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  • LONDON, March 31- After three months dominated by a rising dollar, interest rate cuts by 26 central banks and hefty equity gains, the big winner was the Chinese stock market. Investors who bought Shanghai- listed A shares at the start of the year have registered gains of 17 percent on a total return basis in dollar terms. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank,...

  • *Market seen in global surplus of around 65,000 T in 2015- Natixis. Nickel has almost halved in value since hitting two-year highs above $21,000 last May, as an expected supply crunch in China failed to materialise while LME stocks hit record highs. While the market has concentrated heavily on the supply scenario, Nic Brown, head of commodities research at...

  • *Some investors bet Indonesia will relax ore export ban- analyst. LONDON, March 31- Nickel plunged to near a six-year low on Tuesday on worries over record stockpiles, weak demand for stainless steel and growing doubts over the fate of Indonesia's ore export ban that many believed would tighten the market. Nickel prices have nearly halved since hitting two-year...

  • LONDON, March 31- Emerging market equities rose 0.4 percent on Tuesday and were on track for their first quarterly gain since mid-2014, thanks primarily to robust Chinese markets, though most currencies fell versus the dollar. The Shanghai index fell 1 percent on Tuesday, off seven-year highs. The MSCI emerging equity index is up 1.7 percent on the quarter after...

  • MELBOURNE, March 31- London nickel tumbled to near six-year lows on Tuesday on the back of momentum selling before cutting losses, but was set to end the month down nearly 10 percent, as record supply and weak stainless steel demand pummelled prices. Nickel prices have nearly halved since hitting two-year highs above $21,000 last May, as an expected supply crunch...

  • SHANGHAI, March 31- China stocks shed early gains and fell on Tuesday, snapping a three-day winning streak as some investors who front-ran Beijing's property easing policies dumped shares to lock in profit. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were China State Construction, down 3.3 percent to 7.68 yuan; Bank of China, down 1.6 percent to 4.39 yuan and...

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei shares to rise through 2015. BENGALURU, March 31- Shares in China and other East Asian markets will extend their rally this year, buoyed by additional policy easing expected from Beijing and other regional central banks, a Reuters poll showed. "mainland government has shown a clear attitude in supporting the stock market as it is a...

  • *Hong Kong shares up on signs of inflows from China. SHANGHAI, March 31- China stocks hit fresh seven-year highs on Tuesday morning, helped by rises in property and banking stocks after Beijing eased lending policies to bolster the struggling real estate market. Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index rose 0.5 percent on China's latest easing move, touching...

  • BEIJING, March 30- China has agreed to delay implementing new bank technology restrictions that Washington has complained represent unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, a senior U.S. Treasury official said in Beijing on Monday. BSA The Software Alliance, whose members include Adobe Systems, Apple Inc, IBM, Microsoft Corp and Oracle Corp, and the...

  • LONDON/ HONG KONG, March 31- Global equity issuance rose by a fifth to $231.5 billion in the three months through March, a record high for a first quarter, as a sharp rise in secondary share sales outweighed a drop in company flotations, Thomson Reuters data showed on Tuesday. Money raised from flotations, or initial public offerings, fell a fifth to $37.2 billion,...

  • BEIJING, March 30- China has agreed to delay implementing new bank technology restrictions that Washington has complained represent unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, a senior U.S. Treasury official said in Beijing on Monday. BSA The Software Alliance, whose members include Adobe Systems, Apple Inc, IBM, Microsoft Corp and Oracle Corp, and the...

  • BEIJING, March 30- China has agreed to delay implementing new bank technology restrictions that Washington has complained represent unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, a senior U.S. China said this month work was ongoing on a draft anti-terrorism law that would require foreign companies to hand over encryption keys and otherwise facilitate...

  • What is the preeminent trading venue for industrial commodities in China now boasts a base metals portfolio that fully matches that of the London Metal Exchange, which dominates trading everywhere outside of China. Are Hong Kong and Shanghai future collaborators or potential competitors in the world of metals pricing? But there remains a wide gulf between...

  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, March 30- China on Monday courted home buyers with a bigger tax break as it cut downpayment requirements for the second time in six months, stepping up a fight against sliding house prices that is imperiling the world's second-biggest economy. The People's Bank of China said on its website that commercial banks can now lower their minimum...

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks lead on stimulus hopes. LONDON, March 30- Shares rose on Monday with Asian stocks buoyed by hopes for stimulus to boost China's economy, but the euro slipped on renewed concern about Greece's finances. Earlier, Chinese stocks surged to seven-year highs, helped by Beijing's unveiling of an ambitious plan to build a modern Silk Road to...

  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, March 30- Chinese regulators eased lending and tax policies on real estate on Monday, as Beijing seeks to stop a slide in property prices that has put economic recovery at risk. The People's Bank of China, in a statement on its website, urged financial institutions to support home purchases using a combination of commercial lending and a housing...

  • SHANGHAI, March 30- Chinese stocks surged to seven-year highs on Monday, while the Hong Kong market posted its biggest daily gain in two months, as investors bet more infrastructure spending and policy stimulus would re-energise China's cooling economy. China's main indexes, the CSI300 and the Shanghai Composite Index, both jumped nearly 3 percent to the...

  • China said earlier this month work was ongoing on a draft anti-terrorism law that would require foreign companies to hand over encryption keys and otherwise facilitate Beijing's ability to bypass security measures, despite U.S. protests. "We have already made clear our concerns regarding forced technology transfer and other attempts to bar technological...

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks lead on stimulus hopes. Chinese stocks surged to seven-year highs, helped by Beijing's unveiling of an ambitious plan to build a modern Silk Road to Europe and Africa and signs from People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan that added to expectations of more monetary policy easing. "China's economy is under relatively big...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 2.9 percent, to 4,088.18 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 2.6 percent, to 3,786.57 points. Infrastructure-related shares climbed 5.6 percent after Beijing unveiled details of an ambitious plan to improve links from Asia to Europe and Africa.