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  • "It's a tiny bit better than the market expected, but the China bears have been beating their chest very loudly in the past few weeks so we should see some relief rally," said Ben Le Brun, market analyst at OptionsXpress in Sydney. The contract fell $2.53 to settle at $94.67 on Tuesday, after touching a session low of $94.24, its weakest since June 2012.

  • Reuters Business News Schedule at 0430 GMT/12.30AM ET Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 12:30 AM ET

    Japan firms fail to shake off tax-hike gloom, blunting economic rebound. TOKYO- Big Japanese manufacturers were slightly more optimistic in the third quarter but service-sector sentiment worsened, a central bank survey shows, adding to signs that a solid economic pickup will remain elusive without another burst of stimulus.

  • Brent edges above $95 on relief over China's PMI Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 10:36 PM ET

    "It's a tiny bit better than the market expected, but the China bears have been beating their chest very loudly in the past few weeks so we should see some relief rally," said Ben Le Brun, market analyst at OptionsXpress in Sydney. The contract fell $2.53 to settle at $94.67 on Tuesday, after touching a session low of $94.24, its weakest since June 2012.

  • *RBA to face Senate inquiry on risks of tougher lending rules. SYDNEY, Oct 1- Home prices in Australia's capitals rose only marginally in September, slowing after three straight months of strong gains, with five of eight cities recording falls in the month.

  • TOKYO, Oct 1- Asian shares got off on the back foot on Wednesday as continued civil unrest in Hong Kong sapped confidence, while the dollar index was in sight of a four-year high after marking its best quarterly gain in six years.

  • *Euro slips below $1.26 for 1st time in 2 years. LONDON, Sept 30- The dollar surged to a four-year high against a basket of currencies and a two-year high against the euro on Tuesday after euro zone inflation fell in September, putting the greenback on track for its best quarter in six years.

  • FOREX-Dollar heads for best quarter in 6 years Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 3:58 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 30- The dollar was poised to finish the month with its biggest quarterly gain in six years, though it paused for breath on Tuesday and some analysts saw its recent rally running out of steam.

  • "There are two prices that matter for Australia right now, those for homes and those for commodities, said Paul Bloxham, chief economist for Australia at HSBC. The alarm is shared by Australia as over 35 percent of its exports go to China, giving it an annual trade surplus worth around A $50 billion with the Asian giant.

  • Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street decline Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    BANGKOK— Asian stocks were mostly lower Tuesday after Wall Street's losses overnight and pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major financial center, added to worries about political risk. Sydney's S&P ASX 200 gained 0.2 percent to 5,275.60 while Seoul, Taipei, Singapore and New Zealand declined.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Oct 13 Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member David Miles speaks at London School of Economics and Political Science- 1730 GMT. VIENNA- ECB Executive Board member Sabine Lautenschlaeger speaks at the annual supervisory conference in Vienna on the topic: "National supervision within a European system- getting the balance right"- 0745 GMT.

  • "There are two prices that matter for Australia right now, those for homes and those for commodities, said Paul Bloxham, chief economist for Australia at HSBC. The alarm is shared by Australia as over 35 percent of its exports go to China, giving it an annual trade surplus worth around A $50 billion with the Asian giant.

  • Qantas puts world's largest plane on longest route Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 4:23 PM ET

    A Qantas Airbus A380 touched down Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport about 15 hours after leaving Sydney, Australia, on the 8,578- mile journey. Qantas previously flew the Sydney- Dallas route with the Boeing 747, which required a stopover in Brisbane, Australia.

  • METALS-Copper gains after dollar dips, nickel slides Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 12:09 PM ET

    LONDON, Sept 29- Copper prices rose on Monday, after earlier touching their lowest level in almost three months, as the dollar pulled back from an earlier four-year high against a basket of currencies. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange closed up 0.4 percent at $6,742 after falling to a session low of $6,666 a tonne, its weakest since June 16.

  • LONDON, Sept 29- Copper prices steadied on Monday, after earlier touching their lowest level in almost three months, as the dollar pulled back from an earlier four-year high against a basket of currencies. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.35 percent at $6,740 by 1449 GMT after falling to a session low of $6,666 a tonne, its weakest since June 16.

  • LONDON, Sept 29- Copper prices fell to their lowest level in almost three months on Monday, weighed down by a sharp rise in the dollar and uncertainty about the outlook for growth in China, its top consumer.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 29- London copper slipped to its lowest in more than three months on Monday, pressured by a stronger dollar and questions over economic growth in top metals user China.

  • New Zealand dollar sinks after central bank sells Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand— The New Zealand dollar sank Monday after the central bank disclosed it conducted its biggest sell-off of the currency in seven years to lower an exchange rate that is squeezing exporters. Data released by the Reserve Bank showed it sold 521 million New Zealand dollars during August.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 29- London copper slipped to its lowest in more than three months on Monday, pressured by a stronger dollar and questions over economic growth in top metals user China.

  • MADRID/ SYDNEY, Sept 28- A year after Spain, the sunniest country in Europe, issued notice of a law forcing solar energy-equipped homes and offices to pay a punitive tax, architect Inaki Alonso re-installed a 250 watt solar panel on a beam over his Madrid roof terrace.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 26- Brent crude traded near $97 a barrel on Friday, but was set for its third weekly fall in four, as hefty supplies erased price gains and outweighed concerns that rising tensions in the Middle East have disrupted supplies.