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  • TOKYO, Jan 23- Asian stocks extended a global rally on Friday after the European Central Bank launched a landmark bond-buying stimulus programme that buoyed investors' risk appetite, drove bonds higher and kept the euro pinned near 11- year lows. Spreadbetters expect Europe to retain the previous session's sunny mood, forecasting Britain's FTSE to open up by...

  • NYMEX-U.S. crude jumps $1 after death of Saudi King Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:17 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 23- U.S. crude futures jumped around $1 on Friday after Saudi Arabia announced that King Abdullah had died and his successor, Salman, moved quickly to name his own heir to rule the world's biggest oil exporter. *U.S. crude for March delivery was up $1.05, or 2.2 percent, at $47.36 a barrel by 0016 GMT. *Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died early on Friday and his...

  • Starbucks shares up after the bell following results. NEW YORK, Jan 22- The S&P 500 and Nasdaq turned positive for the year as U.S. stocks rallied on Thursday on the back of a larger than anticipated stimulus from the European Central Bank. The choppiness seen early during the Wall Street session was due to some lingering questions about the effect of the announced...

  • *ECB's QE plan worth more than 1 trillion euros. NEW YORK, Jan 22- Wall Street jumped 1.5 percent and European shares climbed to a seven-year high on Thursday as world markets cheered the European Central Bank's new stimulus program, worth more than 1 trillion euros, while the euro slipped to an 11- year low. "It's likely to impact yields everywhere," said Aaron Kohli, an...

  • *European shares hit seven-year high, Wall Street up over 1 percent. *Gold rises nearly 1 percent. NEW YORK, Jan 22- Wall Street jumped and European shares climbed to a seven-year high on Thursday as world markets cheered a European Central Bank stimulus program worth more than one trillion euros, while the euro slipped to an 11- year low.

  • *Verizon, American Express fall after results. NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. stocks rose to session highs ahead of the close on Thursday after the European Central Bank announced larger than expected measures to stimulate the region's sagging economy. "Many have said this program is not going to suddenly flip a switch," said John Canally, investment strategist at LPL...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St gains after ECB stimulus move Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 2:08 PM ET

    *Verizon, American Express fall after results. NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. stocks rose on Thursday after the European Central Bank announced larger than expected measures to stimulate the region's sagging economy. "Many have said this program is not going to suddenly flip a switch," said John Canally investment strategist at LPL Financial in New York.

  • *European shares hit seven-year high, Wall Street rises. NEW YORK, Jan 22- Wall Street jumped and European shares climbed to a seven-year high on Thursday as world markets cheered a European Central Bank stimulus program worth more than one trillion euros, while the euro slipped to an 11- year low. "It's likely to impact yields everywhere," said Aaron Kohli, an...

  • *ECB to buy 60 billion euros of government bonds each month. NEW YORK, Jan 22- Crude oil futures tumbled on Thursday after the Energy Information Administration announced the largest build in U.S. crude stocks in at least 14 years. U.S. crude fell more than 3 percent after the announcement, tumbling $1.54 to trade at $46.24 by 11:57 a.m. EST.

  • *ECB takes QE plunge with plan worth more than 1 trillion euros. *European shares hit seven-year high, Wall Street seen higher. LONDON, Jan 22- European shares climbed to a seven-year high and the euro fell to an 11- year low on Thursday, as world markets cheered the European Central Bank's plans for a stimulus programme worth more than 1 trillion euros.

  • *Verizon, American Express both fall after results. *Royal Bank of Canada to buy City National. NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. stocks rallied in volatile trading on Thursday after the European Central Bank announced expanded measures to stimulate the region's sagging economy, as expected.

  • LONDON, Jan 22- European government borrowing rates plummeted to record lows, the euro weakened and stock markets rallied on Thursday after the European Central Bank launched a landmark bond buying programme. The stubbornly stagnant euro zone economy and falling consumer prices in the currency bloc prompted the ECB to unveil a 60 billion euro a month...

  • *Verizon, American Express both fall after results. *Royal Bank of Canada to buy City National. NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. stocks fell modestly on Thursday after the European Central Bank announced expanded measures to stimulate the region's sagging economy, as expected, while shares of some bellwether U.S. companies fell on disappointing results.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. The ECB said it would buy government bonds from this March until the end of September 2016 despite opposition from Germany's Bundesbank and concerns in Berlin that it could allow spendthrift countries to slacken economic reforms. "It's pretty aggressive, slightly more than the market was looking for," said Wilmer Stith, a fixed income...

  • By Paul Carrel and John O'Donnell. FRANKFURT, Jan 22- The European Central Bank kept the cost of borrowing unchanged on Thursday and remains poised to announce a plan to buy government bonds with new money, its last gambit for breathing life into a euro zone economy. Expectations are high for the ECB to unveil large-scale quantitative easing despite opposition...

  • LONDON, Jan 22- Brent crude oil crept above $50 a barrel on Thursday ahead of an expected decision by the European Central Bank to start buying bonds, a move that could push the dollar to new highs and put downward pressure on commodities. "It would be hard to relate this to the ECB decision today," aid Harry Tchilinguirian, an oil analyst at BNP Paribas in London.

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge up as investors await ECB, data Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:13 AM ET

    *F5 Networks down in premarket after results, outlook. NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. stock index futures gained slightly as investors awaited confirmation that the European Central Bank would announce new economic stimulus measures at a meeting on Thursday. *ECB President Mario Draghi will speak to the media at 8:30 a.m., and if the details of the plan are perceived as...

  • China stocks edge up in spite of dented easing hopes Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 2:11 AM ET

    The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.5 percent, to 3,567.61, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.6 percent, to 3,343.34 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Bank of China, down 1.0 percent to 4.84 yuan; China Shipbuilding Industry Co, up 7.7 percent to 9.19 yuan and Zijin Mining, up 4.0 percent to...

  • China stocks slip as hopes for monetary stimulus cool Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 11:59 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, Jan 22- China's stocks slipped early Thursday after a comment by the country's central bank governor that monetary policy should remain "stable" disappointed investors wanting a policy move to help speed up growth. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, People's Bank of China chief Zhou Xiaochuan said there was no serious nationwide housing...

  • IBM outlook drags on Wall Street gains. *Gold above $1,300 for first time since August. NEW YORK, Jan 21- European and U.S. equities rose on Wednesday, lifted by news reports that the European Central Bank will announce a massive bond-buying program to boost the euro zone's flagging economy.