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  • HONG KONG July 25- Hong Kong shares finished up slightly on Monday as investors stepped back into the market at the end of the day. The Hang Seng index rose 0.1 percent, to 21,993.44, while the China Enterprises Index was unchanged at 9,034.76 points. Total trading volume of companies included in the HSI index was 1.2 billion shares.

  • LONDON, July 25- Sterling inched up on Monday, recovering some of the ground it lost late last week from surveys suggesting Britain was heading towards recession and boosting expectations the Bank of England will have to stimulate growth next month. Analysts said all eyes would be on the CBI's Industrial Trends report for July, due at 1000 GMT, which would give...

  • MELBOURNE, July 25- London copper edged higher on Monday as the metal was supported by the prospect of a protracted period of looser global central bank policy, but expectations for more supply kept a lid on prices. In the very near term, with markets struggling to find direction, a softer close on Friday left prices open to a deeper correction on profit-taking, a...

  • LONDON, July 25- European stocks rose on Monday, with low-cost airline Ryanair climbing after it issued a bullish outlook while shares in William Hill surged on bid interest from its rivals. The pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 0.3 percent, near the level it was at before Britain's vote in late June to quit the European Union. William Hill also jumped 9.4 percent...

  • SHANGHAI, July 25- China stocks closed marginally higher in sluggish trading on Monday as a lack of fresh market cues kept many investors on the sidelines. Total volume of A shares traded in Shanghai was 14.4 billion shares, while Shenzhen volume was 19.3 billion shares. The Shenzhen- listed stock has still plummeted more than 20 percent since early July, battered...

  • BENGALURU, July 25- Gold extended losses on Monday from the previous session as Asian stocks were at near nine-month highs on increasing risk appetite and ahead of central bank meetings in the United States and Japan this week. Asian shares rose on Monday as worries over the impact of Britain's Brexit vote eased amid efforts to maintain growth, while the dollar...

  • *Indonesia seeks to boost revenues via tax amnesty bill. *About $200 bln of Indonesian assets are in Singapore. Around $200 billion of Indonesian money that may not have been declared to the tax authorities in Jakarta has been squirreled away in Singapore, according to private banking sources.

  • SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, July 25- Oil prices held near two-month lows on Monday amid worries that a global crude and refined product glut would weigh on markets for some time to come. International Brent crude oil futures were trading at $45.58 per barrel at 0657 GMT, down 11 cents from their previous close. "Sentiment looks to have turned negative," said Matt Stanley of...

  • TOKYO— Asian shares were mixed Monday, as cautiousness set in after markets were earlier cheered by upbeat signs from Wall Street, a strengthening U.S. dollar and promises from the Group of 20 nations over the weekend to support global growth. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 inched down 0.04 percent to finish at 16,620.29. GLOBAL MEETING: Envoys of the...

  • LONDON, July 25- BT is willing to give more autonomy to its Openreach network division, creating an independent board with a greater say over investment, its chairman said on Monday ahead of a decision on whether it should be broken up. Rival telecom providers who rely on BT's network have accused the group of not investing enough and providing a poor quality of...

  • STOCKHOLM, July 25- Swedish mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson's Chief Executive Hans Vestberg has stepped down with immediate effect, the company said on Monday. Vestberg, who has been CEO since 2010, has come under fire in recent months, with Swedish media questioning his leadership and pay, particularly after weak quarterly results in April sent its share...

  • But China and India appear to have crashed that party. And here the main culprits are China and India, both of which have significantly ramped up exports of gasoline in the first six months of 2016.. China exported 4.449 million tonnes, or about 207,800 barrels per day, of gasoline in the first half, a 75 percent increase on the same period last year, according to...

  • The Kyoto- based gaming company, which is due to report first-quarter results this week, surprised markets with a statement on Friday that income garnered through its 32 percent stake in affiliate Pokemon Company, which owns the licensing rights, would be limited and that it did not plan to revise its earnings outlook for now. "The market has overreacted to the...

  • SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, July 25- Oil prices held near two-month lows on Monday amid worries that a global crude and refined product glut would weigh on markets for some time to come. International Brent crude oil futures were trading at $45.51 per barrel at 0623 GMT, down 18 cents from their previous close. "Demand support from the OECD has faded, while growth from China and...

  • TOKYO, July 25- Japan's Nikkei share average pared early gains and ended flat on Monday as investors took profits after a Wall Street- inspired rise. Hopes that the Bank of Japan will unveil more stimulus later this week also provided support to equities early in the session. The Nikkei stock index ended down 0.04 percent at 16,620.29, moving away from seven-week...

  • VIENTIANE, Laos— China scored an unequivocal diplomatic victory Monday, preventing Southeast Asia's main grouping from criticizing it for territorially expanding in the South China Sea, even though some of the bloc's members are victims of Beijing's actions. Most significantly, it failed to mention a recent ruling by an international arbitration panel in a...

  • *Takeovers of UK firms valued at $34.5 bln since June 23. LONDON, July 24- Overseas buyers lured by a plunge in the pound are looking to snare British companies on the cheap, ensuring a steady flow of deals since Britain voted to leave the European Union and defying expectations of an M&A drought. The SoftBank deal was hailed by the government as a sign of UK economic...

  • TOKYO, July 25- Asian shares held near nine-month highs on Monday as assurance from policymakers on the need to boost growth quelled worries over the impact of Britain's Brexit vote while the dollar, buoyed by solid U.S. economic data, stayed firm. Policymakers from the Group of 20 countries agreed at the weekend to work to support global growth and better share...

  • TOKYO, July 25- Japan's exports fell less than expected in June in a tentative sign that overseas demand could be recovering from persistent weakness that set in last year. Slowing decline in exports could ease concerns for Japan's policymakers as they try to revive growth via stimulus spending on infrastructure after their structural reform plans failed to...

  • HONG KONG, July 25- China's yuan edged higher on Monday but stayed within sight of last week's near-six year low against the dollar as investors worried that improved economic activity in the June quarter was a blip with weakness likely in coming months. "Our broad China macro views have not changed: we expect growth to decelerate in the second half as the credit...