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  • China shares were also firm, as investors were encouraged by news that China plans to issue significantly more government bonds next year to aid the economy. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up 2.2 percent, to 21,732.06 points at 0250 GMT. "We believe there is an ulterior motive- to protect profits of the three oil majors," wrote Oliver Barron, analyst at China- focused...

  • Asian markets closed mostly down after selling off on Monday, with some energy stocks seeing a rebound after oil prices rose in the U.S. session.

  • Asian equities closed mostly lower on Monday, as investors remain focused on the mid-week decision from the Fed.

  • Asian markets traded mostly lower on Friday, despite Wall Street's positive finish overnight, as record low oil prices weighed resources plays.

  • Dec 8- Hong Kong stocks closed at a two-month low on Tuesday, tracking sluggish global markets, as slumping oil prices dented already fragile investor confidence ahead of a likely U.S. rate hike. Shares fell across the board, with an index trading energy stocks slumping 2.8 percent, as oil giants including CNOOC and PetroChina tanked after oil prices hit...

  • Dec 7- Hong Kong shares ended fractionally lower on Monday led by a tumble in energy heavyweights as investors worried about persistent weakness in oil prices. Oil giants CNOOC, PetroChina and Sinopec all fell sharply. Hong Kong- traded shares of CITIC Securities also sagged, after China's top brokerage said on Sunday that it was not able to contact two of its top...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 7- China stocks were firm on Monday morning, with investors rotating from property companies back into tech and healthcare, sectors that Beijing hopes will be new engines of growth. An avalanche of data in coming weeks is likely to show China's economic performance remains sluggish, reinforcing expectations that Beijing will carry out more...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Dec 4- China's renewing of its oil purchase deals with Iran not only provides a boost to the Islamic Republic's hopes of re-establishing itself in global markets, it also underscores why this week's OPEC meeting is largely irrelevant. This is notwithstanding some apparent tentative signals from top producer Saudi Arabia that it may...

  • *Iran in pre-marketing with PetroChina, CNOOC- traders. Previously OPEC's No.2 exporter, Iran is keen to recoup oil market share lost during U.S. and European Union sanctions over its nuclear program and is aiming to boost oil output by 500,000 barrels per day- equal to about 50 percent of current exports- in early 2016.. Sinopec Corp, Asia's largest refiner, and...

  • ROME, Dec 2- Global oversupply and sliding prices are pushing big natural gas buyers of LNG from India to China to look at reworking long-term agreements in what was for long a producer-controlled market. Banking on a tide of new liquefied natural gas supply from the United States, Australia and Russia hitting markets through 2021, importers are seizing the...

  • Dec 1- Canadian Oil Sands Ltd set a 2016 capital expenditure budget that was 35 percent lower than what it expected to spend this year, becoming the latest North American energy company to further tighten its belt as oil prices slump. Canadian Oil Sands said lower production costs at the Syncrude oil sands project- Canada's largest single-source producer of...

  • While fresh geopolitical fears after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane sent most Asian equities lower, oil prices and some energy plays saw gains.

  • China is known as a major consumer of oil. But it also controls the oil markets in this way, says Steve Kopits.

  • A GlaxoSmithKline logo sits on a sign outside the company's headquarters in London.

    Jim O'Shaughnessy, member of the "Squawk Box" Portfolio Challenge, believes in three global dividend stocks.

  • Asian markets traded mixed Wednesday, with losses in energy plays counterbalanced by gains in Japan shares on stimulus hopes.

  • A Shell Oil facility in Carson, California

    Energy shares across Asia climbed Wednesday after oil prices surged overnight, helping to pull most Asia markets into positive territory.

  • Pump jacks in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation near Lost Hills, Calif.

    The price of oil continued its rally, with producers announcing spending cuts that added to a slew of positive factors helping the commodity higher.

  • President Barack Obama speaking at the White House, November 5, 2014.

    As Washington seeks to expand American interests in Asia, some U.S. partners have shown less willingness to challenge Beijing.

  • Asian equities ended mixed on Thursday as investors reacted to the end of quantitative easing in the U.S. and the region's latest earnings.

  • Coast guard vessels from China (rear) and Vietnam in a disputed part of the South China Sea near China's oil drilling rig, May 14, 2014.

    The area is expected to hold billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of gas, but energy firms are tentative about the region.