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  • With Japan on holiday, speculators drove the yen through 107.00 per dollar for the first time since October 2014. Often seen as a sign of broader risk aversion among investors, the move coupled with a decline on Wall Street overnight to pushed Asian and European stocks into the red. U.S. futures pointed to a lower open on Wall Street.

  • Biotech drugmaker Gilead Sciences said its results were hurt by big discounts and rebates on its costly hepatitis C medicines, and its stock lost $8.52, or 8.8 percent, to $88.48. Rival biotech giant Amgen reported relatively solid results, but fell $2.59, or 1.6 percent, to $157.97. Health insurer Molina Healthcare slashed its full-year guidance because of...

  • *Anglo American leads miners higher. LONDON, April 28- Britain's top share index steadied on Thursday after a rally in miner Anglo American, although a drop in financial stocks kept the market under pressure. The UK mining sector was up 3.4 percent, the top sectoral gainer, led higher by an 8 percent surge in Anglo American.

  • LONDON, April 28- Anglo American has agreed to sell its niobium and phosphates businesses in Brazil to China Molybdenum for $1.5 billion in cash, it said on Thursday, as it seeks to cut debt in a radical restructuring of the global mining group. Anglo American shares rose more than 3 percent in early trade as analysts said the price was higher than expected and boded...

  • *FTSE down around 1 pct. LONDON, April 28- Britain's top share index fell on Thursday after a sharp drop in Lloyds pulled financial stocks lower, while global equities were also dented by the Bank of Japan's unexpected move to snub further monetary stimulus. The FTSE was also hit after global stock markets in general were impacted by the Bank of Japan's decision to...

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks took their biggest loss in three weeks on Thursday after a late sell-off. Tech stocks, which rose early on thanks to earnings gains from Facebook and PayPal, slumped after billionaire investor Carl Icahn disclosed that he'd sold his stake in Apple. Investors were surprised the Bank of Japan decided not to take further action to stimulate that...

  • Asian shares are mixed as investors await the outcome of a policy meeting by Japan's central bank that is expected to result in more stimulus for the world's third-largest economy. Japan's Nikkei 225 index gained 1.6 percent to 17,560.56 while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was up 0.6 percent at 5,282.20. U.S. crude oil has lost 18 cents to $45.14 a barrel in...

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks rose Wednesday after the Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged, as investors expected. Energy companies climbed again as the price of oil came close to a six-month high. But David Kelly, chief global strategist JPMorgan Chase, said that might be a problem because the Fed didn't make its intentions clear on Wednesday.

  • Investors also are watching for the outcome of policy meetings by the U.S. Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.4 percent to 17,276.52. Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 44 cents to $44.48 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • NEW YORK— Stocks finished mostly higher Tuesday in another cautious day of trading. Julian Emanuel, U.S. equities and derivatives strategist for UBS, said investors are waiting to see the results of Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan policy meetings in the next few days. The Fed is expected to leave interest rates unchanged, while the Bank of Japan could take new...

  • LONDON, April 26- World stocks climbed for the first time in four days on Tuesday and a weaker dollar helped oil prices gain too, as investors fine-tuned their expectations for monetary policy meetings in the United States and Japan. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 stock index climbed half a percent, while Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.4 percent.

  • NEW YORK— All times local. ConocoPhillips jumped 4 percent Tuesday, while Pioneer Natural Resources climbed 8 percent. Trucking company Ryder System rose 6 percent after reporting results that were better than analysts had expected.

  • Asian stock markets are falling Tuesday ahead of U.S. Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan policy meetings, as commodity prices run out of steam, dragging on big miners. Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 1.1 percent to 17,253.54 and South Korea's Kospi was down less than 0.1 percent at 2,014.15. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dropped 0.8 percent to 21,131.45 and Australia's...

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks slipped in quiet trading Monday as energy companies dropped with the price of oil. Company earnings remain weak, and Xerox and drugmaker Perrigo tumbled after reporting disappointing results and cutting their forecasts for the year. "The market is being restrained as much by uncertainty over... companies' ability to generate earnings growth...

  • Xerox slumped 13 percent Monday after reporting a plunge in earnings and cutting its profit forecast. Perrigo, an Irish drug maker, dropped 18 percent after cutting its own earnings outlook, citing lower prices for its products in Europe. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed down 0.8 percent at 6,260.92 while Germany's DAX fell 0.8 percent to...

  • A rebound in the price of oil and natural gas helped drive sharp gains for energy and financial companies, nudging U.S. stocks mostly higher Friday. That offset a slide in the technology sector following disappointing earnings from Microsoft, Google parent Alphabet and other big names. "The Nasdaq took a hit today," said Erik Davidson, chief investment officer at...

  • *FTSE 100 poised to end three-week run of gains. LONDON, April 22- Britain's benchmark shares index fell on Friday as a drop in mining stocks and luxury goods group Burberry weighed on the market, which was heading towards its first weekly loss in a month. Mining stocks such as Anglo American and Rio Tinto were the worst performers, hit by a drop in copper prices.

  • NEW YORK— The Latest on financial markets:. Microsoft slumped 7 percent and Google parent Alphabet dropped 5 percent. U.S. stocks are mostly lower in midday trading as disappointing earnings from Microsoft and other big tech companies weigh on the market.

  • *Japan shares climb as report on BOJ negative loans weakens yen. SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, April 22- Asian shares slid from a 5 1/ 2- month high on Friday on disappointing earnings from U.S. blue chip companies, but Japanese shares surged after a media report about a possible Bank of Japan policy change weakened the yen. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside...

  • Britain's FTSE 100 was off 0.7 percent at 6,336.96. On Thursday, the DAX gained 0.2 percent while the CAC 40 was off 0.1 percent and the FTSE 100 lost 0.2 percent. ASIA'S DAY: Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 0.7 percent to 21,467.04 while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.2 percent to 2,959.24.