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  • SHANGHAI, Nov 1- China's yuan steadied its recent rise on Thursday, despite hitting the strong side boundary for the third straight day, as the central bank set a weaker fix against the dollar. The People's Bank of China set its midpoint at 6.3017 per dollar, slightly weaker than Wednesday's fix of 6.3002.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 1- Mainland Chinese shares posted their strongest daily gains in more than three weeks on Thursday, boosting Hong Kong stocks, following positive China economic data and a report that local governments were easing restrictions on property purchases. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong jumped 1.1 percent.

  • Hong Kong shares end up 0.8 pct at 2012 closing high Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 8:12 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Nov 1- Hong Kong shares closed at a new 2012 closing high on Thursday, boosted by gains in mainland Chinese markets which advanced on hopes that some city governments were easing restrictions on property purchases. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong ended up 1.1 percent.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 1- Mainland China shares started November on a strong note on Thursday, posting their best performance in more than three weeks, boosted by positive economic data and measures by some city governments to ease restrictions on the property sector.

  • *PMIs from India, Indonesia, Taiwan improve. TOKYO, Nov 1- Asian shares fell on Thursday but losses were curbed as the region's factory activity surveys mostly improved, with China's official and private sector manufacturing PMIs confirming a recovery in the growth trend even if it lacked punch.

  • China central bank reins in yuan rise with weaker fix Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 5:20 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Nov 1- China's central bank set a weaker midpoint for the yuan against the dollar on Thursday aiming to slow the currency's rise, dealers said, as it hit the strong-side limit of the trading band for a third straight day. The People's Bank of China set its midpoint at 6.3017 per dollar, slightly weaker than Wednesday's fix of 6.3002.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 1- Mainland Chinese shares lifted Hong Kong markets with their best daily performance in nearly a month on Thursday, boosted by stronger Chinese economic data and a report that more city governments were easing restrictions on the real estate sector. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 0.8 percent.

  • METALS-Copper up but set for weakest month since May Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 5:55 PM ET

    *Market awaits China's official PMI on Thursday. LONDON, Oct 31- London copper rose on Wednesday, buoyed by a softer dollar, but gains were limited with U.S. stock markets falling after a two-day closure for the storm Sandy and as metals investors stayed wary about demand from China.

  • *Wheat jumps on 300,000 tonnes Egypt purchase. LONDON, Oct 31- Commodities edged higher on Wednesday as investors dipped back into risky assets, but the sector was on track for its worst monthly loss since May as worries resurfaced about demand for raw materials.

  • *Market awaits China's official PMI on Thursday. LONDON, Oct 31- London copper rose more than 1 percent as the dollar weakened against the euro on Wednesday, but the metal was still on track for a monthly loss on uncertainty about demand from top consumer China.

  • *Market eyes China official PMI on Thursday. LONDON, Oct 31- London copper bounced more than 1 percent as the dollar weakened on Wednesday and short-term speculators switched to risk-on trading, but the metal was on track for a monthly loss as uncertainly persisted about demand from top consumer China.

  • Yuan ends day at strong-side limit, highest ever close Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 10:14 AM ET

    *Yuan posts strongest ever open and close. *Ends day at strong-side limit. SHANGHAI, Oct 31- China's yuan recorded its strongest ever close on Wednesday after it hit the strong-side trade band limit for a fourth time in less than a week, and held there until trading shut.

  • *HSI up 1 pct, climbs 3.8 pct this month. HONG KONG, Oct 31- Hong Kong shares posted a second-straight monthly gain on Wednesday, bouncing off a near two-week low after Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the country's largest bank, posted third-quarter earnings that beat expectations.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 31- Hong Kong shares closed out a second-straight monthly gain on Wednesday, bouncing off a near two-week low after Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the country's largest bank, posted third-quarter earnings that beat expectations.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 31- London copper climbed for a second session on Wednesday, pushing further away from two-month lows as risk appetite picked up, but the industrial metal is heading for its weakest month since May as demand growth from top consumer China slows.

  • China shares rise on the day, but still post Oct loss Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 7:05 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Oct 31- Mainland Chinese shares edged higher on Wednesday, buoyed by earnings-driven strength in the banking and retail sectors that helped benchmark indices trim October losses. The CSI300 Index of the top Shanghai and Shenzhen listings closed up 0.7 percent on Wednesday but down 1.7 percent in October at 2,254.8.

  • *Yuan posts strongest open just shy of trade limit. SHANGHAI, Oct 31- China's yuan opened just shy of its strong-side limit on Wednesady, posting its strongest ever open as demand for the currency rebounded after appearing to ease in the previous session.

  • Hong Kong shares rise off two-week low, China tepid Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 5:15 AM ET

    *HSI +0.4 pct; CSI300 flat, Shanghai -0.2 pct. *HSI set for Oct gain, CSI300, Shanghai to post monthly loss. HONG KONG, Oct 31- Hong Kong shares bounced off a near two-week low, buoyed by strength in Chinese banks after the largest, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, posted third-quarter earnings that beat expectations.

  • BoJ deflation statement lifts Nikkei Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    Among active stocks, construction equipment maker Komatsu rallied 3.2 per cent to Y1, 672 on receding concerns over its outlook following second-quarter results. Hitachi jumped 3.2 per cent to Y423 after maintaining its full-year profit forecast.

  • Yuan extends rise on euro strength Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 10:47 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Oct 30- China's yuan briefly touched on the strong side trading limit in Monday's afternoon session, as traders pointed towards a euro rally against the dollar as propping up demand. A sharp strengthening of the euro against the dollar that began around 2 pm supported the yuan's appreciation in the afternoon session, traders said.