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  • 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.

  • BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, March 12- The China Securities Regulatory Commission is ready to launch a long-awaited pilot programme allowing listed companies to issue preferred shares, three sources with direct knowledge of the policy told Reuters, and could officially announce the new policy as soon as this weekend.

  • HONG KONG, March 12- Shanghai shares closed at their lowest in nearly eight weeks on Wednesday, as weakness in retailers offset strength for property counters which stemmed from hopes China would not put additional curbs on that sector. The CSI300 of the largest Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings inched up 0.3 percent.

  • *China internet deals: Citic Bank, ChinaVision soar. HONG KONG, March 12- China shares fell less than others in Asia on Wednesday, limiting Hong Kong losses, as property developers rose on hopes the country's annual parliamentary meetings will end without announcing additional curbs on the sector.

  • SHANGHAI, March 12- China's yuan fell slightly on Wednesday as corporate dollar demand appeared to exceed supply, with the recent central bank-engineered yuan devaluation translating into genuinely bearish market sentiment, traders said.

  • *Copper prices melting as Shanghai futures hit lowest since 2009. SYDNEY, March 12- Asian stock markets swung lower on Wednesday as economic uncertainty in China and the United States combined with political tensions in Ukraine to keep investors cautious and commodities under a dark cloud.

  • SYDNEY/ LONDON, March 11- China's first domestic bond default has shaken the foundations of the copper market, stoking investor worries that financing deals that have locked up vast quantities of copper could unravel.

  • *China bonded copper premiums slide $15 to $120- $140- Shmet. LONDON, March 11- Copper tumbled to the lowest levels in over three years on Tuesday as investors and speculators intensified selling because of worries about Chinese demand and liquidation of inventories used for finance deals.

  • SYDNEY/ LONDON, March 11- China's first domestic bond defaults have shaken the foundations of the copper market, stoking investor worries that financing deals that have locked up vast quantities of copper could unravel.

  • *Traders eye China economic data for selling opportunities. SYDNEY/ LONDON, March 11- China's first domestic bond default has brought to the fore investors' fears that financing deals that have locked up vast quantities of copper could unravel and erode one of the market's main underpinnings.

  • *China bonded copper premiums slide $15 to $120- $140- Shmet. LONDON, March 11- London copper rose on Tuesday as buyers took advantage of prices that hit their lowest level in eight months on Monday, but rising inventories in China and little sign of a pick-up in physical demand kept industrial metals under pressure.

  • LONDON, March 11- The recent history of copper and iron ore has been all about China. These price swoons have been triggered by the same fears about the China growth story. Both copper and iron ore markets are reacting to a bearish one-two combination of news out of China.