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  • HONG KONG, July 22- Hong Kong's benchmark index reached its highest level in more than seven months early on Tuesday, leading gains in Asia, as recent fund inflows pushed up the territory's blue-chip stocks. Also pushing up the index were moves by investors to cover their short positions in the absence of negative news from China.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Aug 5 Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane speaks at the finance policy conference on "The Costs of Short-Termism"- 1800 GMT. WELLINGTON- RBNZ Deputy Governor Grant Spencer delivers a speech on the central bank's review of prudential regulation- 0500 GMT. SYDNEY- 2nd Latin America Australia Investors Forum.

  • NEW YORK, July 21- Major global stock markets fell and bond prices rallied on Monday as worries over conflicts in the Gaza Strip and Ukraine raised uncertainty for investors and kept them away from riskier assets.

  • FOREX-Dollar holds firm as stocks slip worldwide Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:12 PM ET

    *Major Wall Street stock indexes pare initial losses. NEW YORK, July 21- The U.S. dollar held steady against major currencies on Monday as investors reduced holdings of stocks and other risky assets on anxiety about escalating violence in Gaza and Ukraine.

  • *U.N. Security Council to vote Monday on Ukraine resolution. DONETSK, Ukraine, July 21- A train carrying the remains of most of the almost 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine left the site on Monday, after the Malaysian Prime Minister reached a deal with the leader of pro-Russian separatists controlling the area.

  • DONETSK, Ukraine, July 21- A train carrying the remains of most of the almost 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine left the site on Monday, after the Malaysian Prime Minister reached a deal with the leader of pro-Russian separatists controlling the area.

  • NEW YORK, July 21- Major global stock markets fell and bond prices rallied on Monday as worries over conflict in the Gaza Strip and Ukraine raised uncertainty for investors and kept them away from riskier assets.

  • BRUSSELS, July 21- For all the tough talk, Europe is unlikely to punish Russia over last week's downing of an airliner over Ukraine beyond speeding up the imposition of already agreed individual sanctions when the bloc's foreign ministers meet on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, July 21- U.S. crude pared gains Monday as President Barack Obama spoke about addressing violence in Ukraine which has heightened the geopolitical risk premium. Investors remained on edge Monday, keeping an eye on the crisis between Moscow and the West after the downing of a civilian airliner in Ukraine pushed up oil prices last week.

  • NEW YORK, July 21- Major global stock markets declined and bond prices rallied on Monday as worries over the Gaza Strip and Ukraine overshadowed optimism over corporate earnings.

  • *Rising output, sluggish demand have created excess of coal. LONDON, July 21- The global market for seaborne thermal coal will be oversupplied by around 10 million tonnes this year, keeping prices below profitable levels for most coal producers well into 2015 or longer and forcing more mines to close.

  • UPDATE 1-Canada to impose sanctions on Russian sectors Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 11:18 AM ET

    OTTAWA, July 21- Canada will impose sanctions on a broad range of entities related to various Russian industries in response to action in Ukraine and to the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Monday.

  • UK’s Cameron calls for EU to toughen up on Russia Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 11:17 AM ET

    U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron called for Europe to ratchet up sanctions against Russia.

  • FOREX-Dollar holds steady as world stock markets fall Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    *Euro rebounds from five-month low vs dollar, above $1.35. NEW YORK, July 21- The U.S. dollar held steady against major currencies on Monday as investors reduced holdings of stocks and other risky assets on anxiety about escalating violence in Gaza and Ukraine.

  • *Move will cut over half of Amplats workforce. *CEO says would prefer to sell assets in one go. JOHANNESBURG, July 21- World number-one platinum producer Anglo American Platinum is to sell a swathe of its most labor-intensive South African mines after a five-month strike shattered its hopes of ever making them profitable.

  • LONDON, July 21- Britain's anti-fraud agency said on Monday it has launched a criminal investigation into alleged rigging of the $5.3 trillion- a-day currency market.

  • OTTAWA, July 21- Canada will impose a broad range of new sanctions on Russian individuals and entities, in consultation with allies, and is also looking at applying sanctions against entire Russian sectors, Foreign Minister John Baird said on Monday.

  • BRUSSELS, July 21- For all the tough talk, Europe is unlikely to punish Russia over last week's downing of an airliner over Ukraine beyond speeding up the imposition of already agreed individual sanctions when the bloc's foreign ministers meet on Tuesday.

  • *Gulf banks reducing loan fees, easing terms. *Eager to deploy cash supplies amid high oil prices. DUBAI, July 21- Cash-rich Gulf banks are grabbing a growing share of the region's loan market as they cut fees and ease terms, elbowing aside some of the foreign banks which used to dominate lending.

  • *But falls milder than when Ukraine crisis erupted. MOSCOW, July 21- Russian shares slid on Monday to a two-month low as Moscow came under fierce international pressure over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and European governments threatened to follow the United States in widening economic sanctions.