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  • SYDNEY, Nov 24- Asian share markets were broadly higher on Monday as the prospect of further policy stimulus in China and Europe whetted risk appetites while sending the euro skidding. "China's rate cut adds to the determination of global policy makers to avoid deflation and support growth," said Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy at fund manager AMP...

  • How the Dow Jones industrials did on Friday Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 4:54 PM ET

    U.S. stocks closed higher Friday, edging further into record territory as investors welcomed a move by China to stimulate its economy by lowering interest rates. Hints from the head of Europe's central bank that it might step up its own stimulus efforts also helped lift stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard& Poor's 500 index closed at record...

  • US stocks rise early after rate cut from China Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:40 AM ET

    U.S. stocks rose sharply in early trading after a surprise interest rate cut in China and a hint of further stimulus for Europe from the head of that region's central bank. The Standard& Poor's 500 index rose nine points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,062 as of 9:31 a.m. Eastern time Friday. The price of oil rose 73 cents to $76.58 a barrel in New York.

  • PARIS, Nov 21- European stocks rallied on Friday, with a benchmark regional index hitting a two-month high, propelled by dovish comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and a surprise interest rate cut from China's central bank. Regional mining shares, highly sensitive to China's economic growth, featured among the top gainers, with Rio Tinto...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- Wall Street was poised to open higher on Friday, setting major stock indexes up for a fifth week of gains, after China's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than two years to boost its cooling economy. China's move came after European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said "excessively low" inflation had to be raised...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday, setting major indexes up for a fifth week of gains, after China's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than two years to boost its cooling economy. *The People's Bank of China said it was cutting one-year benchmark lending rates by 40 basis points to 5.6 percent.

  • European shares extend rally after China rate cut Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 6:48 AM ET

    PARIS, Nov 21- European stocks extended an early rally on Friday morning, led by mining shares after China's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than two years in an attempt to lift its cooling economy. European mining shares, strongly affected by China's economic growth, featured among the top gainers, with Rio Tinto up 3.9...

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.8 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 1.1 pct. *Euro STOXX 50, DAX, CAC eye first weekly gain of the month. Speculation about more stimulus from the ECB, pinned on comments by Draghi earlier this week, has boosted Germany's DAX, France's CAC and Euro STOXX 50 this week, setting up the three indexes for their first weekly gain this month.

  • LONDON, Nov 21- Euro zone indexes were set for their first weekly gain this month as they rose early on Friday, with traders awaiting speeches from European Central Bank policymakers for clues as to whether more stimulus may be under way. French conglomerate Bouygues was the top riser among large European stocks, up 3.3 percent, after the chief executive of Altice...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up about 0.2 percent, though on track for a weekly loss of over 1 percent. Japan's Nikkei stock average bucked the regional trend, dropping 0.8 percent as the yen jumped after Finance Minister Taro Aso warned that its recent weakening was "too rapid." Aso stuck to Japan's stance of allowing the market...

  • TOKYO, Nov 21- Asian shares took solace from data showing broad U.S. economic strength even as signs of spreading weakness in China and Europe checked risk appetite, while the yen nursed its losses after sliding to multiyear lows against the dollar and euro overnight. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up slightly in early trade.

  • US indexes edge higher; Homebuilder stocks gain Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:58 AM ET

    Traders were also weighing a decline in weekly applications for unemployment benefits Thursday and soft economic data out of China and Europe. Best Buy rose 8 percent after its quarterly results came in far ahead of what analysts were expecting. Beazer Homes rose 3 percent.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.4 pct, Euro STOXX 50 0.7 pct lower. *Technip weighs on France's CAC after CGG bid. France's CAC fell 0.7 percent, with Germany's DAX down 0.5 percent.

  • Asia stocks dulled by weak economic reports Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:21 AM ET

    Discouraging economic data out of Europe and China stoked worries of a global economic slowdown and sent stocks lower in early trading. "Housing was good, leading indicators were good, manufacturing was good," said Doug Cote, chief market strategist at Voya Investment Management. Traders also drew encouragement from retailers including Best Buy, Dollar Tree...

  • *MSCI Asia index excluding Japan slips 0.3 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.3 percent, briefly touching a three-week low. The China flash HSBC/ Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index published on Thursday showed factory output contracted in the world's third-biggest economy for the first time in six...

  • *MSCI Asia index excluding Japan slips 0.3 percent. TOKYO, Nov 20- Asian mostly stocks fell on Thursday apart from Tokyo, where shares bucked the downward trend and rose in reaction to a further weakening in the yen. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent, with an extended decline in oil and other commodity prices continuing to...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar, bond yields gain after Fed minutes Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 19- The dollar hit a seven-year high against the yen on Wednesday and U.S. The tendency has been for the minutes to go the other way of the statement, said Robbert Van Batenburg, director of market strategy at Newedge in New York. The yen weakened further after the minutes were released, with the dollar rising as high as 118.0 yen, its highest since August...

  • European shares erase gains ahead of Fed minutes Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- European shares ended flat after hitting a seven-week high earlier on Wednesday, with investors trading cautiously ahead of minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve policy meeting. The market also faced pressure from a sharp decline in mining shares after China's iron ore futures dropped nearly 5 percent to a record low.

  • European shares advance, Swiss index hits 9,000 Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 8:48 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 share index climbed to a seven-week high on Wednesday, helped by broker upgrades, and Switzerland's SMI equity index hit the 9,000 mark for the first time since late 2007.. Prudential rose 1.3 percent after Deutsche Bank increased its target price for the stock to 1,680 pence from 1,630 pence, Severn Trent was up...

  • LONDON, Nov 19- The dollar hit a seven-year high against the yen on Wednesday ahead of minutes from the U.S. U.S. equity futures pointed to a flat opening on Wall Street while oil prices recovered a touch but stayed near four-year lows on signs of disagreement between OPEC members before a meeting next week. Petr Krpata, currency strategist at ING, said the Fed...