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  • US STOCKS-Wall St edges lower following Fed minutes Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 3:07 PM ET

    *Lowe's, Target shares rise after results. The Fed minutes did nothing to change the conversation, "said Adam Sarhan, chief executive of Sarhan Capital in New York. Tech names were among the biggest drags on the market, with shares of Microsoft down 1.3 percent, weighing on both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, and shares of Qualcomm down 2.1 percent.

  • Nov 19- Shares of Paramount Group Inc rose as much as 5.7 percent in market debut, valuing the owner of San Francisco's landmark One Market Plaza building and Washington DC's Liberty Place at $4.51 billion. Paramount shares opened at $18.49 on the New York Stock Exchange and touched a high of $18.50. Founded in 1978 by German mail-order entrepreneur Werner Otto,...

  • Actavis Plc, Gilead Sciences and other biotechs were among the biggest drivers, a day after Allergan agreed to be bought by Actavis. Shares of Actavis were up 8.7 percent at $269.60, helped by bullish analyst notes, while Gilead's stock rose 3.3 percent to $103.71 percent. "A little bit of a risk trade is coming back on, and those are the areas for the M&A," said Uri...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- Stock markets around the world rose on Tuesday and the yen hit a seven-year low as news of a snap election and a delayed tax increase in Japan bolstered hopes for new stimulus measures a day after data showed the country was back in recession. Wall Street got additional lift from merger deals, rises in healthcare issues and benign U.S. inflation data,...

  • Actavis Plc, Gilead Sciences, Celgene and other biotech names were among the S&P 500' s biggest drivers, a day after Allergan agreed to be bought by Actavis. The S&P health care index was up 1.6 percent, while shares of Actavis were up 8.3 percent, Gilead's rose 3.3 percent and shares of Celgene were up 2.4 percent. Helping Actavis were bullish analyst notes.

  • US STOCKS-S&P 500 hits record, healthcare leads gains Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:45 PM ET

    Actavis Plc, Gilead, Celgene and other biotech names were among the S&P 500' s biggest drivers, a day after Allergan agreed to be bought by Actavis. The S&P health care index was up 1.4 percent, while shares of Actavis were up 7.7 percent, Gilead's rose 2.9 percent and shares of Celgene were up 2.4 percent. Helping Actavis were bullish analyst notes.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- Stock markets around the world rose on Tuesday and the yen hit a seven-year low as news of a surprise election and a delayed tax increase in Japan strengthened hopes for new stimulus measures a day after data showed the country slid back into recession. Oil prices dropped again, with Brent under $79 a barrel. The MSCI index of world stocks rose 0.65...

  • US STOCKS-S&P 500 hits record again; Actavis rallies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 18- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, lifting the S&P 500 to a record high, boosted by healthcare after Actavis' acquisition of Allergan triggered bullish analyst notes. Allergan on Monday accepted a $66 billion takeover bid from Actavis Plc in cash and stock. At least two analysts raised Actavis' price target, one to as high as $300.

  • *Brent falls toward $78 as Japanese growth stalls. NEW YORK, Nov 17- Oil prices fell and global equity markets were mixed on Monday after news that Japan unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter renewed concerns about the world economy, but merger activity and comment about European stimulus capped declines. Brent oil initially fell more than $1...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 17- Hedge fund Omega Advisors expects to see the U.S. stock market's bull run continue into next year, fueled by steady economic growth and a corporate takeover boom. "My expectation is for the Standard& Poor's 500 to gain 7 percent to 9 percent in 2015," Steven Einhorn, Omega's vice chairman said on Monday. Omega, founded by Leon Cooperman two decades ago...

  • 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.