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  • *Oil rises on Middle East concern. NEW YORK, April 23- U.S. stocks rose on Thursday, with the Nasdaq index hitting a record closing high, as corporate earnings and a rise in energy shares overshadowed soft U.S. economic data, while oil prices climbed to the highest levels of the year. said Walter Price, senior portfolio manager and managing director of the AllianzGI...

  • NEW YORK, April 23- Oil prices climbed to their highest levels of the year on Thursday as tensions in the Middle East sparked supply concerns, while the boost from energy-related stocks helped U.S. equities shrug off a batch of soft economic data. Brent crude touched a high of $65.13, its highest since December, and was last up 3.6 percent at $64.97 a barrel, while U.S....

  • *Ericsson, Bilfinger slump; Michelin surges. LONDON, April 23- European shares slipped on Thursday, with Germany's DAX index underperforming following a disappointing purchasing managers' survey while weak results from Ericsson hit technology stocks. Tech shares were hit as telecom equipment maker Ericsson slumped 12 percent after it posted...

  • Stocks turn lower after weak global economic surveys Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:16 AM ET

    TOKYO— Shares turned lower in European trading on Thursday, sapped by gloomy manufacturing data from the eurozone, China and Japan. HSBC bank said a preliminary version of its index based on a survey of factory purchasing managers in China fell to its lowest point in a year in April. EARNINGS: In corporate earnings, networks giant Ericsson was its shares slide 8...

  • *Finnish group Kone also slumps. Luxury group Kering was among the worst performers after reporting sales dropped by more than expected, with rivals such as Burberry and Hugo Boss also retreating. Finnish elevator company Kone slumped 5.3 percent after warning of uncertainty in its main market, China, and posting weaker than expected profits.

  • After a sluggish start, US stocks finish higher Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 10:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Investors cheered moves by Google and credit-card companies on Wednesday and sent the stock market to a solid gain. Google's new wireless service, dubbed "Project Fi," costs around $20 a month for basic service and charges customers for the amount of data they use. Google's stock gained $6.25, or 1 percent, to $549.18.

  • *Oil down on Yemen news. LONDON, April 22- European stocks fell on Wednesday, with a series of weak company earnings reports reversing a rally seen earlier in the week and halting the positive momentum overnight that lifted some of Asia's biggest markets to multi-year highs. Europe's FTSE EuroFirst 300 index of leading shares was down 0.3 percent, Germany's DAX...

  • *Oil down on Yemen news. LONDON, April 22- European stocks fell on Wednesday, failing to extend an overnight rally in Asia as investors looked to Greece's debt crisis and lurch towards possible default as an excuse to cash in gains chalked up earlier in the week. Europe's EuroFirst 300 index of leading shares was down 0.2 percent, Germany's DAX was down 0.1 percent...

  • Japan's Nikkei closes at 15-year high, Europe stocks down Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 2:35 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's stock benchmark closed above the 20,000- level for the first time in 15 years Wednesday, encouraged by the country's first monthly trade surplus since 2012. European stocks fell, however, and Wall Street was expected to open lower. CORPORATE EUROPE: Earnings results were mixed in Europe, with British retailer Tesco reporting a big 5.7 billion...

  • *Crude oil extends losses as Yemen bombing ends. TOKYO, April 22- Asian equities were mostly firmer on Wednesday with stimulus-fueled Chinese shares taking the lead, while oil sagged after Saudi Arabia ended its military campaign in Yemen, easing tensions in the energy-rich Middle East. Spread betters expected Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC to...

  • Asian stocks mostly higher as Japan exports improve Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 12:31 AM ET

    TAKING IT ALL IN: "It seems the market is in a holding pattern as investors are waiting to see just how much the dollar impacts corporate earnings," said Russell Price, Ameriprise Financial's senior economist. The chemical giant also lowered its forecast for full-year profits, and its stock fell $2.15, or 3 percent, to $70.70. CLEANING UP: Kimberly-Clark jumped 4...

  • *Blue-chip FTSE 100 finishes 0.8 pct higher. LONDON, April 20- Mining stocks helped Britain's top share index rebound on Monday after China moved to support stuttering growth in the world's biggest consumer of metals. The FTSE 350 mining index rose 2 percent, the top sectoral gainer, after China cut the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves.

  • US stocks gain, rebounding from Friday's slump Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 11:56 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are rising in midday trading, bouncing back from a big loss on Friday, as companies turn in healthy earnings reports. Hasbro was among the biggest gainers Monday after the toy maker reported earnings that were better than analysts had been expecting. Oilfield services company Halliburton also rose after its earnings beat analysts'...

  • LONDON, April 20- Mining stocks helped Britain's top share index rebound on Monday, benefiting from stimulus measures in China to support stuttering growth in the world's biggest consumer of metals. The FTSE 350 mining index rose 1.7 percent, the top sectoral gainer, after China cut the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves to help combat a slowdown in...

  • Britain's FTSE gains as China stimulus boosts miners Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 7:26 AM ET

    LONDON, April 20- Mining stocks helped Britain's top share index rebound on Monday, benefiting from stimulus measures in China to support stuttering growth in the world's biggest consumer of metals. The FTSE 350 mining index rose 1.7 percent, the top sectoral gainer, after China cut the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves to help combat a slowdown in...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— European stocks rose on Monday as investors shrugged off concerns about China's slowing economy that had battered Asian markets earlier in the day. Wall Street was set to open higher after strong earnings from Morgan Stanley. CHINA STIMULUS: China's central bank on Sunday cut the required reserve ratio for banks by 1 percentage point to...

  • TOKYO, April 20- An index of Asian shares slipped on Monday and Chinese stock markets erased earlier sharp gains made after China's central bank boosted banks' lending power by reducing their reserve requirements. Britain's FTSE 100 was seen to open 35 to 36 points higher, or up 0.5 percent; Germany's DAX to open 23 to 25 points higher, or up 0.2 percent; and France's...

  • Greek 'day of reckoning' shakes stock markets Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 4:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are closing broadly lower following steep declines in Europe. Investors are worried that Greece may default on its debt and exit the euro currency union. In the U.S., American Express and other companies fell after releasing disappointing results.

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are moving lower in midday trading following steep declines in Europe and some disappointing results from big companies. Investors are worried about Greece's shaky finances and news from China Friday that regulators would tighten rules on borrowing by investors to buy stocks following big gains this year. In the U.S., American Express...

  • Greek 'day of reckoning' shakes stock markets Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 10:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Fear that Greece could default on its debt and abandon the euro rattled global financial markets Friday. News that negotiations between Greece and its international lenders are making little progress sent European stock markets down sharply, and the selling spread across the Atlantic. "The day of reckoning" for Greece is fast approaching, said Uri...