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  • 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.

  • A steep slide in traditional safe-play stocks such as phone companies and utilities weighed on Wall Street Thursday, snapping a three-day winning streak for the market. The broad decline came as investors pored over company earnings for clues about the health of Corporate America and the trajectory of the U.S. economy. "Today might be a little bit of...

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.1 pct. The FTSE 100 ended up 4.91 points, or 0.1 percent, at 6,410.26 points, its highest close so far for 2016 and narrowly beating a closing high of 6,405.35 hit in the previous session. Shares in oil majors Royal Dutch Shell and BP rose 0.7 percent and 0.2 percent respectively, with the energy sector adding around 4 points to the FTSE 100..

  • *Shanghai shares down almost 4 pct as China worries linger. Brent crude shed $1.12 to $42.91 a barrel, while U.S. crude oil sank $1.09 to $39.99. China concerns also resurfaced as Shanghai stocks slid 3.8 percent, with every sector from financials to telecoms in the red.

  • LONDON, April 19- Global stocks reached their highest levels since early December on Tuesday as oil prices rose, driven by a strike in Kuwait, and signs of economic stabilization in China improved demand for risky assets. MSCI's All Countries World Index, which tracks shares in 45 countries, rose as high as 407.45 points, its highest since Dec. 7, on strong gains in...

  • LONDON, April 19- European shares hit three-month highs on Tuesday following gains on Asian bourses as a rise in oil prices, partly due to a workers' strike in Kuwait, boosting investors' appetite to take on risk. Oil prices had already shrugged off the weekend failure of producers to agree to freeze output at a meeting in Doha, but Tuesday's gains drove the...

  • *FTSE 100 rises to 4- month high. LONDON, April 19- Britain's benchmark stock market index rose to its highest level in four months on Tuesday, lifted by stronger mining and banking stocks. However, there is a danger that there may be a pullback soon, given the lingering uncertainty over the Brexit vote in June on Britain's membership of the EU, "said Thames Capital...

  • LONDON, April 18- Britain's top share index ended slightly higher on Monday after losses earlier in the session, with a late recovery in prices of major industrial metals supporting basic resources stocks. The UK mining index rose 1.4 percent as copper prices rose, reversing earlier losses as funds bought metals on the back of a weaker dollar.

  • LONDON, April 18- Britain's top share index came under pressure on Monday after major oil producers failed to reach an agreement to freeze output over the weekend, sending shares in energy stocks lower. Oil& gas companies were the top sectoral fallers after a deal to freeze oil output by OPEC and non- OPEC producers broke down on Sunday, sending oil prices tumbling.

  • LONDON, April 15- British shares retreated on Friday as stagnation at the top end of the housing market allied to persistent concerns about a possible British exit from the European Union put pressure on housebuilders. The Thomson Reuters UK Homebuilding index dropped 2.8 percent, hitting an 11- month low. Investors cited concerns over a June referendum in...

  • LONDON, April 13- Global stocks rose on Wednesday after surprisingly upbeat Chinese trade data offered hope Asia's biggest economy is finally stabilizing, fueling risk appetite. Europe's main indices rose as much as 2 percent in early trade, Asian stocks extended their winning streak to the longest in six months, and U.S. futures pointed to a positive open on...

  • LONDON, April 12- European shares slipped on Tuesday, with luxury good stocks among the worst performers after France's LVMH posted first quarter sales below forecasts. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.2 percent. However, Italy's FTSE MIB outperformed, advancing 0.6 percent as shares in its banks rose after Italian financial institutions...

  • LONDON, April 11- World markets struggled for direction on Monday, with renewed strength in the yen, government bonds and gold pointing to heightened caution among investors, but a sharp rebound in European stocks suggesting a pent-up appetite for risk. Europe's main indices fell as much as 1 percent, Japan's yen rose to a 17- month high against the dollar and...