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  • *China copper imports up 2.9 pct y/y in July. *China aluminium semi exports drop, but to resume after Aug- Citi. LONDON, Aug 10- Copper bounced off six-year lows on Monday after stronger-than-expected imports of the metal from top consumer China offset a faltering picture for the economy as a whole.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7- Malaysia's international reserves have fallen significantly below the $100 billion threshold as the central bank struggles to slow declines in Asia's worst-performing currency in the face of a protracted political crisis. Currency reserves fell to $96.7 billion as of July 31, Bank Negara Malaysia said on Friday, from $100.5 billion on...

  • *Gold down for seventh week in a row. LONDON, Aug 7- Gold rose on Friday as the dollar softened, but was on track for a seventh straight weekly fall, the longest since 1999, as the market braced for U.S. non-farm payrolls data that could help determine the timing of a Federal Reserve rate hike. "It certainly remains a challenging environment for gold prices to maintain...

  • METALS-Copper slips on firmer dollar, nickel gains Wednesday, 5 Aug 2015 | 10:30 AM ET

    *Codelco stops offering refined copper to China- sources. LONDON, Aug 5- Copper and other base metals slipped on Wednesday as the dollar strengthened on speculation that the United States was closer to raising interest rates. Copper, which has shed about a fifth of its value over the past three months, is trading lower than supply/demand fundamentals would...

  • *Walt Disney falls after cutting cable unit profit forecast. Aug 5- Wall Street opened higher on Wednesday after data showed private sector hiring slowed sharply in July, indicating a loss of momentum in the economy at the start of the third quarter and tempering expectations of a September interest rate hike. "It suggests that September is not yet a done deal as...

  • *July ADP numbers smallest increase since April. *Walt Disney falls after cutting cable unit profit forecast. Aug 5- Wall Street was set to open higher on Wednesday after data showed private sector hiring in July rose the least since April, reducing expectations of a strong reading in the government's payrolls report due Friday.

  • METALS-Copper dips on stronger dollar, nickel gains Wednesday, 5 Aug 2015 | 6:26 AM ET

    *Codelco stops offering refined copper to China- sources. LONDON, Aug 5- Copper and other base metals slipped on Wednesday as the dollar strengthened on expectations that U.S. authorities were close to hiking interest rates. Copper, which has shed about a fifth of its value over the past three months, is trading lower than supply/demand fundamentals would warrant,...

  • *H1 profits tumble 44 pct to $1.8 bln. LONDON, Aug 5- Standard Chartered halved its dividend and said it would raise capital from investors if needed, as new Chief Executive Bill Winters outlined plans to revive a bank hit by a 44 percent slump in first-half profit. Asia- focused Standard Chartered has had a troubled three years, hurt by a weakening in many of its key...

  • Standard Chartered halves dividend, may hike capital Wednesday, 5 Aug 2015 | 5:23 AM ET

    Standard Chartered halved its dividend and said it would raise capital from investors if needed, as new chief executive, Bill Winters, discussed reviving the bank.

  • LONDON, Aug 5- Standard Chartered halved its dividend and said it would raise capital from investors if needed, as new chief Executive Bill Winters outlined his thoughts on reviving a bank hit by a 44 percent slump in first-half profit. Shares in the Asia- focused lender rose 4.5 percent to 994.9 pence on Wednesday as investors welcomed Winters' move to set a target...

  • Equity markets in Shanghai and Sydney underperformed the region on Wednesday.

  • HOUSTON, Aug 5- As oil prices entered a second steep slide a few weeks ago, bullish traders and analysts had hoped for a repeat of the sharp but short dip that occurred early in the year- a speculative slide below $50 a barrel followed by a quick recovery. Some are now reconsidering that view, as long-term oil prices take the lead in the market's latest dive, swaying...

  • MELBOURNE, Aug 5- London copper slipped back on Wednesday towards six-year lows as the dollar rose on heightened expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve could raise interest rates in September and amid a bearish backdrop for China demand. "Sentiment here among Chinese investors is quite bearish at the moment, it's hard to see any sustainable rebound from here,"...

  • HONG KONG, Aug 4- Hong Kong stocks were steady on Tuesday as anxiety ahead of earning reports tempered by a rally in China's main indexes as Beijing ramped up its efforts to stabilize mainland markets. Analysts said investors focus in Hong Kong turned to earning reports from blue chips, with Standard Chartered expected to release its interim earnings on...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 3- New York state's financial watchdog effectively suspended Promontory Financial Group LLC, a prominent consulting firm, from doing regulatory work for banks licensed by the state after finding that it whitewashed reports it gave to authorities. The New York State Department of Financial Services found that Promontory was not sufficiently...

  • FRANKFURT, July 30- Deutsche Bank's new boss hit out at staff in a memo on Thursday saying performance was "nowhere good enough" after Germany's largest bank warned that its turnaround was at risk from heavy legal charges. "The status quo is not an option," he said in staff memo after the bank reported a second-quarter net profit of 818 million euros, slightly better...

  • 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...

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Former New York financial regulator Benjamin Lawsky on Tuesday countered criticism from the bitcoin community that he may have generated consulting work for himself by issuing controversial regulations for virtual currency firms before he left his post. In his first public appearance since his transition, the outspoken former regulator...

  • LONDON, July 28- Goldman Sachs has inflamed further an already heated argument between analysts over the outlook for the copper market. The Wall Street heavyweight has positioned itself as a super bear, slashing its short, medium and long-term forecasts by as much as 44 percent in the case of 2018. Cash copper, currently trading around $5,200 per tonne, will fall...

  • Why hawks are circling again at the Bank of England Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 3:03 AM ET

    The Bank of England’s interest rate decision may be about to get interesting again, after years of predictability.