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  • *Nikkei erases gains, Asia shares hit by weak commodity prices. TOKYO, Nov 19- Japanese shares gave up early gains on Wednesday as investors booked profits after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delayed a tax hike and said he would call a snap election to seek a fresh mandate for his economic policies. Japan's Nikkei erased earlier gains to stand flat by midday, showing...

  • China's yuan rises to 1-week high, outlook cautious Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 11:06 PM ET

    HONG KONG, Nov 19- China's yuan held near a one-week high on Wednesday, though investors grew cautious about the outlook of the Chinese currency, noting its strength against the Japanese yen and other Asian counterparts. A link that lets Hong Kong and Shanghai investors buy and sell shares on each other's bourses debuted on Monday with a 13 billion yuan...

  • SYDNEY, Nov 19- London copper steadied on Wednesday and Shanghai copper climbed off a key level of support, as tighter than expected supply and hopes for another wave of stimulus in Japan and Europe kept prices afloat. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange edged up 0.2 percent to $6,641.25 by 0110 GMT, paring 1.1 percent losses from the previous session.

  • Nov 18- Chinese solar company JA Solar Holdings Co Ltd reported its fourth straight quarterly profit, helped by higher demand for solar panels and modules, and raised its shipment forecast. JA Solar shares were up 6.6 percent in premarket trading. JA Solar reported a net profit of $25.3 million, or 42 cents per American Depositary Share, compared with a year-ago...

  • BEIJING, Nov 18- China needs to hit its "peak coal" use by 2020 if it is to fulfil its commitment to end growth in climate-warming carbon emissions by the end of the next decade, an influential government think tank said on Tuesday. Su Ming, a researcher with the Energy Research Institute, run by China's National Development and Reform Commission, said while "peak coal"...

  • Hong Kong shares fall again, financials down Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 3:09 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Nov 18- Hong Kong shares fell again on Tuesday, as investors took profits from the landmark Shanghai- Hong Kong stock connect scheme. The Hang Seng Index unofficially closed down 1.1 percent, at 23,529.17 points. Tuesday's top loser was Li& Fung, which slid more than 3.5 percent.

  • GUANGZHOU, China, Nov 18- Daimler AG will give its new luxury baby, the Mercedes-Maybach limousine, a glitzy world debut at this week's Guangzhou autoshow, even as analysts warn the end is nigh for China's 10- year high-end car sales boom. Instead, to cut costs and cushion potential discounts as luxury demand cools, they're starting or expanding production in China.

  • TOKYO, Nov 18- Asian stocks sagged on Tuesday amid profit taking in Hong Kong and Chinese markets, while Tokyo shares rebounded on expectations that Japan will opt for a snap election that may lead to fresh stimulus measures. Spreadbetters saw a slightly higher start for Europe in the wake of Japan's rebound, forecasting Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and...

  • HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, Nov 18- Hong Kong and China shares fell on Tuesday for a second consecutive day after the debut of the landmark Hong Kong- Shanghai trading link as investors continued to lock in profits in stocks that had risen sharply ahead of the launch. "Profit-taking pressure is weighing on the index today as the market has accumulated a considerable...

  • HONG KONG, Nov 18- China's yuan steadied on Tuesday as traders braced for a round of profit taking on the Chinese currency, which has gained more than 2 percent since May against a resurgent dollar. A trading link that let Hong Kong and Shanghai investors buy and sell shares on each other's bourses debuted on Monday with a 13 billion yuan northbound daily quota...

  • China October home prices fall 2.6 pct yr/yr Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 8:44 PM ET

    BEIJING, Nov 18- Average new home prices in China's 70 major cities fell 2.6 percent in October from a year earlier, the second consecutive month showing an annual fall, Reuters calculated from official data published on Tuesday. Economists believe the cooling housing market poses the biggest risk to the world's second-largest economy, even as Beijing tries to...

  • Nearly 18 months after the low-cost carrier, backed by Australia's Qantas Airways and Shanghai- based China Eastern Airlines, lodged an application for a licence, Hong Kong authorities are still weighing its approval. Budget airlines account for just 8 percent of the capacity out of Hong Kong, compared with 30 percent in Singapore and 50 percent in Kuala Lumpur...

  • BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Nov 18- Credit risk analysts have become hot property in China this year, reflecting both the growing opportunities and hazards in the country's rapidly evolving financial markets. The economy faces a massive overhang of debt built up during a government-sanctioned credit binge to steer China out of the 2008/ 09 global financial crisis.

  • *Shock Japan GDP data hits stocks in Asia, Europe. *Wall Street set to open lower. LONDON, Nov 17- Data showing Japan slipped into recession in the third quarter raised concerns on Monday about global economic health, hitting stocks and the price of oil.

  • *Shock Japan GDP data hits stocks in Asia, Europe. LONDON, Nov 17- Shares fell and the oil price slid on Monday after data showed Japan had slipped into recession, raising concerns about global growth. It also shaved $1 off the price of Brent crude oil and sent ripples across Europe, where the FTSEurofirst 300 pan-European share index was down 0.3 percent.

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, Nov 17- International buyers snapped up Chinese stocks on Monday at the debut of an exchange link that allows Hong Kong and Shanghai investors to trade shares on each other's bourses, a major step towards opening China's tightly controlled capital markets. Northbound trade- investors with Hong Kong accounts buying mainland shares- far...

  • HONG KONG, Nov 17- Hong Kong shares, swinging between gains and losses, finished down on Monday, the first day of trading for the landmark Shanghai- Hong Kong stock connect scheme. The trading link lets international investors trade Shanghai- listed shares directly for the first time via the Hong Kong stock exchange, and mainland China investors to trade in Hong...

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 17- China stocks ended slightly lower as profit-taking pressures offset the first buying by foreign investors through a landmark Hong Kong- Shanghai trading link that debuted on Monday. The Shanghai Composite Index ended down 0.2 percent to 2,475.1 points, while the CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 0.5...

  • Hong Kong-Shanghai stock link makes lopsided debut Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 1:51 AM ET

    HONG KONG— International investors plowed money into Shanghai's stock market, maxing out their daily limit, in the debut Monday of a landmark trading link that gives outsiders wider access to mainland China's main stock market through brokers in Hong Kong. "It is a breakthrough in the opening up of China's financial markets and an important milestone in the...

  • HONG KONG, Nov 17- China's yuan firmed slightly on Monday as a landmark scheme connecting the Hong Kong and mainland stock markets got underway, gaining against a dollar that slipped into pause mode after its recent strength against a basket of major currencies. A trading link that will let Hong Kong and Shanghai investors buy and sell shares on each other's...