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  • 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...

  • UPDATE 1-China refined copper output at record in Nov Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 11:26 PM ET

    *Copper, aluminium, zinc production at record highs. HONG KONG, Dec 16- China's production of refined copper rose 3.1 percent from the previous month in November, hitting a record for the fourth straight month as high processing fees prompted smelters to produce more metal. A 100,000- tonne-a-year copper smelter in China's northeastern Liaoning province...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 15- Hong Kong shares finished down on Monday despite a late afternoon rally on mainland indexes, as Hong Kong investors sold off China- related financials and real estate names. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were CCT Land, up 5.9 percent to HK $0.02, Wai Yuen Tong Medicine Holdings, down 15.6 percent to HK $0.10 and Renhe...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.8 percent, to 3,217.23 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.5 percent, to 2,953.42 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were China State Construction Engineering, up 10.0 percent to 5.96 yuan; China Railway Group, up 7.8 percent to 7.22 yuan and Bank Of...

  • BEIJING, Dec 15- China stocks fell on Monday as retail investors stopped ploughing money into blue chips and backed off from margin trading, two major factors behind a huge market rally in recent weeks. "The aggressive stocks and margin financing actually go together, it's margin financing's facilitator," said Xue Caofeng, head of research at Huaxi securities.

  • PARIS, Dec 14- French hotel operator Accor announced a strategic alliance with China Lodging Group on Sunday to create a major new player in the fast-growing Chinese domestic travel and hospitality market. The partnership "will leverage the strengths of Accor's global brands with a leading player in Chinese hospitality," Accor Chairman and Chief Executive...

  • China’s e-cigarette boom lacks oversight for safety Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 1:59 PM ET
    Chinese workers packing electronic cigarettes at a factory in Shenzhen

    E-cigarette manufacturers in China, which supplies about 90 percent of e-cigarettes globally, operate with little oversight, raising health concerns.

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 13- China could overtake Germany and Italy to become the biggest market for Daimler AG's mini car brand Smart in a few years, Smart chief executive Annette Winkler said on Saturday. "When we started, many people doubted that Smart could be a success here, because normally, luxury, premium cars in China is about big cars," Winkler told reporters in Shanghai,...

  • The allegations against Wang Zongnan relate to his time at state-owned companies Shanghai Friendship Group and Lianhua Supermarket Holdings Co Ltd.. Wang was general manager at Shanghai Friendship Group and then at Lianhua Supermarket before becoming chairman at Bright Food in 2006 until his resignation for health reasons in 2013..

  • Dec 12- Nu Skin Enterprises Inc, a direct-seller of skincare and nutritional products, forecast a 2015 profit below market expectations as it battles a stronger dollar and regulatory concerns in China, its biggest market. Nu Skin's shares were down about 5.3 percent at $40.64 in premarket trading. Short-sellers and activist investors, such as William Ackman,...

  • Nu Skin forecasts 2015 profit below market estimates Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    Dec 12- Nu Skin Enterprises Inc, a direct-seller of skincare and nutritional products, forecast a 2015 profit below market expectations as it battles a stronger dollar and regulatory concerns in China, its biggest market. Nu Skin expects to earn $3.80- $4.00 per share on revenue of $2.50- $2.56 billion in 2015.. Nu Skin's shares were down 2.2 percent at $41.99 in...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 12- It took China's biggest retail chain Suning all last year to generate sales of about $17 billion. Big retailers like Suning Commerce Group Co Ltd and foreign rivals Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Best Buy Co Inc are struggling to attract customers to their traditional stores in China, where online shopping is booming. This week, Wal-Mart said it had...