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Here are the latest trading levels for Asia's major stock markets: Tokyo (Nikkei Average) down 1.9% (at break) ; Hong Kong (Hang Seng Index) down 1% ; Shanghai (Shanghai Composite Index) up 1% ; Sydney (S&P/ASX 200) down 0.6% ; Seoul (Kospi) down 0.3% ; Taipei (Taiex) up 0.4% Copyright © 2014 MarketWatch, Inc.
Hong Kong stocks saw their opening losses grow Monday morning after the preliminary version of HSBC's monthly Chinese manufacturing index showed its first contraction since May.
China's manufacturing activity appears to be contracting this month for the first time since May, according to HSBC's preliminary or "flash" version of its monthly manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, released Tuesday morning.
Archer Daniels Midland says it has agreed to sell its global cocoa business to Olam International for $1.3 billion.
Losses on Wall Street, gains for the yen, thin-volume volatility -- these are some of the reasons being given for the weakness in Japanese shares Tuesday morning, as the Nikkei Average lost 1.6% to 16,815, falling back below the 17,000 level for the first time since mid November.
Crocs on Monday named one of its directors as CEO, filling a role that has been empty since the end of April.
Australia stocks extended their downhill march Tuesday, as the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.5%, having ended lower in the previous five sessions.
Whirlpool Corp. said late Monday it updated its 2014 outlook to account for recent acquisitions and provided an outlook for 2015.
Coca-Cola said Monday that it expects earnings growth in 2015 in line with this year's gain, which is short of the company's target.
Officials say lava from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is on course to reach a shopping center with a gas station in seven to 10 days.
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Russian central bank has decided to hike its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent, it said in a statement.
Goldman Sachs has signaled it's stepping up its efforts in the fast-growing, $2 trillion U.S. ETF industry.
The Central Bank of Russia has raised its key policy rate to 17%, effective Tuesday, after the ruble fell to a new record low against the dollar during Monday's session, according to reports from Dow Jones Newswires.
Shares of some top insurance companies were down at the close of trading: ACE L fell $1.72 or 1.5 percent, to $111.60.
Shares of some top restaurant companies were mixed at the close of trading: Brinker International Inc. rose $.66 or 1.2 percent, to $56.59.
Shares of some top drugstore companies were down at the close of trading: CVSCaremark fell $.07 or .1 percent, to $89.87.
Shares of some top leisure companies were mixed at the close of trading: Carnival rose $.24 or .6 percent, to $43.19.
Shares of some top construction companies were down at the close of trading: Fluor fell $.21 or .4 percent, to $56.67.
Shares of some top silver companies were down at the close of trading: Hecla Mining Co. fell $.07 or 2.7 percent, to $2.49.