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US weekly jobless claims at nine-month low; productivity accelerates

Weekly jobless claims drop 3,000 to 183,000 Continuing claims decrease 11,000 to 1,655 million Productivity accelerates at a 3.0% rate in the fourth quarter Unit labor costs grow at 1.1% pace WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped to a nine-month low last week as the …

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Honda to start producing new hydrogen fuel cell system co-developed with GM

TOKYO, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Japan’s Honda Motor Co (7267.T) said it will start producing a new hydrogen fuel cell system jointly developed with General Motors Co (GM.N) this year and gradually step up sales this decade, in a bid to expand its hydrogen business. Honda will target annual sales of around 2,000 units of …

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White House blasts Exxon over historic $56 billion annual profit

WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday expressed outrage on Tuesday at Exxon Mobil Corp’s record net profit in 2022 of $56 billion, a historical high not just for the company but for the entire Western oil industry. Oil majors are expected to break their own annual records due to high prices …

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People who posted Sam Bankman-Fried’s bail should be named, US judge rules

NEW YORK, Jan 30 (Reuters) – A US judge on Monday said the names of two people who helped guarantee bail for indicted FTX cryptocurrency exchange founder Sam Bankman-Fried should be made public, but put his ruling on hold pending an expected appeal. US District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan ruled in favor of several …

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Disillusioned at home, super-rich Chinese set their sights on Singapore

SINGAPORE, Jan 31, (Reuters) – Like many rich Chinese, graduate student Zayn Zhang thinks Singapore could be ideal to park his family’s wealth. He’s hoping that studying at a university in the Asian financial hub will lead to permanent residency and while the 26-year-old hits the books, his wife is out looking for a S$5-7 …

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China central bank to roll over lending tools to spur growth

BEIJING, Jan 29 (Reuters) – China’s central bank said on Sunday it will roll over three lending tools to increase support for targeted sectors of the economy. The People’s Bank of China will roll over a lending tool for supporting carbon emission reduction until the end of 2024, and extend a relending tool for promoting …

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China’s MMG flags production halt at Las Bambas in Peru due to protests

Jan 30 (Reuters) – Chinese copper miner MMG Ltd (1208.HK) said on Monday its Las Bambas mine in Peru would likely have to halt production from Feb. 1 due to a shortage of “critical supplies” leading to a slowdown of operations. The Melbourne-headquartered miner said the shortage of supplies was due to transport disruptions from …

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Portugal agrees to swap Cape Verde’s debt for environmental investment

LISBON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Portugal has signed an agreement to swap Cape Verde’s debt for investments in an environmental and climate fund that is being established by the archipelago nation off West Africa’s coast, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Monday. Such “debt-for-nature” swap deals are emerging in other countries and are part …

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Ghana and capital market operators agree on domestic debt exchange terms

ACCRA, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Ghana’s government and the Ghana Securities Industry Association (GSIA) have reached an understanding on the terms of participation by capital market operators in the country’s domestic debt exchange (DDE) program, they said on Friday. Crisis-hit Ghana has to restructure its mountain of debt in order to access a relief package …

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