Harmut Graf, CEO of Europe-based index provider STOXX, describes the company's expansion in Asia and describes which markets remain his top priority.» Read More
*Pegatron says 15- year-old got job using someone else's ID. TAIPEI/ SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 12- The death of a 15- year-old worker was not caused by working conditions at a Pegatron Corp factory, according to medical exports sent to the factory by Apple Inc..
*Major developed world stocks set to slow- analysts. *Emerging stocks to have better year in 2014. LONDON, Dec 12- This year's rocketing gains for major developed world stock indexes will taper off in 2014, according to a Reuters poll that showed better days ahead for struggling emerging markets.
TAIPEI/ SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 12- Apple Inc sent medical experts to the Shanghai factory of contractor Pegatron Corp, who concluded that working conditions did not lead to the death from pneumonia of a 15- year-old boy who had lied to gain employment.
BANGALORE, Dec 12- China and other East Asian stock markets will surge next year after a lacklustre performance in 2013, driven by attractive valuations and inflows into the region, a Reuters poll showed.
HONG KONG, Dec 12- China shares lingered at their lowest in more than two weeks on Thursday, as weakness in the finance and mining sectors offset strength in pharmaceutical and information technology counters. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings closed down 0.1 percent at 2,410 points, its lowest closing since Nov. 26.
TAIPEI, Dec 12- Apple Inc on Thursday said it sent medical experts to contractor Pegatron Corp's Shanghai factory last month after a 15- year-old employee died of pneumonia.
*Cinda Asset Management soars in Hong Kong debut. HONG KONG, Dec 12- Hong Kong shares sank to their lowest in almost four weeks on Thursday, with mainland markets also sluggish, on worries over China's 2014 growth target and continuing speculation the U.S.
HONG KONG, Dec 12- China's yuan fell against the dollar on Thursday as investors betting on yuan appreciation moved to take profits toward year-end, while "hot money" inflows appeared to be dampened by Chinese regulators. Traders say the upward trend of the Chinese currency remains intact, however, given China's good economic fundamentals and trade surplus.
Beginning Jan. 1, pilots flying from the country's 10 busiest airports into the Chinese capital must be qualified to use an instrument landing system on days when smog reduces visibility to around 400 metres, the official China Daily said, citing China's civil aviation regulator.
BEIJING, Dec 12- The day before China's Communist Party published one of its most important policy statements in a decade, a copy of the reform plans was already circulating on Chinese social media.
*Spot Q1 premiums could hit 5- year highs of $250- 280/ T. HONG KONG/ SINGAPORE, Dec 11- Copper users in top consumer China are braced to pay higher premiums to procure metal and global exchange stocks have slumped to five-year lows, flagging tight supply that some traders expect to stretch out into next year.
SHANGHAI, Dec 11- China is seeing a resurgence of "hot money" seeking to cash in on the rallying yuan and record-high interest rates, contributing to distortions in its trade data as speculators move money through regulatory loopholes. The return of distorted trade figures is unlikely to be welcomed by the People's Bank of China, although it is facing a dilemma.
*European shares, dollar flat after Asia, Wall Street slip. LONDON, Dec 11- Financial markets gave a cautious thumbs-up on Wednesday to a provisional budget deal that could prevent the U.S. government from shutting down in the coming months. News that U.S. budget negotiators had reached a two-year agreement couldn't overcome the year-end blues in Asia.
SHANGHAI, Dec 11- The price gap between bitcoins trading in Chinese yuan and those sold for other currencies has evaporated in recent days, highlighting the porous nature of China's capital controls.
Banks made 624.6 billion yuan worth of new yuan loans in November, higher than a forecast of 590 billion yuan and well above the previous month's 506.1 billion yuan, data released on Wednesday by the People's Bank of China showed.
HONG KONG, Dec 11- China shares suffered their biggest daily loss in a month on Wednesday, led by the non-banking financial sector as investors took profits on recent outperformers before the end of an annual economic planning meeting.
"U.S. fiscal issues are likely to be less of an issue for investors next year," said Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy and chief economist at AMP Capital. Celebrations were certainly muted in Asia, with Japan's Nikkei off 0.9 percent and South Korean shares down 0.6 percent even as the country reported its lowest jobless rate on record.
HONG KONG, Dec 11- China shares sank to their lowest in more than a week early Wednesday, weighing on Hong Kong markets, as coal producers slid after the country's top economic planner said its use will be curbed to combat pollution.
SINGAPORE, Dec 11- London copper was buoyed near one month highs on Wednesday, stretching gains into a fourth session, underpinned by a weaker dollar against the euro and steady buying from top consumer China.
LONDON/ HONG KONG, Dec 10- China has bought nearly a quarter of global production of germanium, which is used in fibre optics and semiconductors, in a move that is likely to prop up prices while demand is weak, traders said on Tuesday.