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  • *Europe waits for Greek vote, Spain borrowing costs rise. *Gold also dips after U.S. payrolls. Gold fell too, hitting a 3-1/ 2 month low of $1,157 an ounce, while U.S. stock futures extended gains to point a 0.3-0.4 percent rise for the main Wall Street markets when they reopen.

  • LONDON, July 2- German utility stocks rose sharply on Thursday after plans for a coal levy were scrapped, outperforming a flat showing on other benchmark European equity indexes that remained dogged by concerns over Greece. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was also flat while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index slipped 0.1 percent.

  • US STOCKS-U.S. futures rise ahead of jobs data Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 7:33 AM ET

    July 2- U.S. stock index futures rose slightly on Thursday ahead of a critical job report that could feed into the U.S. *The Labor Department's closely watched report, normally issued on a Friday, will be released on Thursday at 8:30 a.m ET because of the Independence Day holiday. *European stock markets were in a limbo and the mood was one of caution with Greece just...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Global stocks were higher on Thursday as expectations for solid U.S. jobs data overshadowed worries about Greek debt. Britain's FTSE 100 was up 1.3 percent to 6,607.79 and France's CAC 40 jumped 2 percent to 4,885.45. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said its manufacturing index rose to the highest...

  • *MSCI Asia-Ex Japan up 0.4 pct; Shanghai index down 0.9 pct. Shares in Shanghai and Shenzhen have lost a quarter of their market capitalization since the rout began, according to Thomson Reuters data. Broader investor sentiment is also expected to remain cautious in the coming weeks, thanks to growing uncertainty over whether Greece can step back from an...

  • HONG KONG, July 2- Asian shares lost early steadiness and Chinese stocks got off to a weak start on Thursday, while upbeat U.S. economic data helped the dollar gain as investors globally opted for caution due to Greece's standoff with its creditors. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.13 percent following yet another weak...

  • Taiwan stocks edge lower as Greece bewilders markets Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 9:52 PM ET

    TAIPEI, July 2- Taiwan stocks fell on Thursday, bucking modest regional gains, as conflicting signals from Greece on a last-ditch international bailout kept many investors on the sidelines. A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks on Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with...

  • July 1- U.S. stocks closed higher on Wednesday but were down from earlier highs as energy stocks declined and Greece's debt crisis showed no clear signs of resolution. Euro zone central bank chiefs kept in place their cap on a funding lifeline to Greece, maintaining pressure as Greece's lenders run out of cash. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Athens aims...

  • July 1- U.S. stocks closed higher on Wednesday but were down from earlier highs as energy stocks declined and Greece's debt crisis showed no clear signs of resolution. Euro zone central bank chiefs kept in place their cap on a funding lifeline to Greece, maintaining pressure as Greece's lenders run out of cash. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Athens aims...

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Stocks worldwide jumped on Wednesday on hopes a resolution to Greece's debt saga appeared in hand, but U.S. stocks pared gains as enthusiasm waned after the prime minister urged Greeks to reject a bailout deal with international creditors. Major European stock indices earlier surged 2 percent or more, with Germany's DAX gaining more than 3...

  • *OPEC output rises to three-year high. LONDON, July 1- Oil fell to trade further below $63 a barrel on Wednesday after U.S. crude inventories unexpectedly rose, the latest sign of a supply glut that may increase if Iran reaches a nuclear deal with world powers. "The oil market is being literally flooded with OPEC crude oil at present," said Carsten Fritsch, analyst at...

  • *Markets rally as Greece cedes ground on creditor demands. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told international creditors that Athens could accept the bailout if some conditions were changed, but Germany said it could not negotiate while Greece was headed for a referendum on the aid-for-reforms deal. "Investors are taking a collective sigh of relief that an...

  • Environmentally friendly green bonds' growth spurt pauses Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 10:45 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 1- Issuance of green bonds for financing low-carbon transport and other environmentally friendly projects has flattened after tripling last year, with some companies seeing little price advantage and possibly higher costs from selling the debt. Deals for green bonds, including the first by issuers in India, totaled $18.22 billion in the six...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St rises sharply on renewed Greece hopes Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 9:54 AM ET

    July 1- U.S. stocks rose sharply in early trading on Wednesday after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras signaled he was prepared to accept creditors' bailout offer with some conditions. Tsipras has sent a letter to the creditors outlining conditions for Athens' acceptance of a loan offer, a day after Greece defaulted on a 1.6 billion euro repayment to the...

  • *EU finance ministers to meet at 11:30 ET to discuss Greece. Greece on Tuesday on a 1.6 billion euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund. "Investors are taking a collective sigh of relief that an armageddon type of scenario did not occur with respect to Greece," said Adam Sarhan, chief executive of Sarhan Capital in New York.

  • Asian stocks gain as US data eclipses Greek risk Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 12:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Hopes that a deal could be reached between Greece and its creditors pushed stocks higher on Wednesday. Greece failed to repay a loan to the International Monetary Fund that was due on Tuesday after talks between the nations and its creditors broke down late last week. "The developments in Greece... seem to be driving sentiment more than anything," said Phil...

  • NEW YORK, June 30- Stocks ended slightly higher on Wall Street in volatile trade on Tuesday and a global equities gauge was flat, while the euro fell as Greece grappled with a looming deadline on a debt payment to the IMF. Markets held on to some chance of resolution even as German Chancellor Angela Merkel played down any hopes of a last-minute deal with Greece and...

  • *Conflicting reports on Greece debt deal before referendum. In choppy trading, U.S. benchmark yields bounced up from one-week lows set during Monday's rally due to a weekend breakdown in talks between Athens and international lenders ahead of Tuesday's deadline for Greece to repay the International Monetary Fund $1.77 billion. The Treasuries market seems...

  • NEW YORK, June 30- Stocks on Wall Street rose in choppy trade on Tuesday and a global equities gauge ticked up, while the euro remained under pressure as Greece grappled with a looming deadline on a debt payment to the IMF. Greece submitted a new two-year aid proposal to its creditors, calling for debt restructuring in what seemed like a last-ditch effort by Athens...

  • NEW YORK, June 30- Stocks on Wall Street rose in choppy trade on Tuesday and a global equities gauge ticked up, while the euro remained under pressure as Greece grappled with a looming deadline on a debt payment to the IMF. Greece submitted a new two-year aid proposal to its creditors, calling for debt restructuring in what seemed like a last-ditch effort by Athens...