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Asian currencies mixed, Thai baht and Philippine peso strengthen

April 16 (Reuters) - The following table shows rates for Asian currencies against the dollar at 0210 GMT. Currency Latest bid Previous day Pct Move Japan yen 108.820 108.74 -0.07 Sing dlr 1.335 1.3343 -0.07 Taiwan dlr 28.350 28.382 +0.11 Korean won 1119.300 1117.6 -0.15 Baht 31.250 31.49 +0.77 Peso 48.360 48.48 +0.25 Rupiah 14600.000 14600 0.00 Rup

China March aluminium output up 8.5% y/y, hits monthly record high

SHANGHAI, April 16 (Reuters) - China's aluminium output rose in March from a year earlier to a monthly record high, official data showed on Friday, despite curbs on energy use in the smelting hub of Inner Mongolia. Primary aluminium output in China, the world's top aluminium producer, was up 8.5% year-on-year at 3.28 million tonnes last mon

China March crude oil throughput up 19.7% y/y - stats bureau

BEIJING, April 16 (Reuters) - * China March crude oil throughput up 19.7% y/y at 59.79 million tonnes,according to National Bureau of Statistics data on Friday. * China Jan-March crude oil throughput up 16.5% y/y at 174.04 million tonnes - stats bureau * China March power generation up 17.4% y/y at 657.9 bln kwh - stats bureau * China Jan-March p

China's Q1 GDP grows at record 18.3% y/y as recovery speeds up

(Corrects to remove typographical errors in headline) BEIJING, April 16 (Reuters) - China's economy grew at a record pace in the first quarter, official data showed on Friday, expanding 18.3% from a year earlier as the recovery from the coronavirus slump accelerated. The growth in gross domestic product (GDP) was slower than the 19% forecast by

Australia, New Zealand corporate earnings week ahead

April 16 (Reuters) - Diary of Australia and New Zealand (.AXJO, .NZ50) corporate earnings for the week ahead AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND EARNINGS Start Date Start RIC Company Name Event Name Time(GMT) 19-Apr-2021 BMO GOR.AX Gold Road Resources Ltd Q1 2021 Gold Road Resources Ltd Earnings Release 19-Apr-2021 BMO LYC.AX Lynas Rare Earths Ltd Q3 2021

Gold flat as robust U.S. economic data counters lower yields

April 16 (Reuters) - Gold prices were steady on Friday as robust U.S. economic data nullified support from lower Treasury yields, although the metal looked set to post a second straight weekly gain on inflationary concerns. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold XAU= was steady at $1,763.46 per ounce by 0113 GMT. U.S. gold futures GCv1 were down 0.2% to $1,763.8

Asia shares look to China data as global economic recovery hopes underpin world shares

* Asian stock markets: Link * Global asset performance Link * World FX rates Link By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO, April 16 (Reuters) - Asian shares were little changed on Friday ahead of a raft of Chinese economic data, while world stocks on the whole flew at a record level, fuelled by strong U.S. economic data that may herald a solid recovery ahead. MSCI&

BOJ's Kuroda signals room to debate monetary policy role in climate change

* Must focus on mandate in mulling climate change role - Kuroda * Won't rule out altogether monetary policy role in climate change * Kuroda defends BOJ's 2% price target, adds 'will take time' (Recasts with Kuroda's comments on climate change, background on BOJ policy and price moves) By Leika Kihara TOKYO, April 16 (Reuters) -

Corn set for third weekly gain, soybeans eye best week in six

SINGAPORE, April 16 (Reuters) - Chicago corn futures traded little changed on Friday but were on track for a third straight weekly gain as adverse U.S. weather and strong global demand raised concerns over supplies. Soybeans were on track for their biggest weekly gain in more than a month, while wheat was up for a second week in a row. FUNDAMENTALS

Indian rates dip, Vietnam prices touch 5-month low

* Indian rates weakest in three months * Vietnam exporters hesitant to sign new contracts - trader * Lockdown drives up Bangladesh domestic prices By Bharat Gautam April 16 (Reuters) - India's rice export rates dipped this week on a weaker rupee, with exporters worried that upcoming shipments could be impacted by a worsening coronavirus situati

Dollar set for back-to-back weekly losses as Treasury yields retreat

* Greenback set for 0.6% drop this week after hitting 1-month low * Benchmark yield fell most in 5 months despite strong U.S. data * Federal Reserve officials continue to bang lower-for-longer drum * Graphic: World FX rates Link By Kevin Buckland TOKYO, April 16 (Reuters) - The dollar headed for its worst back-to-back weekly drop this year amid a c

Oil steady near four-week highs on demand revival

By Sonali Paul MELBOURNE, April 16 (Reuters) - Oil prices dipped in early trade on Friday but were on course for a weekly gain of more than 6% with an improved oil demand outlook and strong economic recoveries in China and the United States offsetting concerns about spikes in COVID-19 infections. Brent crude LCOc1 futures fell 17 cents, or 0.3%, to

Australia shares poised to wrap up fourth week of gains on muted note

April 16 (Reuters) - Australian shares struggled for direction on Friday, a day after marking their highest close in nearly 14 months, as gains in mining and gold stocks countered losses in energy names. The S&P/ASX 200 index .AXJO fell 0.07% to 7,054 in early trade, but was on track to post its fourth straight weekly gain. Energy stocks .AXEJ

British Business - April 16

April 16 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. The Times - Activist hedge fund Elliott Management has built a stake in pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline Plc GSK.L ahead of a significant restructuring and amid long-

Kuroda says no need to change BOJ's 2% inflation target

TOKYO, April 16 (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Friday he saw no need to change the central bank's 2% inflation target, which has helped keep currency moves stable in the medium- to long-term. "It will take time, but it's still possible to achieve our 2% inflation target," Kuroda told parliament. Reporting

Singapore's March exports rise 12.1% y/y, beating forecast

SINGAPORE, April 16 (Reuters) - Singapore's March non-oil domestic exports (NODX) expanded 12.1% from a year earlier, official data showed on Friday, driven mainly by non-electronic shipments such as petrochemicals, specialised machinery and pharmaceuticals. Electronics shipments also benefited from a low base of comparison the previous year, E

Multiple U.S. trade partners risk 'manipulator' label in Yellen's first currency report

By David Lawder WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - Taiwan and Thailand risk joining Vietnam and Switzerland in running afoul of U.S. currency manipulation triggers in Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's first foreign exchange report, expected this week, but whether she applies that label is unclear. The Biden administration has sought to engage mor

Financial Times - April 16

April 16 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Financial Times. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. Headlines - UK makes cars and whisky key targets in push for India trade deal Link - GE ruling deals blow to HMRC in $1 bln UK tax case Link - Hedge fund Elliott builds up multibillion-pound st

Tokyo's Nikkei share average opens up 0.49 pct

TOKYO, April 16 (Reuters) - Japan's benchmark Nikkei average .N225 opened up 0.49 percent at 29,789.08 on Friday, while the broader Topix .TOPX gained 0.24 percent at 1,963.74.

JPMorgan says U.S.-sanctioned Russian bonds could be excluded from key indexes

By Marc Jones LONDON/NEW YORK, April 15 (Reuters) - U.S. sanctions announced on Thursday on newly-issued Russian government debt could see the bonds excluded from JPMorgan's influential indexes, including the emerging market local-currency GBI-EM investment index, the bank said. "Economic sanctions which impact the replicability of the JPMo

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