PRECIOUS-Gold ticks up on dovish Fed minutes, set for weekly gain *Gold rises after dropping 0.6 percent overnight. SINGAPORE, Oct 9- Gold climbed on Friday in a delayed reaction to minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting that showed the U.S. central bank was in no hurry to hike rates. "Gold was choppy following the U.S.
| By: A. Ananthalakshmi
California agency votes to ban SeaWorld orca breeding LONG BEACH, Calif.— The California Coastal Commission on Thursday approved a $100 million expansion of the tanks SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego— but it banned breeding of the captive orcas that would live in them. The last-minute amendment would ban breeding of captive orcas, including through artificial insemination, at the California park...
Source: The Associated Press
| By: By MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press
China's yuan firms on stronger midpoint, weak dollar SHANGHAI, Oct 9- China's yuan edged up in thin trade on Friday after the central bank set a stronger midpoint and after the dollar dropped on expectations that the U.S. "The market was sluggish as demand for foreign currencies sagged," said a trader at a Chinese commercial bank in Shanghai. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.3493 per dollar prior to...
Blockbuster movie ticket sales defy China slowdown The country's box office revenue totaled an estimated 1.9 billion yuan ($299 billion) during the October 1-7 National Day or Golden Week holidays – a near 70 percent growth on year, according to calculations by HSBC.
| By: Ansuya Harjani
Nikkei up on cautious Fed minutes; Fast Retailing dives on earnings concerns *Nikkei's gains capped on Fast Retailing's heavy drop. TOKYO, Oct 9- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Friday as Wall Street gained after the Federal Reserve's September meeting minutes suggested U.S. interest rates will remain near zero for the time being. But the gains were capped after index heavyweight Fast Retailing Co dived 9.4 percent on earnings...