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  • *Physical copper premiums in China rising sharply. SINGAPORE, April 24- London copper futures rose to three-week highs on Thursday, underpinned by strong seasonal demand in top consumer China that has lifted domestic premiums, while worries over tight supply pushed nickel to a fresh peak in more than 14 months.

  • BEIJING, April 24- China shares slipped on Thursday as Shanghai free trade zone-linked companies faced more profit-taking following their strong gains earlier in the week, while rises in property stocks helped limit some of the decline. The CSI300 index of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings shed 0.2 percent.

  • *Guangdong shares rise on Pearl River Delta FTZ plans. BEIJING, April 24- China shares were mixed on Thursday as free trade zone development plans dominated trading, while Hong Kong stocks found support from earnings and a rebound in China Unicom.

  • *China Supreme Court says Mitsui pays about $29 mln. Mitsui paid about 2.92 billion yen in leasing fees, including interest and damages, China's Supreme Court said, in a statement on its official microblog.

  • *Yuan may fall below 6.25/ dollar support soon. SHANGHAI, April 24- China's yuan weakened on Thursday on increased corporate dollar demand, as sentiment towards the Chinese currency turned bearish due to lingering weakness since mid-January, traders said.

  • *Physical copper premiums in China rising sharply. SINGAPORE, April 24- London copper futures rose to near two-week highs on Thursday, underpinned by strong seasonal demand in top consumer China that has lifted domestic premiums, while worries over tight supply pushed nickel to a fresh peak in more than 14 months.

  • China to open 8 state industries for investment Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 11:03 PM ET

    BEIJING— China's government said it would open 80 projects in eight state-run industries to private and foreign investors as part of efforts to make its slowing economy more efficient.

  • TOKYO/ BEIJING, April 24- Three employees at one of Marubeni Corp's grain trading units in China have been detained by authorities, the Japanese trading house said on Thursday, a move sources told Reuters was prompted by allegations the unit evaded taxes on soy bean imports.

  • The ban on exports of unprocessed minerals by Indonesia, the world's biggest nickel ore supplier, was felt sharply last month when its shipments to top buyer China fell to less than a million tonnes from an average of 3.4 million tonnes a month last year.

  • METALS-Nickel dips after 14-month high, Chinese data Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    The ban on exports of unprocessed minerals by Indonesia, the world's biggest nickel ore supplier, was felt sharply last month when its shipments to top buyer China fell to less than a million tonnes from an average of 3.4 million tonnes a month last year.

  • *Chinese factory activity shrank again in April. *Euro zone businesses enjoy best month in nearly three years.

  • Ukraine crisis seen speeding Gazprom deal with China Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:24 AM ET

    *Gazprom has agreed to lower gas price- sources. MOSCOW/ BEIJING, April 23- Europe's plans to reduce its dependence on Russian energy as the Ukraine crisis threatens supplies are spurring efforts by Russia's top producer, Gazprom, to sign a deal next month to pump gas to China, industry sources say.

  • YUM will grind higher: Analyst     Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    David Palmer, RBC Capital Markets managing director, breaks down Yum! Brands' Q1 earnings that missed on their top line and discusses the company's China business.

  • LONDON, April 23- Copper was once again the stand-out in China's first-quarter imports of industrial metals. Yet China's net imports of refined nickel slumped 35 percent in Q1 2014.. Such contradictory outcomes say much about how both China's import demand for metals and the market's interpretation of that demand are changing.

  • China state stockpiler buys bonded copper stocks -sources Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 6:49 AM ET

    HONG KONG, April 23- China's state stockpiler has bought at least 200,000 tonnes of imported copper stored in bonded warehouses after global copper prices dived to multi-year lows in March, said four sources with knowledge of the matter.

  • *Gold edges off Tuesday's 2-1/ 2 mth low of $1,277.10/ oz. LONDON, April 23- Gold steadied on Wednesday above a 2-1/ 2 month low hit the previous session, as a softer tone to equities and the dollar helped arrest its slide above a key chart level, but demand from investors and retail buyers remained slack.

  • LONDON/ BEIJING, April 23- Chinese factory activity shrank for the fourth straight month in April but private businesses across the euro zone enjoyed their best month in nearly three years, surveys showed on Wednesday. Within the euro zone, Germany- Europe's largest economy- saw activity accelerate whereas in France, the bloc's second biggest, momentum waned.

  • LONDON, April 23- Nickel rose to its highest level in more than 14 months on Wednesday as tighter supplies continued to fuel the metal's rally, while copper slipped after data showed a contraction in factory activity in top consumer China.

  • Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 5:04 AM ET

    CANBERRA, Australia— Unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely to have come from the jet, an official said Wednesday.

  • China is in a 'rut': Pro     Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 4:10 AM ET

    Fraser Howie, director at Newedge Singapore, says the PMI data reveals China is "in a bit of a rut" and that the government has a "horrible problem" as it can't bring out too much stimulus.

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