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ISTANBUL, Sept 17- The head of Turkey's Bank Asya has vowed to strengthen its capital base and see off what he described as a systematic campaign to undermine it, warning the attack on his bank could sour foreign investors' views of Turkey.
*Report of targeted stimulus to big China banks. LONDON, Sept 17- Copper edged up on Wednesday on a report that China's central bank will provide the country's biggest banks with fresh loans to bolster the economy of the world's largest metals consumer.
*Comes after series of weak economic data. SHANGHAI, Sept 17- China's central bank is injecting a combined 500 billion yuan of liquidity into the country's top banks, according to media reports, a sign that authorities are stepping up efforts to shore up a faltering economy.
*Coming Up: Fed statement 1800 GMT. LONDON, Sept 17- Gold inched up for a third straight session on Wednesday as the dollar eased and speculation mounted that the Federal Reserve would vow to maintain interest rates at low levels when the U.S. central bank concludes its policy meeting later in the day.
BRUSSELS, Sept 17- An increase in rents and car-repair prices lifted euro zone inflation in August slightly higher than a first estimate, a small piece of good news for the European Central Bank but not one that radically changes the economic outlook.
FRANKFURT, Sept 17- The results of Europe's most comprehensive ever review of its banks' health will be announced on Sunday, Oct. 26, sources told Reuters. The tests will reveal whether around 130 of Europe's largest banks need to raise more capital for losses they have already incurred and future crises.
KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 was up 0.4 percent at 4,425.75 and Germany's DAX added 0.3 percent to 9,665.27. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.1 percent to 6,798.69. CHINA BANKS: Sentiment was boosted by news reports that China's central bank will inject a total of 500 billion yuan into the five biggest state banks over three months.
HONG KONG, Sept 17- Hong Kong's benchmark index closed higher for the first time in nine sessions on Wednesday, tracking gains in U.S. markets on speculation the Federal Reserve would maintain a pledge on low rates when a two-day policy meeting ends later in the day.
TOKYO, Sept 17- The Bank of Japan has begun paying banks for the privilege of lending them cash in a sign the central bank is reaching the limits of its power to reflate the economy, although it may soon be forced to pump yet more money into the financial system.
*Brussels will review any state capital injections. DUBLIN/ FRANKFURT, Sept 16- For the first time since its financial crisis struck in 2008, Europe is carrying out stress tests that could force change at banks with strong political connections.
SHANGHAI, Sept 17- China's central bank is injecting a combined 500 billion yuan of liquidity into the country's top banks, according to media reports, a sign that authorities are stepping up efforts to shore up a faltering economy.
*China bank liquidity speculation underpins Aussie. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Sept 17- The U.S. dollar firmed on Wednesday, recovering from a setback in the previous session as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's latest guidance on U.S. interest rates.
*Central bank wraps up two-day meeting on Wednesday. *Pledge on rate-hike patience facing scrutiny. WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The U.S.
SYDNEY, Sept 17- Asian shares were tentatively higher on Wednesday after Wall Street rebounded on speculation the Federal Reserve would maintain a pledge on low rates when a two-day policy meeting ends later in the session.
SINGAPORE, Sept 17- Gold inched up for a third straight session on Wednesday as speculation mounted that the Federal Reserve would vow to maintain interest rates at low levels when the U.S. central bank concludes its policy meet later in the day.
HONG KONG, Sept 17- Chinese firms listed in Hong Kong gained sharply on Wednesday helped by strength in Chinese banks after a media report said the central bank injected liquidity into the country's top lenders.
SHANGHAI, Sept 17- China's central bank is injecting a combined 500 billion yuan of liquidity into the country's top banks in moves to support a slowing economy, the Wall Street Journal reported, sending benchmark money market rate sharply lower on Wednesday.
TOKYO, Sept 17- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up early on Wednesday after U.S. shares rebounded on expectations the Federal Reserve will keep rates low after its two-day policy meeting ends later in the day.
MELBOURNE, Sept 17- London copper climbed on Wednesday to near its highest in a week as the market edged away from expectations that the Federal Reserve would bring forward its timeline to raise interest rates at its meeting this week. *The most-traded November copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rallied 2.1 percent to 49,590 yuan a tonne.
SINGAPORE, Sept 17- Gold was little changed at over $1,230 an ounce on Wednesday as investors were biding their time ahead of a Federal Reserve statement later in the day, keenly watched for clues on when the U.S. central bank will increase interest rates. *Spot gold was flat at $1,234.90 an ounce by 0035 GMT, after closing up 0.2 percent in the previous session.
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