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  • Sept 2- Barclays Plc said on Wednesday it would sell its Portugal- based non-core assets to Spain's Bankinter SA for about 175 million euros, as part of chairman John McFarlane's turnaround plan to sell assets and cut costs. Barclays will also sell its insurance business for 75 million euros to Bankinter's subsidiary Bankinter Vida, which operates an insurance...

  • BRASILIA, Sept 2- Brazil is likely to halt one of the world's most aggressive rate-hiking cycles on Wednesday, sparing more suffering to a contracting economy despite fears a deepening fiscal crisis could keep inflation high. Still, President Dilma Rousseff's inability to plug a widening fiscal deficit that threatens Brazil's investment-grade rating is...

  • LONDON, Sept 2- The dollar rose on Wednesday as fragile global stock markets stabilised, taking the heat out of a rush to unwind carry trades that boosted the safe-haven yen and the low-yielding euro in recent weeks. The dollar was up 0.6 percent at 120.10 yen, rising from a low of 119.225 yen as European stock markets rose and U.S. stock futures were almost 1 percent...

  • TOKYO, Sept 2- Japanese stocks fell on Wednesday as concerns about China's cooling economy and further losses in Chinese stock markets demoralized investors, wiping out early gains. Daio Paper Corp. lost 17.9 percent, dragging down the Topix paper subindex after announcing it will issue 30 billion yen worth of euro-yen denominated convertible bond shares,...

  • TOKYO, Sept 2- The dollar bounced to cut steep losses versus the yen on Wednesday as Tokyo shares rebounded after sharp losses, dulling demand for the safe-haven Japanese currency for the time being. The dollar was up 0.7 percent at 120.175 yen, hoisted up from a low of 119.225 as Tokyo's Nikkei gained 0.8 percent following the previous day's 3.8 percent tumble.

  • *Weak U.S, China, euro zone PMI numbers hit jittery markets. HONG KONG, Sept 2- Asian shares fell for a third straight day on Wednesday as weak manufacturing reports from China, the United States and Europe fueled worries about slowing global growth, while the safe-haven Japanese yen firmed as investors unwound carry trades. While signs of an emerging market...

  • TOKYO, Sept 2- The dollar and commodity currencies like the Aussie were on the defensive on Wednesday as another stormy 24- hour session for financial markets forced investors to unwind well established trades, sending the euro and safe-haven yen higher. The dollar was up 0.5 percent at 119.89 yen, off a low of 119.25 but still sharply down from an overnight high...

  • *Leviathan exports set to come online ahead of Egypt. JERUSALEM/ TEL AVIV, Sept 1- The discovery of vast deposits of natural gas off Egypt has muddied the waters for Israel's own gas industry, though Israel's head start in developing fields means markets' negative reaction may be overdone. That almost overshadows the offshore finds Israel has made in recent years--...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. construction spending in July climbed to its highest level in more than seven years, boosted by an increase in the building of houses, factories and power plants. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that construction spending rose 0.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.08 trillion, the highest level since May 2008.

  • SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, Sept 1- The yen and euro edged higher on Tuesday as falls in Asian equities kept the focus on whether investors would need to further unwind carry trades, bets in risk assets funded by low-yielding currencies. The dollar fell 0.3 percent to 120.86 yen, having retreated from its recent peak of 121.76 yen set late last week. In the stock market, MSCI's...

  • BEIJING, Sept 1- Chinese home prices rose in August for the first time this year compared with year ago levels, two private surveys showed on Tuesday, adding to signs of recovery in the property sector that could take some pressure off the slowing economy. Prices of new homes in 288 cities rose an average 0.07 percent in August from a year earlier, the first...

  • MUMBAI, Sept 1- The rescue of India's economy may come down to the spending power of people like 26- year-old Avni Rambhiya. From rising retail loans to a pick-up in movie ticket sales, there are early signs of a recovery in spending in Asia's third-largest economy. "The headwinds of 2013 that pushed down consumer spending have turned positive now," said Siddhartha...

  • *Focus on PMI manufacturing surveys from China, US. TOKYO, Sept 1- Low-yielding yen and euro held firm on Tuesday as nervous investors look to upcoming data from China and the United States to gauge whether they need to further wind back carry trades, bets in risk assets funded by these currencies. The euro bounced back to $1.1228, up 0.2 percent from late U.S. levels...

  • Aug 31- Investment firm Pleasant Lake Partners LLC offered to buy analog chipmaker MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp in a deal valuing the South Korea- based company at about $346 million. The company engaged Barclays as its financial adviser for the process. MagnaChip's total revenue fell 5.8 percent to $162 million in the second quarter ended June 30, from a year...

  • German yields stable after inflation surprise Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 10:51 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 31- German bond yields held firm in holiday-thinned trading on Monday, failing to take much impetus from better-than-expected euro zone inflation data or efforts by policymakers to play down the impact of China's slowing economy. Other speakers at a central bankers' conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming,-- including the Bank of England's Mark Carney...

  • *Asia-Pacific index -0.5 pct, on track for 10 pct monthly loss. *Concerns remain over China economy, markets, policy. TOKYO, Aug 31- Asian stocks sagged on Monday after top Federal Reserve officials kept the door open for an interest rate hike in September and investors braced for China economic data this week.

  • LONDON, Aug 28- Regulators and central bankers should rethink how rules are applied to stop extremist financing and money laundering, or some emerging market economies risk grinding to a halt, an official of the World Economic Forum think-tank said. Banks are under pressure to make burdensome checks on cross-border financial transactions, at the risk of...

  • TORONTO, Aug 27- Toronto Dominion Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce on Thursday posted forecast-topping quarterly profits on robust growth in their domestic retail businesses even as both became the latest Canadian lenders to record jumps in bad loans tied to the energy sector. CIBC, Canada's fifth-largest bank, also raised its quarterly dividend,...

  • German industrial group ThyssenKrupp, Dutch healthcare and consumer group Philips and British food ingredients group Tate& Lyle are among those adjusting for lower growth and a new intensity in price wars. "The message which we have given the team in China is the following: You need to move up your margin," ThyssenKrupp Chief Executive Heinrich Hiesinger told...

  • LONDON, Aug 27- Stocks rose around the world on Thursday, following the biggest gains on Wall Street in four years, after a U.S. Germany's DAX, France's CAC 40 and Britain's FTSE 100 were all up more then 2 percent. "Financial market volatility has increased the likelihood that the first Fed hike will occur later than the September meeting," said Angela Hsieh at...