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  • LONDON, Aug 29- For the world's hard-pressed aluminum producers the current outlook is the rosiest in many years. That's largely thanks to the combination of a robust London Metal Exchange price, currently trading around $2,100 per tonne, its highest level since early 2013, and historically elevated physical premiums.

  • Aug 29- Hong Kong's benchmark index ended flat on Friday after three successive days of losses, supported partly by strength in mainland markets although lackluster corporate earnings capped gains. The Hang Seng Index reversed the morning's losses to end flat at 24,742.06 points.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 29- Hong Kong's stock exchange has asked Chinese regulators to give investors time to adjust to any tax rules agreed upon as part of a closely watched cross-border share trading scheme, two people briefed by the city's stock market operator said.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 29- China shares rose on Friday as banks recovered from recent losses and aviation firms outperformed, supported by expectations of reform measures for the sector. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings ended up 1.2 percent, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained around 1 percent to 2,217.2 points.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 29- China shares rose on Friday, buoyed by banks and outperforming aviation counters, while the Hong Kong market slipped again on profit-taking and lackluster earnings. The Hang Seng Index, which has declined the past three days, slipped 0.3 percent to a two-week low at 24,678.14 points.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 29- The yuan edged higher versus the dollar on Friday and is set to rise nearly 1 percent in August in the third straight month of gains, with China's improving exports helping boost market sentiment towards the Chinese currency, traders said.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 28- China shares slipped on Thursday as a batch of initial public offerings started taking subscriptions, diverting money from existing stocks and pulling down the indexes to multi-week lows. Agricultural Bank of China, joining two other major banks, late on Tuesday reported slowing profit growth and rising bad loans for the second quarter.

  • Weakness in the mainland market pared gains in Hong Kong, which had opened up 0.6 percent following another steady performance by Wall Street, where indexes hovered near record highs. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong was off 0.2 percent.

  • "The growth in usage of the renminbi in Europe is going gangbusters," said Evan Goldstein, global head of renminbi services at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong.

  • China shares tepid; shrug off oil, aviation gains Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Aug 27- China shares ended a tick firmer on Wednesday, as losses in a few major banks offset gains from the oil and aviation sectors. Among top index boosts, XiAn Aero-Engine PLC surged the maximum allowed daily limit of 10 percent and AVIC Aircraft climbed 4.4 percent.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 27- China shares eked out slim gains on Wednesday morning, thanks to stronger aviation and aerospace sectors that gained on strides made in manufacturing the country's first large aircraft.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 27- China has in recent years been viewed as the main driver of the global copper market, and while its influence remains strong, it's possible that the rest of the world will take over in the short term.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 27- China's foreign investment mix is changing, with portfolio investors buying more stocks but foreign direct investment falling to a two-year low on a slowing economy, rising business costs and anti-monopoly probes and crackdowns on foreign firms.

  • *FMCs created 2 trillion yuan worth of investment products since 2012- analyst estimate.

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, Aug 26- Agricultural Bank of China Ltd on Tuesday became the third major Chinese bank to report slowing profit growth and rising bad loans for the second quarter, as a slowing economy impacts lenders. AgBank joins Bank of China and Bank of Communications which reported a similar results this month.

  • China shares fall as money diverted for coming IPOs Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Aug 26- China shares fell on Tuesday, as a batch of initial public offerings that start taking subscriptions later this week divert money from existing stocks. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings slid 0.8 percent to its lowest close in almost a month.

  • China courts documentaries as it limits expression Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 2:31 AM ET

    BEIJING— China is wooing filmmakers at the same time as it's cracking down on them. But while China is avidly pursuing what it considers serious content to replace popular dating, reality and game shows, it is also stifling material with any whiff of challenging the Communist Party line.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 26- China shares fell again on Tuesday as investors sold recent outperformers ahead of a deluge of initial public offerings, while the Hong Kong market was tepid with its benchmark index hovering around a more than six-year high.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 26- China shares fell again on Tuesday as investors sold recent outperformers ahead of a deluge of initial public offerings, while the Hong Kong market was tepid with its benchmark index hovering around a more than six-year high.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 25- China shares finished lower on Monday as investors set aside money for coming initial public offerings, though the oil and aviation sectors outperformed. That is expected to lock up 900 billion yuan in funds, according to the Southern Metropolis Daily in Guangzhou.