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  • LONDON, Nov 17- Yields on most lower-rated euro zone bond fell on Monday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said unconventional monetary policy measures could include buying sovereign bonds. "That Draghi... explicitly stated that buying government bonds was an option was not completely ground breaking but it gave comfort to the market," said...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- U.S. stocks posted a fourth straight week of increases but ended Friday little changed as losses in healthcare shares offset gains in energy. Apple shares rose 1.2 percent to $114.18, another record high. Biotech stocks were among biggest decliners in the S&P health care index, which fell 0.8 percent and was the biggest drag on the S&P 500. Gilead...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- U.S. long-dated Treasury debt prices rose on Friday for a third straight session, as institutional buyers scooped up bonds, comforted by benign inflation in the world's largest economy that should allow the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates lower for longer. "Low inflation expectations in the U.S. have prompted buying on the long end," said Kim...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- An improving U.S. economy has failed to galvanize the consumer discretionary sector so far this year, but a recent rally in restaurant stocks as the holidays approach could herald happier days ahead for other retailers. Shares of Buffalo Wild Wings Inc, Domino's Pizza Inc, Darden Restaurants Inc and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc have all...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- U.S. stocks edged lower on Friday afternoon, led by losses in healthcare shares. "Oil prices moving lower would be a net benefit from most people's perspectives because it frees up so much potential disposable spending on the part of the U.S. consumer," said Peter Kenny, chief market strategist at Clearpool Group in New York. On the Nasdaq, Cisco Systems,...

  • *Oil rises from 4- year low on OPEC cut hopes. MSCI's all-country world index was almost unchanged at 420.17. A mixed bag of euro zone growth numbers showed France and Germany growing marginally but others like Italy still firmly in recession.

  • *Baker Hughes confirms merger talks with Halliburton. *Geron jumps on licensing deal with Johnson& Johnson. NEW YORK, Nov 14- U.S. stocks opened flat on Friday, with the S&P on track for a fourth straight weekly advance, after data on retail sales and ahead of a report on consumer sentiment.

  • BULLARD SAYS LOWER LONG TERM RATES AND LOWER OIL PRICES SHOULD PROVIDE TAILWINDS FOR US ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE.

  • Saudi Arabia's oil minister also appeared to rule out a cut in production by the key OPEC member when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meets in Vienna on Nov. 27 fuelling fears of oversupply. *U.S. crude for December delivery rose to 23 cents to $74.43 a barrel by 0116 GMT on Friday after dropping $2.97 in the previous session, the lowest since...

  • *Treasury concludes this week's $66 bln in auctions. NEW YORK, Nov 13- U.S. "Once the 30- year auction was done, the market breathed a sigh of relief and you got some buying," said Lou Brien, strategist at DRW Trading in Chicago.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 13- Energy shares fell their most in a month Thursday as crude prices slid, dragging on Wall Street despite gains in Wal-Mart and other consumer stocks. The Dow and S&P 500 earlier hit intraday highs, with Wal-Mart and Apple at all-time records. Wal-Mart rose 4.2 percent to $82.50 after posting a 2.9 percent increase in third-quarter revenue.

  • *Dow, S&P hit intraday record highs after Wal-Mart results. NEW YORK, Nov 13- U.S. stock prices held firm on Thursday after the Dow and Standard& Poor's 500 reached record intraday highs, while crude fell below $80 a barrel for the first time in four years on further signs of a slowdown in China's economy. Brent crude was last down $2.02 or 2.51 percent at $78.36 a barrel,...

  • *Berkshire Hathaway to buy Duracell from Procter& Gamble. NEW YORK, Nov 13- U.S. stocks advanced modestly on Thursday to send the Dow and S&P to new record intraday highs following earnings from Wal-Mart and data on the labor market. Wal-Mart shares climbed 3.4 percent to $81.92 as one of the biggest boosts to both the Dow and S&P 500 after the retail giant posted a 2.9...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 13- U.S. long-dated Treasuries prices edged lower on Thursday ahead of an auction of $16 billion in bonds, while prices on other Treasury maturities were little changed following U.S. jobless claims data. The Treasury will sell $16 billion in 30- year Treasury bonds at 1:00 p.m. EST, the last leg of this week's $66 billion in new supply.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. stocks rise, oil falls below $80 Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    *Wall Street approaches record highs after Wal-Mart results. NEW YORK, Nov 13- U.S. stock prices rose on Thursday, hovering near record highs, while crude fell below $80 a barrel for the first time in four years on further signs of a slowdown in China's economy. Brent crude was last down $1.43 or 1.78 percent at $78.95 a barrel, while U.S. oil futures fell $1.46 to $75.72.

  • *Berkshire Hathaway to buy Duracell from Procter& Gamble. NEW YORK, Nov 13- U.S. stocks inched higher shortly after the open on Thursday, as the Dow and S&P touched new record intraday highs following earnings from Wal-Mart and data on the labor market. Wal-Mart shares advanced 2.8 percent to $81.42 as one of the biggest boosts to both the Dow and S&P 500 after the...

  • *Wal-Mart climbs in premarket after results. *Berkshire Hathaway to buy Duracell from Procter& Gamble. NEW YORK, Nov 13- U.S. stocks were poised to open little changed on Thursday, as the Dow and S&P hovered near record highs following earnings from Wal-Mart and data on the labor market.

  • *Wal-Mart climbs in premarket after results. *Wal-Mart shares advanced 2 percent to $80.75 in premarket trading after the retail giant posted its quarterly results. *J.C. Penney shares fell 5.9 percent to $7.30 in premarket trading after it reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss Wednesday but said same-store sales were flat and slightly cut its...

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 13- U.S. crude edged lower to around $77 a barrel in early Asian trade on Thursday after OPEC said demand for its oil will fall next year, while Saudi Arabia kept its silence about a possible cut in production. *U.S. crude for December delivery was trading 12 cents lower at $77.06 a barrel at 0057 GMT, after dipping as low as $76.86. *Global demand for oil from...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 12- The Dow and S&P 500 ended slightly lower on Wednesday, breaking their five-day streak of record closing highs as energy and utility shares lost ground, while the Nasdaq climbed. Energy shares fell along with oil prices, with Brent crude oil breaking below $80 a barrel for the first time since September 2010. Shares of Exxon Mobil were down 1.1...