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  • *Sees risk of a bigger fallout from China on Europe. TOKYO, Sept 1- Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday it would be beneficial for this week's meeting of the Group of 20 major economies to discuss what is going on in China's economy. China is Japan's biggest trading partner.

  • *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.

  • *OPEC says worried about prices, ready to talk to producers. NEW YORK, Aug 31- Oil futures soared on Monday for a third consecutive day, rising more than 8 percent, as a downward revision of U.S. crude production data and OPEC's readiness to talk with other producers helped extend the biggest three-day price surge in 25 years. U.S. crude gained $3.98, or 8.8 percent, to...

  • *S&P 500 posts biggest monthly percentage drop since May 2012. The S&P 500 registered its biggest monthly percentage drop since May 2012 after being pummeled in the past two weeks on concerns about slowing growth in China. "If they move in September, it's going to cast a lot of doubt about where they will stop," said Stephen Massocca, chief investment officer at...

  • NEW YORK— Samsung is juicing up its smartwatch with a circular face and more battery life than the Apple Watch, but it's unknown how many apps will be available for it. According to IDC, Apple was the No. 2 maker of wearable devices in the April-June quarter, with a 20 percent worldwide market share, behind the Fitbit and its fitness trackers at 24 percent.

  • TOKYO, Sept 1- The number of Japanese nuclear reactors likely to restart in the next few years has halved, hit by legal challenges and worries about meeting tougher safety standards imposed in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, a Reuters analysis shows. The findings are based on reactor inspection data from industry watchdog the Nuclear Regulation Authority,...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A lengthy investigation into whether Google has been abusing its dominance of Internet search to stifle competition in India is moving into its next phase. The allegations are similar to other accusations of illegal self-promotion in the U.S., Europe and other parts of the world. The Mountain View, California, company is already facing...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 31- Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures edged higher on Monday on a round of end-of-month short covering while wheat was mixed and corn settled close to unchanged, traders said. CBOT soft red winter wheat for December delivery ended up 1-1/ 4 cents at $4.85 a bushel on Monday, snapping a streak of four straight losses on some bargain buying after the...

  • *Germany gets a wake-up call on depth of refugee crisis. No one in Germany is questioning her assessment any longer. In the past two weeks, the country has been shaken by a perfect storm of headlines that have elevated the refugee issue, long seen in Germany as primarily a southern European problem, to the very top of the public and political agenda.

  • *OPEC says worried about prices, ready to talk to producers. NEW YORK, Aug 31- Oil futures soared on Monday for a third consecutive day, rising more than 8 percent, as a downward revision of U.S. crude production data and OPEC's readiness to talk with other producers helped extend the biggest price surge in 25 years. U.S. crude gained $3.98, or 8.8 percent, to settle at...

  • *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,"...

  • *OPEC says worried about prices, ready to talk to producers. NEW YORK, Aug 31- Oil soared on Monday for a third consecutive day, with Brent crude rising more than 8 percent, as a downward revision of U.S. output data and OPEC's readiness to talk with other producers helped extend the biggest price surge in 25 years. OPEC will protect its own interests, "according to the...

  • COPENHAGEN, Aug 31- Global milk prices, depressed by oversupply, should start to pick up at the beginning of 2016 partly because supply in China will ease, the head of one of Europe's biggest dairy companies, Arla Foods, said on Monday. The price of whole milk powder has fallen 53 percent since the start of 2014 due to a food import ban in Russia, slowing economic growth...

  • *OPEC says worried about prices, ready to talk to other producers. NEW YORK, Aug 31- Oil prices surged more than 5 percent Monday, continuing a three-day rally that has erased August's price declines, after U.S. oil production data showed output falling and OPEC said it would talk with other producers about low prices. Since November, OPEC countries led by Saudi...

  • WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • *ENI rises after gas field discovery off Egypt. LONDON, Aug 31- European shares suffered their worst monthly performance in four years on Monday, as concerns over a Chinese economic slowdown and a possible U.S. interest rate rise hit the region's stock markets. Germany's DAX fell 0.4 percent and also posted its worst monthly performance since August 2011.

  • *Helping police probe doesn't infer wrongdoing- Bloomberg. BEIJING/ LONDON, Aug 31- The head of hedge fund manager Man Group Plc's China business has been taken into custody to help authorities in a probe into recent market volatility, Bloomberg reported on Monday, while separately a local financial reporter confessed on national TV to having spread false...

  • WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • *OPEC says worried about prices, ready to talk to other producers. NEW YORK, Aug 31- Oil prices rallied sharply on Monday, erasing earlier losses on data showing contracting U.S. production and OPEC willingness to talk with other producers about falling prices. "The EIA data showed U.S. production may be responding to lower prices more than thought and the OPEC...

  • An employee talks on the phone as he views trading screens at the offices of Panmure Gordon and Co.

    European stocks followed Asian equities lower on Monday on reports that China could stop propping up its equity markets.