CROSSING OVER: People ride a boat on the Irrawaddy river near Mandalay in Myanmar. The Asian Development Bank predicted Myanmar's 8% economic growth for the next two years. (Ye Aung Thu, AFP)
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The euro has eased in Asian trade, hurt by worries over talks between Greece and its creditors as it prepares to submit proposals to reform its bailout.
Oil prices have eased in Asia but analysts said losses were tempered by supply concerns in the Middle East after Saudi-led warplanes struck rebel targets in Yemen.
Asian markets mostly arose after Wall St indices ended with their first gains in five sessions, while Hong Kong and Shanghai were boosted by a possible stimulus.
Wall Street investors may find little reason to make big moves as they await US jobs data and any news that could change interest rate hike expectations.
European dairy farmers are facing the end of three decades of milk quotas with a mixture of anticipation and angst.
The ChemChina company hopes to re-list Italy's Pirelli on the Italian stock exchange after the Chinese company recently bought the world's fifth-largest tyre maker.
Oil has tumbled 5% in the US, erasing the previous session's gains, as Yemen's conflict looked less likely to disrupt Middle East crude shipments.
The eurozone credit cycle is a whisker away from turning positive but don't expect a rapid recovery and bank lending to the private sector fell 0.1% in February.