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  • SYDNEY, April 16- Australian miners are racing ahead with plans to expand iron ore production to capture more of the Chinese market for the steelmaking ingredient, amid strong competition from the world's biggest supplier Vale of Brazil.

  • BEIJING, April 16- Chinese and Hong Kong investors shrugged off China's first quarter growth that was the slowest in 18 months, leaving all major indices in positive territory on Wednesday.

  • BEIJING, April 16- China's economy grew at its slowest pace in 18 months in the first quarter of 2014, official data showed on Wednesday, with signs of waning momentum already prompting limited government action to steady the world's second-largest economy. It was China's slowest annual growth since the third quarter of 2012, when growth was also 7.4 percent.

  • *Nikkei leads the way encouraged by late rally on Wall St. SYDNEY, April 16- Asian share markets were mostly in the black on Wednesday after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts, a relief for investors who had feared a much weaker outcome.

  • BEIJING— CORRECTION: China's economic growth slows to 7.4 percent, slowest since third quarter of 2012..

  • SYDNEY, April 16- Commodity currencies nursed heavy losses early on Wednesday, while the other major currencies struggled for clear direction as investors kept a nervous eye on developments in Ukraine and ahead of a slew of Chinese economic data.

  • The key dilemma for Chinese policymakers     Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 6:48 PM ET

    Donald Straszheim, Senior Managing Director, China Research at ISI Group, says there is no way Chinese policymakers can maintain growth while deleveraging the economy.

  • US declines to name China a currency manipulator Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 6:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration is raising concern about the value of China's currency but is declining, as in recent years, to accuse Beijing of manipulating it. The Treasury Department said China's currency, the renminbi, has appreciated but not as fast or as much as needed.

  • Treasury stopped short of declaring China a currency manipulator, but singled it out among large U.S. trading partners for its currency practices.

  • US warns Beijing over currency weakness Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 5:26 PM ET

    The Obama administration on Tuesday told Beijing it was watching the value of China's currency closely.

  • *Data due at 10 a.m. local time/ 0200 GMT. BEIJING, April 16- China is expected to report its slowest growth in five years on Wednesday, a Reuters poll shows, with signs of waning strength in the first quarter of 2014 already prompting government action to steady the world's second-largest economy.

  • CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. A volatile day for stocks, but commodities were not. Crude was down slightly, but could be ready to break out because of Ukraine. Gold closed down $27 on the day, it's worst drop for the year. And nat gas

  • KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- U krainian forces launched a "special operation" on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking east, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited.

  • Shooting reported in Ukraine's east. By Richard Balmforth and Gabriela Baczynska. KIEV/ KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, April 15- Ukrainian armed forces on Tuesday launched a "special operation" against militiamen in the country's Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro- Moscow separatists.

  • *German firm starts sending gas to Ukraine. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro- Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armoured personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town.

  • LONDON, April 15- Gold prices fell more than 2 percent on Tuesday as strength in the dollar following forecast-beating U.S. retail sales data pushed it through key chart levels while silver hit a 2-1/ 2 month low. Spot gold hit a low of $1,290.34 an ounce and was down 2.6 percent at $1,291.40 an ounce at 1246 GMT, on track for its biggest one-day drop since Oct. 1.

  • WRAPUP 3-Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:59 AM ET

    *German firm starts sending gas to Ukraine. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro- Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armoured personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town.

  • Reuters Business News Schedule at 1230 GMT/08.30AM ET Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:38 AM ET

    Europe's banks prepare for ECB tests with new provisions. LONDON- The tens of billions of euros euro zone banks set aside for loan losses in their latest annual accounts may have substantially reduced the chance of institutions failing ECB stress tests in the next few months.

  • LONDON, April 15- Gold fell nearly 2 percent on Tuesday as strength in the dollar following forecast-beating U.S. retail sales data prompted investors to cash in on gains after a rally to three-week highs in the previous session.

  • DONGGUAN/ HONG KONG, April 15- Thousands of workers at a giant Chinese shoe factory shrugged off an offer for improved social benefits on Tuesday, prolonging one of the largest strikes in China in recent years amid signs of increased labour activism as the economy slows.

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