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  • HONG KONG, April 18- China's average new home prices continued to fall in March, but on a narrowing trend that is expected to continue as the government's stimulus policies bolster sales volumes. Average new home prices in China's 70 major cities dropped 6.1 percent last month from a year ago, the seventh consecutive month fall, following February's 5.7 percent...

  • China March home prices fall 6.1 pct y/y Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 9:39 PM ET

    April 18- Average new home prices in China's 70 major cities fell for the seventh consecutive month in March from a year earlier, down 6.1 percent. The National Bureau of Statistics said on Saturday new home prices in Beijing fell 3.7 percent last month from a year earlier, versus the previous month's drop of 3.6 percent. Growth in China's real estate investment in...

  • But China's proposal has been diplomatic coup, as Britain, France and Germany have broken with Washington and joined Asian governments in seeking membership. The U.S. also faces growing criticism over the refusal by Congress to approve reforms to the International Monetary Fund that would increase the voting power of fast-emerging economies such as China,...

  • The TV show that makes a stock market drop Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 1:59 PM ET
    Adam Cheng in "The Greed of Man"

    The reairing of TVB’s “The Greed of Man” could see a resurgence of the “Ting Hai effect” that causes a pullback in Hong Kong's Hang Seng index.

  • Two pros agree, normal earnings volatility   Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 1:40 PM ET
    Two pros agree, normal earnings volatility

    Europe is in a recovery mode, and the U.S. is steady, so this is normal volatility, explains Bernie Williams, USAA. Zachary Karabell, Envestnet, agrees.

  • Stocks tumble, not too much panic: Pisani   Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 1:35 PM ET
    Stocks tumble, not too much panic: Pisani

    CNBC's Bob Pisani reports selling pressure from Europe and China has trickled into the major indices. Greece, Portugal and Italy are taking a tumble.

  • Stocks continue to drop   Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 1:12 PM ET
    Stocks continue to drop

    CNBC's Bob Pisani checks on the down day and heavy volume in the markets Friday.

  • Market volatility? Get used to it, says strategist Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 12:27 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Get ready for more market gyrations, but in the long run stocks will rise, strategist Savita Subramanian says as share prices plunge.

  • China regulator clamps down on borrowing to buy stocks Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 12:23 PM ET

    BEIJING— China's securities regulator is tightening control over lending to small stock investors in an attempt to cool an overheated stock market. The China Securities Regulatory Commission has banned a type of financing called an umbrella trust, tightened control over other financing and told brokerages to limit potential risks, the commission said in a...

  • Shares hit by China trading clampdown fears Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 11:32 AM ET
    Investors observe stock market at a stock exchange corporation on April 17, 2015 in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province of China.

    Regulatory changes for trading Chinese stocks spooked European and U.S. markets on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- Britain favors the eventual inclusion of the Chinese yuan in the International Monetary Fund's SDR basket of currencies, finance minister George Osborne said on Friday, saying it was important to include emerging powers in the world system. He also sought to explain Britain's surprise decision last month to join the Beijing- dominated...

  • Shares hit by China trading clampdown fears Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 10:40 AM ET
    Markets volatility charts graphs

    Global equities lost ground on Friday as traders grappled with an outage of Bloomberg financial terminals and fears of a regulatory clampdown.

  • Greek 'day of reckoning' shakes stock markets Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 10:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Fear that Greece could default on its debt and abandon the euro rattled global financial markets Friday. News that negotiations between Greece and its international lenders are making little progress sent European stock markets down sharply, and the selling spread across the Atlantic. "The day of reckoning" for Greece is fast approaching, said Uri...

  • TOKYO, April 17- Japan and the United States will hold cabinet-level trade talks from this weekend, but are unlikely to seal a final deal, seen as crucial for a broader trans-Pacific free trade pact, by a summit this month, Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Friday. A U.S.- Japan deal is considered vital to the success of a long-delayed Trans-Pacific...

  • *USTR Froman reportedly to visit Tokyo for ministerial talks. TOKYO, April 17- Japan and the United States look set to hold cabinet-level trade talks in coming days as the allies race to seal a bilateral trade deal, seen as crucial for a broader trans-Pacific free trade pact, ahead of a summit this month. Trade Representative Michael Froman will visit Tokyo to meet...

  • *USTR Froman reportedly to visit Tokyo for ministerial talks. TOKYO, April 17- Japan and the United States look set to hold cabinet-level trade talks in coming days as the allies race to seal a bilateral trade deal, seen as crucial for a broader trans-Pacific free trade pact, ahead of a summit this month. Trade Representative Michael Froman will visit Tokyo to meet...

  • Can China keep economic engine going?   Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 6:51 AM ET
    Can China keep economic engine going?

    China's economy is in transition, says Kevin Rudd, Asia Society Institute president, sharing perspective on China's economic outlook and discussing the country's new growth model.

  • BEIJING, April 17- With China's economic growth heading for a quarter-century low, think-tanks and advisers to the government are polarising into those calling for more stimulus to arrest the slowdown and a rival camp emphasising structural reforms as the route to sustainable growth. The debate among the think-tanks, which influence decision-making but do...

  • LONDON, April 17- The prospect of deeper interest rate cuts took Russia's rouble more than 2 percent lower on Friday, knocking it off 4-1/ 2- month highs against the dollar, while Russian equity markets also slipped. "The rouble has appreciated so much recently that from the point of view of the central bank and government it makes sense to try and cap it so as not to...

  • SHANGHAI, April 17- Jiangsu province may delay a planned debt auction scheduled for April 23, three sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Friday, signaling a possible rocky start for China's fledgling municipal bond market in 2015.. The 64.8 billion yuan auction, if it proceeds as planned, would be the first such official issue by a local...