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  • March 26- Hong Kong shares finished lower on Thursday in line with most Asian markets, which dropped due to tension in the Middle East and losses on Wall Street. But oil giants CNOOC and PetroChina bucked the trend, rising 1.5 percent and 0.9 percent respectively, as oil prices shot up nearly 6 percent after Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab allies started air strikes...

  • China, Hong Kong stocks edge up as energy shares jump Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:54 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, March 26- Shares in China and Hong Kong edged higher on Thursday as oil prices bounced, pushing up energy shares. Oil companies including PetroChina, and Offshore Oil Engineering rose, while China CNR Corp and CSR Corp Ltd surged on expectations of imminent merger of the two train-making giants. "After consecutive sessions of rises, fluctuations are...

  • *Asia under pressure as tech stocks drag on Wall St. *Oil up as Saudi Arabia launches military strikes on Yemen rebels. A dearth of economic data in Asia meant the path of least resistance was lower and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.5 percent.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares slip as soft US data dims mood Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:55 PM ET

    *Asia under pressure as tech stocks drag on Wall St. SYDNEY, March 26- Asian shares slipped on Thursday as losses on Wall Street and soft U.S. economic data soured sentiment, while the dollar's bull run looked to have stalled for the time being. A dearth of economic data in Asia meant the path of least resistance was lower and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific...

  • March 25- Red Hat Inc, the world's largest commercial distributor of the Linux operating system, reported revenue and profit that beat estimates, as the company benefits from higher demand for open-source software and its cloud-based products. Shares of Red Hat, whose customers include Adobe Systems Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, rose 4.5 percent in...

  • ARM leads fallers as FTSE drops away from record high Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:03 PM ET

    *Blue-chip FTSE 100 index falls 0.4 percent. *Barclays falls after downgrade by Investec. LONDON, March 25- Britain's leading share index gave up early gains on Wednesday, led down by a late drop in chip designer ARM and a fall in Barclays after a broker downgraded the stock.

  • What the Kraft-Heinz deal means for food mergers Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 12:01 PM ET
    Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and Heinz Tomato Ketchup

    The merger of Kraft and Heinz could pave the way for future food mergers, but dealmaking will likely dip in the near term, analysts tell CNBC.

  • Heinz Co, owned by 3 G Capital and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, is acquiring a majority stake in Kraft Foods Group Inc to create the third-largest North American food company, executives said on Wednesday. Shares of Kraft were up more than 38 percent near $85 in morning trading. The deal would provide Heinz with access to Kraft brands, which it says are...

  • March 25- Hong Kong shares ended mixed on Wednesday, with real estate shares rebounding but shares of most major Chinese companies falling in line with losses in mainland markets. Most Chinese banks listed in Hong Kong fell, after the Agricultural Bank of China Ltd late on Tuesday reported a 4 percent dip in fourth-quarter profit and a spike in bad loans as...

  • *Eisai drops on after soaring 32 pct over the last 2 days. TOKYO, March 25- Japan's Nikkei share average edged down on Wednesday morning in choppy trade as U.S. shares languished, but losses were limited by investor appetite for stocks before they go ex-dividend later this week. Outperforming the market was Santen Pharmaceutical Co, which jumped as high as 9.2...

  • Merck increases share buyback program by $10 bln Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 5:24 PM ET

    March 24- Drugmaker Merck Inc said its board authorized an additional share repurchase of up to $10 billion of the company's common stock. The total outstanding share repurchase authorization is now about $11.7 billion, the company said on Tuesday. Shares of the company, which has a market capitalization of about $166 billion, were up 1.39 percent at $59.45 in...

  • UPDATE 5-Google poaches Morgan Stanley's CFO Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 1:11 PM ET

    *Google shares up 2.5 pct. March 24- Google Inc said it hired Ruth Porat, chief financial officer at Morgan Stanley, as its own finance chief, a move signaling that the search engine company may be looking to bear down on fast growing expenses. Porat has helped execute a sweeping cost-cutting strategy across several business lines at Morgan Stanley.

  • March 24- Morgan Stanley Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat is leaving the bank to join Google Inc in the same position, the companies said on Tuesday. Jonathan Pruzan, co-head of Morgan Stanley's global financial institutions group in investment banking, will become CFO after Porat leaves on April 30. Google shares were up about 1 percent at $571 in premarket...

  • US STOCKS-Futures tick up ahead of data Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 7:34 AM ET

    *Whiting Petroleum shares tumble after share, note offering. Shortly after the opening bell on Wall Street, Markit's preliminary gauge of factory activity this month is due. *Whiting Petroleum Corp fell 13 percent in premarket trading after North Dakota's largest oil producer announced an offering of 35 million shares and a $1.75 billion mix of notes and...

  • European shares slip after poor Chinese factory data Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 4:08 AM ET

    PARIS, March 24- European shares fell in early trade on Tuesday, adding to the previous session's retreat after data showed Chinese factory activity unexpectedly skidded to an 11- month low, signalling weakness in the world's second biggest economy. At 0804 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.4 percent at 1,593.80 points, after...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., March 23- Whiting Petroleum Corp, the largest North Dakota oil producer, said on Monday it would sell 35 million shares of common stock to help cull its $5.63 billion debt load. JPMorgan is running the company's stock offering. Shares of Whiting fell 9 percent to $34.88 in after-hours trading after the offering was announced.

  • *Pirelli rises after takeover bid from ChemChina. LONDON, March 23- European shares slipped from multi-year highs on Monday, with car stocks hurt by a rise in the euro and lingering worries over Greece leading investors to book profits. Traders said that lingering uncertainty over Greece was also pegging back European stock markets.

  • That was fast: Richard Fisher's new gig after Fed Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 7:56 AM ET
    Richard Fisher

    Richard Fisher, who stepped down from the Fed on Thursday, is now serving on the board of this company.

  • European shares slip from 7-1/2 year high Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 5:06 AM ET

    *Pirelli rises after takeover bid from ChemChina. PARIS, March 23- European shares slipped on Monday, taking a breather following recent sharp gains, while shares in Pirelli rose 3.5 percent after China National Chemical Corp agreed to buy the tyre maker in a 7.1 billion euro deal. The acquisition, agreed with Pirelli shareholders on Sunday, will see state-owned...

  • MUMBAI, March 23- Shares in India's Jindal Steel and Power Ltd were heading towards their biggest daily loss in almost two years on Monday, hit by concerns over the company's ability to feed its power plants after the rejection of its bids for three coal mines auctioned by the government. Stocks of the company, controlled by former lawmaker Naveen Jindal, fell as...