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  • TOKYO, Oct 16- A sharp slide in Japanese stocks led Asian equities down on Thursday, as a maelstrom of concern about global growth drove U.S. The New York Fed's Empire State general business conditions index also plunged to 6.17 in October from September's 27.54, marking the weakest pace of manufacturing activity in New York state since April.

  • *Caution after disappointing China, U.S. inflation readings. NEW YORK, Oct 15- Stocks took a pounding on Wednesday, although Wall Street managed to peddle back from its steepest lows, and safe-haven government debt prices rose after U.S. and Chinese inflation data fanned worries about a global slowdown. A key gauge of Wall Street anxiety hit its highest level since...

  • Key U.S. short-term rate rises in bond market rally Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 15- A key short-term U.S. interest rate rose to a two-month high on Wednesday, a glaring exception on a day when global bond yields fell broadly in one of the most volatile sessions in years because of a deteriorating outlook for the global economy. In the $5 trillion U.S. repurchase agreement market, the overnight interest rate for banks and Wall Street...

  • Bond prices surge the most since financial crisis Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 2:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Investors flooded into the U.S. That's a decline of 29 basis points, a Wall Street term to describe one one-hundredth of a percent, and a huge move in the context of the bond market. Today it moved 29 basis points in 5 minutes, "said Tom di Galoma, head of fixed income rates in New York at ED&F Man Capital.

  • European stocks suffer biggest one-day slide since 2011 Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 12:49 PM ET

    *$255 bln wiped off the market value of STOXX 600 stocks. PARIS, Oct 15- A sell-off in European stocks accelerated on Wednesday, with a key index suffering its biggest one-day slide in nearly three years as investors slashed exposure to risky assets on mounting worries about global growth. That is more than Portugal's GDP and more than the entire market...

  • *Caution reigns after disappointing China inflation reading. NEW YORK, Oct 15- Stocks and the U.S. dollar slumped and safe-haven government debt rallied on Wednesday, as investors around the globe resumed their flight from riskier assets after weak U.S. and Chinese inflation figures. "You couple this with fears about the spread of Ebola, with the recent downtrend...

  • *Bond market closing its doors to Greece, analysts say. Ten-year borrowing costs shot up by more 80 basis points to 7.85 percent, their highest since February, partly reflecting a lack of faith in Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' ability to ensure Greece can fund itself in the market. The Athens stock market plunged 6.8 percent to 884.06 and was on track for its...

  • *Shire shares tumble as AbbVie reconsiders bid. NEW YORK, Oct 15- U.S. stocks dropped on Wednesday as economic data buttressed worries over the health of the world economy and signs emerged of slowing merger activity. Worries about a lethargic global economy weren't helped by data that showed U.S. retail sales and producer prices fell in September, while...

  • Greek stocks sink, bond yield surge threatens bailout exit Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    *Bond market closing its doors to Greece, analysts say. Ten-year borrowing costs shot up by more 80 basis points to 7.85 percent, their highest since February, partly reflecting a lack of faith in Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' ability to ensure Greece can fund itself in the market. At this level the market is closed for Greece, "said Alessandro Giansanti, senior...

  • Floating storage at sea stalls despite falling oil prices Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    *Falling oil prices still to attract large scale storage at sea. *Oil tanker rates gaining ground after years in doldrums. LONDON, Oct 15- Despite falling oil prices, traders in recent weeks have booked just a few tankers to store cargoes at sea as higher freight costs outweigh any profit play for now.

  • The Tehran Stock Exchange is "the last, large untapped emerging market in the world", said Ramin Rabii, managing director of Turquoise Partners, a Tehran- based investment firm with around $200 million of assets under management. Talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna this week aim to reach a deal on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme.

  • *OPEC shows no sign of cutting output to defend oil prices. LONDON, Oct 15- Brent crude hit a new four-year low on Wednesday before recovering to just under $85 a barrel, as faltering global growth curbed demand for fuel at a time of heavy oversupply. Brent for November delivery touched a fresh post-2010 low of $83.37, down $1.67, before recovering to around $84.80 by...

  • Greece returns to market spotlight with nosedive Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    Greece's main stock index closed 6.3 percent lower— having traded down as much as 9.8 percent lower earlier in the day. Yields on Greece's 10- year bonds also rose sharply, to 7.73 percent— up 1.10 percentage points on the day, a sign investors are more worried about default. Economist Megan Greene said investors were rattled by a combination of factors, with the...

  • European shares extend losses; Greek stocks tumble Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 8:59 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 15- European stocks extended their steep losses on Wednesday following data showing U.S. producer prices fell for the first time in over a year, fueling worries of falling U.S. inflation. At 1253 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 2.1 percent at 1,265.71 points, a level not seen since early February. Greek equities featured...

  • *Caution reigns after disappointing China inflation reading. Market volatility has surged in recent weeks as investors weigh the timing of expected interest rate increases, especially in the United States, against disappointing macroeconomic signals such as a worse-than-expected inflation reading from China. Britain's FTSE 100 benchmark stock index...

  • *Caution reigns after disappointing China inflation reading. Market volatility has surged in recent weeks as investors weigh the timing of expected interest rate increases, especially in the United States, against disappointing macroeconomic signals such as a worse-than-expected inflation reading from China. There were pockets of choppiness in Europe,...

  • *Spreadbetters expect lower open for Europe. In a reflection of the cautious mood, spreadbetters saw a lower open for Europe, forecasting Britain's FTSE to start as much as 0.2 percent lower, Germany's DAX down 0.17 percent and France's CAX 0.4 percent lower. "Against a backdrop of deteriorating economic data it will remain difficult for stocks to rally...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 14- Brent crude prices marked their biggest decline in more than three years on Tuesday and U.S. and German debt attracted buyers on lingering anxiety over world economic growth. Wall Street struggled to maintain gains, after rising more than 1 percent earlier, as energy shares slid to enter a bear market. An MSCI gauge of major stocks worldwide was...

  • Citigroup and Domino's are big market movers Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 4:37 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Johnson& Johnson, down $2.11 to $97.01. Citigroup Inc., up $1.57 to $51.47.

  • Oct 14- Skyworks Solutions Inc, a supplier of radio frequency chips to companies such as Apple Inc, estimated fourth-quarter adjusted profit and revenue above its forecast, sending its shares up as much as 12.5 percent. Skyworks, whose chips connect smartphones and tablets to a telecom network, has been benefiting from higher demand from handset makers,...