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  • BEIJING, Feb 13- New yuan loans issued in China more than doubled in January to surge to a 5-1/ 2- year high of 1.47 trillion yuan, trumping market expectations as the government ramped up efforts to avert a sharper economic slowdown. Total social financing, a broader measure of overall liquidity in the economy, also jumped 21 percent from December to 2.05 trillion...

  • China stocks up for fifth day on reform moves Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 2:19 AM ET

    The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.8 percent, to 3,469.83, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.0 percent, to 3,203.83 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Bank Of China, up 1.5 percent to 4.12 yuan; Agricultural Bank Of China, up 1.9 percent to 3.31 yuan and China United Network Communications...

  • China allows companies more freedom in free trade zone Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 11:46 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, Feb 12- China has opened the door of its tightly-controlled capital account a fraction wider by allowing firms operating within its Shanghai free trade zone to borrow funds without having to go through complicated regulatory hurdles. Firms-- both non-financial and financial-- in the free trade zone in Shanghai will now be able to borrow up to twice...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 13- China stocks were headed for its fifth straight days of gains on Friday- their longest winning streak in two months- as fresh reform measures helped sustain sentiment in thin trade ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday. Hong Kong stocks also rose, taking their cue from buoyant global markets in the wake of a ceasefire accord in Ukraine and Sweden's...

  • From school in the late 1970 s and 1980 s, when only elite students gained entry into China's few biochemistry and molecular biology programs, they left China, graduated and worked their way up to senior positions in the world's top pharmaceutical companies. For decades, China tried to woo them home, but they were reluctant to return to a cloistered, politicized...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 12- Anybody looking at China's vast aluminium sector may be struck by a sense of deja vu, as the issues of last year appear set for a repeat performance in 2015.. China produced about 27.5 million tonnes of aluminium last year, according to consultants AZ China, a figure above the official 24.4 million tonnes, which AZ China says doesn't...

  • *Low labor costs helped Pegatron win Apple orders- NGO. TAIPEI, Feb 12- A labor rights group said Apple Inc is unable to effectively monitor standards along some of its supply chain, allowing companies such as Taiwanese assembler Pegatron Corp to keep base wages below local living expenses. Low costs helped Pegatron win business from Apple, who moved some orders...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.3 percent, to 3,442.87, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.5 percent, to 3,173.42 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were China United Network Communication, up 7.9 percent to 4.90 yuan; Bank Of China, down 0.3 percent to 4.06 yuan and China Petroleum, up 2.3...

  • HONG KONG, Feb 12- Regulators and banks in Hong Kong are acting to meet increasing demand for the yuan currency and to deal with elevated interbank lending rates ahead of China's Lunar New Year holiday starting next week. This tightness is mainly caused by the repatriation of yuan back to China under schemes such as Shanghai- Hong Kong stock connect.

  • HONG KONG, Feb 12- China's new home prices may have bottomed and even started to rebound in January after eight months of decline, industry surveys showed, fuelling hopes that official data due on Tuesday will confirm a recovery in the massive property market. "Sales in the market will slowly go up from the second quarter, because policy now is more favourable and...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 12- Any rally in China's stock market could be held back by regulatory steps taken late last year to crackdown on trading irregularities, traders say. Zhang said Chinese investors had bought into the stock market using cash switched from other segments of China's capital markets. Since the start of the year, China's blue-chip CSI300 index has...

  • Trading volume in Shanghai thin ahead of Lunar New Year. SHANGHAI, Feb 12- China stocks retreated early on Thursday despite fresh central bank moves to improve short-term liquidity, as investor confidence was not strong enough to extend a three-day winning streak for the main indexes. "In addition to easing policies we see today, there could be further cuts in...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 12- Anybody looking at China's vast aluminum sector may be struck by a sense of deja vu, as the issues of last year appear set for a repeat performance in 2015.. China produced about 27.5 million tonnes of aluminum last year, according to consultants AZ China, a figure above the official 24.4 million tonnes, which AZ China says doesn't...

  • *Stocks, euro slip lower before euro zone meetings on Greece. *Russian, Ukraine markets sag before Minsk meeting. LONDON, Feb 11- European stocks and the euro fell on Wednesday and the dollar rose as Greece and the euro zone edged closer to confrontation.

  • LONDON, Feb 11- Copper rose on Wednesday as some investors bet that a floor was in place after heavy losses, while tin touched a fresh 2-1/ 2 year low on worries about weak demand. "Copper is trying to look for a bottom, but there are plenty of things that can go wrong, revolving around Ukraine and Greece in particular, and in the background the concern about the extent of...

  • China stocks close higher on policy expectations Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 2:09 AM ET

    The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.8 percent, to 3,434.12, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.5 percent, to 3,157.70 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Bank Of China, down 0.7 percent to 4.07 yuan; China Railway Group, up 2.1 percent to 8.31 yuan and China Petroleum& Chemical Corp, down 0.7...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, currencies wary of Greek confusion Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 12:22 AM ET

    *Asia stocks little changed, Japan markets on holiday. *Euro zone finance ministers meet on Greece later Wednesday. Moves were minor with trade thinned by a holiday in Tokyo, leaving MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan off a slight 0.2 percent.

  • *Chinese telecom shares up on Qualcomm fines. SHANGHAI, Feb 11- China shares rose for a third straight day on Wednesday after the central bank vowed to support economic growth, but investors were reluctant to chase stocks too high on concerns that the rebound was due to technical factors and may be short-lived. The People's Bank of China made clear on Tuesday it was...

  • Yuan weakens on deflation fears Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 10:50 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, Feb 11- China's yuan weakened marginally on Wednesday amid concerns that deflationary risks are growing, increasing the need for more policy easing. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.1315 per dollar prior to the market open, weaker than the previous fix of 6.1295. A raft of weak Chinese economic data have also raised expectations...

  • *Asia stocks little changed, Japan markets on holiday. SYDNEY, Feb 11- Asian stock markets were subdued on Wednesday while major currencies barely budged as looming euro zone meetings to discuss the Greek debt crisis overshadowed a firmer finish on Wall Street. Moves were modest with trade thinned by a holiday in Tokyo, leaving MSCI's broadest index of...