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  • SYDNEY, Aug 21- Asian shares came under pressure on Thursday as a disappointing survey on Chinese manufacturing overshadowed better news from Japan, while the U.S. dollar was buoyed by speculation of an earlier rate rise from the Federal Reserve.

  • *Coal producers down as Beijing orders curbs on oversupply. HONG KONG, Aug 21- Hong Kong and China shares weakened on Thursday after a preliminary private survey showed growth in China's vast factory sector slowed to a three-month low in August, reinforcing concerns about increasing softness in the economy.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 21- London copper stayed around $7,000 a tonne mark on Thursday after a gauge on China's factory health showed growth slowed in August, denting optimism over demand fuelled by brightening prospects in the United States.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 21- Asian shares came under pressure on Thursday as a disappointing survey on Chinese manufacturing stoked concerns about the regional giant and overshadowed better news from Japan. Investors reacted by selling the Australian dollar, often a used as a liquid proxy for bets on China, while shares in Shanghai dropped 0.5 percent.

  • BEIJING, Aug 20- Amazon.com will set up shop in China's Shanghai free trade zone, the company said on Wednesday, aiming to take advantage of less stringent trade regulations to sell a wider range of products in the country.

  • BEIJING, Aug 20- Amazon.com will set up shop in China's Shanghai free trade zone, state media said on Wednesday, aiming to take advantage of less stringent trade regulations to sell a wider range of products in the country.

  • Aug 20- China- based solar products maker JA Solar Holdings Co Ltd reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as operating expenses jumped from last year, sending its shares down 5 percent in premarket trading. JA Solar reported a fall in gross margins as prices for solar modules fell in China.

  • Global cruise lines set sail for China Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:44 AM ET

    But surging growth in China means it's a market operators can no longer ignore. Carnival Corp., the No. 1 cruise company, will become the first global cruise operator to have four ships based in China when it deploys its Costa Serena to Shanghai in April.

  • China shares end lower, IPOs raise dilution concerns Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:07 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Aug 20- China's stock indexes ended lower on Wednesday, on concerns that upcoming new listings will dilute market liquidity even as investors look to take profits from a rise in some large-cap shares.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 20- China's stock indexes fell slightly by midday on Wednesday, on worries that upcoming initial public offerings will tax market liquidity even as investors look to take profits from a rise in large-cap shares.

  • LONDON/ MELBOURNE- The world's biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, announces plans to spin off businesses worth an estimated $16 billion, most of them acquired in a 2001 merger, to focus on its most profitable activities.

  • *Heinz says to tighten supplier controls after China food scare. Heinz Co said on Tuesday it will tighten controls over ingredients suppliers in China after it was forced to recall some infant food products from Chinese store shelves due to excess levels of lead.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 19- Shanghai's share market ended at new eight-month highs on Tuesday, underpinned by strength in media companies on plans to modernize the industry. The Shanghai Composite Index finished up 0.3 percent at 2,245.33 points, while the CSI300 of leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings was flat at 2,374.77 points.

  • *China watchdog find excessive lead levels in some Heinz products. Heinz Co has recalled some infant food products in China after a local watchdog said they contained excessive levels of lead, threatening to dent the company's reputation in a country highly sensitive to food safety.

  • *Hong Kong shares flat ahead of major bank earnings. SHANGHAI, Aug 19- China's stock indexes fell slightly by midday on Tuesday due to weakness in the financial sector while Hong Kong shares were mostly flat on investor caution ahead of earnings.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 18- German luxury car Mercedes-Benz has been found guilty of manipulating prices for after-sales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing regulators.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 18- China's stock indexes rose on Monday, with the Shanghai Composite Index touching its highest in eight months despite concerns about the health of the economy. Media-related companies posted big gains in both Shanghai and Shenzhen on Monday, though the sector is mainly dominated by small- and medium-sized enterprises in China.

  • *Spot rate and c.bank guidance rate rarely trade together. SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, Aug 18- China's central bank and currency traders have found rare consensus on the yuan's value after months of widely divergent pricing, but analysts are divided about whether the current accord signifies a genuine relaxation of control by Beijing.

  • *Media-related shares up on Shanghai- Hong Kong stock pilot. SHANGHAI, Aug 18- China's stock indexes rose moderately on Monday, with the Shanghai Composite Index touching its highest since December 2013 even amid weak investment and housing data, but home price slides on the mainland dampened shares in Hong Kong.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 18- German car maker Daimler AG's luxury brand division Mercedes-Benz has been found guilty of manipulating prices for after-sales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing authorities in Jiangsu province.