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  • HONG KONG, Jan 20- The Shanghai Composite Index closed below the 2,000- point mark for the first time in 5-1/ 2 months on Monday as soaring short-term funding costs deepened uneasiness that new listings will inject more competition for already limited cash.

  • *First Tractor spikes on news of China's policy priorities. HONG KONG, Jan 20- China shares listed in Hong Kong fell to 4-1/ 2- month lows early on Monday, then trimmed losses after data showed the world's second-largest economy grew at a slightly faster-than-expected pace in the fourth quarter.

  • SYDNEY, Jan 20- Asian markets managed a muted cheer on Monday as China reported economic growth that was a fraction ahead of forecasts, though it was not enough to brighten the general mood of risk aversion. Most share markets in the region stayed in the red with Tokyo off 0.6 percent, Sydney 0.45 percent and Shanghai 0.2 percent.

  • HONG KONG, Jan 20- The Shanghai Composite Index dipped below the key 2,000- point level early on Monday to its lowest in 5-1/ 2 months, led by financials but unmoved by data that showed China's annual growth came in slightly higher than expected. At 0226 GMT, the Shanghai Composite Index was down 0.4 percent at 1,996.2 points, its lowest since July 31.

  • *Beijing price gains slow for a second month. BEIJING, Jan 18- China's home prices continued to surge in December, though the pace of gains overall did not exceed the previous month's and rises eased in some major cities, suggesting that government tightening measures may be starting to bite.

  • China December home prices rise 9.9 pct y/y Friday, 17 Jan 2014 | 8:40 PM ET

    BEIJING, Jan 18- Average new home prices in China's 70 major cities in December 2013 rose 9.9 percent from a year earlier, the same as the previous month's record gain, according to Reuters calculations based on official data published on Saturday.

  • Neway Valve Co Ltd surged more than 40 percent in Shanghai, tripping circuit breakers meant to contain price gains in the first listing debut in the mainland in more than a year. The CSI300 of the biggest Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings ended down 1.5 percent on the day and 1.2 percent for the week at 2,178.5 points, its lowest since July 29.

  • HONG KONG, Jan 17- China shares neared 5-1/ 2- month lows early Friday, diverging from Hong Kong markets, as the first initial public listing to debut in the mainland in more than a year rose sharply, drawing money from large-cap stocks.

  • BEIJING, Jan 17- Apple Inc is finally launching its iPhone on China Mobile Ltd's vast network on Friday, opening the door to the world's largest carrier's 763 million subscribers and giving its China sales a short-term jolt.

  • BEIJING, Jan 17- Apple Inc is finally launching its iPhone on China Mobile Ltd's vast network on Friday, opening the door to the world's largest carrier's 763 million subscribers and giving its China sales a short-term jolt.

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. says Europe bank failure fund inadequate Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 16- The United States is concerned that Europe is not moving decisively to heal its banks and that China will only slowly move toward a more market-based economy, U.S. Washington has been raising pressure on Europe to boost the region's ailing economies by revitalizing banks hit by a debt crisis.

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 15- Shaanxi Coal Industry Co Ltd has cut its IPO target by more than half to $660 million, as regulatory pressure mounts on listing companies to ensure unrealistic valuations do not mar the resumption of initial public offerings in China.

  • HONG KONG, Jan 16- China share indexes stayed broadly flat on Thursday, with strength in non-banking financials balanced by weak banking counters, while profit-taking knocked an index of small cap stocks off a record high. The CSI300 of the biggest Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings ended up 0.1 percent at 2,211.8 points.

  • James Gruber, Author of investment news letter "Asia Confidential," says the Shanghai market's underperfomance reveals that investors have been pricing in lower economic growth for a long time.

  • FireEye buys cyberforensics firm for $1 billion Friday, 3 Jan 2014 | 5:31 AM ET
    A building in a Shanghai suburb that is reportedly a center of cyberespionage.

    FireEye acquired Mandiant, the computer forensics specialist best known for unveiling a secret Chinese military unit believed to be behind hacking attacks on U.S. companies.

  • STOXX: Focusing on Hong Kong, China and Taiwan     Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 | 7:22 PM ET

    Harmut Graf, CEO of Europe-based index provider STOXX, describes the company's expansion in Asia and describes which markets remain his top priority.

  • Disney to open massive Shanghai store Friday, 25 Oct 2013 | 8:49 AM ET
    File photo: Entertainers perform during the ground breaking ceremony for the Walt Disney Co. Shanghai Disney Resort in Shanghai, China.

    Walt Disney Co. announced plans to open a retail store in central Shanghai in 2015, representing the first move for the company into mainland China.

  • De Niro's latest turn? Chinese property developer Thursday, 24 Oct 2013 | 12:55 PM ET
    Robert De Niro

    Actor Robert De Niro is diving into the world of Chinese property development, inking a deal to build a massive entertainment complex in Shanghai.

  • What's behind all the fear in China markets?     Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 | 9:35 PM ET

    Yao Wei , China Economist at Societe Generale says since China economic growth has been positive, Beijing is using this time to clean up credit.

  • Shanghai free trade will spur reforms: Steinbock Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | 1:35 PM ET
    An archway posted with the sign of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone is surrounded by scaffolding in Shanghai.

    Sunday's takeoff of Shanghai's free trade zone, if it proves to be a success, could accelerate reforms across China.