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  • HONG KONG, Sept 3- China shares rose for a fourth straight day on Wednesday, spurred by two surveys showing activity in China's services sector rebounded in August after a drop in July, pushing the major indexes to multi-month highs. The Hong Kong market followed suit, with its benchmark index scoring the best rise in six weeks.

  • *HSBC services PMI hits 17- month high of 54.1 in Aug. BEIJING, Sept 3- Activity in China's services sector rebounded in August after a drop in July, two surveys showed on Wednesday, offseting factory-sector weakness and letting the government stick with its "targeted" policy stance to keep growth on track.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 3- London copper drifted on Wednesday in low volume trade, with expectations of fresh supply weighing on prices and dampening investor interest.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 2- OSI Group, the U.S.-based supplier at the center of a food safety scandal in China, has handed control of one of its plants there indefinitely to a subsidiary of competitor Golden State Foods Corp, a Golden State spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

  • Business Highlights Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 5:43 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Airlines today are juggling terror warnings in Britain, the Ebola outbreak in Africa and an Icelandic volcano erupting and threatening to close down European airspace.

  • OTTAWA, Sept 2- Senior officials from Canada and China met quietly in Ottawa last week to discuss relations that have deteriorated so badly that they could threaten Prime Minister Stephen Harper's planned visit to China in November.

  • Ex-Mamtek CEO pleads guilty to theft, fraud Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 3:49 PM ET

    ST. CHARLES, Mo.— A man who persuaded a rural Missouri town and the state to invest millions in bonds and incentives for an artificial sweetener plant that never materialized pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felony charges.

  • How China is chasing business to Singapore Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 2:34 PM ET
    Some firms are now finding Hong Kong, left, less appealing for their Asia headquarters than Singapore, right.

    As tensions between Hong Kong and Beijing increase, multinational firms are seeing more stability in Singapore and expanding their outlook.

  • McDonald's boosts oversight of Chinese suppliers Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 1:42 PM ET

    NEW YORK— McDonald's said it will monitor its suppliers in China more closely after a food-safety scandal in the country hurt the hamburger chain's sales and reputation. McDonald's, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, reported a 7.3 percent drop in July sales at its restaurants in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

  • Where Cramer sees worry     Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 9:01 AM ET
    Jim Cramer on Mad Money.

    The "Squawk on the Street" news team discusses how geopolitical risk may cause disruption to the market rally.

  • The International Copper Study Group's most recent monthly update assessed the global refined copper market as being in a 450,000- tonne deficit in the first five months of the year, or a 308,000- tonne deficit once movements in Shanghai bonded stocks are factored into the equation.

  • McDonald's to crack down on China suppliers Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 6:41 AM ET
    A 24 hour McDonald's restaurant and a KFC store in a shopping mall in China.

    McDonald's will increase the number of audits it conducts of suppliers in China, after a food scandal in July dented China sales.

  • LONDON, Sept 2- Zinc rose to a four-week high and aluminium neared an 18- month peak on Tuesday in markets driven by momentum-based speculators and computer-driven funds. Three-month zinc on the London Metal Exchange gained 1 percent to $2,380.50 a tonne by 1022 GMT, a high since Aug. 5.

  • Report: Water shortages crimp China shale gas plan Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 6:36 AM ET

    BEIJING— More than 60 percent of China's vast shale gas deposits are in regions with scarce water resources, complicating plans by the energy-hungry country to tap the natural gas, according to a U.S.-based research group.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 2- London aluminum climbed close to an 18- month high on Tuesday, sending Shanghai futures up more than two percent in a rally that traders and analysts said appeared momentum driven and had overshot fundamentals.

  • The American Chamber of Commerce in China is the latest business lobby to air its grievances over a series of investigations scrutinizing at least 30 foreign firms, as China seeks to enforce a 2008 anti-monopoly law.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 2- Shanghai shares closed at their highest in 15 months on Tuesday as investors bet funds freed from last week's initial public offering subscriptions, selecting stocks expected to benefit from state firm reforms and the coming equity link between Shanghai and Hong Kong.

  • SEOUL, Sept 2- South Korea has delayed a proposed tax on vehicle carbon emissions by over five years to the end of 2020, amid pressure from domestic and U.S. car makers who fear the levy would curb sales.

  • Survey: Foreign companies in China feel 'targeted' Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 1:33 AM ET

    BEIJING— Foreign companies in China feel increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve, a U.S. business group said Tuesday.

  • *HSBC slips after UK fund manager dumps shares. HONG KONG, Sept 2- Hong Kong shares fell to three-week lows on Tuesday weighed down by profit-taking, while the Chinese onshore markets eked out slim gains thanks to outperforming port and liquor stocks.