BEIJING, March 12- China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that its aircraft are not conducting searches over land for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner but that it was expanding searches at sea. Ministry spokesman Qin Gang made the statement at a regular press briefing.» Read More
China, a market dominated by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Lenovo Group Ltd, is expected to ship 120 million 4 G-enabled smartphones to meet consumer demand for Internet connectivity.
*Iran agrees to talks with six world powers, including U.S. LONDON, Sept 24- Brent crude oil fell below $108 a barrel on Tuesday, losing ground again after almost a month of falls as geopolitical tension eased and further evidence emerged of rising oil supplies from Libya and Iraq.
HONG KONG, Sept 24- Hong Kong shares slid for a second day, hurt by Tuesday's weak mainland Chinese market and profit-taking from last week's strong gains after comments by U.S. The Hang Seng Index, which closed on Thursday at its highest since Feb. 4 after the Fed maintained its monthly stimulus, ended down 0.8 percent at 23,179 points.
*Major stock markets edge lower, mirroring Wall Street. LONDON, Sept 24- Anxiety over U.S. monetary and fiscal policy at the end of a bullish third quarter for stocks saw world shares edge lower on Tuesday while trapping the major currencies in tight ranges. The MSCI global index of shares dipped 0.1 percent.
*German Ifo data due at 0800 GMT. *Concerns over budget showdown in Washington spreading. LONDON, Sept 24- The euro rose against the dollar on Tuesday before German sentiment data, but gains could be capped after the European Central Bank said it stood ready to do more to keep market rates down.
SEOUL, Sept 24- South Korea voted against Boeing's F-15 Silent Eagle in its 8.3 trillion won tender for 60 fighter jets, the country's arms procurement agency said on Tuesday, saying it would restart the bidding process.
*Telecom Italia up as Telefonica agrees to raise stake. LONDON, Sept 24- European shares held firm in early trade on Tuesday, bolstered by signs of merger and acquisition activity in the telecoms sector but kept below recent 5- year highs by concerns about U.S. fiscal and monetary policy.
*China bonded copper premiums steady at $170- $200- Shmet. SINGAPORE, Sept 24- London copper fell on Tuesday, as a rally sparked after the Federal Reserve held back cuts to its stimulus program fizzled, which matched with the prospect of rising supply overshadowed a brightening outlook for demand.
SEOUL, Sept 24- South Korea voted against Boeing's F-15 Silent Eagle in its 8.3 trillion won tender for 60 fighter jets, the country's arms procurement agency said on Tuesday, saying it will restart the project.
PARIS, Sept 24- European shares inched higher at the open on Tuesday, halting a two-session retreat, although gains were limited by uncertainty over when the U.S.
*Russia, Belarus seek to revive sales alliance. MOSCOW, Sept 24- China, the world's largest consumer of potash, has acquired a 12.5 percent stake in Russia's Uralkali, the world's largest producer of the soil nutrient, via its sovereign wealth fund, Uralkali said on Tuesday.
HONG KONG, Sept 24- China shares surrendered most of the previous day's gains, dragged down by banking and property counters after official media reignited fears of a nation-wide property tax and of greater competition in the future cutting bank profits.
*Monetary policy a poor tool to boost weak economy. MOSCOW, Sept 24- Russia's central bank has limited scope to reverse an economic slowdown that reflects underlying structural problems rather than tight credit, the bank's new head of monetary policy said.
*Iran agrees to talks with six world powers, including U.S. SINGAPORE, Sept 24- Brent crude held steady near $108 a barrel on Tuesday as geopolitical tensions eased slightly ahead of nuclear talks involving Iran and the United States later this week, while rising oil supply from Iraq and Libya weighed on prices.
TOKYO, Sept 24- Japan's Nikkei share average edged down in choppy trade on Tuesday after Federal Reserve officials suggested the U.S. central bank could still begin scaling back its monetary stimulus later this year. The Nikkei dropped 0.1 percent to 14,732.61, moving away from a nine-week high of 14,816.65 hit last Friday.
BEIJING, Sept 24- A heavy-handed approach is needed to halt a rise in monopolistic behaviour by companies in China, a senior official said on Tuesday, in a sign that an antitrust campaign which has already ensnared top global firms could get tougher.
*Major stock markets drift lower, mirroring Wall Street. SYDNEY, Sept 24- Asian share markets were mostly under water on Tuesday while currencies dithered in tight ranges as a dearth of major economic news left investors to fret on the outlook for monetary policy in the United States and Europe.
Well over 60 percent of residential systems in top solar states like California and Arizona today are owned by investors or companies which lease systems to homeowners for a monthly fee.
*Boeing's F-15SE only bid under budget. There is, however, a possibility the decision could be postponed or re-tendered due to concerns the Boeing lacks the stealth capabilities of more modern aircraft, a source who has direct knowledge of the deliberations told Reuters. Boeing's F-15 Silent Eagle is the only candidate within budget.
--Clyde Russell is a Reuters market analyst. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 24- What does China's factory sector growing at its strongest pace in six months have in common with the U.S.