The dollar hovered just below a four-year peak as the euro steadied near a 14-month trough with sellers taking a bit of a breather.» Read More
*Equities on defensive before China manufacturing survey. SYDNEY, Sept 23- Asian shares slipped on Tuesday as a periodic bout of angst over China combined with the U.S. dollar's recent meteoric run to pile pressure on commodity prices.
*All eyes on HSBC flash China PMI report due at 0145 GMT. SYDNEY, Sept 23- The dollar hovered just below a four-year peak against a basket of major currencies early in Asia on Tuesday as the euro steadied near a 14- month trough with sellers taking a bit of a breather.
*Focus on Tuesday's flash HSBC PMI for China. LONDON, Sept 22- Copper dropped to a three-month low on Monday, weighed by demand concerns ahead of manufacturing data from top consumer China that is likely to show stalling factory growth in the world's second-largest economy.
BEIJING, Sept 22- Growth in China's large factory sector probably stalled in September, adding to worries the economy could be at risk of a sharper slowdown unless Beijing rolls out more stimulus measures, a Reuters poll showed on Monday.
*Agile Property plunges after rights issue plan. HONG KONG, Sept 22- Hong Kong shares slumped to two-month lows on Monday, as investors fretted that a preliminary factory survey on Tuesday could provide more evidence of a slowdown in China. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong slid 1.8 percent to its lowest since July 22.
South Korea's Kospi fell 1 percent to 2,032.97 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dropped 1.2 percent to 24,006.28. THE QUOTE: "All eyes will be on China's HSBC flash PMI after the recent spate of soft data, especially industrial production and property prices last week," Mizuho Bank said in a commentary. HSBC's gauge of China manufacturing is due Tuesday.
HONG KONG, Sept 19- Hong Kong shares had solid rises on Friday, after Alibaba Group's red-hot initial public offering underpinned U.S. bourses, but they were still down for for the week. HSBC Holdings, top boost on the Hang Seng, added 1.7 percent to a seven-month high and Standard Chartered rose 0.9 percent.
LONDON, Sept 19- Investors in British financial assets breathed a sigh of relief on Friday, spared a prolonged and unprecedented degree of uncertainty from the United Kingdom splitting apart after Scotland voted against independence.
*CAR Inc surges 28 pct in HK debut. HONG KONG, Sept 19- Hong Kong's benchmark index rose on Friday following gains on U.S. exchanges, but trimmed earlier gains as a weaker Chinese market weighed on sentiment. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong fell 0.3 percent.
*Gold drops towards 8-1/ 2 month low but recovers. SINGAPORE, Sept 19- Gold edged up slightly on Friday but concerns remained over a rate hike in the United States and a strengthening economy, keeping the metal firmly near its lowest in 8-1/ 2 months.
Gold settled at its lowest level since in more than eight months as the dollar index jumped to a four-year peak after the Federal Reserve signaled that a faster hikes.
DUBAI, Sept 18- Middle Eastern banks bought the vast majority of a debut $500 million sukuk issue by Goldman Sachs, a positive sign for other conventional banks hoping to tap the region's liquidity by issuing Islamic debt, according to data from lead managers.
Gold fell modestly, as the Federal Reserve continued on track with its plans to wind up its crisis-era monetary stimulus.
LONDON, Sept 17- London's trading rooms are gearing up for an extra long shift to cover Scotland's independence referendum and drafting in extra staff, anticipating a surge in activity when the result comes through early on Friday.
LONDON, Sept 17- London's trading rooms are gearing up for an extra long shift to cover Scotland's independence referendum and drafting in extra staff, anticipating a surge in activity when the result comes through early on Friday. The vote on whether Scotland should end its 300- year-old union with England was set for a nail-biting finish.
*Coming Up: Fed statement 1800 GMT. LONDON, Sept 17- Gold inched up for a third straight session on Wednesday as the dollar eased and speculation mounted that the Federal Reserve would vow to maintain interest rates at low levels when the U.S. central bank concludes its policy meeting later in the day.
SINGAPORE, Sept 17- Gold inched up for a third straight session on Wednesday as speculation mounted that the Federal Reserve would vow to maintain interest rates at low levels when the U.S. central bank concludes its policy meet later in the day.
*China, Singapore sentiment slips to neutral from positive. MUMBAI, Sept 17- Business sentiment among Asia's top companies fell sharply in the third quarter, weighed down by worries about China's slowing economy, a possible end to the U.S.
Goldman Sachs, the first conventional U.S. bank to issue sukuk, raised $500 million with its debut sale of Islamic bonds.
*Size $500 mln; order book about $1.5 billion. DUBAI, Sept 16- Goldman Sachs raised $500 million with its debut sale of Islamic bonds on Tuesday, becoming the first conventional U.S. bank to issue sukuk as Islamic finance develops beyond its traditional homes in the Middle East and southeast Asia.