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  • *China manufacturing PMI hits 18- month high; new orders surge. While China is relying on increased government stimulus to steer its economy away from reliance on exports and towards consumer spending, Europe has taken the opposite approach, combining fiscal austerity with near-zero interest rates.

  • *US tech stocks buoyed by Apple; Facebook at record high. LONDON, July 24- The euro pulled off 8- month lows against the dollar on Thursday after the bloc's private sector expanded at its fastest rate in three months in July, and emerging equities hovered near 17- month highs after strong Chinese data.

  • BEIJING, July 24- China's factory activity expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months in July as new orders surged, a preliminary HSBC survey showed on Thursday, the latest indication that the economy is picking up as government stimulus measures kick in.

  • *PMI points to 0.4 percent quarterly GDP growth- Markit. Markit's Composite Purchasing Managers' Index, based on surveys of thousands of companies across the region and a good early indicator of overall growth, rose to 54.0 in July from 52.8, its highest since April.

  • BEIJING, July 24- China's factory activity expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months in July as new orders surged, a preliminary HSBC survey showed on Thursday, the latest indication that the economy is picking up as government stimulus measures kick in.

  • By Shinichi Saoshiro and Ian Chua. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, July 24- The New Zealand dollar skidded to a six-week low on Thursday after the country's central bank switched to a wait-and-see stance following its fourth straight rate hike, while its Australian peer rose after a survey showed China's factory sector expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months.

  • China factory index at 18-month high in July Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 10:41 PM ET

    HONG KONG— China's manufacturing rose in July to its highest level in 18 months, in a sign that mini-stimulus measures to shore up growth in the world's No. 2 economy have taken hold. The preliminary HSBC purchasing managers' index rose to 52.0 in July from 50.7 in June on a 100- point scale on which numbers below 50 indicate contraction.

  • BEIJING, July 24- China's factory activity expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months in July as new orders surged, a preliminary HSBC survey showed on Thursday, the latest indication that the economy is picking up as government stimulus measures kick in.

  • BEIJING, July 24- Activity in China's factory sector expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months in July, a preliminary HSBC survey showed on Thursday, as a raft of government stimulus measures kicked in.

  • TOKYO, July 24- Japanese manufacturing activity expanded at a slower pace in July than in the previous month, a preliminary survey showed on Thursday, as companies continued to adjust to fluctuations in demand after a sales tax increase in April.

  • Global economy ends first half on a high -PMI Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    LONDON, July 3- The global economy ended the first half on a high as business activity picked up in June, with new orders pouring in at their fastest rate in over three years, a survey showed on Thursday.

  • Activity in France, the bloc's second-biggest economy, shrank at the fastest rate in four months and even in Germany, the backbone of the common currency area, the pace of growth eased.

  • JOHANNESBURG, July 3- South Africa's private sector contracted slightly in June, a survey showed on Thursday, reflecting the impact of a protracted strike in the mining sector. -Detailed PMI data are only available under licence from Markit and customers need to apply to Markit for a licence.

  • HONG KONG, July 3- China shares lingered at two-week highs on Thursday, as early losses were erased after a private survey reinforced signs that the broader economy is stabilising. Activity in China's services sector expanded at its fastest pace in 15 months in June, according to a services purchasing managers' index compiled by HSBC/ Markit.

  • China June HSBC services PMI hits 15-month high of 53.1 Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 9:48 PM ET

    BEIJING, July 3- China's service sector activity expanded at the fastest pace in 15 months in June, a private survey showed on Thursday, reinforcing signs that the broader economy is stabilising.

  • *June house prices rise at fastest annual pace in over 9 yrs. *Construction PMI index hits highest level since February. LONDON, July 2- Britain's house prices rose at their fastest rate in nine years and London prices showed their biggest jump in a generation, data showed on Wednesday, as measures to curb mortgage lending have yet to have an impact.

  • UK CONSTRUCTION PMI HITS FOUR-MONTH HIGH IN JUNE- MARKIT@. LONDON, July 2- A surge in home-building helped British construction activity to grow at its fastest annual pace in four months in June, bucking expectations for a slowdown, industry data showed on Wednesday.

  • Global manufacturing activity accelerated in June -PMI Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    JPMorgan's Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to a four-month high of 52.7 in June from May's 52.1, holding above the 50 mark indicating growth for the 19th month in a row. "The global PMI suggests the growth of manufacturing output strengthened further into midyear," said David Hensley, a director at JPMorgan.

  • LONDON, July 1-* Euro zone June manufacturing PMI falls to 51.8. *Growth led by Germany and periphery but France contracts. LONDON, July 1- Euro zone manufacturing growth eased slightly more than previously thought last month and factories fulfilled existing orders to keep busy, a business survey showed on Tuesday.

  • *Growth led by Germany and periphery but France contracts. A resurgence in the bloc's periphery countries supported Germany, which was again the driving force, despite slower growth due to extra public holidays. Markit's final Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for the euro zone fell to 51.8 in June from May's 52.2, its lowest since November.