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  • "We continue to expect more monetary easing for a variety of reasons, and the trade data offers further support for this," Oliver Barron, analyst at China- focused investment bank NSBO said in a note to clients. China's CSI300 banking index jumped over 3 percent, led by a 10 percent rise for China Merchants Bank Co Ltd, after the lender announced fundraising and stock...

  • TOKYO, April 13- A rally in China's stock markets to seven year highs on Monday kept an index of Asian shares near its highest level since September, as weak Chinese trade data hardened expectations for more economic stimulus measures from Beijing. Exports contracted 15 percent in March from a year earlier, in a surprise drop that left China with a trade surplus of...

  • In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng Index is on track to rise for an eighth consecutive session on hopes of fresh money inflows, while bargain hunters also pushed Shanghai's dollar-denominated B share index up more than 9 percent for the second trading day. "More stimulus measures are needed in the future," said Nie Wen, a strategist at Hwabao Trust in Shanghai.

  • SHANGHAI, April 13- China's yuan eased to more than two-week low against the dollar on Monday after the central bank set a lower daily trading range midpoint and China posted weaker-than-expected March trade data. China's March exports badly missed expectations, falling 15 percent from a year earlier in dollar-denominated terms, while imports fell by 12.7...

  • BEIJING, April 13- China's March exports badly missed expectations, falling 15 percent from a year earlier in dollar-denominated terms, while imports fell by 12.7 percent. CAO YANG, AN ANALYST AT PUDONG DEVELOPMENT BANK IN SHANGHAI. YAO XUEKANG, ANALYST AT ESSENCE SECURITIES, BEIJING.

  • HONG KONG, April 13- China's copper imports surged 46.4 percent in March as firms resumed shipments after the Lunar New Year holidays the month before. "The on-month rise was largely because of spot imports after price differentials between the LME and Shanghai were favourable for imports previously." Traders said importers had bought spot refined copper in...

  • BEIJING, April 13- China's export growth contracted 15 percent in March from a year earlier in a surprise drop that will exacerbate concerns about the slackening Chinese economy. "The slump in the exports figure is mainly due to the weak global demand, while the appreciation in dollars against other currencies in the past quarter was also negative for China's...

  • HK bull run: Is it structural or stimulus-led? Sunday, 12 Apr 2015 | 9:33 PM ET
    HK bull run: Is it structural or stimulus-led?

    Peter Alexander, managing director of Z-Ben Advisors, discusses whether the rally in Hong Kong is structural or stimulus-driven and adds that the upswing still has "steam behind it."

  • MES AYNAK, Afghanistan, April 12- China and Afghanistan remain deadlocked over a stalled $3 billion copper mine five months after Beijing demanded royalties be slashed by almost a half, underlining Kabul's struggles to support itself as foreign aid dries up. Tapping Afghanistan's estimated $1 trillion mineral resources is a top priority for President...

  • HONG KONG, April 12- China's Evergrande Real Estate Group has cut leverage on its balance sheet over the past two years to a third by classifying some of it as equity, according to analysts' calculations based on its public filings. Evergrande, the most indebted developer among China's top 10 property firms, is seeking additional funding to expand, and a lower...

  • Yum's upmarket China diner seeks recipe for revival Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 9:26 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, April 11- Dimmed lights and colonial-style balconies give little indication that trendy Shanghai eatery Atto Primo is part of global fast-food giant Yum Brands Inc, owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut brands. Yum's same-store sales at its nearly 7,000 restaurants in China, the firm's biggest market for revenue and profit, fell 16 percent in the last quarter...

  • China market bubble? Bull vs. bear Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 5:19 PM ET
    An investor observes stock market at a stock exchange corporation on April 10, 2015 in Huaibei, Anhui province of China. The Shanghai composite index rised nearly 2% to 4,000 points at its close which reached the highest points in latest 7 years.

    The Shanghai markets are in the midst of a speculative bubble, said Simon Male, Auerbach Grayson head of Asian equities.

  • *Russia's rouble extends week-long rally. LONDON, April 10- Emerging equities were headed for a second consecutive weekly gain on Friday on a perception that the United States will not see higher interest rates until late in the year, bolstering the appeal of non-dollar assets. The MSCI emerging equities index was 0.4 percent higher, following strong trading in...

  • *China bonded copper premiums fall $15 this week to 5- month low. MELBOURNE, April 10- London copper climbed on Friday but following a sluggish ramp up to China's seasonally strongest quarter for demand was set to finish the week only a touch ahead. There's always the potential that one wins out and if I had to bet, I'd say it would be supply, "said analyst Dan Morgan of...

  • China stocks rise to 7-year highs on easing hopes Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 3:20 AM ET

    The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 1.9 percent on Friday, to 4,344.42, bringing this week's gain to 4.2 percent. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Bank of China, up 1.8 percent to 4.57 yuan; Agricultural Bank of China, up 1.1 percent to 3.81 yuan and Everbright Bank, up 3.7 percent to 5.34 yuan.

  • *China's foreign-currency denominated B share market surges. SHANGHAI, April 10- Shares in China and Hong Kong rose on Friday and looked set for solid gains on the week as tepid inflation data reinforced expectations of more policy easing. China's annual consumer inflation rate stayed flat at 1.4 percent, data showed early in the day, while producer prices...

  • China's yuan falls again, reaching a 2-week low Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 12:58 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, April 10- China's yuan, extending a three day slide, fell to a two-week low against the dollar on Friday after the central bank fixed the official midpoint lower than the previous day's setting. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.137 per dollar prior to market open, weaker than Thursday's fix at 6.1338. "Dollar demand outweighed its sales...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares on track for weekly gain Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 12:21 AM ET

    *China inflation flat, suggesting more easing ahead from Beijing. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up about 0.5 percent, not far from the previous session's peak which was the highest since September, and on track for a robust weekly gain of over 3 percent. Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index was up about 0.5 percent after surging...

  • BEIJING, April 10- China's annual consumer inflation in March was 1.4 percent, matching the previous month's pace and slightly higher than the 1.3 percent projected in a Reuters poll. CHESTER LIAW, ECONOMIST AT FORECAST PTE LTD, SINGAPORE:. For details, see the website of the National Bureau of Statistics at http://www.stats.gov.cn.

  • DACHANGSHAN ISLAND, China, April 10- When officials reopened the airport on the sparsely populated Dachangshan island off China's north-east coast after a $6 million refurbishment in 2008, they planned to welcome 42,000 passengers in 2010 and another 78,000 in 2015.. However, fewer than 4,000 passengers- or just a 10 a day- passed through its gates in 2013, data...