Copper was at $7,079 a tonne at 1048 GMT, down 0.5 percent on Thursday's close despite data showing expanding factory activity in China, the world's biggest consumer of the metal.» Read More
*India digs in heels as WTO trade deal deadline looms. NEW DELHI/ SYDNEY, July 31- The United States raised the issue of a stalled trade agreement during talks with India's finance minister on Thursday, a source at the meeting said, hours before a deadline passes for New Delhi to sign a deal backers say would boost the global economy.
NEW YORK— For stock investors, the red flags were everywhere on Thursday. Whole Foods Market and Exxon Mobil sparked the selling after their quarterly results late Wednesday disappointed investors. Yum Brands, the owner of KFC and Pizza Hut, slumped after it said that its earnings would be crimped by a food safety scandal in China that involved repacked meat.
BEIJING, July 31- China should set an economic growth target of 6.5-7 percent for 2015 and refrain from stimulus measures unless the economy threatens to slow sharply from that level, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.
BEIJING, July 31- China should set an economic growth target of 6.5-7 percent for 2015, below its goal for 2014, and refrain from stimulus measures unless activity threatens to slow sharply from that level, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.
BRUSSELS— The European Union's sanctions against Russia are bound to inflict pain on the country's ailing economy. While still narrowly targeted, they come as a warning shot to convince Moscow to change its Ukraine policies or face even tougher penalties. EU officials say the penalties can be eased if Moscow cooperates in Ukraine.
*Manufacturing growth in China expands. LONDON, July 30- Lead prices fell on Wednesday as investors took profits after a rally this month, but a brighter global economic outlook is seen providing support to industrial metals. Part of that is driven by improving macro sentiment, "said commodity analyst Ivan Szpakowski of Citi in Shanghai.
NEW YORK, July 30- The dollar hit 10- month highs against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday while U.S. two-year note yields surged to their highest since May 2011 after data showed surprisingly strong U.S. economic growth.
KIEV, July 30- Ukraine's economic decline has accelerated as fighting between the army and pro-Russian separatists in the east took a heavy toll on industry and other economic activity in the last three months.
*European shares slip as Total hurt by Russia. LONDON, July 30- The euro hit an eight-month trough against the dollar on Wednesday and German bond yields were near record lows ahead of inflation data expected to boost the case for further policy easing by the European Central Bank.
MOSCOW, July 30- Russia's Economy Ministry has drafted a regulation introducing import duties on Ukrainian goods, a draft document showed, in an apparent response to Kiev's trade deal with the European Union. Moscow fears that Ukraine may re-export EU products into Russia, avoiding duties that Russia imposes to protect its own output.
BANGKOK— Thailand's military government approved a massive budget to upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail that would eventually link with China as part of an eight-year plan to improve infrastructure, officials said Wednesday.
*Manufacturing growth in China expands. LONDON/ SYDNEY, July 30- Lead and zinc fell on Wednesday as investors took profits after a rally by both metals this month, but a brighter global economic outlook could see industrial metals resuming their rise. Part of that is driven by improving macro sentiment, "said commodity analyst Ivan Szpakowski of Citi in Shanghai.
*European shares slip as Total hurt by Russia. LONDON, July 30- The euro hit an eight-month trough against the dollar on Wednesday and German bond yields were at record lows ahead of inflation data expected to boost the case for further European Central Bank policy easing.
LONDON, July 30- The euro fell below $1.34 on Wednesday for the first time since last November before German inflation data that was likely to add to the case for the European Central Bank pumping more money into a moribund economy.
SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, July 30- The dollar touched a six-month high against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday, holding firm ahead of a Federal Reserve policy decision and U.S. gross domestic product data due later in the day.
WASHINGTON— Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen Russia's economic pain even further and force President Vladimir Putin to end provocations in Ukraine.
SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, July 30- The dollar hovered near a six-month high against a basket of currencies on Wednesday as investors awaited a Federal Reserve policy decision and U.S. gross domestic product data due later in the day.
SINGAPORE, July 30- Gold was trading in a tight range below $1,300 an ounce on Wednesday, as investors nervously awaited the end of a Federal Reserve policy meeting to gauge the U.S. central bank's view on the economy and monetary policy.
*Ukraine- Russia tensions, Israel- Palestine cut gold's losses. NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 28- Gold was little changed on Monday as traders and investors awaited the outcome of a Federal Reserve policy meeting, while hazarding a guess on what U.S. jobs numbers for the month might be.
*Traders eye this week's U.S. NEW YORK, July 28- The U.S. dollar traded mostly flat against a basket of major currencies on Monday, halting last week's advance but still hovering near six-month highs as traders awaited a glut of economic data and policy releases.