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  • *China Aug factory output growth slows to near 6- year low. SINGAPORE, Sept 15- Brent crude slumped to a more than two-year low under $97 per barrel on Monday as lacklustre economic data from China, the world's top energy consumer, cast a shadow on the outlook for oil demand amid abundant global supplies.

  • US says Middle East to help fight IS, UK cautious Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Washington said countries in the Middle East have offered to join airstrikes against IS militants, but Britain held back.

  • Brent hits 26-month low under $97 on weak China data Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    *China Aug factory output growth slows to near 6- year low. SINGAPORE, Sept 15- Brent crude slumped to a more than two-year low under $97 per barrel on Monday as a slew of lacklustre economic data from China, the world's top energy consumer, cast a shadow on the outlook for oil demand amid abundant global supplies.

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 15- London copper slipped towards three-month lows on Monday after growth at China's factories stumbled to its weakest in nearly six years in August, fueling concerns over its metals demand.

  • WASHINGTON/ LONDON, Sept 14- Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

  • DIARY -Top Economic Events to Sept 25 Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    MILAN- EU finance ministers and central bankers meet in Milan. ECB President Mario Draghi, Vice President Vitor Constancio and ECB Supervisory Board Chair Daniele Nouy to attend. PARIS- Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai to chair the second China-France High-Level Economic and Financial dialogue in France with French Finance Minister Michel Sapin.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 12- The United States is planning to push Europe towards new and more aggressive efforts to boost demand and economic growth given a renewed risk of deflation in the euro zone, a senior Treasury official said on Friday.

  • LONDON, Sept 12- The dollar was on track for its longest winning streak in 17 years on Friday, hitting multi-month highs against its Australian and Canadian counterparts, as investors bet the U.S.

  • LONDON, Sept 12- Copper prices were steady on Friday, headed for their biggest weekly drop in close to two months, as the dollar strengthened on speculation the United States will raise interest rates earlier than previously expected. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was flat at $6,835.75 a tonne at 1004 GMT.

  • *Sterling steadies after latest Scotland poll. LONDON, Sept 12- The dollar index headed for its longest winning streak since 1997 on Friday, as the greenback hit a six-year peak against the yen on growing expectations that the U.S.

  • *China, Europe oil demand growth slows at remarkable- IEA. SINGAPORE, Sept 12- Brent crude held above $98 a barrel on Friday, heading for its worst week in six as concerns over weak demand outweighed geopolitical worries in the Middle East and Ukraine.

  • *China, Europe oil demand growth slows at remarkable- IEA. SINGAPORE, Sept 12- Brent crude dropped below $98 a barrel on Friday, heading for its worst week in six as concerns over weak demand outweighed geopolitical worries in the Middle East and Ukraine.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 12- Brent crude fell below $98 a barrel on Friday, heading for its worst week in six, as concerns over weak demand outweighed geopolitical worries in the Middle East and Ukraine.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 12- The volume of open positions in Malaysian palm oil futures jumped to a record high this week, suggesting the market may be bottoming out after falling to its lowest price in more than five years.

  • DIARY -Top Economic Events to Sept 24 Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin attends the Making Home Affordable Help for Homeowners event in Baltimore- 1700 GMT. Speakers:- Latvia Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria, Norway Defense Minister Eriksen Soreide, Georgia Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and Poland Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak.

  • LONDON, Sept 11- The dollar powered to a fresh six-year high against the yen on Thursday, while sterling got some respite from a poll that helped calm nerves over Scotland's vote on independence in a week's time.

  • LONDON, Sept 11- Copper and zinc led base metals lower on Thursday after Chinese inflation data fanned worries about growth in the world's largest metals consumer. Copper fell to its lowest in nearly three months on the London Metal Exchange while aluminium and zinc dropped to the weakest levels in more than three weeks.

  • LONDON, Sept 11- The U.S. dollar powered to a six-year high against the yen on Thursday and sterling recovered some ground after a recent bout of nerves over the prospect of Scotland voting for independence in a week's time.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 11- Brent crude dropped below $98 a barrel on Thursday, falling for the sixth straight session, as worries about ample supply and weak demand, which have dragged prices to 17- month lows, outweighed geopolitical concerns in the Middle East.

  • China's consumer inflation eased more than expected to a four-month low in August as food and consumer goods prices cooled, with markets shrugging off higher prospects that China's central bankers would act to shore up growth.