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  • *China wants relationship with EU to go beyond trade. The outreach is a world away from the low-key approach adopted by Beijing since May 1975, when the first European commissioner went to China to establish ties for the bloc to add to most of its members' bilateral ties. "It is very encouraging that both China and the EU are taking full advantage of the 40th...

  • *Wall Street closed sharply higher on Friday as consumer sentiment jumped and vehicle sales for GM and Ford were stronger-than-expected in April, while manufacturing expansion in the month held steady at near a two-year low. *Data also showed that factory activity in China in April saw its biggest drop in a year, hardening the case for fresh stimulus from...

  • LONDON, May 4- European shares rose on Monday, led higher by Germany after upbeat factory activity, while the dollar steadied following signs the U.S. economy may be emerging from a recent soft patch. Euro zone powerhouse Germany's manufacturing sector lost some momentum in April but continued to expand while in France the sector's final PMI showed activity...

  • *Gold snaps 3- day losing streak, but still below $1,200. SINGAPORE, May 4- Gold edged up on Monday after three days of losses, but the metal wasn't too far from a six-week low as investors continued to speculate on when the Federal Reserve might raise U.S. interest rates. "Gold has proven one time too many that it prefers to stick to $1,200 amid large fluctuations and I am...

  • SHANGHAI, May 4- China stocks rose on Monday, with construction and utility stocks taking the lead, as poor Chinese factory activity reinforced expectations of fresh government stimulus. Further underscoring the need for more stimulus to shore up faltering growth, the State Information Center, a top government think tank forecast that China's economy could...

  • HONG KONG, May 4- Asian stocks bounced off lows on Monday and the Australian dollar pared early losses as weak China factory activity reinforced views that Beijing will roll out fresh support measures soon for the world's second-largest economy. Spreadbetters expected the equity markets to open firmer in Europe, forecasting Germany's DAX and France's CAC to...

  • China factory activity slips, reinforces stimulus hopes. SHANGHAI, May 4- China and Hong Kong stocks rose on Monday, with construction and energy stocks taking the lead, as poor Chinese factory activity data reinforced expectations of fresh government stimulus. Further underscoring the need for more stimulus to shore up faltering growth, the State...

  • HONG KONG, May 4- Asian stocks bounced from their lows on Monday and the Australian dollar pared early losses as weak China factory activity reinforced views that Beijing will roll out fresh support measures soon for the world's second-largest economy. The HSBC/ Markit Purchasing Managers' Index showed factory activity in China contracted at its fastest rate...

  • China's stock rally still has legs: CLSA   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 11:33 PM ET
    China's stock rally still has legs: CLSA

    With the economy being weaker than expected, further monetary easing is likely this quarter, which will be supportive of markets, says Francis Cheung, head of China & HK Strategy at CLSA.

  • HONG KONG— Chinese manufacturing suffered its sharpest contraction in a year in April, raising pressure on Beijing to roll out new stimulus to keep growth in the world's No. 2 economy from slipping below the official target, a report said Monday. HSBC's manufacturing index based on a survey of factory purchasing managers fell to a 12- month low of 48.9 in April...

  • A slight recovery in sight for commodities?   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 10:45 PM ET
    A slight recovery in sight for commodities?

    After overshooting on the downside, commodity prices will likely consolidate and rise slightly this quarter, with copper being the first to recover, says Andrew Su, CEO of Compass Global Markets.

  • *Shanghai shares lower, Aussie dollar slips in reaction. "China's manufacturing sector had a weak start to Q2, with total new business declining at the quickest rate in a year while production stagnated," said Annabel Fiddes, an economist at Markit. Shanghai shares were off 0.6 percent, while the CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen...

  • 'Things are chugging along in China': Nash   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 10:05 PM ET
    'Things are chugging along in China': Nash

    Tony Nash, vice president at Delta Economics, explains why markets shouldn't read too much into the weaker-than-expected HSBC's final China purchasing managers' index for April.

  • BEIJING, May 4- China's factories suffered their fastest drop in activity in a year in April as new orders shrank, a private business survey showed on Monday, hardening the case for fresh policy stimulus to halt a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. The HSBC/ Markit Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 48.9 in April- the lowest level since April 2014- from...

  • Weak China April PMI not a surprise: HSBC   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 9:46 PM ET
    Weak China April PMI not a surprise: HSBC

    Julia Wang, Greater China economist at HSBC, says the final PMI reading showed "continued contraction" of China's factory sector and is a reminder that the economy still needs monetary support.

  • BEIJING, May 4- China's factories suffered their fastest drop in activity for a year as new orders fell in April, a private business survey showed on Monday, hardening the case for fresh policy stimulus to boost a flagging economy. "China's manufacturing sector had a weak start to Q2, with total new business declining at the quickest rate in a year while production...

  • Here comes another China smartphone maker   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 9:38 PM ET
    Here comes another China smartphone maker

    Apart from Xiaomi, China's video streaming site LeTV is gunning for the U.S. market with its "Le 1 Pro" smartphone. CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports.

  • Tracking the outlook of HK retail sector   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 9:33 PM ET
    Tracking the outlook of HK retail sector

    Helen Mak, senior director of Retail Services at Colliers International, discusses the various factors weighing on Hong Kong's retail space.

  • Forget PMI, employment data matters more: Pro   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 9:01 PM ET
    Forget PMI, employment data matters more: Pro

    Michael Spencer, co-head of Global Economics at Deutsche Bank, says recent employment data indicate that the Chinese economy isn't growing fast, which explains the change in monetary policy.

  • China stocks and economy on diverging paths   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 8:16 PM ET
    China stocks and economy on diverging paths

    While Chinese markets look "incredibly constructive", investors shouldn't expect the country's growth to re-accelerate, says Paul Krake, founder of View from the Peak: Macro Strategies.