SOCHI, Russia, Sept 19- Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday that Russia would not isolate its sanctions-hit economy from the West but said improving relations with Asian countries has become a key strategy.» Read More
Sept 9- Moody's Investors Service lowered its outlook on Brazil's government bond rating to' negative' from' stable', saying the country's sustained low economic growth and worsening debt metrics reflected a risk of reduced creditworthiness.
SHANGHAI, Sept 9- China's main share index ended flat on Tuesday, following a six-day gaining streak, on expectations that data this week will add to worries over the economy. The Shanghai markets were closed on Monday for the Mid-Autumn Festival.
BEIJING— Beijing needs to speed up economic reform and curb the dominance of state companies or risk an economic slowdown and a possible crisis, the biggest European business group in China said Tuesday.
SHANGHAI, Sept 9- China shares fell slightly by midday on Tuesday, reversing gains after rising for six straight sessions, on expectation that data this week will add to worries over the economy. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings was down 0.3 percent after hitting a nine-month closing high on Friday.
SHANGHAI, Sept 9- China's yuan strengthened to a six-month high against the dollar on Tuesday after the central bank set a sharply stronger midpoint even amid worries that the economy is slowing.
MOSCOW, Sept 8- Russian oil production, a major source of government revenue, may decline slightly next year, having risen steadily since 2009, the Energy Ministry said on Monday. With Russia's $2 trillion economy heavily dependent on crude exports and on the brink of recession, oil production and prices are closely monitored by the Kremlin.
*China Aug import growth worst in over a year. LONDON, Sept 8- Copper rose on Monday as weak Chinese import data prompted speculation about looser monetary policy from Beijing, while nickel hit a two-month high on worries over potential supply constraints from the Philippines.
*Copper shipments steady, crude oil imports rise. *China steel mills have been slashing output. China's economy has had a bumpy ride this year.
BERLIN, Sept 8- Germany posted a record trade surplus of 22.2 billion euros in July, suggesting Europe's largest economy could bounce back strongly in the third quarter after suffering a surprise contraction in the second.
BEIJING, Sept 8- China's exports rose more than forecast in August while imports unexpectedly fell, pushing the trade surplus to a record high for the second consecutive month and underlining the challenges facing policymakers as they struggle to revive tepid domestic demand.
While data from China may give clarity on a pattern of uneven growth there, it is in Europe that the prospects for the economy are most uncertain, although a ceasefire in Ukraine could lift the mood and avoid new EU sanctions on Russia this week.
*Most dealers see first rate hike in Q2 2015. *8 of 15 dealers see Fed ending bond investment in 2016. NEW YORK, Sept 5- A majority of Wall Street's top bond firms see the Federal Reserve starting to raise interest rates by the second quarter of next year, showing slightly more aggressive expectations compared with a month ago, a Reuters survey showed on Friday.
*Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels agree to ceasefire. NEW YORK, Sept 5- Crude oil futures fell on Friday and ended the week more than 2 percent lower as disappointing jobs data from the United States cast doubt about the strength of economic growth in the world's biggest oil consuming economy.
*Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels agree to ceasefire. "U.S. economic growth was supposed to counter the slowing in China and Europe and the payrolls report threw a little cold water on that idea," said Gene McGillian, analyst at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut.
*Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels agree to ceasefire. NEW YORK, Sept 5- Crude oil futures fell on Friday, heading for weekly losses as disappointing jobs data from the United States suggested economic growth may not be as robust in the world's biggest oil consuming economy.
PRAGUE, Sept 4- Slovakia will strive to soften proposed European sanctions against Russia relating to exports of dual-use items and financial markets to protect its economy, Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Thursday. The EU has said it is considering new sanctions against Russia to punish Moscow for sending troops into eastern Ukraine.
BRASILIA, Sept 3- Brazil held interest rates steady for a third straight time on Wednesday, signaling it is in no rush to help an economy that fell into recession just weeks before a heated presidential election.
LONDON, Sept 3- Pressure on western workers from the integration of China and other emerging giants into the world economy shows no sign of abating and that protracted shock will also keep borrowing rates subdued for years to come.
NEW YORK, Sept 3- The euro stabilized against most major currencies on Wednesday on speculation of a possible ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, offering some comfort to the euro zone economy which has borne the brunt of the impact of the conflict.
LONDON, Sept 3- Euro zone business grew at the slowest rate this year in August and retail sales plummeted in July as escalating tension between Russia and Ukraine subdued spending and investment, surveys showed on Wednesday.