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  • MSCI's emerging equity index rose 0.26 percent, with a 2 percent Wednesday rally on Wall Street improving overall equity sentiment. "It's helpful that China is closed as the large swings had created volatility and uncertainty in other markets," said William Jackson, senior emerging markets economist at Capital Economics. Investors are eyeing an interest rate...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Sept 3- Impala Platinum plans to raise 4 billion rand to fund the development of two shafts at its strike-ridden South African operations, the company said on Thursday, news that sent shares tumbling to 12- year lows. Impala, along with rivals Lonmin and Anglo American Platinum, is still recovering from last year's record five-month strike that...

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 3- Embattled commodity merchant Noble Group is expanding its Singapore oil team to focus on growing regional demand despite a price rout that has hurt some companies trading crude oil and refined products. Noble, one of Asia's biggest commodity traders, is expanding its oil desk even as it remains under pressure from a dispute that started when...

  • BEIJING, Sept 3- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offered to discuss measures to stabilize oil markets and prices with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

  • *Ukraine simmers after moves to give more autonomy to rebels. *Chances of fulfilling end-of-year aims of Minsk deal seem dim. *Poroshenko sees hope in West keeping sanctions on Russia.

  • BEIJING- VENEZUELA'S MADURO OFFERS TO DISCUSS MEASURES TO STABILISE OIL MARKETS WITH PUTIN.

  • *MADURO: "WE HAVE SOME NOT BAD IDEAS" Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 4:46 AM ET
  • UPDATE 4-Oil down on stock builds, equity rally aids Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 4:45 AM ET

    Brent was 20 cents lower at $50.30 a barrel by 0840 GMT, having gained 94 cents in the previous session. U.S. crude was just 5 cents lower at $46.20 a barrel, up from the day's low of $45.65, after settling up 84 cents on Wednesday. Olivier Jakob, managing director of PetroMatrix, said the market was quietening down after the extreme moves, with public holidays in the...

  • Financial data company Markit, which compiled the figures, said Britain's overall economic growth rate was likely to slow to 0.5 percent in the three months to September from an above-average 0.7 percent in the second quarter. "Even after allowing for usual seasonal influences, August saw an unexpectedly sharp slowing in the pace of economic growth," Markit's...

  • LONDON, Sept 3- World stocks rose on Thursday, lifted by the strong rally on Wall Street the previous day, but investors were cautious ahead of a potentially critical 24 hours that will include a European Central Bank policy meeting and the latest U.S. jobs data. Germany's DAX was up 1.8 percent at 10,231 points, France's CAC 40 was up 1.6 percent and Britain's FTSE...

  • *Trust banks bought highest value of Japan stocks since March 2009. *Foreigners sold highest value in cash Japan stocks since March 2014. "The figure shows that foreign investors were extremely risk-averse," said Seiichi Miura, an investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities, adding that global investors grew more concerned that China's...

  • Euro zone business growth at 4-year high: PMI Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 4:19 AM ET

    Euro zone business activity accelerated at its fastest pace in more than four years last month as Italy turned in its best performance since early 2011 and German growth strengthened, surveys showed on Thursday.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 3- The European Central Bank is set to cut its inflation forecasts on Thursday but hold back from concrete policy action, promising only to beef up its bond-buying program if prospects weaken further. The bank is expected to leave interest rates unchanged and argue that the chance of missing its medium-term inflation target has increased due to...

  • EasyJet leads European shares higher, focus on ECB Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 4:13 AM ET

    *EasyJet surges on positive profit outlook. LONDON, Sept 3- European shares rose sharply on Thursday, tracking strong gains on Wall Street and ahead of a European Central Bank meeting that investors expect will deliver a boost to markets following recent turmoil. Focus will be on stressing that the ECB stands ready to act, " Robert Parkes, equity strategist at HSBC,...

  • LONDON, Sept 3- The euro steadied on Thursday, having rallied 1.5 percent on a trade-weighted basis since China devalued the yuan last month, with the focus on whether the rise could prompt the European Central Bank to try to talk it down. ECB President Mario Draghi will address a news conference at 1230 GMT, less than an hour after an interest rate decision.

  • *Markit says PMI points to Q3 GDP growth of 0.4 pct. "The PMI is indicating euro area GDP growth close to 0.4 percent in the third quarter, a solid albeit unspectacular rate of expansion," said Chris Williamson, chief economist at survey compiler Markit. Markit's final August Composite Purchasing Managers' Index beat an earlier estimate of 54.1, settling at 54.3-- its...

  • *China bonded copper premiums hold at more than 1- year top. MELBOURNE, Sept 3- London copper climbed in light trade on Thursday, following a 1 percent bounce in the previous session, as shorts closed out positions amid a two-day holiday in top consumer China. A flood of data from China in coming weeks is likely to point to further weakness in the world's...

  • ZURICH/ LONDON, Sept 3- Novartis kicked off a new era in U.S. medicine on Thursday with the launch of the first "biosimilar" copy of a biotechnology drug approved in the United States, following a green light from a U.S. appeals court. Novartis unit Sandoz said Zarxio, its form of Amgen's white blood cell-boosting product Neupogen, would increase access to an important...

  • European shares gain ahead of ECB policy meeting Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 3:15 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 3- European shares advanced in early trading on Thursday, tracking strong gains on Wall Street, ahead of a European Central Bank meeting that investors expect will deliver a dovish boost to markets following recent turmoil. British low-cost airline easyJet was the top gainer across Europe, jumping 6.7 percent after raising its full-year profit...

  • LONDON, Sept 3- EasyJet raised its full-year profit outlook on Thursday to forecast growth of up to 21 percent after a record number of August passengers turned to the British low-cost airline to get away. EasyJet said it now expected full-year profit before tax to be in a range of 675 million pounds to 700 million pounds for the year to the end of September,...