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  • Actavis Plc, Gilead Sciences and other biotechs were among the biggest drivers, a day after Allergan agreed to be bought by Actavis. Shares of Actavis were up 8.7 percent at $269.60, helped by bullish analyst notes, while Gilead's stock rose 3.3 percent to $103.71 percent. "A little bit of a risk trade is coming back on, and those are the areas for the M&A," said Uri...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- Stock markets around the world rose on Tuesday and the yen hit a seven-year low as news of a snap election and a delayed tax increase in Japan bolstered hopes for new stimulus measures a day after data showed the country was back in recession. Wall Street got additional lift from merger deals, rises in healthcare issues and benign U.S. inflation data,...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- Stock markets around the world rose on Tuesday and the yen hit a seven-year low as news of a surprise election and a delayed tax increase in Japan strengthened hopes for new stimulus measures a day after data showed the country slid back into recession. Oil prices dropped again, with Brent under $79 a barrel. The MSCI index of world stocks rose 0.65...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Tuesday following a record close on the S&P 500 and ahead of producer inflation data. *Shares in Europe advanced, boosted by German analyst and investor sentiment, which rose in November for the first time in almost a year, raising hopes of an improvement in Europe's biggest economy.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.5 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.8 pct. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.5 percent at 1,359.08 points, with the euro zone-only Euro STOXX 50 up 0.8 percent at 3,111.15 points. The indexes were extending gains from the previous session, when the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the bank's stimulus is gaining...

  • TOKYO, Nov 18- Asian stocks sagged on Tuesday amid profit taking in Hong Kong and Chinese markets, while Tokyo shares rebounded on expectations that Japan will opt for a snap election that may lead to fresh stimulus measures. Spreadbetters saw a slightly higher start for Europe in the wake of Japan's rebound, forecasting Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and...

  • Asia stocks down as China property, Japan weighed Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:31 AM ET

    A positive outlook from homebuilders and encouraging news from Japan and Germany also helped lift markets. "We've gotten good news on all of the worries since mid-October and we had much better-than-expected earnings," said Kate Warne, an investment strategist at Edward Jones. Developments in Japan, whose economy slipped into recession in the third quarter,...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 17- Hedge fund Omega Advisors expects to see the U.S. stock market's bull run continue into next year, fueled by steady economic growth and a corporate takeover boom. "My expectation is for the Standard& Poor's 500 to gain 7 percent to 9 percent in 2015," Steven Einhorn, Omega's vice chairman said on Monday. Omega, founded by Leon Cooperman two decades ago...

  • LONDON, Nov 17- Yields on most lower-rated euro zone bond fell on Monday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said unconventional monetary policy measures could include buying sovereign bonds. "That Draghi... explicitly stated that buying government bonds was an option was not completely ground breaking but it gave comfort to the market," said...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 17- JPMorgan on Monday downgraded its view of the U.S. stock market, reversing its overweight call to underweight as valuations relative to Europe had "turned outright expensive." While Europe is expected to perform better than the U.S. equity market, JPMorgan wrote that it expects U.S. stocks to continue scaling new highs, as they have throughout the...

  • *Shock Japan GDP data hits stocks in Asia, Europe. *Wall Street set to open lower. LONDON, Nov 17- Data showing Japan slipped into recession in the third quarter raised concerns on Monday about global economic health, hitting stocks and the price of oil.

  • *Shock Japan GDP data hits stocks in Asia, Europe. LONDON, Nov 17- Shares fell and the oil price slid on Monday after data showed Japan had slipped into recession, raising concerns about global growth. It also shaved $1 off the price of Brent crude oil and sent ripples across Europe, where the FTSEurofirst 300 pan-European share index was down 0.3 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- U.S. long-dated Treasury debt prices rose on Friday for a third straight session, as institutional buyers scooped up bonds, comforted by benign inflation in the world's largest economy that should allow the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates lower for longer. "Low inflation expectations in the U.S. have prompted buying on the long end," said Kim...

  • *Oil rises from 4- year low on OPEC cut hopes. MSCI's all-country world index was almost unchanged at 420.17. A mixed bag of euro zone growth numbers showed France and Germany growing marginally but others like Italy still firmly in recession.

  • LONDON, Nov 14- European stocks fell back on Friday and U.S. stocks looked set to open flat after a mixed bag of euro zone growth numbers that showed France and Germany growing marginally but others like Italy still firmly in recession. Asian stocks had fallen earlier on the latest signs that growth in China is also slowing and the European data confirmed that the...

  • Spreadbetters expected the cautious mood in risk assets continuing into Europe, forecasting an effectively flat open for London's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.3 percent. "As Federal Reserve policy shifts towards monetary tightening, the kind of risk aversion stemming from...

  • Stocks end mostly up as gains extend into 4th week Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks ended mostly higher on Friday as major indexes extended gains for a fourth week in a row, a rare stretch for this year. "The market has continued to surprise me with its strength," said Uri Landesman, president of Platinum Partners, an investment fund in New York. Stocks have been mostly rising since Oct. 15, when the S&P 500 nearly fell into a "correction," a...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.2 percent. "As Federal Reserve policy shifts towards monetary tightening, the kind of risk aversion stemming from emerging markets we saw at the start of the year may take place again," said Junichi Ishikawa, a market analyst at IG Securities in Tokyo. We may see instability continue in...

  • Saudi Arabia's oil minister also appeared to rule out a cut in production by the key OPEC member when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meets in Vienna on Nov. 27 fuelling fears of oversupply. *U.S. crude for December delivery rose to 23 cents to $74.43 a barrel by 0116 GMT on Friday after dropping $2.97 in the previous session, the lowest since...

  • *Japan's yen sags as Nikkei rises. NEW YORK, Nov 13- The dollar on Thursday neared a seven-year high against the yen amid heightened speculation that Japan's prime minister will call a snap election next month, and dipped against the euro. "The market seems content to sit in the range here and bide time on the dollar," said Shaun Osborne, chief foreign exchange...