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  • KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 fell 0.7 percent to 4,291.21 in early trading, and Germany's DAX lost 0.5 percent to 9,807.78. Britain's FTSE 100 edged 0.4 percent lower to 6,092.90. ASIA'S DAY: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.3 percent to 16,106.72 as Tokyo resumed trading after the three-day "Golden Week" national holidays.

  • NEW YORK, May 5- U.S. stocks ended steady on Thursday as a mixed quarterly earnings season winds down, but Treasury yields fell to two week lows as investors hedged positions ahead of the monthly U.S. government employment report due on Friday. The U.S. Labor Department's jobs report is forecast to show nonfarm payrolls rose by 202,000 in April while the...

  • TORONTO, May 5- Canada's main stock index ended nearly unchanged on Thursday as gains for gold stocks offset losses for financials, while investors grappled with impact of a massive wildfire that has shut some production in the country's oil sands region. After such a sharp rally "we did need a little bit of consolidation," said John Kinsey, a portfolio manager at...

  • *S&P 500 erases earlier gains. NEW YORK, May 5- U.S. shares erased earlier gains on Thursday after oil prices eased from their highs, removing some support from energy shares and risk appetite, while benchmark Treasury yields hit more than two-week lows ahead of the April U.S. employment report due Friday. U.S. crude prices jumped by more than 5 percent before paring...

  • "The market is starting to struggle a bit," said Karl Setzer, a market analyst at MaxYield Cooperative. At 10:45 a.m. CDT, Chicago Board of Trade soft red winter wheat for July delivery was down 8-1/ 4 cents at $4.63 a bushel. K.C. July hard red winter wheat was 5 cents lower at $4.52-3/ 4 a bushel.

  • *S&P 500 gains after two days of losses. NEW YORK, May 5- U.S. and European stock markets recovered on Thursday after a rebound in oil prices boosted energy shares, with some strong European earnings reports also supporting stocks in the region, while the dollar rose ahead of Friday's U.S. employment data. Oil prices jumped 2 percent as a huge wildfire near Canada's...

  • TORONTO, May 5- Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday, snapping a three-day losing streak as higher oil prices supported energy stocks, while gold stocks also rallied. Gains for the index come one day after it fell to a two-week low of 13,570.02 as a wildfire cut production in Canada's oil sands region. U.S. crude prices rose 3.6 percent to $45.34 a barrel as...

  • NEW YORK— Stocks closed mostly unchanged on Thursday, as an earlier rally in oil prices faded and investors waited for the release of a closely watched jobs report on Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 9.45 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 17,660.71. The Standard& Poor's 500 index fell 0.49 of a point, less than 0.1 percent, to 2,050.63 and the Nasdaq...

  • DEARBORN, Mich.— Ford says it is investing $182 million in a San Francisco software development company called Pivotal. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker says the investment will sharpen its software expertise as it moves toward becoming a mobility company. Ford Motor Co. shares rose 2 cents to $13.33 in morning trading Wednesday.

  • LONDON, May 5- Turkish stocks fell almost 2 percent on Thursday to eight-week lows and default insurance costs surged after the country's prime minister looked set to leave after clashing with President Tayyip Erdogan. Istanbul- listed stocks are track for their biggest weekly drop since December 2013, with losses of more than 8 percent so far, while local 10-...

  • hold@ BUDAPEST, May 5- Shares of Hungarian drug maker Richter fell early on Thursday and underperformed the wider Budapest bourse after it reported a 19 percent fall in first-quarter net profit. Central European currencies were flat or a touch firmer before interest rate decisions in the Czech Republic and Romania, where central banks are expected to keep...

  • KEEPING SCORE: European markets opened modestly higher, with France's CAC 40 up 0.1 percent at 4,328.89 and Germany's DAX up 0.3 percent at 9,858.16. Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.3 percent to 6,132.67. A private survey by the Institute for Supply Management found growth at service economies in April accelerating to its high level this year.

  • U.S. and global stock indexes moved lower a second day Wednesday following a dismal report on job creation that gave investors concern over the state of the economy. The data followed a round of economic news out of China and Europe a day earlier that also suggested sluggish growth. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 99.65 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,651.26.

  • *Europe stocks led lower by miners, Asia closes lower. NEW YORK, May 4- Global equity markets fell for a second straight day on Wednesday on mostly weak economic data while metals prices slipped on renewed concerns of a downturn in global growth. In Europe, surveys indicated that growth in the euro zone will be slow but steady, underscoring concerns about the...

  • *Europe stocks led lower by miners, Asia closes lower. NEW YORK, May 4- Global equity markets fell for a second straight day on Wednesday on mostly weak economic data and metals prices slipped on renewed signs of a downturn in global growth. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange was last bid down 1.0 percent at $4,869.00 a tonne.

  • *Athens outperforms as Morgan Stanley turns bullish. LONDON/ MILAN, May 4 (Reuters)- European stocks fell on Wednesday, hovering near three-week lows, with shares in Dialog Semiconductor slumping after it cut its revenue outlook and BHP Billiton stock dropping on news of a lawsuit filed against it in Brazil. "We may have the odd move higher, but we remain in a...

  • Stocks are closing lower on Wall Street following signs of weakness in the U.S. job market and some disappointing corporate earnings. ConocoPhillips sank 4 percent and Schlumberger fell 2 percent. In earnings news, Priceline plunged 8 percent after releasing disappointing forecasts for the current quarter.

  • politics@ LONDON, May 4- Emerging equities sank to the lowest in almost four weeks and currencies also extended losses on signs of weakening global economic growth while Turkish assets suffered the fallout from rising political tensions. A raft of disappointing data from across the world has halted emerging assets' recent rally: Chinese data showing factory...

  • BUDAPEST/ WARSAW, May 4- The forint eased on Wednesday, bucking a mostly firming regional trend on a renewed bout of selling of Hungarian government bonds after the central bank tempered expectations of further rate cuts. A Budapest- based trader said bond yields had been ticking upwards, with the 2019/ C bond now trading around 1.8 percent, up from Tuesday's fixing...

  • LONDON, May 4- World stocks fell for the second straight day on Wednesday and metals prices declined, pressured by signs of a renewed and prolonged global growth downturn. A deluge of lacklustre manufacturing data from across the world set off this week's selling spree, notably Chinese factory activity shrinking for the 14th straight month, British output at...