• *MSCI Asia ex- Japan down 0.2 pct, Nikkei flat. European shares were seen as lacklustre, with financial spreadbetters expecting London's FTSE 100, Paris's CAC-40 and Frankfurt's DAX to open down about 0.1 percent.

  • Yuan extends rise; creeps towards strong-side limit Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 5:41 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Oct 29- China's yuan hit a record high on Monday, creeping towards the strong-side limit of its daily trading band, but traders said upward pressure on the currency had eased from the last session.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 29- Hong Kong shares fell on Monday as local developers tumbled on fears that new measures to cool soaring property prices will sap demand, but broader losses were limited by earnings-driven strength in Chinese banks. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong was up 1 percent.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 29- London copper traded little changed on Monday, holding above 7- week lows plumbed last week, as the prospect of a recovering U.S. economy underpinned prices, although concerns about leadership change and global growth kept a lid on gains.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 29- London copper inched higher on Monday, recovering from 7- week lows plumbed last week, as the prospect of a recovering U.S. economy buoyed prices, although lingering concerns about global growth kept a lid on gains. *The most-traded February copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose 0.42 percent to 56,920 yuan a tonne.

  • Oct 26- A new team of agricultural commodity traders has been assembled in China by INTL FCStone Inc. to work with producers and consumers of grain-based feed ingredients, the company said on Friday.

  • *Copper arb window opened but China demand slow- traders.

  • *Copper arb window opened but China demand slow- traders. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange slipped to $7,778 a tonne at 0928 GMT, down 0.5 percent from Thursday's close of $7,815 a tonne.

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 26- China's yuan hit its strong-side limit with Friday's first trade and firmly hugged the trading band boundary all day until weakening suddenly before the market close. The yuan opened at the lower limit of 6.2380, its strongest level ever, and held steady until just before 4 pm, when it dropped to a close of 6.2489, reversing all of the day's gains.

  • China wants to stop profiteering at temple sites Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:34 AM ET

    BEIJING-- China is telling tourist-favored Buddhist temples: Don't let money be your mantra. "Everywhere in China now is about developing the economy," complained Beijing resident Fu Runxing, a 40- year-old accountant who said he recently went to a temple where incense was priced at 300 yuan a stick.

  • China passes law to curb abuse of mental hospitals Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:31 AM ET

    BEIJING-- China's legislature on Friday passed a long-awaited mental health law that aims to prevent people from being involuntarily held and unnecessarily treated in psychiatric facilities _ abuses that have been used against government critics and triggered public outrage.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 26- Hong Kong shares snapped a ten-day winning streak on Friday, as the Hang Seng Index retreated from 2012 highs, dragged down by China Unicom's 7.6 percent slump after posting disappointing third quarter corporate earnings.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 26- Hong Kong shares snapped a 10- session winning streak on Friday, hit by a 7.6 percent slump in China Unicom after the country's second-largest mobile operator posted weaker-than-expected third-quarter profit.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 26- Mainland China shares closed at three-week lows on Friday, posting their first weekly slip in four with growth-sensitive sectors leading losses after Chinese media reported that fund managers were pessimistic about the fourth quarter.

  • *MSCI Asia ex- Japan tumbles, Nikkei eases in choppy trade. Financial spreadbetters expect London's FTSE 100, Paris's CAC-40 and Frankfurt's DAX to open down as much as 1.2 percent. The MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan tumbled 1.2 percent, and was set for a weekly drop of about 1.5 percent, which would be its largest weekly decline in two months.

  • *China Unicom slumps 7 pct after Q3 earnings disappoint. *Bank of China climbs after positive earnings. HONG KONG, Oct 26- China shares tumbled to a three week low on Friday, dragging down Hong Kong markets, as investors took profits on recent outperformers ahead of several key third quarter corporate earnings from major resources companies.

  • *Apple to launch iPhone 5 in China in December. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 25- Apple Inc delivered a second straight quarter of disappointing results and iPad sales fell well short of Wall Street's targets, marring its record of consistently blowing past investors' expectations.

  • World stocks fall ahead of US growth data Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 4:48 AM ET

    BANGKOK-- World stock markets fell Friday ahead of the U.S. government's estimate of economic growth in the latest quarter, which is expected to show improvement but not enough to jolt the global economy out of its doldrums. Europe's debt crisis has added to headwinds while emerging powerhouses such as China have also slowed.

  • *Yuan opens at strong-side limit of trading band. SHANGHAI, Oct 26- China's central bank reined in the yuan's appreciation on Friday as the currency hit a record high and bumped against the upper limit of its trading band for the second straight day.

  • Wal-Mart completes deal with Chinese company Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 12:37 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced the completion of its increased investment in a fast-growing Chinese company, as the world's largest retailer looks to broaden its access to a rapidly growing customer base.