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  • *Bonded China copper premiums fall $10 to $80- $100- Shmet. LONDON, April 1- Copper steadied on Tuesday as weak manufacturing data from top consumer China reinforced expectations that the country could move to stimulate its flagging economy and boost demand for industrial metals.

  • LONDON/ BEIJING, April 1- Major economies in Asia and Europe finished the first quarter on a weaker note, with key manufacturing surveys fuelling expectations policymakers may be forced to act in coming months to prop up faltering growth.

  • *Gold recovers from overnight low of $1,278.34/ oz. LONDON, April 1- Gold prices rose on Tuesday, recovering early losses, as comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen defending easy-money policies hurt the dollar, while a drop to seven-week lows overnight sparked interest from bargain-hunting buyers.

  • *India keeps policy repo rate at 8 percent. MUMBAI, April 1- With elections looming and an uncertain economic growth outlook, India's central bank left interest rates on hold on Tuesday, as expected, and indicated it will keep rates steady in the near term if inflation eases towards the bank's targeted level.

  • *China's official PMI improves, but stimulus hopes intact. *Gold, yen retreat as risk appetite returns. Major currencies and bonds continued their cautious jockeying before this week's European Central Bank meeting and U.S. jobs data.

  • MUMBAI, April 1- The Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday barred foreign investors from buying government debt with less than one-year maturity to encourage longer-term flows and reduce the country's dependence on hot money.

  • *Russia pulls back some troops from near Ukraine's eastern frontier. LONDON, April 1- Brent crude slipped towards $107 on Tuesday due to lacklustre manufacturing data from China and Europe and the possibility of a jump in supplies from Libya after rebels blocking eastern oil ports hinted at a deal with Tripoli.

  • *Costs high, but Greece hopes to add momentum to the rally. LONDON, April 1- Greece could be on the verge of making one of the fastest market comebacks of a defaulted sovereign ever recorded.

  • April 1- Regulators in Hong Kong and New Zealand said on Tuesday that they are investigating banks' conduct in the foreign exchange market as part of an investigation tied to the global probe into FX markets. "The HKMA is investigating into a number of banks in Hong Kong," an HKMA spokeswoman said in the statement.

  • *Austria's Spindelegger says Greece progress encouraging. ATHENS, April 1- Austria's finance minister played down the idea that Greece may need another package of financial aid, saying on Tuesday he saw no need for more help now and hoped that would remain the case.

  • *Russia pulls back some troops from near Ukraine's eastern frontier. LONDON, April 1- Brent crude slipped towards $107 on Tuesday due to lacklustre manufacturing data from China and the possibility of a jump in supplies from Libya after rebels blocking eastern oil ports hinted at a deal with Tripoli.

  • POLL-UK manufacturing growth cools in March -PMI Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    LONDON, April 1- Growth in British manufacturing unexpectedly eased to its slowest pace in eight months in March and prices paid by factories tumbled, a survey showed on Tuesday.

  • Hong Kong shares end at 3-week high, Tencent jumps Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | 4:09 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, April 1- Hong Kong shares finished up 1.3 percent on Tuesday, as a surge in gambling stocks and a rally in Tencent drove the index to its highest close in more than three weeks. Macau, a special administrative region, which pulls in more from gambling in two months than Las Vegas typically makes in a year, clocked up $4.4 billion in revenue in March.

  • LONDON, April 1- Growth among euro zone factories cooled as expected last month but with output again rising across the board the bloc's economic recovery appears more entrenched, a business survey showed on Tuesday.

  • FRANKFURT, April 1- A downward slide in reinsurance prices showed clear signs of accelerating in April contract renewals and is likely to feed through to property and casualty insurance prices before long, broker Willis said on Tuesday.

  • OSLO, April 1- Norwegian technology firm Opera Software has struck a deal that will see its Skyfire data compression service used by a major Internet company, it said on Tuesday, lifting its shares. Opera shares were up 4.6 percent at 0717 GMT, among the best performers on the Oslo benchmark index.

  • LONDON, April 1- The yen eased on Tuesday as a hike in Japan's sales tax came into effect, although the dollar failed to gain much traction after the Federal Reserve chair defended the central bank's ultra-loose policy and highlighted slack in the economy.

  • UPDATE 1-Russia restricts Australian beef imports Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | 3:29 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 1- Russia is restricting imports of Australian beef due to the presence of the stimulant Trenbolone, the state veterinary and phytosanitary service said on Tuesday. Russia currently does not accept the majority of meat imports from the United States and the European Union, which have imposed sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea.

  • UPDATE 3-Brent slips towards $107 after China data Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | 3:16 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, April 1- Brent crude slipped towards $107 on Tuesday after China released manufacturing data that was in line with forecasts as traders await U.S. jobs figures later this week to assess global economic health and fuel demand. May Brent crude was at $107.52 a barrel, down 24 cents by 0655 GMT.

  • HONG KONG, April 1- Macau, the world's casino capital, raked in $4.4 billion in gambling revenues in March, boosted by robust demand from Chinese visitors keen to bet in the country's only legal casino hub. Growth in Macau, a special administrative region like neighbouring Hong Kong, was up 13 percent in March, at the top end of analyst estimates of 10-13 percent.