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  • HONG KONG, Dec 18- As Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Macau this weekend for his first official visit in five years, the message from Beijing is clear: the world's biggest gambling centre cannot remain a one-industry town. China extended a crackdown on illicit money transfers into Macau, giving its Economic Crimes Investigation Bureau access to...

  • 'Interview' ordeal at Sony just its latest crisis Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:36 AM ET

    Sony Corp. is sealed within a hermetic cone of silence as executives try to prevent the slow motion train wreck at Sony Pictures from damaging the rest of the sprawling business empire. Sony's miseries with its television and smartphone businesses were bad enough. For now, Sony's damage control strategy in Japan appears to be waiting out the crisis in silence.

  • *China allows imports of Syngenta corn MIR 162. BEIJING/ CHICAGO, Dec 18- China has approved the import of a genetically modified corn strain it blocked last year, causing market turmoil, and has given clearance to biotech soybeans that had been waiting years for clearance, in a sign of improving relations with the United States. Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack...

  • BEIJING, Dec 18- China's new home prices fell again in November and a business survey showed a deep drop in real estate investment plans, adding gloom to a slumping property market that has so far defied government efforts to revive it. Yu Liang, president of leading residential developer China Vanke Co said at the weekend that China now faced a housing glut that...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 18- Hong Kong shares finished up on Thursday, snapping five consecutive days of losses, underpinned by a rally on Wall Street. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were CCT Land Holdings Ltd, up 11.8 percent at HK $0.02, North Mining Shares Co Ltd, up 1.4 percent at HK $0.36 and Bank Of China, unchanged at HK $4.14.

  • METALS-LME copper eases in step with oil Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:44 AM ET

    *Shanghai copper gets lift via upbeat China economic survey. SYDNEY, Dec 18- London copper was lower on Thursday, shedding modest overnight gains in step with weaker oil, while Shanghai copper futures ended flat, stabilised by a positive economic survey of Chinese companies. Sales, profits, and employment in China improved "a bit" during the second half of the year,...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 0.4 percent, to 3,345.93, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.1 percent, to 3,057.52 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Minsheng Bank, up 1.3 percent to 9.59 yuan; China Shipbuilding Industry, up 8.9 percent to 9.30 yuan and China State Construction...

  • Dec 18- Chinese government approval for imports of a controversial type of Syngenta AG biotech corn increases the likelihood the seed maker will pay settlements to more than 100 U.S. farmers and exporters suing for damages from grain shipments rejected by Beijing, lawyers said. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who cited talks with Chinese Vice Premier Wang...

  • China continues to put the squeeze on Macau casinos  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:19 AM ET

    Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit this weekend, authorities are cracking down on illicit fund flows into Macau from the mainland. CNBC's Emily Tan has more.

  • Are Beijing's property measures working?  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    Alan Jin, Property Analyst at Mizuho Securities Asia, discusses the effectiveness of Beijing's measures and analyzes the issue of housing affordability in China.

  • *Regulator criticizes some margin trading- Shanghai paper. BEIJING, Dec 18- China stocks slipped on Thursday as hot brokerage shares cooled on questions about margin trading and investors shifted interest to coming listings while the Hong Kong market rebounded after five days of losses. The CSI300 index of leading Shanghai and Shenzhen listings fell 0.4...

  • BEIJING, Dec 18- China's home prices fell in November for a third consecutive month versus year-ago levels, Reuters calculations from official data showed on Thursday, pointing to an intractable property downturn despite government efforts to energize the market. Yu Liang, president of leading residential developer China Vanke Co said at the weekend China...

  • China's yuan at 5-month lows after weak fixing Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:57 PM ET

    HONG KONG, Dec 18- China's yuan slumped to a five-month low against the dollar on Thursday after the central bank set a weaker daily midpoint fix, prompting investors to cut exposure to the local currency. While emerging market currencies have been under pressure in recent days thanks to a rapid drop in oil prices and a financial crisis in Russia, China's yuan has...

  • *China watching rouble closely as Russian currency collapses. BEIJING, Dec 18- China is closely monitoring the slide in the Russian rouble, the foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday, as the currency of one of its major energy imports struggles to avoid a free-fall. Wang Yonggui, head of policy and regulations for the State Administration of Foreign...

  • Which Chinese city is set for a housing recovery?  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:45 PM ET

    Michael Klibaner, Regional Director and Head of Research for Greater China at JLL, is optimistic that China's tier-one and tier-two cities will see stability in 2015, but warns of risks in the lower-tier cities.

  • Progress in US-China ties bodes well for trade  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:33 PM ET

    The latest trade talks yielded results that will benefit sectors like agriculture, as U.S.-China relations gained positive momentum, says Haiyan Wang, Managing Partner at the China India Institute.

  • The strong debt issuance outlook comes on top of a record year for the "dim sum" bond market which has seen 324 billion yuan in bond issuance so far this year, a 74 percent increase from 2013 volumes, according to Thomson Reuters data. "It's trade settlement that drives the dim sum bond market in the end," said Andrew Malcolm, capital markets partner at Linklaters in Hong...

  • BEIJING, Dec 18- China's home prices fell in November for a third consecutive month versus year-ago levels, pointing to a persistent property downturn despite efforts by authorities to energise the market. The deceleration in the property market, which accounts for about 15 percent of China's economy, will intensify concerns that a softening housing sector...

  • China November home prices fall 3.7 pct yr/yr Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:37 PM ET

    BEIJING, Dec 18- Average new home prices in China's 70 major cities fell 3.7 percent in November from a year earlier, the third consecutive month showing an annual fall, according to Reuters calculations from official data published on Thursday. Economists believe the cooling housing market poses the biggest risk to the world's second-largest economy, even as...

  • China house prices fall for third month  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:36 PM ET

    David Ji, Head of Research and Consultancy, Greater China at Knight Frank, discusses the persisting fall in the mainland's new home prices.