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  • China leader's persona forged by harsh early life Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:12 AM ET

    LIANGJIAHE, China-- The next leader of China spent much of his youth living in a dug-out cave. Xi Jingping's seven years in this remote northern community meant toiling alongside rural villagers by day and sleeping on bricks by night, in stark contrast to his pampered early years in Beijing.

  • World stocks rise on US, China recovery signs Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 5:17 AM ET

    BANGKOK-- Stock markets rose Thursday after an unexpectedly strong U.S. housing report renewed confidence in the world's biggest economy and the latest data from China suggested the worst of its slump is over.

  • Spanish hopes buoy markets ahead of EU summit Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 6:37 AM ET

    However, rising speculation that Spain will soon ask for help to keep its borrowing costs down continues to shore up European markets, particularly in Madrid. The surprise decision late Tuesday by Moody's to maintain its credit rating on Spain has also helped shore up sentiment.

  • World stocks gain on stronger US retail sales Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 5:27 AM ET

    HONG KONG-- World stock markets were lifted Tuesday by better data on the U.S. economy and a report showing improving investor confidence in Germany. In early European trading, Germany's DAX rose 0.6 percent to 7,308.01 and France's CAC 40 gained 0.5 percent to 3,426.48.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Bosideng International Holdings, China's largest maker and distributor of down clothing, is eyeing store openings in Milan and New York if its first overseas venture in London proves a hit with the British capital's shoppers.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 12- China's state-owned insurer PICC Group is tentatively looking to start pre-marketing its proposed up to $3 billion Hong Kong initial public offering in mid-November, IFR reported on Friday citing sources. PICC is planning to raise as much as $6 billion through a dual listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai, sources previously told Reuters.

  • TOKYO, Oct 12- China argued on Friday that the yuan is close to its equilibrium level as the central bank has "dramatically reduced" its intervention in currency markets, rebutting criticism that Beijing suppresses the currency to help exports.

  • Central Huijin, a unit of China's sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp, raised its stake in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China by about 127.6 million shares on Oct. 9 and 4.7 mln shares on Oct. 10.

  • *Sands China leads gains in Macau gaming sector By Clement Tan. HONG KONG, Oct 12- Hong Kong shares closed at their highest since May 3, after a sixth-straight weekly gain aided by strength in the Chinese banking sector due to expectation of more government moves to jack up China's growth rate.

  • China government raises stake in ICBC by $81 million Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:45 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Oct 12- Industrial and Commercial Bank of China said on Friday its biggest shareholder, the government-backed Central Huijin, had increased its shareholding in the Chinese lender by 127.6 million of the bank's Shanghai- listed shares.

  • Hong Kong shares end up 0.7 pct at five-month high Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:11 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Oct 12- Hong Kong shares finished at a five-month high on Friday, posting a sixth-straight weekly rise on expectations of more government measures to shore up the world's second-largest economy. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 1.1 percent and 3.8 percent for the week at 10,345.3.

  • BEIJING, Oct 12- Chinese banks made 623.2 billion yuan worth of new loans in September, the People's Bank of China said on Friday, slightly lower than market expectations for 650 billion yuan. --New bank lending in September at 623.2 billion yuan.

  • The Shanghai Composite has gained about 5 percent since late September, just as other major stock markets have ceded recent gains, leading to some hope that the fortunes of China’s battered stock market may be finally turning.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 12- Spot iron ore prices in top importer China steadied on Friday after a rally earlier this week spurred caution among buyers Who are worried demand in the world's top steel consumer might not rebound significantly.

  • SHANGHAI, March 29- Apple Inc's Tim Cook, on his first trip to China as the chief executive officer, has visited an iPhone production plant run by the Foxconn Technology Group, which is being accused of improper labour practices.

  • Oct 12- Mainland Chinese shares ended slightly up in choppy Friday trade ahead of a tranche of fresh China data over the weekend, with strength in the banking sector outweighing weakness in property and resource-related sectors. Beijing is due to post September trade data on Saturday and inflation on Monday.

  • Iron ore steady, but headed for best week in a month Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 1:47 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Oct 12- Spot iron ore prices in top importer China steadied on Friday after a rally earlier this week spurred caution among buyers worried demand in the world's top steel consumer might not rebound significantly. Price offers for imported iron ore cargoes in China, including those from top supplier Australia, were unchanged on Friday, traders said.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 12- Hong Kong shares rose to a five-month high on Friday, set for a sixth-straight weekly gain as investors put money in growth-sensitive sectors on expectations of more governmental support for the Chinese economy. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 0.8 percent and is up 3.5 percent this week.

  • *China money rates flat, liquidity remains ample. SHANGHAI, Oct 12- China's money market rates were little changed on Friday, as conditions remained loose following a large injection of funds by the central bank this week.

  • Italy - Factors to watch on Oct. 12 Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    The governor of Lombardy refused to resign over a widening graft scandal on Thursday but said he would appoint a new government for Italy's wealthiest and most populous region, adding to political disarray six months from general elections.