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  • European shares fall; Ryanair bucks market Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 4:35 AM ET

    *EPFR data shows more inflows into Europe stocks. PARIS, Feb 3- European stocks slipped on Monday morning, resuming their sell-off of the past 10 days, hurt by brewing worries over emerging markets and data showing China's economy losing momentum.

  • LONDON, Feb 3- The euro was soft on Monday as investors thought it more likely the European Central Bank would have to ease policy in a radical way to combat slowing inflation, with the bank meeting later this week.

  • LONDON, Feb 3- The swift upturn in British factory activity eased slightly in January but orders from home and abroad flooded in at a faster rate, a survey showed on Monday, boding well for Britain's economy at the start of the year.

  • LONDON, Feb 3- After running one of the world's biggest and most controversial private military groups, Blackwater founder Erik Prince is starting a new venture providing logistics for oil and mining companies in remote and dangerous parts of Africa. China is increasingly looking to Africa to meet its ever growing demand for natural resources.

  • *Expects to meet FY guidance for profit of 500- 520 mln eur. DUBLIN, Feb 3- Ryanair reported strong forward bookings and an easing of intense price competition among European airlines on Monday, raising hopes it can quickly regain height with a new customer-friendly image after a profit warning spooked markets last year.

  • *France remains biggest drag on recovery. The increase was led by a sharp pick-up in Germany and a revival in the euro zone's periphery members, but a continuing downturn in France, the bloc's second-biggest economy, remained a drag on the region.

  • ECB easing bets pin German yields at 6-month lows Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 3:55 AM ET

    *Italy, Spain yields hold steady. LONDON, Feb 3- German 10- year bond yields hovered around six-month lows on Monday on increased expectation that low inflation will lead the European Central Bank to ease policy further in the coming months.

  • European shares edge higher led by Ryanair Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 3- European stocks edged higher on Monday, led by low-cost airline Ryanair after an upbeat quarterly update, although weak results in the banking sector and ongoing jitters in emerging markets kept a lid on investor appetite.

  • TOKYO, Feb 3- Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc reported a 5.5 percent rise in net profit in the group's latest quarter, making up for slowing stock-related earnings with income from overseas lending.

  • DOJ probes finance firms' dealings with Libya - WSJ Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 2:33 AM ET

    Federal investigators are examining Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Credit Suisse Group AG, JPMorgan Chase& Co, Societe Generale, private equity firm Blackstone Group and hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC, the Journal said.

  • UPDATE 1-Russia's Lenta says to float in London Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 2:32 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Feb 3- Russian hypermarket chain Lenta, part-owned by U.S. private equity firm TPG,, said on Monday it would float in London, tapping demand from investors for consumer-focused stocks buoyed by a rising middle class.

  • *China's Jan official PMI slips to six-month low. SINGAPORE, Feb 3- Brent crude dropped to a two-week low on Monday at $106 a barrel as weak factory data from China stoked demand growth worries, but fresh violence in Iraq and Syria checked losses.

  • The decision by state-controlled giant PetroChina to put off two new refineries and delay expansion of another is the latest, most dramatic signal that China's refined fuels capacity has expanded too fast.

  • *India manufacturing PMI rises to highest since March 2013. *South Korea factory expansion fastest in 8 months. Purchasing managers indexes on Monday showed Indian manufacturing running at its strongest pace since March 2013 and in South Korea the sector was expanding at its fastest in eight months.

  • TOKYO, Feb 3- Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a fresh 2-1/ 2 month low on Monday, extending its declines into a third day with little sign that emerging market woes have abated, and upcoming U.S. jobs data keeping investors risk-averse. The Nikkei slid 2 percent to 14,619.13, its lowest closing level since Nov. 13.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 3- Asian shares lost more ground on Monday as strains in emerging markets show little sign of abating, while growing pressure for another policy easing in Europe shoved the euro to 10- week lows. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.3 percent, while Seoul's KOSPI lost 1 percent.

  • "Manufacturing activity moved into higher gear led by faster growth in new orders," said Leif Eskesen, chief economist for India at survey sponsor HSBC. A steady economic recovery in India's major export destinations of the United States and the euro zone over the past few months brought orders in at an increased pace.

  • *China's Jan official PMI slips to six-month low. SINGAPORE, Feb 3- Brent futures fell to a two-week low on Monday at $106 a barrel as weak factory data from China stoked demand growth worries, while a strong dollar and fresh violence in Iraq and Syria helped to stem the losses.

  • *China, Hong Kong closed on Monday for lunar new year. SINGAPORE, Feb 3- Gold was little changed in Asian trading on Monday, after posting its first loss in six weeks, as the strength in the U.S. dollar and the absence of key buyer China weighed on prices. Markets in China, the world's biggest buyer of bullion, are closed until Friday for the Lunar New Year holiday.

  • TOKYO, Feb 3- JGB prices rose on Monday, with the yield curve flattening on buying by pension funds and the Bank of Japan on the back of continued concerns over emerging markets. The current 20- year yield dropped 2.0 basis points to 1.440 percent, matching a 5 1/ 2- month low touched in October.