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  • *OPEC's Dec oil supply falls to six-month low. SINGAPORE, Dec 31- Brent crude prices edged towards $57 a barrel on Wednesday as weak Chinese manufacturing data and demand concerns outweighed supply disruptions in Libya. China's factory sector shrank for the first time in seven months in December, with the final HSBC/ Markit Purchasing Managers' Index for this...

  • China Dec HSBC factory PMI contracts to 7-month low Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 8:45 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, Dec 31- Activity in China's factory sector shrank for the first time in seven months in December, a private business survey showed on Wednesday, highlighting the urgency behind a series of surprise easing moves by Beijing in the past two months. The weak performance will add to the debate over whether Beijing needs to engage in more policy easing or...

  • BEIJING, Dec 29- Growth in China's manufacturing sector likely slowed to a 18- month low in December, a Reuters poll showed, adding to signs of a protracted slowdown in the world's second-largest economy that may prompt authorities to roll out more stimulus measures. "We expect the manufacturing sector to remain sluggish in December, in line with a continued...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- Euro zone businesses are ending 2014 in slightly better shape than thought but growth remains weak and firms are still cutting prices to encourage trade, surveys showed on Tuesday. Markit's Composite Flash Purchasing Managers' Index, based on surveys of thousands of companies and seen as a good growth indicator, rose to 51.7 from a 16- month low of...

  • BEIJING, Dec 16- Activity in China's factory sector contracted in December for the first time in seven months, the latest in a string of weak economic indicators that will intensify calls for more stimulus measures to head off a hard landing. The flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index fell to 49.5 in December from November's final reading of...

  • BEIJING, Dec 16- Activity in China's factory sector contracted in December for the first time in seven months, the latest in a string of weak economic indicators that will intensify calls for more stimulus measures to head off a hard landing. The flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index fell to 49.5 in December from November's final reading of...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 16- China's yuan fell against the dollar on Tuesday as the central bank set a weaker midpoint, and on further indications that China will roll out more stimulus measures to shore up the sluggish economy. The yuan has been under pressure in the past month as demand for dollars from oil and coal companies increases near year-end, while a series of weak...

  • BEIJING, Dec 16- Activity in China's factory sector contracted in December for the first time in seven months as new orders declined, a preliminary private survey showed on Tuesday, fueling expectations that more stimulus will be needed to avert a sharper economic slowdown. The flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index fell to 49.5 in...

  • BEIJING, Dec 16- Activity in China's factory sector contracted in December for the first time in seven months as new orders declined, a preliminary private survey showed on Tuesday, fueling expectations that more stimulus will be needed to avert a sharper economic slowdown. The flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index fell to 49.5 in...

  • BEIJING, Dec 16- Activity in China's factory sector shrank in December for the first time in seven months as new orders declined, a preliminary private survey showed on Tuesday, adding to expectations that more stimulus may be needed to avert a sharper economic slowdown. The flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index fell to 49.5 in December...

  • TOKYO, Dec 16- Growth in Japanese manufacturing activity picked up slightly in December and output grew at the fastest pace since September, a survey showed on Tuesday, suggesting the economy is recovering from a recession in the third quarter. The Markit/ JMMA flash Japan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index rose to a seasonally adjusted 52.1 in December...

  • Global economy to expand at solid pace in Q4 -PMI Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    JPMorgan's Global All-Industry Output Index, produced with Markit, fell to a seven-month low of 53.2 from October's 53.5 but has now held above the 50 mark that divides growth from contraction for more than two years. "November saw global economic growth continue its gradual slowdown from the highs of the middle of the year," said David Hensley, a director at...

  • In contrast, a survey covering China's services industry showed slightly faster expansion. "There are clear downside risks to various areas of the world economy including the euro zone and to some extent China," said Philip Shaw, chief economist at Investec. Markit's final November Composite Purchasing Managers' Index, based on surveys of thousands of...

  • *Markit says data point to 0.6 pct Q4 GDP growth. The closely watched Markit/ CIPS services purchasing managers' index rose to 58.6 in November after falling sharply to 56.2 in October, beating all forecasts in a Reuters poll, amid reports of firm demand and increased new business. Markit said that taken together, the surveys suggested Britain's economy will grow...

  • LONDON, Dec 3- Heavy discounting failed to stop euro zone business activity growing less than thought last month, a survey showed on Wednesday, suggesting the bloc's economy may contract again early next year. "The region is on course to see a mere 0.1 percent GDP growth in the final quarter of the year, with a strong likelihood of the near-stagnation turning to...

  • BEIJING, Dec 3- China's services sector grew slightly faster in November, two surveys showed on Wednesday, a welcome respite to a run of underwhelming data but still unlikely to allay concerns about the softening Chinese economy. A separate services PMI published by HSBC/ Markit inched up to 53.0 last month from October's 52.9, as new orders rose at their quickest...

  • China HSBC services PMI edges up to 53 in November Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 8:45 PM ET

    BEIJING, Dec 3- China's services sector grew marginally faster in November as new orders rose at their quickest pace in 2-1/ 2 years, a private survey showed, an encouraging sign of strength that contrasts sharply with the gloom in the other parts of the economy. The HSBC/ Markit Services Purchasing Managers' Index inched up to 53.0 last month from October's 52.9,...

  • China official services PMI edges up to 53.9 in Nov Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 8:19 PM ET

    BEIJING, Dec 3- China's services sector grew slightly faster in November, an official survey showed on Wednesday, a welcome respite to a run of underwhelming data from the world's second-largest economy as it faces its worst slowdown in at least six years.

  • Global factory growth at 14-month low in Nov -PMI Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 1- Global manufacturing activity expanded at its weakest pace in over a year in November, with new orders rising at their slowest rate since July 2013, a business survey showed on Monday. JPMorgan's Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, produced with Markit, fell to 51.8 in November from October's 52.2. The PMI combines survey data from...

  • *Discounts, online buys hurt Thanksgiving weekend sales. NEW YORK, Dec 1- U.S. stocks were set to fall at the open on Monday as manufacturing growth across Asia and Europe eased in November, while retailers could be pressured as Thanksgiving weekend in-store sales failed to impress. Markit's final November manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for the euro...