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  • BEIJING, June 1- China's factory activity expanded at the fastest pace in five months in May due to rising new orders, official data showed on Sunday, reinforcing views that the world's second-largest economy is regaining momentum in the second quarter following Beijing's targeted measures to bolster growth.

  • PREVIEW-China's official PMI to rise slightly in May Thursday, 29 May 2014 | 5:30 AM ET

    BEIJING, May 29- Growth in China's manufacturing sector may have quickened slightly in May on an expected improvement in demand, a Reuters poll found, adding to budding hopes that the world's second-biggest economy may be stabilising.

  • *HSBC flash PMI shows Chinese factory activity steadying. LONDON, May 22- Robust expansion in Germany and the euro zone's private sector helped the euro recover from recent lows on Thursday, although growing expectations that the ECB will ease monetary policy next week kept gains muted.

  • LONDON, May 22- The strong pace of growth in the euro zone's private sector eased very slightly this month, with drastic price cuts preventing any further slowdown, surveys showed on Thursday. It's broad-based- with the one exception being France, "said Rob Dobson, senior economist at survey compiler Markit. That would be good news for the European Central Bank.

  • TOKYO, May 22- Japanese stocks led a surge in Asian equities to a one-year high on Thursday, after an upbeat reading on China's factory sector burnished risk appetite and blunted some of the more pessimistic views on the world's second-biggest economy.

  • *PetroChina hits 6- month high after China- Russia gas deal. HONG KONG, May 22- Hong Kong and China shares rose on Thursday helped by a preliminary private survey that suggested China's factory sector turned in its best performance in five months in May.

  • SHANGHAI, May 22- China's yuan weakened a tad on Thursday after the official midpoint was set at an eight-month low, but traders said a rough balance in dollar supply and demand kept the currency stable.

  • METALS-London copper climbs on China, U.S. hopes Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 11:34 PM ET

    *China flash HSBC PMI beats forecasts. SYDNEY, May 22- London copper edged up on Thursday from a nine-day low hit the session before, supported by a robust reading of China's factory sector and signals U.S. rate hikes were not likely in the near-term.

  • TOKYO, May 22- Asian shares and the Australian dollar rose on Thursday after an upbeat reading on China's factory sector blunted some of the more pessimistic views on the world's second-biggest economy, supporting risk appetite already burnished by a strong session on Wall Street.

  • *China factory actvitiy improves but still contracts. *HSBC sees some signs of stabilisation in economy. BEIJING, May 22- China's factory sector turned in its best performance in five months in May, a preliminary HSBC survey showed on Thursday, though overall manufacturing growth still contracted slightly in a suggestion that the outlook remains murky.

  • *HSBC's China PMI report next in focus. The reversal had helped both the dollar and euro end flat against the Japanese currency in New York. Against the greenback, the euro staged a recovery from a three-month low of $1.3634 to $1.3686, ending the session in New York with only a modest 0.2 percent decline.

  • *PMI data for U.S., China and euro zone in sharp relief. Economic data in the week ahead- most notably May purchasing managers surveys from the United States, China and the euro zone- will be used by investors to test that thesis.

  • Global business growth eases in April - PMI Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    JPMorgan's Global All-Industry Output Index, produced with Markit, fell to 52.8 from March's 53.5 but held above the 50 mark that divides growth from contraction for the 19th month running.

  • BEIJING, May 7- China shares closed down on Wednesday, after a private survey showed that growth in the country's service sector slowed. The Markit/ HSBC services Purchasing Managers' Index slipped to 51.4 in April from March's 51.9, showing there still is growth but the pace of it has dropped, adding to the cloudy outlook for the world's second-largest economy.

  • China services expansion subdued in April -HSBC PMI Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | 9:45 PM ET

    BEIJING, May 7- Expansion in China's services industry slowed slightly in April, with employment growth slipping to a seven-month low, a private survey showed on Wednesday, adding to an increasingly cloudy outlook for the world's second-largest economy.

  • May 6- Euro zone businesses had a solid start to the second quarter of the year with activity picking up at its fastest pace in almost three years, surveys showed on Tuesday, suggesting a broad-based recovery is taking hold in the bloc.

  • POLL-Indian services downturn eases in April - PMI Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    BANGALORE, May 6- Activity in India's services industry contracted for a tenth straight month in April, pushing firms to put hiring plans on hold for the first time since November, a business survey showed on Tuesday. This points to still subdued service sector activity, "said Leif Eskesen, chief economist for India and ASEAN at HSBC.

  • *Ukraine tension escalates; may affect oil, gas supplies. LONDON, May 5- Oil slipped towards $108 a barrel on Monday, pressured by a survey showing China's manufacturing sector contracted for a fourth month as well as by signs of progress in restoring some of Libya's oil output.

  • PARIS, May 5- European shares inched lower in early trade on Monday, as soft Chinese manufacturing data and tensions in Ukraine weighed on sentiment. The final reading of China's HSBC/ Markit purchasing managers index for April came in at 48.1, lower than a preliminary reading of 48.3 but up slightly from an eight-month low of 48.0 in March.

  • The final reading of the HSBC/ Markit purchasing managers' index for April came in at 48.1, lower than a preliminary reading of 48.3 but up slightly from an eight-month low of 48.0 in March. The HSBC/ Markit PMI has been below the 50 level that separates growth from contraction since the start of 2014..