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  • 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.

  • *TransCanada opens Gulf Coast line, breaking U.S. oil bottleneck. Brent, which slipped to as low as $107.90, was down 28 cents at $107.99 a barrel by 0734 GMT. U.S. oil eased 14 cents to $96.59, after settling $1.76 higher at $96.73.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares worn down by China worries Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | 12:19 AM ET

    *Shanghai shares soften, Australian dollar takes a hit. "The weak flash PMI will inevitably inflame China slowdown worries, but this is only one data point," said Linus Yip, a strategist with First Shanghai Securities in Hong Kong. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan also lost 1.1 percent, while Australia's main index dropped 1 percent.

  • *CITIC Securities hit by pledge to open up brokerage sector. HONG KONG, Jan 23- Hong Kong shares sank to their lowest level in over a week on Thursday, led by the Chinese financial sector, after a private preliminary survey showed factory activity shrank slightly in the world's second-largest economy in January.

  • *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. "Copper demand has been impacted by tight credit conditions, China's slowing growth and seasonality," said Helen Lau, senior analyst at UOB-Kay Hian Securities in Hong Kong.

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Jan 23- The Canadian dollar slid to 4 1/ 2- year lows on Thursday after the Bank of Canada said the currency's depreciation should help exports, while the Australian dollar weakened following a disappointing survey of Chinese manufacturers.

  • BEIJING, Jan 23- Activity in China's factory sector contracted in January for the first time in six months as new orders declined, a preliminary private survey showed on Thursday, confirming that a mild slowdown at the end of 2013 has continued into the new year.

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge higher ahead of data Monday, 6 Jan 2014 | 7:44 AM ET

    *Men's Wearhouse launches hostile bid for Jos. *Ford boosts China sales, roars past Toyota and Honda. *Financial data firm Markit will report its composite Purchasing Managers Index- a weighted average of its manufacturing and services indexes- at 8:58 a.m. EST and the more widely followed Institute for Supply Management's services index is due at 10:00 a.m..

  • *Asia ex- Japan shares head for fourth straight of losses. TOKYO, Jan 6- Asian shares fell to a two-week low on Monday after growth in China's services sector slowed sharply last month, raising concerns about the pace of recovery in the world's second-largest economy, while safe-haven gold climbed.

  • UPDATE 1-China Dec services PMI falls to four-month low Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 10:04 PM ET

    BEIJING, Jan 3- Growth in China's services sector fell to a four-month low in December as business expectations dropped, a government survey showed, adding to evidence that the world's second-largest economy lost steam into the close of 2013..

  • *Intraday peak of $1.6605, highest since August 2011. LONDON, Jan 2- Sterling retreated against the dollar following weaker-than-expected UK manufacturing data on Thursday, after touching a fresh 28- month high in early trade.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 2- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Thursday, after the S&P 500 wrapped up its best year since 1997, ahead of data on manufacturing and the labor market. *Also due are measures of manufacturing, with the final Markit PMI reading for December due at 8:58 a.m. and the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index due at 10 a.m..

  • LONDON, Jan 2- British manufacturing grew less quickly than expected in December but the sector still looks on track to notch up growth of more than 1 percent in the fourth quarter, according to a survey on Thursday.

  • HONG KONG, Jan 2- Hong Kong shares eked out a slight gain on Thursday, in spite of falls by Chinese financial and energy firms after China's official and private manufacturing surveys both signalled slower growth in the world's second-largest economy.

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