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  • NEW YORK, July 24- Oil futures prices fell on Thursday, as unseasonably weak demand and plentiful supplies of crude and refined products offset strong Chinese factory data that could boost energy demand in the world's No. 2 oil consumer.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Major global stock markets edged higher while the euro rose from an eight-month low against the U.S. dollar on Thursday following upbeat euro zone data and stronger-than-expected U.S. earnings.

  • *US tech stocks buoyed by Apple; Facebook at record high. Those measures were proposed after a Malaysian Airlines plane was downed over Ukraine last week, killing 298, possibly by a missile furnished by Russia.

  • *China manufacturing PMI hits 18- month high; new orders surge. While China is relying on increased government stimulus to steer its economy away from reliance on exports and towards consumer spending, Europe has taken the opposite approach, combining fiscal austerity with near-zero interest rates.

  • LONDON, July 24- Brent crude dipped below $108 a barrel on Thursday as unseasonably weak demand from European refiners and plentiful supplies offset strong Chinese factory data. Brent for September delivery was down 31 cents at $107.72 a barrel by 0909 GMT, after closing 70 cents higher on Wednesday.

  • *US tech stocks buoyed by Apple; Facebook at record high. LONDON, July 24- The euro pulled off 8- month lows against the dollar on Thursday after the bloc's private sector expanded at its fastest rate in three months in July, and emerging equities hovered near 17- month highs after strong Chinese data.

  • *Asian growth outlook dims with feeble China, India recovery. BANGALORE, July 24- The outlook for emerging Asia has dimmed further this year on weak demand for exports, although growth in India is expected to accelerate into 2015 even as China is held back in part by a slowing property market, Reuters polls showed.

  • BEIJING, July 24- China's factory activity expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months in July as new orders surged, a preliminary HSBC survey showed on Thursday, the latest indication that the economy is picking up as government stimulus measures kick in.

  • July 23- Britain's markets regulator and a group of global banks are in talks to reach a first settlement in a currency-rigging probe, with a deal possible this year, Bloomberg reported.

  • Markets solid amid mixed US economic news Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 4:05 AM ET

    TOKYO— World shares were rattled Thursday by reports the European Union is weighing stiffer financial sanctions against Russia.

  • HONG KONG, July 24- China shares rose sharply on Thursday as investors plowed into blue chips, cheered by the progress of a trading plan that will soon make it much easier for foreigners to buy Shanghai stocks.

  • HK firms on edge as democracy rally blockade looms Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    HONG KONG— As activists vow to shut down Hong Kong's financial district in protest at China's attempt to hobble democratic elections in the city, businessman Bernard Chan is preparing for the worst. The former British colony came back under China's control in 1997 but retains its own legal and financial systems and a high degree of control over its affairs.

  • *Tech stocks boosted by Apple, Facebook hit record high. The HSBC flash PMI for China came in at 52.0 for July, well above forecasts of a small rise to 51 in July and the highest reading in 18 months. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.2 percent, and Australia notched another six-year peak.

  • SINGAPORE, July 24- Brent crude held steady above $108 a barrel on Thursday as a surprisingly strong reading on Chinese manufacturing bolstered hopes for higher demand in the world's No.2 oil consumer. Brent crude for September delivery traded up 8 cents at $108.11 a barrel by 0539 GMT, after closing 70 cents higher on Wednesday.

  • *Coal firms rise again after govt said studying policies to promote projects. HONG KONG, July 24- China shares jumped on Thursday, outshining Asian peers and pulling up Hong Kong, as more investors plowed money in on hopes for a coming change expected to make it much easier for foreigners to buy Shanghai stocks.

  • BEIJING, July 24- China's factory activity expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months in July as new orders surged, a preliminary HSBC survey showed on Thursday, the latest indication that the economy is picking up as government stimulus measures kick in.

  • SINGAPORE, July 24- Brent crude was steady above $108 a barrel on Thursday, holding on to the previous day's gains, after a surprisingly strong reading on Chinese manufacturing bolstered hopes for higher demand in the world's second-biggest oil consumer.

  • HONG KONG, July 24- China's yuan raced to its highest in more than three months on Thursday after solid manufacturing activity confirmed the government's stimulus measures were filtering through the economy and brightening growth prospects in the near term.

  • SYDNEY, July 24- London copper rallied to its highest in more than a week on Thursday after China's factory sector grew at the fastest clip in 18 months in July, shrugging off news that Indonesia may soon resume ore exports that could smooth out kinks in supply. There just wasn't a lot of clarity over when, "said analyst Joel Crane of Morgan Stanley in Melbourne.

  • By Shinichi Saoshiro and Ian Chua. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, July 24- The New Zealand dollar skidded to a six-week low on Thursday after the country's central bank switched to a wait-and-see stance following its fourth straight rate hike, while its Australian peer rose after a survey showed China's factory sector expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months.