October 31 2010

Nikkei hits 7-wk low in choppy trade; yen, Fed eyed

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* Nikkei dips 0.2 pct after shedding 2.4 pct last week * Next targets seen at 9,000, then 8,800, around 2010 lows * Sony, Honda fall despite f’cast hikes; Topix eyes 19-mth low

Nikkei hits 7-wk low in choppy trade; yen, Fed eyed

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October 31 2010

RPT-GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares up on China PMI

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* Dollar hits hits 15-year low vs yen * Intervention talk fades; market suspects trading glitch * Nikkei underperforms Asian stocks

RPT-GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares up on China PMI

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October 31 2010

Japan and Vietnam Agree on Mining of Rare Earths

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Prime Minister Naoto Kan of called the agreement a sign of the “strategic partnership between the two countries.”

Japan and Vietnam Agree on Mining of Rare Earths

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October 31 2010

Awaiting Fed’s Plans, Markets Are in Limbo

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Whatever the election outcome, the is widely expected to take new steps this week to spur the nation’s snail-paced recovery.

Awaiting Fed’s Plans, Markets Are in Limbo

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October 31 2010

Hong Kong shares jump after China data; banks rise

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Hong Kong shares staged a strong rebound early Monday after an official measure of China’s manufacturing activity showed a surprise increase in October, boosting mainland Chinese banks and resource-sector stocks.

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October 31 2010

[$$] Colombia Sets Ambitious Peace Agenda: Oil

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Colombia Sets Ambitious Agenda Colombia is capping a string of military victories against Marxist guerrillas with a lucrative peace dividend: production.

[$$] Colombia Sets Ambitious Peace Agenda: Oil

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October 31 2010

Shanghai Expo Ends, Attention Turns to Guangzhou’s Asian Games

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Shanghai brought the city’s big Expo to an end on Sunday, after numerous world records were set in connection with the event. Next up on China’s major tourist industry promotions: the Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou this month.

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October 31 2010

Welsh fund backs small businesses

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With most banks sitting on the sidelines of the small business sector, the directors of Finance Wales, a Welsh fund specialising in the overlooked market, have been sprinting to keep up with the sector’s demand for credit.

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October 31 2010

China’s official PMI jumps to 54.7 in October

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China’s official purchasing managers’ index jumped to 54.7 in October, gaining from September’s 53.8 reading, according to reported results Monday. Expectations for the index, published by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing, called for a drop to 52.9, according to separate survey forecasts from and Reuters.

China’s official PMI jumps to 54.7 in October

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October 31 2010

[$$] Italy’s PM Under Fire Over Help for a Teen

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Berlusconi Under Fire Over Runaway Italian was facing mounting criticism Sunday after an Italian newspaper reported that he personally intervened to request the release of a young woman from police custody in the spring.

[$$] Italy’s PM Under Fire Over Help for a Teen

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