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Old 12-08-2011, 02:47
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Default EmpireGlobalfx, one of the biggest ECN brokers in the industry.

EmpireGlobalfx is one of the biggest ECN brokers in the market counting up to 400 trading instruments with tight variable spread.

Leverage of up to 1:400 and unrestricted trading with instant execution.

Our customers access very deep liquidity pools with funds segregated and audited in every deposit or withdrawal while trading in the markets.

Follow the latest company news and news on ECN and CFD's brokerage here.
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Old 12-08-2011, 02:49
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Default Get your FREE MAM (multi account manager) module with EmpireGlobalfx ECN Broker.

MAM module carries on several thousands of USD of investment. Professional traders can obtain their own MAM module for free with EmpireGlobalfx Broker and enjoy exclusive features:

- Full ECN environment with access to deep liquidity pools.
- [COLOR="Red"]Nearly 400 instruments available for trading. Including currency pairs, commodities, shares, metals, indices and ETF's.[/COLOR]
- INSTANT EXECUTION of orders. That is, the moment you click.
- [COLOR="red"]Scalping, hedging, EA's allowed with NO RESTRICTION. Pure ECN experience.[/COLOR]
- VERY TIGHT variable spreads. Contact us for a full list of spreads. - [COLOR="red"]
Exclusive promotions and services for your customers. Offer a class A investment service including our upcoming INSTANT payment debit cards.[/COLOR]

Contact us and start your own money-management business directly in the real market!
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Old 12-08-2011, 02:52
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Default EmpireGlobalfx launches slippage control feature and EUR based accounts.

In constant innovation and improvement of services, EmpireGlobalfx launches now slippage control feature to trade in the ECN environment. Soon EUR based accounts will be available for customers.

With these new services customers benefit from:

- Trading hundred's of CFD'S (currencies, indices, metals, commodities, etf's, shares).
- [COLOR="Red"]EA's, hedging and scalping allowed, with no restriction and no conflict of interests.[/COLOR]
- Leverage up to 1:400, accessing very deep liquidity pools which make of EmpireGlobalfx one of the main ECN brokerages in the industry. - [COLOR="red"]INSTANT execution in the same second, not matter how many orders you are sending to the market.[/COLOR]
- Slippage control feature. . Specially designed for very agressive scalping systems to get the best conditions of the market.
- [COLOR="red"]Metatrader 4 platform and mobile trading station.[/COLOR]
- Trading of microlots (1000k units in the market).
- [COLOR="red"]No restrictions of time for orders. Open and close orders within seconds.[/COLOR]
- For money managers, Free MAM module.
- [COLOR="red"]Security of funds, through auditing of FundAdministration.[/COLOR]
- Different payment services available, including debit cards.

EmpireGlobalfx consolidates as one of the main ECN brokerage firms in the market.

Try our free demo or contact us to get further information on how to enter the world markets in an easy and safe way!
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:03
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Default Empire Global FX astonishing number of CFD'S and our tight average spreads.

Our spreads are variable upon market liquidty.

Good trades!

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Old 12-08-2011, 03:08
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Default Average spreads of EmpireGlobalfx.

Natural Gas July (06/25/09@2:30pmEST) 0,01
Natural Gas Aug (7/29/09@2:30pmEST) 0,01
Natural Gas Expiring 0,002
Soybeans May(04/22/09@2:15pmEST) 0,04
Soybeans July (6/22/09@2:15pmEST) 0,04
Soybeans Expiring 0,005
US DJ 30 Mar (03/19/09@4:00pmEST) 10
US DJ 30 June (06/19/09@4:15pmEST) 10
US DJ 30 Sept (09/18/09@4:15pmEST) 76
US DJ 30 Expiring 2
US SP 500 Dec (12/18/08@4:15pmEST) 0
US SP 500 Mar (03/19/09@4:15pmEST) 1
US SP 500 June (06/19/09@4:15pmEST) 1,18
US SP 500 Sept (09/18/09@4:15pmEST) 1,18
US SP 500 Expiring 0
US NASQ 100 Mar (03/19/09@4:15pmEST) 2
US NASQ June (06/19/09@4:15pmEST) 2
US NASQ Sept (09/18/19@4:15amEST) 1,75
US NASQ Expiring 0,5
USD Index 0,05
Russell 2000 Dec (TFZ8) 0,05
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Default Average spreads of EmpireGlobalfx.

UK 100 Mar (03/20/09@5amEST) 5
UK 100 June (06/19/09@5amEST) 5
UK 100 Sept (09/18/09@5amEST) 1,5
UK 100 Expiring 1
UK 100 Sept / USD 5
Germany 30 Mar (03/20/09@7amEST) 5
Germany 30 June (06/19/09@7amEST) 5
Germany 30 Sept (09/18/09@7amEST) 1
Germany 30 Expiring 0,5
Germany 30 Sept / USD 5
France 40 Jan 1/16/09@10amEST 7
France 40 Apr (04/17/09@10amEST) 7
France 40 May (05/15/09@10:00amEST) 7
France 40 Expiring 0,5
France 40 Aug / USD 0
Switzerland 30 June (06/19/09@3amEST) 8
Switzerland 30 Expiring 2
Switzerland 30 Sept / USD 8
Japan 225 June(06/11/09@4:15pmEST) 30
Japan 225 Sept(09/10/09@4:15pmEST) 10
Japan 225 Expiring 5
Taiwan Index Oct (STWV8) 0,2
Taiwan Index Nov (STWX8) 0,5
US 10yr Sept (08/27/09@3pmEST) 0,1562
US 10yr Expiring 0,03125
US 30 Yr June (05/27/09@3pmEST) 0,1562
US 30yr Sept (08/27/09@3pmEST) 0,1562
US 30yr Expiring 0,03125
Hang Seng Index July (7/30/09@4:30amEST) 0
German Bund Dec (FGBLZ8) 0,05
German Bund Mar (FGBLH9) 0,05
German Bund (USD) 0,01
DAX 30 (USD) 0,1
CAC 40 (USD) 0,1
Swiss Market Index (USD) 0,1
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Default Average spreads of EmpireGlobalfx.

IBEX 35 (USD) 1
SPI 200 (ASX) (USD) 1
UK 100 (M2)/USD 0,5
Germany 30 (M2)/USD 0,5
Spain 35 (M2)/USD 0
German Bund (M2)/USD 0,05
France 40 (M2)/USD 0,5
Switzerland 30 (M2)/USD 5
France 40 Expiring/USD 0
UK 100 Expiring/USD 0,5
DAXX30/USD 0,5
3M Company (MMM) 0,01
Adobe Systems (ADBE) 0,17
Alcoa (AA) 0,05
Altera Corporation (ALTR) 0,03
Altria Group (MO) 0,01 Inc (AMZN) 0,26
American Express Co (AXP) 0,01
Apple Computer Inc (AAPL) 0,03
Applied Materials (AMAT) 0,02
AT&T Corp (T) 0,05
Bank of America (BAC-XNYS) 0
Boeing Co (BA) 0,01
Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY) 0,07
Caterpillar (CAT) 0,01
Cisco Systems (CSCO) 0,03
Citigroup Inc (C-XNYS) 0,01
ConocoPhillips (COP) 0,05
Coca Cola Company (KO) 0,01
Dell Computer (DELL) 0,01
Delta Airlines (DAL) 0,01
Disney (DIS) 0,02
eBay Inc (EBAY) 0,01
EMC Corp (EMC) 0,01
Exxon-Mobile (XOM) 0,01
Freeport McMoran (FCX) 0,01
General Electric (GE) 0,01
Goldman Sachs (GS) 0,01
Google Inc (GOOG) 0,18
Halliburton (HAL) 0,01
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) 0
Home Depot (HD) 0,01
IBM (IBM) 0,06
Intel Corp (INTC) 0,01
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Default Average spreads of EmpireGlobalfx.

JDS Uniphase (JDSU-XNAS) 0,03
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) 0,01
JPMorgan Chase (JPM) 0,03
McDonald's (MCD) 0,14
Microsoft Corp (MSFT) 0,01
Monsanto (MON) 0,35
Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS) 0,03
Morgan Stanley (MS) 0,01
Motorola Inc (MOT-XNYS) 0,05
National Semiconductor (NSM) 0,01
Newmont Mining (NEM) 0,01
Oracle Corp (ORCL) 0,01
Pfizer Inc (PFE) 0,01
Potash (POT) 0,03
Qualcomm Inc (QCOM) 0,04
Qwest Communications (Q-XNYS) 0,07
Research in Motion (RIMM) 0,01
Sun Microsystems (JAVA-XNAS) 0,02
Symantec Corp (SYMC) 0,04
Target Corp (TGT) 0,01
Ternium S.A. ADS (TX) 0,09
Texas Instruments (TXN) 0,06
Time Warner Inc (TWX) 0,01
United Technologies Corp. (UTX) 0,01
United States STL Corp New (X) 0,05
Verizon Communications (VZ) 0,01
Yahoo Inc (YHOO) 0,01
Barclays Plc (BARC-XLON) 0,0025
Invensys Plc (ISYS-XLON) 0,0025
J Sainsbury Plc (SBRY-XLON) 0,01
Marks & Spencer Plc (MKS-XLON) 0,0025
Prudential Plc (PRU-XLON) 0,005
Rolls-Royce Group Plc (RR-XLON) 0,0025
Royal and Sun All. Ins. Group (RSA-XLON) 0,005
Tesco Plc (TSCO-XLON) 0,0025
Unilever Plc (ULVR-XLON) 0,01
Vodafone Group (VOD-XLON) 0,003
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Default Average spreads of EmpireGlobalfx.

Allianz AG (ALVG-XETR) 0,03
Bayer AG (BAYG-XETR) 0,05
Bayerische Hypo (HVMG-XETR) 0,07
Commerzbank AG (CBKG-XETR) 0,02
Daimler AG (DAI-XETR) 0,03
Deutsche Bank (DBKGn-XETR) 0,04
Deutsche Lufthansa (LHAG-XETR) 0,02
Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn-XETR) 0,02
Ericsson (ERICb-XOMX) 0,02
France Telecom (FTE-XPAR) 0,03
Infineon Tech AG (IFXGn-XETR) 0,02
ING Groep (INGA-XAMS) 0,02
Royal Dutch Petroleum ((RDSA-XAMS) 0,02
Siemens AG (SIEGN-XETR) 0,05
ThyssenKrupp AG (TKAG-XETR) 0,02
Volkswagen AG (VOWG-XETR) 0,2
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:20
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Default Average spreads of EmpireGlobalfx.

Canon (CAJ-XNYS) 0,03
Hitachi (HIT-XNYS) 0,05
Honda Motor (HMC-XNYS) 0,02
Internet Initiative Japan (IIJI-XNYS) 0,03
Kyocera (KYO-XNYS) 0,2
Matsushita Electric Industrial (MC-XNYS) 0,02
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial (MTU-XNYS) 0,01
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) 0,01
Nissan Motor (NSANY) 0,09
Nomura (NMR-XNYS) 0,01
NTT DoCoMo (DCM) 0,01
Orix (IX-XNYS) 0,3
Sony (SNE) 0,21
Toyota Motor (TM) 0,04
51job (JOBS-XNAS) 0,02
Acorn (ATV-XNYS) 0,02
Actions Semiconductor (ACTS-XNAS) 0,01
Agria Corporation (GRO-XNYS) 0,02 (BIDU) 0,99
China Finance Online (JRJC-XNAS) 0,15
China GrenTech (GRRF-XNAS) 0,02
China Life Insurance (LFC-XNYS) 1,19
China Medical Technologies (CMED-XNAS) 0,12
China Nepstar Chain Drugstore (NPD-XNYS) 0,02
China Sunergy (CSUN-XNAS) 0,04
China Techfaith Wireless Communication (CNTF-XNAS) 0,03
China Unicom (CHU) 0,01
CNInsure (CISG-XNAS) 0,15 International (CTRP-XNAS) 0,36
eLong (LONG-XNAS) 0,13
Focus Media (FMCN-XNAS) 0,11
Giant Interactive Group (GA-XNYS) 0,01
Home Inns & Hotels Management (HMIN-XNAS) 0,02
Hurray! (HRAY-XNAS) 0,02
JA Solar (JASO-XNAS) 0,02
KongZhong (KONG-XNAS) 0,02
LDK Solar (LDK-XNYS) 0,01
Linktone (LTON-XNAS) 0,02
Longtop Financial Technologies (LFT-XNYS) 0,07
Mindray Medical International (MR-XNYS) 0,01 (NTES-XNAS) 0,01
New Oriental Education & Technology (EDU-XNYS) 0,03
Ninetowns Internet Technology (NINE-XNAS) 0,02
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Default Average spreads of EmpireGlobalfx.

Perfect World (PWRD-XNAS) 0,02
Shanda Interactive Entertainment (SNDA) 0,03
Simcere Pharmaceutical (SCR-XNYS) 0,04
Spreadtrum Communications (SPRD-XNAS) 0,02
Suntech Power (STP) 0,03
The9 (NCTY-XNAS) 0,05
Tongjitang Chinese Medicines (TCM-XNYS) 0,02
Vimicro International (VIMC-XNAS) 0,02
WuXi Pharmatech (WX-XNYS) 0,04
Xinyuan Real Estate (XIN-XNYS) 0,02
Xinhua Finance Media (XFML-XNAS) 0,02
Yanzhou Coal Mining (YZC-XNYS) 0,02
Yingli Green Energy (YGE-XNYS) 0,04
Cemex S.A.B. de C.V. (CX) 0,01
Desarrolladora Homex (HXM-XNYS) 0,04
Empresas ICA (ICA-XNYS) 0,02
Fomento Economico Mexicano (FMX-XNYS) 0,01
Grupo Casa Saba (SAB-XNYS) 0,05
Grupo Radio Centro (RC-XNYS) 0,2
Grupo Televisa, S.A.B. (TV-XNYS) 0,1
Industrias Bachoco (IBA-XNYS) 0,15
Telefonos de Mexico - Series A (TMX-XNYS) 0,02
Vitro (VTO-XNYS) 0,02
Aracruz Celulose (ARA-XNYS) 0,01
Banco Bradesco (BBD-XNYS) 0,02
Banco Itau (ITU) 0,04
Brasil Telecom (BTM-XNYS) 0,07
Braskem (BAK-XNYS) 0,02
Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais (CIG-XNYS) 0,02
Companhia Siderurgica Nacional-CSN (SID-XNYS) 0,03
Companhia Vale do Rio Doce-CVRD (VALE) 0,06
Comp. Paranaense de Energia-COPEL-Pref (ELP-XNYS) 0,03
CPFL Energia (CPL-XNYS) 0,1
Embraer (ERJ-XNYS) 0,02
Gafisa (GFA-XNYS) 0,01
Gerdau (GGB-XNYS) 0,01
Petroleo Brasileiro - Com (PBR) 0,01
Sadia (SDA-XNYS) 0,04
Telecomunicacoes de Sao Paulo (TSP-XNYS) 0,02
Telemig Celular (TMB-XNYS) 0,2
Tele Norte Celular (TCN-XNYS) 0,05
Tele Norte Leste (TNE-XNYS) 0,02
TIM Participacoes (TSU-XNYS) 0,04
Vivo (VIV-XNYS) 0,02
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Default Average spreads of EmpireGlobalfx.

Votorantim Celulose e Papel (VCP-XNYS) 0,13
Ultrapar (UGP-XNYS) 0,08
Unibanco-Uniao de Bancos Brasileiros (UBB-XNYS) 0,05
HDFC Bank (HDB-XNYS) 0,05
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories 0,02
Sterlite Industries 0,01
Wipro 0,02
Mechel Steel (MTL-XNYS) 0,2
Mobile TeleSystems (MBT-XNYS) 0,07
Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods (WBD-XNYS) 0,15
Diamonds (DIA) 0,01
Direxion : FINL Bull 3X (FAS) 0,07
Direxion : EMGMK Bull 3X (EDC) 0,1
PowerShares Aerospace & Defense (PPA) 0,08
PowerShares DB Agriculture (DBA) 0,05
PowerShares DB Commodity Idx Trking (DBC) 0,01
PowerShares Dynamic Large Cap Growth (PWB) 0,01
PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals (PJP) 0,22
PowerShares Dynamic Software Portfolio (PSJ) 0,17
PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductor (PSI) 0,19
PowerShares Gldn Dragon Halter USX China(PGJ) 0,02
PowerShares QQQ (QQQQ) 0,01
PowerShares Water Resources (PHO) 0,01
PowerShares Wilder Clean Energy (PBW) 0,01
PowerShares Dynamic Utilities Portfolio (PUI) 0,13
SPDR (SPY) 0,01
SPDR Consumer Staples (XLP) 0,07
SPDR DJ Wilshire Intl Real Estate (RWX) 0,04
SPDR Energy (XLE) 0,01
SPDR Financial (XLF) 0,01
SPDR Industrial (XLI) 0,09
SPDR S&P China (GXC) 0,04
SPDR S&P Emerging Middle East & Africa (GAF) 0,31
SPDR Technology (XLK) 0,05
SPDR S&P Metals & Mining (XME) 0,01
SPDR Health Care (XLV) 0,01
SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) 0,01
SPDR S&P Homebuilders (XHB) 0,01
SPDR S&P Oil&Gas Exploration (XOP) 0,12
SPDR Materials Select Sector (XLB) 0,01
SPDR Consumer Discretionary (XLY) 0,01
SPDR Utilities Select Sector (XLU) 0,01
BLDRS Emerging Markets 50 ADR Index (ADRE) 0,02
HLDRS Biotech (BBH) 0,04
HLDRS Semiconductor (SMH) 0,01
HLDRS Oil Service (OIH) 0,02
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Default Average spreads of EmpireGlobalfx.

DJ Wilshire REIT ETF (RWR) 0,01
KBE Bank Index ETF (KBE) 0,1
KBW Regional Banking ETF (KRE) 0,01
Rydex S&P Equal Weight (RSP) 0,22
United States Oil (USO) 0,01
United States Natural Gas (UNG) 0,01
Ultra QQQ ProShares (QLD) 0,01
Short Dow 30 ProShares (DOG) 0,01
Ultra S&P500 ProShares (SSO) 0,01
UltraShort Dow30 ProShares (DXD) 0,01
UltraShort Financials ProShares (SKF) 0,1
UltraShort FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Proshare (FXP) 0,01
UltraShort Russell2000 ProShares (TWM) 0,01
UltraShort S&P500 ProShares (SDS) 0,01
UltraShort Real Estate ProShares (SRS) 0,01
UltraShort Oil & Gas ProShares (DIG) 0,01
UltraShort 20yr Treasury ProShares (TBT) 0,01
UltraShort MSCI Emerging Mkts Proshares (EEV) 0,01
UltraShort DJ-AIG Crude Oil ProShares (SCO) 0,01
UltraShort Basic Materials ProShares (SMN) 0,01
Ultra Basic Materials ProShares (UYM) 0,01
Vanguard Europe Pacific ETF (VEA) 0,01
Vanguard REIT ETF (VNQ) 0,01
Vanguard Mid Cap ETF (VO) 0,04
Vanguard Value ETF (VTV) 0,01
Vanguard FTSE All World ex-US ETF (VEU) 0,08
Vanguard Emerging Markets ETF (VWO) 0,22
Vanguard European ETF (VGK) 0,01
iShares S&P 100 Index Fund (OEF) 0,01
iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology (IBB) 0,01
iShares Cohen & Steers Realty Majors (ICF) 0,15
iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index (DVY) 0,25
iShares Dow Jones US Basic Materials (IYM) 0,02
iShares Dow Jones US Energy (IYE) 0,01
iShares Dow Jones US Financial Sector (IYF) 0,01
iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate (IYR) 0,01
iShares Lehman TIPS Bond (TIP) 0,03
iShares MSCI EAFE Index (EFA) 0,09
iShares MSCI Germany Index (EWG) 0,01
iShares MSCI EMU Index (EZU) 0,77
iShares MSCI Malaysia Index (EWM) 0,08
iShares MSCI Mexico Index (EWW) 0,11
iShares Russell 2000 Growth Index (IWO) 0,01
iShares MSCI United Kingdom Index (EWU) 0,22
iShares Russell 2000 Value Index (IWN) 0,28
iShares Silver Trust (SLV) 0,02
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Default Average spreads of EmpireGlobalfx.

iShares Russell Midcap Growth Index (IWP) 0,15
iShares Russell Midcap Value Index (IWS) 0,06
iShares S&P 500 Growth Index (IVW) 0,01
iShares S&P 500 Value Index (IVE) 0,14
iShares S&P 500 Index (IVV) 0,01
iShares S&P MidCap 400 Index (IJH) 0,05
iShares S&P SmallCap 600 Index (IJR) 0,05
IShares MSCI Canada Index (EWC) 0,01
iShares MSCI Japan Index (EWJ) 0,01
iShares MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ) 0,01
iShares Barclays 20+yr Treasury Bond (TLT) 0,01
iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index (FXI) 0,01
iShares MSCI Taiwan Index (EWT) 0,11
iShares MSCI South Korea Index (EWY) 0,01
iShares MSCI Hong Kong Index (EWH) 0,01
iShares MSCI Australia Index (EWA) 0,05
iShares MSCI Singapore Index (EWS) 0,02
iShares S&P Latin America 40 Index (ILF) 0,01
iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil Ttl Ret Idx ETN 0,01
Market Vectors Coal ETF(KOL) 0,03
Market Vectors Russia ETF(RSX) 0,01
Lyxor ETF Commodities CRB Non Energy (CRN-XPAR) 0,02
Lyxor ETF Eastern Europe (CEC-XPAR) 0,05
Alfa-A (ALFAA) 0
America Movil-L USD 0,02
America Movil-L (AMXL) 0,03
Axtel CPO (AXTELCPO) 0,02
Banco Compart-O (COMPARTO) 0,19
Cemex-CPO USD 0,06
Cemex-CPO (CEMEXCPO) 0,01
Consorcio-ARA USD 0,05
Consorcio-ARA (ARA) 0
Controladora-CPO (COMERCIUBC) 0,02
Desarrollador Homex (HOMEX) 0,17
Elektra (ELEKTRA) 0,05
Empresas USD 0,1
Empresas (ICA) 0,02
Fomento Econom UTS (FEMSAUBD) 0,02
GEO-B (GEOB) 0,36
GMexico-B USD 0,1
GMexico-B (GMEXICOB) 0,03
Grupo Bimbo-A (BIMBOA) 0,87
Grupo Aero PAC-B (GAPB) 0,06
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Default Average spreads of EmpireGlobalfx.

Grupo Carso-A1 (GCARSOA1) 0
Grupo Finance-O (GFINBURO) 0,05
Grupo Fin Banorte-O USD 0,09
Grupo Fin Banorte-O (GFNORTEO) 0,32
Grupo Modelo-C (GMODELOC) 0,24
Grupo Carso Tele-A1 (TELECOMAI) 0,29
Grupo Televisa-CPO USD 0,05
Grupo Televisa-CPO (TELEVISACPO) 0,08
Ind Penoles (PE&OLES) 0,09
Kimberly Clark-A (KIMBERA) 0,05
Mexichem USD 0,06
Mexichem (MEXCHEM) 0,04
Simec-B (SIMECB) 0,24
Soriana-B (SORIANAB) 0,11
Telmex-L USD 0,05
Telmex-L (TELMEXL) 0,03
Tvazteca Tvaztcacpo (TVAZTCACPO) 0,07
Urbi Desarroll USD 0,07
Urbi Desarroll (URBI) 0,2
Wal-Mart USD 0,03
Wal-Mart (WALMEXV) 0,08
AMP Limited (AMP) 0,01
ANZ Bank (ANZ) 0,01
Brambles Industries Ltd (BXB) 0,01
Origin Energy Ltd (ORG) 0,02
National Australia Bank (NAB) 0,01
QBE Insurance Group Ltd (QBE) 0,01
Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS) 0
Westfield Group (WDC) 0,03
Westpac Banking Corp (WBC) 0,01
Woolworth's Limited (WOW) 0
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Default China urges action on EU and U.S. debt, to keep yuan policy

(Reuters) - China is worried about challenges that the European Union faces in the next two months and urged the bloc as well as the United States to hold down government debt, its trade minister said on Friday.

Speaking at a meeting of Southeast Asian trade ministers, Chen Deming called on governments in the United States and Europe, China's top two trading partners, to act responsibly and get their fiscal houses in order.

"We support stabilizing measures taken by relevant countries, but we hope these countries will take measures to control their government debt proportion and take bigger responsibilities," Chen said.

"We are also concerned about new challenges facing European countries in August and September," he said, but did not elaborate.

His remarks echo recent comments from Beijing, which has invested nearly all of its $3.2 trillion foreign exchange reserves, the world's largest, in dollars and euros and would loathe to see the currencies plummet on economic problems.

World financial markets have swung wildly in the past week on fears that Europe cannot contain its debt crisis and after a downgrade of the U.S. sovereign credit rating, which amplified concerns that the U.S. economy may slide back into another recession or a prolonged period of meager growth.

U.S. Deputy Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis, attending the meeting, said the United States was now on a path toward fiscal discipline, following a deal this month to lift its debt ceiling.

He brushed off concerns by trade ministers at the meeting worried about weaker U.S. demand for Asian goods.

"The U.S. is the biggest market in the world and will continue to be a driver of global growth," he told Reuters.


The U.S. Federal Reserve has vowed to maintain interest rates near zero until 2013 to prop up its economy, and Chen said Asian governments should work together to monitor the impact, after funds seeking higher yields have driven up Asian stocks and currencies in the past year.

Chen noted the world was still struggling with the excess cash left behind by the loosening of monetary and fiscal policies during the 2008 financial crisis, which was "like taking medicines that will have a side effect."

"Where would the excessive liquidity flow to? Commodities, stock markets or bond markets? We are not quite sure yet," Chen said.

On the yuan, a controversial issue among China and its trade partners, Chen reiterated Beijing's usual refrain that the currency should only rise gradually and said it will stick to restructuring reforms of the domestic economy.

"We will also stick to gradual and steady currency reform," he told Reuters, adding that yuan volatility would be greater when global markets were jumpy. "But looking from a longer term perspective, the yuan currency policy will not change."

Chen's remarks come amid market talk that China may be about to shift its policy stance on the yuan soon after guiding the currency to a series of record highs.

A flurry of Chinese media reports that predicted speedier gains in the yuan have also fueled speculation.

China keeps the yuan on a tight leash as it worries any sharp gains could hurt its exports and weigh on the world's second-biggest economy.

Its trade partners, however, accuse Beijing of deliberately suppressing the yuan for trade advantage, an allegation that China has always denied.

Indeed, new data from Washington that showed the U.S. trade gap with China grew almost 12 percent in the first six months of 2011 could fuel efforts in Congress to get tough with China's currency practices.

By contrast, export-dependent Southeast Asian countries, whose currencies have risen along with the yuan, would prefer to avoid a rapid rise in the Chinese currency which could curb their export competitiveness.

"That's a problem for everyone," Surin Pitsuwan, the secretary general of regional bloc ASEAN, told Reuters.
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Default Stock futures signal retreat for equities

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures pointed to a weaker open on Wall Street on Friday after sharp gains in the previous session, with futures for the S&P 500, for the Dow Jones and for the Nasdaq 100 down 0.8 to 0.9 percent.

The Commerce Department releases July retail sales data at 8:30 a.m. EDT. Economists in a Reuters survey expect a 0.5 percent rise compared with a 0.1 percent increase in June. Excluding automobiles, sales are expected to rise 0.2 percent versus a flat reading in June.

Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers release preliminary August consumer sentiment index at 9:55 a.m. EDT. Economists expect a reading of 63.0 compared with 63.7 in the final July report.

Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan met privately this week with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve governor Daniel Tarullo amid the campaign to calm investors and employees about the bank's share price fall, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Commerce Department issues Business Inventories for June. Economists in a Reuters survey expect a 0.5 percent increase versus a 1.0 percent rise in May.

At 10:30 a.m. EDT, Economic Cycle Research Institute (ECRI) releases its weekly index of economic activity for August 5. In the prior week the index read 128.3.

China's yuan currency looks set for a speedier rise against the U.S. dollar in the coming months as Beijing tries to tamp down inflation and reduce its exposure to U.S. and European debt, Chinese media and traders said on Friday.

Dollar funding costs edged up on Friday, hovering around the highest levels since the 2008 financial crisis, as markets saw Europe's move to ban short-selling of shares as only a temporary fix that would not address deteriorating conditions within the euro zone.

Korean company Samsung Electronics will go to a German court on August 25 to try to overturn a ban on it selling flagship Galaxy tablets in most of the European Union. Earlier this week, a Duesseldorf court temporarily barred Samsung from selling its tablets, following an injunction filed by Apple which had said the Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets "slavishly" copied its iPad and iPhone.

Department store chain J.C. Penney is set to announce results.

The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.7 percent on Friday, extending the previous session's gains of 2.7 percent.

U.S. stocks shot up 4 percent on Thursday as bargain-hungry investors overcame the recent wave of fear that drove selling over the last two weeks.

The Dow Jones industrial average surged 423.37 points, or 3.95 percent, to 11,143.31. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index shot up 51.88 points, or 4.63 percent, to 1,172.64. The Nasdaq Composite Index jumped 111.63 points, or 4.69 percent, at 2,492.68.
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Default Italy austerity plan draws wide criticism

(Reuters) - Italy's second austerity package in less than a month met with a chorus of criticism a day after becoming law, with the largest union federation threatening a general strike over the "injustice" of the measures.

President Giorgio Napolitano on Saturday signed the emergency decree introducing sweeping austerity measures to cut the fiscal deficit by some 45.5 billion euros ($64.7 billion) and balance the budget in 2013, a year ahead of its previous schedule.

"A missed opportunity," was the comment by the chief economist of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Pier Carlo Padoan, in daily La Stampa on Sunday.

Padoan said the plan was positive in the pledge to bring forward the balanced budget but it lacked measures to boost growth and tackle tax evasion. Employers' lobby Confindustria estimates Italy's tax evasion totals 120 billion euros.

CGIL union confederation leader Susanna Camusso told la Repubblica the package "hits only those who already pay their taxes," adding that the date of a general strike would be decided at an emergency union meeting on August 23.

The austerity plan sets a "solidarity tax" on those earning more than 90,000 euros per year, to be levied for three years.

Economists, unionists and business leaders agreed a tax on wealth rather than on labor income would have been better because it would have targeted tax evaders who do not declare their real income but often own large assets.

Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo told Corriere della Sera newspaper the solidarity tax was "a scandal."

"It's one thing to ask for a solidarity contribution from me or (media tycoon and Prime Minister Silvio) Berlusconi, but it's different to hit an executive supporting his family," he said.

Newspaper editorial comment was largely negative, with former European Commissioner Mario Monti telling Corriere della Sera the package lacked fairness, weighed too heavily on the middle classes and did too little to help growth.


In an interview with business daily Il Sole 24 Ore Confindustria head Emma Marcegaglia said the new tax regime could force managers to seek employment abroad, adding to Italy's hemorrhage of talented workers.

"We are reaching an absolutely disproportionate tax rate on so-called high incomes," Marcegalia said.

She also called the so-called 'Robin Hood Tax', due to hit companies in the energy sector with more than 10 million euros in revenues and 1 million euro in taxable income, a "folly."

Marcegaglia called for an increase in value added tax and a reform of the system allowing early retirement on the basis of years of pension contributions. Pension spending in Italy is around two percentage points above the euro zone average.

The austerity decree must be passed by parliament within 60 days, during which it will almost certainly be amended. Debate will begin in the Senate on August 22.

Some 4 billion euros of the 20 billion euros of savings slated for 2012 and 12 billion euros of the 25.5 billion set for 2013 are to come through tax and welfare measures still to be drawn up.

French economist Jean-Paul Fitoussi told Rome daily Il Messaggero that market pressure had forced Italy to take steps which were of no real value and would damage its weak growth.

"Italy is like the protagonist of a Greek tragedy: forced to do things that will be useless and damaging in the long run, but necessary for survival in the short run."
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Default Stocks bounce on U.S. cues; sentiment wary

(Reuters) - Asian equities bounced on Monday and safe-haven assets like gold and the Swiss franc fell as market players cautiously returned to pick up bargains after last's week wild ride, though concerns over the weak global economic outlook may keep gains in check.

A modest 0.4 percent rise in U.S. stock futures also encouraged some bargain hunting in Asian markets, but investors may be more likely to sell into rallies than buy into any dips ahead of fresh readings on the U.S. and euro zone economies this week.

Japan's Nikkei finance/markets/index?symbol=jp%21n225">.N225 rose 1.5 percent after main Wall Street .N indices advanced on Friday but without the wild intra-day swings that marked the first few days of trading last week after the U.S. credit rating was downgraded by Standard and Poor's.

Japanese shares were also boosted by data showing Japan's economy shrank less than expected in April-June following a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March. .T

Asian stocks outside of Japan rose by a similar margin .MIAPJ0000PUS, after tumbling nearly 4 percent last week, with key indexes in Hong Kong and Australia up nearly 2 percent.

Frances Cheung, senior strategist at Credit Agricole in Hong Kong, said a meeting between the leaders of France and Germany on Tuesday would be crucial to determining whether any longer term solution to the euro zone's sovereign debt crisis is in the works.

"There is still a huge focus on money markets ... and looking at them shows not everything is solved," she said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are due to meet in Paris to hammer out a solution to the sovereign debt crisis which has shown signs of ensnaring the big euro zone economies like Italy and Spain and heightened strains in money markets to levels not seen during the 2008 crisis.

In recent days, France itself has come under attack from the markets.

While dollar funding costs evident from cross currency basis swap rates in dollar/yen and dollar/euros have cooled from last week's peaks, they are still at elevated levels.

On a valuation basis, the MSCI index of Asia stocks outside Japan trades at 11.5 times forward 12-month earnings, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S, above the 7.9 times seen during the depths of the 2008 financial crisis.

That suggests investors may still not be in a hurry to buy despite the 13 percent decline over the last two weeks.

Markets also remain vulnerable to declines as debt cutting plans in Europe and the United States threaten to act as a further drag on already weak economic growth at a time when latest data has been patchy.

U.S. consumer sentiment plunged to its lowest level since 1980 in early August, data showed on Friday, though July retail sales rose 0.5 percent.


Still, signs that equities might have marked a temporary bottom after last week's volatile moves and persistent chatter that Swiss authorities may peg the franc against the euro to battle its surge sent the safe-haven currency tumbling by two percent against the euro and the dollar.

The euro, which plumbed a record low around 1.0075 francs last week, climbed to a high of 1.1294 francs in morning trade, up from 1.1079 late in New York on Friday.

But Barclays Capital analysts warned expectations of a peg seemed overdone, believing the franc would rally once again this week if markets started to change their view on its probability.

"We remain CHF bears in the medium run - we agree with the SNB's view that it is "massively overvalued" - but, this week, we are not expecting the recent appreciation of EUR/CHF to hold," said Paul Robinson, strategist at Barclays Capital.

The drop in the franc rippled over into gold markets with the precious metal slipping after a 1.5 percent slide in the previous session. Before Friday's slide, gold had gained 9 percent so far this month.

U.S. crude futures were steady around $85.50 a barrel after settling down slightly on Friday.

Trading activity is expected to be thin with Korea and India out and Japan's summer "obon" holidays this week.

Gold fell more than 1 percent in early trade before paring most of its losses. By late morning it was at $1,744 an ounce, little changed from late Friday U.S. levels.
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Default Cheap prices and Japan recovery lift world stocks

(Reuters) - World stocks climbed further out of their August hole on Monday, lifted by signs of earlier-than-expected recovery in Japan and a growing belief that shares may now be cheap.

European shares, however, failed to keep early gains and dropped into negative territory.

Gold and the Swiss franc, two of the main beneficiaries of recent global risk aversion, fell.

Investors were also weighing calls by Italian Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti for a more coordinated response to the euro zone debt crisis, including the creation of euro bonds, against an immediate rejection of the idea from Germany.

MSCI's all-country world stock index, a broad measure of global equity health, was up half a percent, ratcheting up roughly a six percent gain since hitting an 11-month low last Thursday.

"The markets have been technically very oversold and on that basis alone, they are due for a period of remission from the selling," said Mike Lenhoff, chief strategist at wealth manager Brewin Dolphin.

Bank of America-Merrill Lynch said a "buy" signal had been triggered last week as outflows out of risky assets hit significant levels.

"We note that since 2004, global equities have rallied an average 6.7 percent (in the four weeks that followed the trigger)," the bank's strategists wrote in a note.

Nonetheless, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 stocks index was slightly lower.

Shares in Asia were boosted by data showing Japan's economy shrank less than expected in April-June following a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.

Japan's Nikkei closed up 1.37 percent.


The albeit tentative rise in confidence spilled into other assets.

The euro extended its gains against the Swiss franc to more than 3 percent after a Swiss newspaper report said the Swiss National Bank was poised to set a limit for the euro-Swiss franc exchange rate and will use all means to defend it.

The dollar also rallied against the franc, surging 2.7 percent to 0.79883.

Otherwise the U.S. currency was down around a quarter of a percent against a basket of major currencies.

On the euro zone crisis front, Tremonti's call for common euro zone debt issuance was rejected by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who said such euro bonds would undermine the basis for the single currency by weakening fiscal discipline among member states.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are due to meet in Paris on Tuesday to discuss the crisis.

Core euro zone debt was mixed with yields rising on longer-term bonds.
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Default Selloff raises stakes in Sarkozy-Merkel euro zone talks

(Reuters) - The leaders of France and Germany face a stark choice in talks on Tuesday over whether to begin steering the embattled euro zone toward closer fiscal union or risk watching the bloc unravel.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet in Paris to discuss what further measures they can take to contain Europe's debt crisis, which is now spreading to the continent's core.

Italy has been forced to ramp up its austerity measures and financial market jitters hit France last week with French banks' shares subject to panic selling following rumors that the country could be next to lose its prized AAA debt rating.

Many experts say the only way to ensure affordable financing for the bloc's most financially distressed countries would be for the euro area to issue joint euro zone bonds -- although officials in Paris and Berlin said Tuesday's talks would not address that possibility.

Although the German government has long opposed the idea, support is beginning to emerge, with the country's export association saying on Monday that all other means of fighting the crisis had run out.

Italian Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti said on Saturday that euro bonds would be the best solution to Europe's debt crisis, and some economists say that the euro zone will inevitably come around to accepting the idea.

Ordinary Germans have opposed more help for their weaker neighbors even while their economy has been roaring along. Figures on Tuesday showing German GDP barely grew in the second quarter suggests a slowdown is starting to grip there, making underwriting of euro zone debt an even harder sell politically.

"While German politicians are currently racking their brains on the pros and cons of common Euro bonds, the luxury of having an economy running at "wonder" speed is fading away," said Carsten Brzeski at ING.

The German economy grew by just 0.1 percent in the second quarter, while the French economy stagnated.


French economist Jacques Delpla, who co-authored a paper proposing how euro bonds could work, said the euro zone faced collapse unless leaders went beyond an agreement reached at a July 21 emergency summit on the debt crisis.

"If we just stick to the July 21 agreement then, before the end of the year, there will be no euro zone, unless the ECB buys everything."

At the July summit, euro zone leaders agreed to a second bailout package for Greece and to give their European Financial Stability Facility rescue fund broader powers, but the moves provided only a brief respite in the debt crisis, forcing the European Central Bank to buy Italian and Spanish bonds last week.

Euro bonds aside, Sarkozy and Merkel will focus on proposals to improve the euro zone's economic governance, which they told fellow leaders in the bloc at last month's summit that they would issue by the end of August.

In particular, they could discuss holding regular euro zone summits, as France has long sought, or ways of improving peer monitoring of fiscal policies.

Economist Frederic Bonnevay at French think-tank Institut Montaigne said more radical measures were needed even if they did not include euro bonds for now.

"The size and powers of the EFSF need to be expanded dramatically -- that's a secret to no-one," he said, suggesting that its firepower should be raised to as much as one trillion euros from 440 billion euros currently.

Sarkozy, who broke off his summer holiday last week to deal with the market meltdown in French stocks, is to meet with Prime Minister Francois Fillon over lunch to fine tune France's position before he meets Merkel from 10 a.m. EDT.

A joint news conference is due at 12 p.m. EDT.
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Default Poor German data hits stocks and euro

(Reuters) - Stagnant growth in Europe's powerhouse Germany knocked stocks lower on Tuesday and hit the euro, adding to investor fears that the world economy is slowing more than expected.

Focus was also on a meeting in Paris between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with investors looking for any signs of new measures to contain the spreading euro zone debt crisis.

Germany's gross domestic product grew just 0.1 percent in April-June from the previous quarter, below market expectations for an expansion of 0.5 percent.

"The global slowdown is gradually reaching Germany," said Andreas Scheuerle, economist at Dekabank.

The data showed Germany was actually growing at a slower pace than battered, debt-ridden Spain, where gross domestic product grew by 0.2 percent in the second quarter.

Germany's slowdown sent European stocks lower, dragging world equities with them.

The FTSEurofirst 300 was down more than 1 percent and MSCI's all-country world stock index lost a third of a percent.

Stocks have been rebounding somewhat from a battering that took the MSCI index down as much as 20 percent from a three-year high in May.

The U.S. S&P 500 index gained 2.18 percent on Monday. Japan's Nikkei closed up 0.23 percent on Tuesday.


The euro was down against both the Swiss franc and the dollar, extending losses after the German data.

It was down 0.8 percent against the Swiss franc at 1.1232 francs and 0.4 percent against the dollar at $1.4301.

The Swiss franc has been a key safe haven for investors during recent market turmoil.

Gold, the other major choice and one of the best-performing assets this year, was up around half a percent at $1773 an ounce.

German government bonds firmed after the growth data, with short-dated paper outperforming.

Some investors were hoping the Franco-German meeting later in the day would come up with ways to improve euro zone governance.

Talk of common euro zone bonds -- increasingly seen as a powerful tool against the region's debt hurdles -- in some of the German media in recent days has lifted hopes before the meeting in Paris.

Both countries have said, however, that euro bonds are not on the agenda.
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Default Sarkozy and Merkel push tax plan, closer economic coordination

(Reuters) - The leaders of France and Germany, under pressure to counter a debt market crisis in Europe, have agreed to float proposals in September for a tax on financial transactions and push for closer joint governance of economic policy, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Tuesday.

After talks in Paris, Sarkozy said he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were also proposing that all 17 euro zone countries commit to balanced finances and write that goal into their constitutional law by summer 2012.

Among other measures announced, he said they would also seek to ensure better cross-border economic government for the euro zone via twice-yearly meetings of leaders and the creation of a two-and-a-half-year presidency to steer this forum.

"We want to express our absolute will to defend the euro and assume Germany and France's particular responsibilities in Europe and to have on all of these subjects a complete unity of views," Sarkozy told a news conference at his Elysee Palace offices, where he was flanked by Merkel.

The two are under pressure to come up with plans to shore up the euro zone and restore financial market confidence after a year and a half of turmoil that has refused to die down despite bailouts of Greece, Ireland and Portugal and the creation of an anti-contagion fund.
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Default Asian shares fall, euro shaky after summit let-down

(Reuters) - Japanese shares fell on Wednesday, dragged down mainly by hi-tech firms, while the euro wobbled after French and German leaders failed to deliver a solution to the euro zone debt crisis and restore investor confidence after a global market rout.

Electronics stocks were weak across Asia after computer maker Dell slashed its 2012 sales forecast late on Tuesday, a deeply bearish signal not only for the shaky state of

global demand but for other hi-tech manufacturers, many of which are listed in Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei.

Japan's Nikkei fell 1 percent, with bellwether tech exporter Sony sliding 2.7 percent after it cut the price of its Playstation 3 gaming console to boost sales.

In South Korea, LG Electronics tumbled 4.5 percent, though the benchmark KOSPI stock index was little changed.

Adding to the cautious mood in Asia, S&P stock futures fell almost half a percent, extending losses on Wall Street overnight.

"Investors have been dumping emerging markets stocks across the board for the first time in the post-Lehman era," said a market report from TrimTabs Investment Research. "Investors are selling Asia without discrimination."

The euro fell to $1.4370 from Tuesday's session high of around $1.4470, as traders expected more downward pressure once markets in Europe open later in the day.

A hotly anticipated meeting between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel fell short of producing a plan of dramatic action to tackle the euro zone's debt crisis, an outcome many market watchers had anticipated.

While long-term deficit reduction has become a pressing problem for many developed economies, many investors fear that calls for immediate spending cuts in many euro zone countries and the United States could retard global growth further.

Germany reported on Tuesday that its economy came close to stalling in the second quarter, though other data showed U.S. industrial output rose at its fasted pace in seven months in July, perhaps indicating the economy started the second half of the year on better footing than many analysts had feared.


Still, many fund managers see Asian markets as more promising investment targets than the United States and Europe.

"Asia is not immune to the developed world woes, as the region remains a key exporter," said a survey of investment managers published on Wednesday by Singapore-based Russell Investments.

"However, the domestic story is becoming more and more powerful as countries look inward to drive future growth."

MSCI's broadest index of non-Japanese Asia Pacific shares edged higher, supported by gains in Hong Kong and Australia.

The index has lost around 10 percent since the start of the year, much of it in recent weeks, as sovereign debt problems in Europe and the United States and fears that the U.S. could slide back into recession prompted investors to sell equities and other riskier assets in both emerging and developed markets.

Shares in Hong Kong were boosted by a speech by Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang in which he promised to open more sectors for investment from Hong Kong, while a rise in Australia's main index was tempered by global concerns.


The dollar index against major currencies rose 0.1 percent. Against the yen, the dollar traded around 76.76, down from more than 80 yen earlier in August.

Gold, attractive to some investors as a refuge from turmoil in currencies, bonds and shares, is one of the best-performing assets this year. It traded at $1,785 per ounce on Wednesday, little changed from the previous session around $30 below the peak it touched last week.

U.S. crude oil futures were up 11 cents to $86.75 per barrel after sliding on Tuesday on worries that flagging global growth will dampen energy demand.
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Default Brent crude rises, above $109 on U.S. gasoline draw

(Reuters) - Brent crude rose on Wednesday, staying above $109 a barrel as a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. gasoline stocks and positive U.S. economic data trumped concerns over the euro zone debt crisis.

A meeting between French and German leaders didn't result in any concrete measures to try and find a way out of Europe's sovereign debt problems, but better-than-expected U.S. industrial production numbers helped bolster sentiment.

Brent crude for October rose 55 cents to $109.68 by 0455 GMT. U.S. crude was up 78 cents at $87.41 a barrel, after slipping $1.23 on Tuesday to settle at $86.65.

"The meeting between Sarkozy and Merkel didn't amount to too much and that will cap gains in oil futures," said Victor Shum, an analyst with energy consultancy Purvin and Gertz.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed a tax on financial transactions and closer joint governance of economic policy, but did not propose increasing the euro zone bailout fund or selling euro zone bonds.

Asian shares fell on Wednesday and the euro wobbled after the meeting, while safe-haven asset gold held steady near a record high.

U.S. stockpiles of gasoline fell 5.4 million barrels in the week to August 12, well above analyst expectations for a 1.3 million barrel draw, data from the American Petroleum Institute (API) showed on Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Energy will release inventory data later on Wednesday.

"The API numbers were quite supportive as gasoline supplies have come down, but risks continue to be on the economic front," said Shum.


Concerns about the debt crisis have weighed on oil markets in recent weeks, adding to worries about weak U.S. economic data that could hit fuel demand.

The euro zone economy slowed sharply in the second quarter, hobbled by sluggish growth in Germany and stagnation in France, raising fears of a longer-term dip.

There was more upbeat data out of the U.S., with industrial output at the world's top oil consumer recording its best gain in seven months in July.

Also boosting sentiment were comments by China's top state planner on Wednesday that the world's second-largest economy is expected to expand by 7 percent annually over the next five years.

Brent crude may end its rebound at around $109.57 a barrel, while U.S. oil is unlikely to reach $90 per barrel as it faces a strong resistance at $88.17, Reuters technical analyst Wang Tao said.

The conflict in Libya and Syria could further disrupt supplies and support oil prices, analysts said.

"The scale of disruption to Syrian oil production remains unclear, but Syria is reportedly importing gasoline from companies operating in the Mediterranean despite the existing sanctions," said analysts at J.P. Morgan in a report on Tuesday.

"As highlighted by recent statements by the US, even tougher sanctions may be required to limit Syria's ability to participate in the oil market."

Syrian tanks fired on low-income Sunni Muslim districts in the port city of Latakia on Tuesday, the fourth day of an assault which has killed 36 people and forced thousands of Palestinian refugees to flee, activists said on Tuesday.
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Default Swiss National Bank intensifies measures against strong Swiss franc

The measures taken thus far by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) against the strength of the
Swiss franc are having an impact. Nevertheless, the Swiss franc remains massively
overvalued. The SNB has therefore decided to expand again significantly the supply of
liquidity to the Swiss franc money market. In so doing, it is increasing the downward
pressure on money market interest rates with a view to further weakening the Swiss franc
exchange rate. With immediate effect, it aims to expand banks’ sight deposits at the SNB
further, from CHF 120 billion to CHF 200 billion. In order to achieve this new target level
as quickly as possible, it will continue to repurchase outstanding SNB Bills and to employ
foreign exchange swaps. Furthermore, the SNB reiterates that it will, if necessary, take
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Default Asian stocks slide, Swiss franc falls

(Reuters) - European shares looked set to follow Asia lower on Thursday as investors in that region locked in profits on worries about faltering global demand, while the Swiss franc fell sharply on speculation the Swiss central bank was intervening in the forwards market.

Commodity and technology shares dragged the region's shares lower as investors skimmed off some of this week's gains amid lingering worries on the outlook for the U.S. economy and euro zone debt.

European stocks were set to track their Asian peers lower, with Germany's DAX seen opening as much as 1.7 percent lower by financial bookmakers.

Underscoring the cautious mood in Asia, S&P stock futures lost 0.82 percent.

With market sentiment still fragile, investors will closely watch a flurry of U.S. economic data later in the day including weekly jobless claims, existing home sales and business conditions in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Investors' demand for safe-havens has remained so strong that an announcement by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) on Wednesday that it would expand its liquidity policy failed to bring down the franc as markets had expected more radical measures such as an exchange rate peg.

"What drove the Swiss stronger is less speculation and more fear of things going wrong in the euro zone. Until that's fixed, it's very difficult to see how the SNB can win," said Rob Ryan, FX strategist at BNP Paribas in Singapore.

The SNB has been adding billions of francs in additional liquidity, pushing short-term interest rates down via the forwards. Its actions have pulled rates into negative territory.

On Thursday, traders cited talk that the SNB was at it again, flooding the market with liquidity.

The dollar traded at 0.7969 Swiss francs, still below a two-week high on Wednesday around 0.8011, while the euro stood at 1.1455 francs, down from Wednesday's peak around 1.1554.

Markets are a lot calmer compared with last week, when a crisis of confidence swept through global financial markets after Standard & Poor's cut the United States triple-A credit rating, pushing investors into safe havens such as gold and the Swiss franc.

John Woods, chief investment strategist at Citi in Hongkong, told Reuters Insider that a strong gap has begun to emerge in the market performance of export-oriented Asian countries such as Taiwan compared to markets that are driven by domestic demand like China or Indonesia.

"I suspect there will be an outperformance both in terms of equities and currency of the more inward, domestically oriented countries," he said.


"The mood has improved over the past week from sheer panic to a more garden-variety uncertainty about the future," said Bricklin Dwyer, economist at BNP Paribas.

Japan's Nikkei stock average slipped 1.2 percent, while stocks elsewhere in Asia as measured by MSCI fell 1.3 percent.

Taiwan's tech-heavy index lost 2 percent, making it the biggest loser in the region's major markets, tracking a fall in U.S. tech shares on Wednesday after Dell's disappointing sales outlook heightened worries about the economic growth outlook.

Meanwhile, gold traded at $1,790 an ounce, holding not far from a record high around $1,813.79 set last week. U.S. crude was a touch softer at $87.16 a barrel.

The dollar continued its gradual decline against the yen, slipping to 76.65 yen, well off a high above 80.00 set earlier this month after Japanese authorities intervened to weaken the yen.

Japanese Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Thursday he will closely watch market moves, when asked by reporters about the yen's strengthening against the dollar overnight.

"The Bank of Japan is caught between a rock and a hard place," said Jessica Hoversen, FX analyst at MF Global in New York. "Intervention did not work earlier this month, but investors also do not want to be caught on the wrong side."
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(Reuters) - The head of Bank of China, the country's biggest foreign exchange bank, said on Friday he was concerned about the debt crisis in the United States but expected Washington to deal with the issue.

"We are a little concerned, but we are confident that the U.S. government should be able to solve this problem," said bank president Li Lihui, when asked whether he was concerned about the stability of the dollar and the U.S. debt situation.

Li told reporters at a business roundtable.
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Default Global stocks extend rout, gold soars

(Reuters) - A selloff in global stocks gathered pace on Friday, reflecting mounting concerns the U.S. economy is heading into another recession and as some European lenders faced a short-term funding crunch, highlighting the risk of a banking crisis.

Nervous investors fled to the safety of core government bonds, Swiss francs and gold, which hit a record high, with many seeking to unwind holdings of riskier assets such as stocks, commodities and higher-yielding currencies before the weekend.

European shares extended steep losses from Thursday, when they suffered their biggest daily slide in 2-1/2 years, with key indexes in Britain, France and Germany deep in the red.

U.S. stock index futures pointed to a sharply weaker open for equities on Wall Street, a day after the Nasdaq shed more than 5 percent and the S&P 500 tumbled 4.5 percent on rising recession fears.

Futures for the S&P 500, the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq 100 were down by between 1.4 and 1.5 percent.

A short selling ban imposed on financial stocks by some European stock markets last week has had little impact. Shares in Europe's biggest banks fell to their lowest in more than two years on funding fears, taking the weekly fall to near 10 percent and leaving the battered sector on course for a fourth straight week of declines.

"There has been a panic about European banks. European governments are guaranteeing European banks, but if the governments are not stable themselves, that means the banks aren't stable," said Lothario Mendel, chief investment officer at Octopus Investments, which manages $4 billion.

Worries about a European banking crisis kept the euro under pressure and it was last down 0.1 percent against the dollar at $1.4310.

The MSCI world equity index was down 1.4 percent. It has matched the losses in European stocks since the start of the month, with $1.4 trillion being wiped off valuations on Thursday and early on Friday -- equivalent to the size of the Spanish economy.

"At the moment the market is just looking for relative safe havens," said Mitsui Precious Metals analyst David Jollie. "You can see that in the selloffs across equity markets. The strength of gold is the other side of the coin from that."

Exane BNP Paribas, in a note, said a global recession was far from priced in by financial markets. Another global slump could see corporate earnings plunge 35 percent from peak to trough, implying a 50 percent cut to consensus earnings per share estimates.

The sharp decline in stock markets is expected to have an adverse impact on household wealth, further undermining consumer confidence and demand in coming months. Heightened uncertainty over growth could also see producers delaying decision-making, hitting global output.

Those concerns are likely to see investors cut exposure to stocks, metals and oil, and growth-linked currencies such as the Australian dollar in the coming days, unless the U.S. Federal Reserve signals more quantitative easing or European politicians take decisive actions to stem contagion risk from the euro zone debt crisis.


While investors fled stocks, spot gold hit a record high of $1,867.30 an ounce, putting it on track for the largest weekly gains since February 2009. The metal has rallied nearly 14 percent so far this month -- its best month since September 1999 -- benefiting from a deluge of safe-haven flows.

Oil prices fell, with Brent crude extending losses on renewed expectations of weak demand from the world's top oil consumer after a slew of lackluster U.S. data.

Brent fell as low as $105.06 a barrel, and has lost more than 9 percent this month, the worst slide since a near 15 percent drop in May 2010.

A string of data on Thursday revived concerns the United States could be heading for another recession, led by a sharp drop in factory activity in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region to its lowest level since March 2009, which stunned investors.

An unexpected fall in existing U.S. home sales in July and a bigger-than-expected rise in new claims for jobless benefits in the latest week also added to a fresh bout of risk aversion.

Renewed fears that the euro zone debt crisis could engulf the region's financial system put pressure on short-term funding markets, forcing some European banks to pay higher rates for dollar loans and reviving memories of the dark days of late 2009 after the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

German Bund futures fell, but were still in sight of record highs as worries over a global slowdown and the euro zone debt crisis provided underlying support.
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Default Gold soars to record near $1,900 on econ woes

(Reuters) - Spot gold surged more than 1 percent to a third consecutive all-time high on Monday, as investors fled to the safety of bullion amid fears of another U.S. recession and the euro zone's debt crisis.

Spot gold struck a record at $1,888.90 an ounce, after staging its biggest weekly gain in 2- years last week. It traded at $1,888.76 by 2:40 a.m. EDT.

U.S. gold jumped more than 2 percent to an unprecedented $1,895.3.

A murky economic outlook given a persistent flow of weak macro data out of the United States and fears about the euro zone's fiscal health have propelled gold up by more than a quarter since July.

"We are not expecting anything supporting the U.S. economy or the macro data for at least a couple of months," said Tom Price, Global Commodity Analyst at UBS.

"Europe we regard as even weaker. We are thinking $1,900-$2,000 over a very short period of time is a likely target."

Investors are waiting for signs of further stimulus from the U.S. Federal Reserve when bankers gather in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, late this week, one year after Chairman Ben Bernanke launched a second round of quantitative easing to revive the economy.

Additional bond purchase by the Fed could raise the inflation outlook and further boost gold, but many view the chances of a third round of quantitative easing as limited and expect the Fed to take gradual measures to boost the economy.

Technical analysis suggested that gold could pierce through $1,900 over the day, said Reuters market analyst Wang Tao.

Holdings in the SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, rose to 1,290.762 tonnes by August 21, the highest in a week and half.

But speculators scaled back their bullish bets in U.S. gold futures and options for a second week last week, as bullion's rapid rally prompted some investors to liquidate positions, data showed.

"Key resistance in gold will be found at $1,946. However, the market may need an extraordinary event to take it above that level," said MF Global in a research note.

Other precious metals tracked gold's strength.

Spot silver rose as much as 2.5 percent to a three-month high of $43.93, extending a 10-percent rise last week -- its best week since December.

Spot platinum hit a three-year high of $1,890.25, on course for its 10th consecutive session of rise.
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Default Wall Street rallies after four weeks of losses

(Reuters) - Stocks surged more than 1 percent in early trading on Monday following four weeks of equity losses as stocks rebounded globally.

Equities have been pressured of late by growing concerns about the economy, given a string of weak economic data and the ongoing sovereign debt crisis in Europe.

European stocks gained 2.1 percent, while the MSCI world equity index rose 0.3 percent. .EU

"Recent data has been inconclusive about whether we're going into recession, so the market bounces back and forth daily based on mood swings," said Andrew Slimmon, managing director of global investment solutions at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Chicago.

"However, with interest rates being where they are, stocks are very cheap, and that's a very powerful and positive indicator."

The Dow Jones industrial average markets/index?symbol=us%21dji">.DJI jumped 176.15 points, or 1.63 percent, at 10,993.80. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index .SPX was up 19.92 points, or 1.77 percent, at 1,143.45. The Nasdaq Composite Index .IXIC advanced 47.32 points, or 2.02 percent, at 2,389.16.

The S&P has fallen more than 13 percent so far in August, with volatility driving the index down at least 4 percent for six days over the past two weeks. Some investors believe the speed and size of the drops suggested the market could be oversold. The CBOE Volatility index .VIX sank 5.2 percent but remained at elevated levels.

Investors looked ahead to a speech by U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday at the central bank's annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Some investors hope the Fed will announce new stimulus after the central bank promised earlier this month to keep interest rates near zero for at least two more years, and said it would consider further steps to help growth.

"It's certainly possible that we could see more stimulus, but my worry is that as the week progresses, expectations will be built into the market that could lead to our having another decline if nothing is announced," Slimmon said.

U.S. crude futures rose 2.3 percent on a rebound in equities, and helped lift the S&P energy index .GSPE by 1.2 percent.

But Brent crude fell 1 percent, on expectations Libyan oil exports might resume after the civil war ends. Libyan rebels swept into the heart of Tripoli and met scattered resistance.

Tensions in the Middle East and a spike in oil prices contributed to equity weakness earlier this year.

About 45,000 striking Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) employees were set to go back to work on Tuesday after the company and unions agreed to resume bargaining. Shares of the Dow component rose 1.1 percent to $35.11.
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Default German and Chinese data lift world stocks, euro

(Reuters) - World stocks, the euro and commodity prices advanced on Tuesday after gauges of Chinese and German manufacturing activity were not as weak as some had feared.

Investors took heart from the flash purchasing managers' indexes from Germany and China, which, although showing the factory sector was likely to slow, indicated the motors of the global economy in recent years were still growing robustly.

"Any data that just hints that the world is not ending is going to be well received by the markets," Ian Richards, European equity strategist at RBS, said.

Financial markets have stabilized in the past two sessions after two weeks of turmoil which reignited fears of a new crash to match that of 2008.

World stocks measured by MSCI All-Country World Index advanced 1 percent, though the benchmark is still down more than 12 percent this month.

Europe's FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 1.8 percent, extending the previous session's 0.8 percent rise, while Tokyo's Nikkei average ended 1.2 percent higher.

Some investors were also hoping the U.S. Federal Reserve would flag further stimulus when central bankers gather in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, late this week, a year after Chairman Ben Bernanke launched a second round of government bond buying program, known as quantitative easing, to revive the economy.

"There is also the fact that much of the gains being seen here seem to be coming off the expectation that the Fed will serve up further stimulus measures, possibly as soon as the end of this week," said Cameron Peacock, market analyst at IG Markets.

"Clearly with this being priced in, failure to deliver here will see traders heading for the exits once again."

For now investors seemed to be happy chasing riskier assets after recent sell-off on worries over global economic growth and the euro zone sovereign debt crisis.

The euro was up 0.5 percent at $1.4436 on Tuesday, while the Australian dollar edged 0.9 percent higher to $1.0491.

The dollar was down 0.2 percent at 76.66 yen, still holding above record low of 75.94 yen struck late last week as market players were wary of any yen-selling intervention by Japanese authorities.

Copper gained 1.4 percent to trade above $8,800 a tonne, and crude prices rose 0.5 percent to below $109 a barrel as fighting in Libya continued and in anticipation of a fall in U.S. crude stockpiles.

Nevertheless, gold struck another record high above $1,910 an ounce before slipping 0.7 percent to below $1,900.
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Default Analysis: Casting fears aside, China chases yuan ambitions

(Reuters) - To reach their goal of turning the yuan into a global currency, China's leaders are willing to push for full convertibility and eventually swing open the country's capital account.

That was the apparent message Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang delivered on his visit to Hong Kong last week, when he outlined a series of steps to boost the territory as a place where the yuan can trade with fewer constraints.

The measures, which include allowing foreign investors to buy up to 20 billion yuan ($3.1 billion) of mainland Chinese stocks and bonds, encourage foreign demand for yuan by giving investors more places to invest the currency.

To be sure, a freely convertible yuan isn't right around the corner -- China's leaders face an arduous journey that will involve numerous political and economic pitfalls.

"Things are all going as planned but an international yuan is four or five years away, at the earliest," said Mark Williams from Capital Economics in London. "To say right now how China's future currency regime would look is pure speculation at best."

China has already made significant progress in Hong Kong, its testing ground. The yuan is nearly convertible in that territory.

But, among other steps, China needs to first free its interest rate market, relax investment curbs in its equity and bond markets, and allow investment funds to leave and enter China with ease before the yuan can be made convertible.

Last week's announcements merely add up to another stride in China's long march toward the internationalization of the yuan, a goal that academics predict the country will reach by 2020.

"Li's visit sent a positive message. It set in stone the trend of yuan internationalization," said Zhang Zhiwei, chief China economist at Nomura in Hong Kong.

Having a convertible yuan -- or one that can be readily bought or sold with few restrictions -- is a precondition for Beijing's long-sought goal of promoting the Chinese currency as one used for global trade and investment.

That would burnish China's rising economic prowess and could also help China kick its dollar addiction by staunching a rapid build-up in its dollar reserves.

By encouraging the free trade of the yuan in Hong Kong and creating new channels for that money to flow in and out of the mainland, Beijing is refining a template that could prove valuable once it decides to liberalize the currency more widely.

"It is an important step to develop the offshore yuan market Hong Kong," said Wang Jun, an economist at CCIEE, a government think-tank in Beijing. "The yuan can now go out of mainland China and also flow back."


Even before Standard & Poor's triggered a rout in world financial markets this month by stripping the United States of its top-notch debt rating, Beijing had already made clear it intended to relax its grip on the yuan.

Under the five-year plan unveiled in March, Beijing aims to expand the use of the yuan in international markets and "gradually make the yuan convertible on the capital account."

Its latest actions, including this week's move to let merchants across China settle trades in yuan, shows Beijing is acting on its yuan ambitions as planned, analysts said.

But the unprecedented cut in the U.S. debt rating made the task more urgent, since China keeps an estimated 70 percent of its $3.2 trillion foreign exchange reserves in dollar assets.

In theory, letting the yuan rise sharply would slow the accumulation of foreign exchange reserves, but such a move would threaten the country's export sector.

Enabling China's customers to use yuan to pay for imports is naturally more attractive -- if an American company pays for its shipment of toys in yuan, that transaction wouldn't lead to more dollars being added to China's foreign exchange reserves.

To get to the point where the yuan can be a truly international currency, China wants to use affluent Hong Kong to create a deep and liquid offshore yuan market where investors can trade yuan freely and get decent returns, and use the territory as a test-bed for nurturing global yuan demand and easing capital controls, analysts say.

Beijing is making progress.

The yuan is already fully convertible in Hong Kong, where the pool of yuan deposits is estimated to hit 2-3 trillion yuan in coming years, paving the way for the yuan's full convertibility and setting the benchmark for China's reforms to make the onshore yuan rate more market-driven.

"They will first open up channel between the offshore and onshore yuan market, allow markets forces to find an equilibrium rate for the yuan on the offshore market, and then influence the onshore market," said Chen Xingdong, chief China economist at BNP Paribus in Beijing.

Until then, analysts say it is to early to judge if Beijing would allow a free yuan to emulate the Singapore dollar and trade in a managed float as that depends on how U.S. and European economies recover from their debt in coming years.


Of course, risks abound.

A top concern is that Hong Kong's exploding offshore yuan market may complicate Beijing's fight against inflation by attracting waves of speculative hot money into China.

"Along with increased renminbi convertibility and the opening of the domestic financial market, cross-border capital inflows would increase, posing a challenge to China's financial stability," a group of Chinese officials and researchers said in book on the internationalization of the yuan.

Another worry is that the plan could backfire: rather than shrink, Beijing's foreign exchange reserves might actually balloon.

With few of China's trade partners holding enough yuan on hand to pay for goods, more merchants might use the yuan to pay for Chinese imports than exports, said Mark Williams from Capital Economics.

This leave China's central bank saddled with even more foreign currencies -- mostly dollars.

But China appears willing to try its luck.

"China is building this step by step," said Dong Tao, an economist at Credit Suisse on Hong Kong.

"If you get your currency internationalized, you don't have to keep buying foreign currencies and you will have less reserves."
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Default Gold falls $200 from Tuesday's record high

(Reuters) - Gold tumbled nearly 3 percent on Thursday to more than $200 below Tuesday's record highs, as investors cashed in scorching gains in the precious metal after the CME Group hiked gold trading margins for a second time this month.

Investment appetite for gold has cooled ahead of a widely awaited central bankers' meeting at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as speculation grows over whether or not the Federal Reserve will signal a further round of U.S. monetary easing.

More quantitative easing -- or money printing -- from the Fed could significantly lift gold, but it could have further to correct if no additional action is signaled.

Spot gold was down 1.6 percent at $1,722.50 an ounce at 9:51 a.m. EDT in volatile trade, having earlier touched a low of $1,702.44.

Investors cashed in on gold's latest rally after the yellow metal surged nearly 20 percent in early August to record highs at $1,911.46 an ounce.

Spot prices fell 4.3 percent on Wednesday, their biggest one-day drop since December 2008, after U.S. durable goods data beat expectations. U.S. gold futures also posted their sharpest slide since 1980.

"Gold seemed to be running ahead of where equity markets were pointing to in terms of downside risks -- those markets were stable and gold kept wanting to push higher and higher," said Macquarie analyst Hayden Atkins. "Once we got an upside surprise in data, we saw some of those longs washed out."

Any recovery from these lows will be dependent on what happens in the next few days. "It's not really clear what the Fed's intentions are," said Atkins. "People are waiting and watching."

Holdings of the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, the SPDR Gold Trust, declined by more than 27 tonnes on Wednesday, their biggest one-day outflow since January 25. They have dropped nearly 60 tonnes this week, worth around $3.25 billion at today's prices.

Gold's losses were exacerbated late on Wednesday after the CME Group, the world's largest commodities exchange, raised margins on gold futures by about 27 percent, the biggest hike in more than 2-1/2 years and the second increase in a month.

But the metal's overall uptrend, which has seen it climb more than 20 percent this year, is still intact, analysts said.

"To be convinced you'd seen the top of the market you would have to see more signs of the issues that had lifted gold being resolved, such as the euro zone crisis, and U.S. growth coming back," said Mitsubishi analyst Matthew Turner.

Assets seen as cyclical or higher-risk than gold rose on Thursday as gold declined. European shares climbed after a raft of positive corporate results, oil prices firmed and the euro strengthened against the dollar.

U.S. gold futures for August delivery were down $29.40 an ounce at $1,727.90.


All eyes are now on Jackson Hole. Fed chief Ben Bernanke's speech on Friday is being closely watched for hints of a fresh round of quantitative easing, which some have speculated could be necessary to kick-start growth.

Bernanke is likely to use his speech to acknowledge disappointment over the pace of the recovery and explain how the Fed will tackle sluggish growth.

"It is fair to say that gold should be one of the bigger beneficiaries of another round of quantitative easing; anticipation of such has been a driver of gold's strength recently given worries about financial stability and a deteriorating economic outlook," said UBS in a note.

"That yesterday's U.S. durable good data release surprised on the upside raised a red flag, along with equities trading again in positive territory, and climbing Treasury yields.

"As expectations of what Fed Chairman Bernanke can say at Jackson Hole tomorrow are scaled back, gold should be one of the assets that reacts most," it added. "But there is also a positive aspect to this, in that gold appears to have already discounted disappointment at Jackson Hole."

Among other precious metals, silver was down 0.1 percent at $39.64 an ounce, spot platinum was up 0.1 percent at $1,804.74 an ounce, and spot palladium rose 0.8 percent to $749.50 an ounce.
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Default How much higher can Apple shares go without Jobs?

(Reuters) - As far as investors can see, the outlook for Apple's shares remains as bright as an iPad screen despite the resignation of Steve Jobs, the company's legendary co-founder, as chief executive.

But many investors worry that the outlook for the medium- to long-term has become very cloudy.

Jobs exits as CEO at Apple's high, with revenues having steadily grown each quarter over recent years and analysts expecting a terrific performance in the next holiday season. Shares fell just 0.65 percent on Thursday, withstanding steep falls in the broad market.

But with many equating Jobs' vision with Apple's success, there is a fear that competition will finally gain on the company years down the road.

"In the long term, if Steve Jobs' health deteriorates or if he becomes more disengaged and does not lead the strategic aspect of the company, we will probably cut back our position by half," said Channing Smith, co-manager at Capital Advisors in Tulsa, Oklahoma. "Guys like Jobs don't come very often."

While Apple's product lineup should hold an edge over the competition in the next couple of years, it is the long-term outlook that has investors worried.

"The impact of Steve Jobs' absence will be limited at least for the next two years because all the products that come out during this period will have his finger prints all over," said James Meyer, chief investment officer at Tower Bridge Advisors in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

Even after passing the baton to Tim Cook, Apple's chief operating officer, Jobs will remain on investors' radar. Most still hope that from seat as the company's chairman he will provide guidance on key projects.

But the stock could take a dive if it becomes clear that he is no longer able to contribute to Apple's strategy.

"In the long-run, considering that he is an irreplaceable icon, ... is Tim Cook the man? We don't know," Meyer said.

"We're witnessing a business legend moving toward the exit door. Time only will tell if the company maintains the innovation and the creativity that he put in place there," said Keith Wirtz, chief investment officer at Fifth Third Asset Management, with $16.3 billion in assets.

Wirtz, who like many other fund managers has Apple as one of the largest holdings in its portfolio of large-cap companies -- about 6 percent -- is sticking with his existing commitment to Apple shares. He is betting that Jobs' culture will continue to inspire the company, especially if in his new role as chairman he remains involved in major development projects.

And a number of investors said they'd be more likely to buy shares if the stock stumbled.

David Rolfe, chief investment officer at Wedgewood Partners, said he was buying on the dips for his new Riverpark/Wedgewood Fund.

"It just so happened that we got some cash inflows in the last 24 hours so we have been buying Apple in the fund. If the stock had been hit harder, we would have added to it in our separate accounts as well," he said.

Bank analysts overwhelmingly kept "buy" recommendations on the stock, with price targets ranging from $460 to $525 for the next 12 to 18 months, although many warned of increased volatility risk.

So far, selling Apple's stocks after each of Job's health scares has proved to be a bad investment decision. The stock has taken a hit right after the announcement of each of his three health-related absences, but quickly recovered.

In January 2009, the shares dropped almost 11 percent within the first week after Jobs announced his medical leave, but by end of that month they had more than recovered all their losses.

"This is the lesson for the last seven and a half years because Steve Jobs has been sick or recovering or in remission for all of it: Wall Street cares less about Steve Jobs' health than it does about Apple's health and Apple is healthier than its ever been," said Stephen Coleman, founder of Daedelus Capital LLC, which manages $4 million, 75 percent of which is in Apple.
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Default European shares rise in early trade

(Reuters) - European shares gained in early trade on Monday, tracking a late rally in Wall Street on Friday, as Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke raised hopes for more stimulus for the economy at the U.S. central bank's September meeting.

At 0706 GMT (3:06 a.m. ET), the FTSEurofirst 300 markets/index?symbol=gb%21FTPP">.FTEU3 index of top European shares was up 0.7 percent at 925.81 points, after falling 0.7 percent on Friday. The index has lost more than 17 percent so far in 2011.

Trading volume was set to be lighter, with London markets closed for a holiday.

Heavyweight banks to gain included Credit Suisse (CSGN.VX), Societe Generale (SOGN.PA) and UBS (UBSN.VX), up between 2.9 percent and 3.4 percent.

"It's one of these days when you go back to the underlying valuations of the companies - and say it looks good. We have oversold this market. It's a bounceback from lower prices, not based on anything fundamental. Bernanke has pushed it back to the politicians," Justin Urquhart Stewart, at Seven Investment Management, said.
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Default Global stocks jump; dollar dips on stimulus hopes

(Reuters) - Global stocks jumped almost one percent on Monday while the dollar struggled after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke left the door open for further action to stimulate the U.S. economy and fight unemployment.

World shares .MIWD00000PUS rose 0.9 percent, with Asian markets tracking a strong bounce for Wall Street, which closed up 1 percent following Bernanke's keynote speech in Jackson Hole on Friday.

IMF chief Christine Lagarde also added to market pressure for policymakers to do more to prop up a flagging global economy at the meeting of central bankers, telling officials they must "act now" to save the recovery.

European stocks finance/markets/index?symbol=gb%21FTPP">.FTEU3 also gained, up 0.7 percent, and U.S. stock futures rose around 1 percent after Hurricane Irene, downgraded to tropical storm status, spared the nation's financial center the worst.

London markets are closed on Monday for a holiday.

Bernanke gave no details of further action to boost the U.S. recovery but said the central bank's policy panel would meet for two days next month instead of one to discuss additional monetary stimulus, offering some hope to investors of a move then.

Analysts said a bad run of data before the Fed's meeting may prove crucial.

"The change to a two-day meeting to 'allow a fuller discussion' is something that will likely keep market expectations elevated about the possibility of further monetary policy stimulus," Barclays Capital economist Michael Gapen said in a note to clients.

"Mr Bernanke said the Fed is in a data-dependent mode and there will be many discussions at the two-day FOMC in September."


Both the dollar and euro gained around 1 percent against the Swiss franc, in which investors are now facing negative rates of return following the Swiss National Bank's moves to flood the market with liquidity.

But the possibility of more monetary stimulus in the U.S. kept the dollar broadly under pressure, down 0.3 percent .DXY against a trade-weighted basket of currencies.

Against the yen, the greenback traded at 76.62 yen, recoiling from a recent high around 77.69.

"The fact that Bernanke did not talk about inflation risk has helped equity markets and put pressure on the dollar," said Manuel Oliveri, currency strategist at UBS in Zurich.

"But there is not much more potential for the dollar to sell-off with markets now focusing on FOMC minutes and the U.S. employment report this week," he said.

Debt troubles and political issues on both sides of the Atlantic make monetary policy the only viable short-to-medium-term policy response to slowing growth, said Viktor Shvets, regional strategist at Samsung Securities in Hong Kong.

But following through with another round of bond buying will be harder this time around, some analysts say, citing rising core inflation in the U.S. and a split regarding policy within the Fed as obstacles.

"He (Bernanke) has a much, much harder decision this time," said Jim Walker, founder of Asianomics and former chief economist at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, in a Reuters television interview.

"What he's got to do is convince the dissenting voices in the Fed and there are now three of them that economic growth is so bad that it is time to use even more extraordinary measures," said Walker.

Japan's Nikkei .N225 closed up 0.6 percent on subdued volumes. South Korea's KOSPI .KS11, the Asian market considered to be the most geared to a global economic recovery, jumped more than 3 percent, then cooled to be up 2.8 percent.

MSCI Asia Pacific ex-Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS rose 2.1 percent. It is down 11 percent so far this month in its worst performance since October 2008, reflecting the scale of concern over global growth and its impact on the region's energy and commodity stocks.

Brent crude traded just above $111 on Monday, dipping as oil refiners and terminals along the U.S. east coast weathered the worst of tropical storm Irene, easing fears of fuel supply disruptions.

NYMEX crude for October delivery was up 0.2 percent.
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(Reuters) - Bank of America Corp is selling about half its stake in China Construction Bank for $8.3 billion, in its latest effort to shed assets and boost capital.

A group of investors is buying 13.1 billion CCB shares from Bank of America, with the deal expected to close in the third quarter. The U.S. bank declined to name the investors but two sources said Singapore state fund Temasek was among the buyers.

Bank of America needs to boost capital by some $50 billion in the coming years to meet new global rules, according to multiple analyst estimates.

CCB is the second-largest bank by market value in the world, and Bank of America's ties with the Chinese bank are seen as an important source of future growth, particularly as economic growth in the United States is likely to be tepid for now.

Bank of America's willingness to sell part of its CCB investment as soon as it was contractually able to shows how far it must go to meet new capital requirements, analysts said.

"Bank of America's decision to sell that stake is wrong strategically in the long run, but they need money," said Josef Schuster, founder of Chicago-based IPO research and investment house IPOX Schuster.

The bank has said it can raise the capital it needs through earnings and selling off assets, but a number of investors have expressed concern that the bank will need to issue more common shares.

Those dilution concerns helped push the bank's shares this month to their lowest level in two-and-a-half years. Investors are also concerned about the bank's potential losses from mortgages and related litigation. Bank of America's 2008 purchase of Countrywide has brought it billions of dollars of losses and legal payouts.

Bank of America shares gained 8.1 percent to close at $8.39 on Monday.

A $5 billion investment from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway last week stopped the fall in Bank of America's shares.

For CCB, analysts said the sale helps soothe investor worries about when a sale might take place.

"This removes an uncertainty that's been hanging on China Construction Bank for a while now," said Ivan Li, deputy head of Hong Kong research at Kim Eng Securities.

In the CCB deal, Bank of America sold each share for HK$4.93, an 11 percent discount to the Chinese bank's most recent closing price of HK$5.55.

As lock-up provisions expire on a number of Chinese financial stocks, big investors will have the contractual right to start selling shares. Fears of those transactions have weighed on the sector, along with concerns about the Chinese economy's growth trajectory.


Bank of America will record a $3.3 billion gain in the third quarter as a result of the sale, and a $3.5 billion increase to its core capital under current rules, a spokesman said.

Under proposed Basel III rules, the sale will generate an $8.3 billion gain for Bank of America.

The deal could add 0.3 percent to the bank's core capital until current industry rules and 0.2 percent under proposed Basel III rules, wrote David George, Robert W. Baird & Co bank analyst, in a research note to clients.

For Basel III, the bank's tier one capital levels after the deal are about 5.7 percent, while the bank is targeting somewhere around 6.75 percent or 7 percent by 2013, George said.

In recent weeks, Bank of America has also agreed to sell an $8.6 billion Canadian credit card portfolio to TD Bank Group and is in talks to sell $1 billion of real estate assets to Blackstone Group.

In the last six quarters, Bank of America has generated some $30 billion of proceeds from asset sales.

Fears about the bank's ability to meet its capital requirement have cut the bank's stock price by a third since the beginning of August, including a 20 pct plunge on August 8.


Temasek has a history of buying CCB shares. In November, it bought Bank of America's entitlement to buy 1.79 billion CCB shares in the Chinese bank's rights offering.

The Singapore fund has another link to Bank of America -- Greg Curl, the U.S. bank's former chief risk officer, is now president, overseeing the financial services sector for the fund.

A Temasek spokesman declined to comment.

Before CCB's IPO in 2005, Bank of America paid $3 billion for a 9.9 percent stake in the Chinese bank.

At the time, then Bank of America Chief Executive Kenneth Lewis said the partnership was designed to give the bank increased access to roughly 1.3 billion Chinese consumers, while CCB would benefit from Bank of America's U.S. retail banking experience.

The U.S. bank increased its holdings in following years to 25.6 billion shares, including 23.6 billion that came out of lock-up on August 29. After the share sale, Bank of America will still have about 12.1 billion CCB shares, worth nearly $9 billion.

Last week, CCB President Zhang Jianguo told Reuters the two companies were in talks to extend their current cooperation agreement for another five years.
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