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  • LONDON, May 22- Copper prices fell on Friday on worries about demand in top consumer China, while nickel hit a four-week low after stocks in LME registered warehouses climbed to a record high. Three-month copper traded down at $6,200 a tonne in official rings from $6,260 at Thursday's close. "The fundamental situation in the copper market clearly speaks to higher...

  • *China worries weigh on copper. LONDON, May 22- Copper fell on Friday as worries about China dominated sentiment, but expectations of stronger demand from the top consumer over coming months limited losses. "The fundamental situation in the copper market clearly speaks to higher prices," said Daniel Briesemann, analyst at Commerzbank in Frankfurt.

  • *London and Wall St closed for holiday on Monday. LONDON, May 22- European shares slipped off three-week highs on Friday, with luxury goods group Richemont falling on weak sales, while a rebound in the euro also pegged back the region's stock markets. European equities have rallied this year on the back of a government bond buying programme and record low interest...

  • Though a more subdued run for other countries meant MSCI's main emerging market index was fractionally lower on the week, China's latest gains took its surge since March to an astounding 45 percent. In contrast, eastern Europe's bourses were on course for their biggest weekly fall since March with Russia and Poland's markets suffering struggles, the latter on...

  • Wall Street's record high on Thursday lifted Asian stocks on Friday, a day that will be packed with key European and U.S. economic data as well as speeches from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank president Mario Draghi. European shares struggled to match that, but the leading index of European shares was still poised for its biggest...

  • LONDON, May 22- Euro zone bond yields fell on Friday ahead of German business sentiment data and U.S. inflation numbers that were both expected to be soft, helping to stabilise a market shaken by weeks of violent price swings. European Central Bank policymakers helped halt that sell-off earlier in the week, with Executive Board member Benoit Coeure saying the...

  • TOKYO, May 22- The market capitalisation of shares listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's main board hit a record high on Friday, topping a 26- year peak and marking one victory in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign to jolt the economy out of a long phase of deflation and stagnation. The total market capitalisation of the TSE's first section rose to 591.30...

  • HONG KONG— Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while most other world markets were subdued Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.3 percent to 7,033.44. CHINA RALLY: Investors who weren't allocated shares in recent initial public offerings are...

  • *Coming up: Baker Hughes weekly U.S. rig data. SINGAPORE, May 22- Oil prices edged down on Friday after rising more than 2 percent in the previous session, buoyed by lower U.S. crude inventories and geopolitical tension in the Middle East. West Texas Intermediate for July delivery was at $60.61 a barrel by 0452 GMT, down 11 cents on the day but poised to post gains for the...

  • NEW YORK, May 21- Equity markets inched ahead on Thursday, with investors brushing aside mixed economic data in Europe and the United States, while the dollar slipped after a three-day rally and U.S. Oil prices rallied almost 3 percent, with Brent crude topping $66 a barrel on signs a global supply glut may be starting to ease. Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index,...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks edge up as U.S. yields, dollar ease Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 12:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 21- Equities markets inched ahead on Thursday, with investors brushing aside mixed economic data in Europe and the United States, while the dollar slipped after a three-day rally and U.S. Oil prices rose, with Brent crude topping $66 a barrel on signs a global supply glut may be starting to ease. Wall Street, which has posted a string of highs recently,...

  • Asia stock markets mostly higher, China at 7-year high Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:15 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market eked out another record close on Thursday as rising oil prices boosted energy stocks. Best Buy was among the biggest gainers after reporting earnings that exceeded the expectations of Wall Street analysts. Lumber Liquidators, a specialty retailer of hardwood flooring, plunged after its CEO abruptly quit the company.

  • LONDON, May 21- Copper edged up on Thursday from the previous session's three-week low, helped by a weaker dollar and by hopes that a soft Chinese manufacturing reading will spur Beijing to do more to stimulate the world's No. 2 economy. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.6 percent at $6,259 a tonne by 1341 GMT after touching $6,194 on...

  • LONDON, May 21- Copper edged up on Thursday from the previous session's three-week low, helped by a weaker dollar and by hopes that a soft Chinese manufacturing reading will spur Beijing to do more to stimulate the world's No. 2 economy. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.6 percent at $6,255 a tonne by 0908 GMT, after touching $6,194 on...

  • World stocks uneven after Chinese, eurozone data Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 1:53 AM ET

    TOKYO— World stock markets were lackluster Thursday after China's economy showed new signs of weakness but the Shanghai benchmark surged on hopes for more government stimulus. France's CAC 40 shed 0.4 percent to 5,112.55 and Germany's DAX dropped 0.6 percent to 11,774.01. Britain's FTSE 100 was little changed at 7,006.80.

  • SINGAPORE, May 21- U.S crude futures eased towards $58.50 a barrel on Thursday as concerns over a supply glut and a strong dollar weighed on prices, but a steeper than expected draw on crude inventories put a floor under prices. *U.S. crude for July delivery fell 20 cents to $58.78 a barrel as of 0005 GMT after settling up 99 cents in the previous session.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Greek warning knocks euro, stocks steady Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:12 PM ET

    *Greece won't make June 5 IMF repayment without deal-official. Treasuries inched up on safe-haven buying caused by worries that Greece may be unable to make a 300 million euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund on June 5 unless foreign lenders distribute more aid. The Greek parliamentary speaker said Athens will not make the June 5 payment unless it...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Euro slips on Greek worries, stocks steady Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:38 AM ET

    *Greece won't make June 5 IMF repayment without deal-official. Treasuries inched up on safe-haven buying caused by worries that Greece may be unable to make a 300 million euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund on June 5 unless foreign lenders distribute more aid. The Greek government's parliamentary speaker said on Wednesday that Athens will not...

  • UPDATE 6-Oil prices rise as U.S. crudes stocks fall Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    *Japan's economy surprises with 2.4 pct annualised growth. Brent futures rose 72 cents to $64.74 a barrel by 1445 GMT, after touching $65.02 earlier in the session. U.S. crude prices rose 41 cents to $58.40 a barrel, easing back from an intraday high of $58.90.

  • Asian stock markets uneven after weak China data Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:26 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market showed little life on Wednesday as it closed yet another trading day barely changed from the day before. "There's no real reason to rally and no real reason to decline," said Matthew Tuttle, CEO of money manager Tuttle Tactical Management. Etsy plunged 18 percent after its first earnings report as a publicly traded company showed a hefty...