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  • *Eyes on Greece as talk of' plan B' swirls. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.6 percent, led by solid gains in Greater China, with Hong Kong shares hitting a seven-year high and Taiwanese shares a 15- year high. European shares are seen mixed, with spreadbetters expecting 0.2 percent gains in Germany's DAX and largely flat openings...

  • BEIJING— Global stocks mostly rose on Monday despite a downgrade of Japan and a lack of a bailout deal for Greece. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, France's CAC-40 index rose 0.5 percent to 5,228.80 points and Germany's DAX gained 0.9 percent to 11,919.80. ASIA'S DAY: Tokyo's Nikkei shed 0.2 percent to 19,983.32, while the Shanghai Composite Index rose 3 percent to...

  • Asian markets rise after Wall Street gains Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 11:42 PM ET

    BEIJING— Asian stock markets rose Monday after Wall Street gained on strong earnings and investors looked ahead to Apple results and this week's U.S. Sydney's S&P ASX 200 added 0.7 percent to 5,973.30 and Seoul advanced 0.2 percent to 2,163.17. Taiwan, Singapore and Manila also rose.

  • TOKYO, April 27- Asian shares scaled seven-year highs following stellar earnings from a few U.S. hi-tech giants, but investors were cautious ahead of central bank meetings this week in the U.S. and Japan and on apparent deadlock in Greece's talks with creditors. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was rose 0.3 percent in early trade...

  • Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp and Google Inc led Wall Street higher, pushing the Nasdaq to a second straight record closing high a day after it topped a record that had stood for more than 15 years. "I think we're on more solid footing than the last time," said Gordon Charlop, managing director at Rosenblatt Securities in New York, comparing the latest Nasdaq highs...

  • Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp and Google Inc led Wall Street higher, prepping the Nasdaq for a second straight record closing high. "I think we're on more solid footing than the last time," said Gordon Charlop, managing director at Rosenblatt Securities in New York, comparing the fresh Nasdaq highs with those in 2000, just before the Internet bubble burst.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for April, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for March, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m..

  • U.S. giants Amazon, Microsoft and Google led Wall Street higher, prepping the Nasdaq for a second straight record closing high. "I think we're on more solid footing than the last time," said Gordon Charlop, managing director at Rosenblatt Securities in New York, comparing the fresh Nasdaq highs with those in 2000, right before the Internet bubble burst.

  • *Electrolux and Renault, rise after results. LONDON, April 24- European shares rose on Friday, boosted by encouraging corporate earnings and upbeat economic data, while prospects for a deal over Greece's debt crisis also lifted Athens' volatile market. There was also optimism regarding Greece, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had had a "...

  • European shares rise as DAX and Greek markets rally Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 6:07 AM ET

    *Electrolux and Renault, rise after results. LONDON, April 24- European shares climbed higher on Friday, boosted by encouraging corporate earnings and upbeat economic data, while the volatile Athens market also rose on prospects for a deal over Greece's debt crisis. There was also optimism regarding Greece, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had a "...

  • LONDON— Anglo-Swedish drug-maker AstraZeneca PLC reported a 7 percent fall in net profit for the first quarter of 2015, as cheaper copies of one of its best-sellers ate into sales. Chief Executive Pascal Soriot said AstraZeneca was bolstering its oncology division, with 72 trials of cancer drugs underway. AstraZeneca shares fell 2.4 percent to 47.13 pounds...

  • Stocks rise on tech earnings; Nasdaq adds to record Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 4:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks advanced slightly Friday as investors cheered the quarterly results of three large technology companies: Google, Microsoft and Amazon. Next week, more than 150 companies in the S&P 500 will report their results, including such market-moving names as Apple, Ford, Visa, Pfizer and Exxon Mobil. Microsoft, Amazon and Google all rose sharply after the...

  • Earnings lift European shares towards 2015 high Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 3:11 AM ET

    LONDON, April 24- European shares rose in early deals on Friday, boosted by encouraging earnings reports, while global sentiment was lifted by a new record high for the U.S. blue-chip Nasdaq index. The FTSEurofirst 300 was up 0.4 percent at 1,627.56 by 0704 GMT. Renault rose 5.1 percent after it said first-quarter revenue rose 13.7 percent, as Europe's auto-market...

  • April 23- As U.S. company earnings rise and major stock market indices hit new heights, two small problems remain: revenues are static and the trajectory of earnings growth is slipping. Earnings are up at a 9.1 percent year-on-year clip among the 40 percent or so of S&P 500 companies to report through Thursday morning, according to data from Zacks, but with zero...

  • NEW YORK— Fifteen years, one month and thirteen days. Google, which didn't exist as a public company in 2000, also makes up a notable percentage of the index. "It's a major psychological barrier, but in the end, it's just a number," said Scott Wren, senior global equity strategist at Wells Fargo Advisors.

  • *Saudi-led coalition resumes bombing of Yemen. LONDON, April 23- Brent crude oil rose more than a dollar to above $64 a barrel on Thursday on heightened concerns over the security of Middle East supplies as a civil war escalated in Yemen. Yemen is a tiny oil producer but the Bab el- Mandeb Strait on its southern coast controls access to the Red Sea, Suez Canal and the...

  • April 23- U.S. stocks opened lower on Thursday, pressured by soft data out of Europe and China, while companies such as Procter& Gamble and 3 M joined others in issuing disappointing forecasts.

  • *German, UK yields fall after Wednesday's sell-off. *Wall Street set for subdued start. European stock markets initially opened higher, spurred by multi-year highs in Asia, but sluggish euro zone and German purchasing manager data and conflicting numbers from France sent indexes into the red.

  • Ingersoll-Rand beats Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 7:57 AM ET

    DUBLIN _ Ingersoll-Rand PLC on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $51.3 million. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 32 cents per share. Ingersoll-Rand shares have increased 6.5 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed slightly more than 2...

  • *Ericsson, Bilfinger slump; Michelin surges. LONDON, April 23- European shares slipped on Thursday, with Germany's DAX index underperforming following a disappointing purchasing managers' survey while weak results from Ericsson hit technology stocks. Tech shares were hit as telecom equipment maker Ericsson slumped 12 percent after it posted...