18/01 Congo Republic plans to join the OPEC oil cartel, the government said, as the former French colony presses ahead with projects that could help it become the third-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa.  Full story
15h02 India's biggest explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has agreed to buy the government's majority stake in state-refiner Hindustan Petroleum Corp for 369 billion rupees ($5.78 billion), ONGC said on Saturday.  Full story
13h15 Malaysian palm oil prices are expected to trade at 2,500-2,700 ringgit ($635-$686) per tonne due to falling production from March onwards, and as stock levels decline from now until July, said leading vegetable oils analyst Dorab Mistry on Saturday.  Full story
07h15 China's stock market regulator has approved five new initial public offerings (IPOs), which will aim to raise a total of no more than 6.7 billion yuan ($1.05 billion), the official news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday.  Full story
05h08 China will impose "special emissions restrictions" on enterprises in major industrial sectors in northern China later this year, as it bids to ensure its war on pollution continues once a tough winter anti-smog campaign ends. . .  Full story
19/01 Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX) is to allow companies to list with dual-class shares, a move which aims to attract blockbuster tech listings and follows a similar action by its Hong Kong rival.. . .  Full story
19/01 A sunken Iranian oil tanker may be leaking heavy bunker fuel as well as light oil off the east coast of China and the best remedy was to recover the vessel, officials said on. . .  Full story
19/01 The share of Saudi Arabia's exports of refined oil products steadily rose throughout 2017, offsetting a drop in overseas crude oil sales as the kingdom complied with a global supply pact, the International Energy Agency. . .  Full story
19/01 The Japanese government raised its assessment of the economy in January for the first time in seven months due to rising consumer spending, an encouraging sign that inflation could start to pick up this. . .  Full story
19/01 Vietnam briefly hit an over ten-year peak on Friday backed by foreign inflows while other markets in the region notched up weekly gains and finished higher after data showed China's growth accelerated for the. . .  Full story
19/01 A group of creditors has sent a letter to China's Hebei province that says the local government has failed to resolve a multi-billion dollar debt overhang that followed the collapse of the country's second-biggest. . .  Full story
19/01 A third of Chinese conglomerate HNA Group's listed units have suspended trading in their shares since November as the group faces rising financing costs after a $50 billion acquisition spree over the past two. . .  Full story
19/01 China's provincial capitals have discovered a way to keep apartment sales booming by making it much easier for graduates to get coveted household registration permits.. . .  Full story
19/01 China's appetite for palm oil heading into the Lunar New Year holiday may be lower than expected as plentiful supplies of rival edible oils curb consumption ahead of its largest festive celebration, traders and analysts. . .  Full story
19/01 China's primary money rates edged up again this week, lifted by strong demand for cash from financial institutions and by market expectations that policy will remain tight after data showed robust fourth-quarter economic growth.. . .  Full story
19/01 Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index ended at a new high, up for the sixth week in a row, led by property shares, as mainland money gushed into the city. HSCE, an index tracking mainland. . .  Full story
19/01 Car sales in Indonesia fell 2 percent in December from a year earlier, according to data from the automotive industry association Gaikindo on Friday. The data showed that automakers sold. . .  Full story
19/01 Japanese government bond prices were steady to slightly firmer on Friday after the results of the Bank of Japan's bond purchase showed limited selling interest.. . .  Full story
19/01 China stocks ended at fresh two-year highs on Friday, with the Shanghai index posting its fifth straight week of gains, as banks extended their rally and after the country posted its first acceleration in. . .  Full story
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19/01 HDFC Bank Ltd reported a record high quarterly profit, as an increase in interest and fee incomes as well as a steady non-performing loan ratio boosted the bottom line for India's second-largest lender by. . .  Full story
19/01 Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Friday with financial stocks leading the gains after U.S. yields rose, while GMO Internet soared after an activist fund called on the company to change its governance structure.. . .  Full story
19/01 Japanese asset manager Sparx Asset Management said on Friday it has sent shareholder proposals to Teikoku Sen-i requesting the Japanese textile company increase dividend payment and shorten the term for directors.. . .  Full story
19/01 Hong Kong-based investor Oasis Management Company has proposed that Japanese internet and cryptocurrency firm GMO Internet reduce the power of its founder and abolish its takeover defences.. . .  Full story
19/01 China stocks reached fresh two-year highs on Friday morning, as banks extended gains and after the country posted its first acceleration in full-year growth in seven years in 2017.. . .  Full story
19/01 China's better-than-expected economic growth in the fourth quarter of last year was supported by continued strength in the services industry and an expanding agricultural sector, official data published on Friday showed.. . .  Full story
19/01 Maturing Chinese central bank reverse bond repurchase agreements will drain 820 billion yuan ($128.13 billion) next week. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) has injected 120 billion yuan on a net. . .  Full story
19/01 The People's Bank of China (PBOC) has injected 120 billion yuan ($18.76 billion) on a net basis into money markets via open market operations so far this year. The. . .  Full story
19/01 Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Friday morning with financial stocks leading the gains after U.S. yields rose, while GMO Internet soared after an activist fund called on the company to abolish its. . .  Full story
19/01 The Philippines, one of Asia's active issuers of sovereign debt, has sold $2 billion worth of 10-year U.S. dollar bonds in a deal that attracted strong investor demand, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said on Friday.. . .  Full story
19/01 China's central bank will inject 230 billion yuan ($35.84 billion) into money markets on Friday, traders said. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) is injecting 130 billion yuan through seven-day. . .  Full story
19/01 Japanese marketplace app operator Mercari is looking at a Tokyo listing in June that could give it a market value of more than 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion), the Nikkei newspaper said on Friday.. . .  Full story
18/01 India will cut rates on some products and services under the new Goods and Services Tax (GST), the finance minister said on Thursday, in a bid to encourage greater compliance as revenues have dipped. . .  Full story
18/01 Mergers and acquisition activity in the health sector lifted Egypt's stock market on Thursday, while Gulf markets mostly moved sideways but Qatar rose on the back of a jump by food processor and. . .  Full story
18/01 OPEC has raised its forecast for oil supply from non-member countries in 2018 as higher prices encourage U.S. shale drillers to pump more, offsetting an OPEC-led deal to clear a supply glut and a. . .  Full story
18/01 Sri Lankan shares fell for a seventh straight session on Thursday and closed at their lowest in nearly three weeks, as foreign investors turned net sellers for the first time in 14 sessions while. . .  Full story

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