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  • TAIPEI, May 5- Taiwan's financial regulators said on Monday they will file a suit against California- based Glaucus Research Group over "maliciously spreading rumors" against Asia Plastic, its first such move against a foreign company.

  • *Private survey shows China manufacturing activity shrinks for 4th straight month in April. *HSBC/ Markit's final China manufacturing PMI for April at 48.1.

  • Oncor avoided bankruptcy because of a credit provisions called a ring-fence put in place in 2007 to satisfy Texas legislators and regulators worried about the $40 billion debt created in the leveraged buyout by a group of private equity firms led by KKR& Co LP.

  • SINGAPORE, May 5- Brent crude slipped towards $108 a barrel on Monday after fresh data showed China's manufacturing sector contracted for a fourth consecutive month in April, while increasing tension in Ukraine prevented further losses.

  • SINGAPORE, May 5- Gold jumped to a three-week high on Monday, gaining for a second straight session on short-covering and as rising tensions and violence in Ukraine burnished the metal's safe-haven appeal. Liquidity is expected to be thin with markets in Japan, South Korea and London closed.

  • SYDNEY, May 5- Australian gas firm WestSide Corp Ltd on Monday rejected as undervalued a takeover offer from China's diversified energy company Landbridge Group Co Ltd that valued the company at A $177.6 million.

  • "The Fed may get more raucous about what to do next as tapering draws to a close," Alan Blinder, a banking industry consultant and economics professor at Princeton University said in a speech to the Investment Management Consultants Association in Boston.

  • SYDNEY, May 5- Asian share markets took a turn lower on Monday after a survey of Chinese manufacturing disappointed, while the simmering conflict in Ukraine kept gold and bonds well bid. Australia's market reversed course to be down 0.2 percent, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.3 percent.

  • TAIPEI, May 5- Taiwan's financial regulators said on Monday they will file a suit against Glaucus Research Group over "maliciously spreading rumor" against Asia Plastic, its first such move against a foreign company. It has caused instability to the shares and the local stock market, " William Tseng of the Financial Supervisory Commission told reporters.

  • The final reading of the HSBC/ Markit purchasing managers' index for April came in at 48.1, lower than a preliminary reading of 48.3 but up slightly from an eight-month low of 48.0 in March. The HSBC/ Markit PMI has been below the 50 level that separates growth from contraction since the start of 2014..

  • SYDNEY, May 5- Shanghai copper edged up on Monday to near its highest in two months as markets returned from a two-day holiday, supported by hopes the U.S. economy is gaining speed and steady local demand. *The most-traded July copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange climbed 0.4 percent to 47,800 yuan a tonne by 0117 GMT.

  • SINGAPORE, May 5- U.S. crude held steady below $100 per barrel in early Asian trading on Monday, as investors awaited China's April factory activity data for clues about demand for energy in the world's second biggest economy.

  • PANAMA CITY, May 4- Panama's vice-president, running as an opposition candidate, won the country's presidential election on Sunday after a campaign in which he took credit for outgoing leader Ricardo Martinelli's policies but promised a cleaner government.

  • SINGAPORE, May 5- Gold was trading near a one-week high on Monday, retaining sharp gains from the previous session, as heightened tensions and violence in Ukraine burnished the metal's safe-haven appeal. *Spot gold was flat at $1,300.33 an ounce by 0032 GMT, after gaining 1.3 percent on Friday. *Gold's reaction to Friday's U.S. jobs data was mixed.

  • SYDNEY, May 5- Asian share markets inched ahead on Monday as a robust U.S. jobs report was taken as positive for global growth prospects even as a lack of inflation pulled down bond yields across the United States and Europe. Market holidays in Japan and South Korea thinned trade, as did caution over the crisis in Ukraine.

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  • MUMBAI, May 5- A rally that's taken India's stock market to record highs faces a reality check as profits at some blue chips have been bolstered by non-operating items such as tax credits and investments, rather than by a revival in demand.

  • PANAMA CITY, May 4- Panama's vice-president, running as an opposition candidate, took an early lead in Sunday's presidential election after a campaign in which he took credit for outgoing President Ricardo Martinelli's policies but promised a cleaner government.

  • *Upbeat U.S. jobs offset by worries about Ukraine. SYDNEY, May 5- The dollar got off to a cautious start on Monday having staged a curious reversal late last week that saw it erase all of the gains sparked by a strong payrolls report.