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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.
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.
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.
*Shares in Hong Kong more than halved this year. HONG KONG, Oct 25- ZTE Corp, the world's fourth-biggest maker of mobile phones and fifth-ranked telecommunications equipment manufacturer, reported its first quarterly loss- of $310 million- since listing in Hong Kong in 2004, on shredded margins, project delays and accounting changes in China.
LONDON, Oct 25- Yield-hungry pension funds and sovereign wealth funds are stepping in where crisis-hit, regulation-laden banks are pulling back: lending to cash-starved businesses.
*Shares in Hong Kong more than halved this year. HONG KONG, Oct 25- ZTE Corp, the world's fourth-biggest maker of mobile phones and fifth-ranked telecommunications equipment manufacturer, reported a $310 million quarterly net loss, its first since listing in Hong Kong in 2004, on shredded margins, project delays and accounting changes in China.
HONG KONG, Oct 25- ZTE Corp, the world's fourth-biggest maker of mobile phones and fifth-ranked telecommunications equipment manufacturer, reported a $310 million net loss for July-September, its first quarterly loss, as margins thinned, overseas projects were delayed and it made accounting changes at home in China.
LONDON/ SHANGHAI, Oct 25- Copper edged up on Thursday, snapping four sessions of losses, supported by the U.S. Federal Reserve's renewed commitment to keep stimulating economic growth and by improving manufacturing data from top metals consumers China and the United States.
HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, Oct 25- Hong Kong's commitment to its 29- year-old currency peg to the U.S. dollar risks making the already pricey city even more expensive as policymakers try to manage a wave of foreign money seeking to cash in on a potential Chinese recovery.
Japan's Coast Guard said the four Chinese surveillance ships were spotted within a 22- kilometer zone that Tokyo considers its territorial waters near one of the disputed islands in the East China Sea early Thursday morning. Japan's Foreign Ministry lodged a strong protest with China's ambassador in Tokyo.
*Macau gaming sector strong after positive Wynn, Galaxy Q3 earnings. HONG KONG, Oct 25- Hong Kong shares eked out a tenth straight gain on Thursday, but a rally that has taken the Hang Seng Index to 2012 highs showed signs of fatigue as investors took profits on outperformers.
*Yuan surges to new all time record high. *Closes at strong-side limit of daily trading band. SHANGHAI, Oct 25- China's yuan closed at a record high on Thursday after hitting the strong-side limit of the central bank's daily trading band as a result of heavy demand as firms unwound long dollar positions built up in the first half of the year.
HONG KONG, Oct 25- Hong Kong shares eked out a 10th straight gain on Thursday, with the rally that has taken the Hang Seng Index to 2012 highs showing signs of fatigue as investors took profits on outperformers.
HONG KONG, Oct 25- China shares slipped on Thursday, dragged lower by the growth-sensitive banking and energy sectors as investors took profits on recent outperformers. The CSI300 Index of the top Shanghai and Shenzhen listings ended down 0.7 percent at 2,291.2, its lowest close since Oct. 8.
SHANGHAI, Oct 25- China's yuan hit the strong-side limit of its daily trading band on Thursday morning. Spot yuan hit 6.2417 versus the dollar at around 1:40 p.m., putting the dollar/yuan rate one percent below the central bank's midpoint of 6.3047.
*Yuan hits all time record high in morning trade. SHANGHAI, Oct 25- China's yuan touched its strongest ever level on Thursday and crept within a whisker of its strong-side limit, as dealers said short covering added to strong corporate demand for yuan. The People's Bank of China set its midpoint at 6.3047 on Thursday, moderately stronger than Wednesday's fix.