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  • SHANGHAI, June 12- China stocks ended Friday slightly higher as investors, heading into the mid-year earnings season, digest a slew of economic data this week that showed the economy remains sluggish. Property stocks were firmer, underpinned by official data pointing to an improvement in real estate investment and home sales in China, with the recovery most...

  • *China fixed-asset investment growth at 15- yr low in May. BEIJING, June 11- China's ailing economy showed few signs of improvement in May, with factory output steadying but investment growing at its slowest rate in nearly 15 years, pointing to further weakness unless Beijing ramps up its stimulus efforts. That led some analysts to predict growth could cool...

  • BEIJING, June 11- China's economy faces relatively large downward pressure, as the global recovery remains unsteady, Premier Li Keqiang said in comments seen on Thursday. The world's second-largest economy needed a new driving force to maintain steady growth, Li added. Data earlier on Thursday showed China's fixed-asset investment grew at its slowest rate in...

  • BEIJING, June 11- China's fiscal spending rose 2.6 percent in May from a year earlier, slowing sharply from a 33.2 percent rise in April, the Ministry of Finance said on Thursday, as the government faces a tough job in spurring investment to support the slowing economy. China's cabinet threatened to cut the 2016 budgets of local governments that do not spend most of...

  • Falling yen raises specter of "currency war" in Asia Tuesday, 9 Jun 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, June 10- From South Korea to Indonesia and India, monetary authorities are preparing to let their currencies weaken as a falling Japanese yen makes their economies uncompetitive, and drags them into what some policymakers are calling a "currency war." An adviser to India's finance minister said the country's export growth was flailing not just...

  • *Tame China inflation data, Greece worries weigh on sentiment. NEW YORK, June 9- U.S. stocks rose slightly on Tuesday, bouncing back partially from the previous day's decline as higher oil prices helped energy shares, but the dollar slipped on global economic concerns. They don't want to miss the boat, "said Andrew Frankel, co-president of Stuart Frankel& Co in New York,...

  • The infrastructure plan is meant to restore growth to Brazil's faltering economy and raise Rousseff's popularity, which has been battered by high inflation, rising unemployment and a corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras. The World Economic Forum ranks Brazil only 120th out of 144 countries for overall quality of infrastructure, with...

  • NEW YORK, June 9- European shares fell on Tuesday on weak economic data out of China and uncertainty about Greece's debt negotiations while U.S. stocks were a mixed bag with the Nasdaq falling furthest. China reported soft inflation data that suggested the world's second-biggest economy was still struggling, even through Beijing is expected to add more policy...

  • SHANGHAI, June 9- China shares closed lower on Tuesday, hours ahead of MSCI's decision on including mainland stocks in its global indexes, as some investors took profit in blue chips after soft inflation data suggested the economy was still struggling. MSCI will soon announce whether to include so-called China' A' shares in its Emerging Markets Index, a decision...

  • SHANGHAI, June 9- China's consumer inflation eased while producer prices stayed stubbornly in deflation in May, bolstering the case for fiscal stimulus as the world's second-largest economy shrugs off monetary easing. "We are basically in the midst of a balance sheet recession with Chinese characteristics," said Andrew Polk, economist at the Conference Board...

  • UPDATE 1-Oil prices rise on hopes for China stimulus Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | 10:39 PM ET

    *Eyes on supply side, including Iraq and Iran- analyst. SEOUL, June 9- Oil prices edged up on Tuesday on hopes of more economic stimulus in China after disappointing data from the world's No.2 economy. Front month U.S. crude climbed 26 cents to $58.40 a barrel by 0235 GMT, after ending the previous session down 99 cents.

  • SHANGHAI, June 9- China's consumer inflation eased in May, while producer prices fell for the 38th straight month, raising concerns about growing deflationary pressures as the economy cools. Worried about China's economy, where growth cooled to a six-year low of 7 percent in the first three months of this year, the central bank has cut interest rates three times...

  • SHANGHAI, June 9- China's annual consumer inflation in May eased to 1.2 percent, weaker than the previous month's pace and slightly below forecasts in a Reuters poll. NIE WEN, MACRO STRATEGIST IN HWABAO TRUST IN SHANGHAI. CHESTER LIAW, ECONOMIST AT FORECAST PTE LTD, SINGAPORE.

  • *Trade surplus $59.49 bln, vs f'cast $44.95 bln. BEIJING, June 8- A bigger-than-expected slide in China's imports in May strengthened expectations more policy stimulus may be needed to avert a sharp slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. We expect trade conditions to continue to be sluggish in the following 4-5 months, with more government policy...

  • SHANGHAI, June 8- China's yuan eased against the dollar on Monday after the central bank set the daily guidance rate lower for a second straight session, but a near record trade surplus helped to reverse the loss, traders said. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.1205 per dollar prior to market open, 0.04 percent weaker than the previous fix at...

  • China's exports fell less than expected last month, but imports tumbled at a greater pace, stoking concerns over a slowdown in the world's second largest economy and giving Beijing more reason to take further stimulus steps. Considering expectations of a slight rebound in import levels in May due to recovering crude prices, "the continuing fall in imports...

  • BEIJING, June 8- China's exports in May fell less than expected but a double-digit drop in imports will likely keep the pressure on Beijing for more stimulus to avert a sharper economic slowdown. China's exporters have been struggling to cope with weak overseas demand, rising labour and currency costs, exacerbating downward pressure on the world's...

  • LONDON, June 7- Economic indicators are this week expected to show signs of continued, if modest, progress in much of the world-- all of which could be blown off course if the standoff between Greece and its lenders leads to a rupture in the euro zone. The currency bloc has been a millstone around the neck of the world economy since the financial crisis began and the...

  • BEIJING, June 6- The finance ministers of China and Japan raised concerns on Saturday about volatile commodity prices and the dangers that they pose to the global economy. "Both sides agreed that the global economy in general is still in profound structural adjustment, and expressed concerns about the risks posed by volatile commodity prices and economic...

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, June 5- Finance Minister Anton Siluanov defended Russia's tight monetary policy on Friday, saying it was needed to combat high inflation and would continue in the "coming years". Siluanov told reporters on the sidelines of a banking conference in St Petersburg that Russia could no longer bear the same liabilities that it could when the oil...