Oct 10- China shares edged up slightly on Wednesday led by brokers and oil producers for a second straight day on hopes that Beijing will take more market-boosting steps. The CSI300 index of top Shanghai and Shenzhen listings and the Shanghai Composite both rose 0.2 percent. Keywords: MARKETS HONGKONG CHINA STOCKS/ CLOSE.
*Newcrest Mining slips 1.3 percent as bullion weakens. MELBOURNE, Oct 10- Australian shares pulled back from 14- month highs on Wednesday as lower growth forecasts for China and other regional economies by the International Monetary Fund wiped off gains made by miners on higher iron ore prices.
Shares in hospital operator Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Pcl were down 4.1 percent at 105 baht at the midsession break of 0530 GMT after block trades at a lower-than-market price of 104.5 baht. 12:20 STOCKS NEWS THAILAND- Condominium remains in limelight as Bangkok zoning law nears- Citi.
At 0602 GMT, futures for the Euro STOXX 50, for Germany's DAX and for France's CAC were down 0.1-0.3 percent.
*Shares in Emkay Global Financial Services Ltd. 9.9 percent after announcing the National Stock Exchange had re-instated its trading facility across cash, derivative and currency segments.
Bangkok's new zoning law aiming to reduce city density is unlikely to materially reduce condominium development opportunities in the capital and could be positive for developers that tapped into less stringent zones, Citigroup said. Bangkok's existing city plan is due to expire in May 2013.
MELBOURNE, Oct 10- Australian shares slipped 0.3 percent on Wednesday, pulling back from 14- month highs after the IMF cut its growth forecasts for a second time, sending shares around most of the region lower. climbed 6 percent to $117.20 a tonne, its highest since Aug. 1, according to data provider Steel Index, taking gains to 12.5 percent over the past two days.
MUMBAI, Oct 10- Shares of India's Polaris Financial Technology Ltd slumped on Wednesday after the country's market regulator accused the software services firm's chief executive of insider trading and barred him from participating in the securities markets for two years.
11:49 STOCKS NEWS SINGAPORE- Maybank ups target price on Keppel Corp. Maybank Kim Eng raised its target price on rigbuilder Keppel Corp Ltd to S $13.30 from S $12.90, and kept its' buy' rating to reflect the higher share prices of some of its units such as Dyna-Mac Holdings Ltd. At 0221 GMT, Keppel shares were down 0.97 percent at S $11.23.
*Blue chips that report earnings on Friday lead the fall in India: Infosys. falls 1.4 percent, while HDFC Bank. *Traders still welcomed a government panel report recommending India scrap a law that taxes asset transfers retrospectively.
Oct 10- H&R Block Inc, the biggest U.S. tax preparer, said it is exploring strategic alternatives for its small banking operation to avoid a looming sharp rise in costs associated with the introduction of stricter supervision under the Dodd-Frank Act.
*FTSE 100 down 0.6 percent. LONDON, Oct 10- Global growth worries prodded Britain's top share index lower on Wednesday as a failed merger with a French peer hurt shares in defence and aviation firm BAE Systems.
SINGAPORE, Oct 10- Shares of Thai Beverage PCL. Companies linked to Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, including Thai Bev, own 33.5 percent of F&N and have launched an offer to buy all of the Singapore group.
S Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will visit Mumbai. *Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to speak at International Energy ministers meeting in New Delhi. *World Steel Association's 2- day annual conference in New Delhi.
*Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange. *A government panel recommended in a draft report on Tuesday that India should scrap a law that taxes asset transfers retrospectively, a move that could save Britain's Vodafone $2 billion.
BANGKOK, Oct 10- Shares in Thai hospital firm Bangkok Dusit Medical Services Pcl fell more than 4 percent on Wednesday after a report key shareholders were selling a combined 13.7 percent at a price lower than the market. By 0312 GMT, the shares were trading down 3.7 percent at 105.5 baht, after falling at one point to 104.5 baht.
Maybank Kim Eng raised its target price on rigbuilder Keppel Corp Ltd to S $13.30 from S $12.90, and kept its' buy' rating to reflect the higher share prices of some of its units such as Dyna-Mac Holdings Ltd. At 0221 GMT, Keppel shares were down 0.97 percent at S $11.23. Dyna-Mac, which is about 27 percent- owned by Keppel, has gained 16.5 percent this year.
Shiseido Co Ltd fell 2.2 percent to 945 yen, hitting a 17- year low, after Deutsche Bank cut its price target on the cosmetics maker to 1,000 yen from 1,240, saying the company faced a tough business environment.
MELBOURNE, Oct 10- Australian shares slipped 0.3 percent on Wednesday, with falls across the board after a weak lead from Wall Street, while gold miners fell after bullion prices eased offshore.