States to draw down...

  • MELBOURNE/ BEIJING, Dec 17- Most base metals rose in early trade on Monday, starting a new week with cautious optimism that China and the United States will be able to resolve a trade row that has weighed on prices for most of this year, although weak economic data capped gains. *COPPER: The most-traded February copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange edged...

  • MEXICO CITY, Dec 16- Mexico does not plan to improve a Dec. 11 offer to repurchase bonds issued to fund a partly-built airport that the president is canceling, the finance ministry said on Sunday, rejecting the complaints of a group of investors seeking a better deal. Mexico launched a buyback offer earlier this month for $1.8 billion of $6 billion in bonds that were...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 17- The dollar held near a 19- month high on Monday, bolstered by safe-haven buying as heightened concerns of a global economic slowdown reduced appetite for riskier assets such as stocks and Asian currencies. Weaker-than-expected economic data out of China and Europe and fears of a possible U.S. government shut down spooked investors away from...