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UPDATE 1-Rouble opens higher against dollar, euro on oil, govt support

MOSCOW, Dec 22- The Russian rouble opened broadly firmer on Monday, supported by higher oil prices and a pause in the panic-selling on the domestic currency market after officials rushed to issue strong verbal support and announce measures to ease the situation. Oil, Russia's chief export, was up, with Brent futures trading above $62 per barrel.
Source: Reuters
Global markets gain as oil rebounds

KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1 percent to 6,607.17 while Germany's DAX gained 0.8 percent to 9,862.75. ASIA'S DAY: China's Shanghai Composite Index was up 1.6 percent to 3,158.94. South Korea's Kospi added 0.7 percent to 1,943.77 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1.5 percent to 23,452.25.
Source: The Associated Press | By: By YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer
Brent rises above $62 as Asian markets open strong

Oil prices rose in early trading on Monday as Asian markets opened strongly into a holiday-shortened week and as consensus spread that Brent crude prices would likely remain above $60 for the rest of the year.
Source: Reuters
Euro shaky on ECB and Greece, dollar keeps edge

The euro probed fresh two-year lows early on Monday in a subdued start to a holiday-shortened week, extending a multi-month trend of weakness against the dollar that many traders say will remain intact in the new year.
Source: Reuters
Asian markets gain as oil rebounds

South Korea's Kospi added 0.4 percent to 1,936.79 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1.4 percent to 23,428.73. Stocks in Southeast Asia and Taiwan also rose. ANALYST'S TAKE: "Our markets have opened firmer after the strong rebound in energy prices," said Tony Kwok, a sales trader in Sydney for CMC Markets.
Source: The Associated Press | By: By YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer
China's yuan slips vs dlr after another weaker midpoint fixed

HONG KONG, Dec 22- China's yuan slipped on Monday, putting it in line with the degree to which other emerging currencies have weakened, after the central bank fixed the daily midpoint weaker against the dollar for a third straight day. China's central bank fixed the daily midpoint at 6.1220 per dollar on Monday compared to 6.1205 per dollar on Friday.
Source: Reuters
GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares take cue from Wall Street's rally

TOKYO, Dec 22- Asian shares took their cues from Wall Street and kicked off a holiday-shortened week on a strong footing on Monday, while the euro touched a fresh two-year low against the greenback on divergent monetary policy expectations. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended gains and was up 1.1 percent. "We're seeing a positive...
Source: Reuters | By: Lisa Twaronite
Abbott reshuffles cabinet to focus on jobs, families

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, battling a slide in public support, reshuffled his cabinet on Sunday, promoting the overseer of a tough immigration program and throwing out his gaffe-prone defense minister.
Source: Reuters
FOREX-Euro shaky on ECB and Greece, dollar keeps edge

SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Dec 22- The euro probed fresh two-year lows early on Monday in a subdued start to a holiday-shortened week, extending a multi-month trend of weakness against the dollar that many traders say will remain intact in the new year. Speculation is high that the European Central Bank will be forced to expand its asset-buying program to include sovereign...
Source: Reuters | By: Ian Chua and Hideyuki Sano
Japan data, oil turmoil take spotlight this week

With the Christmas holiday approaching, the economic data calendar has started to lighten, but investors still have plenty to mull over as oil prices continue to fluctuate. In Asia, a flurry of monthly indicators from Japan could provide some insight into the state of the world's third largest economy.
Source: CNBC.com | By: See Kit Tang