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BUZZ-European earnings watch: movers & shakers

** Some big moves in early European trading following corporate result announcements despite flat to lower moves on the benchmarks. ** Unilever seen down 3 pct following weak Q3 sales as EM continues to ...

Asia stocks hobbled by growth anxiety, China PMI fails to impress

By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares sagged on Thursday after a retreat on Wall Street and falling crude oil prices rekindled investor anxiety over slowing global growth, while a mixed picture on Chinese manufacturing failed to impress markets. Japan's Nikkei share average fell 0.4 percent while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.3 percent. European shares look set to slide, with spreadbetters expecting France's CAC 40 to fall as much as 0.8 percent, Germany's DAX 0.7 percent and Britain's 0.6 percent. ...

Gold steadies above $1,240 as Asian equities slide

A dealer displays gold pendants at a jewellery shop near the Grand Mosque during the annual Haj pilgrimage in MeccaBy A. Ananthalakshmi SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Gold steadied above $1,240 an ounce on Thursday as Asian stock markets weakened, but caution prevailed as the dollar hovered near one-week highs and outflows from bullion funds continued. Asian shares sagged after a retreat on Wall Street and falling crude oil prices rekindled investor anxiety over slowing global growth, while a mixed picture on Chinese manufacturing failed to impress markets.


MIDEAST STOCKS-Global retreat may undermine region's rebound

DUBAI, Oct 23 (Reuters) - A fresh decline in U.S. and Asian equities and global oil prices may take the steam out of Middle Eastern stock markets' rally on Thursday, offsetting the positive effect of generally strong earnings reported this week. Asian shares sagged on Thursday after a retreat on Wall Street and falling crude oil rekindled investor anxiety over slowing global growth. Brent crude fell for a second session running, hitting a one-week low just above $84 a barrel as a sharp rise in U.S. crude inventories reinforced oversupply concerns. ...

Takata shares drop on report of US air bag probe

A crash-test dummy at Takata's crash-testing facility on August 19, 2010 in Auburn Hills, MichiganShares in Japanese auto parts maker Takata sank 5.57 percent Thursday morning following on a report that US justice officials are investigating the firm over an air bag defect that may have killed several drivers. The firm fell to 1,592 yen ($15) by the break in Tokyo, after plunging 22 percent on Tuesday following an earlier air bag safety warning. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that federal prosecutors in New York are probing whether Takata made misleading statements about the safety of its bags to US regulators. According to the New York Times, at least 139 injuries have been linked to Takata air bags, including 37 reported as exploding.


TPG Capital-backed China Grand Auto halts up to $800 mln HK IPO-IFR

HONG KONG, Oct 23 (Reuters) - China Grand AutomotiveServices, the country's largest car dealership, has decided toput on hold an up to $800 million Hong Kong initial publicoffering, IFR reported on Thursday, citing a source with directknowledge of the plans. China Grand Auto, backed by private equity firm TPG Capital, won't launch the IPO in 2014 and is also consideringwhether to list in China's domestic stock market instead, addedIFR, a Thomson Reuters publication. ...

Asia stocks hobbled by growth woes, China PMI fails to impress

Pedestrians look at an electronic board showing the stock market indices of various countries outside a brokerage in TokyoBy Hideyuki Sano TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares sagged on Thursday after a retreat on Wall Street and falling crude oil prices rekindled investor anxiety over slowing global growth, while a mixed picture on Chinese manufacturing failed to impress markets. Japan's Nikkei share average fell 0.5 percent while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.2 percent.


Auckland Airport confirms flat earnings

Auckland International Airport's chairman expects this year's underlying net profit to be broadly in line with last financial year.
 
 
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