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Asian Markets Boosted by Fresh China-US Trade Hopes

Asian markets rallied Friday as another broadly positive week drew to a close, with investors cheered by a report that the US was considering lifting tariffs on China as officials look to hammer out a trade deal.

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French Govt. Seeks New Renault Boss, Ditches Ghosn

The French government has called for former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, who has spent the last two months in Japanese custody, to be replaced as chief executive of carmaker Renault.

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Pound Firms, Top London Stocks Retreat before UK Confidence Vote

The British pound firmed against the dollar and euro Wednesday, and London stocks dropped, as traders awaited a confidence vote on British Prime Minister Theresa May's government after parliament voted massively against its Brexit deal.

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Turkey Keeps Main Interest Rate Unchanged

Turkey Wednesday kept its main interest rate unchanged for a third time since a dramatic hike in September, in line with market expectations and helping the lira rally against the dollar.

The central bank said in a statement on its website that the one-week repo rate would remain at 24 percent. Inflation in Turkey remains in double-digits.

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Ford Forecasts Q4 $112 Million Loss

Ford said Wednesday it expects to post a $112 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2018 as it restructures in the U.S. and Europe.

The second biggest U.S. automaker said it will still post a profit, after charges stemming from the drive to cut $11 billion in costs.

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Pound Stands Firm after May Loss, Asian Equity Markets Rise

The pound edged down Wednesday after the record defeat of British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan but mostly held its ground as investors consider the next likely developments in the long-running saga.

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British Pound Wobbles before Crunch Brexit Vote

Sterling steadied Tuesday as British Prime Minister Theresa May faced the prospect of a humiliating parliamentary defeat of her hard-fought Brexit deal, dealers said.

The pound trod higher against the European single currency but drooped versus the dollar, with investors on tenterhooks before the vital vote.

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Saudi Minister 'Very Optimistic' about Oil Market

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Tuesday he was "very optimistic" about the outlook for the oil market after producers cut output to support flagging prices.

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Tokyo Court Denies Ex-Nissan Chief Ghosn's Bail Request

A Tokyo court on Tuesday rejected a request for bail for ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, who faces three charges of financial misconduct and has been detained since November.

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Germany at Risk of Recession but Economists Keep Faith

Germany will find out on Tuesday if Europe's top economy ended 2018 in a technical recession, with fears over slowing momentum fuelling calls for Berlin to use its fiscal leeway to bolster growth.

Federal statistics office Destatis will publish a preliminary estimate of Germany's fourth quarter and full-year gross domestic product figures for 2018, data closely watched across the eurozone for signs of a wider slump.

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