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SPECIAL REPORT-How Caterpillar got bulldozed in China

ZHENGZHOU - A year and a half after Caterpillar Inc signed off on a deal with Zhengzhou Siwei, it has become a case study in how a foreign company with decades of experience in China can still flounder in that market. It also shows how willing some multinationals are to accept risks they might otherwise avoid to establish themselves in the world's second-largest economy. (CATERPILLAR/CHINA, moved, by Clare Baldwin and John Ruwitch, 2,600 words)

China factory contraction shows weak start for economy in 2014

BEIJING - Activity in China's factory sector contracts in January for the first time in six months, a preliminary survey shows, pointing to a weak start for the economy in 2014 as policymakers seek to curb high debt levels to head off financial risks. (CHINA-ECONOMY/PMI, moved, 900 words)

U.S. SEC judge suspends 'Big Four' China units over audits

WASHINGTON - A U.S. judge has ruled that the Chinese units of the "Big Four" accounting firms should be suspended from practicing in the United States for six months, an escalation in a long-running dispute between U.S. and Chinese regulators over access to audit documents. (SEC-CHINA/BIGFOUR, moving shortly, by Sarah N. Lynch, 1,200 words)

MARKETS

Asian shares slip on China slowdown

SYDNEY - Asian markets fall as a survey of Chinese manufacturers shows surprisingly soft results, while the Australian dollar weakens due to its role as a whipping boy when activity in the Asian giant disappoints. (MARKETS-GLOBAL/ (WRAPUP 3, GRAPHIC), expect by 0530 GMT/1.30AM ET, 800 words)

ECONOMY

S.Korea Q4 GDP growth meets forecast on domestic demand

SEOUL - South Korea's economy grows a seasonally adjusted 0.9 percent in the fourth quarter over the previous three months as capital investment grows at the fastest pace in nearly two years, meeting market expectations and boosting growth prospects for 2014. (KOREA-ECONOMY/, moved, by Se Young Lee, by Wayne Cole, 700 words)

India c.bank seen holding rates on Jan. 28 on easing inflation

BANGALORE - The Reserve Bank of India will likely hold interest rates steady when it meets next week thanks to easing inflation and as it waits for more data, according to a Reuters poll of economists, who also predict better economic growth in the next fiscal year. (INDIA-CBANK/POLL, moved, by Sumanta Dey, 750 words)

COMPANIES

China shadow bank cites progress in averting default

SHANGHAI - The company behind a troubled high-yield investment product, which investors view as a potential landmark precedent for defaults in China's shadow bank sector, has reported progress in its efforts to ensure that investors are repaid. (CHINA-TRUST/, moved, by Gabriel Wildau, 450 words)

China's Lenovo nears deal to buy IBM's server unit -sources

Lenovo Group Ltd is nearing an agreement to buy International Business Machines Corp's low-end server business for $2-2.5 billion, a deal that would help the Chinese company counter the shrinking personal computers market, people familiar with the matter say. (IBM-SERVER/LENOVO, moved, 350 words)

INVESTMENT

Yuan, rupee win as FX investors cherry-pick within Asia

SINGAPORE - From a rapidly rising Indian rupee to a falling Singapore dollar, 2014 is shaping up to be a year in which investors in Asian currencies will not merely discriminate heavily but also pick trades that reduce exposure to the fickle U.S. dollar. (MARKETS-ASIA/CURRENCIES, moved, by Vidya Ranganathan, 900 words)

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