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  • The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York directed two lower court judges on Wednesday to reexamine whether they had the authority to force compliance with court orders freezing accounts in China in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting federal court jurisdiction over foreign corporations.

  • CHICAGO, Sept 17- Chicago Board of Trade soybeans and wheat firmed slightly on Wednesday as bargain hunters stepped into the market to provide a boost to commodities that were trending near four-year lows, traders said. "The new crop is going to overwhelm the balance tables," Matt Zeller, director of market information at INTL FCStone, said in a note to clients.

  • SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Sept 16- The dollar eased on Tuesday with investors reluctant to do much as they waited for fresh guidance on interest rates from the Federal Reserve, while the Australian dollar held above a six-month trough.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 15- A disappointing first year for Shanghai's much-hyped free-trade zone, seen as a pet project of Premier Li Keqiang and billed as a reform laboratory, raises questions about China's commitment to opening up its markets as it wrestles with a slowing economy.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 15- A disappointing first year for Shanghai's much-hyped free-trade zone, seen as a pet project of Premier Li Keqiang and billed as a reform laboratory, raises questions about China's commitment to opening up its markets as it wrestles with a slowing economy.

  • *Barclays shares up 1.4 pct, Aviva down 0.8 percent. LONDON, Sept 12- Barclays has appointed banking and insurance veteran John McFarlane as its new chairman to oversee the British bank's efforts to stamp out wrongdoing and improve performance. McFarlane, a Scot, will step down as chairman of British insurer Aviva and take the Barclays hot seat in April.

  • Banks and investors have already criticized Europe for diverging from agreed international standards and have warned that the European proposal could increase the cost of trading over-the-counter derivatives, such as interest rate swaps, in Asia by hundreds of billions of dollars, threatening systemic stability and potentially forcing EU banks out of the Asian OTC derivatives markets.

  • *Citi, Commerz, DB, ENBD, MS, Stanchart to arrange deal. DUBAI, Sept 1- Emirates NBD, Dubai's largest lender, plans to sell a benchmark-sized capital-boosting bond, a document from lead managers said on Monday, looking to take advantage of favourable markets to strengthen its reserves.

  • ANALYSIS-Draghi dials R for Reform. Line is busy Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 5:39 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Aug 29- Two years ago, euro zone government leaders hung on Mario Draghi's every word. Now the European Central Bank chief is struggling to get through to them. "The essential cohesion of the Union depends on it," Draghi said in July, repeating the plea on Aug. 7.

  • The subpoenas are aimed at a US $4.7 bn facility provided by China Development Bank, ICBC and BOC to finance the construction of two hydroelectric dams in Patagonia and a US $2.1 bn loan from China Development Bank and ICBC to finance the Belgrano Cargas railway project.

  • *Poll forecasts first UK rate hike in Q1 2015, of 25 bps. LONDON, Aug 28- The Bank of England will be the first major central bank to lift interest rates when it makes a move early next year, jumping the gun on the U.S. "But the pace of activity is probably stronger in the UK than in the U.S. and we are seeing a faster decline in the unemployment rate in the UK."

  • HONG KONG, Aug 28- Anti-corruption officers in Hong Kong on Thursday raided the home of Jimmy Lai, a media magnate and outspoken critic of Beijing who has supported pro-democracy activists through his publications and with donations.

  • LONDON, Aug 28- The euro rose further off a one-year low against the dollar on Thursday as feverish speculation of an imminent round of quantitative easing by the European Central Bank cooled. The common currency rose 0.1 percent to $1.3213, up from Wednesday's low of $1.3151 on trading platform EBS- the euro's weakest since early September 2013.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 25- Something doesn't quite add up with China's rising steel production, but falling coal output and imports so far this year. China's raw steel output was 480.76 million tonnes in the first seven months of 2014, up 2.7 percent from the same period a year earlier, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics.

  • The action, part of the Elliott's quest to recover around US $1.7 bn in claims from its decade-long dispute with the sovereign, will target financial institutions including Citigroup, HSBC and Standard Chartered, the source said.

  • SINGAPORE/ ZURICH Aug 22- Royal Bank of Scotland plc might split its international private bank into separate European and Asian divisions to attract Asian buyers who have the financial muscle for a deal but are reluctant to take on European client risk.

  • *Aims to challenge dominance of New York and London. The strong response from foreign players will boost efforts by China- also the world's biggest producer of gold- to gain pricing power over the metal and to challenge the dominance of London and New York in trading.

  • Dollar trades in tight range ahead of Yellen speech Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 2:58 PM ET

    Central bankers gathered for a three-day meeting in Wyoming that will feature a potentially market-rattling speech by Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

  • LONDON, Aug 21- Copper steadied on Thursday after U.S. data signaled a strengthening economy, but sluggish growth elsewhere in the world kept the metal under pressure.

  • LONDON, Aug 21- Standard Chartered on Thursday said it would work with regulators after the United Arab Emirates central bank warned it could face legal action after agreeing to close some customers' UAE accounts in an anti-money laundering settlement. "We have noted the announcement made by the UAE Central Bank.