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  • NEW YORK— Stocks ended a quiet day slightly lower on Monday as investors sat on the sidelines waiting for more clues about whether the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates next month. Roughly 3 billion shares traded hands on the New York Stock Exchange, making it one of the slowest trading days so far this year. "Very quiet today," Ryan Larson, head of U.S. equity...

  • LONDON, May 23- Britain's top share index edged lower on Monday, with a drop in the prices of crude oil and industrial metals putting pressure on commodities-related stocks. The UK energy index dropped 1.1 percent as the oil price fell for a fourth consecutive session after Iran insisted it would not freeze crude output, returning investor attention to a global...

  • *Cost of insuring Greece against default tumbles. LONDON, May 23- Greek government borrowing costs fell to a six-month low on Monday after Athens agreed a series of reforms that should pave the way for an agreement on bailout loans and debt relief talks this week. "It seems to all be falling into place for Greece," Commerzbank strategist Rainer Guntermann said.

  • *Athens market up on new Greek govt reforms. LONDON, May 23- The Greek bourse outperformed weaker European stock markets on Monday, after Athens agreed a series of reforms that should pave the way for an agreement on bailout loans and debt relief talks. "The unlocking of more emergency loans for Greece has given some reassurance to investors concerning the country,"...

  • MILAN, May 23- Shares in Fiat Chrysler fell more than 5 percent on Monday after Germany's Bild newspaper reported that the carmaker could be prohibited from selling cars in Germany if evidence of disregard of emissions rules was found. Germany began testing vehicles of several carmakers in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal that engulfed Volkswagen,...

  • 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.

  • MILAN, May 23- European shares inched higher on Monday, helped by gains in tech and healthcare stocks, but Fiat Chrysler slumped on a report raising emissions issues and Bayer dropped after making an offer for Monsanto. Fiat Chrysler fell 3.7 percent, making it the top loser on the FTSEurofirst, after Bild am Sonntag newspaper said the carmaker could be prohibited...

  • *Cost of insuring Greece against default tumbles. LONDON, May 23- Greek government borrowing costs fell to a six-month low on Monday after Athens agreed a series of reforms that should pave the way for an agreement on bailout loans and debt relief talks this week. Lawmakers in Athens approved a series of measures including tax increases and a contingency...

  • KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index shed 0.5 percent to 16,657.72, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.1 percent to 5,344.40. Seoul's Kospi added 0.3 percent to 1,953.00 and benchmarks in Taiwan, Indonesia and the Philippines also advanced. ANALYST'S TAKE: Lew's message to Aso, the second time Washington has warned Tokyo against trying to intervene in...

  • NEW YORK— Saturday is the one-year anniversary of the stock market's record high. And no, you didn't miss the party, because no one seems to be in the mood to celebrate. More gains may be on the way, strategists along Wall Street say, though the forecasts are largely for only modest gains, and rocky ones at that.

  • TORONTO, May 20- Canada's main stock index rose on Friday as financials and energy led broad-based gains, helped by a global rally in stocks as the negative impact of Federal Reserve rate hike speculation faded. A relief rally globally gave Canada's market a lift after stocks were pressured by hawkish Fed minutes earlier this week, said Matt Skipp, president of...

  • NEW YORK, May 20- Global equity markets rose on Friday as investors took in stride the possibility the Federal Reserve may hike interest rates in June, a view that helped U.S. bond yields to rise and lifted the dollar to a third straight week of gains. Wall Street was higher, following gains in Europe, with the S&P financial sector index rising 0.66 percent as recent...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, May 20- Gold edged lower on Friday for the third straight session and notched its biggest weekly slide in nearly two months on growing expectations for an increase in U.S. interest rates as soon as next month. U.S. gold futures for June delivery settled down $1.90 at $1,252.90. "Those minutes from the last FOMC meeting I think really gave quite a bit of...

  • G7 finance ministers meeting begins in Sendai, Japan. LONDON, May 20- The dollar cruised to its third straight week of gains on Friday as stock and commodity markets showed signs that they might be able to manage another U.S. interest rate hike in the coming months. The dollar, a dominant force in markets this week, was keeping close to two-month highs after it had...

  • LONDON, May 20- Gold edged higher on Friday after two days of losses but remained on track for its biggest weekly slide in nearly two months on growing expectations of an increase in U.S. interest rates as soon as next month. Spot gold was up 0.2 percent at $1,256.70 an ounce at 0906 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for June delivery gained $2.90 to $1,257.70.

  • *FTSE 100 up 1.5 pct. LONDON, May 20- UK shares rose on Friday, set for their biggest daily gain in more than a month after a rise in bottling company Coca-Cola HBC and a rally in mining stocks. Miners were the top sectoral gainers, with the FTSE 350 Mining index rising 2.8 percent as metals prices firmed, with copper supported by signs of more demand in China as local...

  • 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.

  • *Fed minutes help revive prospects of a near-term rate hike. NEW YORK, May 19- Stocks around the world sold off on Thursday, while the U.S. dollar gained, pressuring oil and other commodities, as investors absorbed the possibility that the U.S. Speaking on Thursday, New York Fed President William Dudley said the U.S. economy could be strong enough to warrant an...

  • *FTSEurofirst index falls 1.2 pct. MILAN/ LONDON, May 19- European shares fell on Thursday as weaker oil and metals prices put pressure on commodities stocks and concern mounted that U.S. interest rates would be raised soon. "This more-than-expected hawkish tone from the minutes is sending European shares lower," Market Securities' chief European strategist,...

  • NEW YORK, May 19- Stocks around the world sold off on Thursday, while the U.S. dollar gained, pressuring oil prices, as increased expectations that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates in the near term rippled through financial markets. Speaking on Thursday, New York Fed President William Dudley said the Fed is on track for a U.S. rate hike in June or July.