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COLUMN-Weak China PMIs won't automatically lower commodity imports: Russell

LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 1- China's various purchasing managers' indexes gather significant attention as indicators of the health of the world's second-biggest economy, but they are less useful as a predictor of commodity imports. The drop below the 50- level that separates expansion from contraction will be viewed as another sign that China is...
Source: Reuters
Financials ripe for picking?  

Bill Stone, Chief Investment Strategist, PNC Asset Management Group, looks at the best bets in financials, including Bank of America. With Jason Goldberg, Barclays.
Source: CNBC.com
Asian LNG price faces steep fall as perfect storm brews

SINGAPORE, Aug 31- Asian liquefied natural gas prices could fall a further 25 percent in coming months as new supply, falling demand and weaker oil prices put it on par with iron ore and coal as the worst performing commodity of recent years. Asia's LNG market has already fared worse than slumping oil markets, with spot prices down 60 percent since 2014 to $8 per...
Source: Reuters | By: Henning Gloystein and Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen
UPDATE 2-ECB faces inflation headache even as lending bounces

*Oil price slump, China bear down on inflation. FRANKFURT, Aug 27- Lending to euro zone firms grew at the fastest pace since early 2012 last month but the European Central Bank may still come under pressure to ramp up its stimulus measures as falling oil prices and a slowdown in China curb inflation. "The ECB's growth expectations for next year are too high," said Joerg...
Source: Reuters | By: Francesco Canepa and Balazs Koranyi
COLUMN-Worried about China? Ask a metals trader: Andy Home

LONDON, Aug 26- Everyone's worried about China. But while the rest of the world seems shocked that all is not as it should be in the industrial powerhouse that is China, metal traders have been grappling all year with the implications of a Chinese slowdown. Right now sentiment is king across all markets with fear and panic breeding more fear and panic, but industrial...
Source: Reuters | By: Andy Home
UPDATE 2-ECB's economist says bank will act to combat China, oil impact on inflation target

MANNHEIM, Germany, Aug 26- The risk has increased that the European Central Bank won't get inflation back up to where it wants, the bank's chief economist said on Wednesday, pledging to beef up its anti-deflation asset-buying program if necessary. Peter Praet, who is also a member of the ECB's executive board, told reporters on the sidelines of a conference in...
Source: Reuters | By: Balazs Koranyi and Francesco Canepa
COLUMN-BHP downgrades China steel forecast but keeps iron ore strategy: Russell

--Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. The scaling back of BHP's China steel forecast leaves Sam Walsh, the chief executive of rival Rio Tinto, as one of the last holdouts for a peak above 1 billion tonnes. Walsh is starting to cut a lonely figure when it comes to China's peak steel, with the market consensus increasingly swinging behind the view of the China Iron&...
Source: Reuters
China's top steel producer Baosteel ekes out first-half profit

SHANGHAI, Aug 24- Baoshan Iron& Steel, China's biggest listed steel company, reported a modest increase in first-half profit on Monday, citing easing demand in its domestic market. China's steel sector is grappling with chronic overcapacity, tougher environmental measures and an economic slowdown that is hitting demand for industrial metals.
Source: Reuters
COLUMN-Commodity rout unlike 2008 recession, no China to the rescue: Russell

LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 24- With the prices of many major commodities currently plumbing depths last seen six years ago, what are the chances of a repeat of the China- led boom that lifted resources out of the 2008 recession funk? So far it has dropped about 52 percent from the last year's peak in June to the close of $45.46 a barrel on Aug. 21. Benchmark London copper...
Source: Reuters
COMMODITIES-Markets tumble as China weakness spreads

*Solar stocks tumble along with China's share rout. SINGAPORE, Aug 24- Commodities markets tumbled in Asia on Monday as fears spread that a more severe slowdown in China would pull down other economies in the region, denting energy and raw material consumption. The weak sentiment in Asia hit oil, the dominant fuel for transportation and the most traded commodity.
Source: Reuters | By: Henning Gloystein