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  • HONG KONG, Jan 22- International law firm Dentons and China's Dacheng Law Offices have agreed on a merger that is expected to create the world's largest law firm and would be only the second time a global firm and a domestic Chinese firm have joined forces. A spokeswoman for Dentons said partnerships of both firms had approved the deal and that China's Ministry of...

  • LONDON, Jan 22- What is the sound of one hand clapping? The one hand clapping is that of the non- China world, where producer discipline has tamed supply sufficiently to drag the market into a state of deficit. The Shanghai aluminium price is accordingly bombed out to the point that at least half of the country's total operating capacity is running at a loss, according...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 22- The People's Bank of China is desperate to stimulate a slowing economy, but flagging enthusiasm for Chinese assets is blunting its traditional monetary policy tools and forcing the central bank to adopt different tactics. Tinkering with short-term liquidity has proved ineffective, however, in offsetting the deeper capital outflows that...

  • Sanctions sap allure of Russia's Arctic shipping route Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:58 AM ET

    OSLO/ STOCKHOLM, Jan 22- Western sanctions on Russia are restricting the Arctic shipping route along its north coast to domestic cargoes and energy exports with many foreign firms staying away after test voyages on a fabled short-cut between Europe and Asia. Now it seems that reality is kicking in, "said Bjorn Gunnarsson, managing director of the Centre for High...

  • Jan 22- Hong Kong shares rose a third consecutive day on Thursday, lifted by wide expectations the European Central Bank is about to roll out a stimulus programme to boost the euro zone's flagging economy. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were Landing International Development Ltd, down 1.6 percent at HK $0.30, Gome Electrical...

  • China stocks edge up in spite of dented easing hopes Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 2:11 AM ET

    The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.5 percent, to 3,567.61, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.6 percent, to 3,343.34 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Bank of China, down 1.0 percent to 4.84 yuan; China Shipbuilding Industry Co, up 7.7 percent to 9.19 yuan and Zijin Mining, up 4.0 percent to...

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • China stocks slip as hopes for monetary stimulus cool Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 11:59 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, Jan 22- China's stocks slipped early Thursday after a comment by the country's central bank governor that monetary policy should remain "stable" disappointed investors wanting a policy move to help speed up growth. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, People's Bank of China chief Zhou Xiaochuan said there was no serious nationwide housing...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 22- Lennon Yu may be Beijing's worst nightmare: the 24- year-old is willing to wait for car prices to fall before buying. This mindset, if it becomes widespread, could threaten to trap China's cooling economy in a deflationary rut. The Reuters analysis looked at just under 50 firms which make up the CSI300 Consumer Discretionary index, a mix of Shanghai-...

  • GUANGZHOU, Jan 21- As China's economic growth slows, fuelling industrial unrest, independent labour advocates say they have never faced so much intimidation- and they expect it to get worse this year. In coastal areas like Guangdong province in southern China, the slowdown and rising costs are forcing some factories to close or move inland, often without...

  • Hong Kong shares post biggest rise in 3 weeks Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 3:09 AM ET

    Jan 21- Hong Kong shares rose on Wednesday, in line with most Asian markets, as mainland stocks had big gains and investors expect China to make stimulus moves to boost economic growth. Sam Chi Yung, strategist at Delta Asia Financial Group in Hong Kong, said previous mainland rallies were liquidity driven, and now investors are focusing more on fundamentals.

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 4.5 percent, to 3,548.88, while the Shanghai Composite Index climbed 4.7 percent, to 3,323.61 points. "Investor sentiment has recovered and Chinese share markets are still bullish," said Zhang Yanbin, an analyst at Zheshang Securities in Shanghai. Among the most active stocks in...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 21- China stocks climbed on Wednesday morning, led up by finance and real estate shares as investors regained more footing and confidence after Monday's plunge. On Monday, both indexes tumbled 7.7 percent- their biggest losses since June 2008- on fears that steps by authorities to contain margin trading were meant to halt a recent rally.

  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, Jan 21- China's first stock options will launch next month with limited access to investors due to their risky nature, but their gradual rollout may benefit the real market. The China Securities Regulatory Commission will allow investors to trade only options that track the SSE50 index of the 50 biggest firms on the Shanghai bourse in the...

  • Alitalia's new strategy envisions new routes from Rome to Dusseldorf, San Francisco, Beijing, Santiago, Chile, among other cities, and extra flights to New York, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Abu Dhabi, Etihad's hub. Strategy focuses on three Italian hubs: Milan's Malpensa airport for increased long-haul flights; Milan's Linate for more connections to partner...

  • LONDON, Jan 20- Chinese stocks rallied on Tuesday, recovering some ground lost in Monday's tumble, after economic data for 2014 came in slightly better than forecast albeit highlighting growth running at its slowest pace in 24 years. Shanghai's SSE Composite was 1.9 percent higher, while the MSCI Asia ex Japan index advanced 0.4 percent. The broader MSCI...

  • The market also took some comfort from China's fourth-quarter growth data, which came in better than expected, but that had only a marginal impact on stocks. "The GDP data looks to have had some positive impact but the key focus will still be capital flows," said Wang Weijun, an analyst at Zheshang Securities in Shanghai. China's key share indexes rose 40 percent in...

  • *China economy grows 7.4 pct in 2014, slowest in 24 years. *Sends signal Beijing can tolerate slower growth- economist. BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Jan 20- China's economy grew at its slowest pace in 24 years in 2014 as property prices cooled and companies and local governments struggled under heavy debt burdens, keeping pressure on Beijing to take aggressive steps to avoid...

  • Jan 20- Hong Kong shares rose on Tuesday after mainland indexes rebounded on comments by China's securities regulator that it was not trying to suppress that market's rally. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were Bank Of China, up 2.6 percent at HK $4.29 Yat Sing Holding Ltd, up 50.0 percent at HK $0.90 and ICBC, up 2.4 percent at HK $5.58.

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 1.2 percent, to 3,396.22, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.9 percent, to 3,173.05 points. "The CSRC's announcement has slightly relieved investor sentiment but it's impossible for investors to immediately regain confidence given that the problem of margin trading...