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Asia shares slip for seventh session, bonds well bid

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SYDNEY Asian shares slipped for a seventh straight session on Thursday as mixed economic data did nothing to assuage concerns about global growth, keeping sovereign bonds well supported as a hedge against deflation risks.

Oil jumps on Canadian wildfire near oil sands fields, Libyan fighting

SINGAPORE Oil prices jumped on Thursday as a huge wildfire in Canada disrupted its oil sands production, while escalating fighting in Libya threatened the North African nation's output.

5:59am BST

China April services sector expansion slows, employment rebounds: Caixin PMI

BEIJING - Activity in China's service sector expanded again in April, though the gains were slightly less robust than in March, a private survey showed on Thursday, as firms resumed adding staff after a rare decline the previous month.

3:21am BST

Long list of China high-yield issuers due to make May debt payments

SHANGHAI A long list of high-yield bond issuers are due to make debt payments in May in the $8 trillion market, which is pricing in increasing risks following an unprecedented number of defaults this year.

2:50am BST

Yen takes a step back, Australian dollar edges higher

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE The yen showed signs of fatigue on Thursday after stepping back from recent peaks, while the greenback was supported by optimism the U.S. economy could bounce back after nearly stalling in the first quarter.

6:23am BST

Strong U.S. services sector data buoys economic outlook

WASHINGTON The U.S. services sector expanded in April as new orders and employment accelerated, bolstering views that economic growth would rebound after almost stalling in the first quarter.

04 May 2016
World Markets

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on May 5

May 5 Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up by 25 points, or 0.4 percent, on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on * The UK blue chip index closed down 73.57 points, or 1.2 percent, at 6,112.02 points on Wednesday, as basic resources stocks extended the previous day's losses and retailers came under pressure. * SABMILLER: Australia's antitrust regulator on Thursday cleared beer giant Anheus

US STOCKS-Futures edge up ahead of manufacturing data

May 2 U.S. stock index futures were marginally higher on the first trading day of the month on Monday as investors await manufacturing data to further assess the health of the world's largest economy.

European Factors to Watch-European equity futures rise

LONDON, May 5 European equity futures rose on Thursday, marking a slight stabilisation after sharp falls on the region's stock markets in previous sessions that had pushed a key index down to its lowest level in nearly four weeks.

Nikkei tumbles to near 3-week low on stronger yen

TOKYO, May 2 Japanese stock indexes tumbled to near a three-week low on Monday after the yen hit a fresh 18-month high against the dollar, hurting the profit outlook for exporters and other shares that benefit from a weaker yen.

China stocks dip on growth concerns; Hong Kong tracks Wall Street lower

* Shares of China carriers jump on govt pledge to open airspace

5:51am BST
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