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  • MADRID, June 4- Mexico's national oil company Pemex has sold the bulk of its stake in Spain's Repsol for 2.09 billion euros, ending a more than 25 year partnership and freeing up cash to invest in its own energy sector.

  • LONDON, June 4- Britain's dominant services sector expanded faster than expected in May and hiring matched a 17- year high, according to a survey published on Wednesday that could add to debate at the Bank of England about when to raise interest rates.

  • LONDON, June 4- Euro zone sovereign bonds firmed up on Wednesday as investors prepared for what is expected to be a strong set of policy easing measures from the European Central Bank. But investors also realise that the ECB has now taken a much more serious tone, "said Simon Peck, an interest rate strategist at RBS.

  • *Gold near 4- month low, EM currencies pegged back by U.S. yields. LONDON, June 4- The dollar was bobbing near a 3-1/ 2 month high and shares dipped for a second day on Wednesday, as the recent jump in U.S. borrowing costs weighed on markets before what is set to be an action-packed ECB meeting.

  • *Dollar benefiting from rise in U.S. yields this week. LONDON, June 4- The dollar hit its highest in a month against the yen on Wednesday, reflecting a jump in U.S. Hanging over the market are expectations of action by the European Central Bank on Thursday to support growth that would put official returns on euros into negative territory.

  • JAKARTA, June 4- Foreign copper miners in Indonesia have agreed in principle to pay a controversial export tax, the country's deputy finance minister said, following a series of talks aimed at restarting concentrate exports after a near-five-month halt.

  • Hong Kong benchmark off 5-month high, property drags Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 4:14 AM ET

    HONG KONG, June 4- Hong Kong's main stock index slipped from a five-month high on Wednesday, hit by a slumping property sector as investors sold off the shares of developers after recent strong gains.

  • June 4- Caroline Ashrafi, who built a successful career as a manager at KPMG in Britain while privately struggling with mental health problems, recalls being sent on a management training course on how to retain talented women. She found that discussions- ostensibly intended to increase diversity in the workplace- had little to do with her.

  • European shares steady; all eyes on ECB Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 4:06 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 flat, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.03 pct. PARIS, June 4- European shares were steady in early trade on Wednesday ahead of key macro data for the euro zone as well as expected measures from the European Central Bank to support the region's economic recovery. "Indexes are stalled in Europe.

  • LONDON, June 4- Euro zone business growth eased in May and firms cut prices for the 26th straight month, a survey showed on Wednesday, likely underpinning expectations for the European Central Bank to loosen policy on Thursday.

  • SINGAPORE, June 4- Brent crude held near $109 a barrel on Wednesday, as investors eyed U.S. oil inventory data and looked to eurozone policies that they hope spur growth and boost the region's energy demand. July Brent crude was at $108.87 a barrel, up 5 cents, by 0729 GMT, after settling down 1 cent the previous day.

  • China shares fall as property counters sink Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    HONG KONG, June 4- China shares had their worst day in more than two weeks on Wednesday, dragged down by the property counters as investors fretted that soft demand for homes will increase developers' problems. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings slid 1.0 percent.

  • European shares dip early; data, ECB eyed Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    PARIS, June 4- European shares dipped in early trade on Wednesday as investors moved to the sidelines ahead of key macro data for the euro zone as well as expected measures from the European Central Bank to support the region's economic recovery.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. NUSA DUA, Indonesia, June 4- "There is no skin left on my teeth to hang on with," was the lament of a coal trader, expressing a sentiment echoed time and again at the industry's largest gathering in Asia.

  • LONDON, June 4- Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, posted the worst quarterly drop in underlying sales in its key home market since Chief Executive Phil Clarke took the helm in 2011, raising further questions over his trading strategy.

  • Tesco's British sales slide worsens Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 2:14 AM ET

    LONDON, June 4- Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, posted the worst quarterly drop in underlying sales in its key home market since Chief Executive Phil Clarke took the helm in 2011, raising further questions over his trading strategy.

  • SINGAPORE, June 4- Brent crude held near $109 a barrel on Wednesday, as investors eyed U.S. oil inventory data and looked to euro zone policies they hope could spur growth and boost the region's energy demand. July Brent crude was at $108.95 a barrel, up 13 cents, by 0600 GMT, after settling up 1 cent the previous day.

  • TOKYO, June 4- The Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 2- month high in choppy trade on Wednesday as the weak yen supported sentiment toward Japan's export-driven economy, but gains were limited. Investors largely stayed on the sidelines before major events due this week, such as a European Central Bank meeting on Thursday and U.S. jobs data on Friday.

  • BONN, Germany, June 4- The European Union touted its success in cutting greenhouse gases at U.N. talks on climate change on Wednesday, where a U.S. plan to cut power plant emissions has lifted hopes for a global deal in 2015.. An adviser to the Chinese government also suggested on Tuesday that Beijing could cap its soaring emissions in coming years.

  • BEIJING, June 4- Chinese state media lashed out at Google Inc, Apple Inc and other U.S. technology companies on Wednesday, calling on Beijing "to punish severely the pawns" of the U.S. government for monitoring China and stealing secrets.