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  • TOKYO— Asian markets drooped Thursday after comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve chief fanned fears about the American economy and sent Wall Street lower. YELLEN SPEECH: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested that stocks are generally overvalued, when she said market valuations were generally "quite high" in response to a question about risks to...

  • SYDNEY, May 7- National Australia Bank, the country's top lender by assets, on Thursday said it plans to raise A $5.5 billion in a rights issue as it looks to demerge and float its troubled British unit by the end of the year. NAB's UK business, which includes Yorkshire and Clydesdale bank branches, has been a persistent thorn in its side, with charges for bad and...

  • MAM Software posts 3Q profit Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 7:33 PM ET

    BARNSLEY, Britain _ MAM Software Group Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $721,000. On a per-share basis, the Barnsley, Britain- based company said it had profit of 5 cents. MAM Software shares have dropped 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *GlaxoSmithKline boss: we want clarity ASAP. LONDON, May 7- British voters get to decide on Thursday who they want to rule the world's fifth-largest economy in a tight election that could yield weak government, propel the United Kingdom towards a vote on EU membership and stoke Scottish desire for secession. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and Ed...

  • A Conservative win will hurt UK: PIIE   Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 6:32 PM ET
    A Conservative win will hurt UK: PIIE

    Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), outlines how an election victory by the Conservative Party could hurt investor prospects in the U.K.

  • Cramer: Can Hain's pain turn into a gain? Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 6:26 PM ET
    Hain Celestial President and CEO Irwin Simon speaks during the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Springs, Calif., Nov. 13, 2010.

    Jim Cramer spoke with the CEO of natural food maker Hain Celestial following its stock drop. Could this be an opportunity for your portfolio?

  • NEW YORK, May 6- Stocks on major world markets fell on Wednesday, as European borrowing costs reached their highest level this year, while the U.S. dollar slumped against major currencies after weak American economic data. The uncertainty is that these are pretty significant moves, "said Chuck Carlson, chief executive officer at Horizon Investment Services in...

  • *Outcome could influence UK's place in EU, Scotland's in UK. LONDON, May 6- A late burst of opinion polls suggested on Wednesday that Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and Labor challenger Ed Miliband had fought each other to a standstill on the eve of Britain's most unpredictable election in a generation. The stakes are high because of a rare confluence...

  • First Libor jury trial delayed in London Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 2:35 PM ET

    LONDON, May 6- The London trial of Tom Hayes, a former UBS and Citigroup trader who is the first person in the world to face a jury trial over allegations of a conspiracy to rig Libor interest rates, has been delayed by two weeks. The Serious Fraud Office said on Wednesday the high-profile trial at London's Southwark Crown Court, that had been due to begin on May 11, would...

  • *Brent rises above $69, U.S. crude above $62, before paring gains. U.S. crude futures rallied more than $2 to the year's high of $62.58 a barrel before consolidating to show an 80 cent gain at $61.20 a barrel by 12:54 p.m. EDT. Futures of U.K. North Sea Brent, the more globally-used benchmark, were up 60 cents at $68.12 a barrel, having reached a 2015 peak of $69.93 earlier.

  • LONDON, May 5- Ten-year British government bond yields surged to their highest level this year on Tuesday, two days before voters go to the polls in the hardest-to-predict national election since the 1970 s. Robust U.S. non-manufacturing data caused gilts to extend losses made earlier in the day when traders were catching up with global bond price falls from...

  • *Outcome could influence UK's place in EU, Scotland's in UK. LONDON, May 6- A late burst of opinion polls suggested on Wednesday that Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour challenger Ed Miliband had fought each other to a standstill on the eve of Britain's most unpredictable election in a generation. The stakes are high because of a rare confluence...

  • U.S., EU officials clash over derivatives rules Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 12:50 PM ET

    LONDON, May 6- U.S. and European Union regulators clashed on Wednesday over how to provide solid financial backing for the world's $630 trillion derivatives market and also avoid duplication of rules that would be costly for banks and other players. But the difficulty in getting agreement between the EU and the United States has held up the process.

  • SINGAPORE, May 6- Jorge Montepeque, inventor of the modern system of setting world oil prices, is leaving reporting agency Platts after three decades of tussles with oil traders and attention from regulators. Critics have drawn attention to its dominance, and its role in the fabric of oil trade was of interest to regulators in the United States and Europe when...

  • WASHINGTON— Bill Lewis was under more pressure than most new hires when he began a job in information technology last year in Monroe, Connecticut. Jobless for a year, he had eight weeks to persuade his employer to keep him and pay his salary. Lewis' employer, Kevin Kuligowski of Creative Mailing Solutions, discovered he was both proficient in mail-management...

  • LONDON, May 6- Sterling shed one percent against a broadly stronger euro on Wednesday, hitting a three-month low just a day before Britons vote in the most closely fought national election in a generation. "This does make a lot of sense, that the euro is outperforming sterling the day before a massively uncertain general election," said Hamish Pepper, a currency...

  • By Silvia Antonioli and Morag MacKinnon. LONDON/ PERTH, May 6- BHP shareholders overwhelmingly approved the spin-off of new mining and metals group South32, clearing the way for a listing this month that will test investor sentiment towards the battered mining sector. More than 98 percent of votes cast at meetings in Perth and London on Wednesday were in favour...

  • *Euro hits roughly 10- week high of $1.13680. NEW YORK, May 6- The U.S. dollar hit its lowest level against the euro since late February on Wednesday after a rise in European yields drove demand for the euro and weak U.S. data supported expectations that the Federal Reserve will delay hiking interest rates. "Europeans feel more comfortable in their skin right now," said...

  • *Traders face overnight shifts, early starts after UK vote. LONDON, May 6- After a five-week campaign that has left Britain's two main parties neck and neck going into Thursday's general election, London's dealing rooms are bracing for days rather than hours of uncertainty. Most famously in 1992, financial markets were so euphoric about the unexpected return of...

  • *Oil hits 2015 peak on lower U.S. inventory, Middle East tension. "If the rise in yield resulting from dumping Bunds is compounded into other G10 government bonds by possible signs of oil-driven reflation currents, then stocks will have to take notice," said City Index Chief Markets strategist Ashraf Laidi in London. Oil prices hit their highs on the year on...