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  • *Corn also eases, wheat steadies after 3- month low. Corn gave up 0.7 percent to $3.72-1/ 2 a bushel and wheat added 0.4 percent at $4.86-3/ 4 a bushel. Share prices in Asia and Europe fell while commodity markets also slid as concerns about China were reignited by surveys showing its manufacturing sector shrinking at the fastest pace in three years and its services...

  • *China factory activity shrinks at fastest pace in 3 years. London, Frankfurt and Paris were down 2.3 to 2.5 percent and oil was also back in the red as it cut almost $1.5 off the $10 it had leapt between Thursday and Monday, which had been its biggest three-day surge in 25 years. GDP was revised up, but the overall theme is still the weakness in China and that is very hard...

  • Margin-trading Mrs Watanabe took a drubbing on Aug. 24, when the dollar tumbled nearly 5 percent to a seven-month low of 116.15 yen as risk aversion triggered by a rout in Chinese equity markets heavily favoured the safe-haven Japanese currency. "The plunge resulted in forcing day traders into massive rounds of dollar-selling to cut their losses," said Takuya...

  • *Japan had been seen as frontrunner for Australian submarine deal. *But Australian defence firms unhappy after talks with Japan. SYDNEY, Sept 1- A Japanese consortium eyeing a A $50 billion contract to build submarines for Australia irked local suppliers by failing to share key information about its proposal or discuss specific collaboration possibilities...

  • TOKYO, Sept 1- Japanese government bond prices edged up on Tuesday, spurred by a strong 10- year debt auction and a slide in Tokyo equities. The bid-to-cover ratio, a gauge of demand, at Tuesday's 2.4 trillion yen 10- year JGB sale rose to 3.52 from 2.84 at the previous auction in August. Japan's Nikkei was down 2.9 percent as weak corporate expenditure and soft China...

  • SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, Sept 1- The yen and euro edged higher on Tuesday as falls in Asian equities kept the focus on whether investors would need to further unwind carry trades, bets in risk assets funded by low-yielding currencies. The dollar fell 0.3 percent to 120.86 yen, having retreated from its recent peak of 121.76 yen set late last week. In the stock market, MSCI's...

  • Corn gave up 0.6 percent to $3.73 a bushel and wheat slid 0.4 percent to $4.83-1/ 4 a bushel. "Corn and soybean markets are coming under pressure as U.S. crops are just doing fine and very large supplies from the Midwest will flood the market," said Kaname Gokon of brokerage Okato Shoji in Tokyo. Corn crop was seen at 68 percent good to excellent, matching analysts'...

  • *Focus on PMI manufacturing surveys from China, US. TOKYO, Sept 1- Low-yielding yen and euro held firm on Tuesday as nervous investors look to upcoming data from China and the United States to gauge whether they need to further wind back carry trades, bets in risk assets funded by these currencies. The euro bounced back to $1.1228, up 0.2 percent from late U.S. levels...

  • Correction: The Month Ahead story Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 12:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • Asian shares fall on bleak China manufacturing data Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 11:24 AM ET

    Fears about a slowdown in China's economy and concerns about when the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates pushed stocks sharply lower this month. The move, an effort to boost China's economy, seemed to have the opposite effect. Global investors interpreted the decision as a sign that China's economy, the second-largest in the world, was growing more...

  • *Europe shares head for worst month in four years. *China worries, Fed outlook spook investors. LONDON, Aug 31- Stocks in Europe fell on Monday, heading for their worst monthly losses in four years amid persistent investor concerns about slowing growth in China and the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates.

  • *Europe shares head for worst month in four years. *China worries, Fed outlook spook investors. LONDON, Aug 31- Stocks in Europe and Asia looked set on Monday for their worst monthly losses in at least three years, with investors still concerned about growth in China and the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates.

  • TOKYO— Japan's Defense Ministry wants to buy an advanced Aegis radar-equipped destroyer and more F-35 fighters under its largest-ever budget to bolster the defense of southern islands amid a territorial dispute with China. Abe's government says Japan needs to bolster its military role amid China's growing territorial assertiveness and the rising risk...

  • *Asia-Pacific index down 10 percent so far this month. *China stocks fall more than 3 percent after wild week. HONG KONG, Aug 31- Global financial markets looked set for another rough week on Monday, with stocks and commodities falling ahead of data that could give clues on when the U.S. will raise interest rates and surveys which are likely to point to further...

  • US stocks open modestly lower, led by energy sector Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 1:12 AM ET

    BEIJING— Global stocks mostly fell on Monday after a U.S. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France's CAC-40 fell 0.6 percent to 4,647.27 and Germany's DAX lost 0.5 percent to 10,245.92. The U.K. was closed for a holiday.

  • BEIJING— Asian stocks fell Monday after a U.S. Sydney's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.9 percent to 5,213.50 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng retreated 0.3 percent to 21,539.59. Seoul's Kospi was off 0.3 percent at 1,931.49 and Singapore also fell.

  • *Asia-Pacific index down 10 percent so far this month. *Fears of China slowdown add to volatility. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan shed 0.8 percent and is set to fall 10 percent this month, its worst monthly drop since May 2012.

  • TOKYO, Aug 30- Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp said on Sunday it would buy back the 19.9 percent stake it sold to Volkswagen AG after an international arbitration court ordered the German automaker to sell its holding. VW's stake, acquired in January 2010 for 1.7 billion euros, was worth some $3.8 billion at Friday's closing price. Both companies said they welcomed the...

  • *Asia-Pacific index -0.5 pct, on track for 10 pct monthly loss. *Concerns remain over China economy, markets, policy. TOKYO, Aug 31- Asian stocks sagged on Monday after top Federal Reserve officials kept the door open for an interest rate hike in September and investors braced for China economic data this week.

  • China crisis covers tracks of Japan Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 8:42 PM ET

    *China crash most closely matches Japan's in early 90 s. *China more active, Japan response too little, too late. The abrupt end of Japan's boom in the 1990 s, complete with stock crash and property bust, offers the most striking similarities, and the most valuable lessons.