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  • NEW YORK, Feb 3- U.S. stocks slumped on Monday, with the S&P 500 hitting its lowest level since October after weaker-than-expected data on the factory sector in the world's largest economy provided investors with the latest reason to book profits. The CBOE volatility index jumped more than 11 percent to trade above 20 for the first time since early October.

  • Wall Street, European stocks fall more than 1 percent. MSCI's all-country world equity index fell 0.72 percent while the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index of leading regional shares closed down 1.5 percent. MSCI's emerging markets index fell 0.9 percent to its lowest since August, a decline that was less of a fall than developed markets.

  • *U.S. factory data much weaker than expected. NEW YORK, Feb 3- U.S. stocks fell on Monday, adding to recent losses after data showed the factory sector in the world's largest economy expanded in January at its slowest pace in eight months. The CBOE volatility index jumped more than 9 percent to trade above 20 for the first time since early October.

  • TOKYO, Feb 3- Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a fresh 2 1/ 2- month low on Monday, extending last week's declines with little sign that emerging market woes have abated, and upcoming U.S. jobs data keeping investors risk-shy. Analysts said that they had expected a sharper sell-off in Tokyo on Monday after seeing the Nikkei futures closed at 14,610 in Chicago.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 31- Bargain-hunters on Wall Street could not stop the bleeding in global shares on Friday as fears of a protracted capital flight out of emerging markets lingered, handing a gauge of global equities its worst month in almost two years.

  • *Amazon.com shares tumble after earnings disappoint. *Wal-Mart cuts outlook due to store closings. NEW YORK, Jan 31- U.S. stocks fell on Friday, with the S&P 500 on track for its first monthly loss since August as disappointing corporate earnings from big companies like Amazon.com and concerns about the euro zone and emerging markets kept investors on edge.

  • European and U.S. stock markets fell, cutting initial losses sharply, but could not prevent MSCI's global index from heading to its largest monthly decline since May 2012.

  • *Wal-Mart cuts outlook; shares off in premarket trade. NEW YORK, Jan 31- U.S. stocks retreated on Friday, on course for their first monthly decline since August, in the wake of weak earnings reports by companies like Amazon and Walmart and concerns about declining currencies in emerging markets.

  • European and U.S. markets were unable to fight the flow with Europe's main stock indexes suffering another torrid day and Wall Street opening down 1 percent on course for a second successive week of falls.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 30- U.S. From Istanbul to Moscow and Brasilia, a fresh round of central bank actions and verbal intervention offered support to emerging market currencies, which calmed some fears after jitters on Wednesday spurred a rally in Treasuries.

  • *Steady fourth-quarter U.S. growth supports dollar. NEW YORK, Jan 30- The dollar rose against a basket of currencies on Thursday after data showed the world's largest economy produced solid growth in the fourth quarter, reviving the appeal of the greenback even against the safe-haven yen and Swiss franc.

  • *Google shares up after deal with Lenovo Group. *Facebook shares rally after results beat expectations. Facebook Inc shares jumped 15.4 percent to $61.76, supporting both the Nasdaq and S&P 500. The stock earlier hit an all-time intraday high of $62.50.

  • *Google shares up after deal with Lenovo Group. *Facebook shares rally after results beat expectations. Facebook Inc shares shot up 15.7 percent to $61.95, driving the Nasdaq up more than 2 percent by midday.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar, stocks gain after strong U.S. GDP Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    *Turmoil in emerging markets eases, Russia pledges to back rouble. NEW YORK, Jan 30- The dollar strengthened and global equity markets rebounded on Thursday after data showed the U.S. economy with plenty of momentum in the last quarter of 2013, boding well for continued growth and support for corporate earnings.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 30- U.S. Treasuries prices fell on Thursday ahead of the U.S. Treasury Department's auction of five-year notes and seven-year debt and after the release of upbeat data on U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter. The U.S. Treasury Department will sell $35 billion in five-year notes and $29 billion in seven-year debt on Thursday.

  • UPDATE 2-AutoNation profit rises as Mercedes sales jump Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    Jan 30- AutoNation Inc, the largest U.S. automobile dealer group, sped by Wall Street's quarterly earnings expectations on robust sales of luxury cars like Mercedes-Benz and BMW, and its shares rose as high as 6.4 percent.

  • *Google shares up after deal with Lenovo Group. *Facebook shares rally as results beat expectations. Facebook Inc shares jumped 16 percent to $61.96, boosting the Nasdaq index which rose more than 1 percent.

  • Shares of Potash Corp, the world's biggest producer of the crop nutrient by capacity, dropped 4.2 percent in New York to $30.50, their lowest level in three months. Even so, 2014 looks like a bottom year for Potash Corp, he said, with more attractive fundamentals falling into place after that.

  • UPDATE 2-Viacom expects pick up in advertiser demand Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    Jan 30- Viacom Inc said on Thursday it expects advertising revenue from its cable networks like MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon to improve this quarter, sending shares up 2.4 percent. Viacom is the first of the big media conglomerates to shed light on the U.S. advertising environment this year.

  • Jan 30- Franklin Resources Inc said on Thursday its quarterly profit rose 17 percent as market gains drove up assets, helping the fund manager beat analysts' expectations and sending its shares up 2 percent in early trading.