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  • *HSBC/ Markit PMI at 48.0 in March vs 48.5 in Feb. BEIJING, April 1- Persistent weakness in China's manufacturing sector reinforced fears of a sharper-than-expected slowdown at the start of 2014, and some government economists think authorities have already started boosting spending to put a floor under growth.

  • POLL-Indian factory expansion eased in March-PMI Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    Meanwhile, inflation also moderated, ", said Leif Eskesen, chief economist for India& ASEAN at HSBC. This means the Reserve Bank of India likely will leave interest rates unchanged at its meeting later on Tuesday, a Reuters poll conducted last week predicted.

  • *Concerns about China prospects linger. SEOUL, April 1- Advanced economies stepped up their purchases of goods from South Korea last month, data showed on Tuesday, a hopeful sign global consumption will underpin Asia's export-reliant economies even as slackening demand in China drags on regional growth.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters market analyst. LAUNCESTON, Australia, April 1- China's official Purchasing Managers' Index for March probably isn't as strong as it looks, but that's likely not a bad thing for commodity demand in the next few months.

  • *Bonded China copper premiums fall $10 to $80- $100- Shmet. SYDNEY, April 1- London copper on Tuesday eased away from three-week highs touched the session before, with mixed data on China's manufacturing sector rekindling worries over the state of the world's No. 2 economy and top copper user.

  • BEIJING, April 1- Activity in China's factory sector edged up slightly in March, a government survey showed, though the figure is unlikely to dispel concerns that the world's second-largest economy slowed more than expected in the first quarter.

  • SEOUL, April 1- South Korea's exports grew more strongly than expected last month while a private survey showed a pickup in manufacturing sector activity, suggesting that Asia's fourth-largest economy continues to recover.

  • *Corn for May delivery on the Chicago Board of Trade was unchanged at $5.02 a bushel by 0044 GMT, near Monday's peak of $5.03-3/ 4, which was the highest since Sept. 3. *U.S. corn stockpiles were 7.006 billion bushels as of March 1, below analysts' expectations for 7.099 billion bushels, according to the quarterly estimates by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • TORONTO, March 31- Barrick Gold Corp unveiled a new executive compensation plan on Monday, and lead director J. Brett Harvey said the company might select two new board members after its annual meeting on April 30.

  • LONDON, March 31- Britain and China signed an agreement to set up a clearing service for renminbi trading in London on Monday, days after Germany clinched a similar deal in the race to capture a share of the fast-growing Chinese foreign exchange market.

  • BRUSSELS, March 30- The European Central Bank's dilemma over barely rising prices seems likely to dominate a week starting with a euro zone inflation estimate and ending with U.S. jobs figures, the monetary policy driver on the other side of the Atlantic. After more than a month of East-West tensions centred on Russia's annexation of Crimea, U.S.

  • NICOSIA, March 30- If John Hourican manages to drag Bank of Cyprus back from the brink of collapse, it would resurrect a financial institution, a national economy and his own career.

  • NEW YORK, March 28- A New York judge on Friday unsealed the records of six former Dewey& LeBoeuf employees who.

  • NEW YORK, March 28- A New York judge on Friday unsealed the records of six former Dewey& LeBoeuf employees who.

  • *Emerging market ructions marred Europe Q1 performance. LONDON, March 28- Emerging market ructions have driven a divergence in sector performance on European bourses this year that is likely to ebb in the second quarter as investors become more confident about global economic recovery.

  • LONDON, March 28- Asia- focused bank Standard Chartered Plc paid 118 of its bankers at least 1 million euros last year, topped by a $9.5 million payout to Mike Rees, head of its wholesale or investment banking division.

  • BEIJING, March 28- China's factory activity is expected to have picked up slightly in March, a Reuters poll showed, in a rare piece of good news, though the figure is unlikely to alter views that the world's second-largest economy is facing a slow first quarter.

  • Dewey& LeBoeuf's former chairman Steven Davis, 60, executive director Stephen DiCarmine, 57, chief financial officer Joel Sanders, 55, and client relations manager Zachary Warren, 29, were all criminally charged March 6 for the alleged use of accounting gimmicks and fraud to cheat banks and investors in a failed attempt to keep the law firm alive.

  • Ex-Dewey finance director admits accounting was false Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 4:02 PM ET

    Dewey& LeBoeuf's former chairman Steven Davis, 60, executive director Stephen DiCarmine, 57, chief financial officer Joel Sanders, 55, and client relations manager Zachary Warren, 29, were all criminally charged March 6 for the alleged use of accounting gimmicks and fraud to cheat banks and investors in a failed attempt to keep the law firm alive.

  • NEW YORK, March 27- Silver investors failed to show that JPMorgan Chase& Co conspired to drive down the metal's price, and an antitrust lawsuit accusing the largest U.S. bank of price-fixing should be dismissed, a federal appeals court ruled.

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