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  • HONG KONG, Oct 26- Adam Gazal trained for six months to stand in the ring for six minutes of live boxing. The managing partner of National Australia Bank was one of 14 contenders who on Thursday took part in Hong Kong's sixth annual IronMonger Hedge Fund Fight Night, a fundraising event that is now a staple of the city's financial community.

  • *Macau gaming sector strong after positive Wynn, Galaxy Q3 earnings. HONG KONG, Oct 25- Hong Kong shares eked out a tenth straight gain on Thursday, but a rally that has taken the Hang Seng Index to 2012 highs showed signs of fatigue as investors took profits on outperformers.

  • European shares rise as China outlook helps lift miners Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:16 AM ET

    *China factory outlook boosts miners. *WPP, Daimler fall after earnings updates. LONDON, Oct 25- European stocks edged higher on Thursday led by miners after China said factory output was set to accelerate, but profit warnings hit WPP and Daimler.

  • News Summary: China manufacturing improves -survey Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 4:35 PM ET

    RAMPING UP: A survey by HSBC found that China's manufacturing improved this month. the data showed strong gains from September, and adds to signs a recovery might be happening after a sharp slump. It adds to data last week that showed retail sales and investment picking up.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold up along with stocks; eyes on Fed meeting Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 2:12 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 24- Gold rose on Wednesday along with stock markets, helped by well received data from China and an upbeat earnings report from Boeing, while dealers awaited a Federal Reserve policy statement later in the day. Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,709.60 an ounce at 1309 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were up 60 cents an ounce at $1,710.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold holds near 7-week low; eyes on Fed meeting Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:43 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 24- Gold prices hovered near a seven-week low on Wednesday as a weak reading of the German economy lifted the dollar versus the euro, while dealers awaited the U.S. Spot gold was at $1,708.90 an ounce at 1023 GMT against $1,708.09 late in New York on Tuesday, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were up 30 cents an ounce at $1,709.70.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold pares early gains; holds near 7-week low Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 6:44 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Oct 24- Gold trimmed gains Wednesday after early bargain hunting tapered off and worries about the global economy resurfaced, but festive demand from top consumer India could help shore up prices.

  • BEIJING, Oct 24- China's economy is making a slow, steady recovery from its weakest period of growth in three years, a survey of purchasing managers signalled on Wednesday, with new orders and output at their highest in months.

  • BEIJING, Oct 24- China's economy is making a slow, steady recovery from its weakest period of growth in three years, a survey of purchasing managers signalled on Thursday, with new orders and output at their highest in months.

  • China HSBC flash PMI at 3-mth high, economy ticks up Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 1:48 AM ET

    BEIJING, Oct 24- China's manufacturers saw growth shrink for a 12th successive month in October, but output at a three-month high and the most robust order books since April signal a strengthening recovery, preliminary results of a purchasing managers survey show.

  • Nikkei falls, on track to snap 7-day winning streak Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 1:18 AM ET

    Exporters shed after a rally propelled by a weaker yen over the past week and a half, with automakers Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co down 1.3 and 1.4 percent respectively, and construction machinery maker Komatsu Ltd slipping 2.1 percent.

  • TOKYO, Oct 24- U.S. crude futures steadied below $87 a barrel in early Asian trade on Wednesday as investors waited for data on China's economic health, after weak corporate earnings and forecasts pointed to a still distressed global economy.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares slip, focus on China data Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 12:24 AM ET

    *HSBC flash China manufacturing PMI due around 0145 GMT. Asian markets will also focus on HSBC's latest report on China's manufacturing sector due around 0145 GMT, with any negative surprise likely to further hurt fragile sentiment. The MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.3 percent on Wednesday.

  • Survey shows China's manufacturing improving Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:42 PM ET

    BEIJING-- China's manufacturing improved this month, adding to signs a recovery might be taking shape after a sharp slump in the world's No. 2 economy. A preliminary version of HSBC's monthly purchasing managers' index rose to a three-month high of 49.1 points on a 100- point scale, the bank said Wednesday.

  • FOREX-Euro, AUD on the defensive as data looms Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:23 PM ET

    *Wall St selloff, Moody's action hit risk appetite. *HSBC's flash China PMI data, Australia CPI in focus. Traders said the market was likely to stay cautious in the lead up to HSBC's latest report on China's manufacturing sector due around 0145 GMT.

  • Capital One shares rise on strong 3Q results Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 2:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Capital One Financial Corp. rose to a nearly five-year high Friday, as recent big acquisitions helped the bank grow net income 47 percent in the third quarter. THE SPARK: Capital One on Thursday said that it earned $1.17 billion, or $2.01 per share for the three months ended Sept. 30.

  • Dow down 200 as weak earnings drag market lower Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:52 PM ET

    Disappointing results from three giants of the Dow _ Microsoft, General Electric and McDonald's _ were to blame. The Dow sank 221 points, or 1.6 percent, to 13,327. The S&P was down 26, or 1.8 percent, at 1,431. The Nasdaq composite index, hammered by a second ugly day for Google, lost 70 points to 3,002, a 2.3 percent decline.

  • First Niagara 3rd-qtr profit down on restructuring Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    The holding company for First Niagara Bank said Friday that the period ended Sept. 30 was its 11th straight quarter of double-digit growth for its commercial loan book. First Niagara's net income available to common shareholders fell to $50.8 million, or 14 cents per share, from $57 million, or 19 cents per share, in the same period last year.

  • News Summary: Capital One posts higher 3Q profit Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:37 PM ET

    THE BOTTOM LINE: Capital One Financial's third-quarter net income jumped 47 percent versus the prior-year quarter, as the addition of ING Direct and HSBC's U.S. card business helped drive revenue gains across the lender's businesses. THE NUMBERS: Net income rose to $1.17 billion, or $2.01 per share, for the quarter ended Sept. 30.

  • Capital One's profit vaults 47 percent in 3Q Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:44 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Capital One Financial Corp.' s net income vaulted 47 percent in the third quarter, as the lender's acquisition of online bank ING Direct and HSBC's U.S. credit card business helped boost its loan revenue.