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Asia markets end week on low but Tokyo up on weak yen

Japanese stocks have risen on a weaker yen as another feeble inflation reading puts fresh pressure on TokyoMost Asian markets headed into the weekend on a dour note following a Wall Street sell-off Friday, but Japanese stocks were again boosted by a weaker yen as another feeble inflation reading put fresh pressure on Tokyo.

RBS says earnings rise 61 percent

LONDON (AP) ? Royal Bank of Scotland says third-quarter earnings rose 61 percent as efforts to restructure the taxpayer-owned bank reduced costs.

Asian shares mixed as dollar gains against yen, China yuan

Asian shares mixed as dollar gains against yen, China yuanAsian shares were mixed Friday as a weaker yen sent Japan's benchmark higher, despite persisting gloom from Wall Street's recent declines. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.6 percent ...

Sanofi earnings beat view, lifts outlook

A logo is seen in front of the entrance at the headquarters of French drugmaker Sanofi in Paris(Reuters) - French drugmaker Sanofi's posted better than expected earnings and lifted its profit guidance for the year on strong growth at its biotech arm Genzyme and helped by an early start to the U.S. flu vaccines season. Stepping up an overhaul initiated by Chief Executive Olivier Brandicourt, Sanofi also said it would sell its European generic drugs business and buy back 3.5 billion euros (3 billion pounds) worth of shares after receiving 4.7 billion euros under an asset swap agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim hammered out earlier this year. ...

DIARY-Hong Kong corporate earnings week ahead

Oct 28 (Reuters) - Diary of Hong Kong (.HSI) corporate earnings for the week ahead HONG KONG EARNINGS Start Date Start Time RIC Company Event Name (GMT) 02-Nov-2016 NTS 0388.HK Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd Q3 2016 Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd Earnings Release 03-Nov-2016 NTS 0992.HK Lenovo Group Ltd Q2 2017 Lenovo Group Ltd Earnings Release ** All times are listed in AMC - 'After market close', or BMO - 'Before market opens', or DBH - 'During business hours', orNTS - 'No time scheduled'** This Diary does not provide the EPS estimate figures. ...

GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar, bond yields stand tall on enhanced Fed rate hike prospects

TOKYO, Oct (Shenzhen: 000069.SZ - news) 28 (Reuters) - The dollar stood near a three-month high against the yen on Friday after increased chances for a near-term U.S. interest rate hike boosted Treasury yields that had already gained in the wake of a surge in British and euro zone yields. Upbeat U.S. data including jobless claims, manufacturing activity and pending home sales strengthened the case for the Federal Reserve to raise rates by the year-end and lifted Treasury yields. Asian stocks were subdued, with MSCI (NYSE: MSCI - news) 's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edging down 0.l percent, reflecting Wall Street's unconvincing performance overnight.

Petronas decision on Rapid deal with Aramco in Dec?

KUALA LUMPUR: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) is said to be making a final investment decision in December to partner with Saudi Arabian Oil Co (Saudi Aramco) by offering a 50 per cent stake in its refinery and petrochemical integrated development project (Rapid) in Johor. According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report yesterday, if Petronas proceeds with the plan, the two companies will set up a joint-venture company in the first quarter of next year to run the project, with the refinery due to start operating in early 2019. WSJ said the entry of Saudi Aramco into the project would be a coup for Petronas.

GE in talks to buy Baker Hughes: report

General Electric has approached oilfield-services company Baker Hughes about a takeover, report saysGeneral Electric is in talks to buy oilfield-services company Baker Hughes in a deal that could be the US industrial giant's biggest, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. GE had approached Baker Hughes about a takeover, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. Baker Hughes, based in Houston, Texas, has a market value of $23 billion, and could fetch more than $30 billion in a takeover, given the typical premium, the newspaper said.

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