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  • *Hong Kong Jewellery down on weak earnings. SHANGHAI, April 10- Hong Kong stocks steadied at midday after early losses, while China shares listed in the territory drifted lower over more signs of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong dropped 0.7 percent.

  • BEIJING, April 10- China's exports unexpectedly fell for the second straight month in March and import growth dropped sharply, intensifying concerns about weak manufacturing and slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy.

  • *Prices for stocks at China ports up more than 15 pct. HONG KONG, April 9- Producers of an alternative to refined nickel in China are expected to cut output as prices for ore imports have nearly doubled since end-February in the wake of a ban on shipments by top exporter Indonesia.

  • Great Wall's SUVs to be manufactured in Malaysia Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 4:27 AM ET

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— Malaysia on Wednesday awarded a manufacturing license to a 2 billion ringgit venture that will assemble fuel-efficient SUVs for China's Great Wall Motor Co. Ltd.. The license was the first issued under the country's new auto policy unveiled in January, aimed at making Malaysia a regional center for energy efficient vehicles.

  • HONG KONG, April 9- China Vanke Co Ltd, the country's largest listed real estate developer, is looking to invest in property firms held by state-owned enterprises as Beijing gradually relaxes its hold on government assets. As part of the government's reform plans, Beijing has promised to allow more private participation in state-owned enterprises.

  • SHANGHAI, April 9- China shares ended at a new 7- week high on Wednesday, as certain tech stocks outperformed but profit-taking in banking shares weighed on index performance. Industrial Bank Co Ltd slid 0.6 percent, while China Minsheng Banking Corp Ltd and Ping An Bank Co Ltd shed 1.1 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively.

  • China c.bank guides yuan higher for second session Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 1:58 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, April 9- China's yuan rose for a second day on Wednesday after the central bank set the midpoint firmer, as traders and economists debate the near-term direction of the currency. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint at 6.1490 on Wednesday morning, 0.6 percent stronger than Tuesday's close.

  • SHANGHAI, April 9- Hong Kong shares extended gains from the previous day on increases in Tencent and casino shares as well as modest rises in mainland banking stocks, sending the Hang Seng Index to its highest intraday level since February. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong gained 0.4 percent.

  • UPDATE 3-China eases M&A rules for insurers Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, April 8- China's decision to partially relax mergers and acquisition rules in the insurance industry could see global insurance firms expand their footprint in the $288 billion market.

  • LONDON, April 8- Gold rose more than 1 percent on Tuesday as the dollar and equity markets fell on signs the European Central Bank may not recur to more stimulus, while renewed tensions in Ukraine kept risk appetite subdued. Gold futures for June delivery gained 1.1 percent to $1,311.90 an ounce.

  • LONDON, April 8- Gold rose more than 1 percent on Tuesday as the dollar and equity markets fell on signs the European Central Bank may not recur to more stimulus, while renewed tensions in Ukraine kept risk appetite subdued. Gold futures for June delivery gained 1.1 percent to $1,312.30 an ounce.

  • HONG KONG, April 8- The Shanghai- listed retail arm of Sanpower Group said on Tuesday it was in talks to buy an 89 percent stake in Britain's Highland Group Holdings, which owns department store House of Fraser. Nanjing Xinjiekou Department Store said it planned to set up a subsidiary in Britain to acquire Highland Group.

  • *Shanghai bonded copper premiums steady at $80- $100 a tonne. LONDON, April 8- Copper touched a one-week high on Tuesday on persistent hopes of more stimulus measures in China while aluminium gained 1 percent on buying from largely computer-based funds.

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, April 8- China's decision to partially relax mergers and acquisition rules in the insurance industry could see global insurance firms expand their footprint in the $288 billion market.

  • SINGAPORE, April 8- Gold rose more than 1 percent on Tuesday boosted by technical buying after crossing the $1,300- an-ounce mark, while mounting geopolitical tensions in Ukraine burnished its safe-haven appeal. "Ukraine tensions are supportive and there seems to be some buying from China which returned from a holiday but it is not a big jump in demand."

  • China shares end at 7-week high as banks gain Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 3:09 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, April 8- China shares closed at its highest in 7 weeks on Tuesday, driven by investor enthusiasm for banking shares after more details on a recently unveiled preferred share scheme were released over the weekend. Industrial Bank Co Ltd rose 8.0 percent, China Minsheng Banking Corp Ltd gained 4.8 percent and Ping An bank Co Ltd added 4.5 percent.

  • Ming Dynasty 'chicken cup' sold for record $36M Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 2:51 AM ET

    HONG KONG— A Shanghai collector paid a record $36 million Tuesday for a rare Ming Dynasty cup that's touted as the "holy grail" of China's art world. Several records have been set at Sotheby's spring sales in Hong Kong, continuing a trend of sky-high prices in the art world driven by the newly super-rich buyers in China and developing countries.

  • *Tencent recovery pulls up HK indexes. Hong Kong stocks stabilised on Tuesday led by a rally in index heavyweight Tencent Holdings Ltd, whose recent volatility has heavily influenced the overall performance of the Hang Seng.

  • China will probably need to ease monetary policy for the first time in two years in coming months

  • BEIJING, April 7- China will probably need to ease monetary policy for the first time in two years in coming months to prevent the economy from losing too much momentum, according to economists who doubt the "mini stimulus" announced so far this year can do the job.

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