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  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Tech sector brightens as Apple jumps 8 pct Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 7:47 PM ET

    *New Zealand dollar higher as central bank hikes rates. SYDNEY, April 24- Asian markets could get a lift on Thursday after tech heavyweights Apple and Facebook beat Wall Street expectations, sending their stock up sharply and boosting Nasdaq futures.

  • COLUMN-When the best offense is defensive stocks Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 4:30 PM ET

    LONG BEACH, Calif., April 23- You've been on offense with your global stock portfolio for five years, running up the score in sectors like consumer discretionary and technology stocks that have outperformed the broad market. Jamie Doyle, co-manager of the Causeway Global Value Fund, is not ready to make a wholesale switch into defensive plays.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- Ever since they were badly burned in the 2008-2009 stock and bond debacle, investors have been pouring money into so-called "alternative" mutual funds, often at the behest of financial advisers who say those funds will protect them from the fire next time.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- The U.S. dollar weakened against the euro and yen on Wednesday, undermined by a decline in U.S. equity prices and Treasury yields and finding little support from a slower-than-expected expansion in the U.S. manufacturing sector.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- U.S. The Commerce Department said sales of new U.S. single-family homes dropped 14.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000 units in March, declining for a second consecutive month.

  • Settlement time for U.S. trades closer to being shortened Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 23- The Depository Trust& Clearing Corporation, which processes all U.S. stock and fixed income trades, said on Wednesday it supports shortening the settlement cycle for U.S. equities, corporate and municipal bonds, and unit investment trust trades.

  • TOKYO, April 23- Sumitomo Life Insurance, Japan's fourth-largest life insurer, plans to shift some funds out of long-term domestic bonds to foreign bonds in the year to March, as bond yields in Japan are too low, a senior company official said on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, April 23- European shares edged down on Wednesday after three days of gains as data showing China's economy was still stuttering offset some broadly reassuring European purchasing manager index numbers.

  • TOKYO, April 23- Sumitomo Life Insurance, Japan's fourth largest life insurance company, plans to shift some of its funds into foreign bonds from long-term domestic bonds, as bond yields in Japan are too low, a senior company official said on Wednesday.

  • April 22- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday proposed speeding up medical device approvals for patients who have no other treatment options through a new program focused on earlier and more frequent interactions between companies and FDA staff.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 22- Gold prices dropped to their lowest in more than two months on Tuesday, weighed down by gains on Wall Street stocks and as outflows from physical gold funds pointed to weak investment appetite. Gold losses accelerated after prices slipped below chart support at $1,280 an ounce, triggering heavy protective stop-loss orders.

  • NEW YORK, April 22- Options investors expecting a big move in Netflix shares after the video streaming service posted earnings didn't get what they wanted, and they're fleeing en masse on Tuesday.

  • April 22- The federal judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy case tapped a top restructuring official at Phoenix Management Services on Tuesday to help the court determine if the city's plan to adjust its $18 billion of debt is feasible.

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat, but Netflix jumps in premarket Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 7:35 AM ET

    *Netflix jumps, results show strong subscriber growth. NEW YORK, April 22- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Tuesday as investors found few reasons to continue buying after a five-day rally in the S&P 500, though Netflix jumped following its earnings results.

  • WASHINGTON, April 21- U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday indicated that creditors should be able to seek limited information about Argentina's non-U.S. assets in a case about bank subpoenas in decade-long litigation over Argentina's obligations to bond investors.

  • *Traders discount separatist conflict in Ukraine. While conflict in Ukraine lingered on Monday, traders concentrated on last Thursday's upbeat U.S. economic data showing jobless claims remained low and factory activity was better than expected, and a significant international agreement to lower tension in Ukraine.

  • TOKYO, April 21- The Bank of Japan is likely to hold off on expanding monetary stimulus for as long as possible but when it does act, it will take "extraordinary" steps such as buying government bonds on a massive scale, a former central bank policymaker said on Monday.

  • TOKYO, April 21- Japan's Taiyo Life Insurance plans to maintain its holdings of foreign and domestic bonds in the current fiscal year through March 2015, a senior official said on Monday.

  • JGBs edge down as Japan shares climb Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 | 10:33 PM ET

    TOKYO, April 21- Japanese government bond prices dipped slightly on Monday on a rise in Japanese shares, with the benchmark 10- year yield unable to break strong support at 0.6 percent. The 10- year JGB yield briefly touched a four-week low of 0.595 percent but edged back to 0.600 percent, up 0.5 basis point from Friday's settlement.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- Morgan Stanley's big bet on wealth management is looking strong as fees, commissions and interest collected by its more than 16,000 brokers fueled a 13 percent rise in the business's first-quarter net income from a year earlier to $423 million, the company said Thursday.