* China’s manufacturing growth slows

* China plans bond overhaul to fund $6 trillion urbanization

* CEE: green shoots of recovery?

* China moves ahead with North Korea trade zone despite nuclear test

* Brazil container traffic slows

* Hungary’s new central banker: it’s Matolcsy

* Asian PMIs: more bad than good

* Brazil in refinery talks with Sinopec

* EU to investigate Chinese solar-panel glass

* Rumours over Chávez rife in Venezuela

* Huawei dismisses claims over Beijing ties

Markets: mixed

China’s manufacturing growth slows
China’s manufacturing sector grew more slowly in February, according to a survey that suggests the country’s recovery could be slackening.
http://on.ft.com/Xe9KXl

China plans bond overhaul to fund $6 trillion urbanization – sources
China plans major bond market reform to raise the money the ruling Communist Party needs for a 40 trillion yuan ($6.4 trillion) urbanization program to buoy economic growth and close a chasm between the country’s urban rich and rural poor.
http://reut.rs/WkfNen

CEE: green shoots of recovery?
That bumping sound you hear may be the echo of Poland’s economy hitting bottom with new data showing the the economy grew by just 1.1 per cent in the final quarter of the year.
http://on.ft.com/15VwIFM

China moves ahead with North Korea trade zone despite nuclear test
China appears to be pressing ahead with plans to invest in a North Korean free trade zone in a sign that its recent nuclear test has not soured its economic ties with its only major ally.
http://reut.rs/YF5oGr

Brazil container traffic slows
Brazilian container traffic dipped unexpectedly in the final months of last year, raising concerns about the strength of an expected recovery in Latin America’s biggest economy in 2013.
http://on.ft.com/15mu6PT

Hungary’s new central banker: it’s Matolcsy for “stability and predictability”
http://on.ft.com/15VvIS7

Asian PMIs: more bad than good
Time to take the temperature of Asian manufacturing – has the recovery of the last few months been sustained?
http://on.ft.com/YatJVl

Brazil in refinery talks with Sinopec
Brazil’s government is in talks with Sinopec, the Chinese state-owned energy company, to develop refineries in the Latin American country as the authorities look to ease pressure on Petrobras.
http://on.ft.com/WuzY41

EU to investigate Chinese solar-panel glass
The EU has opened an anti-dumping investigation into Chinese-manufactured glass for solar panels, broadening a trade fight with Beijing over renewable energy.
http://on.ft.com/15mv6Ul

Rumours over Chávez rife in Venezuela
Increasing numbers of Venezuelans believe that President Hugo Chávez is dead, despite the government’s insistence that he is recovering from cancer.
http://on.ft.com/13rh4Cn

Huawei dismisses claims over Beijing ties
Huawei has denied that the telecoms group has taken subsidies from the Chinese state as Guo Ping, chief executive and longstanding confidant of founder Ren Zhengfei, stressed the company’s independence in his first interview with foreign media.
http://on.ft.com/Z3qcay

Emerging Markets
MSCI Emerging Market Index down -0.18% at 1,053

Europe
FTSE up -0.48% at 6,331
RTS down -1.70% at 1,508
Warsaw Wig down -0.65% at 45,980
FTSE 300 Eurotop down -0.71% at 1,163

Americas
DJIA down -0.15% at 14,054
S&P 500 down -0.09% at 1,515
Bovespa up +0.26% at 57,424

Asia
Nikkei 225 up +0.41% at 11,606
Topix up +0.89% at 984.33
Hang Seng down -0.61% at 22,880
Shanghai Composite down -0.26% at 2,360
MSCI Asia ex-Japan down -0.12% at 481.34
S&P CNX Nifty Index up +0.47% at 5,720

Currencies
€/$ 1.30 (1.31)
$/¥ 92.83 (92.53)

Commodities
Brent Crude (ICE) down -0.84 at 110.54
Light Crude (Nymex) down -0.94 at 91.11
100 Oz Gold (Comex) down -11.30 at 1,566

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