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  • Japan's huge pension fund to boost share purchases Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 5:20 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's $1.1 trillion public pension fund on Friday approved a plan to double its holdings of shares and cut back sharply on bonds to help improve investment returns and meet its obligations to a swelling number of retirees. Japan's stock benchmark had meandered this year while other major markets swept past record highs. Japan is rapidly aging and its...

  • Asia stocks gain after robust US growth report Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Asian stocks climbed Friday after strong U.S. economic growth and upbeat earnings sent Wall Street higher. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 jumped 1.7 percent to 15,921.26 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng advanced 0.9 percent to 23,902.57. Stocks in mainland China, India and Southeast Asia also rose.

  • NYMEX-Crude below $81, set for fourth monthly loss Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 8:19 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 31- U.S. crude futures edged below $81 a barrel on Friday, extending declines as the dollar rallied on bets of a sooner-than-expected U.S. rate hike, while traders saw little chance of OPEC cutting output at its November meeting. *NYMEX crude for December delivery was down 15 cents at $80.97 a barrel by 0002 GMT, after settling down $1.08 on Thursday.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.6 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.5 pct. *Fugro sinks for second day after scrapping dividend. According to data from Markit, 11 percent of Alcatel's shares are out on loan, making it one of the most shorted stocks in Europe.

  • Europe shares rise but Fed's tougher tone limit gains Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 11:42 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.1 pct. *Alcatel shares rise in short covering rally. According to data from Markit, 11 percent of Alcatel's shares are out on loan, making it one of the most shorted stocks in Europe.

  • LONDON, Oct 30- "Who's got all the copper?" The answer, according to the Wall Street Journal, is Red Kite, the specialist metals hedge fund set up by Michael Farmer, a man who was trading the copper market before many younger readers were born. Today's LME dominant positions report WHL> shows one entity owning 80 to 90 percent of "live" copper tonnage in the LME warehouse...

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.8 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 1.4 pct. *Alcatel, Renault rise after robust results. PARIS, Oct 30- European stocks dropped on Thursday, halting their two-week rally after the U.S.

  • Allegion posts 3Q profit Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:27 AM ET

    DUBLIN 2, Ireland _ Allegion PLC on Thursday reported earnings of $60.3 million in its third quarter. Allegion expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.37 to $2.42 per share. Allegion shares have climbed 14 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 7 percent.

  • LONDON, Oct 30- European shares turned lower on Thursday as banks in countries such as Italy, Greece and Spain resumed their recent downtrend. Shares in peripheral banks have mostly been falling since the publication of the results of the European Central Bank's stress tests over the weekend. Andrea Enria, the chairman of Europe's banking watchdog- the European...

  • *Dollar, yields jump after Fed ends QE. LONDON, Oct 30- The dollar surged to a three-week high, bond yields rose and gold fell on Thursday after the U.S. Asian shares mostly fell, following a slight decline on Wall Street overnight.

  • Big gain in Visa drives Dow average higher Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 5:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks turned higher Thursday as MasterCard and other big companies turned in stronger quarterly results. In a separate report, the Labor Department counted more people applying for unemployment benefits last week, but the less-volatile four-week average declined to 281,000, the lowest level since May 2000. ONE TAKE: "It's another report that...

  • *Kiwi slides on softer New Zealand rate outlook. Spreadbetters expected a more stable start for Europe, forecasting an effectively flat open for Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.6 percent.

  • Asia stocks meander after Fed ends stimulus Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 12:04 AM ET

    HONG KONG— Asian stock markets meandered Thursday while the dollar strengthened against other currencies after the Federal Reserve said it will end its stimulus program, as many had expected. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.5 percent to 15,636.60 while South Korea's Kospi lost 0.5 percent to 1,950.26. Thus, markets began to bring back...

  • *Current low oil prices do not reflect fundamentals, OPEC says. Benchmark Brent crude oil for December settled up $1.09 at $87.12 a barrel, after touching an intraday high of $87.94. "I think the numbers are supportive, and suggest there's no big surplus of oil forming in any place," said Dominick Chirichella, senior partner at the Energy Management Institute in New...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. stocks were mixed, while the dollar and government bond yields rose on Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve announced the end of its stimulus program in a statement that also noted the improvements in the U.S. labor market. The Fed, as expected, said it will no longer add to its holdings of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities,...

  • *BBVA leads euro zone bank selloff after result miss. LONDON, Oct 29- Southern European shares lagged small gains in pan-European indexes on Wednesday as weak results from heavyweight bank BBVA offset optimism ahead of a Federal Reserve's policy announcement. Spanish bank BBVA fell 4.1 percent as it reported a lower-than-expected net profit for the first...

  • *OPEC says fundamentals do not reflect low oil prices. Benchmark Brent crude oil for December was up $1.73 at $87.76 a barrel at 11:41 a.m. after touching an intraday high of $87.94. Crude inventories in the United States rose by 2.1 million barrels in the last week, compared with analysts' expectations for an increase of 3.4 million barrels, data from the...

  • *Investors hope for soothing Fed message. LONDON, Oct 29- World stocks rose on Wednesday, lifted by corporate earnings and expectations that the U.S. Euro zone banking stocks were down almost 2 percent, dragged lower by Germany's biggest lender Deutsche Bank which announced a third-quarter net loss on heavy legal costs.

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Emerging stocks rose to three-week highs on Wednesday, buoyed by gains in China and expectations of a dovish U.S. Fed stance though the positive mood did not touch Russia where the rouble hit another record low. Chinese and Hong Kong shares closed 1.5 percent higher while most Asian indexes including India, South Korea and Taiwan jumped between 0.6...

  • European shares inch higher; Sanofi drops again Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 5:20 AM ET

    *Fugro tumbles 21 pct after saying it won't pay dividend. PARIS, Oct 29- European stocks inched higher early on Wednesday, tracking sharp gains on Wall Street ahead of a U.S. France's Schneider Electric rose 3.1 percent after reporting a 7 percent rise in third-quarter sales and saying Western Europe showed long-awaited but fragile signs of stabilisation.