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  • NEW YORK, Dec 19- U.S. stocks gained ground in late afternoon trading on Friday, extending the S&P 500' s best two-day run in more than three years, helped by higher energy shares. Brent crude oil rebounded to end up 3.6 percent at $61.38 a barrel, while WTI crude jumped 4.5 percent to settled at $56.52. Among decliners, shares of Nike shed 2.8 percent, a day after the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 19- U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday after the market's best two-day run in more than three years, with shares of Nike weighing on the Dow while energy shares led a modest advance on the benchmark S&P 500.. Brent crude oil advanced above $60 a barrel on Friday, recovering from near a 5-1/ 2- year low, while WTI crude climbed 3.3 percent to $55.90.

  • LONDON, Dec 19- A three-day rally in world share markets started to peter out on Friday as worries emerged that the European Central Bank's money printing plans could come with a number of restrictive strings attached. Officials speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity said the ECB may require countries such as Greece or Portugal to set aside extra money...

  • LONDON, Dec 19- European stocks edged lower on Friday, reversing an early rise, as Italian banks came under pressure from a downgrade by S&P and Swiss drugmaker Roche saw two major drugs fail tests. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.1 percent tot 1,355.47 points at 1113 GMT, retreating after a 3 percent advance on Thursday.

  • *Asia shares buoyed as Wall St surges for second day. LONDON, Dec 19- World markets are ending their last full week of 2014 on a high, as Wall Street made its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 and European shares headed for their strongest week of the year. French IT services company Atos SE Xerox Corp's outsourcing arm.

  • US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:07 AM ET

    Benchmark U.S. crude bounced up from recent lows, climbing $2.36 to settle at $56.52 a barrel in New York, as traders bet that a 6- month plunge in prices had gone too far. Nike's stock dropped $2.24, or 2 percent, to $94.84. The maker of athletic apparel posted results that beat Wall Street's forecasts late Thursday, but a drop in orders from Japan and developing...

  • *Wall Street gains more than 2 pct. NEW YORK, Dec 18- Global equities markets rallied on Thursday, with Wall Street surging nearly 2.5 percent, as investors buoyed by policy comments from the U.S. Wall Street powered higher, with the S&P 500 putting up its best two days of gains since November 2011, according to Reuters data.

  • *Investors buy record share at $16 bln TIPS auction. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. Treasuries yields rose on Thursday as Wall Street shares rose a day after the U.S.

  • *Wall Street on track for second day of strong gains. NEW YORK, Dec 18- Global equities markets rallied on Thursday, with Wall Street up more than 1 percent for a second straight day with investor sentiment buoyed by comments from the U.S. Wall Street primary dealers, on average, expect the first rate hike to come in June 2015, according to a Reuters poll.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- European stocks surged on Thursday, with the market supported by a rise in Greek shares after the leader of the main opposition party said he was committed to keeping Greece in the euro should his leftist party take power next year. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares closed up 3 percent at 1,356.23 points, its biggest percentage rise...

  • *Wall Street on track for second day of strong gains. NEW YORK, Dec 18- Global equities markets rallied on Thursday, with Wall Street up more than 1 percent for a second straight day on what investors viewed as a favorable result from the Federal Reserve's most recent meeting. A Reuters poll of Wall Street dealers puts expectations for the first interest-rate...

  • TIPS breakeven rates slip before $15 bln auction. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. Treasuries yields rose on Thursday as Wall Street stock prices rose a day after U.S.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- European stocks surged on Thursday, with the market supported by a rise in Greek shares after the leader of the main opposition party said he was committed to keeping Greece in the euro should his leftist party take power next year. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 2.8 percent at 1,353.52 points, its biggest rise since...

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday after its central bank announced a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and likely inflows from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year. The jitters of recent weeks calmed a touch as oil rose for a second day, although the pressure was still on Russia's rouble...

  • Europe shares rally, led up by rebound for oil stocks Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 18- European stocks rose on Thursday, led higher by energy-related stocks as oil rose and by strength in financials after the U.S. At 1135 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 1.9 percent at 1,341.86 points. Oil companies topped the index, with Norway's Seadrill up 8.7 percent and Statoil up 6.4 percent, as Brent crude jumped 3...

  • LONDON, Dec 18- Emerging shares rose for a second straight day on Thursday while most currencies strengthened, lifted by the Federal Reserve's show of confidence in the U.S. economy, though Russia's rouble eased after two days of gains. Bourses in oil exporters Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates bounced back strongly after dramatic falls earlier in the...

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday as its central bank slapped a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and the likely pressure from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year. The jitters of recent days also calmed a touch as Russia managed to stabilise its rouble ahead of an end-of-year address...

  • *Regulator criticizes some margin trading- Shanghai paper. BEIJING, Dec 18- China stocks slipped on Thursday as hot brokerage shares cooled on questions about margin trading and investors shifted interest to coming listings while the Hong Kong market rebounded after five days of losses. The CSI300 index of leading Shanghai and Shenzhen listings fell 0.4...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stock prices jumped and the dollar strengthened on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve signaled America's economy was strong enough to handle interest rate hikes at some point in 2015, but emphasized that shifts in policy would be gradual. Wall Street, coming off three days of declines, had risen with steep gains in energy stocks even before...

  • You're going to see volatility here, "said Daniel Flynn, energy analyst at Chicago's Price Futures Group. Brent for February delivery was up $1.05 at $61.06 a barrel by 2:37 p.m. EST, after hitting a session high of $63.40. The biggest slide in oil prices since the 2008 financial crisis had accelerated after OPEC met in November, when Gulf producers resisted calls...