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  • Shares fall on U.S. jobs, monetary policy in focus

    March 12 2012 3:08 AM

    Asian shares fell on Monday as investors paused to assess the effect of strong U.S. jobs data, which scaled back expectations of more easing ahead of this week's Federal Reserve meeting, while uncertainty over Chinese growth also weighed on sentiment.

  • Shares pause after jobs, monetary policy in focus

    March 12 2012 1:56 AM

    Asian shares fell on Monday as investors paused to assess the effect of strong jobs data, which scaled back expectations for more easing ahead of this week's Federal Reserve meeting, while uncertainty over Chinese growth also weighed on sentiment.

  • Shares pause after US jobs, eyes monetary policy

    March 11 2012 9:16 PM

    Asian shares fell on Monday as investors paused to assess the effect of strong U.S. jobs data, which scaled back expectations for more easing ahead of this week's Federal Reserve meeting, while concerns over China's slowdown also weighed on sentiment.

  • Glencore bidding for grain handler Viterra: report

    March 10 2012 8:32 PM

    Commodities and mining giant Glencore has made a 3.5 billion pound (US$5.5 billion) approach for Canada's biggest grain handler Viterra, Britain's Sunday Telegraph newspaper said on its website on Saturday.

  • Cocoa smugglers on motorbikes evade Ivorian guards

    March 10 2012 9:16 AM

    In the dusty town of Osseikro just inside Ghana's border with Ivory Coast, the only billboard for miles welcomes visitors with the order: Stop Smuggling Cocoa.

  • Dollar rallies broadly, up over 1 pct vs. euro

    March 09 2012 11:16 AM

    The dollar rallied broadly on Friday as strong payrolls data highlighted a growing disparity with struggling economies in other regions of the world.

  • Greek debt hopes buoy shares, eyes on U.S. jobs

    March 09 2012 1:40 AM

    Tokyo stocks jumped to a seven-month high on Friday as Asian shares rose on signs Greece is a step nearer to securing a bailout fund, and expectations U.S. nonfarm payrolls data due later in the day will confirm a labour market recovery.

  • Shares recover on Greece bond swap hopes

    March 08 2012 1:24 AM

    Asian shares recovered on Thursday as investors cautiously bet on brightening prospects for Greece to secure a crucial bond swap, and so avoid a messy default, and U.S. data suggesting a recovery in the labour market ahead of key jobs figures.

  • China to add to squeeze on world corn supply

    March 07 2012 9:24 PM

    Beijing and the influential U.S. agriculture department may have overstated China's corn crop by as much as 14 percent, pointing to higher imports from the world's second-largest consumer of the grain that could squeeze already tightening global supplies.

  • Japan GDP revised up, current account in red

    March 07 2012 8:00 PM

    Japan's economy shrank less than initially estimated in the fourth quarter as companies ramped up capital expenditure to cope with an increase in demand due to reconstruction of the country's tsunami-battered northeast coast.

  • Markets recover on Greece bond swap hopes

    March 07 2012 7:56 PM

    Asian shares and the euro recovered on Thursday on brightening prospects for Greece to secure a crucial bond swap to avoid a messy default and U.S. data suggesting a recovery in the labour market ahead of key jobs figures.

  • Cocoa smugglers on motorbikes evade Ivorian guards

    March 07 2012 12:32 PM

    In the dusty town of Osseikro just inside Ghana's border with Ivory Coast, the only billboard for miles welcomes visitors with the order: Stop Smuggling Cocoa.

  • Pound to waver near current levels vs euro - Reuters poll

    March 07 2012 11:00 AM

    The British pound will remain steady against the euro over the next year, perhaps more resilient but still tied to the euro zone's fortunes, according to a Reuters poll of foreign exchange analysts who mostly stuck to their views from one month ago.

  • Asian markets fall over Greece uncertainty, slowing growth

    March 07 2012 3:00 AM

    Asian shares fell for a third day in a row on Wednesday as investors grew more risk averse, with renewed uncertainty over Greece's bailout and mounting worries about slowing global economies overshadowing support from ample liquidity.

  • World markets fall over Greece uncertainty

    March 07 2012 12:40 AM

    Asian shares fell for the third day in a row on Wednesday as investors grew more risk averse, with renewed uncertainty over Greece's bailout and mounting worries about slowing global economies overshadowing support provided by ample liquidity.

  • Thousands flee in Australia floods

    March 06 2012 2:24 AM

    Floods across eastern Australia forced more than 13,000 people to evacuate their homes on Tuesday after record-high summer rains drenched three states over the past week, swelling rivers and forcing dams to overflow.

  • Asian shares weighed by economy worries

    March 05 2012 9:48 PM

    Asian shares and growth-linked currencies were under pressure on Tuesday as slowing economies in China and Europe and tension over Iran dampened sentiment, prompting investors to take profits from recent rallies that had been driven by ample liquidity.

  • Dunkin' aims at China with pork donuts, LeBron James

    March 05 2012 9:16 AM

    Pork donuts may not be palatable to Americans or Europeans, but the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and the Baskin-Robbins ice cream chains is catering to local tastes in China, where it aims to open another 100 stores in the next two to three years.

  • Russian vote skewed in Putin's favour - monitors

    March 05 2012 7:40 AM

    Russia's presidential election was unfair and clearly skewed in favour of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, international vote monitors said on Monday.

  • Shares ease as investors await more data

    March 05 2012 12:40 AM

    Asian shares eased on Monday as investors turned cautious about riding further on liquidity-driven optimism without seeing more evidence of firmer global growth.