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  • SINGAPORE, Aug 21- The Australian dollar tumbled on Friday after a private survey showed that China's factory sector shrank at its fastest pace in 6-1/ 2 years, adding to worries that the world's second-largest economy may be slowing sharply. The Australian dollar slid to $0.7285 at one point and was last trading at $0.7303, down 0.5 percent on the day.

  • MEDIA-PENTAGON SAYS CHINA HAS STEPPED UP LAND RECLAMATION IN.

  • Dollar index extends losses, hits lowest since late June Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 11:17 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Aug 21- The dollar slipped to its lowest level in nearly eight weeks versus a basket of major currencies on Friday, dented by doubts over whether the Federal Reserve will be able to raise interest rates next month as once expected. The dollar index fell to as low as 95.436 as of 0313 GMT, its lowest level since June 30 and last stood at 95.462.

  • TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, Aug 21- Global stocks tumbled on Friday after a survey showed Chinese factories contracted at their fastest pace since the depth of the global financial crisis in 2009, sending investors scurrying to the safety of bonds and gold. Oil prices and emerging market assets also took a hammering, as fears of a China- led deceleration in global growth...

  • *China flash PMI shrinks at fastest pace in near 6-1/ 2 years. MELBOURNE, Aug 21- London copper fell on Friday and was facing its seventh weekly loss, as poor factory growth in China compounded fears that its economy was worsening, eroding the demand outlook for metals. Activity in China's factory sector shrank at its fastest pace in almost 6-1/ 2 years in August as...

  • TAIPEI, Aug 21- Taiwan stocks fell 2.19 percent in midmorning trade Friday, after opening lower following a steep decline on Wall Street and in other regional markets. Concerns about a slowdown in Chinese growth have hammered equities worldwide, particularly tech shares, which are a key part of Taiwan's export-led economy. Taiwan's export orders contracted by...

  • *Falling factory data fuels worries China slowing sharply. MELBOURNE, Aug 21- Spot gold hits highest level in more than a month on Friday after weak factory growth in China fanned worries that the world's second largest economy may be slowing sharply, sparking safe-haven demand for the metal. Asian stocks fell, following Wall Street, as fears took hold of a China-...

  • TOKYO, Aug 21- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped more than 2 percent to six-week lows on Friday morning after Wall Street tumbled as investors unloaded risky assets, hit by concerns that a slowdown in China could affect the global economy. "Due to uncertainly about where China's economy is going, what Beijing will do and how much the impact it will have on the...

  • HONG KONG, Aug 21- China's yuan was broadly unchanged on Friday and looked to close out the week on a flat note as the central bank sought to stabilise the currency and calm financial markets after its shock devaluation last week. Strategists at ANZ joined their counterparts in Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley this week in revising forecasts for the yuan lower by...

  • TAIPEI, Aug 21- Taiwan stocks fell on Friday, as steep declines on Wall Street and tech shares in particular hit Asian markets. Tech industry bellwether Apple Inc dropped 2 percent overnight Thursday, a worrying signal for its vast Asian supply chain. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.035 to T $32.643 per U.S. dollar.

  • *China August flash PMI falls to 47.1. BEIJING, Aug 21- Activity in China's factory sector shrank at its fastest pace in almost 6-1/ 2 years in August as domestic and export demand dwindled, a private survey showed, adding to worries that the world's second-largest economy may be slowing sharply. Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari said on Friday he expected...

  • TOKYO, Aug 21- U.S. stock futures fell more than 0.4 percent in Asian trade on Friday after a private survey showed China's factory sector shrank at its fastest pace in almost 6-1/ 2 years in August.

  • BRASILIA, Aug 20- Germany and Brazil committed themselves on Thursday to a joint stance on climate change, putting the largest economies in Europe and Latin America on the same page ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December. She said Brazil is committed to reducing deforestation in the Amazon to zero by 2030.. Germany's Development Ministry will...

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 21- China's major stock indexes opened down on Friday amid global market weakness and concerns over China's economy. China CSI300 stock index futures for August fell 0.7 percent, to 3,736.2, 13.40 points above the current value of the underlying index. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong was down 2.0 percent, to 22,310.86 points.

  • TOKYO, Aug 21- Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday warned China against frequent manipulation of yuan rates, saying that Tokyo would face a tough decision on how to respond to any such interventions from Beijing. But he warned that Japan was on guard against any attempts by China to manipulate the yuan to give its exports a competitive advantage.

  • BRASILIA, Aug 17- McDonald's Corp, the world's biggest fast-food chain, was accused of mistreating its employees and dodging taxes on Thursday during a Senate hearing in Brazil, where politicians, union leaders and workers from five continents voiced allegations. Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc, the world's largest McDonald's franchisee and its main operator in...

  • MIDWEST CROP TOUR ESTIMATES MINNESOTA AVG 2015 CORN YIELD AT 190.87 BUSHELS PER ACRE, UP FROM TOUR ESTIMATE OF 170.76 IN 2014, AND 3- YEAR TOUR AVG OF 169.35.

  • PRO FARMER CROP TOUR ESTIMATES MINNESOTA AVG 2015 SOYBEAN POD COUNT AT 1,119.22 IN 3- BY-3 FOOT AREA, UP FROM 1,031.54 IN 2014, AND 3- YEAR TOUR AVG OF 945.10.

  • ROCHESTER, Minn., Aug 20- Corn and soybean crops in Minnesota were both showing potential that topped historical averages and last year's harvest, according to results from the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour released on Thursday. A year ago, scouts on the tour calculated the average Minnesota corn yield at 170.76 bushels per acre. The U.S. Agriculture Department has...

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 20- Itaú Unibanco Holding SA, Brazil's No. 1 bank by market value, is having a difficult time predicting trends in corporate loan delinquencies amid an uncertain outlook for some industries and policies to shore up the economy, Chief Executive Officer Roberto Setubal said on Thursday. Executives expect delinquencies to rise through year-end, a...