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  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 31- The United States feels China's yuan does not yet meet the standards for inclusion in the International Monetary Fund's basket of global currencies, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Tuesday. Lew said that China had work to do to meet the standards for inclusion. Lew, who was returning from a trip to Beijing where he met with Chinese...

  • MEXICO CITY, March 31- Mexico is trying to get Chinese state-run companies involved in the construction of a new $11 billion airport as it seeks to make up for a tainted rail tender that soured relations with Beijing, a source with knowledge of the government plan said. Mexico announced in September it would build the new Mexico City airport to relieve congestion...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The United States stands ready to welcome a China- led development bank as long as it complements existing institutions and adopts high governance standards, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Tuesday. Lew said having the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank work with existing institutions would demonstrate its backers are...

  • NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. stocks retreated on Tuesday from the previous session's rally, though major indexes were headed for a positive first quarter, while the euro was on track for its biggest quarterly fall as worries about Greece kept the currency under pressure. The European Central Bank's one-trillion-euro economic stimulus program, launched this month,...

  • By Rahul Karunakar and Hari Kishan. March 31- Uncertainty surrounding the timing of the U.S. Chinese and most European stocks have led the way with a stellar run, buoyed by stimulus from the People's Bank of China and the European Central Bank.

  • HELSINKI— Norway said Tuesday it intends to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a prospective founding member to promote closer ties to the Asia-Pacific region, a move that could help the country's frozen relations with China thaw. In a diplomatic coup for Beijing, U.S. allies Britain, Germany, Australia and Taiwan have broken with Washington and...

  • LONDON, March 31- Littlebrook power station, which towers grimly over the lower Thames near Dartford in Kent, ceases operations today after almost 35 years, the last of Britain's big oil-fired power plants to close. Now its closure marks the impact of higher oil prices and EU-wide policies, agreed by Britain's major political parties, to move away from fossil...

  • BEIJING, March 31- China will introduce a scheme to insure bank deposits from May 1, the government said on Tuesday, ushering in a reform seen as vital for freeing up a highly-protected banking sector. The scheme, which has been talked about in China for around 20 years but gained urgency last year, comes at a time of increased financial stress, as a slowing economy...

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, March 31- As stock market investors cheer China's latest bid to boost an ailing housing sector, bankers are gritting their teeth over the risks they face in further relaxing rules on lending to home buyers. The hope is that by making it easier for buyers to get mortgages, China can revive the housing market, which accounts for 15 percent of its...

  • BEIJING— China announced plans on Tuesday to roll out its first deposit insurance in May as part of steps to make the state-owned banking industry more flexible and competitive. It said that would cover more than 99.6 percent of depositors but would exclude branches of foreign banks in China. "The introduction of deposit insurance is an important step in...

  • LONDON, March 31- After three months dominated by a rising dollar, interest rate cuts by 26 central banks and hefty equity gains, the big winner was the Chinese stock market. Investors who bought Shanghai- listed A shares at the start of the year have registered gains of 17 percent on a total return basis in dollar terms. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank,...

  • *Market seen in global surplus of around 65,000 T in 2015- Natixis. Nickel has almost halved in value since hitting two-year highs above $21,000 last May, as an expected supply crunch in China failed to materialise while LME stocks hit record highs. While the market has concentrated heavily on the supply scenario, Nic Brown, head of commodities research at...

  • *Some investors bet Indonesia will relax ore export ban- analyst. LONDON, March 31- Nickel plunged to near a six-year low on Tuesday on worries over record stockpiles, weak demand for stainless steel and growing doubts over the fate of Indonesia's ore export ban that many believed would tighten the market. Nickel prices have nearly halved since hitting two-year...

  • LONDON, March 31- Emerging market equities rose 0.4 percent on Tuesday and were on track for their first quarterly gain since mid-2014, thanks primarily to robust Chinese markets, though most currencies fell versus the dollar. The Shanghai index fell 1 percent on Tuesday, off seven-year highs. The MSCI emerging equity index is up 1.7 percent on the quarter after...

  • PARIS, March 31- French car parts maker Faurecia announced a joint-venture deal with Dongfeng, the Chinese state-controlled automotive group, in a move designed to increase its presence in the world's biggest autos market. Faurecia, majority-owned by PSA Peugeot Citroen, said on Tuesday the venture would target sales of 2 billion euros to Dongfeng and its...

  • MACAU, March 31- Macau is drafting new construction safety rules, officials said, after several workers died this month at casino sites amid a building boom in the world's largest gambling hub. While the fatality numbers are relatively low, and lag the 16 deaths in industrial accidents in Hong Kong last year, they are relatively rare in Macau, the only place where...

  • Greatfire.org said Chinese authorities carried out the attacks by installing malicious code on the computers of users visiting the popular Chinese search engine Baidu and related sites and using those computers to overwhelm Github and Greatfire.org websites with service requests. The Open Technology Fund, a U.S. government-backed initiative to...

  • SHANGHAI, March 31- Hong Kong shares finished higher on Tuesday following the Chinese central bank's decision to loosen some restrictions on real estate lending. Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index had risen 0.5 percent in the morning, touching a six-month-high, with Hong Kong- listed Chinese companies climbing on signs of fresh money inflows from the...

  • BEIJING, March 31- China is set to start a maiden insurance system for bank deposits from May, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday, a development considered by many analysts to be a crucial financial reform. The insurance system and a fund that banks will have to pay into to finance the protection of depositors will be managed by the central bank,...

  • MELBOURNE, March 31- London nickel tumbled to near six-year lows on Tuesday on the back of momentum selling before cutting losses, but was set to end the month down nearly 10 percent, as record supply and weak stainless steel demand pummelled prices. Nickel prices have nearly halved since hitting two-year highs above $21,000 last May, as an expected supply crunch...