Oceania

Proposed Crown resort and casino

Australia’s Crown Resorts drops Sri Lanka $400 million casino plan

Australian gaming mogul James Packer’s Crown Resorts Ltd. (CWN.AX) has scrapped a proposed $400 million luxury hotel and resort development in Sri Lanka after Colombo's new government withdrew approvals for casinos.

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Exchange rates

Asia shares inch ahead, euro steady as Fed meets

Most Asian share markets firmed on Tuesday and the euro clung to rare gains, relieved that European equities had weathered Greece's election outcome without too much disruption.

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European Notes

Copper suffers meltdown on growth anxiety, euro on defensive

Unease over the global economy engulfed commodities and dented Asian equities on Wednesday, while the euro loitered near nine-year lows as investors bet the European Central Bank was just a week away from launching a new stimulus campaign.

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US bills

Dollar slips with yields, oil still dropping

The U.S. dollar took a dip on Monday as Asian investors caught up with a benign payrolls report and the subsequent slide in Treasury yields, though turnover was light with Tokyo on holiday.

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Macquarie

Macquarie in exclusive talks to buy planes from lessor AWAS for more than $4 billion: sources

Australian bank Macquarie Group Ltd's aircraft leasing subsidiary is in exclusive talks to buy a portfolio of new planes from Dublin-based lessor AWAS for more than $4 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Euro Notes

Euro dives to nine-year low as U.S. dollar surges

The euro tumbled to its lowest since early 2006 in Asia on Monday as a wave of stop-loss sales were tripped on the break of major chart support, sending the U.S. dollar flying higher against a range of competitors.

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Factory

China factory slowdown a force for disinflation, Asia faces softer demand

China's growth engine looks to have ended last year on a flat note as its massive factory sector sputtered in December, though ebbing price pressures also offered scope for more policy stimulus from Beijing and across much of Asia.

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Tokyo

Euro starts new year at new lows in Asia

The euro started the new year at 29-month lows in Asia after the head of the head of the European Central Bank fanned expectations it would take bolder steps on stimulus this month, so underlining the U.S. dollar's rate advantage.

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China

China stocks top performers in 2014, oil plunges, dollar sees best gain in nine years

Chinese stocks were celebrating their best year in five on Wednesday while markets elsewhere in Asia were ending 2014 on a cautionary note as worries about Greece's future in the euro zone served as an excuse to take profits on crowded trades.

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Australian Securities Exchange

Australian cinema chain Hoyts sold to Chinese investor Sun Xishuang

Australia's Hoyts Group said on Tuesday it has been sold by its private equity owner Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) to an investment vehicle set up by Chinese entrepreneur Sun Xishuang.

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Japan

Asia encouraged by Wall Street bounce, upbeat Fed

Asian share markets rallied on Thursday after U.S. stocks enjoyed their strongest session this year when the Federal Reserve sounded upbeat on the economy and promised to be patient in removing policy stimulus.

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Crude Oil

Investors take cover amid Russia crisis, oil slide

An uneasy calm settled on Asian markets on Wednesday as a brewing financial crisis in Russia and the rout in oil prices sent investors scurrying for the cover of top-rated bonds.

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Iron ore mine

After conquering iron ore, BHP and Rio move to dominate in copper

Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton are amassing vast copper holdings in a push to capture a greater chunk of the $140 billion world market, apparently aiming to squeeze out high-cost producers just as they did in the global iron ore business.

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Australia's ASX

Australian tech listing boom raises red flags

Australia is experiencing a record-shattering boom in technology listings as start-ups starved of venture capital funding pursue backdoor listings, a trend that has regulators concerned companies are trying to take short cuts to get to market.

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Marijuana Plant

Joint venture: Australia marijuana IPO creates market buzz

Australia's first initial public offering in a medicinal marijuana company is three times oversubscribed, giving high hopes to its founder's ambitions to become "the George Clooney of medicinal cannabis".

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