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UPDATE 2-Iran says plane at airport leased to Ghana after U.S.-flagged plane sighting

April 19, 2014 -

* Plane owned by Bank of Utah reported parked in Tehran

* Ghana is an ally of the United States

CORRECTED-Mt. Gox CEO won't appear in U.S. for questions about bankruptcy case

April 18, 2014 -

(Corrects headline and first paragraph to show the Karpeles is the chief executive of Mt. Gox, not the founder)

By Devika Krishna Kumar

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Mt. Gox suitors seek support to save bitcoin exchange

April 18, 2014 -

(Corrects to show that Mark Karpeles is CEO, not founder, of Mt. Gox in paragraph 8)

April 17 (Reuters) - A group of investors seeking to buy Mt. Gox has launched a website to garner support from creditors of the bankrupt bitcoin exchange to prevent a liquidation of its assets.

UPDATE 1-Merger talks between Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining break down -WSJ

April 18, 2014 -

(Adds Newmont declines to comment, paragraph 3)

April 18 (Reuters) - Merger talks between Barrick Gold Corp

Merger talks between Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining break down -WSJ

April 18, 2014 -

April 18 (Reuters) - Merger talks between Barrick Gold Corp

ABX.TO and Newmont Mining Corp NEM.N , the world's top two gold producers, broke down in the past few days, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed sources.

Obama-Abe summit seen giving impetus to trade but no deal-official

April 18, 2014 -

WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) - Next week's meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a good opportunity to give impetus to trade negotiations but will not seal a deal, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday.

Japanese and U.S. trade officials will meet again on Monday in the lead-up to the leaders' talks to discuss sticking points in bilateral trade which are holding up agreement on the wider Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative.

Trade deal eluding U.S., Japan, senior U.S. official says

April 18, 2014 -

WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) - U.S. and Japanese trade negotiators have been unable to reach a deal to open Japan's markets more widely to imports ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to Japan, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday.

Negotiators are down to a relatively limited set of outstanding issues but considerable differences separate the two sides, the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

BRIEF-Moody's downgrades Tuxedo GO to a3 from a1

April 18, 2014 -

April 18 (Reuters) - Moody's:

* Moody's downgrades Tuxedo, NY's go to a3 from a1; assigns negative

POLONIA Rate rises 0.01 pp.

April 18, 2014 -

WARSAW, Apr 18 (Reuters) - POLONIA the reference rate for Overnight deposits amounted to 2.54 percent.

The volume of transactions concluded till 16:30 by banks participating in POLONIA fixing amounted to 5,225 mln PLN.

Turkish central bank sells $50 mln in forex auction, bids $93 mln

April 18, 2014 -

ISTANBUL, April 18 (Reuters) - Turkey's central bank sold $50 million in a forex auction on Friday after receiving bids of $93 million, bank data showed CBTQ .

The average price was 2.1289 lira and the lowest price was 2.1282, it said.

Turkish central bank opens $50 mln forex-selling auction

April 18, 2014 -

ISTANBUL, April 18 (Reuters) - Turkey's central bank opened a forex-selling auction on Friday with a volume of $50 million, bank data showed CBTQ .

(Writing by Ece Toksabay)

Bank of Italy says "essential" to fight too low euro zone inflation

April 18, 2014 -

ROME, April 18 (Reuters) - Italy's central bank said on Friday it was essential that the European Central Bank ensures that inflation does not remain too low for too long in the euro zone.

Euro zone inflation fell to 0.5 percent in March, data showed this week, its lowest since November 2009 and far below the European Central Bank's 2 percent ceiling.

Indian bank loans up 13.8 pct y/y in 2 weeks to April 4 - cbank

April 18, 2014 -

April 18 (Reuters) - Indian banks' loans INLOAN=ECI rose 13.8 percent in the two weeks to April 4 from a year earlier, while deposits INDEP=ECI grew 15 percent, the Reserve Bank of India's weekly statistical supplement showed on Friday.

Outstanding loans rose 737.9 billion rupees to 60.87 trillion rupees in the two weeks to April 4. Non-food credit rose 826.6 billion rupees to 59.97 trillion rupees, while food credit fell 88.6 billion rupees to 896.1 billion rupees.

CEE MARKETS 2-Currencies firm on Geneva deal, Ukraine still a risk

April 18, 2014 -

(Adds bonds, new comment and prices)

* Currencies firm, Hungarian bonds steady

Poland to offer PLN 6-10 bln in bonds at Wednesday auction

April 18, 2014 -

WARSAW, April 18 (Reuters) - Poland will offer a total of 6.0-10.0 billion zlotys ($2.0-$3.3 bln) worth of treasury bonds maturing in July 2016, October 2016 and July 2018 at a tender on Wednesday next week, the finance ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Last month, the ministry said in its monthly supply plan that the offer at the auction would likely amount to 5-10 billion zlotys. ($1 = 3.0256 Polish Zlotys)

Turkish assets mixed, stocks up on Ukraine optimism

April 18, 2014 -

ISTANBUL, April 18 (Reuters) - The Turkish lira eased on Friday in low volumes as the Easter holiday got under way in much of Europe, while stocks were boosted by major powers moving to end tensions in Ukraine.

The lira firmed on Thursday after the Turkish central bank dismissed speculation that two senior policymakers would resign. By 0657 GMT, the lira TRYTOM=D3 had eased to 2.1304 against the dollar from 2.1229 late on Thursday.

The robot is ready - so when will deep sea mining start?

April 18, 2014 -

* Most potential subsea minerals in international waters

* U.N. body expects mining code in 2-3 years

Taiwan regulator plans to penalise bank over derivative sales

April 18, 2014 -

TAIPEI, April 18 (Reuters) - Taiwan's financial regulator plans to punish a local bank for aggressively pushing complex foreign currency derivatives on companies, as complaints about losses rise amid the Chinese yuan's recent sharp fall.

Chairman William Tseng of the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) did not name the lender in a legislative session on Thursday, but said it had misled clients into over-investing in risky foreign currency derivatives.

South Korean stocks rise to set 5th weekly gain

April 18, 2014 -

(For the midday report, please click ID:nL3N0NA0K6 )

SEOUL, April 18 (Reuters) - Seoul shares rose on Friday to extend gains into a fifth week as improving confidence in the global economy and easing concerns about corporate earnings lifted investor appetite for risk.

DIARY- Turkey - to Aug 30

April 18, 2014 -

(All times are provisional and in GMT. For local time, add three hours. This diary is updated every day, and new listings or amendments are marked "*".)

KEY INDICATORS DATE GMT/LOCAL INDICATOR PERIOD PRIOR 18/4 1130/1430 Expectations survey March 7.92% 21/4 1430/1730 Debt stock March 600.0b 24/4 1100/1400 Interest rates April 10.00% 24/3 0800/1100 Foreign visitors March +6.6% 24/3 1130/1430 Capacity usage April 73.1% 24/3 1130/1430 Manufacturing conf April 108.6 30/4 0700/1000 Trade balance March -$5.1b 1/5 0730/1030 TIM Exports April $13.14b 5/5 0700/1000 CPI m/m April 1.13% 5/5 0700/1000 CPI y/y April 8.39% 5/5 0700/1000 PPI m/m April 0.74% 5/5 0700/1000 PPI y/y April 12.31% 8/5 1430/1730 Treasury cash balance April -4.64b 8/5 0700/1000 Industrial production March +4.9% 13/5 0700/1000 Current account March -3.19b *15/5 0700/1000 Unemployment February 10.1% *15/5 0800/1100 Budget balance April -5.1b

Turkey - Factors to Watch on April 18

April 18, 2014 -

ISTANBUL, April 18 (Reuters) - Here are news, reports and events that may affect Turkish financial markets on Friday.

The lira TRYTOM=D3 slightly eased to 2.1270 to the dollar in early trade from 2.1229 late on Thursday.

FOREX-Yen at 10-day low vs dollar after U.S. data, Ukraine talks

April 18, 2014 -

* Safe-haven bids on yen unwound on hopes for Ukraine initiative

* U.S jobless claims, Philadelphia Fed survey point to upswing

Vietnam domestic market commodity prices-April 18

April 18, 2014 -

April 18 (Reuters) - Following are domestic prices of Vietnam's key commodities.

Unit: million dong VND= per tonne.

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