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  • SHANGHAI, Dec 18- In Blagoveshchensk on Russia's side of the Chinese border, Mou Jiani has turned her home into a warehouse, stocking up on Apple Inc iPhones, handbags and milk powder to sell back home as Chinese shoppers take advantage of the rouble's slide. Chinese workers and overseas students in Russia have been snapping up goods at low prices caused by the...

  • 'Interview' ordeal at Sony just its latest crisis Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:36 AM ET

    Sony Corp. is sealed within a hermetic cone of silence as executives try to prevent the slow motion train wreck at Sony Pictures from damaging the rest of the sprawling business empire. Sony's miseries with its television and smartphone businesses were bad enough. For now, Sony's damage control strategy in Japan appears to be waiting out the crisis in silence.

  • HONG KONG, Dec 18- Hong Kong shares finished up on Thursday, snapping five consecutive days of losses, underpinned by a rally on Wall Street. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were CCT Land Holdings Ltd, up 11.8 percent at HK $0.02, North Mining Shares Co Ltd, up 1.4 percent at HK $0.36 and Bank Of China, unchanged at HK $4.14.

  • METALS-LME copper eases in step with oil Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:44 AM ET

    *Shanghai copper gets lift via upbeat China economic survey. SYDNEY, Dec 18- London copper was lower on Thursday, shedding modest overnight gains in step with weaker oil, while Shanghai copper futures ended flat, stabilised by a positive economic survey of Chinese companies. Sales, profits, and employment in China improved "a bit" during the second half of the year,...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 0.4 percent, to 3,345.93, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.1 percent, to 3,057.52 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Minsheng Bank, up 1.3 percent to 9.59 yuan; China Shipbuilding Industry, up 8.9 percent to 9.30 yuan and China State Construction...

  • *Regulator criticizes some margin trading- Shanghai paper. BEIJING, Dec 18- China stocks slipped on Thursday as hot brokerage shares cooled on questions about margin trading and investors shifted interest to coming listings while the Hong Kong market rebounded after five days of losses. The CSI300 index of leading Shanghai and Shenzhen listings fell 0.4...

  • The strong debt issuance outlook comes on top of a record year for the "dim sum" bond market which has seen 324 billion yuan in bond issuance so far this year, a 74 percent increase from 2013 volumes, according to Thomson Reuters data. "It's trade settlement that drives the dim sum bond market in the end," said Andrew Malcolm, capital markets partner at Linklaters in Hong...

  • China November home prices fall 3.7 pct yr/yr Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 8:37 PM ET

    BEIJING, Dec 18- Average new home prices in China's 70 major cities fell 3.7 percent in November from a year earlier, the third consecutive month showing an annual fall, according to Reuters calculations from official data published on Thursday. Economists believe the cooling housing market poses the biggest risk to the world's second-largest economy, even as...

  • But for base metals the defining "black swan" event of the year was the Qingdao port scandal, news of which first broke at the end of May. The scandal has generated a deluge of lawsuits, the first of which has been publicly playing out in London's High Court as U.S. bank Citigroup and trade house Mercuria lock horns over $270 million worth of affected deals.

  • BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Dec 17- Deep-pocketed Chinese rivals and tough regulators stand in the way of U.S. car-hailing service Uber's plans to conquer one of the world's biggest transportation markets, even after it signed a tieup with domestic internet giant Baidu Inc.. "You have to do things differently in order to succeed here in China," Uber Chief Executive Travis...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 17- Hong Kong's main share index finished down slightly on Wednesday as a rally in financial firms failed to offset slumping service and information technology shares. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were AVIC International Holding HK Ltd, down 3.0 percent at HK $0.65, CCT Land Holdings Ltd, unchanged at HK $0.02 and...

  • China stocks close up as banks push higher Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 1.7 percent, to 3,360.60, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.3 percent, to 3,061.02 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Minsheng Bank, up 10.0 percent to 9.47 yuan; Bank Of China, up 4.1 percent to 3.54 yuan and Agricultural Bank Of China, up 4.5 percent to 3.24...

  • US puts hefty duties on solar goods from China, Taiwan Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:28 AM ET
    Vivint Solar technicians install solar panels on the roof of a house in Mission Viejo, Calif.

    The U.S. confirmed steep import duties on solar products from China and Taiwan on Tuesday which could inflame trade tensions between the countries.

  • BEIJING, Dec 17- China stocks climbed higher on Wednesday as bank shares continued to surge on mainland markets, but Hong Kong's benchmark index slipped again and the price gap for dual-listed shares widened. The CSI 300 banking index was up 5.81 percent at the end of the morning, led by a 9.99 percent increase in Minsheng Bank and 8.75 percent increase for Bank of...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- The United States confirmed steep import duties on solar products from China and Taiwan on Tuesday in a decision that may inflame trade tensions between the two countries. Producers in China face separate anti-subsidy duties. The move is set to deal a heavy blow to China and Taiwan's solar panel shipment to the U.S. market in the short term,...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 17- The billionaire behind shopping mall developer Dalian Wanda says China's era of rapid urbanisation will end within a decade, so he is speeding up his company's shift toward tourism and entertainment after a $3.7 billion initial public offering. Wang Jianlin became China's fourth-richest man in part by following the migration of 300 million...

  • Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street slide Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    The ruble, under pressure from falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Moscow's conflict with Ukraine, had fallen as much as 20 percent before recovering. Benchmark U.S. crude rose 2 cents to close at $55.93 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, fell $1.20 to close at $59.86 in London.

  • The increasing disconnect between sentiment in Hong Kong and Shanghai is evident in the A-H share price index, which closed up at 119.69 on Tuesday, its highest level since November 2011. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were CCT Land, down 5.6 percent to HK $0.02 Unity Investment Holdings, down 37.0 percent to HK $0.05 and Landing...

  • BEIJING, Dec 16- China stocks climbed on Tuesday while Hong Kong shares fell, with the divergence between the prices of financial counters listed in both places widening. The index measuring price differences between dual-listed companies in Shanghai and Hong Kong stood at 117.21, compared with 114.61 at the end of Monday trading. A value above 100 indicates...

  • UPDATE 1-China Nov iron ore output down 7.5 pct on yr Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 11:35 PM ET

    BEIJING, Dec 16- China's iron ore output plunged 7.5 percent in November from a year ago to 128.18 million tonnes, data from the statistics bureau showed on Tuesday, largely as a result of mandatory industry closures in northern China during the month. China ordered hundreds of steel mills and mining operations across northern China to suspend operations in...