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  • UK Finance Minister George Osborne offered further comfort to banks facing a welter of new rules since the financial crisis by asking their regulator, the Bank of England, to help keep Britain a "highly attractive" location for lenders. Europe's biggest bank, HSBC, has said the levy will be a factor in whether it decides to keep its headquarters in Britain.

  • LONDON, July 8- Copper rose on Wednesday as a lower dollar triggered a bout of profit-taking, but worries about demand in top consumer China due to its tumbling equity market and weaker growth and the Greek debt crisis could see prices resume their slide. The metal used in power and construction was trading up at $5,375 a tonne at 1214 GMT from Monday's close at...

  • By Tuesday afternoon, the crowded race to the exit was winding down, with prices recovering from three-month lows as traders reassessed the factors they blamed for the worst slide in four months: Greece's debt woes; China's stock market meltdown; talks with Iran over its nuclear program; a stronger dollar; a rise in the number of U.S. oil rigs; a breach of key...

  • NEW YORK, July 7- U.S. crude oil futures steadied on Tuesday after falling sharply a day earlier on worries about Greece's indebtedness and China's stock market losses, although charts indicated renewed selling could push prices into bear market territory. Industry group American Petroleum Institute estimated a drop of nearly 960,000 barrels.

  • *China stock markets fall again. *Concern about Greece dogs oil market. NEW YORK, July 7- U.S. crude resumed its decline on Tuesday, sinking for a second straight day as investors fled to safe havens on worries about a near-bankrupt Greece and China's stock market losses, with technical selling threatening to push oil into a bear market.

  • Why Europe’s City of Love could gain from Brexit Tuesday, 7 Jul 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    Paris would “have a card to play” as a new European financial hub should Britons vote to quit the 28-country union, leading players in the city’s financial scene told CNBC.

  • *China stock markets fall again, Greece fights to stay in euro. NEW YORK, July 7- U.S. crude tumbled about 2 percent on Tuesday, sinking for a second straight day as investors fled to safe havens on worries about a near-bankrupt Greece and China's stock market losses and as technical selling threatened to push oil into a bear market. U.S. crude was down $1.15, or 2.2...

  • European shares close lower as Greek vote eyed Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    European equities closed lower on Friday as investors looked ahead to Sunday, when a referendum that could affect Greece's future in the euro zone will take place.

  • *Reporting season kicks off on July 8 with Alcoa. "What will be very important over the next few weeks is whether we start to see some supply responses emerging during the corporate results period," said Nicholas Snowdon, metals analyst at Standard Chartered in London. "Over the past six months Vale, BHP and Rio have independently suggested either cuts to existing...

  • SAO PAULO, July 3- Swiss lender UBS AG made a whistleblower deal with Brazilian authorities investigating the suspected rigging of Brazil's currency market and will receive no punishment in the case, a local newspaper reported on Friday. Foreign exchange trading in Brazil is estimated at about $3 trillion a year, excluding swaps and derivative transactions.

  • *Rising output largely due to CNOOC and smaller producers. BEIJING, July 3- China's crude oil output looks set to rise this year from a record in 2014 as new production from third largest producer CNOOC helps to counter reductions from its two bigger rivals. While there is no official Chinese production outlook, information from the biggest state oil companies...

  • Brazil probes forex activity of 15 global banks Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 3:43 AM ET
    Canary Wharf, London

    Fifteen of the world's largest banks are under investigation on suspicion of rigging the Brazilian currency, antitrust watchdog Cade said.

  • Foreign exchange trading in Brazil is estimated at about $3 trillion a year, excluding swaps and derivative transactions. The banks named in the Cade probe are Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Barclays Plc, Citigroup Inc, Credit Suisse Group AG, Deutsche Bank AG, HSBC Holdings Plc, JPMorgan Chase& Co, Morgan Stanley& Co, Nomura Holdings Inc,...

  • SAO PAULO, July 2- Brazil antitrust watchdog Cade opened on Thursday an investigation over alleged currency rigging by a group of 15 global banks, the first of its kind in one of the world's busiest foreign exchange markets. In a statement, Cade said the banks colluded to influence benchmark currency rates in Brazil by aligning positions and pushing...

  • SINGAPORE, July 2- Rallying oil refining margins have ground to a halt in Asia. Currently at a 2015 low, they could drop another 20-30 percent this quarter, led by declining profits in diesel as supply from the Middle East adds to a global glut. But they have almost halved this week to $5.60 with supply of refined products from traditional importers in the Middle East...

  • SINGAPORE/ LONDON, July 1- A decade after China kicked off a series of gold market reforms, plans to establish a yuan price fix mark one of Beijing's biggest step so far to capitalise on the country's position as the world's top producer and a leading consumer. While no immediate threat to the gold pricing dominance of London and New York, the benchmark could...

  • China trumps West in global bank ratings Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 9:25 AM ET
    White-collars walk to their lunch break in Pudong business district in Shanghai, China.

    Western banking giants are losing ground to China, as the world's second-biggest economy vies to establish its economic influence.

  • SHANGHAI, June 29- A 20 percent fall in Chinese stocks over the past two weeks, mainly blamed on a flood of initial public offerings, highlights the risks that regulators face as they try to use the stock market to support the slowing economy. "The government appears eager to maintain a bull market to expand the capital market and reduce reliance on bank lending,"...

  • SHANGHAI, June 28- China's monetary easing at the weekend was aimed at stopping a stock market stampede, but has some economists worried that policy is being used to prop up an equity rally that was not based on fundamentals and has not done much economic good. "The government appears eager to maintain a bull market to expand the capital market and reduce reliance...

  • SHANGHAI, June 28- A 20 percent fall in Chinese stocks over the past two weeks, mainly blamed on a flood of initial public offerings, highlights the risks that regulators face as they try to use the stock market to support the slowing economy. "The government appears eager to maintain a bull market to expand the capital market and reduce reliance on bank lending,"...