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  • SYDNEY, Aug 21- Asian shares came under pressure on Thursday as a disappointing survey on Chinese manufacturing overshadowed better news from Japan, while the U.S. dollar was buoyed by speculation of an earlier rate rise from the Federal Reserve.

  • *Coal producers down as Beijing orders curbs on oversupply. HONG KONG, Aug 21- Hong Kong and China shares weakened on Thursday after a preliminary private survey showed growth in China's vast factory sector slowed to a three-month low in August, reinforcing concerns about increasing softness in the economy.

  • *The HSBC/ Markit flash China PMI hits 3- month low in Aug. BEIJING/ TOKYO, Aug 21- China's manufacturing activity hit a three-month low in August, raising the case for fresh policy steps to keep growth on track, while a Reuters poll showed Japan's economic recovery is likely to be modest despite an small acceleration the factory sector.

  • *China Aug factory activity slowed to 3- month low. The HSBC/ Markit Flash China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 50.3 from July's 18- month high of 51.7, missing a Reuters forecast of 51.5. "Today's data suggest that the economic recovery is still continuing but its momentum has slowed again," said Hongbin Qu, chief economist for China at HSBC.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 21- London copper stayed around $7,000 a tonne mark on Thursday after a gauge on China's factory health showed growth slowed in August, denting optimism over demand fuelled by brightening prospects in the United States.

  • Growth in China manufacturing weakens in August Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 10:59 PM ET

    HONG KONG— Growth in China's vast manufacturing industry weakened in August, suggesting that the recovery in the world No. 2 economy is losing momentum and Beijing may need to spoon out more stimulus.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 21- Asian shares came under pressure on Thursday as a disappointing survey on Chinese manufacturing stoked concerns about the regional giant and overshadowed better news from Japan. Investors reacted by selling the Australian dollar, often a used as a liquid proxy for bets on China, while shares in Shanghai dropped 0.5 percent.

  • BEIJING, Aug 21- Growth in activity in China's vast factory sector slowed to a three-month low in August as output and new orders lost steam, a preliminary private survey showed on Thursday. The HSBC/ Markit Flash China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 50.3 from July's 18- month high of 51.7, missing a Reuters forecast of 51.5.

  • Why Chinese automakers are losing out     Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 9:35 PM ET

    Mohit Arora, Executive Director, Asia Pacific at J.D. Power and Associates, says Chinese carmakers are seeing slow improvements in the quality of their products.

  • China won't see a hard landing: Credit Suisse     Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 9:14 PM ET

    Robert Parker, Vice-Chairman at Credit Suisse Asset Management, explains his expectations for a 6.9 percent growth in the mainland economy next year.

  • BEIJING, Aug 20- Amazon.com will set up shop in China's Shanghai free trade zone, the company said on Wednesday, aiming to take advantage of less stringent trade regulations to sell a wider range of products in the country.

  • Amazon joins free trade zone in China: Report Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:32 PM ET
    An electric bike used by Amazon.com in Beijing.

    Amazon to open an office in China's Shanghai free trade zone, state media says, allowing the firm to sell a wider range of products in the country.

  • LONDON, Aug 20- Copper rose to a one-week high on Wednesday as robust U.S. housing data overnight boosted sentiment and buyers in top metals consumer China took advantage of low prices to build stocks. Copper is used mostly in the construction industry for cables, electric wiring, plumbing and in heating and ventilation systems.

  • BEIJING, Aug 20- Amazon.com will set up shop in China's Shanghai free trade zone, state media said on Wednesday, aiming to take advantage of less stringent trade regulations to sell a wider range of products in the country.

  • The other commodity that's leaping on Ukraine war Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Fears about Russian sanctions are driving the price of palladium to 13-year highs, and analysts say it could go much higher.

  • Aug 20- China- based solar products maker JA Solar Holdings Co Ltd reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as operating expenses jumped from last year, sending its shares down 5 percent in premarket trading. JA Solar reported a fall in gross margins as prices for solar modules fell in China.

  • LONDON, Aug 20- China's economy is slowing. Japan's sank in the second quarter. In a world preoccupied by geopolitical crises- from Ukraine, Iraq and Gaza to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa- the global economy has taken something of a back seat.

  • LONDON, Aug 20- Copper rose on Wednesday in response to robust U.S. housing data overnight and buyers in top metals consumer China taking advantage of low prices to build stocks. Copper is used mostly in the construction industry for cables, electric wiring, plumbing and in heating and ventilation systems.

  • METALS-London copper revives as shorts cover Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:44 AM ET

    *Copper premiums in Shanghai bonded zone off 37 pct since July 10. SYDNEY, Aug 20- London copper climbed on Wednesday as a mix of short-covering and a constructive technical picture revived momentum, and as some buyers in top consumer China appeared to be taking advantage of lower prices to restock.

  • Global cruise lines set sail for China Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:44 AM ET

    But surging growth in China means it's a market operators can no longer ignore. Carnival Corp., the No. 1 cruise company, will become the first global cruise operator to have four ships based in China when it deploys its Costa Serena to Shanghai in April.