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  • Yuan little changed, big banks seen buying dollars Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 1:10 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, July 17- China's yuan stayed flat against the dollar on Thursday as dollar supply and demand was roughly balanced out by sales from industrial companies on the one hand and massive purchases by several large Chinese banks on the other, traders said.

  • *Sands China down to 3- week low as Q2 earnings disappoint. *PetroChina drops after report on detention of two executives. HONG KONG, July 17- China shares slid on Thursday, pulling down Hong Kong markets, as investors moved from blue-chips to some beaten-down growth stocks and keep money aside for new initial public offerings.

  • *Record closing high on Wall Street lifts Asia. TOKYO, July 17- Asian equities gained on Thursday, lifted by another record-high close on Wall Street, while the euro probed recent lows against the dollar amid speculation the U.S.

  • *Three ex-GSK staff seek labour arbitration in Shanghai. BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, July 16- Three former Chinese employees of GlaxoSmithKline PLC, which is embroiled in a long-running corruption probe in China, are seeking compensation for illegal dismissal from their jobs, a lawyer representing them told Reuters.

  • *China Q2 GDP growth slightly higher than forecast at 7.5 pct. LONDON, July 16- Aluminum touched the highest levels in 16 months on Wednesday after data showed stronger economic growth in top metals consumer China amid producer cutbacks and eroding inventories.

  • *Three ex-GSK staff seek labour arbitration in Shanghai. BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, July 16- Three former Chinese employees of GlaxoSmithKline PLC, which is embroiled in a long-running corruption probe in China, are seeking compensation for illegal dismissal from their jobs, a lawyer representing them told Reuters.

  • *China Q2 GDP growth slightly higher than forecast at 7.5 pct. LONDON, July 16- Aluminium touched the highest levels in 13 months on Wednesday after data showed stronger economic growth in top metals consumer China amid producer cutbacks and eroding inventories. said Grant Sporre, head of metals research at Deutsche Bank.

  • *Vietnam coastguard says rig being moved toward China's Hainan island. *Hanoi demands China keep rigs out of Vietnamese territory. Its movement toward Hainan is also likely to be welcomed by Washington, which had criticized China's decision to put the rig in waters disputed with Vietnam, calling it a "provocative" act.

  • *China data lifts stocks, oil and metals outlook. LONDON, July 16- Stocks rose in Europe on Wednesday after China reported economic growth figures that were slightly stronger than markets had expected, although the reaction in Asia was more muted. The China data helped push Shanghai zinc and London aluminium close to their highest in more than a year.

  • HONG KONG, July 16- China shares posted their first losses in four sessions on Wednesday, as investors rotated out of recent outperformers ahead of a new batch of initial public offerings. Investors largely shrugged off the announcement that China's economy grew slightly faster than expected in the second quarter.

  • *Intel stock up more than 4 pct after beating estimates. SYDNEY, July 16- Asian stocks held stubbornly steady on Wednesday after China reported economic growth that was just ahead of market expectations, drawing a sigh of relief from investors rather than outright applause.

  • *Huadian Power jumps on positive profit alert. HONG KONG, July 16- Hong Kong and China shares eked out slim gains by midday on Wednesday, after China reported that second-quarter economic growth was slightly faster than market expectations.

  • SHANGHAI, July 16- The yuan edged up against the dollar on Wednesday after China's economic growth for the second quarter came in moderately better than expected, helping to offset a weaker central bank midpoint.

  • *China Q2 GDP grows 7.5 pct on year. SYDNEY, July 16- A slight pick up in the pace of China's economic growth in the second quarter brightened the outlook for metals demand on Wednesday, helping drive Shanghai zinc and London aluminium near their highest in more than a year.

  • BEIJING, July 16- China's economy grew slightly faster than expected in the second quarter as a burst of government stimulus paid dividends, but analysts said further support was likely to be needed to meet the government's growth target for 2014..

  • *Vietnam coastguard says rig being moved toward China's Hainan island. *Rig's deployment caused breakdown in China- Vietnam ties.

  • *Intel stock up more than 4 pct after beating estimates. SYDNEY, July 16- Asian stocks held stubbornly steady on Wednesday after China reported economic growth that was just ahead of market expectations, enough to prompt a sigh of relief from investors, but little else.

  • The main challenge for BRICS success: China Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 7:22 PM ET

    In negotiations to create the new BRICS development bank, the main challenge was not a lack of resources or commitment, but fellow partner China.

  • FORTALEZA, Brazil, July 15- Leaders of the BRICS emerging market nations launched a $100- billion development bank and a currency reserve pool on Tuesday in their first concrete step toward reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system.

  • *Bangkok gender selection IVF seen affordable in China. SYDNEY/ BANGKOK, July 16- At 26, with a baby daughter, a Hong Kong mother and her husband wanted a second child.