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  • Hong Kong shares end lower on falls in regional bourses Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 3:07 AM ET

    "Investor sentiment was hurt by the falls on mainland markets, and losses in the U.S. led the Hang Seng to fall further," said Sam Chi Yung, strategist at Delta Asia Financial Group in Hong Kong. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were Artini China Co Ltd, up 9.2 percent at HK $0.14, China Construction Bank, down 1.6 percent at HK $6.25 and Bank...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 29- China's efforts to raise the global status of its currency are paying dividends, with the yuan breaking into the top five world payment currencies for the first time and offshore trading volumes catching up with those onshore. "Daily trading volume in CNH spot, forward and swap markets have already reached $30 billion, among which $10 billion is...

  • *Stock regulator to inspect 46 firms on margin trading-Xinhua. SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's stock regulator has launched a fresh probe into brokerages which are lending money to investors to speculate on stocks, amid concerns that the country's share markets are becoming over-leveraged and vulnerable to a crash which could strain the banking system.

  • Top US colleges push for more diverse students from China Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    But by the time she applied to Yale, it was among the U.S. schools investing in more economic diversity among their growing ranks of international students. Guo, 19, is now a Yale sophomore, happily settled among the school's Gothic buildings. With more undergraduates coming from overseas than ever, Yale, Harvard and other schools— with help from the U.S. State...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's stock regulator has launched a fresh probe into brokerages which are lending money to investors to speculate on stocks, amid concerns that the country's share markets are becoming over-leveraged and vulnerable to a crash which could strain the banking system. "The inspection belongs to normal regular supervision and should not be...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's stock regulator will inspect the stock margin trading business of 46 companies, the official Xinhua news agency said, amid concerns that the country's stock markets are becoming over-leveraged and vulnerable to a crash which could strain the financial system. "The inspection belongs to normal regular supervision and should not be...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 28- Apple Inc is steering clear of Chinese rival Xiaomi Inc's low-price online strategy, ramping up store openings in China to harness its premium edge and fend off the fast-growing No.3 global smartphone maker. "In the long run Xiaomi is more of a threat to Apple than say Samsung," said Ben Thompson, analyst at Stratechery.com. Instead, Apple plans to...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 28- Singapore Exchange Ltd's chief executive said on Wednesday he is looking to emulate the much-heralded Stock Connect link between Hong Kong and Shanghai by formally linking together Southeast Asian bourses. He wants a fledgling link between stock broking houses in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, known as the Association of Southeast...

  • Hong Kong key index rose on Fed hopes Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 3:13 AM ET

    Jan 28- Hong Kong's key share index rebounded on Wednesday as investors speculated that the Federal Reserve may delay raising interest rates until the second half of the year. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were CCT Land Holdings Ltd, unchanged at HK $0.02, Mission Capital Holdings Ltd, up 40.0 percent at HK $0.14 and China...

  • BEIJING, Jan 28- China's Spring Airlines Co Ltd has seen its share price more than double within just six days of listing on the Shanghai stock exchange, making it Asia's most valuable budget carrier. That made the airline worth 15.29 billion yuan, pushing Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia Bhd into second place with a market capitalisation of $2.13 billion.

  • China stocks extend slide, Hong Kong edges up Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 11:46 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, Jan 28- China stocks fell on Wednesday on concerns about tighter liquidity and a fresh slide in oil prices, but Hong Kong managed to eke out gains as telecommunications counters climbed. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index rose 0.3 percent to 24,889.02 points, buoyed by telecommunications, with industry heavyweight China Mobile rising 1.8 percent.

  • LONDON, Jan 27- Russia's rouble climbed on Tuesday, recovering some of its poise following a 6 percent drop the previous day after ratings agency Standard& Poor's cut the country's rating to junk, though Moscow stocks traded lower. Russia's stock market was closed when S&P announced on Monday it was cutting Russia's rating from BBB- to BB+, citing a weakened...

  • LONDON, Jan 27- The euro rose and shares slipped in Europe on Tuesday as mixed corporate earnings and concerns over Greece kept investors cautious ahead of a busy week which will include the first policy meeting of the U.S. Although core bond yields held near those lows, lower-rated yields edged higher after Europe signalled it would not yield to a new Greek...

  • Jan 27- Hong Kong shares snapped a five-day winning streak on Tuesday, dragged down by losses in mainland China markets. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were Wai Chun Group Holdings Ltd, up 30.0 percent at HK $0.07, Wai Chun Mining Industry Group Co Ltd, up 65.7 percent at HK $0.18 and Ping Shan Tea Group Ltd, up 4.0 percent at HK $0.08.

  • *Wall Street action curtailed by blizzard. The main European indices were expected to open higher, though foul weather in the United States will curb activity on Wall Street. Other moves were mostly modest and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat on the day.

  • *Hong Kong dragged down by mainland stocks. SHANGHAI, Jan 27- Stocks in mainland China and Hong Kong fell on Tuesday, dragged down by financial and property shares on renewed concerns about the impact of the cooling Chinese economy on profits. "Yesterday large caps rose, so now we're seeing profit-taking," said Tian Weidong, head of research at Kaiyuan Securities in...

  • China's yuan edges up on c.bank guidance, outlook weak Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 11:08 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, Jan 27- China's yuan edged up from a near-eight-month low against the dollar on Tuesday after the central bank fixed a moderately stronger midpoint, signaling Beijing's intention not to let the currency depreciate too aggressively, traders said. The yuan weakened on Monday by nearly its daily limit, adding to speculation that easing steps by global...

  • *Wall Street action curtailed by blizzard. SYDNEY, Jan 27- Asian share markets were mostly firmer on Tuesday and the euro clung to rare gains, relieved that European equities had weathered Greece's election outcome without much disruption. Bad weather in the United States curbed activity on Wall Street in a busy week for earnings, while investors had reason for...

  • METALS-Copper recovers after hitting 5-1/2 year low Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 1:13 PM ET

    LONDON, Jan 26- Copper recovered from a 5-1/ 2- year low on Monday, with investors shaking off worries over the Greek election result while speculation grew that China is again filling state metal reserves. The victory by Greece's leftist Syriza party spurred concern about euro zone instability, but the possibility of Greece leaving the bloc was seen as remote...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 26- Iron ore prices hit their lowest in 5-1/ 2 years on Monday despite some loss-making Chinese steel mills curbing output, as ore supplies remained abundant and as concerns persisted about the outlook for economic growth in China this year. The benchmark 62 percent grade iron ore for immediate delivery to China fell 3.9 percent to $63.30 a tonne to...