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  • *China's insurers on recruiting surge for sales agents. *Mis-selling in Korea, Japan grew with part-time agents. In an immature market with less than half the penetration of the United States, and about a quarter of Japan's, China's insurers tapped the rising demand mainly by selling through banks, until regulators curtailed that channel last year over concerns...

  • LONDON, Nov 26- The collapse in metal prices this year is all about China. But China is also the source of an entirely new driver of lower prices in the form of massive speculative short selling. Open interest and volumes have surged across all the industrial metals contracts traded on the Shanghai Futures Exchange.

  • LONDON, Nov 26- Copper prices bounced to their highest in nearly two weeks as the dollar's uptrend faltered and funds started to reverse some of their bets on lower prices. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 2.2 percent at $4,649 a tonne at 1108 GMT. The metal used in power and construction earlier hit $4,741, a high since Nov. 16.

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 26- China's securities regulator has urged domestic brokerages to cease financing clients' stocks purchases using swaps and other over-the-counter derivatives, two sources with direct knowledge told Reuters. The latest move by the China Securities Regulatory Commission to decrease leverage in the equity market comes after CITIC...

  • *Beijing gradually easing away from grain stockpiling. BEIJING, Nov 26- Beijing plans to cut local corn prices for a second year as it pushes to reignite stalled demand from its crisis-hit grain processors and whittle down the world's biggest corn stockpile, industry sources said. Cheaper local prices could sap appetite for imports from processors in the...

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 26- The China Securities Regulatory Commission has issued window guidance to domestic brokerages requiring them to cease financing clients' stocks purchases using swaps and other over-the-counter derivatives, two sources with direct knowledge told Reuters. The CSRC did not respond to calls requesting comment. The move comes after CITIC...

  • Nov 26- Hong Kong stocks ended barely changed on Thursday, as most Asian markets stabilised after jitters over Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet abated. The Hang Seng index was unchanged at 22,488.94, while the China Enterprises Index lost 0.2 percent, to 10,108.39 points. Macquarie said it expected the Shenzhen- Hong Kong stock connect to be launched by...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Asian stocks were mostly higher Thursday on expectations for additional European Central Bank stimulus as jitters about tensions between Russia and Turkey faded. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.5 percent to 19,944.41 and South Korea's Kospi gained 1.1 percent to 2,030.68. But Shanghai's index turned lower while stocks in Taiwan...

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 26- China stocks gave back early gains and ended lower on Thursday, as a retreat in small-caps in afternoon trading eclipsed a sharp rebound in resource shares. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 0.6 percent, to 3,759.43, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.3 percent, to 3,635.55 points.

  • *Copper, zinc also gain sharply in Shanghai, London. MANILA, Nov 26- Nickel in Shanghai surged more than 7 percent on Thursday amid expectations of production cuts, leading a broad-based rally in base metals after an early-week rout that pulled prices to multi-year lows. London copper, zinc and nickel jumped more than 3 percent, and copper and zinc in Shanghai...

  • *GSK cut 40 pct of China sales reps after bribery scandal. SHANGHAI, Nov 26- GlaxoSmithKline Plc has cut 40 percent of its sales reps in China and axed some units as it eyes a return to growth in 2016, after sales plunged during a bribery scandal that landed it with a record $490 million fine in 2014.. The British firm is gambling on a new, cleaner image to reboot its...

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 26- China's yuan stayed flat against the dollar on Thursday for the third consecutive trading session after the central bank set the daily guidance rate marginally weaker. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.3896 per dollar prior to market open, 0.03 percent weaker than the previous fix 6.3877. Granting foreign investors greater...

  • MANILA, Nov 26- Nickel in Shanghai rallied more than 7 percent on Thursday and London prices also jumped ahead of a meeting among Chinese producers on Friday to discuss possible production cuts. Nickel for January delivery on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was up 6.4 percent at 71,220 yuan a tonne by 0143 GMT after rising as far as 71,700 yuan.

  • China's SDR inclusion is overhyped: HSBC economist Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 7:16 PM ET
    China's SDR inclusion is overhyped: HSBC economist

    China's reforms to support the yuan's inclusion in the SDR basket is what's really significant, explains Frederic Neumann, MD and co-head of Asian economics research at HSBC.

  • Cramer Remix: Guard against this in a portfolio Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 6:58 PM ET
    Jim Cramer on Mad Money.

    "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer is sharing his money managing tips to help investors create a winning portfolio.

  • Cramer: Foreign affair? Rethink overseas exposure Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 6:52 PM ET
    Globe and financial papers

    In Jim Cramer's new diversification method, foreign stocks are out and a healthy geography is in.

  • Why markets see next week as among most important Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 4:58 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Even in a Thanksgiving holiday lull, financial markets are gearing up for a week of drama.

  • Ex-Goldman employee charged with insider trading Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 3:36 PM ET
    A Goldman Sachs sign hangs on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    A former Goldman Sachs employee stole confidential information from the Wall Street powerhouse, USA TODAY reports.

  • Singapore entices China with its chili crab dish Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Singapore entices China with its chili crab dish

    Singapore hopes to turn the city-state's iconic chili crab into a new export.

  • BEIJING, Nov 25- China announced a number of policies on Wednesday to encourage foreign trade and help exporters as the world's second-largest economy struggles with persistent weakness in demand at home and abroad. China's exports and imports were down for the first 10 months of the year, with the picture for foreign trade "complicated and grim", according to a...