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  • *Rouble dips after S&P threatens Russia with junk status. *Brent oil drops back to $60 a barrel. Most Asian markets had edged up overnight and Europe was looking to close the Christmas week up 1 percent despite a subdued day on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, Dec 24- The rouble slipped on Wednesday after ratings agency Standard& Poor's warned it could downgrade Russia in the new year, while robust U.S. growth data boosted bets on the Federal Reserve raising rates soon, subduing broader emerging markets. The rouble dropped 0.2 percent against the dollar in the wake of S&P warning that Russia's sovereign rating...

  • *Rouble dips after S&P puts Russia on junk downgrade warning. LONDON, Dec 24- The strongest growth for the world's largest economy in over a decade meant there was plenty of pre-Christmas cheer in global markets on Wednesday, as stocks continued their strong run and the dollar hovered at an 8-1/ 2 year high. The data drove both the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 benchmark...

  • Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    Six years ago, Honda began recalling driver's side air bags in the U.S. The air bags, made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. at a now-shuttered plant in Georgia, can inflate with too much force, spewing shrapnel into the vehicle. But it wasn't until November of this year— after the death of a driver in Malaysia— that Honda recalled driver's side air bags in small cars...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 2.8 percent, to 3,230.39, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.9 percent, to 2,972.53 points, dropping below 3,000- considered a sentiment support level- for the first time since Dec. 17. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were GD Power, up 0.9 percent to 4.53 yuan; Bank Of China,...

  • China stocks fall, some see market stalling Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 11:50 PM ET

    *Hong Kong market shuts, to reopen Monday. SHANGHAI, Dec 24- China stock indexes fell on Wednesday, with signs emerging in futures contracts that what analysts originally saw as a profit-taking blip earlier in the week for mainland stocks may be gaining traction. The Hong Kong market, which closed at midday Wednesday and won't reopen until Monday, edged up.

  • Hong Kong shares edge up 0.1 pct in half-day session Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 11:40 PM ET

    HONG KONG, Dec 24- Hong Kong shares finished marginally higher on Wednesday in a short trading session, as the stock exchange closed early for the Christmas holiday and will not reopen until Monday. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were ICBC, down 1.3 percent to HK $5.46 CCT Land, unchanged at HK $0.02 and Bank of China, down 0.7 percent...

  • *Greece, China worries in background. LONDON, Dec 23- The year-end rally on Europe's major stock exchanges edged into its sixth day on Tuesday, just managing to ride out growing concerns over Greece and the pace of growth in China, in markets thinned out by the Christmas holiday season. Britain's FTSE 100 index was up 0.3 percent, Germany's DAX index up 0.1 percent and...

  • BEIJING, Dec 23- Investor Warren Buffett's NetJets Inc has been caught by surprise by headwinds in China amid Beijing's austerity drive and a slowing economy, the business aircraft supplier's chief executive officer said. Less than three months after NetJets won regulatory approval to provide charter services in China, business in and around China is...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 23- Hong Kong shares edged down on Tuesday, erasing gains from the morning session, dragged down by the financial sector. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were CGN Power Co Ltd, up 1.2 percent at HK $3.51 Bank Of China, down 2.1 percent at HK $4.24 and AVIC International Holding HK Ltd, up 21.0 percent at HK $0.75.

  • China stocks close at biggest fall in two weeks Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 2:26 AM ET

    The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 2.0 percent, to 3,324.92 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 3.0 percent, to 3,032.61 points. This is just a normal situation as we saw a previous rise in stocks, "said Wang Weijun, analyst at Zheshang Securities in Shanghai. Among the most-active stocks in Shanghai were Bank...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 23- China stocks were mixed by midday on Tuesday, recovering from a steep decline of nearly 3 percent in early trade as investors moved back into property and insurance shares, reflecting a recently familiar pattern of intense swings on mainland indexes. "The market is still a bull one despite the corrections," said Zhang Yanbin, analysts at Zheshang...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 22- China stocks closed up on Monday in volatile trade as electrical utilities rose and banks spiked, but gains were capped by news that the stock regulator was investigating a group of small-cap shares. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.3 percent, to 3,394.48 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 22- Hong Kong shares produced solid gains on Monday, underpinned by gains in mainland markets plus stability in crude oil prices and the Russian ruble. The H-share index far outperformed the Hang Seng index as Chinese energy conglomerates listed in Hong Kong rises. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were Alibaba...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.3 percent, to 3,394.48 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.7 percent, to 3,127.44 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Bank Of China, up 9.9 percent to 3.89 yuan; Agricultural Bank Of China, up 9.9 percent to 3.56 yuan and Minsheng Bank, up 9.1 percent to...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 22- China stocks rose on Monday in a volatile morning session, as investors plowed funds into electrical utilities shares on hopes of reform, while banks saw a dramatic spike before a sell-off ensued. The rise was led by Bank of China, still up 9.3 percent at the end of the morning session. "Investors are switching from brokerages to banks on fears that...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 22- A month after China opened up its equity markets in a landmark trading link with Hong Kong, demand has been subdued and the bulk of activity has come from short-term speculative investors. The authorities had hoped mutual and pension funds and private banks would form the bedrock of the Shanghai- Hong Kong stock connect. "We are not participating...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 19- A former top Hong Kong civil servant was found guilty on Friday of accepting HK $8.5 million in bribes from executives of property developer Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd, in the city's highest profile corruption case. Rafael Hui, 66, who headed Hong Kong's civil service from 2005 to 2007, was found guilty of three counts of misconduct in public...

  • Hong Kong shares close up, buoyed by U.S. optimism Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Dec 19- Hong Kong shares finished up on Friday, climbing for a second day heartened by the prospect that U.S. interest rates will stay low for a while. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were CCT Land Holdings Ltd, unchanged at HK $0.02 G-Resources Group Ltd, up 1.7 percent at HK $0.18 and China Construction Bank Corp, up 1.0...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 1.1 percent to 3,383.17, and climbed 5.95 percent for the week. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were China State Construction Engineering, up 10.1 percent to 6.88 yuan; GD Power Development, up 9.9 percent to 4.10 yuan and China Shipbuilding Industry, up 5.9 percent to 9.84...