Markets in Europe, the U.S. and many countries in Asia were closed for the holiday. On Thursday, global stocks were subdued after Google and IBM reported weak results, even though General Electric was optimistic and Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley beat expectations.» Read More
NICOSIA, Cyprus— Bailed-out Cyprus says it will issue six-year government bonds every month starting in June as a first step to returning more permanently to international markets after a three-year absence.
April 17- Shares of Sabre Corp, the airline ticketing technology provider that also owns online travel agency Travelocity, rose as much as 7 percent in their market debut after the company sold fewer shares than expected in its initial public offering and priced them below the targeted range.
LONDON, April 17- Gold steadied around $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as a lower dollar and accommodative U.S. The metal had fallen nearly 2 percent on Tuesday and has remained broadly range-bound since then around $1,300 on fears over slowing demand in top consumer China.
*Investors await developments in Ukraine. LONDON, April 17- Gold fell below $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as investors cut exposure to gold-backed funds and weighed the impact of Ukraine tensions, while worries over the strength of Chinese demand continued to weigh.
*Asian shares higher, tracking Wall Street. SINGAPORE, April 17- Gold fell for a second session out of three on Thursday on higher equities and as the world's biggest gold-backed fund saw its sharpest outflow in nearly four months.
BEIJING, April 17- China shares closed down on Thursday, pulled lower by weak real estate shares as investors braced themselves ahead of housing data expected to show property price growth slowed in March. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings fell 0.4 percent.
HONG KONG— World stocks were subdued Thursday ahead of a long weekend for many markets, with Japan's Nikkei faltering as investors locked in profits after a strong rally.
*Google and IBM fall after hours as earnings disappoint. Disappointing results from Google and IBM had also knocked their shares lower after the bell and put a crimp on technology stocks in the region. Other markets made modest gains with shares in Australia up 0.5 percent and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan adding 0.33 percent.
*Tencent gains on plans to bring Candy Crush to China. BEIJING, April 17- China stocks traded flat on Thursday, as investors piled into Shanghai Free Trade Zone related stocks but retreated from property firms ahead of data expected to show the sector slowed.
April 17- The U.S. Treasury Department is forming a new unit to monitor the municipal bond market, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a Treasury official.
*Google and IBM fall after hours as earnings disappoint. However, disappointing results from Google and IBM knocked their shares lower after the bell and could crimp technology stocks in the region. Other markets fared better with shares in Australia up 0.5 percent and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan adding 0.33 percent.
*Google and IBM fall after hours as earnings disappoint. However, disappointing results from Google and IBM knocked their shares lower after the bell and could crimp technology stocks in the region. Other markets fared better with shares in Seoul up 0.4 percent and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan adding 0.2 percent.
April 16- International Business Machines Corp reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue as the company struggles with falling demand for its storage and server products. IBM shares fell about 4 percent to $189 in after-hours trade.
The company raised about $163 million after its offering was priced at $25, below the expected price range of $26- $29 per share. Moelis, founded and led by veteran Wall Street investment banker Ken Moelis, offered 6.5 million shares of Class A common stock, lower than the 7.3 million it had initially planned.
BEIJING, April 16- China shares closed a touch higher on Wednesday after slightly better-than-expected first-quarter growth data eased worries about a dramatic slowdown in the Chinese economy. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings rose 0.1 percent.
*Softbank, Yahoo reap the benefits of Alibaba holdings. SYDNEY, April 16- Asian share markets made broad gains on Wednesday after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts, a relief for investors who had feared a much weaker outcome. "This is likely to be the low point for this year," said Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy at AMP Capital in Sydney.
BEIJING, April 16- Chinese and Hong Kong investors shrugged off China's first quarter growth that was the slowest in 18 months, leaving all major indices in positive territory on Wednesday.
TOKYO— Shares rose Wednesday in Asia as positive sentiment from strong corporate earnings outweighed Ukraine's crisis and slower economic growth in China.
*European bond yields hit new lows as Ukraine tensions mount. SYDNEY, April 16- Asian markets took some comfort from a late spurt by Wall Street on Wednesday as investors tensed for a reading on Chinese economic growth, while rising tensions in Ukraine kept safe-haven sovereign debt well bid.
LONDON, April 15- Gold prices fell more than 2 percent on Tuesday as strength in the dollar following forecast-beating U.S. retail sales data pushed it through key chart levels while silver hit a 2-1/ 2 month low. Spot gold hit a low of $1,290.34 an ounce and was down 2.6 percent at $1,291.40 an ounce at 1246 GMT, on track for its biggest one-day drop since Oct. 1.