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  • Negative yields: what could go wrong? Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 11:32 PM ET

    Some central banks have cut interest rates into negative territory to eke out economic growth, but unintended, counterproductive outcomes may emerge.

  • BEIJING, March 2- Activity in China's factory sector edged up to a seven-month high in February but export orders shrank and deflationary pressures persisted, a private business survey showed, adding to the view that yet more interest rate cuts will be needed. The People's Bank of China cut interest rates on Saturday, in the latest effort to support the economy as...

  • China vs US stocks: Which is better?  Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 10:06 PM ET

    Jonathan Pain, author of the Pain Report, says the Chinese stock market will likely see further gains ahead, but Wall Street may see potential headwinds this year.

  • KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 gained 0.3 percent to 18,847.19 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.2 percent to 1,989.27. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.3 percent to 24,898.25 and the Shanghai Composite Index advanced 0.4 percent to 3,322.23. CHINA RATE CUT: The People's Bank of China cut interest rates for the second time in three months Saturday, reducing...

  • HONG KONG, March 2- China's yuan fell to its lowest level against the dollar since October 2012 and to within a hair's breadth of the lower limit of its daily trading range on Monday after the central bank cut its benchmark interest rate during the weekend. "The concern over the lower headline inflation profile amidst high real interest rate is precisely one of the...

  • SHANGHAI, March 2- China stocks were up in volatile trade on Monday morning after the country's central bank cut benchmark interest rates over the weekend, with property stocks rising and banking shares giving up early gains. The People's Bank of China cut interest rates for the second time in over three months as the government steps up efforts to support a...

  • *Taisei Corp falls after fund raising announcement. TOKYO, March 2- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 15- year high on Monday morning after China's interest rate cut lifted global investors' risk appetite and the yen weakened, but gains were limited as investors were cautious about the market's recent rises. "Although the direct impact of the China's...

  • BEIJING, March 2- Activity in China's factory sector edged up to a seven-month high in February but export orders shrank and deflationary pressures persisted, a private business survey showed on Monday, underlying economic fragility that may need more policy support. China's central bank cut interest rates on Saturday, just days before the annual meeting of...

  • MELBOURNE, March 2- London copper rose towards its highest in nearly two months on Monday after top metals user China cut interest rates at the weekend, but caution over faltering demand growth kept a lid on prices. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded little changed at $5,899 by 0123 GMT, having earlier jumped as much as 0.8 percent to $5,941 a...

  • Why the PBOC needs to ease further  Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 8:38 PM ET

    Chetan Ahya, chief Asia economist at Morgan Stanley, says the People's Bank of China needs to cut interest rates further because real interest rates remain "pretty high."

  • *MSCI's Asia-Pacific stock index up 0.1 pct after China rate cut. TOKYO, March 2- Asian stocks got off to a steady start on Monday as soft U.S. data was partially offset by a weekend interest rate cut by China, while the dollar hit a five-week high against the euro. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched up 0.1 percent and Tokyo's Nikkei rose...

  • Fed rate hike will be 'later this year': BofA  Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 7:36 PM ET

    While a rise in U.S. interest rates will occur in 2015, the hike will come likely later in the year, instead of June, says Michael Hanson, senior U.S. economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research.

  • Poor growth prospects prompt China rate cut: Pro  Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 7:05 PM ET

    A weakening housing sector and exports coming under pressure are dimming China's growth prospects, says Richard Iley, chief economist for Asia at BNP Paribas.

  • What spurred China's interest rate cut?  Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 6:07 PM ET

    Tai Hui, chief Asia market strategist at JP Morgan, says falling inflation and expectations for "uninspiring growth" over the past 2 months triggered the interest rate cut in China.

  • PBOC unveils long-awaited rate cut  Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 5:52 PM ET

    Hans Goetti, head of Investment Asia at Banque Internationale a Luxembourg, says the central bank's rate cut makes sense amid a slowing housing sector and data showing China in deflation.

  • FOREX-Euro slips, Aussie shrugs off China rate cut Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 5:45 PM ET

    *Aussie reverses rally as China rate cut effect quickly fades. *HSBC final China PMI report due next. SYDNEY, March 2- The flagging euro probed fresh one-month lows early on Monday in a subdued start to the week, while an interest rate cut in China over the weekend gave commodity currencies only a fleeting boost.

  • Alaistair Chan, economist at Moody's Analytics, says China needs more rate cuts to prop up growth, likely in the form of another 50-basis-point cut in the reserve requirement ratio.

  • What's on the agenda in Asia this week  Sunday, 1 Mar 2015 | 5:07 PM ET

    CNBC's Pauline Chiou highlights events and economic data that will move Asia's financial markets this week.

  • *Numbers came out right after China c.bank cut rates. SHANGHAI, March 1- Hours after China's central bank cut interest rates to battle slowing growth and rising deflationary risk, an official survey showed on Sunday that activity in China's factory sector contracted for a second straight month in February. Accounting for 48 percent of China's $10.2 trillion...

  • BEIJING, March 1- Activity in China's factory sector contracted for a second straight month in February, according to an official survey released on Sunday, only hours after the Chinese central bank cut interest rates to try to boost slowing momentum. A housing slump, erratic export performance and a state-led slowdown in investment to help restructure...