High-tech Barbie Doll: A woman photographs a wall of Barbie dolls in the Mattel display at the annual Toy Fair in New York. The "intelligent" connected Barbie will allow children to speak and get response from their favourite toy. (Stan Honda, AFP)
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A UK manufacturing gauge has fallen more than economists forecast, while still signaling solid growth after reaching a 16-month high the previous month.
European equities have traded at a three-month high, with Britain’s lenders rallying after passing stress-test results.
China’s central bank has stepped up cash injections via open-market operations as a resumption of new share sales drove demand for funds.
Chinese stocks have risen as property companies rallied the most in three months on speculation the government will loosen monetary policy.
China's factory activity has weakened further in the latest sign of a growth slowdown, but analysts say the yuan's inclusion was a sign of confidence.
The euro’s worst year in a decade is looking even grimmer after the Chinese yuan’s inclusion in the International Monetary Fund’s basket of reserve currencies.
Oil prices have risen in Asia, three days before an OPEC meeting in which the cartel is expected to maintain high output levels despite a global supply glut.
The dollar has fallen against the yen and other emerging Asian currencies as investors turned cautious and markets increasingly price in a long-awaited US interest rate hike.