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  • *China eased capital rules for foreign property investments. HONG KONG/ LONDON Sept 2- For foreign investors, Beijing's decision to make it easier for them to invest in Chinese real estate is on the right track but has come at the wrong time. "Potential foreign buyers will likely be concerned about the subdued China economic outlook and a softish renminbi," said...

  • *China regulators investigating stock market volatility. SHANGHAI, Sept 1- Investigations by Chinese authorities into wild stock market swings are spreading fear among China- based investors, with some unsure if they are simply helping with inquiries or actually under suspicion, executives in the financial community said. China has unleashed a volley of...

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 1- Several leading Chinese brokerages said on Tuesday that they will increase the size of their proprietary stock trading- answering Beijing's call for listed firms to bolster their backing for struggling stock markets. Guotai Junan Securities Co, Changjiang Securities and Pacific Securities all said they will increase the size of their...

  • BRIEF-DELTA AIR CEO: DECISION TO INVEST IN CHINA EASTERN. Sept 1- Delta Air Lines Inc:. *CEO, speaking in Shanghai, says decision to invest in China Eastern Airlines Corp Ltd "quick and easy" despite recent stock market volatility.

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 1- China's major brokerage, Guotai Junan Securities Co, said on Tuesday that it will increase its equity fund dedicated to supporting markets- answering Beijing's call for listed firms to bolster their backing for struggling stock markets. Guotai Junan's board agreed to use 20 pct of its net assets for a fund dedicated to buying shares to support...

  • BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Sept 1- Activity in China's factory sector shrank at its fastest rate in at least three years in August as domestic and export orders tumbled, increasing investors' fears that the world's second-largest economy may be lurching toward a hard landing. Even more worrying, China's services sector, which has been one of the lone bright spots in the...

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 1- China's central bank plans to tighten rules on trading of currency forwards from October, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters, in a move to curb speculation and volatility after a shock devaluation of the currency last month. The People's Bank of China has repeatedly intervened to stabilize the yuan since the Aug. 11...

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 1- China's yuan firmed on Tuesday as state-owned banks were suspected of selling dollars at the central banks behest, and sources told Reuters that authorities were preparing to tighten rules on forwards trading to deter speculation against the yuan, traders said. "Some state-owned banks still bought yuan in the morning trade," said a trader at a...

  • *China manufacturing data contracts at the fastest pace in 3 yrs. SHANGHAI, Sept 1- Chinese stocks gyrated wildly on Tuesday, with main indexes tumbling 5 percent at one point as weak manufacturing data laid bare the daunting challenge faced by Beijing as it races to revive a stumbling economy. Hong Kong stocks also fell, weighed down by weak retail sales data, and...

  • *China official factory PMI 49.7 in August, vs 50.0 in July. *Morgan Stanley sees copper market near flat on supply outages. MELBOURNE, Sept 1- London copper held its ground on Tuesday in the face of slowing factory activity in the world's top copper user, cushioned by a softer dollar, while nickel resumed its slide on supply concerns.

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 1- China's central bank will tighten rules on trading of currency forwards from next month, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters, in a move to curb speculation and rising volatility after a sharp sell-off in the currency. The People's Bank of China has repeatedly intervened to stabilize the yuan since it shocked global markets...

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 1- London nickel sagged on Tuesday, tracking losses in China after demand jitters pummeled Shanghai's volatile nickel contract towards last week's record lows, while copper was subdued ahead of a slew of global factory gauges out later in the session. *The most active January Shanghai Futures Exchange nickel contract slipped 0.8 percent to...

  • BEIJING, Aug 31- China relaxed its housing investment rules for the second time in two weeks on Monday by slashing the downpayment level for most second-home buyers, as authorities try to jumpstart growth in a part of the economy that is showing rare signs of buoyancy. The change, effective Sept. 1, applies to all cities except Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and...

  • *UK stock market closed for holiday. LONDON, Aug 31- European shares fell on Monday, with Germany's DAX and France's CAC on track for their worst month in four years, hit by sliding Chinese stocks and prospects of a near-term U.S. rate increase. China is the catalyst, but the real reason for the sell-off is the nervousness about the first U.S. rate hike, "Koen De Leus, senior...

  • European shares head for worst month in four years Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 3:24 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 31- European shares fell on Monday, with Germany's DAX and France's CAC on track for their worst month in four years, plagued by sliding Chinese stocks and the threat of a U.S. rate increase as early as September. Volumes were likely to be thin with UK markets closed for a public holiday. Shanghai stocks, which have plunged more than 40 percent since...

  • *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...

  • TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, Aug 31- The dollar began the week under pressure on Monday, on track for monthly losses but off recent lows as investors kept alive hopes that the U.S. But it was well above a seven-month low of 92.621 plumbed a week ago as fears of a sharp economic slowdown in China sent global equities markets plunging. The euro rose 0.6 percent to $1.1249, below last...

  • SHANGHAI Aug 31- China's yuan firmed on Monday after the central bank set a stronger guidance rate while it also appeared to continue using state-owned banks to support the Chinese currency, traders said. Most of the losses came after the People's Bank of China surprised markets by devaluing the yuan by nearly 2 percent on Aug. 11. After the abrupt devaluation on...

  • *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.

  • *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.