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  • *London and Wall St closed for holiday on Monday. LONDON, May 22- European shares hovered near three-week highs on Friday, boosted by a dip in the euro on currency markets, although luxury goods stocks underperformed after weak sales figures from Richemont. European equities have rallied this year on the back of a government bond-buying program and record low...

  • *London and Wall St closed for holiday on Monday. LONDON, May 22- European shares slipped off three-week highs on Friday, with luxury goods group Richemont falling on weak sales, while a rebound in the euro also pegged back the region's stock markets. European equities have rallied this year on the back of a government bond buying programme and record low interest...

  • Wall Street's record high on Thursday lifted Asian stocks on Friday, a day that will be packed with key European and U.S. economic data as well as speeches from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank president Mario Draghi. European shares struggled to match that, but the leading index of European shares was still poised for its biggest...

  • HONG KONG— Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while most other world markets were subdued Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.3 percent to 7,033.44. CHINA RALLY: Investors who weren't allocated shares in recent initial public offerings are...

  • *Shanghai stocks focus on potential positives of weak China PMI. TOKYO, May 21- Stock market gains were capped on Thursday in much of Asia in the wake of China's downbeat factory activity data, but shares in Shanghai focused on the potential positives from the weak reading and rallied. Spreadbetters forecast a slightly lower open for Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX...

  • World stocks uneven after Chinese, eurozone data Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 1:53 AM ET

    TOKYO— World stock markets were lackluster Thursday after China's economy showed new signs of weakness but the Shanghai benchmark surged on hopes for more government stimulus. France's CAC 40 shed 0.4 percent to 5,112.55 and Germany's DAX dropped 0.6 percent to 11,774.01. Britain's FTSE 100 was little changed at 7,006.80.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Euro slips on Greek worries, stocks steady Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:38 AM ET

    *Greece won't make June 5 IMF repayment without deal-official. Treasuries inched up on safe-haven buying caused by worries that Greece may be unable to make a 300 million euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund on June 5 unless foreign lenders distribute more aid. The Greek government's parliamentary speaker said on Wednesday that Athens will not...

  • Asian stock markets uneven after weak China data Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:26 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market showed little life on Wednesday as it closed yet another trading day barely changed from the day before. "There's no real reason to rally and no real reason to decline," said Matthew Tuttle, CEO of money manager Tuttle Tactical Management. Etsy plunged 18 percent after its first earnings report as a publicly traded company showed a hefty...

  • TOKYO, May 20- Asian shares slipped on Wednesday after a mixed day on Wall Street, though Japan's better-than-expected economic growth lifted the Nikkei to a 15- year high. The dollar scaled a two-month high against the yen after upbeat U.S. housing data, and as the euro remained pressured by expectations that the European Central Bank would increase its...

  • Stock markets cautious ahead of release of Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:26 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Asian stocks rose Wednesday, boosted by strength in the dollar, but European markets fell and Wall Street futures were flat ahead of the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.2 percent to 6,982.33 and Germany's DAX dropped 0.5 percent to 11,796.19. Futures augured a tepid...

  • *Euro falls back below $1.12. NEW YORK, May 19- U.S. and European equities rose to trade near record highs on Tuesday, and the euro tumbled on signals the European Central Bank may accelerate its 1 trillion euro bond-buying program over the next two months. Wall Street's Dow Industrials index closed at an all-time high, though other major U.S. stock indexes mostly...

  • *Wall St's Dow index hits new intraday high. *Euro falls back below $1.12. NEW YORK, May 19- U.S. and European equities traded near record highs on Tuesday, and the euro tumbled on signals the European Central Bank may accelerate its 1 trillion euro bond-buying program over the next two months.

  • *Wall Street backs off highs. NEW YORK, May 19- Equities around the world jumped on Tuesday and the euro tumbled on signals the European Central Bank may accelerate its 1 trillion euro bond-buying program over the next two months. Wall Street, which closed at record highs on Monday, reacted little to the upbeat housing data and was last down on weak results from...

  • Wal-Mart Stores fell after reporting weak sales and a drop in quarterly earnings, a result of raises for workers and a rising dollar squeezing its profits. Wal-Mart's stock sank $3.49, or 4 percent, to $76.43. "But it hasn't felt like it," said Hank Smith, chief investment officer at Haverford Trust.

  • *China shares gain sharply on hopes for Beijing reforms. LONDON, May 19- The euro tumbled on Tuesday and the region's stocks and bonds jumped after the European Central Bank suggested it may speed up its 1 trillion euro bond-buying campaign slightly to account for lower market liquidity in high summer. The euro was back at $1.12 for the first time in a week and the...

  • *European equities boosted by ECB's Coeure comments. LONDON, May 19- European shares rose back to near multi-year highs on Tuesday after a European Central Bank policymaker said the ECB would front-load an asset purchase scheme, aimed at boosting growth in the region. Athens' stock market, which has consistently underperformed this year due to worries over...

  • LONDON, May 19- European shares gained ground on Tuesday after a leading European Central Bank official said the ECB would front-load an asset purchase scheme, aimed at boosting growth, over the coming two months. Among individual stocks, media group Reed Elsevier rose by 2.2 percent after Goldman Sachs raised its rating on the stock to "buy" from "neutral".

  • TOKYO, May 19- Asian shares shrugged off early losses on Tuesday, as surging Chinese shares and Wall Street's record close offset continuing worries over Greece's fiscal woes. The cheer was expected to continue in Europe, where financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open up by 12-13 points, or 0.2 percent higher. MSCI's broadest index of...

  • Global stock markets rise on Europe stimulus hopes Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 12:30 AM ET

    BEIJING— Global stock markets were boosted Tuesday by Greece's declaration of progress in bailout talks and a new high on Wall Street as investors looked ahead to U.S. and European inflation data. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany's DAX added 2 percent to 11,823.19 and France's CAC 40 jumped 2 percent to 5,113.86. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.5 percent to...

  • DEALS: Ann Inc., the parent company of Ann Taylor and Loft, jumped $7.14, or 18 percent, to $45.85 after it agreed to be acquired by The Ascena Retail Group. Endo International fell $4.52, or 5 percent, to $80.83 after it agreed to buy the privately held Par Pharmaceutical for $8 billion. APPLE OF HIS EYE: Apple rose $1.83, or 1.5 percent, to $130.59 after activist investor...