*Adidas, Banco Espirito Santo shares slump. LONDON/ PARIS, July 31- Europe's FTSEurofirst 300 index of top shares slipped to a two-week low on Thursday, led lower by Adidas after the group warned about business in Russia, while Argentina's default also rattled investors.» Read More
Major indexes in Europe and Asia closed with slight gains. On Friday, the Labor Department releases its monthly look at the job market. FROZEN: "The market today looks a little frozen, because it's going to face some really revealing stuff in the next 72 hours," said Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management.
*China& Hong Kong shares buoyed by economic& stimulus hopes. "The recent rally of Hong Kong and China stock markets is pretty much liquidity-driven due to favorable fund flow. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.33 percent to be just a whisker from a peak last touched in April 2011.
*FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.1 pct. *Ryanair, Reckitt outperform on earnings, dealmaking. LONDON/ PARIS, July 28- European stocks edged lower on Monday, with unspectacular U.S. data and new European sanctions against Moscow offsetting strong earnings updates from firms like Ryanair and spin-off talk from Reckitt Benckiser.
Family Dollar rose the most in the Standard& Poor's 500 index— with a 25 percent gain— after Dollar Tree announced plans to buy the rival discount store for roughly $8.5 billion. Family Dollar's stock surged $15.08 to $75.74. Trulia jumped on news that Zillow, a rival real-estate listing service, was buying it for $3.5 billion.
LONDON, July 25- European shares fell on Friday, with the German market hit after business sentiment in the country fell to its lowest level in nine months, while luxury goods group LVMH slumped after weaker-than-expected results. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index provisionally closed 0.8 percent lower at 1,371.21 points.
TOKYO, July 25- Asian shares pulled back from this week's three-year highs on Friday after a mostly flat day on Wall Street, though a fresh S&P closing record and upbeat U.S. employment data underpinned sentiment.
Sentiment was further hit after EU officials said they had agreed on a preliminary plan to impose limits on trade with Russia of defense, technology and other goods with Russia. In Europe, Germany's DAX slumped 1.5 percent to 9,644.01 while the CAC-40 in France dropped 1.8 percent to 4,330.55.
*Tech stocks boosted by Apple, Facebook hit record high. The HSBC flash PMI for China came in at 52.0 for July, well above forecasts of a small rise to 51 in July and the highest reading in 18 months. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.2 percent, and Australia notched another six-year peak.
But a cautious mood was expected to return in early European trade, where spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 to open 8 to 15 points lower, or down as much as 0.2 percent; Germany's DAX to open down 20 to 22 points, or 0.2 percent lower; and France's CAC 40 to open 5 to 6 points lower, or down 0.1 percent.
Comcast rose 1.3 percent after reporting higher profits than investors were expecting. Defense contractor Lockheed Martin rose 2 percent after the company's income and revenue beat analysts' forecasts. The DAX in Germany and the CAC-40 in France both rose 1 percent.
NEW YORK— Solid earnings for a range of big companies helped nudge the stock market higher on Tuesday. The restaurant chain Chipotle and the cable giant Comcast surged after reporting better results than Wall Street expected. COMMENT: "The news today is pretty good," said JJ Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade.
TOKYO— World stock markets rose Tuesday as tensions over the downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine eased after pro- Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the aircraft's black boxes. In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.5 percent to 6,764.55 and Germany's DAX added 0.8 percent to 9,689.15.
NEW YORK— Stocks are moving lower as U.S. companies turn in mixed quarterly results and as investors worry about tensions with Russia over the downed airliner in Ukraine. Hasbro fell 2 percent in midday trading Monday after the toy maker reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of analysts' targets.
NEW YORK— Stocks are opening lower as more U.S. companies turn in their quarterly results and as investors worry about tensions with Russia over the downed airliner in Ukraine. Hasbro fell 2 percent in early trading Monday after the toy maker reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of analysts' targets.
EDINBURGH, July 21- European stocks fell on Monday, hit by a drop in German stocks as sensitivity to tension in Ukraine mounted. Risk-sensitive shares in the travel and leisure and autos and parts sectors, both down 1 percent, have been under pressure since Thursday, after the Malaysian passenger plane was shot down over Ukraine.
SYDNEY, July 21- Most Asian stock markets edged higher on Monday as investors set aside geopolitical concerns for the moment to focus on the generally upbeat flow of U.S. corporate earnings ahead of a host of results due this week. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3 percent, with modest increases for most markets across Asia.
LONDON, July 17- European shares slumped on Thursday, sharply extending losses at the end of the trading day on news that a Malaysian passenger plane had crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border. Germany's DAX index was down by 1.1 percent while France's CAC fell by 1.3 percent.
*Spreadbetters expect lower opening for Europe. Spreadbetters expected European stock markets to follow suit, forecasting Britain's FTSE 100 would open as much as 0.25 percent lower, Germany's DAX down 0.15 percent and France's CAC 40 off 0.3 percent.
*Intel stock up more than 4 pct after beating estimates. SYDNEY, July 16- Asian stocks held stubbornly steady on Wednesday after China reported economic growth that was just ahead of market expectations, drawing a sigh of relief from investors rather than outright applause.
*BES plunges to record low, weighs on Lisbon stock market. LONDON, July 15- European stocks fell as declining investor morale hit Germany's benchmark DAX equity index and lingering worries over Portuguese bank BES weakened the Lisbon stock market.