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  • Hong Kong shares end flat, dampened by weak China data Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 4:12 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Oct 21- Hong Kong shares ended flat on Tuesday following weakness in the local currency and concerns over whether upcoming talks between the government and pro-democracy protestors would end the current stalemate. Analysts said that while there was some optimism that mainland China would roll out more policies to support slowing growth momentum,...

  • UPDATE 3-Oil climbs to $86 as China oil demand rises Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 4:11 AM ET

    *China implied oil demand up 6.2 pct to 10.3 mln bpd in September. *China Q4 GDP growth at 7.3 pct, weakest since 2008/ 09 crisis. "Oil is up in reaction to the Chinese demand figures," said Tamas Varga, analyst at London brokerage PVM Oil Associates.

  • BEIJING, Oct 21- China's daily crude steel runs rose 1.3 percent in September to the highest level in three months, data from the country's statistics agency showed, suggesting mills were still close to full capacity despite weak demand and a steep slump in prices. China produced 67.54 million tonnes of crude steel in September, down 2 percent from the previous...

  • TOKYO, Oct 21- Japan's Nippon Life Insurance plans to keep raising yen bond holdings in the financial year through March 2015 but will invest more in foreign bonds if domestic yields are too low, a company official said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 21- World No. 1 copper producer Codelco will announce the results of a projects review in the coming months, including whether there are any delays to its ambitious-- but vital-- multi billion-dollar growth plan, its chairman told Reuters. "Our commitment is if we have to give bad news, we are going to give it straight away to the people of Chile who own this...

  • TOKYO, Oct 21- The time is "ripe" for Japan and the United States to reach a breakthrough in talks for a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, the U.S. commerce secretary said on Tuesday, adding that the two were "a lot closer" to a deal than in recent months. Penny Pritzker, who is in Japan with a trade mission of U.S. energy and medical companies, said both countries needed...

  • *Total's CEO a defender of Moscow policies. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plow as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. The collision occurred minutes before midnight Moscow time as de Margerie's Dassault Falcon jet was taking off...

  • *Total's CEO a defender of Moscow policies. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. The collision occurred minutes before midnight Moscow time as de Margerie's Dassault Falcon jet was taking...

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 21- China shares fell on Tuesday, with pharmaceutical and property sectors hit by profit-taking and weak economic data, but losses were capped by optimism the government will roll out more policies to support the slowing economy. Shenzhen Neptunus Bioengineering Co Ltd slumped 4.9 percent and Da An Gene Co Ltd 5.6 percent. China Merchants...

  • European shares dip early; Total falls after CEO dies Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 21- European shares fell in early trading on Tuesday, adding to the previous session's losses as data showing a slowdown in Chinese economic growth kept investors on edge, offsetting better-than-expected quarterly sales from Apple. Shares in oil giant Total fell 1.2 percent after its chief executive Christophe de Margerie was killed when a...

  • *France under pressure to fix Europe's weakest economy. The CEO is among many bosses in France who won't hire a 50th worker, in order to avoid the subsequent obligation to run and pay for an in-house works council- something Goubault says is costly, time-consuming, and "entirely useless". Goubault's frustration is shared by bosses of small and mid-sized businesses...

  • RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN SENDS CONDOLENCES OVER TOTAL'S CEO DE MARGERIE DEATH IN AIR CRASH- TASS NEWS AGENCY.

  • UPDATE 1-Strong British pound hits ASOS annual profit Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 2:32 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 21- British online fashion retailer ASOS posted a 14 percent fall in annual profit, partly due to the strength of sterling hitting sales growth overseas. During the year ASOS also had to cope with the need for major investment in its warehousing, a fire at its Barnsley, northern England, warehouse in June and the launch of its new business in China.

  • *China growth slows, but economy grew slightly more than expected. European shares might fare better at the open, with financial spreadbetters predicting Britain's FTSE 100 would open up 0.1 percent, while Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 were each seen up 0.2 percent. It was also the weakest growth rate in nearly six years, putting at risk Beijing's official...

  • ASOS annual profit falls 14% on strong pound Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 2:20 AM ET

    British online fashion retailer ASOS posted a 14 percent fall in annual profit after the strength of sterling hit sales growth.

  • TOKYO, Oct 21- Japanese stocks fell on Tuesday, with the market latching on to comments from the welfare minister on the country's public pension fund as an excuse to take profits from outsized gains the previous day. The Nikkei share index lost 2.0 percent, closing at 14,804.28 and erasing half of its 4.0 percent gains on Monday, made on bets the Government Pension...

  • BEIJING, Oct 21- China grew at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis in the September quarter and risks missing its official target for the first time in 15 years, adding to concerns the world's second-largest economy is becoming a drag on global growth. China's gross domestic product grew 7.3 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier,...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 21- The driver of a snow plough involved in a deadly plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, in a Moscow airport late on Monday, was drunk, Russia's Investigative Committee said.

  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, Oct 21- Chinese automakers from state-owned FAW Co to Zhejiang Geely are racing to sell more eco-friendly cars as they try to meet tough fuel economy rules due next year as part of Beijing's battle against pollution. But many of China's smaller indigenous automakers will struggle to make the costly upgrades needed to meet the new rules, which...

  • RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE SAYS SNOW-PLOUGH DRIVER IN TOTAL'S CEO DE MARGERIE AIR CRASH WAS DRUNK.