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  • *Fox drops bid for Time Warner, Sprint gives up on T-Mobile. SYDNEY, Aug 6- Asian stocks slipped on Wednesday while the U.S. dollar held firm after a slump on Wall Street and tensions over Ukraine instilled a mood of risk aversion across markets.

  • TOKYO, Aug 5- Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a 1-1/ 2- week low on Tuesday, extending its declines into a fourth day after a survey showed China's services sector growth fell to a record low.

  • Spreadbetters saw Europe faring better, with Capital Spreads expecting Britain's FTSE to open 0.1 percent higher, Germany's DAX 0.5 percent, and France's CAC 0.4 percent.

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 percent, turning negative after the China services purchasing managers' index compiled by HSBC/ Markit fell to 50.0 in July from a 15- month high of 53.1 in June.

  • *Asia steady as Wall St gains on Portugal bank rescue, earnings. TOKYO, Aug 5- Asian stocks were mostly steady on Tuesday, halting the previous day's slide after Wall Street rallied on upbeat earnings and relief over Portugal's rescue of its largest listed bank, while lower bond yields kept the dollar away from recent peaks.

  • LONDON, Aug 4- European stocks rose on Monday and bond yields fell on a banking sector rebound after Portugal prevented the collapse of one of its biggest lenders and shares in the continent's largest bank jumped in the wake of its latest earnings report.

  • TOKYO, Aug 4- Japanese stocks edged down to a more than one-week low on Monday, with financials and sea transporters leading the losses, as a sell-off in U.S. stocks and concerns over Argentina's default and Portuguese banking problems dampened risk appetite.

  • *Argentine's default, Portugal bank woe hit financials despite limited exposure. TOKYO, Aug 4- Japanese stocks were flat on Monday after slipping to a one-week low in choppy early trade, as more losses on Wall Street and the conflict in Gaza and Ukraine sapped risk appetite.

  • TOKYO, Aug 4- Steep weekly falls on Wall Street pressured Asian shares on Monday, as concerns over geopolitical tensions and Argentina's debt default eclipsed U.S. economic data that argued against an earlier start to the Federal Reserve's rate-tightening cycle.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 1- Global equities markets dropped for a fourth day on Friday, with Wall Street again slumping as investors shrugged off economic data showing solid improvement in U.S. labor markets. U.S. stock trading was dogged by worries about Argentina's debt problems.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 1- Global equities markets dropped for a fourth day on Friday, with Wall Street again slumping as investors shrugged off economic data showing solid improvement in U.S. labor markets. Confusion over Federal Reserve policy and ongoing tensions in Ukraine and Gaza were blamed for the U.S. sell-off.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 1- World stock markets traded lower on Friday following the previous session's Wall Street sell-off, while the dollar dipped after U.S. jobs data eased investors' worries Federal Reserve policymakers were tilting toward raising interest rates.

  • TOKYO, Aug 1- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped to a one-week low on Friday, hit by concern that U.S. interest rates could rise sooner than expected, but strong earnings from companies such as Sony Corp limited the losses. The Nikkei ended 0.6 percent down at 15,523.11, the lowest close since July 25. Shares in Sony ended 4.68 percent higher.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 1- Asian shares were mostly under water on Friday after a sudden slump on Wall Street spilled over globally, though a surprisingly strong pick up in manufacturing helped Chinese markets hold at seven-month highs.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 1- Asian shares pared losses on Friday as data showing a surprisingly strong pick up in Chinese manufacturing helped take some of the sting out of a slump on Wall Street.

  • TOKYO, Aug 1- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Friday morning after U.S. shares languished on concerns that interest rates could rise sooner than expected, but strong earnings from Sony Corp and Panasonic Corp limited the losses.

  • *Gold melts to a 6- week low, oil hits 4- month trough. SYDNEY, Aug 1- Asian shares stumbled on Friday after a month-end swoon on Wall Street, though some were hoping China would offer better news on manufacturing and help steady investor sentiment. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.5 percent.

  • TOKYO, July 31- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Thursday in choppy trade, breaking a four-day winning streak when profit-taking erased all the gains posted in bouyant morning trade that was supported by solid U.S. growth figures.

  • *Nintendo dives after dismal earnings. TOKYO, July 31- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh six-month high on Thursday after solid U.S. growth buoyed sentiment and as the weakening yen lifted exporters, while Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group's earnings boosted the banking sector.

  • TOKYO, July 31- The dollar stayed strong and U.S. bond yields held firm on Thursday after data showed solid U.S. economic growth, even as the Federal Reserve repeated its message that it is in no hurry to raise interest rates. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was almost flat in early trade.