BOJ Tankan survey shows softer sentiment

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceTOKYO--Confidence among Japan's large manufacturers weakened for the first time in two years in the January-March quarter as they grew cautious about their business outlook amid the yen's appreciation, stock falls and the latest U.S. trade measures, a central bank survey showed Monday.The main index measuring large manufacturers' sentiment … [Read more...]

China March factory growth slowest in 5 months

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceBEIJING--Activity in China's factories expanded at the slowest pace in five months in March, a private gauge indicated, in contrast with official data showing manufacturing activity at a three-month high.The Caixin China manufacturing purchasing managers' index dropped to 51.0 in March from 51.6 in February, Caixin Media Co. and research … [Read more...]

Legendary TV producer Steven Bochco dies at 74

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceSteven Bochco, the writer and producer behind two of the most influential cop shows in TV history, died Sunday at 74. Bochco was the creative force behind "Hill Street Blues" in the 1980s and "NYPD Blue" in the 1990s. Bochco had been battling cancer, and died in his sleep, his family told the Associated Press. Bochco's shows, which include … [Read more...]

Don’t worry, it missed you: Chinese space station crashes over Pacific

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceThe Chinese space station Tiangong-1 crashed back to Earth on Sunday, landing in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean. Officials said most of the space lab burned up re-entering the Earth's atmosphere, and whatever remained splashed harmlessly in the ocean. The station, launched in 2011 and abandoned in 2016, had worried some officials … [Read more...]

New Zealand posts trade surplus in February

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceSYDNEY--New Zealand's merchandise trade surplus came to 217 million New Zealand dollars in February, despite strength in imports.Economists had expected a median deficit of NZ$181 million for the month.Imports rose in February to a new high for a February month, Stats NZ said Monday. The increase was driven by machinery imports, and came … [Read more...]

Cambridge Analytica used foreign workers to advise U.S. candidates: report

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceDozens of Cambridge Analytica employees who were not U.S. citizens were deployed to provide campaign strategy and advice for Republican candidates in the 2014 elections, the Washington Post reported Sunday night. That may have been in violation of U.S. law, which restricts how much involvement foreign citizens may have in election campaigns. … [Read more...]

Saudis say ballistic missiles shot down over Riyadh, 1 killed: report

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceSaudi Arabia said one person was killed and two injured by a ballistic missile that was shot down over the nation's capital, Riyadh, on Sunday, the Associated Press reported. The missile was one of seven reportedly fired by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, more than 600 miles away, on the third anniversary of the start of the Saudi-led … [Read more...]

March Madness: Final Four includes three powerhouses and one Cinderella

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceThe field for the men's Final Four is set, and after an NCAA Tournament that has seen a number of stunning upsets, three-fourths of the field is fairly predictable. No. 1-seed Kansas beat Duke in overtime Sunday, 85-81, to become the last team to reach the Final Four. The Jayhawks will play fellow No. 1-seed Villanova, which defeated Texas … [Read more...]

Roche lung-cancer treatment sees positive results

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceRoche Holding AG (ROG.EB) said Monday that a phase 3 IMpower150 study showed an improvement in the treatment of advanced lung cancer with the use of Tecentriq.The study showed that patients with advanced lung cancer live significantly longer when they combine Tecentriq with Avastin--a cancer treatment--plus carboplatin and paclitaxel--a … [Read more...]

Cosco Shipping Ports profit more than doubles

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Source: Market Watch Personal FinanceCosco Shipping Ports Ltd. (1199.HK) Monday said its 2017 net profit more than doubled from a year earlier, partly due to a one-off disposal gain and higher operating profits.The Hong Kong-listed shipping company said its net profit for the year ended Dec. 31 rose to US$512.5 million from US$247.0 million a year earlier. The net profit was … [Read more...]