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  • HONG KONG, Aug 3- An index of Asian shares outside Japan fell close to this year's lows thanks to a deepening selloff in commodities and concerns over slowing growth in China, while the dollar held its ground against a basket of currencies. "We believe the stock market panic in early July chilled economic activity, which is what the manufacturing PMIs picked up," ING...

  • *OPEC oil output hits new high in July. Saudi Arabia and other key members of OPEC show no sign of wavering in their focus on defending market share instead of prices, as the group's oil output hit the highest monthly level in recent history in July, a Reuters survey showed. "The market seems to again focus on the supply situation... one of the difficulties is that Iran may...

  • *Nitto Denko shares tumble despite strong earnings. *Honda bucks trend, jumps 7 pct on upbeat North America sales. TOKYO, Aug 3- Japanese shares fell on Monday, snapping a three-day winning streak, as a barrage of earning reports failed to dispel growing concerns over a slowdown in China's economy.

  • BEIJING, Aug 3- China's factory activity shrank more than initially estimated in July, contracting by the most in two years as new orders fell and dashing hopes that the world's second-largest economy may be steadying, a private survey showed on Monday. Fears of a full-blown market crash have added a new sense of urgency for policymakers in Beijing, with many...

  • TAIPEI, Aug 3- Taiwan stocks sank on Monday as semiconductor firms were knocked by a worsening outlook for the trade-reliant economy. On Friday, Taiwan reported its lowest quarterly economic growth in three years as a collapse in exports took a toll on tech manufacturers. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.073 to T $31.609 per U.S. dollar.

  • BEIJING, Aug 3- China's factory activity shrank more than initially estimated in July, contracting by the most in two years as new orders fell and dashing hopes that the world's second-largest economy may be steadying, a private survey showed on Monday. China's official factory activity survey released on Saturday showed growth at big manufacturing...

  • With most commodities priced in U.S. dollars, the strength of the greenback, and the slowdown in China is leading a rout in commodity markets. "If Saudi Arabia and Iraq keep running full tilt and Libya and Iran get their oil production back on track, crude prices could languish below $60 for the next three years," said Morgan Stanley analyst, Martijn Rats in a research...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 2- President Barack Obama will unveil on Monday the final version of his plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants, kicking off what is expected to be a tumultuous legal battle between federal environmental regulators and coal industry supporters. The White House said its revised Clean Power Plan will increase the required...

  • TOKYO, Aug 3- Japanese manufacturing activity expanded at the fastest pace in five months in July though not as much as initially expected, a private survey showed on Monday, suggesting economic growth may be slowly recovering after an expected second-quarter slump. The final Markit/ Nikkei Japan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index was a seasonally...

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 3- Citadel LLC, a U.S.-based hedge fund, confirmed that trading in one of the accounts it manages in China has been restricted by China's securities regulator, a company representative said on Monday. "We can confirm that while one account managed by Guosen Futures Ltd- Citadel Trading Ltd- has had its trading on the Shenzhen Exchange suspended, we...

  • *Chicago Board Of Trade March soybeans fell 0.4 percent to $9.36-1/ 4 a bushel, near the session low of $9.36 a bushel- the lowest since July 28. *Wheat under pressure from constrained demand for U.S. supplies amid plentiful global supplies and cheaper offerings from competitors in the Black Sea region. *Crop scouts on the U.S. Wheat Quality Council's annual...

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 3- Noble Group Ltd, Asia's biggest commodity trader, said it has been approached by a number of parties about potential financing and investment options and refuted rumours that it would not be able to fund a $735 million bond redemption due this week. Singapore- listed Noble has been grappling with waning investor confidence this year after being...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 2- Oilfield services provider Halliburton Co announced in a statement on Sunday it had received a request from the European Commission for additional information about its proposed $35 billion merger with rival Baker Hughes Inc.. Halliburton's statement said the European regulators' request came as a response to a standard notification form...

  • *Oil hit by bearish Reuters July survey on OPEC oil. *5 rigs added this week to U.S. oil rig count- Baker Hughes. NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. crude posted its biggest monthly drop since the 2008 financial crisis on Friday after a string of losses in July triggered by China's stock market slump and signs that top Middle East producers were pumping crude at record levels.

  • MELBOURNE, Aug 3- London copper slipped on Monday on jitters over China's economic health, after factory growth stuttered in July and a central bank official said downward pressure on the economy would persist into the second half. *Growth at China's big manufacturing companies unexpectedly stalled in July as demand at home and abroad weakened, an official...

  • MANILA, Aug 3- Gold edged lower early on Monday, trading near a 5-1/ 2- year low, as expectations for a near-term hike in U.S. interest rates kept up the downward pressure after bullion fell the most since 2013 in July. *Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,092.80 an ounce by 0019 GMT. That was near last month's trough of $1,077, its weakest since February 2010.

  • SEOUL, Aug 3- U.S. crude futures slipped on Monday in Asian trading as unexpectedly slow Chinese factory growth in July raised demand concerns, while oil markets were also weighed down by OPEC's record monthly output. *U.S. crude fell 29 cents to $46.83 a barrel as of 0005 GMT after settling down $1.40, or almost 3 percent, at $47.12 a barrel on the previous session.

  • *Asia stocks take early cues from lower Wall Street. TOKYO, Aug 3- Asian shares took cues from a lower Wall Street and dipped early on Monday, while the dollar was on the defensive against the euro and yen following disappointing U.S. wage growth data that dented prospects for an early interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific...

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 3- Noble Group's said a. financing and investment options, and that it was refuting rumours that it did not have sufficient funds for a $735 million bond redemption due Aug. 4. The Singapore- listed commodities trader, which has seen its shares tumble since mid-February amid questions about its accounting practices, said it has readily available...

  • *Euro holds just under $1.10, dollar near 124 yen. SYDNEY, Aug 3- The dollar stayed on the backfoot early on Monday after suffering a setback late last week when subdued wage growth clouded the outlook on the timing for an interest rate hike. The euro bought $1.09760, having lifted from a low of $1.08935.