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China's stocks tumbled as some of the largest brokerages disclosed regulatory probes, the nation's industrial profits fell and two companies flagged bond payment difficulties.
European equities are expected to open lower on Friday as investors mull the idea of more stimulus from the European Central Bank (ECB) when it meets next week and digest the latest lackluster data from Asia.
SEOUL Crude oil futures fell on Friday with losses this month standing at over 8 percent, hurt by disappointing Chinese economic data and worries over a supply glut.
The Financial Conduct Authority said Barclays rushed through a huge 1.88-billion pounds transaction in order to secure fees from a number of very rich customers.