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  • CHICAGO, Aug 4- Archer Daniels Midland Co's plans to acquire a privately held sweetener manufacturer in central China have fallen through, the U.S. agribusiness company's chief executive officer said on Tuesday. In May, the Chicago- based company said it had struck a deal to buy Meiweiyuan Biotechnology, in the central Chinese province of Hubei, to "better meet...

  • *Copper fundamentals improving, but attention elsewhere. LONDON, Aug 4- Copper prices bounced on Tuesday in response to a weaker dollar and a rally in Chinese equities, but significant gains are unlikely until markets shift their focus back to fundamentals from macro-economics. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange traded up at $5,225 a tonne in...

  • *Copper fundamentals improving, but attention elsewhere. LONDON, Aug 4- Copper prices bounced on Tuesday in response to a weaker dollar and a rally in Chinese equities, but significant gains are unlikely until markets shift their focus back to fundamentals from macro-economics. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange was up at $5,240 a tonne by 1027 GMT...

  • *Brent oil stabilises at just under $50 a barrel after 5 pct drop. *China stocks bounce 3 pct, copper and other commodities firmer. LONDON, Aug 4- Oil prices steadied at $50 a barrel after a 5 percent drop and badly bruised commodity and Chinese markets were calmer generally on Tuesday, as investors attempted to shake off the recent turbulence.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 4- Hong Kong stocks were steady on Tuesday as anxiety ahead of earning reports tempered by a rally in China's main indexes as Beijing ramped up its efforts to stabilize mainland markets. Analysts said investors focus in Hong Kong turned to earning reports from blue chips, with Standard Chartered expected to release its interim earnings on...

  • BERLIN— Customs officials at Zurich airport have seized 262 kilograms of ivory that three Chinese men had dispatched from Tanzania, contraband that may have come from up to 50 elephants, Swiss authorities said Tuesday. The elephant tusks had been sawed into 172 pieces to fit into the luggage, which was being transported from Tanzania's capital, Dar es Salaam, to...

  • *Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges unveil short-selling rules. SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, Aug 4- China stepped up a crackdown on short-selling of shares on Tuesday, unveiling rules that make it harder for speculators to profit from hourly price changes, as some of the nation's major brokerages suspended their short-selling businesses. The Shanghai and Shenzhen...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 3.1 percent, during its third consecutive session of gain, and closed at 3,948.16. Both the Shenzhen and Shanghai stock exchanges unveiled measures that make it more difficult for speculators to profit from hourly gyrations in stock prices. China's Commerce Ministry said import...

  • Speaking in Singapore, Kerry said the so-called " Trans Pacific Partnership" would benefit the people of all nations involved and serve as a model for responsible global industry and commerce. His address at Singapore Management University comes just days after trade ministers failed to bridge final gaps and seal the accord at talks in Hawaii.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 4- It may have begun with some promise, but an attempt by natural rubber producers to drive prices higher by trimming supply has flopped less than four months after it started. Asia's rubber benchmarks are now below where they were in late April, when at least 10 major producing companies said they...

  • 'Expect further commodity sell-off '

    Ashok Shah, director of London & Capital, says he expects a further sell-off in commodities as investors try to offset restrictions on the Chinese stock market.

  • With earnings season now in full swing, China remains the buzzword – but for all the wrong reasons.

  • TOKYO, Aug 4- Asian shares cautiously nudged into positive territory on Tuesday after downbeat economic data pressured Wall Street ahead of a key U.S. jobs report that could provide important clues to the timing of the Federal Reserve's interest rate increase. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was slightly higher, while Japan's...

  • HONG KONG, Aug 4- China stocks rose just over one percent on Tuesday morning after Chinese authorities announced new measures to crack down on short selling, which has been partly blamed for the plunge in mainland equities last month. Both the Shenzhen and Shanghai stock exchanges unveiled measures that would make it more difficult for speculators to profit...

  • How Western Areas is coping with commodity slump

    Dan Lougher, MD & CEO of Western Areas, says the firm rolled out cost-cutting measures to combat falling commodity prices, while a weaker Aussie dollar is working in the company's favor.

  • *U.S., Chinese factory figures drag down Wall Street. TOKYO, Aug 4- Asian shares struggled to stay positive on Tuesday after downbeat economic data pressured Wall Street ahead of a key U.S. jobs report that could provide important clues to the timing of the Federal Reserve's interest rate increase. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was...

  • Why this expert remains optimistic on Macau

    Grant Govertsen, managing director at Union Gaming Group, expects new openings in Macau later this year to "invigorate" future demand.

  • Are Beijing's rescue moves working? Maybe not: Mobius

    Mark Mobius, executive chairman at Templeton Emerging Markets Group, says Beijing's market-rescue measures will work temporarily, but they may mean more harm down the road.

  • Beijing's micromanagement is positive: Pro

    Gavin Parry, managing director at Parry International Trading, discusses news that Chinese authorities are stepping up their crackdown on short-selling of shares Tuesday.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 4- Chinese authorities have stepped up their crackdown on short-selling of shares, with the two main stock exchanges unveiling new rules that would make it even more difficult for speculators to profit from hourly gyrations in stock prices. The Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges said in separate statements on Monday night that the rules, effective...