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  • *Crude oil extends losses ahead of Thursday's OPEC summit. Oil prices were also under pressure as major oil producing nations failed to agree on curbs to output ahead of an OPEC meeting on Thursday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.4 percent.

  • US stock market inches to record ahead of holiday Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 12:14 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, keeping the major indexes near record levels, as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy. THE CHIPS RISE: Semiconductor stocks rose after Analog Devices reported strong earnings. Analog Devices was among the biggest gainers in the S&P 500 index after the company reported earnings and sales...

  • *Oil falls after talks with non- OPEC producers yield no cuts. Oil prices fell more than $1 a barrel to near four-year lows after a meeting between OPEC members Saudi Arabia and Venezuela with non- OPEC producers Russia and Mexico resulted in no deal to curb output to counter a 30 percent slump in prices since June. OPEC meets in Vienna on Thursday.

  • Europe shares end higher; banks rally on stimulus hopes Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:48 PM ET

    PARIS, Nov 25- European stocks ended slightly higher on Tuesday as euro zone banking shares climbed on mounting expectation of more stimulus from the European Central Bank. Crude prices fell again on Tuesday, down by more than $1 a barrel to near four-year lows, after a meeting between Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and major non- OPEC oil exporters ended with no deal on...

  • *Oil steady ahead of this week's OPEC meeting. NEW YORK, Nov 25- A surprising upward revision in U.S. third-quarter economic growth set off an early rally on Wall Street on Tuesday only to see prices knocked back by the lowest U.S. consumer confidence data since June, dragging down the U.S. dollar in the process. Earlier bets on more support from the European Central...

  • European shares hit nine-week high, led by banks Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 7:46 AM ET

    PARIS, Nov 25- European stocks rose on Tuesday, with a key benchmark index hitting a nine-week high as euro zone banking shares gained on mounting expectation of more stimulus from the European Central Bank. Shares in Deutsche Bank, Banco Santander and BNP Paribas were up 1.7-2.8 percent. The benchmark index has risen nearly 15 percent from a low hit in...

  • *Oil under pressure ahead of this week's OPEC meeting. LONDON, Nov 25- Bets on more central bank support kept European shares at a two-month high and the region's bond yields at record lows on Tuesday, as oil prices hovered at just under $80 a barrel ahead of an OPEC meeting this week. Asian stocks had dipped despite another record high for Wall Street overnight, and...

  • *FTSEurofirst 300, Euro STOXX 50 both flat. The euro zone Euro STOXX 50 was flat at 3,212.26 points. "A small pullback from here towards 3,190 is normal," said Roelof-Jan van den Akker, a senior technical analyst an ING in Amsterdam.

  • Euro zone indexes pause after two-day rise Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 3:15 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 25- Euro zone shares marked time on Tuesday after a two-day rise that left some key regional indexes in "overbought" territory on a technical basis. Germany's DAX was up 0.1 percent while France's CAC was flat. "The market was pretty' overbought' so a small pullback from here towards 3,190 is normal," said Roelof-Jan van den Akker, a senior technical analyst...

  • *Euro STOXX 50 up 1 pct, FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.4 pct. The euro zone Euro STOXX 50 index was up 1 percent at 3,225.47 points at 1150 GMT, taking its gain since the close on Thursday to 4 percent. Around Europe, Germany's DAX index and France's CAC 40 rose 0.8 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively, outperforming a 0.1 percent fall in Britain's FTSE 100 and Switzerland's SMI.

  • SYDNEY, Nov 24- Asian share markets were broadly higher on Monday as the prospect of further policy stimulus in China and Europe whetted risk appetites while sending the euro skidding. "China's rate cut adds to the determination of global policy makers to avoid deflation and support growth," said Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy at fund manager AMP...

  • European shares extend rally after China rate cut Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 6:48 AM ET

    PARIS, Nov 21- European stocks extended an early rally on Friday morning, led by mining shares after China's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than two years in an attempt to lift its cooling economy. European mining shares, strongly affected by China's economic growth, featured among the top gainers, with Rio Tinto up 3.9...

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.8 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 1.1 pct. *Euro STOXX 50, DAX, CAC eye first weekly gain of the month. Speculation about more stimulus from the ECB, pinned on comments by Draghi earlier this week, has boosted Germany's DAX, France's CAC and Euro STOXX 50 this week, setting up the three indexes for their first weekly gain this month.

  • LONDON, Nov 21- Euro zone indexes were set for their first weekly gain this month as they rose early on Friday, with traders awaiting speeches from European Central Bank policymakers for clues as to whether more stimulus may be under way. French conglomerate Bouygues was the top riser among large European stocks, up 3.3 percent, after the chief executive of Altice...

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.4 pct, Euro STOXX 50 0.7 pct lower. *Technip weighs on France's CAC after CGG bid. France's CAC fell 0.7 percent, with Germany's DAX down 0.5 percent.

  • European shares erase gains ahead of Fed minutes Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- European shares ended flat after hitting a seven-week high earlier on Wednesday, with investors trading cautiously ahead of minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve policy meeting. The market also faced pressure from a sharp decline in mining shares after China's iron ore futures dropped nearly 5 percent to a record low.

  • European shares advance, Swiss index hits 9,000 Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 8:48 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 share index climbed to a seven-week high on Wednesday, helped by broker upgrades, and Switzerland's SMI equity index hit the 9,000 mark for the first time since late 2007.. Prudential rose 1.3 percent after Deutsche Bank increased its target price for the stock to 1,680 pence from 1,630 pence, Severn Trent was up...

  • LONDON, Nov 19- The dollar hit a seven-year high against the yen on Wednesday ahead of minutes from the U.S. U.S. equity futures pointed to a flat opening on Wall Street while oil prices recovered a touch but stayed near four-year lows on signs of disagreement between OPEC members before a meeting next week. Petr Krpata, currency strategist at ING, said the Fed...

  • European shares edge higher, Swiss index hits 7-year high Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- European shares turned positive in morning trading on Wednesday, helped by some encouraging broker upgrades, with Switzerland's SMI equity index hitting the 9,000- point mark for the first time since late 2007.. Prudential rose 1.1 percent to lead insurers after Deutsche Bank increased its target price for the stock to 1,680 pence from 1,630...

  • Switzerland's SMI stock index hits 9,000 mark Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- Switzerland's SMI equity index hit the 9,000 point mark for the first time since late 2007 on Wednesday, tracking recent gains in stock indexes worldwide. The index was up 0.3 percent at 8,994.78 points by 1003 GMT after hitting an intra-day high of 9001.84 points. The Swiss index has gained nearly 10 percent so far this year, outpacing all European...