09h47 China's farmers are expected to plant more corn this year, eyeing higher prices and profits despite a push to reduce acreage devoted to the cereal under the government's latest five-year plan.  Full story
09h44 China stocks ended higher on Monday, with gains led by healthcare firms, after Beijing formed a new economic team. ** At the close, the Shanghai Composite index was up 0.3 percent at 3,279.25, while the blue-chip CSI300 index gained 0.4 percent to 4,074.25. ** The smaller Shenzhen index ended up 0.2  Full story
09h40 Grade Prices Thai RSS3 (April) $1.75/kg Thai STR20 (April) $1.50/kg Thai 60-percent latex (bulk/April) $1,220/tonne Thai 60-percent latex (drum/April) $1,320/tonne Malaysia SMR20 (April) $1.45/kg  Full story
09h19 A court in northern Japan on Monday rejected a lawsuit to halt construction of a nuclear plant, said the company building the facility, Electric Power Development Co (J-Power).  Full story
09h02 Egypt will offer shares in four to six state companies this year seeking to raise between 12 billion and 15 billion Egyptian pounds ($680 million -$850 million), Finance Minister Amr El Garhy told Reuters on Monday.  Full story
08h56 China elevated a key confidante of President Xi Jinping to one of the top positions in government on Monday as Beijing cracks down on riskier financing and a debt build-up that may pose systemic risks to the world's second-largest economy.  Full story
08h52 Drivers for app-based cab aggregators Uber and Ola started an indefinite strike across India on Monday, demanding extra pay as a surge in the number of cabs on the two platforms, coupled with cutbacks. . .  Full story
08h51 The Philippines said it will issue an inaugural 1.46 billion yuan ($230 million) three-year "panda" bond in the onshore Chinese market on Tuesday.. . .  Full story
08h36 Japanese Government Bonds were little changed on Monday, with many Japanese market participants keeping to the sidelines ahead of their book-closing at the end of this month.. . .  Full story
08h29 Tokyo stocks dropped to their lowest in more than a week on Monday, with most sectors in negative territory as confidence was undercut by opinion polls showing support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. . .  Full story
07h44 China on Monday chose Lu Hao, a young politician who's risen swiftly through the Communist Party ranks over the past 15 years, to run a new Ministry of Natural Resources, as the government undergoes. . .  Full story
07h03 China's new home price growth slowed in February from the previous month as a raft of government curbs aimed at tempering speculative demand softened prices in the biggest cities, although strength seen in smaller. . .  Full story
06h51 China on Monday revealed a new lineup in its state council, nominated by Premier Li Keqiang, as part of a broad government reshuffle at this year's annual National People's Congress.. . .  Full story
06h25 China and Hong Kong stocks rose on Monday morning after Beijing elected a key economic team, and as investors awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve rate decision later this week. ** At 04:02 GMT, the Shanghai. . .  Full story
06h22 Most Southeast Asian stock markets were subdued on Monday, in line with broader Asia, as investors waited for clues on the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy tightening pace. The Fed is likely. . .  Full story
05h31 Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co Ltd , Japan's top electric-arc furnace steelmaker, on Monday said it would hold product prices steady in April as it needs to ensure markets have absorbed its hikes from earlier. . .  Full story
04h37 Japan's Nikkei share average dropped to more than a one-week low on Monday morning as investors repsonded to opinion polls showing falling support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe amid a cronyism scandal that. . .  Full story
04h16 The Bank of Japan's holdings of government debt rose to a record in October-December under its quantitative easing programme, underlining concerns about the sustainability of monetary policy.. . .  Full story
02h25 Some of China's biggest shadow banking groups are shopping for regulators in far-flung regions to help pass deals unlikely to be approved by more savvy regulators closer to home, according to multiple sources with direct. . .  Full story
02h15 China has selected American-trained economist Yi Gang to become the country's new central bank governor, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Sunday, citing unnamed people with knowledge of the matter.. . .  Full story
02h05 Bank of Japan policymakers said the central bank needs to stick with its quantitative easing framework because inflation is still well below its 2 percent price target, a summary of opinions of the BOJ's. . .  Full story
01h27 New Zealand's central bank is expected to hold interest rates at a record low of 1.75 percent at the last meeting chaired by Acting Governor Grant Spencer on Thursday in its mission to. . .  Full story
18/03 Egypt announced on Sunday the names of 23 state companies that will sell stakes from this year under its plan to raise 80 billion Egyptian pounds ($4.6 billion) through minority share offerings on the. . .  Full story
18/03 Gulf stock markets eased on Sunday as gains in oil prices at the end of last week failed to spur activity, though Ezz Steel helped to lift Egypt's index.. . .  Full story
18/03 DP World, one of the world's largest port operators, said on Sunday it had bought a logistics firm in Peru for $315.7 million, giving it a 50 percent stake in the country's second largest. . .  Full story
18/03 The mayor of one of China's most high-profile debt-strapped cities said it will have to lend assistance to failing local government firms, even as he tries to bring the city's finances under control.. . .  Full story
18/03 With sales stagnating and high rent and manpower costs eating away at his profits, Azan Tengku, the director of Singaporean gift company Kalms, decided to close down his stores and move all his products. . .  Full story
17/03 Indonesian banks will see "more than 12 percent" loan growth in 2018 thanks to a recovering global economy and a pickup in commodity prices, the country's financial regulator said.. . .  Full story
17/03 IMF criticism of Lebanon's public finances is valid, but the country's draft 2018 budget sends a good signal as it seeks to cut one of the world's highest debt-to-GDP ratios from above 150 percent,. . .  Full story
17/03 China has begun building its first polar expedition cruise ship, state news agency Xinhua reported Saturday, as the country looks to shipping lanes opened up by global warming to extend President Xi Jinping's Belt. . .  Full story
17/03 China's largely rubber-stamp parliament on Saturday unanimously re-elected Xi Jinping as the country's president.. . .  Full story
17/03 China's largely rubber-stamp parliament on Saturday approved a government reorganisation plan that merges China's banking and insurance regulators, gives new powers to policymaking bodies such as the central bank and creates new ministries.. . .  Full story
16/03 IMF criticism of Lebanon's public finances is valid, but the country's draft 2018 budget sends a good signal as it seeks to cut one of the world's highest debt-to-GDP ratios from above 150 percent,. . .  Full story
16/03 Sri Lanka's Department of Census and Statistics withdrew its 2017 full-year and fourth quarter gross domestic product data on Friday, a day after posting the island nation's worst economic growth in 16 years.. . .  Full story
16/03 Ten companies have expressed an interest to bid in a 60 million euros ($74 million) tender to supply pipes for a 185-km (115 miles) gas pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria (IGB), the Bulgarian energy. . .  Full story
16/03 Sri Lankan shares rose marginally on Friday, recovering from a one-and-a-half-month closing low hit in the previous session, as investors bought select blue chips in low volumes while lower economic growth weighed on the market.. . .  Full story
16/03 Troubled commodity trader Noble Group said on Friday it had not, and would not, make payments in relation to debt notes due in 2018 and 2022.. . .  Full story
16/03 Weaker demand in India prompted gold dealers to offer discounts for a second week straight, as a drop in local prices to 2-week lows and a festival failed to lure buyers.. . .  Full story

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