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  • CANBERRA, Australia— Australia's economy has grown by a slower-than-expected 0.2 percent in the three months through June, dragged down by waning Chinese demand for resources including iron ore and coal. Australia's resource-based economy grew by 0.9 percent in the January-March quarter. Treasurer Joe Hockey says the latest figures show that the...

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 2- Oil prices fell around 2 percent in early Asian trade on Wednesday, as a stronger than expected build in U.S. crude oil stocks and weaker U.S. manufacturing data fuelled a rout in prices that started in the previous session. This rollercoaster volatility could continue especially if there are similar wild swings in the equity markets, said Ric...

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 2- Oil prices fell as much as over 2 percent in early Asian trade on Wednesday, as a stronger than expected build in U.S. crude oil stocks and weaker U.S. manufacturing data fuelled a rout in prices that started in the previous session. This rollercoaster volatility could continue especially if there are similar wild swings in the equity markets,...

  • *China eased capital rules for foreign property investments. HONG KONG/ LONDON Sept 2- For foreign investors, Beijing's decision to make it easier for them to invest in Chinese real estate is on the right track but has come at the wrong time. "Potential foreign buyers will likely be concerned about the subdued China economic outlook and a softish renminbi," said...

  • HONG KONG/ LONDON, Sept 1- BG Group plc, which is being acquired by Royal Dutch Shell plc, has put up for sale its 22.2 percent stake in the huge Thai Bongkot offshore gas field valued at around $1.2 billion, people familiar with the matter said. BG has hired Morgan Stanley to run the sale process and wants to close the deal by the end of this year, one of the people said.

  • LONDON, Sept 1- Gold rose nearly 1 percent on Tuesday as the dollar and global equities dropped on fresh signs of economic weakness in China and uncertainty over the timing of the Federal Reserve's first interest rate increase in nearly a decade. Spot gold rose 0.7 percent to $1,142.40 an ounce by 0911 GMT, while U.S. gold for December delivery climbed 0.8 percent...

  • *World still over-supplied with oil- Morgan Stanley report. *China manufacturing contracted at fastest pace in three years- official PMI data. The surge was fuelled by an OPEC commentary saying the cartel was willing to talk to other producers to achieve reasonable oil prices, as well as by the downward revision of U.S. output data by the U.S. Energy Information...

  • *Japan had been seen as frontrunner for Australian submarine deal. *But Australian defence firms unhappy after talks with Japan. SYDNEY, Sept 1- A Japanese consortium eyeing a A $50 billion contract to build submarines for Australia irked local suppliers by failing to share key information about its proposal or discuss specific collaboration possibilities...

  • *China official factory PMI 49.7 in August, vs 50.0 in July. *Morgan Stanley sees copper market near flat on supply outages. MELBOURNE, Sept 1- London copper held its ground on Tuesday in the face of slowing factory activity in the world's top copper user, cushioned by a softer dollar, while nickel resumed its slide on supply concerns.

  • *World still over-supplied with oil- Morgan Stanley report. *China manufacturing contracted at fastest pace in three years- official PMI data. The surge was fuelled by an OPEC commentary saying the cartel was willing to talk to other producers to achieve reasonable oil prices, as well as by the downward revision of U.S. output data by the U.S. Energy Information...

  • MANILA, Sept 1- Gold edged higher on Tuesday as equities faltered on mounting expectations that the U.S. Fischer's comment sent Wall Street lower overnight and U.S. stock futures stretched losses on Tuesday, with Asian shares also falling, led by China. "We are seeing some general risk-off moves in the Asian timezone and some buying of gold would be consistent with...

  • *Gold eyes strongest monthly gain since January. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 31- Gold steadied on Monday, bouncing up from session lows as oil prices rallied and the U.S. dollar fell, after bullion felt earlier pressure on indications the Federal Reserve may still raise interest rates this year, despite recent market turmoil. "It was oil that sparked the short-covering,"...

  • *Gold eyes monthly gain, rebounding from 5-1/ 2- year low. LONDON, Aug 31- Gold steadied on Monday after last week's slide as a retreat in the dollar lent support, but indications that the Federal Reserve may still raise interest rates this year despite recent market turmoil weighed on the metal. Spot gold was flat at $1,132.98 an ounce at 0934 GMT, while U.S. gold...

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 31- Asian liquefied natural gas prices could fall a further 25 percent in coming months as new supply, falling demand and weaker oil prices put it on par with iron ore and coal as the worst performing commodity of recent years. Asia's LNG market has already fared worse than slumping oil markets, with spot prices down 60 percent since 2014 to $8 per...

  • *Asia-Pacific index down 10 percent so far this month. *China stocks fall more than 3 percent after wild week. HONG KONG, Aug 31- Global financial markets looked set for another rough week on Monday, with stocks and commodities falling ahead of data that could give clues on when the U.S. will raise interest rates and surveys which are likely to point to further...

  • US stocks open modestly lower, led by energy sector Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 1:12 AM ET

    BEIJING— Global stocks mostly fell on Monday after a U.S. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France's CAC-40 fell 0.6 percent to 4,647.27 and Germany's DAX lost 0.5 percent to 10,245.92. The U.K. was closed for a holiday.

  • TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, Aug 31- The dollar began the week under pressure on Monday, on track for monthly losses but off recent lows as investors kept alive hopes that the U.S. But it was well above a seven-month low of 92.621 plumbed a week ago as fears of a sharp economic slowdown in China sent global equities markets plunging. The euro rose 0.6 percent to $1.1249, below last...

  • BEIJING— Asian stocks fell Monday after a U.S. Sydney's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.9 percent to 5,213.50 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng retreated 0.3 percent to 21,539.59. Seoul's Kospi was off 0.3 percent at 1,931.49 and Singapore also fell.

  • MELBOURNE, Aug 31- Shanghai copper slipped on Monday on lingering worries over China's economy ahead of fresh factory data later in the week, but was set for a small monthly gain as a lull in demand over summer petered out. The relative health of domestic Chinese prices in the face of losses in London bodes well for import driven demand over the next few months, said...

  • *Asia-Pacific index down 10 percent so far this month. *Fears of China slowdown add to volatility. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan shed 0.8 percent and is set to fall 10 percent this month, its worst monthly drop since May 2012.