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  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Feb 12- Asian shares rallied for a fourth straight session on Wednesday, as upbeat trade data from China and an optimistic economic outlook from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen whetted investors' appetite for risk.

  • *China's export, import growth probably cooled in Jan- poll. LONDON, Feb 11- Copper eased slightly on Tuesday after a statement by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen lent support to the dollar but the decline was limited by tight futures spreads that showed a short-term dearth of the metal.

  • *China's export, import growth probably cooled in Jan- poll. LONDON, Feb 11- Copper was flat on Tuesday as a weaker dollar offset still slow demand in top consumer China, but tight futures spreads showed a short-term dearth of the metal. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.2 percent at $7,110 a tonne by 1148 GMT from $7,095 at the close on Monday.

  • China shares end at new 6-week high on policy optimism Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 2:05 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Feb 11- China shares closed at a new six-week high on Tuesday, underpinned by optimism that Beijing will likely unveil more policy that could favour earnings growth in some sectors and as liquidity concerns eased after the Lunar New Year holiday.

  • *Hong Kong and H-shares at one-week high on policy optimism. HONG KONG, Feb 11- Hong Kong shares are set to post their best daily gain in nearly 3 months on Tuesday, led by Chinese insurers and energy counters on optimism that Beijing will likely unveil more policy that could favor earnings growth in some sectors.

  • *Wall Street expected to pull back after rally. Wall Street was expected to pull back around 0.2 percent when trading resumes, after enjoying its best two-day run in four months at the end of last week despite a second month running of uncertain job numbers.

  • LONDON, Feb 10- World shares made guarded gains on Monday, encouraged that Wall Street was able to weather a seemingly disappointing U.S. jobs report last week but with more than enough event risk ahead to keep investors cautious.

  • The Shanghai Composite Index ended up 2 percent at 2,086.1 points, its highest since Jan. 2, while the CSI300 of the biggest Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings jumped 2.5 percent to its highest since Jan. 3. Gains on Monday came in the strongest Shanghai volumes in more than two months ahead of a fresh batch of macroeconomic data later in the week.

  • *Yuan trades at 6.0605 per dollar at midday, off yearly low. SHANGHAI, Feb 10- China's yuan rose slightly on Monday after the People's Bank of China lifted the official mid-point guidance rate, with dealers reporting rebounding client demand as markets get back into swing after the Lunar New Year holiday.

  • Shanghai shares hit six-week high, support Hong Kong Sunday, 9 Feb 2014 | 11:29 PM ET

    Feb 10- Shanghai shares jumped to their highest level in six weeks on Monday, supporting the Hong Kong market, led by the auto sector after the Chinese government extended subsidies for electric vehicles beyond 2015..

  • Taiwan's MediaTek Inc, the leading chip supplier for Chinese smartphones, is barreling into the U.S. market with a new major global branding campaign and setting up shop in San Diego, California, home to Qualcomm.

  • Feb 7- China shares rose on Friday, as strong gains in high-tech firms helped offset losses in Chinese financial and property stocks after a survey showed further signs the world's second-largest economy was losing momentum.

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 7- China's yuan touched its lowest level of the year on Friday in anaemic trade after a week-long holiday break, but traders expect it will soon start to appreciate again as fund inflows pick up.

  • *Hong Kong rises on short-covering. Feb 7- China shares fell on Friday in their first trading session of the new Lunar New Year, dragged down by Chinese financial and consumer stocks on further signs that the world's second-largest economy was losing momentum.

  • *China's services sector grows at slowest pace in almost 2-1/ 2 years in Jan. SYDNEY, Feb 7- London copper was set on Friday to post its largest weekly rise this year after encouraging signs in the U.S. labour market boosted optimism about global growth, while Shanghai copper rose in its first session back from China's week-long break.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 7- London copper was set to post its largest weekly rise this year on Friday after encouraging signs in the U.S. labour market boosted optimism about global growth, while Shanghai copper rose as China returned from a week-long break.

  • AbbVie to build manufacturing plant in Singapore Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 9:30 PM ET

    Feb 5- U.S. drugmaker AbbVie Inc on Wednesday said it will spend $320 million to set up a manufacturing facility in Singapore to produce new drugs for cancer and immunology now in development. AbbVie's existing presence in Singapore includes 120 personnel supporting commercial operations, global R&D and general operations, the company said.

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 5- In China, where higher prices mean prestige, luxury U.S. electric carmaker Tesla is taking a bold step to win over clients and cachet by curbing the markup to just half of what some of its rivals can command. In an unusual blog post last month, the firm detailed the lower-than-expected 734,000 yuan China price tag for its high-end Model S electric car.

  • Feb 3- KFC parent Yum Brands Inc on Monday reaffirmed its 2014 profit and said a resurgent bird flu in China had not hurt national sales in its top market. "We're not seeing any impact on national sales from bird flu in China," Yum spokesman Jonathan Blum told Reuters.

  • LONDON, Feb 3- Gold rose 1.6 percent on Monday after a worse than expected U.S. manufacturing report weighed on the dollar and global equities, while persisting concerns about emerging markets bolstered some investor flight to safety.