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  • SEOUL, April 20- South Korean oil refiners are taking more crude from Latin America and Europe and buying more spot volumes to put pressure on Middle Eastern suppliers to lower their official prices. And with South Korea expanding such trade deals, including one already signed with oil producer Colombia and one sought with Ecuador, the purchases from other...

  • TOKYO, April 20- An index of Asian shares slipped on Monday and Chinese stock markets erased earlier sharp gains made after China's central bank boosted banks' lending power by reducing their reserve requirements. Britain's FTSE 100 was seen to open 35 to 36 points higher, or up 0.5 percent; Germany's DAX to open 23 to 25 points higher, or up 0.2 percent; and France's...

  • *China shares rise after Beijing cuts banks' reserve requirements. TOKYO, April 20- Stock markets in China and Japan rose on Monday after Beijing's latest stimulus to shore up the world's second-largest economy underpinned sentiment and helped limit losses across the rest of Asia. "There's no need for markets to worry too much because of the weakness in global...

  • *China cuts banks' reserve requirements. TOKYO, April 20- Asian shares dipped in early trading on Monday after a weak performance on Wall Street, though China's latest stimulus to shore up the world's second-largest economy was likely to underpin sentiment. Fed is now being augmented by money from China as the capital account is liberalized, "said Sean Darby,...

  • *Wall Street, European shares also hit by corporate earnings. NEW YORK, April 17- Global equity markets fell on Friday as a crackdown on margin lending in China sent ripples around the world, while the dollar gained on rising U.S. consumer price data that should keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year. Stocks in Europe and on Wall Street...

  • *Cheap central-bank cash offsets nerves over Greece. LONDON, April 17- Global equities were set for their third straight weekly gain on Friday, hovering near fresh all-time highs as cheap central bank cash kept buoying markets and offset fears that Greece may run out of money as debt repayments loom. The possibility that Athens might not be able to meet payments...

  • Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open up by 12 to 15 points, or 0.2 percent higher. Europe's stock markets have lately pushed to multi-year peaks, with both the FTSE and DAX setting record highs this year as new economic stimulus measures from the European Central Bank offset worries about Greece's fiscal woes. MSCI's broadest index of...

  • TOKYO, April 17- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Friday morning after weaker-than-expected U.S. housing data soured the mood, while investors awaited Japanese corporate earnings starting next week. Also dampening sentiment was weakness in Europe shares and concern about Greece's financial woes. Masayuki Kubota, chief strategist at Rakuten...

  • TOKYO, April 17- Asian shares edged up in early trade on Friday, on track to score weekly gains and shrugging off a languid performance on Wall Street after another set of lacklustre U.S. economic data. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added about 0.2 percent in early trade, extending a seven-year high touched in the previous session and...

  • NEW YORK, April 16- Wall Street equities finished modestly lower on Thursday as investors worried about coming corporate results, while European stocks fell nearly 1 percent under the weight of Greece's worsening financial predicament. Wall Street was down most of Thursday despite another flurry of better-than-expected profit reports, including Netflix...

  • NEW YORK, April 16- European stocks declined nearly 1 percent on Thursday, pressured by Greece's worsening financial predicament, and euro zone government borrowing costs hit new lows. U.S. stocks edged higher on another flurry of better-than-expected profit reports, including ones from Netflix and Goldman Sachs. The widening rift between Greece and its...

  • NEW YORK, April 16- European stocks slipped on Thursday, pressured by Greece's worsening financial predicament, and euro zone government borrowing costs hit new lows. U.S. stocks were slightly lower, despite another flurry of better-than-expected profit reports, including ones from Netflix and Goldman Sachs. The widening rift between Greece and its...

  • LONDON, April 16- The lead market is on a tear. The least sexy of the industrial metals traded on the London Metal Exchange has surged by over 20 percent from its March lows to a current $2,040 per tonne. The impact on spreads and positioning is still evolving, not least because of follow-on hits on LME inventory such as this morning's fresh 15,500 tonnes of...

  • Media stocks drag down European equities from highs Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 6:31 AM ET

    The STOXX Europe Media index dropped 1.3 percent, the top sectoral decliner, dragged down by a 3.6 percent fall in Pearson after a report saying the Los Angeles Unified School District was seeking a refund from Apple over a bungled $1.3 billion iPad plan with curriculum from Pearson. Around Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 index was down 0.3 percent and Germany's DAX...

  • LONDON, April 16- Emerging market stocks rose to near seven-month highs on Thursday, riding momentum from a global equities surge and data from China showing investment into the country is holding up against slowing growth. The MSCI emerging stocks index was up 1.2 percent, its highest since last September, while the Asian ex- Japan benchmark was 1.3 percent...

  • LONDON, April 16- Euro zone government borrowing costs slid to new lows on Thursday, a day after the European Central Bank pledged to fulfill its 1 trillion euro bond-buying program, although regional stocks took a step back from this week's multi-year peaks. Investors also fretted about the deepening crisis in Greece. Credit rating agency Standard& Poor's...

  • LONDON, April 15- The roaring stock market rallies of the United States, Japan and Europe show no sign of reaching most emerging markets, where lacklustre economic growth and company profits point to a fifth straight year of lagging performance. MSCI's emerging equity index, in contrast, stands more than 20 percent below record highs hit in 2007 and despite...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Wall St up on earnings, oil surges Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:54 PM ET

    *Banks, Intel boost Wall Street. NEW YORK, April 15- U.S. stocks rallied following several strong earnings reports on Wednesday, while European shares hit a 14- year high after the European Central Bank affirmed its loose policy stance. Better-than-expected results from banks JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo and earnings from Intel that were broadly in line with...

  • *Banks, Intel boost Wall Street. NEW YORK, April 15- European shares hit a 14- year high and the euro fell on Wednesday after the European Central Bank affirmed its loose policy stance, while U.S. stocks rallied after several strong earnings reports. U.S. stocks rallied, helped by better-than-expected results from banks JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo and earnings...

  • *Banks, Intel boost Wall Street. NEW YORK, April 15- European shares hit a 14- year high and the euro fell on Wednesday after the European Central Bank affirmed its loose policy stance, while U.S. stocks rallied after several strong earnings reports. U.S. stocks rallied, helped by better-than-expected results from banks JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo and earnings...