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LONDON, May 20- Copper rose to its highest in almost a week on Monday, helped by a weaker U.S. dollar and shrinking inventories of the metal in Asia, but concerns about sluggish Chinese growth capped gains. Copper has rebounded from 18- month lows earlier this month below $6,800 a tonne but is still 13 percent off its 2013 high hit in February.
LONDON, May 20- Copper turned slightly positive in volatile trading on Monday, helped by a weaker U.S. dollar and shrinking inventories of the metal in Asia, but concerns about sluggish Chinese growth capped gains. Copper has rebounded from 18- month lows earlier this month below $6,800 a tonne but is still 13 percent off the 2013 high hit in February. "
HONG KONG, May 20- Goldman Sachs Group Inc launched the sale of about $1.1 billion worth of Hong Kong- traded shares in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on Monday, offering its entire remaining stake in the world's biggest bank by market value. The sale would be the final chapter in Goldman's investment alongside clients and employees in China's ICBC.
The new fund will be run by Qatar Holding, Qatar Petroleum International and Qatar Electricity and Water Company, a bourse filing from QEWC said on Monday. The new company, to be called Nebras Power and will be 60 percent owned by QEWC, with 20 percent held by QPI and 20 percent by Qatar Holding, a separate statement issued later on Monday said.
Goldman Sachs is selling about $1.1 billion worth of Hong Kong-traded shares in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the world's biggest bank.
*Investors eye China, Europe flash PMIs on Thursday. LONDON, May 20- Copper fell on Monday after two sessions of gains as lacklustre global growth and sluggish Chinese metals demand weighed on markets and as investors continued to favour equities over commodities.
*MSCI Asia Pacific ex- Japan rises 0.9 percent. SINGAPORE, May 20- The yen edged higher on Monday after Japan's economics minister said further weakness in the yen could harm households, while Asian shares rose in response to U.S. equities rallying on upbeat economic data.
TOKYO/ SYDNEY, May 20- The yen bounced off a 4-1/ 2- year low against the dollar on Monday after Japan's economy minister suggested the government might be satisfied with its current level, following a sharp decline over the past six months.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 17- Target Corp said on Friday it opened a new San Francisco office to track down technology companies that can help the second-largest U.S. retailer grow its online commerce business.
*Spain, Italian yields extend fall after supply this week. *Spain to auction more bonds next week. With the unscheduled supply pressure out of the way, the rally in peripheral debt is expected to continue at least until Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony before the congressional Joint Economic Committee on Wednesday.
LONDON, May 17- European Union officials will next week propose capping financial sector pay above 500,000 euros, accountancy firm PwC said on Friday, suggesting the world's most stringent curbs for the industry will affect far more bankers than previous rules.
The volume of takeovers worldwide has dropped 7 percent year to date to $750 billion, with the week to Thursday marking the slowest week for acquisitions this year, Thomson Reuters data showed on Friday.
*China shuns stimulus despite softer growth track-sources. LONDON, May 17- Copper rose for the second day on Friday, supported by tentative signs of better metals demand in top consumer China, but gains were capped by a stronger dollar and persistent worries about Chinese economic growth.
MONTERREY, Mexico, May 16- Struggling with slowing home sales and a lack of liquidity, Mexico's top three homebuilders may have to seek bankruptcy protection if they fail to reach an agreement with creditors in the short term.
*Cisco shares rise 9 pct in early trading. Aug 16- Shares of Cisco Systems Inc jumped 9 percent on Thursday as a dividend hike and share buyback plan overshadowed comments that business conditions in Europe would not improve anytime soon for the network equipment maker.
LONDON, May 16- Sterling is likely to fall sharply against the dollar in the coming months, as the British economy lags a U.S. recovery and on expectations a new Bank of England chief will push for significant monetary easing. Options traders cite demand for bets sterling will drop to $1.4620 by mid-August, a three-year low, from $1.5250 on Thursday.
LONDON, May 16- The dollar was near a six-week high against the euro and a 4-1/ 2 year peak against the yen on Thursday on prospects for more monetary easing in the euro zone and scaled back asset buying in the United States.
One of Britain's smaller banks, championed by lawmakers as an alternative to institutions like Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland, is floundering. The New York Times reports.
*Dollar recovers after soft U.S. manufacturing-driven fall. TOKYO, May 16- The dollar held close to a 4-1/ 2 year high against the yen on Thursday, with buying from Japanese importers helping it to recoup some of the losses suffered after disappointing U.S. industrial data, while the euro wobbled near a six-week low.
TOKYO, May 16- The dollar pulled away from a 4-1/ 2 year high against the yen on Thursday after disappointing U.S. industrial data caused Treasury prices to rise for the first time in a week, while the euro wobbled near a six-week low.