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  • *Global stock gains capped by U.S. data, China outlook. *Lack of Iran nuclear deal keeps Brent oil near $61 a bbl. NEW YORK, March 5- The euro fell to an 11 1/ 2- year low against the dollar as U.S. and euro zone bond prices rose on Thursday, after the European Central Bank spelled out its 1 trillion-euro stimulus plan that begins next Monday.

  • *Lack of deal in Iran nuclear talks support crude oil. LONDON, March 5- The euro hit an 11 1/ 2- year low against the dollar and European stocks nudged higher on Thursday, as the European Central Bank prepared to lay out the details of its impending 1 trillion-euro stimulus plan. The common currency fell as low as $1.1026, its lowest since September 2003, and the region's...

  • LONDON, March 5- Emerging market stocks fell to a three-week low on Thursday as a buoyant dollar and China calling its lowest growth for 25 years a' new normal' soured the mood among investors. The MSCI emerging equities index was 0.2 percent lower at a level last seen in mid February, while the Asia excluding Japan benchmark, fell 0.4 percent. Shares in Turkey's...

  • *China aims to create 10 million new jobs in 2015. *China to open up more sectors to foreign investment. BEIJING, March 5- China plans to run its biggest budget deficit in 2015 since the global financial crisis, stepping up spending as Premier Li Keqiang signalled that the lowest rate of growth in a quarter of a century is the "new normal" for the world's No.2 economy.

  • BEIJING, March 5- Financial and investment flows in and out of China are normal, chief foreign exhange regulator Yi Gang said on Thursday.

  • Issuers who aren't from China or Hong Kong account for about 70 percent of offshore yuan bonds and certificate of deposits in the primary market so far this year, Thomson Reuters data shows. Other foreign entities tapping the fledgling dim sum market in the past two months are Australia's Westpac Banking Corp, France's Air Liquide Finance, Germany's KfW...

  • China stocks end lower on economic worries Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 2:11 AM ET

    The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 1.0 percent, to 3,496.34 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.9 percent, to 3,248.48. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Bank of China, down 2.8 percent to 3.80 yuan; Agricultural Bank of China, down 2.5 percent to 3.14; yuan and China State Construction, down 1.8...

  • China defense spending to grow 10.1 percent in 2015 Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 1:47 AM ET

    BEIJING— China said Thursday it will boost defense spending by 10.1 percent, a smaller rise than last year but in line with large annual increases that have drawn concern among the country's neighbors over Beijing's military and territorial ambitions. In its budget report to the annual session of the national legislature, the Finance Ministry said China's...

  • The biggest threat to new Chinese growth targets  Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 1:30 AM ET

    Joseph Cheng, chair professor at City University of Hong Kong, says one of the biggest threats to reaching new Chinese growth rate targets is local debt.

  • *China targets "zero-growth" for coal in key areas- Premier Li. *China to reduce its energy intensity by 3.1 pct in 2015. BEIJING, March 5- China will boost efforts this year to rid itself of a strong addiction to coal in a bid to reduce damaging pollution as well as cut the energy intensity of its economy, which is expected to grow at its lowest rate in 25 years.

  • Why China now prefers 'nuanced' growth objectives  Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 12:48 AM ET

    Chinese premier Li Keqiang's work report indicates that Beijing wants more than just "unsustainable, raw growth," says Kerry Brown, director, China Studies Centre at University of Sydney.

  • A look into China's land-grab protests  Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 12:45 AM ET

    China's real estate boom hasn't had a positive impact on everyone in the country. CNBC's Eunice Yoon speaks to a land protester in the city of Shenzhen.

  • BEIJING, March 5- China will back e-commerce development and guide international expansion by Chinese internet companies, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday, in an endorsement for firms such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and JD.com Inc.. Addressing the opening of China's annual parliamentary meeting in Beijing, Li broadly laid out China's "Internet Plus"...

  • SHANGHAI, March 5- China stocks sagged in thin trading on Thursday, with investors dumping blue chip shares such as banks and real estate firms on worries about the slowing economy. Premier Li Keqiang told the National People's Congress at the opening of the annual parliamentary meeting that China would target growth this year of around 7 percent, signalling...

  • BEIJING, March 5- China said central bank deputy governor Li Dongrong has stepped down, and Guo Qingping has been appointed as the new deputy governor, according a statement on the official central government website published Thursday. Guo Qingping previously served as assistant to the central bank governor. The move had been previously reported by the...

  • China's 7% growth target is an 'illusion': Pro  Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 10:32 PM ET

    Fraser Howie, managing director at Newedge Singapore, says China's economic situation isn't improving and expects authorities to roll out more stimulus to prop up growth.

  • *Feb exports seen stronger but most other indicators weaker. *Slowing momentum reinforces bets on further policy easing. BEIJING, March 5- China's exports likely recovered in February after a grim January reading, a Reuters poll showed, but inflation remained anemic, keeping pressure on policymakers to roll out more support measures to meet new economic...

  • *China aims to create 10 million new jobs in 2015. BEIJING, March 5- China on Thursday announced an economic growth target for this year of around 7 percent, signalling its lowest rate of expansion for a quarter of a century, and said it would increase government spending to support the slowing economy. "The downward pressure on China's economy is intensifying," Li...

  • Rongsheng's shares fell as much as 8.1 percent in early Thursday trade, after it said it would no longer issue HK $510 million worth of warrants to Kingwin Victory Investment Ltd, a Cayman Islands- incorporated investment firm. In a stock exchange filing, Rongsheng said it had scrapped the issue as it could not contact Kingwin's owner Wang Ping after media...

  • China lowers 2015 growth target: What it means  Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 9:31 PM ET

    Eswar Prasad, senior professor of Trade Policy at Cornell University, says Beijing is trying to de-emphasize its growth target and send a strong signal that they remain committed to reforms.