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  • LONDON, Aug 3- The Greek stock market slumped when it reopened on Monday after being shut down for five weeks, while weak data from China helped push oil prices to their lowest in six months and Asian stocks close to their 2015 lows. Surveys showed China's factory activity contracted by the most in two years, ensuring a three-month sell-off in commodity and...

  • *OPEC oil output hits new high in July- Reuters survey. The lack of a plan by OPEC to accommodate the return of more Iranian oil further fueled supply worries. "The market seems to again focus on the supply situation... one of the difficulties is that Iran may be coming back and there is no obvious sign that OPEC will make room for them," Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at...

  • LONDON, Aug 3- The euro fell against the dollar on Monday, giving up earlier gains, as the Greek stock market plunged following a five-week shutdown brought on by fears the country was about to be dumped from the euro zone. The euro slipped as low as $1.0957, having traded at $1.0990 in early London trade, with most investors already positioned for huge losses in Greek...

  • Any signs the rest of the bloc shrugged off that turbulence will please European Central Bank policymakers and the Netherlands, Spain and Italy all enjoyed healthy growth, with the latter enjoying its strongest expansion for over four years. "Policymakers will be reassured by the robust growth rates seen in these countries and the resilience of the...

  • *HSBC to sell Brazil unit to Bradesco for $5.2 bln. HONG KONG, Aug 3- HSBC Holdings beat expectations with a 10 percent rise in first-half profit on Monday, driven by a strong performance in Hong Kong, and said it had agreed the sale of its unprofitable Brazilian unit. HSBC has become increasingly reliant on Hong Kong for profits as its businesses in Europe, the United...

  • *HSBC to sell Brazil unit for $5.2 bln. HONG KONG, Aug 3- HSBC Holdings said its first-half profit climbed a better than expected 10 percent, driven by a strong performance in Hong Kong that comes as the bank considers moving its headquarters to the Asian financial hub. HSBC also announced on Monday the sale of its Brazil unit to Banco Bradesco SA, the country's...

  • HONG KONG— HSBC Holdings PLC, Europe's biggest bank, said Monday that strong performance in Asia helped to boost first-half profit by 10 percent. Also Monday, HSBC announced it is selling its business in Brazil to Banco Bradesco SA as part of plans announced in June to simplify its sprawling global operations. HSBC said it would keep an operation in Brazil to serve...

  • HONG KONG, Aug 3- HSBC Holdings reported a 10 percent increase in earnings for the first half of the year, boosted by bumper profits in Hong Kong as the lender considers whether to move its headquarters from London to the Asian hub. HSBC also announced the sale of its Brazil unit to Banco Bradesco SA, the country's second-biggest private-sector bank, for 17.6...

  • *Oil hit by bearish Reuters July survey on OPEC oil. *5 rigs added this week to U.S. oil rig count- Baker Hughes. NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. crude posted its biggest monthly drop since the 2008 financial crisis on Friday after a string of losses in July triggered by China's stock market slump and signs that top Middle East producers were pumping crude at record levels.

  • LONDON, July 31- British Home Secretary Theresa May has intervened to reverse a decision by her officials and grant dissident Chinese artist and free speech advocate Ai Weiwei a full six-month visa to enter Britain, her government department said on Friday. Responding to a question about the visa controversy, China's Foreign Ministry, in a statement sent to...

  • GRAINS-Soybean, corn futures fall; wheat mixed Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 3:18 PM ET

    CHICAGO, July 31- Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures fell on Friday, pressured by profit-taking and the cancellation of an export deal with China, traders said. "The weather so far is non-threatening," said Don Roose, president of brokerage U.S. Commodities in West Des Moines, Iowa. Chicago Board of Trade August soybeans settled down 9-1/ 2 cents at $9.80-3/ 4 a...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 31- Gold reversed earlier losses on Friday as the dollar fell after weaker-than-expected U.S. data, but prices remained on course for their biggest monthly decline in more than two years on expectations the Federal Reserve will soon raise interest rates. "There is no wage inflation in the U.S. and that was the trigger for the sharp move in the...

  • *Oil hit by bearish Reuters July survey on OPEC oil. *5 rigs added this week to U.S. oil rig count- Baker Hughes. NEW YORK, July 31- Oil prices fell on Friday, with U.S. crude looking set to post the largest monthly drop since the 2008 financial crisis after signs that top producers in the Middle East were continuing to pump at record levels despite a growing global gut.

  • LONDON, July 31- New Bank of England policymaker Gertjan Vlieghe said on Friday that he would sever all links with his previous employer, one of the world's biggest hedge funds, to avoid "any mistaken impression" of a conflict of interest. Vlieghe had wanted to stay part of a long-term incentive plan at Brevan Howard, where he was a partner, after he joins the BoE's...

  • *Oil weighed by bearish Reuters July survey on OPEC oil. NEW YORK, July 31- Oil prices fell on Friday, with U.S. crude set to post the largest monthly drop since the 2008 financial crisis, after signs that top producers in the Middle East were continuing to pump at record levels despite a growing global gut. July's losses came on the back of a stock market tumble in top...

  • CHICAGO, July 31- Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures fell on Friday, pressured by profit taking and the cancellation of an export deal with China, traders said. "The weather so far is non threatening," said Don Roose, president of brokerage U.S. Commodities in West Des Moines, Iowa. Chicago Board of Trade August soybeans were down 6 cents at $9.84-1/ 4 a bushel at...

  • Western companies look hard at China as growth slows Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 11:59 AM ET

    *China equities rout dashes hopes of return to growth. Double digit growth rates during the first decade of the millennium lured scores of Western companies to invest heavily in China. Currently, in China we had negative order intake, "said Frans van Houten, chief executive of Dutch electronics group Philips NV, on a call with analysts on Monday.

  • LONDON, July 31- British Home Secretary Theresa May has intervened to reverse a decision by her officials and grant dissident Chinese artist and free speech advocate Ai Weiwei a full six-month visa to enter Britain, her government department said on Friday. On Thursday the artist, whose passport was returned by Chinese authorities last week four years after it...

  • *Dollar index on track for 1.2 percent gain in July. *Upbeat core inflation data bolsters euro. NEW YORK, July 31- The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Friday, ending a decent month on a sour note as a record-low rise in U.S. employment costs in the second quarter dialed back bets the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates later this year.

  • LONDON, July 31- Copper prices fell on Friday on persistent worries about demand in top consumer China, but losses were muted after weak U.S. data prompted a slide in the dollar. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.4 percent at $5,240 tonne at 1435 GMT, after sliding as much as 1 percent in the morning and then bouncing briefly into positive...