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  • THAI POLICE ISSUE ARREST WARRANT FOR FEMALE SUSPECT AFTER RAID FINDS BOMB-MAKING MATERIALS- SPOKESMAN.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 31- Citigroup plans to rebuild its long-neglected equities franchise seeking to capitalize on a retrenchment by rivals in the face of new rules designed to make the financial system less risky, according people familiar with the bank's plans. But having shored up its business and capital ratios since the financial crisis, largely by spinning off...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 31- The waves of cash surfed relentlessly by some of Silicon Valley's largest venture-backed businesses are showing signs of receding amid concern the companies may already worth more than they're likely to be valued once they finally go public. In the last couple of years, the biggest VC-backed firms, dubbed "unicorns" in 2013 by venture...

  • TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, Aug 31- The dollar began the week under pressure on Monday, on track for monthly losses but off recent lows as investors kept alive hopes that the U.S. But it was well above a seven-month low of 92.621 plumbed a week ago as fears of a sharp economic slowdown in China sent global equities markets plunging. The euro rose 0.6 percent to $1.1249, below last...

  • SHANGHAI Aug 31- China's yuan firmed on Monday after the central bank set a stronger guidance rate while it also appeared to continue using state-owned banks to support the Chinese currency, traders said. Most of the losses came after the People's Bank of China surprised markets by devaluing the yuan by nearly 2 percent on Aug. 11. After the abrupt devaluation on...

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 31- Oil prices fell in Asia on Monday as traders took profits, snapping gains last week that saw the biggest two-day rally in six years. "There is definitely a lot of profit taking going on," said Daniel Ang, an analyst at Singapore's Phillip Futures. Brent fell 98 cents to $49.07 per barrel as 0329 GMT after rising $2.49, or 5 percent, in the previous session.

  • MELBOURNE, Aug 31- Shanghai copper slipped on Monday on lingering worries over China's economy ahead of fresh factory data later in the week, but was set for a small monthly gain as a lull in demand over summer petered out. The relative health of domestic Chinese prices in the face of losses in London bodes well for import driven demand over the next few months, said...

  • Wheat and corn were also set to drop for a second month as rising global supplies drag down grain prices. Wheat has given up more than 20 percent of its value since the beginning of July, while corn has lost 11 percent during the period and soybeans have fallen 15 percent in two months. Chicago Board of Trade actively traded November soybeans slid 0.6 percent to...

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 31- Chinese state media announced a slew of confessions on Monday following investigations into recent stock market gyrations, including from a detained reporter who admitted to spreading false information that caused "panic and disorder." An official from China's securities regulator had confessed to insider trading while four senior...

  • BRASILIA, Aug 30- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will send Congress a 2016 budget with a primary deficit after she abandoned plans to reinstate an unpopular tax to raise revenues next year, Brazilian media reported on Sunday. Without additional revenues, government officials warned last week it would be impossible to meet a fiscal savings target of 0.7...

  • *Asia-Pacific index down 10 percent so far this month. *Fears of China slowdown add to volatility. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan shed 0.8 percent and is set to fall 10 percent this month, its worst monthly drop since May 2012.

  • July output -0.6 pct vs forecast +0.1 pct. TOKYO, Aug 31- Japan's industrial output unexpectedly fell in July in a worrying sign that high inventories and weak overseas demand could further hamper an economy struggling to recover from a slump in the second quarter. "Our GDP forecasts were already at the bottom of the consensus, but the risks are to the downside," said...

  • Taiwan stocks down, tracking global markets Sunday, 30 Aug 2015 | 10:27 PM ET

    TAIPEI, Aug 31- Taiwan stocks fell on Monday along with other regional markets as investors braced for more China and U.S. economic data later in the week and fretted over when the Federal Reserve will begin raising interest rates. Fed officials have been giving mixed signals about whether they would raise rates as early as next month, and some investors fear that...

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 31- Oil prices fell in Asia on Monday as traders took profits, snapping three days of gains last week that saw the biggest two-day rally in six years. "There is definitely a lot of profit taking going on," said Daniel Ang, an analyst at Singapore's Phillip Futures. Brent crude futures for October delivery fell 86 cents, or 1.7 percent, to $49.19 per barrel as...

  • *Fujitsu outperforms after brokerage rating hike. TOKYO, Aug 31- Japanese stocks skidded on Monday morning, hurt by soft domestic industrial output data and concerns the U.S. Federal Reserve might yet raise interest rates next month even as anxiety over a China- led global economic slowdown persists.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 31- Combined first-half profit of China's listed companies grew 8.66 percent from a year earlier, the official Shanghai Securities News reported on Monday. Profit growth fell from 10 percent in the first half of 2014, reflecting China's slowing economy. China's 2,800 listed companies reported a combined profit of 1.42 trillion yuan during the...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 30- The White House is considering applying sanctions against companies and individuals in China it believes have benefited from Chinese hacking of U.S. trade secrets, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. Suspicions that Chinese hackers were behind a series of data breaches in the United States have been an irritant in relations between...

  • Yuan opens lower after weaker midpoint fix Sunday, 30 Aug 2015 | 9:35 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, Aug 31- China's yuan weakened at the open on Monday after a lower official midpoint fix. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.3893 per dollar prior to market open, weaker than the previous day's closing quote at 6.3885. The spot market opened at 6.3890 per dollar and was changing hands at 6.3890 in early trade, 5 pips away from the previous...

  • TOKYO, Aug 30- Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp said on Sunday it would buy back the 19.9 percent stake it sold to Volkswagen AG after an international arbitration court ordered the German automaker to sell its holding. VW's stake, acquired in January 2010 for 1.7 billion euros, was worth some $3.8 billion at Friday's closing price. Both companies said they welcomed the...

  • MANILA, Aug 31- Gold edged lower on Monday, stretching last week's losses on concern that the Federal Reserve is on course to raise interest rates this year despite recent market turmoil. *Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,131.30 an ounce by 0107 GMT, after dropping more than 2 percent last week in its steepest decline in five weeks. *But hedge funds and money...