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  • BEIJING, Oct 21- China is expected to post its weakest growth since the global financial crisis in the third quarter as a property downturn weighs on manufacturing and investment, raising the heat on Beijing to unveil more stimulus measures. The market believes Communist Party leaders will tolerate a gradual slowdown as long as there are no signs of a...

  • LONDON, Oct 20- The Hong Kong stock exchange said it aimed to create a link to trade commodities with mainland China by adapting a share trading system with the Shanghai Stock Exchange that is on the cusp of going live. No firm date has been announced for the launch of the link between HKEx and the Shanghai exchange, but sources have told Reuters it is due to begin on...

  • SYDNEY/ LONDON Oct 20- As metals executives fly into London for the industry's most glamorous week, its best years may be over as sinking metals prices and rising costs tear holes in budgets, and the industry epicentre heads east. For decades, heavyweights in the metals business have met in London each October to hammer out the ensuing year's terms of trade, based...

  • TOKYO, Oct 20- Japanese stocks led a rally in Asia on Monday, after solid U.S. data and earnings calmed tumult in global financial markets and reassured investors worried about the health of the world economy. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan surged 1.3 percent, while Japan's Nikkei stock average jumped about 3.7 percent, posting its...

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 20- China shares rose on Monday on speculation of further policy easing after news that the country's central bank was set to inject funds into to several banks, while Hong Kong's market gained on positive U.S. data. The People's Bank of China is set to inject about 200 billion yuan worth of three-month loans into five or six listed banks to keep...

  • The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment was surprisingly strong in early October, rising to more than a seven-year high. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan surged 1.3 percent, while Japan's Nikkei stock average jumped about 3.4 percent, on track to post the biggest daily rise in more than a year and...

  • BEIJING, Oct 19- China is set to unveil key legal reforms this week that will try to limit the influence local officials have on court cases, a move being closely watched by company executives who hope it will make the legal system more impartial. The announcement is expected at the end of an Oct. 20-23 meeting of the ruling Communist Party elite, which has made the "...

  • *HKEx sees bonanza in China after $2.2 bln LME takeover. To churn out profits, the LME plans to attract more financial investors such as hedge funds and expand its tentacles into mainland China, which for now remains elusive. As part of a strategy of expanding into China, the LME plans to add the Chinese currency as collateral for clearing of metals contracts by...

  • Copper was the weakest metal, bouncing slightly after hitting six-month lows on concern about a surge of mine supply swamping the market. Copper is widely regarded as having some of the weakest fundamentals among base metals as a wave of fresh supply from new and expanded mines works its way onto markets. Highlighting worries about more supply was a 17.5...

  • *China Q3 GDP figures next week to be closely watched. LONDON, Oct 17- Copper hit fresh six-month lows on Friday on concern about a surge of mine supply swamping the market and lingering jitters over global growth. Copper is widely regarded as having some of the weakest fundamentals among base metals as a wave of fresh supply from new and expanded mines works its way...

  • China jails 2 reporters accused of faking stories Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 5:09 AM ET

    The Yuelu District Court in the central city of Changsha sentenced Chen Yongzhou to one year and 10 months in jail for what it said were false reports accusing construction equipment manufacturer Zoomlion of announcing phony financial information. Last month, police in Shanghai detained the publisher and general manager of the influential financial...

  • LONDON, Oct 17- World stocks hit a nine-month low on Friday but oil and southern European bonds were off their week's worst levels, as investors began to dust themselves off after one of the most volatile spells in world markets in years. Bourses in London, Frankfurt and Paris started the day up 1 to 1.5 percent and Athens rose 4.5 percent as Greek governments bonds...

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 17- China shares closed lower on Friday to post their biggest weekly loss in four months, hit by worries over the slowing economy and an expected tightening of liquidity ahead of several new share offerings. The Shanghai Composite Index finished down 0.6 percent at 2,341.43 points. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.2 percent, on course to log its sixth straight week of losses with a fall of 0.9 percent so far this week. Germany's DAX is seen starting up to 0.1 percent higher while France's CAC 40 could be 0.3 percent and Britain's FTSE 0.2 percent. A possible recession in Europe, a floundering economy in...

  • *Thailand is world's biggest exporter, producer of rubber. BANGKOK, Oct 17- Thailand's government has announced a series of measures to help rubber farmers reeling from a slump in global prices to five-year lows, helping push up futures in Tokyo and Shanghai by nearly 5 percent on Friday. The steps include nearly a billion dollars in funds to finance rubber...

  • *Hong Kong rebounds, cheered by casinos. SHANGHAI, Oct 17- China shares fell by midday on Friday, on track for their biggest weekly decline in four months, hit by worries over the economy as well as expected tightness in liquidity ahead of a slew of new share offerings. Hong Kong shares rebounded slightly, tracking a recovery in global markets, as casino stocks gained...

  • China's yuan eases, loses 0.1 pct on week Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 12:29 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Oct 17- China's yuan edged down slightly against dollar on Friday, pushed lower by corporate demand for dollars and after the central bank set a weaker midpoint, traders said. "Chinese companies and banks are more inclined to keep more dollars on hand of late due to concerns over China's economic outlook," said a trader at an Asian bank in Shanghai. China's...

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 16- Hong Kong shares finished lower on Thursday on worries over slowing global growth prompted by a slew of weak U.S. economic data, but losses were limited by a more positive outlook on China. The Hang Seng Index closed down 1.0 percent at 22,900.94 points, with the China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong also...

  • METALS-London copper slides towards lowest since May Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 3:43 AM ET

    *Shanghai zinc drops 3 pct as short selling heats up. SYDNEY, Oct 16- London copper slid on Thursday towards its lowest since May with mounting concerns over global growth also stoking selling across other metals. "Talk of stimulus programmes suggests that there is a realisation that without these measures, we could have dire economic consequences, and that's...

  • China shares close down; steel, property sectors weak Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Oct 16- China shares closed lower on Thursday, surrendering earlier gains as steel and real estate sectors suffered losses, although sentiment was underpinned by policy support for some industries. China Vanke lost 1.1 percent, and Poly Real Estate Group dropped 2.1 percent. Railway companies CSR Corporation Limited and China CNR Corporation...