CHICAGO, Dec 6- A top Federal Reserve official, who has been one of the most ardent supporters of the U.S. central bank's bond-buying stimulus program, said he was open to curtailing the purchases this month, although he would prefer to wait.» Read More
MOSCOW, June 24- Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Andrei Belousov as his top economic adviser on Monday, beefing up his Kremlin staff with an advocate of a big state role in the economy as part of a wider rotation of his policy team.
*China factors lead shares to reverse course. *Construction equipment makers, Fanuc underperform. TOKYO, June 24- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Monday in choppy trade as worries about Chinese economic and financial stability soured investor sentiment, dragging down China- related stocks such as construction equipment makers and some exporters.
*Gold extends last week's 7 pct decline. SINGAPORE, June 24- Gold fell over 1 percent on Monday, extending last week's 7 percent decline, hurt by a stronger dollar amid worries over an early end to the U.S. Gold for immediate delivery was trading near three-year lows.
LONDON, June 24- A bumper takeover in the telecoms sector helped European shares bounce on Monday after three days of losses, although concern over the impact of stimulus withdrawal in the United States and the health of China's banks weighed.
HONG KONG, June 24- China shares suffered their biggest daily loss since August 2009 on Monday, with financials hammered on worries that the central bank would keep money tight and economic growth could slow sharply. The Shanghai financial sub-index plummeted 7.3 percent in its worst day since November 2008.
*Doubts over U.S., China demand growth hurt. SINGAPORE, June 24- Brent crude dropped below $100 per barrel on Monday, its lowest in more than two weeks, hurt by a stronger dollar and concerns about demand from top oil consumers the United States and China. Brent crude was down 96 cents at $99.95 a barrel by 0655 GMT, after dropping to as low as $99.85-- its weakest since June 3.
LONDON, June 24- Vodafone has agreed to buy Germany's largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland for 7.7 billion euros, making its biggest deal since 2007 a bet on TV and fixed line services to protect its most important market in Europe.
MOSCOW, June 24- Washington should not expect Moscow to expel former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, a senior Russian lawmaker and Kremlin ally said on Monday. The White House urged Moscow to send Snowden back to the United States after he fled Hong Kong on Sunday for Moscow. He was expected to fly out of Moscow on Monday, possibly to Cuba.
TOKYO, June 24- The dollar mounted a two-and-a-half week peak against a basket of major currencies and surged against its Japanese counterpart in Asia on Monday, as expectations of scaled-back U.S. monetary stimulus pushed up yields on U.S. sovereign debt.
*Doubts over U.S., China demand growth hurt. SINGAPORE, June 24- Brent crude dropped toward $100 per barrel on Monday, hurt by a stronger dollar and concerns about demand from top oil consumers the United States and China.
DUBLIN, June 24- Debt-laden Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica has agreed to sell its O2 Ireland mobile business for 780 million euros to a subsidiary of Hong Kong's Hutchison Whampoa, Hutchison said in a statement on Monday.
MOSCOW, June 24- Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Andrei Belousov, who favours a big state role in the economy, as a Kremlin aide on Monday and named former central bank chairman Alexei Ulyukayev to replace him as economy minister.
TOKYO, June 24- The benchmark 10- year Japanese government bond yield was steady on Monday as weakness in Tokyo's shares helped offset concerns over slumping U.S. Treasuries after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke signalled the central bank could roll back its stimulus later this year.
TOKYO, June 24- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Monday in choppy trade as worries about China's economic and financial stability soured investor sentiment, dragging down China- related stocks such as construction equipment makers and some exporters.
Vodafone has agreed to buy Germany's largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland for 7.7 billion euros ($10 billion), betting on TV and fixed-line services in its biggest deal since 2007.
HONG KONG, June 24- China's CSI300 share index extended losses on Monday, with losses accelerating after the central bank reiterated that liquidity in the mainland remains "reasonable," fanning fears that Beijing will not relent on tightening. The Shanghai financials sub-index was down 7.1 percent, headed for its worst single day loss since November 2008.
SHANGHAI, June 24- The yuan edged lower versus the dollar on Monday, extending a recent mild downtrend amid slowing capital inflows into China, traders said. Spot yuan was trading at 6.1374 versus the dollar at midday, down 0.05 percent from Friday's close after the People's Bank of China fixed a weaker official midpoint of 6.1807, compared with Thursday's 6.1766.
*Doubts over U.S., China demand growth also hurt. SINGAPORE, June 24- Brent crude futures traded below $101 a barrel on Monday, hurt by a stronger dollar and concerns over slower growth in demand for oil in the United States and China. Brent crude was down 40 cents at $100.51 a barrel by 0444 GMT on Monday, while U.S. oil dropped 20 cents to $93.49 a barrel.
*China credit squeeze, slower economy may hurt demand. SINGAPORE, June 24- London copper futures dropped for a fifth session out of six on Monday and stayed near 20- month lows, hurt by a firmer dollar and worries over top consumer China where a liquidity squeeze could curb demand already hit by slower economic growth.
*China banks that rely on short-term funding hammered. HONG KONG, June 24- China shares tumbled again, weighing on Hong Kong markets on Monday, with Chinese banks weak after official news reports over the weekend suggested Beijing will not change its tightening policy.