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    * Gold snaps 3-day losing streak, but still below $1,200. * Traders await direction from U.S. data, including payrolls. * Physical premiums in China edge higher. By Jan Harvey. Gold rose on Monday as prices rebounded from the previous session's six-week low, but remained under pressure as the dollar firmed and buyers remained cautious on the timing of a U.S. interest rate hike.

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    * Euro zone indexes bounce after estimate beating German data. * Syngenta gains on M&A report. * UK market closed. By Atul Prakash and Francesco Canepa. European shares advanced in thin trade on Monday, boosted by better-than-expected German manufacturing data and merger and acquisition speculation about chemicals companies.

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    * Dollar continues modest rebound. * Cost of sterling volatility protection spikes ahead of election. * Swedish crown jumps on manufacturing PMI. * Aussie sags before RBA policy meeting on Tuesday. By Jemima Kelly.

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    By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch, Biman Mukherji. Oil prices shook off a downbeat manufacturing survey out of China on Monday and pushed higher as U.S. trading hours neared, with levels for Brent and West Texas Intermediate crude oil hovering just below multi-month highs. Prices slipped initially in Asia after China's HSBC purchasing managers index, a widely-tracked gauge of manufacturing activity, fell in April.

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    By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch, Josie Cox. European stocks rose Monday, recovering from one of the worst weeks in months, supported by robust manufacturing data across the region. Having opened the session lower, Germany's DAX 30 and France's CAC 40 were trading 0.9% and 0.4% higher by midmorning, helping the Stoxx Europe 600 to a 0.5% gain, after figures showed that the eurozone's manufacturing sector expanded again in April.

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    Shares in Syngenta (SYT) have risen 8% after a media report said that U.S. seed company Monsanto (MON) has approached its Swiss rival about a potential takeover. Monsanto (MON) has drawn up plans to sell off parts of the combined business, to avoid the antitrust issues that derailed earlier negotiations with Syngenta (SYT), Bloomberg News reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. The Swiss index was closed alongside other European markets on Friday, so no trading was available...

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    The calm on global financial markets masks a growing threat to their smooth functioning should shrinking liquidity morph into an outright crunch in response to a U.S. interest rate rise or some other shock. The price of German 10-year government bonds plunged this week, triggering the biggest rise in yield in over two years.

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    * Germany's DAX share index up 0.8 pct. * Syngenta gains on M&A report. * UK market closed. By Atul Prakash. Germany's benchmark share index climbed higher in morning trading on Monday after a survey showed that German manufacturing continued to expand.

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    Shanghai Composite and Hang Seng reopen after holiday. China shares closed higher Monday, recovering from an early fall after a reading of the country's manufacturing activity slowed more sharply than initially expected, a further sign the economy is flagging. The Shanghai Composite Index finished up 0.9% at 4,480.46, while the Hang Seng Index was flat at 28,123.82.

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    Investors are increasingly concerned about stock valuations both at home and abroad, as well as feeling fearful that market correction is due. Now, in addition to myriad concerns about U.S. stocks, there are signs that other markets may be in for trouble-- particularly after investors have been so eager to pump up markets such as Europe and China for fear of buying a top in U.S. stocks. Consider the latest Morningstar Market Observer report, which indicates investors have bid up China...

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    * Dollar index adds to modest gains. * Aussie sags before RBA policy meeting on Tuesday. * Sterling weak as UK general election approaches. By Jemima Kelly. The dollar added to tenuous gains on Monday after staging a modest comeback from a two-week decline on Friday, as data suggested that the U.S. economy might be stabilising after a recent soft patch.

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    Germany's DAX share index climbed higher on Monday, catching up with gains in the U.S. market and with investors focusing on European PMI numbers due later in the day. At 0713 GMT, the DAX index was up 0.52 percent, but France's CAC was down 0.18 percent.

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    LONDON, May 4 (Reuters) - Financial spreadbetters predicted Germany's DAX to open around 39 points higher, or up 0.36 percent, and France's CAC 40 to gain about 24 points, or 0.16 percent, on Monday. Major European markets, including German and French stock exchanges, were closed on Friday for the May Day Holiday. The UK market, which was open on Friday, is shut for business on Monday. EUROPEAN COMPANIES REPORTING: Q1 2015 Banco Comercial Portugues SA Earnings Release Q1 2015 Luxottica Group SpA Earnings Release Q1 2015 Audi AG Earnings Release Q1 2015 Banca Generali SpA Earnings Release U.S. COMPANIES REPORTING : Q1 2015 Cognizant Technology Solutions Q1 2015 Dun & Bradstreet Corp Q1 2015 Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc Q1 2015 Cimarex Energy Co MACROECONOMIC DATA/EVENTS (GMT) : CH Manufacturing IT Mfg PMI FR Mfg PMI DE Mfg PMI EZ Mfg PMI US ISM-New York Index US Durable Goods ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MARKET SNAPSHOT AT 0521 GMT: LAST PCT CHG NET CHG S&P 500 2,108.29 1.09 % 22.78 NIKKEI 19531.63 0.06 % 11.62 MSCI ASIA EX-JP 514.44 0.26 % 1.35 EUR/USD 1.1191 -0.06 % -0.0007 USD/JPY 120.07 -0.07 % -0.0900 10-YR US TSY YLD 2.112 -- -0.01 10-YR BUND YLD 0.357 -- -0.01 SPOT GOLD $1,183.36 0.45 % $5.26 US CRUDE $59.19 0.07 % 0.04 (Reporting by Atul Prakash)

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    Here are the latest trading levels for Asia's major stock markets: Tokyo closed for holiday; Hong Kong up 0.4%; Shanghai up 1%; Sydney up 0.1%; Seoul up 0.3%; Mumbai up 1.1%; Taipei up 0.4%.

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    * Dollar index holds steady, stays above 2-mth low. * Aussie sags ahead of RBA policy meeting on Tuesday. * Weak China HSBC PMI also weighs on Australian dollar. * Sterling nurses losses, May 7 election in focus. By Masayuki Kitano and Ian Chua.

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    Hong Kong stocks struggled to keep their head above water Monday morning after HSBC's final version of its Chinese manufacturing index showed the biggest fall in a year. The Hang Seng Index gave up opening gains and was down 0.3% half an hour into trading. The mainland-China-tracking Hang Seng China Enterprises Index inched down 0.1%.

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    HONG KONG-- Investors continue to overlook China's weakening economy in the belief that Beijing will "do what it takes" to restore growth. But the Chinese economy is stubbornly refusing to react to stimulus efforts, and an increasingly overvalued currency may be to blame. Last week, Beijing inadvertently put the yuan in the spotlight after speculation that the People's Bank of China might become the latest central bank to resort to taking out the big bazooka of quantitative easing.