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  • Stocks sink as oil falls, China factories slumber Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:58 AM ET

    France's CAC-40 was down 0.5 percent to 4,085.07 and Germany's DAX shed 0.4 percent to 8,906.64. HSBC's factory purchasing managers index rose to 50.4 in October from 50.2 the previous month but the output sub-index slipped to a five month low. "While the manufacturing sector likely stabilized in October, the economy continues to show signs of insufficient...

  • *China October PMI at 3- month high of 50.4- HSBC/ Markit. *OPEC should cut output by at least 500,000 bpd- Libya. SINGAPORE, Oct 23- Brent crude fell for a second session running on Thursday, hitting a one-week low just above $84 a barrel as a sharp rise in crude inventories in top oil consumer the United States reinforced oversupply concerns.

  • BEIJING, Oct 23- China's vast factory sector grew a shade faster in October as firms drew more foreign and domestic orders, a private survey showed on Thursday, though analysts said the figure does not point to a fourth-quarter turnaround for the cooling economy. The flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index edged up to a three-month high of...

  • Japan's Nikkei share average fell 0.5 percent while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.2 percent. The flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index edged up to a three-month high of 50.4 from a final reading of 50.2 in September, and just a hair's breadth from the 50.3 reading forecast by analysts.

  • BEIJING, Oct 23- China's vast factory sector grew a shade faster in October as firms drew more foreign and domestic orders, a private survey showed on Thursday, though the modest expansion likely won't dispel concerns about the cooling Chinese economy. The flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index edged up to a three-month high of 50.4 from a...

  • BEIJING, Oct 8- Growth in China's services sector weakened slightly in September as new business cooled, a private survey showed on Wednesday, reinforcing signs of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy that could prompt more stimulus measures. The services purchasing managers' index compiled by HSBC/ Markit pulled back to 53.5 in September from a...

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Rapid growth in Britain's services sector eased slightly in September and a broader measure of private-sector expansion fell to a six-month low, a major business survey showed on Friday, raising the prospect of an end-of-year slowdown. The Markit/ CIPS services purchasing managers' index dropped to a three-month low of 58.7 in September from...

  • Firms cut prices at a faster rate last month, underscoring the difficulty the European Central Bank is likely to have in bringing persistently low inflation back up, especially with weak demand for goods and services in a stagnating economy. Markit's Composite Purchasing Managers' Index, which is based on surveys of thousands of companies across the region...

  • BERLIN, Oct 3- Germany's private sector expanded in September for a 17th consecutive month, a survey showed on Friday, suggesting Europe's largest economy will grow again in the third quarter after shrinking in the second. Markit's final composite Purchasing Managers' Index, which tracks growth in the manufacturing and services sectors that account for more...

  • BEIJING, Oct 3- China's services sector grew at its slowest pace in eight months in September after new orders shrank for the first time since the 2008 global financial crisis, a survey showed on Friday, exposing more weakness in the world's second-largest economy. In a sign that China's cooling property market remained a key drag on the economy, the PMI showed the...

  • China Sept official services PMI falls to 8-month low Thursday, 2 Oct 2014 | 9:10 PM ET

    BEIJING, Oct 3- Growth in China's services sector eased a shade in September to an eight-month low after new orders shrank for the first time in at least a year, an official survey showed on Friday, the latest sign of weakness in the world's second-largest economy. The official non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index edged down to 54.0 in September from 54.4...

  • LONDON, Oct 2- British construction activity grew at one of the fastest rates on record last month, though slower rises in new orders and employment raise questions about the durability of the upturn, a survey of purchasing managers showed on Thursday. The Markit/ CIPS construction PMI rose to 64.2 in September from 64.0 in August, beating economists'...

  • *China's PMI steadies at 51.1, just above forecast. LONDON, Oct 1- Oil rose from a more than two-year low to above $96 a barrel on Wednesday, supported by a slightly better-than-expected Chinese factory survey and a surprise drop in U.S. crude oil inventories.

  • *China's PMI steadies at 51.1, just above forecast. LONDON, Oct 1- Oil rose from a more than two-year low to over $95 a barrel on Wednesday as a slightly better-than-expected Chinese factory survey countered worries of an economic slowdown in the world's No. 2 oil consumer and ample supplies.

  • The Markit/ CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index released on Wednesday fell to 51.6, its lowest level since April last year and below a consensus forecast of 52.5 in a Reuters poll of economists. August's reading was revised down to 52.2 from a previous estimate of 52.5, Markit said.

  • *China's PMI steadies at 51.1, just above forecast. *Ample supply, higher OPEC output weighs on prices. Concern over growing oil supply despite conflict in the Middle East and a stronger dollar pushed global benchmark Brent to its lowest since June 2012 on Tuesday, and the same factors are likely to keep a lid on any price recovery.

  • That underscores the difficulty the European Central Bank is likely to have in bringing low inflation back up to its target of just below 2 percent, especially with low demand for goods and services in a stagnating economy.

  • "It's a tiny bit better than the market expected, but the China bears have been beating their chest very loudly in the past few weeks so we should see some relief rally," said Ben Le Brun, market analyst at OptionsXpress in Sydney. Brent oil for November delivery was up 30 cents at $94.97 a barrel by 0627 GMT, off a session high of $95.17.

  • TOKYO, Oct 1- Asian shares slumped on Wednesday as continued civil unrest in Hong Kong and a downbeat day on Wall Street sapped confidence, while the dollar index was close to a four-year high after marking its best quarterly gain in six years.

  • "It's a tiny bit better than the market expected, but the China bears have been beating their chest very loudly in the past few weeks so we should see some relief rally," said Ben Le Brun, market analyst at OptionsXpress in Sydney. The contract fell $2.53 to settle at $94.67 on Tuesday, after touching a session low of $94.24, its weakest since June 2012.