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  • HONG KONG, Feb 20- Shanghai shares erased gains early on Thursday after a preliminary private survey of February's manufacturing activity in the mainland came in weaker than expected, stoking fears of a quicker-than-expected slowdown. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings was down 0.6 percent.

  • *Japan's record high trade deficit widely expected- analysts. TOKYO, Feb 20- Japan's Nikkei share average fell for a second day following declines on Wall Street as minutes of the U.S. "People have realized that the market overreacted to the BOJ's announcement," said Masashi Oda, chief investment officer at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank.

  • LONDON, Feb 5- Growth in Britain's dominant service sector slowed unexpectedly in January but activity remained strong, suggesting the economy is picking up speed in the first quarter of 2014, a survey showed on Wednesday.

  • *Composite PMI highest since June 2011. LONDON, Feb 5- The euro zone's private sector logged its busiest month in 2-1/ 2 years in January as buoyant manufacturing growth outshone a more modest expansion in services activity, surveys showed on Wednesday.

  • Global factory growth steady in January -PMI Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    JPMorgan's Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index dipped to 52.9 in January from 53.0, above the 50 mark that indicates growth for the 14th month.

  • LONDON, Feb 3- European shares fell to their lowest level in more than a month on Monday, knocked back by data showing China's economy losing momentum and by growing worries about the impact on companies from emerging market turmoil. Fresh evidence of a slowdown in economic growth in China came after China's official Purchasing Managers' Index dipped in January.

  • With many Asian markets, including China, shut for the lunar new year holidays, trading volumes stayed thin. "The question is at which point the weakening process will fade and we see normalisation," said Luis Costa, emerging markets strategist at Citi.

  • With many Asian markets, including China, still shut for the lunar new year holidays, trading volumes stayed thin. That is likely to weigh on emerging markets that export to China, and MSCI's main emerging equity index eased 0.3 percent after January's 6.6 percent loss.

  • LONDON, Feb 3- The swift upturn in British factory activity eased slightly in January but orders from home and abroad flooded in at a faster rate, a survey showed on Monday, boding well for Britain's economy at the start of the year.

  • *France remains biggest drag on recovery. The increase was led by a sharp pick-up in Germany and a revival in the euro zone's periphery members, but a continuing downturn in France, the bloc's second-biggest economy, remained a drag on the region.

  • *India manufacturing PMI rises to highest since March 2013. *South Korea factory expansion fastest in 8 months. Purchasing managers indexes on Monday showed Indian manufacturing running at its strongest pace since March 2013 and in South Korea the sector was expanding at its fastest in eight months.

  • "Manufacturing activity moved into higher gear led by faster growth in new orders," said Leif Eskesen, chief economist for India at survey sponsor HSBC. A steady economic recovery in India's major export destinations of the United States and the euro zone over the past few months brought orders in at an increased pace.

  • TOKYO, Jan 31- Japanese manufacturing activity grew in January at the fastest pace in nearly eight years as new orders for goods expanded at a record rate, a sign of robust domestic demand before an increase in the sales tax in April.

  • BEIJING, Jan 30- Business conditions for China's manufacturers worsened in January as output and new order growth weakened, a private survey showed on Thursday, pointing to a weak start for the economy in 2014..

  • Treasuries after factory activity in China contracted in January for the first time in six months. A decline in the flash Markit/HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index in China, the world's second-largest economy, reinforced concerns about global growth, especially in commodity-sensitive emerging markets.

  • METALS-Copper pressured by China growth worries Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | 12:28 PM ET

    *China copper production falls 5.9 pct in Dec to hit 616,038 T. *China flash HSBC PMI shows slowing growth in factories. LONDON, Jan 23- Copper fell on Thursday, dragged lower by disappointing Chinese manufacturing data that reinforced concerns about the outlook for economic growth, but further declines were capped by a weak dollar and a shortfall of refined metal.

  • *China copper production falls 5.9 pct in Dec to hit 616,038 T. *China flash HSBC PMI shows slowing growth in China's factories. LONDON, Jan 23- Copper steadied on Thursday as a weak dollar and a shortfall of refined metal offset disappointing Chinese manufacturing data that reinforced concerns about economic growth.

  • *Shares labour, Wall Street seen down 0.3 percent at open. *Shanghai shares soften; Australian dollar, metals takes a hit. LONDON, Jan 23- Strong data from euro zone powerhouse Germany helped to lift investors' spirits and the euro on Thursday, after soft Chinese manufacturing figures sent a chill through growth-sensitive markets in Asia.

  • *China copper production falls 5.9 pct in Dec to hit 616,038 T. *China flash HSBC PMI shows slowing growth in China's factories. LONDON, Jan 23- Copper fell for a second day on Thursday after weakness in Chinese manufacturing fanned concerns about economic growth, but the loss was limited by shortfalls of refined metal and upbeat European data.

  • LONDON, Jan 23- The euro zone's private sector started 2014 in much better shape than expected, with stronger growth across the region marred only by a continued downturn in France, surveys showed on Thursday.

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