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  • World stocks uneven ahead of US growth report Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 4:57 AM ET

    HONG KONG— World stock markets were uneven Friday and Wall Street futures slid ahead of quarterly growth figures that will show whether weakness in China, Japan and Europe has hit the U.S. economy. Britain's FTSE 100 slipped 0.6 percent to 6,772.63. The U.S. zoomed ahead in the third quarter while Europe, Japan and China struggled.

  • European gains tracked a late rally on Wall Street on Thursday, where stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs numbers and a rally in Apple and Boeing helped offset some disappointing earnings. "Retail sales in Germany and Spain, as well as consumer spending in France, are above expectations. These are the first signs for the positive impact from low oil prices and are a...

  • TOKYO, Jan 30- Japan's Honda Motor Co sliced 6.5 percent off its core annual profit forecast as it set aside hundreds of millions of dollars in extra cash to cover an extended car recall to replace potentially faulty air bags made by Takata Corp.. Still, Honda's Executive Vice President Tetsuo Iwamura said, "We are not seeing a big impact on sales in North America...

  • TOKYO, Jan 30- Asian shares wavered between positive and negative territory on Friday, as a late earnings-led surge on Wall Street helped counter persistent concerns over global growth and sagging Chinese shares. Spreadbetters predicted the U.S. lustre would rub off on European bourses when they opened, with Britain's FTSE 100 expected to open up around 19...

  • Honda said it was hurt by recall expenses, mainly in North America. Honda is the automaker hardest hit by the quality woes over Takata Corp. air-bags that explode. Honda also lowered its global vehicle sales forecast for the full year to 4.45 million vehicles from 4.6 million.

  • TOKYO, Jan 30- Asian shares edged up on Friday, talking heart from a late earnings-led surge on Wall Street even as continuing concerns about global growth tempered gains. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up about 0.1 percent on the day, but up more than 1 percent for the month. On Thursday, major U.S. indexes surged almost 1 percent or...

  • TOKYO— Japan's industrial output edged higher in December, suggesting the world's third-largest economy may be turning the corner on a recession brought on by a hefty sales tax hike. Meanwhile, Japan's jobless rate dipped to 3.4 percent from 3.5 percent the month before. When the impact of a 2 percentage point increase in the sales tax in April is excluded,...

  • RPT-Japan Dec core CPI rises 2.5 pct yr/yr Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:35 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 30- Japan's core consumer prices rose 2.5 percent in December from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday. The so-called core-core inflation index, which excludes food and energy prices and is similar to the core index used in the United States, rose 2.1 percent in the year to December. Core consumer prices in Tokyo, available a month before the...

  • Why is the dollar rising? What you need to know Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:28 PM ET
    An employee counts euros and U.S. dollar notes in a currency exchange store in Lisbon, Portugal.

    CNBC Explains: What makes the value of a currency rise or fall?

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for December, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for January, 10 a.m. Eastern; Commerce Department releases construction spending for December, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for December, 10 a.m..

  • Business events scheduled for Friday Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 1:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases fourth-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m.. MADRID— Spain releases fourth-quarter economic growth data. TOKYO— Honda reports quarterly financial results.

  • PARIS/ DUBAI, Jan 29- Total became the first oil major to renew a 40- year onshore concession in Abu Dhabi, putting its peers under pressure to improve terms after the local partner said the French firm made the best offer. The state-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Company signed an agreement on Thursday with Total giving the firm a 10 percent stake in the new concession...

  • PARIS/ DUBAI, Jan 29- State-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Company signed an agreement on Thursday with Total giving the French oil major a 10 percent stake in a new 40- year onshore concession to help operate the United Arab Emirates' biggest oilfields. Nine Asian and Western firms had bid for stakes in the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations concession...

  • *Greece concerns weigh on Europe, Athens stocks up. LONDON, Jan 29- Stocks fell in Europe and Asia and the dollar strengthened on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view of the world's largest economy and signaled it was on track to raise interest rates this year. Greece, where a radical leftist prime minister took over on Monday, also kept investors...

  • JGBs mostly flat, superlong zone underperforms Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 3:04 AM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 29- Benchmark Japanese government bonds were mostly flat on Thursday, while the superlong tenor was slightly weaker even as plunging stocks put a floor under bond prices. Japan's Nikkei stock average shed 1.1 percent after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view on the U.S. economy and signalled that it remains firmly on track to raise interest rates...

  • *Q3 profit Y70 bln yen vs Y39.5 bln analyst view. TOKYO, Jan 29- Nomura Holdings Inc reported a near 50 percent jump in third-quarter net profit on Thursday, as weakness in overseas bond-trading was offset by strength in the retail business of Japan's biggest investment bank and brokerage. Profit reached 70 billion yen in October-December versus the 39.5 billion...

  • Investors welcomed better-than-expected quarterly results from several companies, including Ford, Coach and Harley-Davidson. Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose 8 cents to close at $44.53 a barrel. "We've had a bit of a turnaround since the lows we saw earlier in the day," said Anastasia Amoroso, global market strategist at J.P.

  • TOKYO, Jan 29- Asian shares extended losses on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view on the U.S. economy and signalled that it remains firmly on track to raise interest rates this year despite an uncertain global outlook. Japan's Nikkei slipped 0.4 percent, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended its drop and...

  • Why Nintendo isn't getting the weak-yen boost  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 10:33 PM ET

    Despite having a lot of cash, Nintendo has not deployed it on restructuring efforts hence it is not benefiting from the weaker yen, says Peter Boardman, Managing Director at Tradewinds.

  • *Komatsu, Hitachi Construction fall sharply after earnings. TOKYO, Jan 29- Japan's Nikkei average slipped on Thursday in sympathy with falls in Wall Street shares following the Fed's unwavering stance on rate hikes, with construction equipment makers badly hit by disappointing earnings. Still, analysts say the Tokyo market appears to have a firmer support...