The financial health of bloated industries in China has prompted many banks to cut back on lending in some sectors.
Transport minister dismisses claims missing aircraft may have flown past the time it reached it disappeared off tracking systems.
Panasonic has declared it will pay employees it sends to China a premium to compensate for the dangerous levels of pollution. The FT reports.
There is some "flexibility" around China's 7.5 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth target for 2014, said Premier Li Keqiang.
China accounts for 40 percent of global copper demand. If weak data from China persists, copper prices are likely to head further south, says Kevin Kerr, Managing Editor & Trader at Commodity Confidential.
Boris Schlossberg, Managing Director at BK Asset Management, says the European Central Bank's rare announcement on Wednesday that it was concerned about the Euro's strength changed trading sentiment for the currency.
Weakness in German stocks on Thursday was a wake-up call for U.S. investors, who were 'disillusioned' about China's slowdown and the Ukraine-Russia standoff, resulting in a plunge on Wall Street, says Peter Boockvar, Chief Market Analyst at The Lindsey Group.