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  • NEW YORK, April 3- U.S. stocks fell on Thursday afternoon, led by a sharp drop in biotech and momentum stocks, including Facebook, Tesla and Netflix.

  • NEW YORK, April 3- The euro slipped on Thursday after the European Central Bank pledged to use unconventional measures if needed to battle low inflation, and a global gauge of stocks dipped after touching a six-year high.

  • *Shares open at $9.86, above IPO price of $9. April 3- Shares of Tarena International Inc, a provider of IT education in China, rose as much as 18 percent in their market debut, valuing the company at about $540 million, underscoring the renewed interest in Chinese stocks among U.S. investors.

  • NEW YORK, April 3- Global equity markets traded slightly lower on Thursday as a larger-than-expected rise in U.S. jobless claims kept investors on edge a day ahead of the government's monthly labor market report, while the dollar rose against the euro after the European Central Bank pledged action if needed to battle low inflation.

  • The Labor Department said initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 326,000 in the week ended March 29, exceeding economists' expectations of a rise to 317,000..

  • *MannKind shares soar as diabetes drug gets FDA backing. NEW YORK, April 2- The S&P 500 closed at another record high on Wednesday as signs of steady private-sector hiring suggested that the economy was slowly building momentum after a winter-related pullback.

  • *China gold at premium to London, first time since early March. NEW YORK, April 2- Gold rose about 1 percent on Wednesday, its largest gain in three weeks, on bargain hunting in the precious metal after two straight days of losses, traders said. Gold futures' most-active contract, June, settled up 0.8 percent, or $10.80, at $1,290.80 an ounce.

  • NEW YORK, April 2- U.S. The fact that the data did not disappoint pushed yields higher on the day, said Lou Brien, market strategist at DRW Trading in Chicago. In a separate report, Commerce Department data showed new orders for manufactured goods jumped 1.6 percent in February, the biggest rise since September.

  • *MannKind shares soar as diabetes drug gets FDA backing. NEW YORK, April 2- U.S. stocks inched higher on Wednesday, pushing the S&P 500 to another intraday record, after data suggested the economy was slowly building momentum after a winter-related pullback earlier in the year.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares hold recent gains, gold jumps Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 2- A global stock index edged up to a six-year high on Wednesday, supported by encouraging U.S. economic data as traders focused on Thursday's meeting of the European Central Bank and Friday's U.S. jobs numbers, either of which could move markets significantly. On Wall Street, stocks edged up after the S&P 500 closed at a record high on Tuesday.

  • *Shares open at $17.50, above IPO price of $15. *Rupert Murdoch's News Corp to hold 13.7 pct in company. Rubicon Project's shares opened at $17.50 and touched a high of $19.45 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, April 2- U.S. "The upward revision certainly increases the chance of a strong number on Friday," said Ellis Phifer, market strategist at Raymond James in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • April 2- Shares of Rubicon Project Inc, a provider of online advertising services, rose as much as 18 percent in their market debut, valuing the company at about $616 million. Rubicon Project's shares opened at $17.50 and touched a high of $17.75 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.

  • Poor manufacturing data from China and Europe dampened the demand outlook on Tuesday and caused oil prices to tumble, with Brent hitting its lowest in nearly five months. *U.S. crude for May delivery edged down 10 cents to $99.64 a barrel by 0002 GMT after dropping 1.8 percent on Tuesday to its lowest settlement since March 26.

  • NEW YORK, April 1- World equity markets added to recent gains on Tuesday as Wall Street hit a record high after strong factory data, while soft manufacturing numbers in China reinforced expectations that the country will undertake stimulus measures.

  • *Medicines Co tumbles after court ruling. NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 advancing to an intraday record after positive data on factory activity indicated economic growth was gaining traction after a harsh winter.

  • NEW YORK, April 1- World equity markets added to recent gains on Tuesday as Wall Street hit a record high after strong factory data, while soft manufacturing numbers in China reinforced expectations that the country will undertake stimulus measures.

  • NEW YORK, April 1- World equity markets added to recent gains on Tuesday as Wall Street hit a record high after strong factory data, while manufacturing numbers in China reinforced expectations that the country will undertake stimulus mesures.

  • *Gold heads back towards overnight low of $1,278.34/ oz. LONDON, April 1- Gold fell on Tuesday after firm U.S. economic data lifted Wall Street stocks, easing back towards the seven-week low it hit in early trade after comments defending easy-money policies from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen hurt the dollar. "Gold has not been performing at all.

  • *China manufacturing struggles in March but shows expansion. *Medicines Co tumbles after court ruling. The final Markit manufacturing PMI for March is due at 9:45 a.m. EDT and the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing reading for March is due at 10:00 a.m..