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  • "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.

  • Brent edges above $95 on relief over China's PMI Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 10:36 PM ET

    "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.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 1- SEOUL, Oct 1- South Korea's manufacturing activity shrank in September as domestic and export demand cooled, a survey found on Wednesday, fueling fresh doubts about the strength of its economic recovery.

  • China's September official PMI steady at 51.1 Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 9:13 PM ET

    BEIJING, Oct 1- Growth in China's manufacturing sector steadied in September as an official Purchasing Managers' Index hovered at 51.1, a touch ahead of forecasts and welcome news for some investors who fear the Chinese economy is cooling too fast. A PMI reading above 50 indicates growth on a monthly basis, and a reading below that points to contraction.

  • BEIJING, Sept 30- China's vast factory sector showed signs of steadying in September as export orders climbed, a private survey showed on Tuesday, easing fears of a hard landing but pointing to a still-sluggish economy facing considerable risks.

  • BEIJING, Sept 30- Activity in China's vast factory sector showed signs of steadying in September as export orders climbed, a private survey showed on Tuesday, easing fears of a hard landing but pointing to a still-sluggish economy facing considerable risks.

  • *China official PMI seen at 51.2 in Sept vs 51.1 in Aug Data due on Oct 1 at 0100 GMT. BEIJING, Sept 26- Growth in China's manufacturing sector probably steadied in September as factory orders held up, a Reuters poll showed, providing some welcome relief for those who worry the Chinese economy is quickly losing steam.

  • TOKYO, Sept 24- Japan's manufacturing activity picked up in the third quarter, a survey showed, but economists say they need more information on wages and consumer spending to determine whether the government should raise the sales tax again next year.

  • *Aussie slightly firmer as HSBC flash China PMI tops forecasts. LONDON, Sept 23- The euro pulled away from a 14- month trough against the dollar on Tuesday, getting some relief from a business survey showing Germany's economy probably expanded in the third quarter.

  • *PMIs suggest Q3 economic growth of 0.3 pct- Markit. Markit's Composite Flash Purchasing Managers' Index, based on surveys of thousands of companies across the region and seen as a good indicator of growth, dipped to a nine-month low of 52.3, shy of expectations in a Reuters poll for no change from August's 52.5.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 23- China shares rose on Tuesday after a preliminary survey showed the Chinese manufacturing sector unexpectedly picked up in September, easing but not dispelling concerns that the country could see a sharp slowdown in growth.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 23- China shares on Tuesday clawed back some of the previous day's losses after a preliminary survey showed China's manufacturing sector unexpectedly picked up in September, while the Hong Kong market hovered near two-month lows. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong was up 0.3 percent.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 23- Brent crude rose above $97 a barrel on Tuesday after a survey showed China's factory activity unexpectedly picked up in September, helping brighten the demand outlook in a market that has been weighed by a supply glut. Brent for November delivery was up 33 cents at $97.30 a barrel by 0437 GMT, after falling by more than a dollar on Monday.

  • *Copper to retest support at $6,733- technicals. SINGAPORE, Sept 23- London copper futures rebounded from their three-month lows on Tuesday after a private survey showed China's manufacturing sector expanded at a slightly faster pace than expected, but lack of physical buying suggested the industrial metal and its peers were not out of the woods yet.

  • *Aussie slightly firmer as HSBC flash China PMI tops forecasts. SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, Sept 23- The dollar hovered just below a four-year peak against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday as the euro steadied near a 14- month trough with sellers taking a bit of a breather.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 23- An unexpected strengthening in China's manufacturing sector this month is probably enough to convince the authorities to stick to their current economic and fiscal policies. The market was expecting a weaker HSBC/ Markit Flash China Purchasing Managers' Index for September, but instead the indicator improved.

  • Brent climbs above $97 after upbeat China PMI Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 11:22 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Sept 23- Brent crude rose above $97 a barrel on Tuesday after a survey showed China's factory activity unexpectedly picked up in September, helping brighten the demand outlook in a market that has been weighed by a supply glut. Brent for November delivery was up 48 cents at $97.45 a barrel by 0243 GMT, after falling by more than a dollar on Monday.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 23- China's yuan was little changed against the dollar on Tuesday after the central bank set a very marginally stronger official guidance rate. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint at 6.1470 per dollar, up 0.02 percent from the previous fix.