*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.» Read More
*Sun Art hit 1-1/ 2- year low ahead of 2013 earnings. HONG KONG, Feb 28- Hong Kong shares fell on Friday afternoon, with mainland markets also weaker, as investors cut their exposure in cyclical outperformers ahead of a manufacturing survey and a key China parliamentary meeting next week.
TOKYO, Feb 28- Japanese manufacturing activity in February pulled back from an eight-year high set the previous month, a survey showed on Friday, suggesting a slight slowdown in factory output before a sales tax increase in April.
BEIJING, Feb 26- China's factory activity likely expanded only slightly in February, a Reuters poll showed, dropping to an eight-month low that would indicate a modest slowdown is continuing. China's official manufacturing purchasing managers' index may slip to 50.1, down from January's 50.5, according to the median forecast of 12 economists in the poll.
NEW YORK, Feb 20- U.S. manufacturing activity accelerated in February at its fastest pace in nearly four years due in part to growth in new orders, an industry report showed on Thursday. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index rose to 56.7 in February, its highest since May 2010, compared to 53.7 in the final reading for January.
LONDON, Feb 20- Weak manufacturing data from China knocked 1 percent from emerging market stocks on Thursday, while Ukraine's debt insurance costs rose to their highest since December 2009 on its escalating conflict. "The story of China remains one of very sluggish growth," said Luis Costa, emerging markets strategist at Citi.
LONDON, Feb 20- Weak manufacturing data from China knocked 1 percent from emerging stocks on Thursday, while Ukraine's debt insurance costs rose to their highest since December 2009 on escalating conflict in the capital.
LONDON, Feb 20- The euro fell back against the dollar on Thursday after a French purchasing managers' index came in well below forecast, underlining a still fragile outlook for the European economy.
LONDON, Feb 20- Shares fell and the safe-haven yen rose on Thursday after surveys showing factory activity slowing in China and stuttering in Europe highlighted the fragility of the global economic recovery. Escalating conflict in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, hit developing country stocks and MSCI's emerging market index fell more than 1 percent.
PARIS, Feb 20- European shares dropped in early trade on Thursday following data showing a slide in China's factory activity and in France's service sector. China's flash Markit/HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index fell to a seven-month low of 48.3 in February from January's final reading of 49.5, sparking a sell-off in Asian shares.
*China banks hit by new liquidity regulations. *Tencent sinks after Facebook's WhatsApp deal. HONG KONG, Feb 20- Hong Kong shares fell from a four-week high early on Thursday, and losses accelerated after a preliminary private survey showed manufacturing activity in China slowed to a seven-month low, stoking fears of a more severe slowdown.
TOKYO, Feb 20- Asian stocks tumbled on Thursday and the yen firmed as a survey painted a grim picture of China's manufacturing sector, heightening uncertainty about the outlook for the region's economic powerhouse.
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.
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.