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  • U.S. stocks eked out tiny gains on Monday after spending much of the day drifting sideways. Traders welcomed news of several corporate mergers, including an $11 billion deal between reinsurers Axis Capital Holdings and PartnerRe. "Greece was the big driver," said Chris Gaffney, a senior market strategist at EverBank Wealth Management.

  • *Euro hits 11- year low in knee-jerk reaction to Greece vote. *Investors see limited fallout from Greece in longer term. TOKYO, Jan 26- The euro skidded to an 11- year low and stock prices fell on Monday as Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures after sweeping to victory in a snap election, putting Athens on a collision course with...

  • China stocks edge up, Hong Kong can't gain traction Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 11:43 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, Jan 26- China stocks edged up on Monday but gains were capped by selling in financials, while fears of instability in Europe weighed on shares in Hong Kong. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index dropped 0.1 percent, to 24,819.61, and the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index lost 0.7 percent, to 12,179.24, falling for the first time in four days as investors booked...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Asian stocks and the euro were weaker Monday after Greece's anti-austerity opposition party won a big victory in national elections, renewing fears the European common currency bloc could unravel. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped 0.6 percent to 17,402.97 and South Korea's Kospi was down 0.2 percent at 1,935.40.

  • *Greece vote results stokes fresh concerns of instability in Europe. TOKYO, Jan 26- The euro skidded to near an 11- year low and U.S. stock futures fell on Monday as Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures after sweeping to victory in a snap election, putting Athens on a collision course with international lenders. Syriza leader Alexis...

  • NEW YORK— The stock market is finishing lower, snapping a four-day winning streak, as U.S. companies report mixed quarterly results. Shares of tissue and diaper maker Kimberly-Clark dropped after the company's earnings fell short of expectations. U.S. stock indexes ended the previous day with big gains after Europe's central bank unveiled a program to...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. Treasury yields fell on Friday as European government bond yields dropped to record lows, a day after the European Central Bank said it would launch new stimulus in an effort to boost sagging regional growth and stave off deflation. "We're trading higher in sympathy with what's going on in Europe," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond...

  • LONDON, Jan 23- European stock markets rose on Friday after the European Central Bank's decision to buy government bonds, with Greek shares leading the gains before the country's election on Sunday. The bond-buying plan helped Greece's ATG share index rise 6.1 percent. Attica Bank, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank gained 14 to 8 percent.

  • NEW YORK— The stock market is edging lower after four straight days of gains as investors absorb quarterly financial results from U.S. companies. The Standard& Poor's 500 index eased four points to 2,058 as of 12 p.m. Eastern time Friday. U.S. stock indexes ended the previous day with big gains after Europe's central bank unveiled a program to revitalize that...

  • *Wall St stung by soft corporate earnings. NEW YORK, Jan 23- The European Central Bank's plan to pump out about 1 trillion euros to revive the euro zone economy kept stocks in the region on track for their best week since 2011 but knocked the shared currency to fresh 11- year lows. Oil prices rose on hopes for a boost to global growth from the ECB's move, while the death of...

  • *70 pct of cars bought on credit- Citi. LONDON, Jan 23- Shares in European carmakers powered to record highs on Friday as investors bet the European Central Bank's trillion-euro bond-buying plan would drive down the cost of car financing as well as boost eurozone companies' exports. Some 70 percent of cars in developed markets are bought on credit, according to...

  • US stocks slip in early trading Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 9:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market is drifting lower in early trading after weak earnings results and outlooks from some big-name companies. The large cost of timely deliveries hurt UPS during the holidays and the shipping company cut its outlook for the year. U.S. stock indexes ended the previous day with big gains after Europe's central bank unveiled a large...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. Treasury yields fell on Friday as European government bond yields fell to record lows, a day after the European Central Bank said it would launch new stimulus in an effort to boost sagging regional growth and stave off deflation. "We're trading higher in sympathy with what's going on in Europe," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist...

  • *Euro slumps towards $1.11 to 11- year low, bond yields reach new lows. LONDON, Jan 23- The European Central Bank's plan to pump out about 1 trillion euros to revive the euro zone economy put stocks in the region on track for their best week since 2011 but hammered the shared currency. Oil prices rose on hopes for a boost to global growth from the ECB's landmark move,...

  • LONDON, Jan 23- Greek shares led euro zone stock markets higher on Friday, boosted before Sunday's pivotal elections by the European Central Bank's decision to buy government bonds. The bond-buying scheme helped Greece's ATG share index rise 5.2 percent, with Attica Bank, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank up between 11.6 percent and 8.8 percent.

  • LONDON, Jan 23- Emerging equities were headed on Friday for their biggest weekly gain in 10 months, while bonds and currencies rallied across the board, thanks to the European Central Bank's trillion-euro stimulus pledge. MSCI's emerging equities index was more than 1 percent higher after the ECB on Thursday announced details of its planned bond-buying...

  • LONDON, Jan 23- Stocks and bonds surged worldwide and the euro sank to an 11- year-low on Friday, the day after the European Central Bank announced a quantitative easing plan. Oil rose following the death of the king of Saudi Arabia. Europe's FTSEurofirst 300 index responded with a 1.4 percent gain to 1,474 points, a seven-year high.

  • The European Central Bank said on Thursday it would buy 60 billion euros of bonds a month starting in March, boosting Russian assets. Russia's key interest rate is at 17 percent, more than 10 percent higher than in most Western countries. The rouble was also supported on Friday by higher prices for oil, Russia's chief export.

  • NEW YORK— A batch of mixed earnings reports Friday helped push the stock market to its first day of losses this week. Shares of tissue and diaper maker Kimberly-Clark dropped after the company's earnings fell short of expectations and it gave a disappointing outlook. "Our view is that the market is poised to have a reset to reflect what we think is a lower growth...

  • TOKYO, Jan 23- Asian stocks extended a global rally on Friday after the European Central Bank launched a landmark bond-buying stimulus programme that buoyed investors' risk appetite, drove bonds higher and kept the euro pinned near 11- year lows. Spreadbetters expect Europe to retain the previous session's sunny mood, forecasting Britain's FTSE to open up by...