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  • LONDON, Aug 19- Copper prices steadied on Tuesday, as encouraging signs from the U.S. economy offset concerns about top consumer China's struggling property sector and the outlook for industrial metals demand. Analysts said upcoming economic data from the United States and China could give a better picture of the copper demand outlook.

  • LONDON, Aug 18- Europe's corporate earnings recovery has increased dividend payouts by the most in five years, data showed on Monday, and low interest rates and a further rise in profits should keep payouts flowing.

  • BANGKOK, Aug 18- Thailand's planning agency cut its forecast for economic growth this year slightly to 1.5-2.0 percent from 1.5-2.5 percent seen in May, citing weaker exports and tourism plus a slow recovery in private investment after months of political unrest.

  • *China economic data points to weakness, euro zone slows. LONDON, Aug 15- The price of copper edged higher on Friday as some investors bought back short positions to take profits ahead of the weekend, but gains were capped as a gloomy outlook for the economy in top metals consumer China raised concerns about demand.

  • *New York state manufacturing activity slows in August. While other data on Friday showed some cooling in factory activity in New York state this month, economists said it did not change the view of an economy with strong momentum, noting that the pullback followed a robust increase in July.

  • *China economic data points to weakness, euro zone slows. LONDON, Aug 15- The price of copper edged higher on Friday as some investors bought back short positions to take profits ahead of the weekend, but gains were capped as a gloomy outlook for the economy in top metals consumer China raised concerns about demand.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 15- Economists raised their forecasts for U.S. economic growth in the third quarter but trimmed their estimates for the balance of 2014, though the outlook for both job growth and lower unemployment was strengthened.

  • *China economic data points to weakness, euro zone slows. LONDON, Aug 15- Copper held near its lowest level in more than seven weeks on Friday, as a downbeat outlook for the economy in top consumer China raised concerns about demand for industrial metals.

  • Bund yields hug 1 percent on weak euro zone outlook Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 2:42 AM ET

    Data showed on Thursday the euro zone economy failed to grow in the second quarter even before the sanctions the West and Russia imposed on each other over the conflict in Ukraine started to bite.

  • *Current account surplus narrows to 16 bln ringgit. KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15- Malaysia's economy grew 6.4 percent in the second quarter, faster than expected, as exports kept up their strong performance and consumer spending stayed buoyant despite steps by the central bank to curb high household debt levels.

  • *Target long nickel, short copper, ratio of 3.5: 1- BNP Paribas. SYDNEY, Aug 15- London copper edged up in early trade on Friday but was not far off seven week lows, with a weakening in the European and Chinese economies spurring concerns over global growth and tarnishing the outlook for metals demand.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 15- London copper was flat in early trade on Friday but still set for its biggest weekly loss since March, as a weakening in the European and Chinese economies sparked concerns over global growth and tarnished the outlook for metals demand.

  • MEDELLIN, Aug 14- Colombia should shift its economic engines toward construction, infrastructure and non-tradable sectors to maintain levels of growth, as the oil-driven boom deteriorates, central bank board member Adolfo Meisel said on Thursday.

  • BERLIN, Aug 14- Germany's Chambers of Commerce cut its 2014 estimate for exports from Europe's biggest economy on Thursday due to the Ukraine crisis, but said even its lower forecast would not be achievable if the standoff between Russia and the West worsened.

  • LONDON, Aug 14- The euro recovered from near nine-month lows against the dollar on Thursday on relief that the euro zone as a whole did not shrink in the second quarter, despite a contraction in its biggest economy, Germany.

  • US STOCKS-Futures tick up ahead of jobless claims data Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 7:31 AM ET

    *Cisco shares down in premarket after results, outlook. NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Thursday, with investors reluctant to make big bets following a sharp rally in the previous session and amid signs of weak conditions in Europe. *Cisco Systems Inc fell 1.3 percent to $24.87 in premarket trading.

  • By Paul Carrel and Eva Taylor. FRANKFURT, Aug 14- Euro zone inflation will be weaker than previously expected this year and next, an updated survey for the European Central Bank indicated on Thursday, darkening the euro zone's economic outlook.

  • *Outlook for Q3 bleak due to Russia- Ukraine tensions. BERLIN, Aug 14- Europe's largest economy Germany suffered a surprise contraction in the second quarter, raising doubts about whether it can prop up growth across a continent where tougher sanctions against Russia are already fueling business anxiety.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 14- Euro zone inflation will be weaker than previously expected this year and next, an updated survey for the European Central Bank indicated on Thursday, darkening the euro zone's economic outlook.

  • PARIS, Aug 14- France slashed on Thursday its growth forecasts for both 2014 and 2015 and said it would miss its public deficit target this year, urging its European peers and their central bank to take steps to boost faltering growth and head off deflation.