TRUMPING LEAD: The Trump Towers building in Istanbul. US billionaire Donald Trump leads all fellow Republicans in the 2016 presidential race, but Hillary Clinton and other Democrats trump him in head-to-head matchups. (Ozan Kose, AFP)
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Greek manufacturing activity in July plunged to the lowest level on records going back 16 years, due to a dive in new orders and a three-week bank shutdown.
China's factory activity has shrunk more than estimated in July, contracting by the most in two years as new orders fell, dashing hopes of a steadying economy.
Unless next week's payrolls report is an outlier, investors should expect a constant directionless market, keeping the S&P 500 trading in place for most of the year.
Asian markets have mostly fallen as China shares were dragged down by poor manufacturing figures and investors followed a drop on Wall Street.
Oil prices have fallen in Asia on persistent concerns about the global supply glut after OPEC's indication that it will not budge from its current lofty output levels.
As Croatia gears up for exploration of oil and gas in the Adriatic sea, green groups have raised concerns about the environment and economy of the tourism-dependant country.
Tour operators blame the latest drop in visitor numbers on mass cancellations that followed a month-long Air Madagascar strike that has grounded all internal flights.
US oil giants Chevron and ExxonMobil have signaled further belt-tightening ahead as the industry responds to lower oil prices.