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  • The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares opened broadly flat at 1109.98 points, with London's FTSE 100, Paris's CAC-40 and Frankfurt's DAX mixed as investors opted for caution ahead of the U.S. data.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 2- Hong Kong shares had their best week in seven on Friday, with the Hang Seng Index hitting a 15- month high as fund inflows buoyed hopes of further gains by year-end and encouraged investors to build riskier positions. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 1.2 percent on the day and 3.7 percent this week.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 2- China shares closed higher on Friday, posting their best week in a month, helped by strength in Chinese banks after official media reported that the central bank will redice reserve ratios for smaller banks if they meet loan-growth requirements.

  • BEIJING, Nov 2- Honda Motor Co Ltd's China car sales plunged 54 percent in October from a year earlier, marking the second monthly sales slump as Japanese automakers continue to suffer the backlash from a territorial dispute between Beijing and Tokyo.

  • PBOC slows yuan rise with weaker fix for second day Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 5:23 AM ET

    *China cenbank intervention stems yuan rise, traders say. SHANGHAI, Nov 2- China's central bank tightened its grip on yuan appreciation with a second straight weaker midpoint fixing on Friday, pushing the yuan slightly lower, but traders said demand for the currency remained robust. The People's Bank of China has kept the midpoint virtually flat since Oct. 17.

  • Stock Plays for China’s Leadership Change Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 12:13 AM ET

    China’s once-a-decade leadership handover on November 15 will lift auto and consumer companies, according to a report by brokerage firm Kepler Capital Markets.

  • 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.