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  • TOKYO, July 8- Japanese stocks tumbled on Wednesday in their biggest drop in more than a year, as fears grew that a relentless selloff in Chinese shares could ripple through its economy and hurt Japanese companies exposed to the Asian giant. Construction equipment makers Komatsu Ltd and Hitachi Construction Machinery, which derive sizable revenues from their...

  • *Nearly 1,300 firm shares suspended on China exchanges. SHANGHAI, July 8- Chinese stocks plunged on Wednesday after the country's securities regulator warned investors were in the grip of "panic sentiment" and the market showed signs of freezing up as firms scrambled to escape the rout by having their shares suspended. Beijing, which has struggled for more than a...

  • TOKYO— Chinese stocks led a slump in Asian markets on Wednesday as the sell-off in Shanghai intensified and Greece's future in the euro remained highly uncertain. Other regional markets were also down, including Taiwan, Singapore, Australia and the Philippines. ANALYST TAKE: " Greece and China dominate once again, but throw in massive falls in bulk and base metals...

  • TOKYO, July 8- Asian shares tumbled to a 1 1/ 2- year low on Wednesday and the safe-haven yen rallied as Chinese stocks struggled to pull out of a tailspin, shaking investors already rattled by Greece's debt crisis. Financial spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 would open up 0.7 percent, Germany's DAX was seen gaining 1.3 percent, and France's CAC 40 was...

  • *Beijing presses China's top brokers to support stocks. HONG KONG, July 8- The business plans and overseas ambitions of Chinese brokerages are being shelved as Beijing pushes them to use their resources to arrest a dramatic plunge in domestic equity markets that is threatening China's economic stability. Haitong International Securities Group Ltd, China's...

  • *One of the three is CITIC Securities, China's largest. CITIC Securities, Haitong Securities and Central China Securities, whose shares have been roiled in a rout that has seen Chinese equities fall around 30 percent from their mid-June peak, announced the plans on Wednesday. Shanghai- listed shares in CITIC Securities, China's largest brokerage by assets, are...

  • BEIJING, July 8- China's parliament has published a draft cybersecurity law that consolidates Beijing's control over data, with potentially significant consequences for internet service providers and multinational firms doing business in the country. Citing the need "to safeguard national cyberspace sovereignty, security and development," the proposed...

  • *Nearly half of China- listed companies have halted trading. SHANGHAI, July 8- China stocks tumbled to four-month lows on Wednesday morning as investors dumped both small and big caps, defying government attempts to stabilize the market, while nearly half of Chinese listed companies have halted trading to insulate themselves from the meltdown.

  • SHANGHAI, July 8- Citic Securities shareholders and senior executives plan to buy shares in the company, the firm said in a statement on Wednesday. Chinese equities have now fallen around 30 percent from their late June peak, and brokerages- which have already agreed to substanital large-cap stock purchases to help stem the sell-off- are under huge pressure.

  • BEIJING— In a flurry of new moves to halt a stock market slide, China's government on Wednesday told state-owned companies to buy shares, raised the amount of equities insurance companies can hold and promised more credit to finance trading. Hundreds of companies have announced a halt to trading in their shares after emergency measures announced last weekend...

  • *Haitong shares suspended in Hong Kong. HONG KONG, July 8- A Chinese state-backed investment firm sold its stake in China's fourth-largest broker Haitong Securities in Hong Kong on Wednesday in a sign that Beijing's bid to arrest a sell-off in mainland stocks is pushing investors to the island's market to raise capital. "Hong Kong is coming under pressure as the...

  • The drop in China extended a savage correction that has clipped 30 percent off Chinese shares since mid-June, threatening a new blow to the country's already slowing economy despite a slew of market support steps from Beijing. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan wallowed at its lowest level since February 2014, extending its early...

  • BEIJING July 8- China's state asset administrator told central government owned firms on Wednesday that they should not sell shares in their own listed companies during. The State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council also told the 112 central government-owned conglomerates it oversees to buy more shares in listed...

  • *Nearly 1,300 firm shares suspended on China exchanges. Around 30 percent has been knocked off the value of Chinese shares since mid-June, and for some global investors the fear that China's market turmoil will destabilize the real economy is now looming as a bigger risk than the euro zone crisis. "Today is all about China, with Greece in the background now that...

  • TOKYO, July 8- Japanese stocks fell sharply on Wednesday morning as a massive selloff in China's stock markets raised fears of a damaging blow to the world's second-largest economy- a major export market for Japan. Companies with high exposures to China underperformed, with construction equipment makers Komatsu Ltd and Hitachi Construction Machinery...

  • MELBOURNE, July 8- London copper swung higher in volatile trade on Wednesday a day after worries over Greek debt and China's growth hammered it to six-year lows, buoyed by a weaker dollar and stabilization in other commodity markets. Soothing immediate fears over Greece, euro zone members have given the country until the end of the week to make a proposal for...

  • SHANGHAI, July 8- Chinese stock markets tumbled again on Wednesday as investors shrugged off a series of support measures by Chinese regulators, including the central bank's first public statement in support of the market since it cut interest rates in late June. Losses on the mainland also weighed heavily on Hong Kong shares, with the Hang Seng Index down 3.3...

  • Greece, China trigger fresh commodities rout

    Barry Dawes, head of resources at Paradigm Securities, discusses the plunge in commodities prices on the back of concerns surrounding Greece and China.

  • Panic heightens as China's market rout worsens

    Fear and anger are intensifying among Chinese retail investors as the country's market rout deepened on Wednesday. CNBC's Eunice Yoon has more.

  • TOKYO, July 8- Asian shares tumbled on Wednesday and the safe-haven yen rallied as Chinese stocks remained in a tailspin, shaking investors already rattled by Greece's debt crisis. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended its early losses after Chinese shares opened sharply lower, and was last down 2.5 percent.