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  • Federal Reserve policy decision later in the day and as military tensions between Ukraine and Russia ratcheted up. Europe's major stock markets were down as much as a third of one percent in early trading, following Asian shares lower after the the MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 0.2 percent.

  • Hong Kong shares slip, Tencent down before earnings Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 4:10 AM ET

    HONG KONG, March 19- Hong Kong shares slipped on Wednesday, pulled down by casino operator Galaxy, while investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of earnings from index heavyweight Tencent and the U.S. Chinese Internet giant Tencent led the market fall, with its shares down 1.8 percent ahead of its 2013 earnings announcement due on Wednesday.

  • TOKYO, March 19- Asian share markets slipped on Wednesday, with investors still observing the Ukraine/ Crimea crisis and ahead of a closely-watched Federal Reserve policy review later in the session.

  • TOKYO, March 19- Asian share markets slipped on Wednesday, with investors still observing the Ukraine/ Crimea crisis and ahead of a closely-watched Federal Reserve policy review later in the session.

  • *Putin says Russia does not want further Ukraine split. *Microsoft shares rally 4 pct, lead S&P 500. NEW YORK, March 18- Major world equity markets rose on Tuesday after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin soothed anxiety that tensions over Ukraine could escalate, while U.S.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 18- Oracle Corp on Tuesday reported increased revenue and profit for its fiscal third quarter, but the results disappointed investors, who were looking for signs of a sustained turnaround, and its shares fell sharply. "They still have heavy lifting ahead in order to declare this a turnaround story," Dan Ives, an analyst with FBR, said.

  • *Putin says Russia does not want further Ukraine split. *Microsoft shares rally 4 pct, lead S&P 500. NEW YORK, March 18- Major world equity markets rose on Tuesday while the safe-haven yen pared gains after President Vladimir Putin, while approving plans to make Crimea part of Russia, said he did not want to split Ukraine.

  • March 18- Shares of Galena Biopharma Inc fell as much as 21 percent on Tuesday after the company said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating its dealings with an external investor-relations firm.

  • HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, March 18- China shares rose on Tuesday, in spite of home-price data that hurt property stocks and a mainland media report that a local developer could default on a large loan. Hong Kong shares posted their first gains after four straight days of losses, but investors remained cautious on concerns over Chinese economic growth prospects.

  • TOKYO, March 18- Asian shares inched forward and the yen slipped in early trade on Tuesday after Crimea's vote to join Russia passed relatively peacefully, but investors remained wary ahead of this week's U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added about 0.2 percent in early trading, while Australian shares rose 0.6 percent.

  • Intercept shares drop on concerns about liver drug Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 1:10 PM ET

    March 17- Shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc fell nearly 17 percent on Monday after the company said a trial showed patients taking its experimental liver disease drug experienced a higher number of heart-related problems than those given a placebo.

  • MOSCOW, March 17- Russian Industry Minister Denis Manturov said on Monday he supported the idea of providing state support to indebted coal and steel group Mechel, sending the company's shares higher.

  • HONG KONG, March 17- China shares rose on Monday, lifted by property and infrastructure counters after Beijing announced plans to speed the pace of urbanisation. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings also rose 1 percent.

  • Chinese shares up on urbanisation investment plans Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    HONG KONG, March 17- China shares rose on Monday, lifted by property and infrastructure counters after Beijing announced plans to speed the pace of urbanisation. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings also rose 1 percent.

  • March 14- Shares of healthcare information provider Castlight Health Inc rose more than 160 percent in their debut, making the listing the strongest by a technology company so far this year. Castlight's shares opened at $37.50 and touched a high of $41.95 on the New York Stock Exchange, valuing the company at about $3.63 billion.

  • Hong Kong shares suffer worst week since May 2012 Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 4:17 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Mar 14- Hong Kong shares fell to a six-week low on Friday, pulled down by index heavyweights Tencent Holdings Ltd and New World Development. Shares in China's largest listed Internet company Tencent Holdings Ltd fell 4.1 percent to a one-month low after the People's Bank of China demanded that payments made by certain online mobile methods be halted.

  • March 13- Venaxis Inc said its appendicitis test correctly predicted results in 97 percent of patients in a clinical trial, sending its shares up 44 percent to a nearly two-year high. Venaxis, formerly known as AspenBio Pharma, received marketing approval for the APPY1 test in Europe in January 2013.

  • March 13- Venaxis Inc said its appendicitis test correctly predicted results in 97 percent of patients in a clinical trial, sending its shares up 25 percent in premarket trade. The company said it expected to finalize its marketing application and submit it to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the next few weeks.

  • COPENHAGEN, March 13- Shares in Danish outsourcing company ISS jumped by more than 15 percent from the offer price after they returned to the Copenhagen stock market on Thursday.

  • March 12- Herbalife Ltd on Wednesday said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission had opened an inquiry into its operations, news that briefly sent the nutrition and weight loss company's share price down by more than 15 percent.