[Rubber] Tokyo futures slip, tracking weaker Shanghai market

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, March 20 (Reuters) –

* The benchmark (TOCOM) rubber contract for August delivery was down 2.2 yen, or 1.1 percent, at 193.0 yen ($1.73) per kg, as of 0035 GMT, tracking an overnight loss in Shanghai .

* Key Shanghai futures ended overnight trading down 0.5 percent at 11,920 yuan ($1,776) per tonne

* The U.S. dollar was quoted at 111.52 yen, compared with about 111.25 yen on Tuesday afternoon

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* Oil prices held close to four-month highs on Tuesday on expectations that would continue production cuts through the end of the year and ahead of official weekly U.S. crude inventory data

* ’s benchmark Nikkei stock average was down 0.1 percent on Wednesday

* Goodyear & Rubber Co said would cut about 1,100 jobs in Germany

* TOCOM’s technically specified rubber () 20 futures contract for September delivery was down 0.3 percent at 170.5 yen per kg

* The front-month rubber contract on Singapore’s exchange for April delivery was at 147.0 U.S. cents per kg on Wednesday, down 0.5 percent from the previous session

($1 = 6.7106 Chinese yuan)

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