• LONDON, April 3- Global private equity firm KKR has bought $150 million worth of shipping loans from two European banks amid a surge of interest in the industry as world trade in goods picks up along with the global economy.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON/ BEIJING, April 1- Manufacturing in Asia and Europe finished the first quarter on a weaker note but activity in the United States remained relatively steady, suggesting severe winter weather in North America had only a modest effect on U.S. factories.

  • LONDON/ BEIJING, April 1- Major economies in Asia and Europe finished the first quarter on a weaker note, with key manufacturing surveys fuelling expectations policymakers may be forced to act in coming months to prop up faltering growth.

  • *China, Indonesia manufacturing PMIs hit multi-month lows. *Japan business outlook weaker as sales tax rises. BEIJING/ TOKYO, April 1- Asia's major economies finished the first quarter on a weak note with manufacturing surveys in China and Japan fuelling expectations that policymakers will be forced to act in coming months to prop up faltering growth.

  • Lito Camacho, Vice Chairman, Asia Pacific at Credit Suisse, says there is a high likelihood that candidate Joko Widodo will win, which will lift market confidence and potentially lead to an upgrade.

  • JAKARTA, March 31- Dressed in the style of Indonesia's first leader, even using replica 1950 s microphones, presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto roared to thousands of supporters at a recent rally in the capital: " Indonesia cannot be bought".

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  • The best and worst performers in Asia are...     Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 8:30 PM ET

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  • *U.S. govt suspects bribery in China, India- filings. PARIS/ WASHINGTON, March 27- Alstom shares fell sharply on investors' fears that the French engineering firm could face a heavy fine from the U.S. Justice Department as a result of a bribery investigation that has spread across Asia.

  • JAKARTA, March 27- Indonesia has reached a deal over export taxes with U.S. mining company Freeport-McMoRan Copper& Gold Inc, allowing nearly $4 billion worth of annual copper shipments to resume as early as next month.

  • *Alstom posts steepest loss on CAC 40. PARIS, March 27- Shares in Alstom fell on Thursday on the prospect that the French engineering firm could face hefty penalties from the U.S. Justice Department in a bribery probe focused on Asia.

  • How will Widodo shake things up for Indonesia?     Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | 8:51 PM ET

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  • *Newmont says still shipping to Indonesia's Gresik copper smelter. JAKARTA, March 26- Newmont Mining Corp has not cut output at its Indonesian copper and gold mine, a spokesman at the Denver- based company said on Wednesday, denying government claims earlier in the day that its production had been slashed.

  • *Factory output in China fells to eight month low in March. *Premiums for China bonded copper stocks drop $5 to $95/ 115- Shmet. LONDON, March 24- Copper steadied on Monday as investors saw last week's fall to 3-1/ 2 year lows as overdone, and as the latest batch of weak data from China spurred hopes that authorities would introduce measures to support the economy.

  • *Factory output in China fells to eight month low in March. *Premiums for China bonded copper stocks drop $5 to $95/ 115- Shmet.

  • *Premiums for China bonded copper stocks drop $5 to $95/ 115- Shmet. SYDNEY, March 24- London copper recouped early losses on Monday as hopes grew that China would step in to support its economy after a private survey showed expansion in factories slowed for a fifth month in March.

  • SYDNEY, March 24- London copper slipped on Monday after growth in China's factories slowed for a fifth month, while worries about the health of its credit markets also clouded the demand outlook. *The most-traded June copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slipped by 0.4 percent at 44,960 yuan a tonne.

  • Look out for this risk in Indonesia     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 8:23 PM ET

    Iwan Aziz, Head of Office of Regional Economic Integration at Asian Development Bank, says Indonesia is vulnerable to the Fed's rate hikes, due to a high foreign ownership of its sovereign bonds.

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  • INTERVIEW-Politics won't temper Lion Air's ambitions Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 5:40 AM ET

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