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  • European shares edge higher, positive earnings help Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 4:10 AM ET

    *UCB, BNP Paribas, Natixis up after results. *Engie falls on HSBC downgrade to "hold". Natixis rose 3.3 percent after reporting a 5 percent rise in net income for the second quarter, driven by a strong increase in asset management, insurance sales and private banking, as well as continued efforts to reduce its balance sheet and risky assets.

  • July 31- Martin Sorrell's WPP and buyout firm Providence agreed on Friday to buy British marketing group Chime Communications for 374 million pounds in a bid to turn the smaller group into a global sports marketing agency. The offer from Providence and shareholder WPP includes an interim dividend of 2.53 pence per share. WPP, which owns about 20 percent of Chime,...

  • WASHINGTON— A new list of donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation shows a marked surge in donations and the numbers of contributors to the family charity in the first half of this year— at the same time that Hillary Rodham Clinton ramped up her campaign for the presidency. Clinton Foundation officials said figures released Thursday show that...

  • JERUSALEM, July 30- The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange secured its members' approval on Thursday to turn into a for-profit body, a move aimed at boosting trading volumes and reversing a tide of delistings. Amnon Neubach, chairman of Israel's only stock exchange, said that privatization would be an important step in "a process which is highly significant for TASE's...

  • Markets participants, however, say surging rates are likely to be short-lived as worries over yuan weakness may be overplayed and there is sufficient yuan liquidity in Hong Kong. Piling pressure on the yuan, China's State Council said on Friday it would liberalise yuan trading, among other measures, to support exports. "Following the sharp rebound in CCS, it is...

  • LONDON, July 28- The rout in global commodities prices is hitting demand for euro zone inflation-linked bonds and testing investors' faith in the European Central Bank's ability to lift consumer prices. Investor cash into exchange traded funds tracking euro zone inflation-linked bonds was just $73 million in the second quarter, down from $400 million poured...

  • MANILA, July 28- Gold hovered near its weakest level since early 2010 on Tuesday, reflecting investor hesitation to bid up bullion amid growing expectations of a near-term hike in U.S. interest rates. "If anything it's a little bit surprising that we haven't had the safe-haven bid in gold even though you've had these big risk-off moves in the Chinese equity market,"...

  • *Gold fell for 5th straight week, longest run since 2012. MANILA, July 27- Gold climbed above $1,100 an ounce on Monday as a weaker dollar helped it distance from its lowest level since 2010, although investors are not convinced that a meaningful recovery is at hand amid a looming hike in U.S. interest rates. Gold's recovery from last week's low appears to be mostly...

  • *Gold fell for 5th straight week, longest run since 2012. MANILA, July 27- Gold hovered just above its lowest level since 2010 on Monday, struggling to move higher as the market reckons the U.S. Bullion lost more than 3 percent last week after a rout on Monday accompanied by big volume in New York and Shanghai that sparked more sell-offs and pulled the price as low as...

  • *July flash PMI falls to lowest level in 15 months. BEIJING, July 24- China's factory sector contracted by the most in 15 months in July as shrinking orders depressed output, a preliminary private survey showed on Friday, a worse-than-expected result that comes on the heels of a stock market crash which began in June. Output in July was 47.3, its lowest since March...

  • China manufacturing slumps to 15-month low Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 12:04 AM ET

    HONG KONG— China's manufacturing slumped to a 15- month low in July in a fresh sign of deterioration in the world's second biggest economy, a survey showed Friday. The monthly survey was previously sponsored by global bank HSBC. Employment in China's giant manufacturing industry, which employs tens of millions of people, continued to shrink, according to the...

  • China manufacturing slumps to 15-month low Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 10:36 PM ET

    HONG KONG— China's manufacturing slumped to a 15- month low in July in a fresh sign of deterioration in the world's second biggest economy, a survey showed Friday. The monthly survey was previously sponsored by global bank HSBC. Employment in China's giant manufacturing industry, which employs tens of millions of people, continued to shrink, according to the...

  • *Flash PMI signals persistent weakness. BEIJING, July 24- China's factory sector contracted by the most in 15 months in July as shrinking orders depressed output, a preliminary private survey showed on Friday, a worse-than-expected result that should reinforce bets the struggling Chinese economy will get more stimulus. Output in July was 47.3, its lowest since...

  • BEIJING, July 24- China's factory sector contracted by the most in 15 months in July as shrinking orders depressed output to its lowest since March 2014, a preliminary private survey showed on Friday, reinforcing views that the struggling Chinese economy needs more stimulus. The flash Caixin/Markit China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index dropped to...

  • The State-Boston Retirement System, the pension fund for Boston public employees, accused Bank of America Corp's Merrill Lynch unit, Citigroup Inc, Credit Suisse Group AG, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, HSBC Holdings Plc, JPMorgan Chase& Co, UBS Group AG and 14 other defendants of illegally trying to profit on the sale of Treasury bills, notes and bonds at...

  • SB Saanen Bank AG will pay nearly $1.4 million and Privatbank Bellerive AG will pay $57,000, the U.S. Justice Department said. The United States is still conducting criminal investigations of other banks that were excluded from the Swiss bank program, including Julius Baer and HSBC's Swiss private bank. In June, Julius Baer said it would book a $350 million...

  • European shares set one-week low, Aberdeen AM leads Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 12:43 PM ET

    *Aberdeen Asset Management down after update. LONDON, July 23- European equities slipped to a one-week low on Thursday, with disappointing updates from companies including Aberdeen Asset Management and British energy supplier SSE pressuring their shares. Aberdeen Asset Management was the biggest decliner in the FTSEurofirst 300 index after the fund...

  • European shares fall after U.S. data, Aberdeen AM leads Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 10:03 AM ET

    *Aberdeen Asset Management falls after update. LONDON, July 23- European equities fell in late trading on Thursday, with disappointing updates from companies including Aberdeen Asset Management and British energy supplier SSE putting pressure on their share prices. Aberdeen Asset Management was the biggest decliner in the FTSEurofirst 300 index.

  • Sterling slid half a cent against the dollar after the Office for National Statistics reported a 0.2 percent fall in June retail sales on Thursday, prompting traders to reconsider bets on a Bank of England rate rise before the end of the year. "The retail sales numbers are slightly disappointing relative to consensus... may take some wind out of the sails of an...

  • *China c.bank seen cutting rates by 25 bps this year- poll. *China economy expected to grow 7 pct this year. BEIJING, July 23- China looks set to further reduce interest rates and the amount of cash that its banks must hold as reserves to keep its economy growing at 7 percent this year, the slowest pace in a quarter of a century, a Reuters poll showed.