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  • LONDON, May 26- European shares were mixed on Thursday, with banks on the back foot following a recent rally while commodity stocks were boosted as Brent crude oil prices hit $50 a barrel for the first time since November. Britain's FTSE 100, France's CAC and Germany's DAX were all 0.1 percent higher. However, oil companies rose 0.6 percent after Brent crude hit $50...

  • LONDON— Stock markets around the world edged higher Thursday as traders interpreted the rise in oil prices to $50 a barrel for the first time this year as a positive sign for the global economy. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.1 percent at 6,271 while France's CAC rose 0.7 percent to 4,511. Germany's DAX continued its rapid ascent, rising 0.7...

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are continuing to climb Wednesday as energy companies rise with the price of oil. Hewlett Packard Enterprise agreed to sell a business to Computer Sciences, and both stocks are jumping. THE QUOTE: "Market participants feel confident that perhaps we're seeing a stabilization of growth overseas," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at...

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks made their biggest gain since March on Tuesday as technology companies like Apple and Microsoft soared. Stocks opened higher following hefty gains in Europe. "A little bit of good data has reminded people that things are actually OK," said David Lefkowitz, senior equity strategist at UBS Wealth Management.

  • Apple and Microsoft each rose about 1 percent in early trading Tuesday. Exxon Mobil fell 1 percent Monday, one of the biggest declines in the Dow Jones industrial average. The price of benchmark U.S. crude oil fell 1 percent to just under $48 a barrel in New York.

  • Asian shares stumbled to near 2-1/ 2- month lows overnight though Europe was in better form as confirmation that Germany's economy had a solid start to the year added to hopes that talks in Brussels will secure an unusually swift aid deal for Greece. Britain's FTSE 100, Germany's DAX and France's CAC climbed 0.8 to 1 percent as even markets like Russia shrugged...

  • TOKYO— European stock markets rose on Tuesday, despite jitters in Asian trading, and the British pound rose as market expectations faded of an exit from the European Union. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 added 1.7 percent to 4,397.39, and Germany's DAX gained 1.5 percent to 9,989.95. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1 percent to 6,197.51.

  • LONDON, May 23- Stocks, oil and yields on government bonds all fell on Monday, reversing some of their recent gains as investors began the week in a cautious mood, still grappling with the possibility that U.S. interest rates could soon be raised. The FTSEuroFirst 300 index of leading shares, Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 all shed around 0.8 percent, and Britain's...

  • Monsanto jumped 4 percent after the German drug and chemical maker Bayer offered to buy the agricultural products company for $62 billion. Exxon Mobil fell 1 percent Monday, one of the biggest declines in the Dow Jones industrial average. The price of benchmark U.S. crude oil fell 1 percent to just under $48 a barrel in New York.

  • LONDON, May 23- Stocks seesawed on Monday while oil, the dollar and bond yields all fell as investors began the week cautious about prospects that U.S. interest rates could soon be raised. The FTSEuroFirst 300 index of leading shares, Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 all fell as much as 1 percent in early trade but then rebounded into positive territory.

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.6 percent, after U.S. shares rallied on Friday, shrugging off growing expectations of further tightening in monetary policy. But Japan's Nikkei stock index ended down 0.5 percent on worrying economic data and reports that Japan's sales tax increase would be implemented after all, quashing...

  • Applied Materials jumped nearly 14 percent after reporting earnings that came in ahead of analysts' forecasts. Interoil jumped over 37 percent after agreeing to be acquired by Oil Search. Applied Materials jumped 13 percent after reporting earnings that came in ahead of analysts' forecasts.

  • NEW YORK— Stocks rose on Friday in a modest but broad rally that erased much of the losses from earlier in the week when investors had sold over fears of rising interest rates. Stocks rose from the start of trading, following sizable gains in Europe. Among the winners, Intel climbed nearly 2 percent and Pfizer closed up 1.1 percent.

  • Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street as traders get used to the idea that the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates next month. Goldman Sachs dropped 3 percent and Boeing fell 2 percent, the biggest declines in the Dow Jones industrial average. Verizon fell 2 percent and AT&T lost 1 percent.

  • KEEPING SCORE: European stocks dropped sharply in early trading, with Germany's DAX shedding 1.6 percent to 9,788.29 and France's CAC 40 falling 0.9 percent to 4,278.98. Britain's FTSE 100 slid 1.5 percent to 6,075.68. Investors are hoping for more insight from Fed officials including Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer and William Dudley, president of the Fed's...

  • *MSCI Asia-ex Japan falls 1 percent. Financial spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 to open down nearly 1 percent, Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 to each pull back 0.6 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 1 percent as the prospect of a second U.S. rate hike in six months raised concerns for emerging markets already...

  • NEW YORK— New signs that interest rates may be heading higher sent stocks flitting between gains and losses Wednesday, but the major indexes ended up closing pretty much where they started. JPMorgan Chase jumped 4 percent and Goldman Sachs climbed 3 percent. "The Fed is clearly in the driver's seat" of the stock market, said Ernie Cecilia, chief investment officer...

  • Shares in Tokyo ceded initial gains from better-than-expected GDP data, and China markets succumbed to a fresh bout of pessimism. Britain's FTSE 100 lost 0.5 percent to 6,136.94. If it does, U.S. rate hikes could be in prospect, " Ric Spooner, chief market analyst for CMC Markets, said in a research note.

  • Stocks closed lower on Wall Street, undoing a rally from the day before. Kraft Heinz dropped 4 percent and Consolidated Edison fell 2 percent. LendingClub plunged another 9 percent after the Department of Justice opened an investigation into the company, which forced out its founder last week.

  • LONDON, May 17- World shares rose on Tuesday as technology giant Apple Inc's biggest rise in over two months and oil's march higher to within sight of $50 a barrel boosted investor demand for riskier assets at the expense of safe-haven bonds. The major European stock markets rose around 1 percent in early trading, following similar gains in Asia after Wall Street...