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Today's News & Views
Emma O'Brien 8:15 PM Asian stocks fell for the first time in four days amid signs of a deepening slowdown in China's economy. Crude declined with copper, while the won strengthened.
Adele Ferguson and Sarah Danckert 10:15 PM An IOOF senior executive received two final warnings for misconduct rather than being dismissed because the first warning had "gone stale".
Sue Mitchell 7:54 PM Dick Smith is taking a leaf out of its rival JB Hi-Fi's book and plans to establish small appliance shop-in-shops under the ConnectedHome brand in about 100 Dick Smith stores.
Tess Ingram 7:50 PM Former White House economic adviser Gene Sperling says he doesn't "buy into the hard landing in China" and thinks China and India will both provide strong demand for minerals over the next decade.
Shaun Drummond 6:29 PM Farmer database company Kisimul Holdings is upping the pressure on Bendigo and Adelaide Bank to allow it to trawl through years of bank board minutes in its bid to prove executives at the bank were complicit in the alleged theft of Kisimul's database by a former executive at Kisimul.
Julie-anne Sprague 6:24 PM The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union says it is likely highly paid workers will walk off the job at Chevron's Gorgon project as part of its push to gain the industry's most attractive work rosters.
Tess Ingram 6:23 PM Rio Tinto has used its first presentation at the Diggers and Dealers conference in eight years to call for collaboration in exploration in order to find the next major mineral discovery in Australia.
Vesna Poljak 6:06 PM The bad news keeps mounting for commodities after the sector was dealt a further blow with weaker than expected China data leaving experts to warn of more production sites to close.
Shaun Drummond 5:36 PM Bank of Queensland is the latest bank to hike its investor home loan rates but it is seeking market share as well as profit by mostly raising rates on existing loans.
James Eyers 5:19 PM More than $600 billion of assets could be managed under a multilateral framework for funds management in Asia within 15 years, says a report by AT Kearney, but competing schemes to liberalise funds management trade in the region must be consolidated before investors and fund managers benefit from the liberalisation.
2:54 PM HSBC reported a 10 per cent increase in earnings for the first half of the year, boosted by bumper profits in Hong Kong.
12:22 PM China's factory activity shrank more than initially estimated in July, dashing hopes that the world's second-largest economy may be steadying.
Sally Rose 12:10 PM The popular claim that Australians need more than $1 million in superannuation to fund a comfortable retirement is a myth that risks undermining the strength of the system, warns a new report.
12:08 PM China's factory activity shrank more than initially estimated in July, contracting by the most in two years as new orders fell and dashing hopes that the world's second-largest economy may be steadying, a private survey showed on Monday.
8:39 AM Greek financial markets reopen on Monday after a five-week suspension as talks continue with creditors on austerity measures and reforms required for a third bailout.
Tess Ingram 7:56 AM The steady fall in commodities and a string of M&A deals targeting Australia has some poised to punt on a resurgence ahead of the annual Diggers and Dealers conference.
6:26 AM What's on this week.
5:54 AM Local shares are poised to open flat on Monday as investors await fresh data on the local economy and position for Tuesday's RBA's rates call.
Colin Kruger, CBD 12:02 AM After all of our grouching last week about Redesign My Tobacco Brand star, Todd Sampson, and his extensive extracurricular activities, CBD was pointed in the direction of a corporate titan who manages to meld his celebrity and work commitments quite nicely.
Simon Evans The wild and woolly ways of doing business in Mongolia have prompted former Foster's chief executive Trevor O'Hoy to resign his board position after three years with APU, the country's largest alcohol group.
Sally Rose Victorian aged-care operator Estia Health has received a boost on news of its latest acquisitions, and analysts are optimistic the company will continue to deliver.
Rose Powell The week ahead for Australian investors will see full year reporting season begin as commodity prices and slowing Chinese growth drive the Australian dollar down further.
Tess Ingram Atlas Iron is hoping the Australian dollar's fresh lows could buy the junior iron ore miner some breathing room on its costs, as it targets breaking even at a headline price of $US50 a tonne by the end of 2015.
Greece may seek €24 billion in a first tranche of bailout aid from international lenders in August to prop up its banks and repay debts falling due at the ECB, a pro-government Greek newspaper said in its early Sunday editions.