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  • Yuan steady, seen rangebound in near term Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:52 AM ET

    HONG KONG, April 16- China's yuan held steady against the dollar and traded narrowly on Wednesday, shrugging off the impact of a midpoint at seven-month lows and sluggish economic growth in the first quarter.

  • China defaults mount among inter-company loans Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:52 AM ET

    Shipbuilder Sainty Marine Corp Ltd on Tuesday became the latest listed firm to report that it had failed to receive principal and interest repayments on a 900 million yuan loan to a property developer. The same day, Qiaqia Food Co Ltd announced that it would launch a lawsuit against another food producer for failing to pay interest on a 40 million yuan loan.

  • BEIJING, April 16- Chinese and Hong Kong investors shrugged off China's first quarter growth that was the slowest in 18 months, leaving all major indices in positive territory on Wednesday.

  • *Nikkei leads the way encouraged by late rally on Wall St. SYDNEY, April 16- Asian share markets were mostly in the black on Wednesday after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts, a relief for investors who had feared a much weaker outcome.

  • LONDON, April 15- Gold prices fell more than 2 percent on Tuesday as strength in the dollar following forecast-beating U.S. retail sales data pushed it through key chart levels while silver hit a 2-1/ 2 month low. Spot gold hit a low of $1,290.34 an ounce and was down 2.6 percent at $1,291.40 an ounce at 1246 GMT, on track for its biggest one-day drop since Oct. 1.

  • Reuters Business News Schedule at 1230 GMT/08.30AM ET Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:38 AM ET

    Europe's banks prepare for ECB tests with new provisions. LONDON- The tens of billions of euros euro zone banks set aside for loan losses in their latest annual accounts may have substantially reduced the chance of institutions failing ECB stress tests in the next few months.

  • LONDON, April 15- Gold fell nearly 2 percent on Tuesday as strength in the dollar following forecast-beating U.S. retail sales data prompted investors to cash in on gains after a rally to three-week highs in the previous session.

  • LONDON, April 15- Gold fell more than 1 percent on Tuesday as strength in the dollar following forecast-beating U.S. retail sales data prompted investors to cash in on gains after a rally to three-week highs in the previous session.

  • Chinese sneaker factory workers go on strike Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 5:08 AM ET

    HONG KONG— Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits. A worker said more than 10,000 employees at Yue Yuen Industrial's plant in the southern province of Guangdong joined the strike on Tuesday.

  • SINGAPORE, April 15- Gold fell over 1 percent on Tuesday, retreating from a three-week high as gains in the dollar and strong U.S. retail sales data offset safe-haven bids that were driven by heightened tensions in Ukraine.

  • China shares drop over 1 pct as banks hit by weak data Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 3:13 AM ET

    BEIJING, April 15- China shares fell sharply on Tuesday as the banking sector took a beating after data showed the country's money supply grew at its slowest pace in more than a decade.

  • Banks lead declines in China stocks, HK autos down Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 1:14 AM ET

    BEIJING, April 15- China shares fell on Tuesday as weak banking stocks weighed on sentiment after data showed the country's money supply grew at its slowest pace in more than a decade and loan growth slowed. Hong Kong stocks also fell, dragged lower by auto shares, which shed some of the gains seen over the past few days after positive earnings data.

  • SHANGHAI, April 15- China's yuan softened on Tuesday after the central bank fixed its official midpoint at a seven-month low, as traders said major Chinese industrial companies were stocking up on dollars for trade as well as mergers and acquisitions.

  • BEIJING, April 15- China's money supply grew at the weakest pace in more than a decade in March, another sign of softening economic momentum, with analysts saying a fall in the yuan looked to have slowed capital inflows and the build-up of foreign exchange reserves.

  • SINGAPORE, April 15- Gold retreated on Tuesday from a three-week high as gains in equities and strong U.S. retail sales data offset safe-haven bids that were driven by heightened tensions in Ukraine.

  • *Yangtze region powered China's growth during boom years. SUZHOU, China, April 15- Suzhou, an ancient city in Jiangsu province 100 km west of Shanghai, lives in legend as one of China's most beautiful, famous for its elegant gardens and charming canals.

  • Uber meets local lookalikes in Asia taxi-app wars Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 3:31 AM ET

    MUMBAI, India— Riding on its startup success and flush with fresh capital, taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber is making a big push into Asia. Malaysia- based GrabTaxi operates in five Southeast Asian countries and recently announced more than $10 million in new investment.

  • BEIJING, April 14- China shares were nearly flat on Monday as investors locked in profits after last week's announcement that Hong Kong and China investors will be able to buy shares in companies listed on each other's bourses. The CSI300 index of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings fell 0.1 percent.

  • BEIJING, April 14- China stocks fell on Monday, with financial shares losing 1.1 percent as investors locked in gains after last week's announcement that Hong Kong and China investors can buy shares in companies listed on each other's bourses.

  • China's yuan holds steady as market awaits Q1 data Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 11:51 PM ET

    HONG KONG, April 14- China's yuan held steady against the dollar on Monday following a weaker official midpoint, with the market awaiting a run of economic indicators this week to gauge growth momentum in the world's second-largest economy.

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