*Sony rises after hedge fund ups stake, presses spin-off. TOKYO, June 18- Japan's Nikkei rose on Tuesday, heading for a third straight day of gains, which will mark its longest winning run since a sharp selloff on May 23, underpinned support the U.S. economy.» Read More
*Dow hits another all-time high, S&P 500 nears record. NEW YORK, March 6- Wall Street mostly edged higher on Wednesday, with the Dow hitting another record, helped by a private payroll survey that bodes well for the monthly jobs report due at the week's end.
NEW YORK, March 6- The Dow closed modestly higher at another record on Wednesday as investors bet that favorable market conditions would continue, though the gains were slight on concerns the rally may run out of steam in the short term.
*MSCI world share index just under June 2008 high. NEW YORK, March 6- The blue-chip Dow Jones index extended its record-breaking run on Wednesday and world stock markets edged higher led by strong gains in Asia, while the euro slid against the dollar a day before a European Central Bank meeting.
*MSCI world share index just under June 2008 high. NEW YORK, March 6- Stocks in major markets rose on Wednesday, building on Tuesday's record on the Dow industrials and supported by steady U.S. data, while the euro fell ahead of a European Central Bank meeting.
*U.S. private sector adds 198,000 jobs in February. *10- year yields at highest in more than a week. NEW YORK, March 6- U.S.
*Indexes up: Dow 0.3 pct, S&P 0.2 pct, Nasdaq 0.1 pct. NEW YORK, March 6- Wall Street resumed its climb into uncharted territory on Wednesday, with the Dow setting another intraday record as hiring by companies rose strongly last month. "Stocks don't seem expensive here," said Paul Hogan, co-manager of the FAM Equity-Income Fund in Cobleskill, New York.
"NYSE was taking a lot of share away from the Nasdaq even in tech listings, so I think it's kind of an opportunistic move for Nasdaq," said Josef Schuster, founder of Chicago- based financial services firm IPOX Schuster LLC.
March 6- Staples Inc, the largest U.S. office supply chain, forecast weak full-year earnings and reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue on Wednesday as corporate customers and other shoppers reduced discretionary spending. Staples, whose largest rivals are getting ready to merge, also raised its quarterly dividend by 9 percent to 12 cents per share.
*Futures up: S&P 7.5 pts, Dow 57 pts, Nasdaq 7.75 pts. NEW YORK, March 6- Wall Street was set to drive the rally further on Wednesday, the day after the Dow set a new record, as hiring by companies rose strongly last month. "I think this is a happiness hangover," said Kim Forrest, senior equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh.
NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stock index futures extended gains after data showed private employers added 198,000 jobs in February, the biggest increase in a year. S&P 500 futures rose 6.6 points and were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration of the contract.
*Futures up: S&P 5.4 pts, Dow 44 pts, Nasdaq 9.5 pts. NEW YORK, March 6- Wall Street looked set to continue its rally on Wednesday, after the Dow set a new record a day earlier and ahead of data on the labor market. "I think this is a happiness hangover," said Kim Forrest, senior equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh.
NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday ahead of data on the labor market and looked set to extend recent gains after the Dow set a new record a day earlier. *Overnight in Europe, stock markets rose to their highest since the 2008 financial crisis.
*MSCI world share index just under June 2008 high. NEW YORK, March 6- The blue chip Dow Jones index extended its record-breaking run on Wednesday, but world stock markets showed signs of weakness despite strong gains in Asia, while the euro slid against the dollar a day before a European Central Bank meeting. The MSCI world index was up less than 0.1 percent. "
NEW YORK, March 6- The Dow set another intraday record high on Wednesday on signs of improvement in the U.S. labor market, but trimmed its gains at midday as the broader market fell on investors' caution that the rally may soon run its course. "There is still a lot more cash to be put into equities," said JJ Kinahan, chief derivatives strategist at TD Ameritrade, in Chicago.
NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stocks were little changed by midday trade on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq trading slightly lower and the Dow trimming earlier gains, weighed down by energy and telecom shares. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 27.96 points, or 0.20 percent, at 14,281.73.
TOKYO, March 6- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 4-1/ 2 year high on Wednesday, as investors were cheered after the Dow Jones industrial average climbed to a record closing high on improving outlook for growth in China and the United States.
TOKYO, March 6- Japan's Nikkei share average is set to mark new 4-1/ 2 year highs on Wednesday, with sentiment for risk assets likely to gain an added boost after the Dow Jones industrial average climbed to a record closing high on signs of a strengthening U.S. economy.
*China vow for 7.5 pct growth a year boosts prices. NEW YORK, March 5- Commodities closed up broadly for a second straight day on Tuesday, with oil posting its biggest gains since December on supply outages and a U.S. stock market rally, and metals rising on China's bullish growth outlook.
NEW YORK, March 5- The euro rose for a second straight day against the dollar on Tuesday while commodity currencies such as the Australian and New Zealand dollars gained as risk sentiment improved after a major U.S. stock index surged to all-time highs.
*Google and Dow Transports both hit new closing highs. But stocks are still not expensive, and we can expect to continue getting a reasonable advance from here, "said Jim McDonald, chief investment strategist at Chicago- based Northern Trust Global Investments, who helps oversee $760 billion in assets.