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  • Tracking the outlook of China, Indonesia   Monday, 4 May 2015 | 12:32 AM ET
    Tracking the outlook of China, Indonesia

    Kunal Ghosh, emerging market portfolio manager at Allianz Global Investors, outlines his expectations for easing from China and explains why investors should be careful of Indonesia for the time being.

  • Indonesia: No longer Asia's market darling?   Monday, 4 May 2015 | 12:20 AM ET
    Indonesia: No longer Asia's market darling?

    Sani Hamid, director, Wealth Management, Economy & Market Strategy at Financial Alliance, says Indonesian markets will likely see profit-taking for the next 12-24 months amid a looming U.S. rate hike.

  • HONG KONG, May 4- Asian stocks bounced from their lows on Monday and the Australian dollar pared early losses as weak China factory activity reinforced views that Beijing will roll out fresh support measures soon for the world's second-largest economy. The HSBC/ Markit Purchasing Managers' Index showed factory activity in China contracted at its fastest rate...

  • Not worried about deflation risks in China: Pro   Monday, 4 May 2015 | 12:02 AM ET
    Not worried about deflation risks in China: Pro

    Julian Evans-Pritchard, China economist at Capital Economics, says China's persistent low inflation is driven by low import prices, which are beneficial for most consumers and firms.

  • Indonesian Fin Min: Planning more stimulus in Q2   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 11:37 PM ET
    Indonesian Fin Min: Planning more stimulus in Q2

    Speaking to CNBC at the Asian Development Bank's annual meeting in Baku, Bambang Brodjonegoro, finance minister of Indonesia, outlines his plans to boost the economy.

  • China's stock rally still has legs: CLSA   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 11:33 PM ET
    China's stock rally still has legs: CLSA

    With the economy being weaker than expected, further monetary easing is likely this quarter, which will be supportive of markets, says Francis Cheung, head of China & HK Strategy at CLSA.

  • HONG KONG— Chinese manufacturing suffered its sharpest contraction in a year in April, raising pressure on Beijing to roll out new stimulus to keep growth in the world's No. 2 economy from slipping below the official target, a report said Monday. HSBC's manufacturing index based on a survey of factory purchasing managers fell to a 12- month low of 48.9 in April...

  • Why a RBA rate cut is the 'sensible thing to do'   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 10:14 PM ET
    Why a RBA rate cut is the 'sensible thing to do'

    The Reserve Bank of Australia will likely cut rates this week amid economic headwinds and the Aussie dollar could see more volatility, says Tony Nash, vice president at Delta Economics.

  • *Shanghai shares lower, Aussie dollar slips in reaction. "China's manufacturing sector had a weak start to Q2, with total new business declining at the quickest rate in a year while production stagnated," said Annabel Fiddes, an economist at Markit. Shanghai shares were off 0.6 percent, while the CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen...

  • 'Things are chugging along in China': Nash   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 10:05 PM ET
    'Things are chugging along in China': Nash

    Tony Nash, vice president at Delta Economics, explains why markets shouldn't read too much into the weaker-than-expected HSBC's final China purchasing managers' index for April.

  • BEIJING, May 4- China's factories suffered their fastest drop in activity in a year in April as new orders shrank, a private business survey showed on Monday, hardening the case for fresh policy stimulus to halt a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. The HSBC/ Markit Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 48.9 in April- the lowest level since April 2014- from...

  • Weak China April PMI not a surprise: HSBC   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 9:46 PM ET
    Weak China April PMI not a surprise: HSBC

    Julia Wang, Greater China economist at HSBC, says the final PMI reading showed "continued contraction" of China's factory sector and is a reminder that the economy still needs monetary support.

  • Tracking the outlook of HK retail sector   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 9:33 PM ET
    Tracking the outlook of HK retail sector

    Helen Mak, senior director of Retail Services at Colliers International, discusses the various factors weighing on Hong Kong's retail space.

  • Forget PMI, employment data matters more: Pro   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 9:01 PM ET
    Forget PMI, employment data matters more: Pro

    Michael Spencer, co-head of Global Economics at Deutsche Bank, says recent employment data indicate that the Chinese economy isn't growing fast, which explains the change in monetary policy.

  • China stocks and economy on diverging paths   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 8:16 PM ET
    China stocks and economy on diverging paths

    While Chinese markets look "incredibly constructive", investors shouldn't expect the country's growth to re-accelerate, says Paul Krake, founder of View from the Peak: Macro Strategies.

  • Why the AIIB won't compete with ADB   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 7:53 PM ET
    Why the AIIB won't compete with ADB

    Bambang Brodjonegoro, finance minister of Indonesia, says the roles of the Asian Development Bank and China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank are complementary.

  • BAKU, May 3- Central bankers and finance ministers from China, Japan and South Korea said on Sunday they remained committed to policies to support demand in the face of moderate and uneven global growth. The policymakers for the three North Asian economies held a trialateral meeting, chaired by Japan's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso, on the...

  • LONDON, May 1- Copper rose on Friday to its highest since December due to seasonally strong demand and expectations of further economic stimulus measures from top consumer China. Three-month lead on the London Metal Exchange was at $2,120 at 1426 GMT from $2,110 at Thursday's close. Copper hit $6,392, its highest since last December.

  • Survey: China factory activity barely growing Friday, 1 May 2015 | 5:54 AM ET

    BEIJING— Manufacturing in China barely grew in April, continuing sluggish recent performance in the world's second biggest economy. Data compiled by the country's National Bureau of Statistics and the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing showed Friday that the manufacturing purchasing managers' index came in at 50.1 in April, the same level as in...

  • TOKYO— Japan's core inflation rate edged up in March and unemployment eased slightly, according to data released Friday, offering glimmers of promise for the world's No. 3 economy as it struggles to get growth back on track after years of stagnation. However, a survey of purchasing managers by Markit for April showed declines in both production and new orders,...

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