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  • Asian stocks gain after China rate cut Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 11:00 PM ET

    BEIJING— Asian stocks rose Monday after China's surprise interest rate cut as investors looked ahead to European inflation data due out this week and OPEC meeting to discuss oil production levels. KEEPING SCORE: China's Shanghai Composite Index jumped 1.7 percent to 2,529.83 points and Hong Kong's Hang Seng surged 1.8 percent to 23,862.69.

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 24- The Shanghai Composite Index extended gains to a three-year high on Monday after the central bank unexpectedly cut interest rates on Friday to help support the economy. The index was up 1.3 percent to 2,518.0 points as of 0210 GMT, its highest level November 2011. CSI300 of the largest companies listed in Shanghai and Shenzhen was up 1.8 percent.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 24- U.S. crude futures steadied above $76 a barrel on Monday, clinging to gains from the previous session after a rally spurred by China's first interest rate cut in more than two years. *Friday's surprise cut in China's interest rates reflects a change of course by Beijing and the central bank, which had persisted with modest stimulus measures...

  • China ready to cut rates again: Sources Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 6:12 AM ET
    Zhou Xiaochuan

    China's leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, said sources involved in policy-making.

  • *China ready to cut rates again, ease bank reserve ratio- sources. BEIJING, Nov 23- China's leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, concerned that falling prices could trigger a surge in debt defaults, business failures and job losses, said sources involved in policy-making. Friday's surprise cut in...

  • MINSK, Nov 22- Belarus has cut its 2015 economic growth forecast to 0.2-0.7 percent from the previous 2.0 percent because of the economic slowdown in Russia, state news agency Belta quoted Economy Minister Nikolai Snopkov as saying. In recent years, Belarus has received tens of billions of dollars in loans and rebates for energy prices from Russia, hit this year...

  • *Shares soar on China rate cut, Draghi stimulus hopes. *Euro tumbles on Draghi; Brent above $80 a barrel. NEW YORK, Nov 21- World stock markets and oil prices rallied Friday, fueled by hopes for global growth following a surprise interest rate cut by China and as the European Central Bank indicated it would step up asset purchases to boost the euro zone economy.

  • 2015 stock outlook: Good but not great, and bumpy Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks can keep climbing next year, tacking even more gains onto their phenomenal run of the last five-plus years. Just don't expect them to be as big-- or to come with as little heartburn-- as before. The economy is growing, and employers have added more than 200,000 jobs for nine straight months, the longest such streak since 1995. "Everything is pointing to...

  • *Shares soar on China rate cut, Draghi stimulus hopes. NEW YORK, Nov 21- World stock markets and oil prices rallied Friday, fueled by hopes for global growth following a surprise rate cut by China and as the European Central Bank indicated it would step up its asset purchases to boost the euro zone economy. "To the extent that you dueling positive monetary policy...

  • Russian FM: politics must not affect oil decisions Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 6:39 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia's foreign minister said Friday that political issues should not influence decisions on global oil production, even as the country's economy takes a hit from falling oil prices. Russia is weighing how to respond to this year's 30 percent drop in the price of crude, to below $80 per barrel. When asked whether Russia was willing to cut oil production...

  • China, Europe chase growth amid global slowdown Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 5:52 AM ET

    BEIJING— China's central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world's No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown. And Japan's government this week delayed a tax increase after the country slipped back into recession. News of China's actions and...

  • BEIJING— China's official news agency says central bank cuts interest rate.

  • China wants to build the world a railway Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 2:29 PM ET
    A construction site of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit system in Nigeria.

    With its domestic economy cooling, China is investing heavily outside its borders in multibillion dollar infrastructure projects.

  • LONDON/ BEIJING, Nov 20- Surveys sounded warning bells for the global economy on Thursday as euro zone businesses grew less quickly than any forecaster expected and China's factories lost momentum. Markit's Composite Flash Purchasing Managers' Index for November, based on surveys of thousands of companies and seen as a good growth indicator, fell to 51.4,...

  • China: Australia trade deal won't hurt New Zealand Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:27 AM ET

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand— Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday that his country's trade deal with Australia won't hurt neighboring New Zealand because demand from the world's No. 2 economy remains strong. China and Australia signed a preliminary free-trade deal earlier this week. Xi said people have been asking him if that will have a negative impact on...

  • China stocks fall on economy worries, Hong Kong steady Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:09 AM ET

    HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, Nov 20- China shares fell on Thursday on fresh worries over the cooling economy and as profit-taking pressure persisted after the launch of a landmark Hong Kong- Shanghai trading link. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen also fell 0.1 percent. Investors on the mainland have been offloading shares which...

  • BEIJING, Nov 20- China's factories looked to have hit an air pocket in November as a private survey showed output falling for the first time in six months, adding to concerns about slowing economic momentum and to the case for further policy easing from Beijing. In China, the flow of data was again disappointing as an early reading on HSBC/ Markit's manufacturing...

  • BEIJING, Nov 20- Growth in China's vast factory sector stalled in November, with output contracting for the first time in six months, a private survey showed on Thursday, adding to signs that the economy may still be losing traction. The flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index fell to a six-month low of 50.0 from a final reading of 50.4 in October...

  • BEIJING, Nov 20- Growth in China's immense factory sector stalled in November, with output contracting for the first time in six months, a private survey showed on Thursday, adding to signs that the world's second-largest economy may still be losing traction. The flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index fell to a six-month low of 50.0 from a...

  • Australian exports to China still face hurdles Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:14 PM ET

    A trade deal signed with great fanfare between China and Australia may not provide Australia with the economic boost that many anticipate.