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  • *MSCI Asia-Ex Japan up 0.4 pct; Shanghai index down 0.9 pct. Shares in Shanghai and Shenzhen have lost a quarter of their market capitalization since the rout began, according to Thomson Reuters data. Broader investor sentiment is also expected to remain cautious in the coming weeks, thanks to growing uncertainty over whether Greece can step back from an...

  • SINGAPORE, July 2- Oil prices steadied on Thursday after the main crude benchmarks tumbled 2.5-4 percent a day earlier as U.S. stockpiles rose for the first time in months on the back of high production. Following a 4.2 percent drop on Wednesday, front-month U.S. crude futures were trading at $56.94 per barrel at 0420 GMT, down 2 cents from their last settlement.

  • Oil prices stabilize after sliding on U.S. stock build Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 8:26 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, July 2- Oil prices were broadly unchanged from their previous close in early trading on Thursday after tumbling 4 percent a day earlier as U.S. stockpiles rose for the first time in months on the back of high production. Following Wednesday's drop, front-month U.S. crude futures were trading at $56.95 per barrel at 0015 GMT, down 1 cent from their last...

  • Fed, industry at odds over bond market liquidity Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 4:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, July 1- The Federal Reserve and major banks are at odds over whether conditions in the U.S. bond market are deteriorating or merely in a temporary state of flux as investors adapt to new rules, with policymakers and lenders disagreeing over even basic metrics to assess the problem. Over the last week a majority of the Fed's five governors have spoken...

  • *China activity surveys hint at some leveling out, no rebound. SYDNEY, July 1- Growth in China's services sector picked up in June while big Japanese companies planned to ramp up spending at the fastest pace in a decade, offering hope that prospects are improving for Asia's largest economies despite sluggish factory growth. Wednesday's data fueled expectations...

  • *Conflicting reports on Greece debt deal before referendum. In choppy trading, U.S. benchmark yields bounced up from one-week lows set during Monday's rally due to a weekend breakdown in talks between Athens and international lenders ahead of Tuesday's deadline for Greece to repay the International Monetary Fund $1.77 billion. The Treasuries market seems...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 29- Mergers and acquisitions worldwide in the second quarter of 2015 almost matched the record set in the second quarter of 2007, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data, as big companies turned to deals to boost their market share. These include Royal Dutch Shell Plc's $70 billion acquisition of British rival BG Group Plc, cable...

  • TORONTO, June 29- General Electric on Monday said it agreed to sell its fleet management arm in the United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand to Canada's Element Financial for $6.9 billion, moving it a step further in its plan to shed financial assets. The sale is part of a plan unveiled in April to divest about $200 billion in GE Capital assets as it moves away...

  • China trumps West in global bank ratings Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 9:25 AM ET
    White-collars walk to their lunch break in Pudong business district in Shanghai, China.

    Western banking giants are losing ground to China, as the world's second-biggest economy vies to establish its economic influence.

  • *Athens market shut as Greece imposes capital controls. LONDON, June 29- Euro zone stocks headed on Monday for their biggest fall since 2011, with southern European banks in particular getting pummelled, after Greece shut its banks and imposed capital controls amid deepening crisis. The blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index sank 3.9 percent, with benchmark indexes in...

  • June 29- Canada's Element Financial Corp said it will buy General Electric Co's fleet management operations in the United States, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand for C $8.6 billion in cash. The sale would be part of a plan it unveiled in April to divest about $200 billion in GE Capital assets as it moves away from finance and focuses on manufacturing industrial...

  • NY bank watchdog sinks teeth into Isdafix rigging Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 2:49 AM ET

    New York's banking regulator is probing an emerging benchmark trading scandal, the FT reports.

  • ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 26- From renaming an ice cream flavor to flying the gay movement's rainbow flag, many American corporations celebrated Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage and said it made good sense for their businesses. "We applaud today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, which will help families across the...

  • SAO PAULO, June 26- United Airlines has agreed to pay $100 million for a 5 percent stake in Azul SA, Brazil's third-biggest airline, as it attempts to catch up with U.S. rivals with more established ties in South America's biggest air travel market. Delta Air Lines Inc bought a 3 percent stake in Brazil's No.2 airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA for $100...

  • UPDATE 3-Oil prices mixed, all eyes on Greece Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 2:58 AM ET

    *WTI and Brent should find support at $59 and $62.38- Phillip Futures. *Market monitoring Iran nuclear talks ahead of June 30 deadline. "Traders and investors are very much on tenterhooks on the outcome," said Ben Le Brun, a market analyst at OptionsXpress in Sydney, following another failed round of talks to finalize a cash-for-reform pact for Greece.

  • *To sell less than 20 pct Match Group in IPO. The media mogul's IAC/Interactive Corp said it was planning to list its dating business, which includes the popular dating site Match.com and mobile app Tinder. Investors cheered the move- IAC shares jumped 7 percent to a record high- even though an IPO was long expected after the company brought its dating services...

  • *China c.bank to "moderately" increase short-term liquidity. SHANGHAI, June 25- China stocks rose for the third straight day on Thursday as banking heavyweights gained on Beijing's decision to abolish lenders' debt-to-loan ratio, and as the central bank moved to increase short-term liquidity. But Hong Kong shares lost ground, dragged down by gloomy global...

  • NEW YORK, June 25- Two big trades in oil options worth nearly $60 million last week boosted volatility in that market and revived speculation among traders that U.S. producers are placing hedges to guard against another price rout this fall. Traders and bankers said the deals bore the hallmarks of Mexico's finance ministry and its national oil company Pemex.

  • *U.S. first quarter GDP sees second substantial revision. WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, June 24- The Federal Reserve says it will depend on straightforward data analysis in deciding when to raise U.S. interest rates. The large, half a percentage point revision to estimated U.S. first quarter gross domestic product issued on Wednesday by the Bureau of Economic...

  • METALS-London copper turns higher, Greece in focus Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 3:45 AM ET

    *China's copper imports down 12 pct in January-May. MELBOURNE, June 24- London copper erased early losses on Wednesday to turn higher, as the focus shifted from a seasonal decline in demand to optimism over a potential deal on Greek debt and as the dollar weakened. "Clearly, the issues in Greece are impacting sentiment and no one really wants to jump on board here just...