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Asia stocks hover near three-month highs; sterling in spotlight

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HONG KONG Asian stock markets stabilized near three-month highs on Wednesday, helped by Hong Kong and Chinese shares, as investors judged U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's concerns over a stronger dollar to be beneficial to some of the regional bourses.

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Oil rises on weaker dollar, U.S. production outlook caps gains

SINGAPORE Oil prices rose on Wednesday with a weaker dollar underpinning the market, although gains were limited by expectations that U.S. producers would boost output.

1:16pm IST

U.S. lobby says China protectionism fuelling foreign business pessimism

BEIJING More than 80 percent of members of a U.S. business lobby in China say foreign companies are less welcome than in the past, a survey released on Wednesday showed, with most saying they have little confidence in China's vows to open its markets.

10:10am IST

Dollar pulls away from lows as investors await Yellen speech

TOKYO The dollar took a breather on Wednesday after falling to a seven-week low against the yen as investors await Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech on monetary policy, while sterling gave back some of the previous session's rally.

9:43am IST

Fed's Williams calls for further gradual U.S. rate hikes

SACRAMENTO San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams on Tuesday called for gradual U.S. interest-rate hikes over the next few years to keep the economy from overheating and ultimately falling into recession.

6:18am IST

China economic growth to slow slightly this year as policymakers focus on risks

BEIJING China's economy will likely expand 6.5 percent this year as authorities tolerate a further slowdown so they can focus on containing increasing financial risks, but a weakening yuan will complicate their policy choices, a Reuters poll showed.

12:19pm IST
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BRIEF-Best Steel Logistics Dec qtr net profit rises

* Dec quarter net profit 4.1 million rupees versus profit 317,000 rupees year ago

1:32pm IST

UPDATE 2-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Jan 18

Jan 18 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 14 points higher on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.3 percent ahead of the cash market open.

1:22pm IST

European shares end little changed after Brexit speech

* Lufthansa surges on reports of Etihad talks (ADVISORY- Follow European and UK stock markets in real time on the Reuters Live Markets blog on Eikon - see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets) Adds details, closing prices)

China stocks rise as Baosteel, other industrials signal surging profits

SHANGHAI, Jan 18 China's main stock indexes rose on Wednesday as some industrial heavyweights forecast sharply higher profits for 2016, but small caps wobbled near a 16-month low.

12:53pm IST
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