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HONG KONG, March 14- China shares fell and teetered around two-month lows on Friday, after online-payment-related companies slid as China's central bank called for halt to certain types of mobile payments. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings slipped 0.8 percent on the day, and 2.1 percent on the week.
*Hong Kong shares heading for worst week since May 2012. HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, Mar 14- Hong Kong shares fell on Friday, dragged down by index heavyweight Tencent Holdings Ltd after the Chinese central bank called for a halt to certain types of mobile payments, causing a slide in online-payment-related stocks in China.
SHANGHAI, March 14- China's yuan fell against the dollar on Friday after the central bank set a weaker midpoint, adding to increasingly bearish sentiment towards the currency after a recent central-bank engineered depreciation, traders said.
SHANGHAI, March 14- Waning popularity and a wounded reputation are likely to dull the edge of China's consumer day TV expose when it airs on Saturday, offering some relief for companies that have in the past taken pains to avoid any fallout from the once-a-year show.
HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI/ SYDNEY, March 13- Chinese funds taking massive short positions played a powerful role in copper's slide to around four-year lows this week, signalling the growing force of the sector in global commodities markets.
*Li hints Beijing will tolerate economic slowdown. Li, speaking at a news conference on the final day of China's yearly parliament, hinted Beijing would tolerate slower economic expansion this year while it pushes through reforms aimed at providing longer-term and more sustainable growth.
BEIJING, March 13- China's economy slowed markedly in the first two months of the year, with growth in investment, retail sales and factory output all falling to multi-year lows, a surprisingly weak performance that raises the spectre of a sharper cooldown.
HONG KONG, March 13- Shanghai shares rose on Thursday, though disappointing China data in the afternoon pulled stocks off highs reached on reports about an anticipated preferred shares pilot programme in the mainland. The CSI300 of the largest Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings rose 1.2 percent.
*Asian shares rebound after big losses but gains cut after soft China data. *Concerns over Ukraine, China slowdown and copper rout sap risk appetite.
BEIJING, March 13- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signalled on Thursday that his government will not ride to the rescue of every troubled investment by saying some loan defaults are "hard to avoid" in what he called a challenging economic environment.
HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, March 13- Chinese stocks rose on Thursday, pulling up Hong Kong's market, led by banking counters that could be the first ones joining an anticipated preferred shares pilot programme in the mainland. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 1.4 percent.
SHANGHAI, March 13- China's yuan rose against the dollar on Thursday as the central bank set a slightly stronger midpoint for the first time in four days, a move traders said that shows the government is keeping the currency stable.
BEIJING, March 13- China Premier Li Keqiang signalled that his government will not ride to the rescue of every troubled investment by saying some loan defaults are "hard to avoid" in what he called a challenging economic environment.
BEIJING, March 13- China will continue to support Hong Kong's position as a global financial hub, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday, reassuring the investment community in the former British colony as it adjusts to the rise of Shanghai. Li made the remarks to reporters at the closing of the country's annual parliamentary session on Thursday.
Shanghai Chaori Solar Energy Science and Technology Co Ltd failed last Friday to pay an 89 million yuan interest payment on a 1- billion-yuan, five-year bond it issued in 2012.. "The marketisation of defaults constitutes progress," said Chen Dongming, chief credit officer at China Lianhe Rating Co Ltd in Beijing.
*Chilean peso rebounds after near 5- year lows on China concerns. NEW YORK, March 12- Emerging market currencies rose moderately on Wednesday, rebounding from earlier losses as investors remained nervous over China's economy and Ukraine's future, supporting safe-haven demand for the yen and the Swiss franc.
*Copper hits near four-year lows. Treasuries prices rose in safe-haven bids on Wednesday on worries over the health of China's economy, which helped fuel strong demand at the U.S. government's 10- year Treasury note auction.
*Sell-off in copper on China concerns seen overdone. *No evidence of deals unravelling in China- industry. LONDON, March 12- Copper rebounded from earlier losses on Wednesday as a sell-off triggered by concerns about the impact of credit problems in China was considered to be overdone.
*China central bank ready to ease policy if needed- Reuters report. NEW YORK, March 12- Global stock indexes declined for a fourth day and copper hit four-year lows before rebounding on Wednesday as increasing concern about China's economic slowdown unnerved investors.
NEW YORK, March 12- Copper declined to near four-year lows and global stock indexes fell for a fourth day on Wednesday as increasing concern about China's economic slowdown sent a wave of unease through financial markets.