Israeli military forces destroyed a stockpile of Russian missiles that the Syrian government was reportedly prepared to deliver to Hezbollah, reports CNBC's Seema Mody.» Read More
*Oil stocks fall back as angst about Middle East supply eases. LONDON, Aug 30- European shares edged lower on Friday, setting them on course for their worst weekly loss since June, as a rally in France's L'Oreal and Hermes after their first-half results was offset by losses in oil stocks.
*Asian buyers cut Iran July imports to 796,047 bpd,. TOKYO, Aug 30- Iran's top four oil clients slightly reduced imports from the sanction-hit nation in July and purchases remain down about a fifth for the year, as the United States keeps pressuring buyers to take less and less of the crude.
*Yen supported by Japan exporter flows, soft Nikkei. LONDON, Aug 30- The dollar held steady near four-week highs versus a basket of currencies on Friday, underpinned by expectations that upbeat U.S. data would prompt the Federal Reserve to start withdrawing stimulus next month.
*British parliament says no to Syria strike. SINGAPORE, Aug 30- Brent slid below $115 a barrel on Friday as fears over supply disruptions in the Middle East eased after Britain said it will not join any military action against Syria, but remained on track for the biggest monthly gain in a year.
SHANGHAI, Aug 30- Mainland stock indexes had a tepid Friday, but logged their best monthly performance since May in August thanks to a big shift in investor sentiment and positive earning surprises from index heavyweights.
MUMBAI, Aug 30- The rupee slid back towards a record low on Friday, with investors braced for a statement on the state of economy from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the release of data that was expected to show India in the grip of a protracted slowdown.
TOKYO, Aug 30- Japan's Nikkei share average slipped on Friday on futures-led selling as speculative investors squared positions ahead of the weekend amid uncertainty over possible military action against Syria and ended both the week and the month lower.
Brooks Newmark, a Member of Parliament who has worked extensively in Syria, tells CNBC that the vote on Syria is a turning point on UK foreign policy and the US can no longer rely on them militarily.
*Syria uncertainty persists, but less of a worry for now. SINGAPORE, Aug 30- The dollar held steady near a four-week high versus a basket of currencies on Friday after having rallied on upbeat U.S. economic data, while the yen was supported by month-end flows from Japanese exporters.
LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 30- The premium of Brent crude over Dubai has soared to the highest in almost two years on tensions over Syria, but how long it stays there depends not only on the likelihood of conflict, but on how Asia's major crude buyers respond to the crisis.
*British parliament says no to Syria strike. *Saudi Arabia to pump record crude volume in Q3- PIRA. SINGAPORE, Aug 30- Brent slid toward $114 a barrel on Friday as fears over supply disruptions in the Middle East eased slightly after Britain said it will not join any military action against Syria.
*China big four banks, Ping An insurance beat expectations. SHANGHAI, Aug 30- Stock markets in China rose on Friday alongside most regional peers, lifted by finance, insurance and retailers after Chinese bank earnings beat expectations and worries there would be an attack on Syria by the U.S. receded.
*Gold up 7 percent for the month. SINGAPORE, Aug 30- Gold held steady on Friday as the probability of an immediate U.S. strike on Syria faded, and strong U.S. data rekindled fears of an imminent scale-back of the Federal Reserve's stimulus measures.
*British parliament says no to Syria strike. SINGAPORE, Aug 30- Oil fell by more than 1 percent on Friday, pushing Brent below $114 a barrel, as fears over supply disruptions in the Middle East eased slightly after Britain said it will not join any military action against Syria.
TOKYO, Aug 30- Japan's Nikkei share average edged down on Friday in choppy trade and was on track to end both the week and month lower, with losses on the day led by oil shares as investors pared back the risk of an imminent U.S.-led military strike on Syria.
SINGAPORE, Aug 30- London copper was set to wrap up its biggest monthly gain in nearly a year on Friday on signs the global economy is edging towards recovery, although prices touched a three-week low on fresh strength in the dollar.
HONG KONG, Aug 30- Hong Kong shares could extend gains into a second day on Friday as favourable U.S. data and increases on Wall Street gains lift sentiment, and as possible U.S.-led military action against Syria appeared less likely.
SINGAPORE, Aug 30- Gold eased on Friday as the probability of an immediate U.S. strike on Syria faded, and strong U.S. data rekindled fears of an imminent scale-back of the Federal Reserve's stimulus measures.
SINGAPORE, Aug 30- U.S. crude fell more than $2 a barrel to below $107 on Friday as fears over disruptions to supply from the Middle East eased slightly as Britain's parliament rejected a motion supporting military action in Syria.
TOKYO, Aug 30- Asian stocks rose in early trading and oil prices tumbled as a possible U.S. military strike on Syria appeared less likely.