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  • Britain's FTSE 100 inched down nearly 0.1 percent to 6,682.33. ASIA'S DAY: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 inched down 0.1 percent to 20,520.36, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.3 percent to 5,697.90. Benchmarks in Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia fell.

  • ATHENS, Aug 4- Greek stocks were down 4.5 percent in early trade on Tuesday, dragged down by another near 30 percent plunge in banking stocks, a day after sustaining record losses when the bourse opened following a five-week shut down. The main Athens index lost 16.2 percent on Monday, the worst fall on record, as investors reacted to continuing questions about a new...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 3.1 percent, during its third consecutive session of gain, and closed at 3,948.16. Both the Shenzhen and Shanghai stock exchanges unveiled measures that make it more difficult for speculators to profit from hourly gyrations in stock prices. China's Commerce Ministry said import...

  • TOKYO, Aug 4- Japan's Nikkei share average edged down on Tuesday on weakness in manufacturing activity in China and the United States, prompting investors to rotate out of cyclicals to defensive stocks such as drugmakers. Suppliers to Apple Inc tumbled as the tech giant's shares hit six-month lows, continuing a downward trend in place since its earnings two...

  • Benchmarks in Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia fell. CHINA WEAKNESS: Two recent surveys showed China's giant manufacturing industry weakened in July, suggesting government efforts to stimulate the world's No. 2 economy aren't gaining broad traction. We saw a surprise downward adjustment to China's gauge for smaller manufacturers' activity, signaling...

  • TOKYO, Aug 4- Asian shares cautiously nudged into positive territory on Tuesday after downbeat economic data pressured Wall Street ahead of a key U.S. jobs report that could provide important clues to the timing of the Federal Reserve's interest rate increase. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was slightly higher, while Japan's...

  • HONG KONG, Aug 4- China stocks rose just over one percent on Tuesday morning after Chinese authorities announced new measures to crack down on short selling, which has been partly blamed for the plunge in mainland equities last month. Both the Shenzhen and Shanghai stock exchanges unveiled measures that would make it more difficult for speculators to profit...

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 4- China major stock indexes opened up on Tuesday. China CSI300 stock index futures for August rose 1.5 percent, to 3,673, 163.67 points below the current value of the underlying index. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong was unchanged at 24,418.56 points.

  • *U.S., Chinese factory figures drag down Wall Street. TOKYO, Aug 4- Asian shares edged lower on Tuesday after downbeat economic data pressured Wall Street ahead of key U.S. jobs data later this week that could provide a key clue to the timing of the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent in early trading, while Japan's...

  • NORTHBROOK, Ill. _ Allstate Corp. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $355 million. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 94 cents per share. Allstate shares have dropped 1 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen roughly 2 percent.

  • U.S. stocks dropped on Monday as energy companies slid along with the price of oil. Crude fell to the lowest level since March on signs that supplies remained ample as demand was expected to weaken. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 91.66 points, or 0.3 percent, to 17,598.20.

  • *Tyson Foods falls after profit forecast cut. Aug 3- Wall Street ended lower on Monday as tumbling oil prices dragged energy shares to a three-year low and factory data from China raised concerns about the world's second-biggest economy. Oil prices fell on fresh evidence of growing oversupply and data highlighting slowing demand in China.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 3- U.S. stocks ended lower on Monday as tumbling oil prices dragged energy shares to a three-year low and factory data from China added to concerns about weakening growth in the world's second-largest economy.

  • NEW YORK— Yes, your mutual fund may own some Greek stocks. Athens burst back into the spotlight Monday after its main stock index plunged 16 percent. That's why investors are more worried about the effects that Greece's debt problems will have on the rest of Europe than about Greece itself.

  • *Tyson Foods falls after profit forecast cut. Aug 3- U.S. stocks fell on Monday as oil prices touched a six-month low and factory data from China raised concerns about the world's second-biggest economy. Oil prices fell on fresh evidence of growing oversupply and data highlighting slowing demand in China.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 3- Oil futures prices sank to a six-month low on Monday, weighed by oversupply and weaker demand expectations, while equity markets in Asia and on Wall Street fell as factory data from China and the United States disappointed. Brent slumped to its lowest since late January on worries about oversupply as OPEC pumped at record levels in July, adding to...

  • ATHENS, Aug 3- Greece's stock market closed with heavy losses on Monday after a five-week shutdown brought on by fears that the country was about to be dumped from the euro zone. "The market tanked, as expected," said Takis Zamanis, chief trader at Athens- based Beta Securities. All five shares comprising the index- National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank, Piraeus Bank, Attica...

  • *Oversupply worries, weak US, China data hurt market. NEW YORK, Aug 3- Oil sank to six-months lows on Monday as sluggish data out of the U.S. and China, and bets for weaker gasoline consumption after tearaway demand earlier in the summer, deepened losses in benchmark crude contracts. Evidence of growing global oversupply and a stock market collapse in China, the...

  • ATHENS, Aug 3- Greece's stock market closed with heavy losses on Monday after a five-week shutdown brought on by fears the country was about to be dumped from the euro zone. The main Athens stock index ended down 16.2 percent, recovering slightly after plunging nearly 23 percent at the open. "The market tanked, as expected," said Takis Zamanis, chief trader at Athens-...

  • *Tyson Foods falls after profit forecast cut. Aug 3- Wall Street was lower on the first trading day in August as oil prices touched a six-month low and data showed U.S. economy lost some momentum at the end of the second quarter. Energy stocks were the biggest losers among the main S&P sectors, with Exxon Mobil and Chevron leading the losers.