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  • MELBOURNE, April 22- London copper was little changed near four-week lows on Wednesday as persistently weak consumer demand from China offset concerns over lower-than-expected mine supply. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was trading flat at $5,943 a tonne by 1206 GMT, curbing losses from the previous session when it edged to a four-day...

  • *Banks to lend $100 bln for "technological renovation" in Hebei. BEIJING, April 22- Days before Beijing cut bank reserve requirements to boost lending to China's slowing economy, officials in Hebei province met with dozens of banks and steel mills to find financing to revive local industry and tackle chronic environmental problems. "Hebei is enjoying favorable...

  • China, whose economy is slowing fast but whose stocks are rising faster, whipsawed investors in recent days. "It's a political goal to create wealth effects in both A- and H-share markets, so that Beijing can utilize the stock market to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship and channel liquidity to the real economy to hedge economic downside risk," China...

  • Cuba's not as open for business as everyone thinks Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 1:54 PM ET
    A taxi cab in Havana, Cuba.

    American companies have been eyeing the Cuban market since December but consultants are wary about how easy it will be to do business there.

  • A financial crisis veteran tells China to be wary Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 12:13 PM ET
    Hank Paulson

    Paulson, the former Treasury secretary, stresses that he's not saying a crisis is inevitable. The New York Times reports.

  • Santelli Exchange: Open market operations & China's growth

    John Rutledge, Safanad, joins CNBC's Rick Santelli to discuss open market operations and China's capital outflows.

  • SHENZHEN, China, April 21- China can only ensure its information security in the long run if it keeps its market open to the best technology products, be they foreign or domestic, Huawei's rotating chief executive Eric Xu told Reuters on Tuesday. Xu's remarks are a rare example of a top Chinese CEO openly questioning the direction of Beijing's information...

  • *Firm warned investors on April 16 about possibly missing payment. SHANGHAI, April 21- A power company in China failed to make an interest payment on a bond on Tuesday marking the first time a state-owned firm has been allowed to default and adding to evidence that Beijing is slowly withdrawing its sovereign guarantee of low-quality bonds.

  • Volvo to export Chinese cars to US   Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 6:40 AM ET
    Volvo to export Chinese cars to US

    CNBC's Kaori Enjoji reports the automaker plans to mass produce the first Chinese-built automobile made for the U.S. market.

  • MOSCOW, April 21- Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday Russia was suffering significant economic problems because of international sanctions, but the situation could have been much worse and Russia was adapting. Referring to Western sanctions imposed last year because of Russia's actions in Ukraine, Medvedev told parliament: "Losses from the...

  • Oil expiration and earnings are big movers Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 5:55 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Amid the deluge of major earnings reports, traders will also be keeping an eye on the oil market, as U.S. oil futures for May expire Tuesday.

  • SHANGHAI, April 21- The deadline for Baoding Tianwei Baobian Electric Co Ltd to make an interest payment on a bond due on Tuesday passed without payment, a China bond clearinghouse official said, marking the first default by a state-owned firm. Baoding Tianwei Baobian Electric is a subsidiary of the Baoding Tianwei Group, which owns 23 percent of the listed...

  • SHANGHAI, April 21- China looks set to see its first default by a state-owned firm after Baoding Tianwei Baobian Electric Co Ltd said it had not raised enough funds to make a bond interest payment due on Tuesday. "The probability of making the payment has become highly uncertain," a notice posted by the company on the website of China's bond clearinghouse stated...

  • *Antaike cuts consumption growth f'cast to 5.7 pct from 6.3 pct. HONG KONG, April 21- Chinese demand for copper has been weaker than expected so far in 2015, but will pick up in the second-half as government stimulus measures boost orders from factories, a state-backed research firm said. Two industry sources in China said importers were reselling refined copper...

  • ISLAMABAD, April 21- Chinese President Xi Jinping praised Pakistan on Tuesday for its contribution to security in China's restive far west where a Muslim minority chaffs against Beijing's rule, while Pakistan promised to step up cooperation in tackling terrorism. Xi, in an address to Pakistan's parliament, also called for closer economic cooperation...

  • SHANGHAI, April 21- China stocks jumped on Tuesday as bullish investors piled into small-cap stocks, betting on further gains despite stretched valuations and a warning from official Xinhua News Agency against "irrational exuberance. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 2.2 percent to 4,619.16 points, while the...

  • SHANGHAI, April 21- BMW AG is working to integrate Tencent Holdings' popular WeChat messaging app into its cars in China and is planning to do it in a way that would not require the Internet giant to make changes to its software, its China R&D chief said. Ford Motor Co has said it is in talks to have Tencent Holdings Ltd tailor WeChat to be used in its cars.

  • BEIJING— The American Chamber of Commerce in China called Tuesday for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country's investment climate deteriorates. Over the past year, foreign companies operating in China have faced challenges ranging from anti-monopoly investigations to proposed rules requiring...

  • The Maglev Test Line, near Mount Fuji about 80 kilometers west of Tokyo, is developing technology for use on a future 410- kilometer link that will reduce travel time between Tokyo and Osaka to just over an hour. The maglev trains, begun as a project of Japan Airlines and the national railways with government support, have undergone decades of testing.

  • Why Kaisa’s default isn’t a sign of more to come Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 2:10 AM ET

    Despite fears Kaisa's bond default may herald of a wave of more to come from China, the developer's troubles may be more of a one-off soap opera.