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  • NYMEX-U.S. crude edges away from 2015 high Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 8:08 PM ET

    TOKYO, May 4- U.S. crude oil futures dipped from 2015 highs and towards $59 a barrel in early Monday trading, after posting the biggest monthly gain in six years in April. *U.S. crude for June delivery was down 10 cents at $59.05 a barrel by 0000 GMT. *Trading activity was expected to be low on Monday as London, Europe's main oil dealing hub, is closed due to a public holiday.

  • *Oil dips after Iraq says crude exports hit record in April. All major European markets except London, its biggest, were closed on Friday for the May Day holiday, while many Asian markets were also shut. London's FTSE 100 index inched higher on a surge in the shares of Lloyds bank and mining companies.

  • NEW YORK, May 1- Oil prices eased off 2015 highs on Friday after Iraq said its crude oil exports hit a record in April, and as the dollar strengthened. June Brent was down 78 cents at $66 barrel at 1:35 p.m. EDT, up from its $65.52 low after matching Thursday's 2015 peak of $66.93. U.S. crude for June delivery was down 86 cents at $58.77, after hitting a 2015 high of $59.90...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 1 May 2015 | 1:20 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for March, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases first-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m..

  • *Oil dips after Iraq says crude exports hit record in April. All major European markets except London, its biggest, were closed on Friday for the May Day holiday, while many Asian markets were also shut. London's FTSE 100 index inched into positive territory after miners advanced on expectations of further stimulus in China, the world's top metals consumer. 1/ 8 ID:...

  • "It's an odd day in the markets," said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank. The online travel company turned in sales that topped Wall Street's estimates, driving its stock up $7.46, or 8 percent, to $101.69. Charlie Smith, chief investment officer at Fort Pitt Capital Group, cautioned against reading too much into a day with light trading.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold falls more than 1 pct to 6-week low Friday, 1 May 2015 | 9:26 AM ET

    *Gold extends losses after falling 1.7 pct on Thursday. LONDON, May 1- Gold slid to six-week lows on Friday in holiday-thinned trade, as disappointment at its failure to hold above $1,200 an ounce this week and longer-term expectations for a U.S. rate rise undermined investor confidence. Gold hit its highest since early April at $1,215 earlier this week, but failed...

  • The MSCI emerging equity index was marginally weaker on the day and was set to chalk up the steepest weekly losses since mid-March, down more than 1 percent. That was after weak corporate earnings dented sentiment on Wall Street and data showed China's manufacturing sector barely grew in April. There was little liquidity, with stock markets in Russia, Turkey and...

  • *China's official PMI shows manufacturing sector barely grew. TOKYO, May 1- An index of Asian shares recovered from session lows but struggled to stay positive on Friday after weak corporate earnings dented Wall Street, while the dollar clawed back some losses after suffering its worst monthly performance in four years against a basket of six major currencies.

  • Japanese stocks drifted lower Friday after weak U.S. earnings underlined an uncertain economic outlook and dented Wall Street. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 was down 0.4 percent at 19,431.52 while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.6 percent to 5,824.60. Most markets in Asia and Europe are closed for the holiday.

  • *Players reduce market exposure ahead of Japan's "Golden Week" Uncertainty on global economic outlook saps risk appetite. TOKYO, May 1- Japanese stocks on Friday fell to its lowest level in almost a month as traders reduced their exposure ahead of Golden Week holidays in Japan and as uncertainty around corporate earnings and global economic growth sapped...

  • TOKYO, May 1- Asian shares dipped on Friday after weak corporate earnings dented Wall Street, while the dollar nursed its losses after marking its worst monthly performance in four years against a basket of six major currencies. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.4. Friday's activity is likely to be subdued, with some of Asia...

  • NEW YORK, April 30- Stock markets worldwide posted a second straight session of losses on Thursday after more weak earnings reports, with all three major U.S. indexes plunging more than 1 percent. Celgene led a fall in U.S. biotech stocks, while shares of Harman International Industries fell 7 percent after the maker of audio systems cut its 2015 profit forecast.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 1:27 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases first-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage...

  • NEW YORK, April 30- Stock markets worldwide stumbled for a second straight day on Thursday after more weak earnings reports, while the dollar trimmed losses after hitting fresh nine-week lows. Weak quarterly earnings from Celgene led a fell in U.S. biotech shares, while shares of Harman International Industries fell over 7 percent after the maker of audio...

  • LONDON, April 30- Many global investors have been wrong-footed by a 7 percent surge in emerging market equities in April, as stellar gains in China lifted the benchmark index to its best monthly showing since early 2012.. Shares listed on China's mainland bourses have doubled in value since September, while the dollar-denominated MSCI China index has gained...

  • Coca-Cola Enterprises beats 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 7:48 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $96 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 41 cents per share. Coca-Cola Enterprises shares have climbed roughly 2 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen...

  • The MSCI emerging market index has gained almost 8 percent since the start of April, getting a lift from a surge in Chinese stocks, though it was down 0.8 percent on the day. Investors' mood soured after first-quarter U.S. growth data came in much weaker than expected, compounding worries over a slowdown in China and on top of persistent jitters over Europe as Greece...

  • Statoil posts loss amid lower oil price, impairments Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 5:16 AM ET

    STOCKHOLM— Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil has posted its third consecutive quarterly loss, citing lower oil prices and impairments on shale assets in the U.S. Statoil on Thursday reported a first-quarter net loss of 35.5 billion kroner, compared with a profit of 23.6 billion kroner in the same period in 2014.. Statoil shares rose 2.5 percent to 157.40...

  • *Euro surges above $1.12 ahead of euro zone inflation. LONDON, April 30- World stock markets and the dollar remained in a sharp sell-off mode on Thursday, having been jolted sharply lower by weak U.S. growth data and cautious comments from the Federal Reserve. Jefferies' global equity strategist Sean Darby said markets were now having to readjust fast to the...