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Crisis-struck Sudan signs deals for $300 million with Arab funds

17/03 Sudan has signed deals for loans worth $300 million with regional Arab funds, authorities said on Saturday, as the government struggles to cope with an economic crisis and nearly three months of street protests.  Full story

Jet chairman tells pilots he needs more time to finalise rescue deal

17h06 Jet Airways' Chairman Naresh Goyal told the airline's pilots on Monday he needed "a further short time" to finalise a rescue deal for the cash-strapped Indian carrier as the process is complex.. . .  Full story

Saudi closes at near 4-year high as it joins FTSE Russell index

15h55 Saudi Arabia's benchmark stock index closed at its highest in nearly four years on Monday as bank shares rose on its first day as a member of FTSE Russell's emerging-market index, which is expected. . .  Full story

Oil edges above $67 as OPEC-led supply cuts support

14h25 Oil edged further above $67 a barrel on Monday, supported by the prospect of prolonged OPEC-led oil supply curbs though concern that an economic downturn may dent fuel consumption curbed gains.. . .  Full story

China will promote stable and healthy development of property market - state TV

14h21 China will steadily implement a pilot scheme under plans to set up a long-term mechanism in the property market, Vice Premier Han Zheng was quoted by state television as saying on Monday.. . .  Full story

SE Asia Stocks-Most rise as Fed seen accommodative; Philippines bounces back

11h54 Most Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Monday, with Philippines leading the pack, as hopes of the U.S. Federal Reserve maintaining a dovish stance at a policy meeting on Wednesday buoyed risk appetite.. . .  Full story

Israel's Cellcom falls to quarterly loss, urges regulatory intervention

11h49 Cellcom, Israel's largest mobile operator, reported a steeper than expected quarterly loss, hurt by continuing revenue declines amid toughening competition and as it invests in a fibre optics network.. . .  Full story

Hong Kong stocks end at 9-month high as Fed seen accommodative

10h26 Hong Kong stocks tracked the mainland Chinese markets higher on Monday and closed at a nine-month peak, buoyed by expectations of the U.S. Federal Reserve taking a dovish stance at its policy meeting this. . .  Full story

China refiners eye record crude use in Q3, likely yielding fuel glut -survey

10h18 China's crude oil processing rate will likely hit another record in the third quarter this year, topping 13 million barrels per day (bpd) for the first time, as two new mega-refineries ramp up and. . .  Full story

China stocks end near 6-1/2-month high; consumer firms shine

09h21 China's major stock indexes closed near their 6-1/2-month highs on Monday, as sentiment was bolstered by high expectations of the U.S. Federal Reserve taking a dovish stance at its policy meeting this week and Beijing's. . .  Full story

China’s crowded co-working industry turns to services amid funding crunch

09h05 Co-working space operators in China are shifting their focus from ambitious expansion plans to services such as customising offices for clients, as rising vacancy rates and tighter financing slow their exponential growth of the past. . .  Full story

Nikkei driven up by chip-related stocks but weak export data caps gains

08h30 Japan's Nikkei rose on Monday as chip-related stocks tracked strength in their U.S. peers, but weak February export data checked the market's upside.. . .  Full story

Thai c.bank seen holding key rate on Wed as growth slows, risks rise

08h22 Thailand's central bank is expected to keep its benchmark policy rate steady on Wednesday for a second straight review after a hike in December, a Reuters poll showed, in a bid to support a. . .  Full story

JGBs steady to slightly firmer; eyes on auction, Fed

07h52 Japanese government bonds were steady to slightly higher on Monday after U.S. Treasury yields dipped to 10-week lows as a softer-than-expected data underpinned hopes that the U.S. central bank will hold rates steady.. . .  Full story

Saudi stocks set to receive $20 bln windfall even as some investors sit out

07h00 Saudi Arabia's inclusion in major emerging markets stock indices from Monday is likely to suck in around $20 billion in passive inflows, but unease after Jamal Khashoggi's murder and sluggish reforms could lead some active. . .  Full story

Chinese developer Country Garden's 2018 core profit up 38 pct at record

06h45 Country Garden Holdings Co Ltd, China's top property developer by total sales, reported core profit for 2018 rose 38 percent to a record, in line with forecasts of analysts, on robust revenue and higher margins.. . .  Full story

China, Hong Kong stocks rise on hopes of Fed's dovish stance

06h32 China and Hong Kong stocks climbed on Monday, amid mounting speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve will sound decidedly dovish at its policy meeting this week, and thanks to hopes Beijing will use more policy. . .  Full story

Nikkei up on chip-related stocks, weak data limits upside

05h21 Japan's Nikkei rose on Monday as chip-related stocks followed gains in their U.S. counterparts on Friday, but weak February export data limited the market's upside.. . .  Full story

Singapore's exports rebound but electronics show prevailing weakness

04h19 Singapore's exports rose unexpectedly in February year-on-year, rebounding from its biggest fall in over two years, data on Monday showed, but economists say a decline in electronics shipments shows global demand has not improved.. . .  Full story

Japan's Kampo Insurance eyes firms with tech edge in new ESG strategy

03h15 Japan Post Insurance is shifting its approach to sustainable investing by picking companies with a technological edge to solving global problems, its investment chief said, in a move away from typical ESG selection criteria.. . .  Full story

Workers in Algeria's Hassi Rmel gas field protest, output unaffected -Sonatrach official

17/03 Workers in Algeria's biggest gas field Hassi Rmel staged a protest on Sunday but production was unaffected, an official from state energy firm Sonatrach said.. . .  Full story

Saudi dips ahead of FTSE Russell index inclusion, other markets mixed

17/03 Saudi stocks dipped slightly on Sunday, a day ahead of the market's inclusion in the FTSE Russell's emerging market index, while other Gulf markets were mixed with Qatar down 1.1 percent on weakness in. . .  Full story

Algerian PM starts talks to form new government

17/03 Algeria's newly-appointed prime minister has started talks to form a new government, the state news agency reported on Sunday, in a move designed to appease protesters demanding President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika and his inner circle. . .  Full story

OPEC's Barkindo says compliance with supply cut deal improving

17/03 OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo said on Sunday that compliance with a supply cut agreement between OPEC and non-OPEC members was improving, and that this would help the oil market to weather through the. . .  Full story

Saudi Falih optimistic on continued commitment to OPEC+ oil supply cut

17/03 Saudi Arabia's energy minister said on Sunday he was optimistic about continued commitment to the oil supply cut agreement between OPEC and non-OPEC members.. . .  Full story

Shanghai's Nasdaq-style tech board to take listing applications from Monday - Shanghai Sec News

16/03 The Shanghai Stock Exchange will start accepting listing applications for its new Science and Technology Innovation board on Monday, putting it on track for a first batch of listings as early as mid-June, the. . .  Full story

China provides subsidies to lure talent to Greater Bay Area

16/03 Subsidies will be granted to lure talent from outside mainland China to support development of the Greater Bay Area, a project aimed at deepening integration between Hong Kong and southern Guangdong province, the Ministry of. . .  Full story

Jet Airways pilots seek government help to recover unpaid salaries, with interest

15/03 Cash-strapped Indian carrier Jet Airways' pilots union has for the first time sought government help to recover pending salaries and dues from the airline, saying pleas to management have fallen on deaf ears.. . .  Full story

Passengers rage over disruptions at India's embattled Jet Airways

15/03 India's embattled Jet Airways put photographs of smiling women employees on social media last week for Women's Day, using the tagline "Standing tall; touching the skies" but few passengers reacted cheerfully.. . .  Full story

Hundreds of thousands demonstrate against Algeria's Bouteflika -Reuters witnesses

15/03 The number of protesters demonstrating against Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the capital Algiers on Friday swelled into the hundreds of thousands, Reuters witnesses said.. . .  Full story

India's main opposition promises to spend more on health if voted back

15/03 India's main opposition Congress party said on Friday it would more than double healthcare spending in five years if voted back to power, adding to a growing list of promises to try to woo. . .  Full story

Asia Gold-Price dip attracts Indian buyers amid wedding season

15/03 Physical gold demand improved this week in India as a correction in local prices attracted buyers, particularly with the wedding season underway, while premiums in China rose on steady buying in the world's leading consumer.. . .  Full story

Lenders to Jet to reach final resolution in one week - SBI official

15/03 A consortium of lenders led by the State Bank of India (SBI) should reach a final resolution plan to rescue embattled Jet Airways in the next one week, an SBI official said on Friday.. . .  Full story

China's premier says ready to use more policy tools to help economy

15/03 The Chinese government has additional monetary policy measures that it can take to support economic growth this year, and will even cut "its own flesh" to help finance large-scale tax cuts, Premier Li Keqiang. . .  Full story

SE Asia Stocks-Indonesia rises on surprise trade surplus, Philippines ends higher

15/03 Most Southeast Asian stocks advanced on Friday, with Indonesia gaining after the nation posted a surprise trade surplus in February, while Philippines erased losses to end higher as January remittances rose.. . .  Full story

Protesters start gathering in downtown Algiers -Reuters witnesses

15/03 Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Algiers on Friday as new mass protests are expected in the North African country, Reuters witnesses said.. . .  Full story

HK shares end higher on China policy boost, trade talk hopes

15/03 The Hong Kong market closed higher on Friday, after China pledged to prop up slowing economic growth and appeared to make progress in its trade talks with the United States. ** At the close of. . .  Full story

Retail investors, mid-caps stand out in China's stock rally

15/03 Heartened by signs of an end to a long-running trade war with the United States and monetary easing at home, China's stock indices have vaulted by a fifth since the beginning of this year. . .  Full story

China stocks climb on premier's growth support pledge

15/03 The Chinese stock market closed higher on Friday after Premier Li Keqiang vowed strong measures to boost slowing economic growth. ** At the close, the Shanghai Composite index was up 1 percent at 3,021.75, while. . .  Full story

Nikkei ends higher as companies relying on China demand soar

15/03 Japan's Nikkei closed higher on Friday as companies with large exposure to China soared on Beijing's commitment to boosting economic growth, while investors also saw signs of progress in U.S.-China trade talks.. . .  Full story

TSE to companies:Disclose in English, keep market cap above Y25 bln to stay listed-Nikkei

15/03 The Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) is considering a minimum market capitalisation of 25 billion yen ($223.87 million) and disclosure in English as requirements for companies to stay listed on its first-section, or the main board,. . .  Full story

JGBs flat to slightly softer, no reaction to BOJ

15/03 Japanese government bonds were steady to slightly weaker on Friday after recent rallies, showing little reaction to the Bank of Japan's decision to cut its economic assessment while maintaining its policy on hold.. . .  Full story

Malaysia's March 1 - 15 palm oil exports fall 1.4 pct -AmSpec Agri

15/03 Exports of Malaysian palm oil products for March 1 - 15 fell 1.4 percent to 676,553 tonnes from 685,779 tonnes shipped during February 1 - 15, according to independent inspection company AmSpec. . .  Full story

China's home price growth slips to 10-month low, raises policy challenge

15/03 New home prices in China grew at their slowest pace in 10 months in February in sign of slackening demand as the economy cools further, leaving authorities walking a tight rope between loosening. . .  Full story

China stocks rise as premier vows strong support

15/03 Shares in China climbed on Friday after the government reiterated its commitment to boosting growth and as Beijing and Washington appeared to have made more progress in their trade talks. ** At the midday break,. . .  Full story

Japan to prod regional banks to boost profitability with new rules

15/03 Japan's financial watchdog will conduct stress tests on regional banks around mid-year and review rules to prod them to speed up efforts to boost profitability, a government official with direct knowledge of the matter said. . .  Full story

Japan court rejects bid to shut Shikoku Electric nuclear reactor -Kyodo

15/03 A high court in western Japan on Friday rejected a lawsuit to shut down Shikoku Electric Power Co's only operating nuclear reactor, Kyodo News reported.. . .  Full story

Indonesia posts surprise trade surplus in Feb as imports slump

15/03 Indonesia posted a surprise trade surplus for the first time in five months in February as imports unexpectedly fell sharply, data from the statistics bureau showed on Friday.. . .  Full story

Nikkei rises as chip-related stocks, exporters lead gains

15/03 Japan's Nikkei made firm gains on Friday morning as a weaker yen supported exporter stocks, while chip-related companies rose on earnings from Broadcom after the Wall Street close.. . .  Full story

China property price changes in February

15/03 Following is a breakdown of average new home price changes in major Chinese cities in February, announced by the National Bureau of Statistics on Friday. Home price figures. . .  Full story

China cenbank's maturing bills, repos next week

15/03 Maturing Chinese central bank reverse bond repurchase agreements will drain 20 billion yuan ($2.98 billion) next week. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) has drained 820 billion yuan on a net. . .  Full story

China cenbank weekly open market operations at a glance; PBOC drains 820 bln yuan YTD

15/03 The People's Bank of China (PBOC) has drained 820 billion yuan ($122.01 billion) on a net basis from money markets via open market operations (OMOs) so far this year.. . .  Full story

S.Korean prosecutors raid exchange in Samsung BioLogics probe - bourse official

15/03 South Korean prosecutors raided Korea Exchange as part of an investigation into Samsung BioLogics' suspected violation of accounting rules, a bourse official said on Friday.. . .  Full story

S.Korea's Feb Iran oil imports down 12.5 pct on-year

15/03 South Korea's oil imports from Iran fell 12.5 percent year-on-year in February, customs data showed on Friday, as it resumed buying from the Middle Eastern nation under a waiver from U.S. sanctions, which restricted trading. . .  Full story

On Japan Sea coast, small firm shows scars of China's economic woes

15/03 In snow country along Japan's northern coast, a small manufacturer of precision moulds is feeling the pain of China's economic slowdown.. . .  Full story

India LNG demand journey to be shaky, slow due to infrastructure limits

15/03 India's demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) is set to rise by about 10 percent this year even as the country adds import capacity at a faster clip, because infrastructure constraints keep gas from. . .  Full story

AIA Group's 2018 value of new business rises 22 pct, beats forecasts

15/03 AIA Group Ltd, the world's second-largest life insurer by market value, posted a 22 percent increase in its 2018 new business value, boosted by expansion in China and surging demand for insurance in Hong Kong,. . .  Full story

Bangladesh extends deadline to submit plans for new LNG terminal

14/03 Bangladesh is extending the deadline by three months for companies to submit expressions of interest (EOI) to build the country's first onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, two sources familiar with the matter said on. . .  Full story

-Iraq sees wheat crop almost doubling on more rainfall

14/03 Iraq expects its wheat crop to almost double to 4 million tonnes this year after more rainfall encouraged farmers to grow the grain, its agriculture ministry said on Thursday.. . .  Full story

Saudi Aramco shifts strategy in China to boost oil sales

14/03 Rising Russian and U.S. competition has pushed Saudi Aramco to find new buyers for its oil in China, encouraging a shift towards independent refiners and newcomers to the business.. . .  Full story

Iraq cuts oil exports to 3.5 mln bpd in line with OPEC deal - minister

14/03 Iraq has cut its oil exports average to 3.5 million barrels per day (bpd) in compliance with an ongoing production curb agreement, its oil minister said on Thursday.. . .  Full story

India's Dewan Housing Finance denies report of clean chit by regulator

14/03 India's Dewan Housing Finance Corp Ltd (DHFL) denied on Thursday a media report that the country's housing regulator gave it a clean chit after allegations the mortgage lender had created shell companies to divert funds.. . .  Full story

At least four killed in Iran gas pipeline explosion - ISNA

14/03 At least four people were killed and five others injured on Thursday in a gas pipeline explosion in southwest Iran, the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA reported.. . .  Full story

SE Asia Stocks-Indonesia rises after Fitch affirms rating; others subdued

14/03 Indonesian shares rose on Thursday after Fitch affirmed Jakarta's rating with a stable outlook, while other southeast Asian markets struggled as investors turned cautious amid mixed economic data from China. The. . .  Full story

China's property tax will be implemented according to the city - lawmaker

14/03 China will allow cities to set their own property taxes instead of requiring them to conform to one tax regime, a senior lawmaker said on Thursday, in one of the most detailed official comments. . .  Full story

Hong Kong shares edge higher amid mixed China data

14/03 Hong Kong stocks edged higher on Thursday after China reported stronger-than-expected investment in its slowing economy, but a weaker industrial output growth limited the gains. ** The Hang Seng index ended 0.2 percent higher at 28,851.39. . .  Full story

Frugal consumers, higher costs take fizz out of Japan's food stocks

14/03 Japan's food firms, once seen as a rare group of winners in the country's fight against deflation, are falling out of favour with investors as consumers reject price hikes on many household products.. . .  Full story

Nikkei ends nearly flat after weak China data; SoftBank surges

14/03 Japan's Nikkei ended nearly flat on Thursday after China reported a mixed bag of data that renewed concerns about the global economy, while index-heavyweight SoftBank Group offered support amid talk of an Uber-related investment.. . .  Full story

Dubai's DP World plays down trade tensions as annual profit jumps 10 pct

14/03 DP World, one of the world's biggest port operators, said on Thursday its business could weather international trade tensions, after reporting a 10.2 percent rise in 2018 profit.. . .  Full story

JGBs little changed, capped by weaker U.S. Treasuries

14/03 Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Thursday, with a retreat by U.S. Treasuries capping the bond market.. . .  Full story

China will aim to remove 'grey rhino' risks in key areas - c.bank

14/03 China's central bank said on Thursday it will strengthen efforts to prevent 'grey rhino' events and fend off risks of abnormal fluctuations in the financial markets.. . .  Full story

China's property investment growth hits 5-year high driven by smaller cities

14/03 China's property investment accelerated in the first two months of the year driven by strong demand in its hinterland and defying a decline in sales, government curbs in bigger markets and a broader economic slowdown.. . .  Full story

China Jan-Feb steel output rises from Dec on strong margins

14/03 China's daily steel output rose in January and February, as mills in the world's top producer ramped up production amid firm steel margins and easier environmental restrictions.. . .  Full story

China shares drop on weak output data; Hong Kong flat

14/03 Chinese shares fell on Thursday, extending losses from the previous session, after data showed that growth in China's industrial output plunged to a 17-year low in the first two months of 2019, reinforcing worries over. . .  Full story

Nikkei rises as SoftBank surges on Uber self-driving investment hopes

14/03 Japan's Nikkei rose on Thursday morning driven by gains in index-heavyweight SoftBank Group while investors bought futures as global risk issues such as a no-deal Brexit receded.. . .  Full story

China exchanges relax LGFV bond refinancing requirements

14/03 China's securities exchanges have relaxed requirements for local government financing platforms to roll over maturing corporate bonds, state-run China Securities Journal reported, in a move aimed at relieving debt burdens.. . .  Full story

Breakdown of China's Jan-Feb fixed-asset investment

14/03 Following is a breakdown of China's fixed-asset investment for January and February combined, published by the National Bureau of Statistics on Thursday. (Percent change from a year earlier, year to date):. . .  Full story

Breakdown of China's Jan-Feb property investment

14/03 Following is a breakdown of China's real estate investment for the year to February, published by the National Bureau of Statistics on Thursday. Actual investment in the sector (bln yuan, pct change. . .  Full story

Breakdown of China's Jan-Feb industrial output

14/03 Following is a breakdown of China's industrial output for January and February combined, published by the National Bureau of Statistics on Thursday. (Percent change from a year earlier, except for sales/output ratio):. . .  Full story

Breakdown of China's Jan-Feb retail sales

14/03 Following is a breakdown of China's retail sales for January and February, published by the National Bureau of Statistics on Thursday. (Percent change from a year earlier):. . .  Full story

Egypt closes four ports due to bad weather

13/03 Egyptian authorities have closed Suez and Nuweiba ports on the Red Sea due to bad weather, Red Sea Ports Authority said on Wednesday.. . .  Full story

Gold gains on lackluster U.S. data, Brexit deal doubts

13/03 Gold hit nearly a two-week high on Wednesday as tepid U.S. economic data reinforced views the Federal Reserve would be patient on monetary policy, with bullion's appeal also bolstered by uncertainty over a Brexit deal. . .  Full story

Italy's Eni makes major oil find in Angola

13/03 Italian company Eni said on Wednesday it had made a major oil discovery in Angola that would boost its credentials as one of the most successful foreign oil producers in Africa. . .  Full story

Qatar to offer new areas of real estate for foreign ownership

13/03 Qatar's cabinet said on Wednesday it would identify several new areas where foreigners can own real estate, state news agency QNA said, part of a campaign to draw more investment to a sector that. . .  Full story

Saudi Real Estate Refinance Co issues $200 mln sukuk

13/03 Government-owned Saudi Real Estate Refinance Co (SRC) said on Wednesday it had completed a 750 million riyal ($200 million) sukuk issue with multiple tenors, the first transaction by a non-sovereign issuer in Saudi Arabia in. . .  Full story

China tightens scrutiny over grey-market margin financing

13/03 China's securities watchdog is tightening scrutiny over grey-market margin financing, barring brokerages from facilitating shadow lending and warning against risks of another credit-fuelled bubble.. . .  Full story

Chinese insurer Ping An plans $1.5 bln buyback, would consider more

13/03 Financial giant Ping An Insurance Group Co of China Ltd said it would return up to 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) to shareholders through its first share buyback, after posting a forecast-beating jump in annual. . .  Full story

Shanghai's hotly-anticipated tech board draws defectors from rivals

13/03 A growing number of companies trading on China's main over-the-counter (OTC) equity market are defecting to Shanghai's hotly-anticipated Nasdaq-style technology board, as they follow the money.. . .  Full story

SE Asia Stocks-Most end higher after tepid trade; Singapore slips

13/03 Most Southeast Asian stocks closed higher in lacklustre trade on Wednesday, while Singapore slipped as caution prevailed ahead of China's industrial output data. Singapore stocks were the sole losers in. . .  Full story

Dips and spreads boost Israeli foodmaker Strauss's fourth-quarter profit

13/03 Israeli food producer Strauss Group reported a 13.6 percent rise in fourth-quarter net profit, boosted by growth in its home market and in its international dips and spreads business.. . .  Full story

China orders banks to boost financial support to small firms

13/03 China's banking and insurance regulator on Wednesday urged banks to continue increasing lending to smaller firms and further cut their financing costs, as policymakers work to avert an economic slowdown.. . .  Full story

Egypt plans increased rice cultivation in effort to cut import bill

13/03 Egypt's Agriculture Ministry said on Wednesday it would grow about 1.1 million acres of rice in the 2019 season, up from 800,000 acres last year, in an effort to reduce the country's import bill.. . .  Full story

Japanese firms offer smaller pay raises as economy wobbles

13/03 Big Japanese firms offered smaller pay increases at annual wage talks on Wednesday as the economy sputters, tempering hopes that domestic consumption will offset external risks to growth.. . .  Full story

Indonesia's motorbike sales up 21 pct y/y in February - association

13/03 * The annual growth of Indonesia's motorcycle sales accelerated to 21 percent in February from 17.9 percent in January, an industry association said, citing its data combined with data from the government.. . .  Full story

Hong Kong stocks fall as investors await Brexit vote, trade deal

13/03 Hong Kong stocks dropped on Wednesday, as investors turned cautious ahead of yet another make-or-break parliamentary vote on Brexit while awaiting more news on the progress of Sino-U.S. trade negotiations. ** The Hang Seng index. . .  Full story

Aramex lifts Dubai, Saudi rises on banks

13/03 Dubai's stock market rose on Wednesday, supported by a jump in courier firm Aramex, while Saudi Arabia also gained as most of its banks traded higher amid rising oil prices.. . .  Full story

Indonesia's Feb trade deficit seen as smallest in 5 months

13/03 Indonesia's trade deficit is seen narrowing in February as exports continued to decline amid falling global demand and soft commodity prices, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday.. . .  Full story

Asian jet fuel profit margins hit over 8-month low on weak demand

13/03 Asian refining margins for jet fuel dropped for a second straight session on Wednesday to their lowest levels in more than eight months, as crude prices firmed and demand for the distillate fuel. . .  Full story

China stocks drop on Brexit worries, trade deal caution

13/03 China stocks ended lower on Wednesday, as caution prevailed ahead of yet another make-or-break parliamentary vote on Brexit, while investors awaited more news on the progress of Sino-U.S. trade negotiations.. . .  Full story

Malaysia to keep bauxite mining on hold amid environmental impact studies

13/03 Malaysia said that bauxite miners must each conduct a study on the environmental impact of their sites in the country before receiving licences to restart operations, with a moratorium on mining the aluminium raw material. . .  Full story

Nikkei slips on weak machinery orders, profit taking on Brexit fears

13/03 Japan's Nikkei ended lower on Wednesday as weak machinery orders dragged down shares of machinery makers and exporters, and investors worried about Britain's exit from the European Union took profits.. . .  Full story