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  • SHANGHAI, March 13- China's yuan rose against the dollar on Thursday as the central bank set a slightly stronger midpoint for the first time in four days, a move traders said that shows the government is keeping the currency stable.

  • WRAPUP 1-China Premier Li downplays debt risks Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 12:15 AM ET

    BEIJING, March 13- China Premier Li Keqiang signalled that his government will not ride to the rescue of every troubled investment by saying some loan defaults are "hard to avoid" in what he called a challenging economic environment.

  • BEIJING, March 13- China will continue to support Hong Kong's position as a global financial hub, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday, reassuring the investment community in the former British colony as it adjusts to the rise of Shanghai. Li made the remarks to reporters at the closing of the country's annual parliamentary session on Thursday.

  • Shanghai Chaori Solar Energy Science and Technology Co Ltd failed last Friday to pay an 89 million yuan interest payment on a 1- billion-yuan, five-year bond it issued in 2012.. "The marketisation of defaults constitutes progress," said Chen Dongming, chief credit officer at China Lianhe Rating Co Ltd in Beijing.

  • *Chilean peso rebounds after near 5- year lows on China concerns. NEW YORK, March 12- Emerging market currencies rose moderately on Wednesday, rebounding from earlier losses as investors remained nervous over China's economy and Ukraine's future, supporting safe-haven demand for the yen and the Swiss franc.

  • *Copper hits near four-year lows. Treasuries prices rose in safe-haven bids on Wednesday on worries over the health of China's economy, which helped fuel strong demand at the U.S. government's 10- year Treasury note auction.

  • METALS-Copper rebounds, upside seen limited Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    *Sell-off in copper on China concerns seen overdone. *No evidence of deals unravelling in China- industry. LONDON, March 12- Copper rebounded from earlier losses on Wednesday as a sell-off triggered by concerns about the impact of credit problems in China was considered to be overdone.

  • *China central bank ready to ease policy if needed- Reuters report. NEW YORK, March 12- Global stock indexes declined for a fourth day and copper hit four-year lows before rebounding on Wednesday as increasing concern about China's economic slowdown unnerved investors.

  • NEW YORK, March 12- Copper declined to near four-year lows and global stock indexes fell for a fourth day on Wednesday as increasing concern about China's economic slowdown sent a wave of unease through financial markets.

  • *Chilean peso hits near five-year lows on China concerns. NEW YORK, March 12- Emerging market currencies fell on Wednesday as investor nervousness over China's economy and Ukraine's future intensified, rekindling safe-haven bids for the yen and the Swiss franc.

  • METALS-Copper falls for fourth day because of China fears Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 9:23 AM ET

    *No evidence of systemic risk or deals unravelling in China- industry. LONDON, March 12- Copper extended losses for a fourth straight session on Wednesday, sinking to fresh 44- month lows on persistent worries about the potential for credit problems in China to unleash metal from inventories.

  • LONDON, March 12- Index compiler MSCI plans to include China's mainland-based A shares in its benchmark emerging market index from May 2015, as the country gradually opens up its markets to foreign investors. MSCI has started consultations with investors and will make a final decision in June, the firm said in the consultation document.

  • *No evidence of systemic risk or deals unravelling in China- industry. LONDON, March 12- Copper spiralled lower for a fourth straight session on Wednesday, sinking to fresh 44- month lows on persistent worries about the potential for credit problems in China to unleash metal from inventories.

  • *Risk of pick-up in China defaults could slow growth. The basic resources sector dropped 1.8 percent after Shanghai copper fell by its 5 percent daily limit on concerns over credit markets in China, the world's biggest metals consumer.

  • LONDON, March 12- Emerging stocks hit a one-month low on Wednesday after fears about China's economy dragged down copper and other commodities, while worries about western sanctions on Russia weighed on the rouble, forcing the central bank to intervene. Concerns also lingered about China's credit sector following its first domestic bond default last week.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-China worries chill markets, copper slumps Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 5:47 AM ET

    *Shanghai copper futures lowest since 2009, gold hits 5-1/ 2 mth high. LONDON, March 12- A dizzying fall in copper to a near four-year low compounded increasing concern in China over its economic slowdown on Wednesday to send a wave of unease sweeping through world markets.

  • LONDON, March 12- Emerging stocks hit a one-month low on Wednesday after fears about China's economy dragged down copper and other commodities, while worries about western sanctions on Russia weighed on the rouble, forcing the central bank to intervene. Concerns also lingered about China's credit sector following its first domestic bond default last week.

  • *Possibility of pick-up in China defaults could slow growth. LONDON, March 12- European shares fell on Wednesday, weighed down by below-forecast earnings reports and fears of more corporate defaults in China as a persistent decline in the copper price hit the mining sector.

  • Weaker personal goods, mining shares hit European stocks Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 4:12 AM ET

    LONDON, March 12- European shares fell in early trading on Wednesday, with poor earnings outlook from some companies and concerns about the Chinese credit market hurting sentiment.

  • China H-shares hit 8-month closing low, commodities slide Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 4:06 AM ET

    HONG KONG, March 12- Chinese shares listed in Hong Kong closed at their lowest since July on Wednesday, led by resources-related counters after commodities markets again slumped to multiyear lows, with further losses feared ahead of more macroeconomic data.