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  • Greece's ongoing woes, downbeat U.S. data keep investors wary. Financial spreadbetters expected a brighter start to European trading, with Britain's FTSE 100 seen opening as much as 0.5 percent higher, Germany's DAX 0.4 percent, and France's CAC 40 up 0.5 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was nearly flat in late afternoon...

  • KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX was up 0.4 percent to 11,465 while the CAC-40 in France rose 0.7 percent at 5,042. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.1 percent higher at 6,992. U.S. shares were poised for a fairly flat open with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures up 0.1 percent. GREECE UNCERTAINTY: Greece remains one of the key...

  • TOKYO, May 29- Asian shares rose on Friday as Chinese shares edged back from the previous day's dizzying plunge, though regional investors remained fearful that the world's best performing equity market was at the beginning of a major correction. Spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC to open higher, albeit modestly in light of...

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks fell slightly Thursday, following a sell-off in the Chinese market and continued worries about the approaching debt payment deadline for cash-starved Greece. In corporate news, chipmakers Avago Technologies and Broadcom agreed to merge in a $37 billion deal. Both stocks had jumped sharply Wednesday— Broadcom by 22 percent and Avago by 8...

  • Share markets in China, Hong Kong, Australia skid. LONDON, May 28- The dollar took a breather on Thursday after hitting its highest level against the yen since 2002, and stocks stuttered as high-flying Chinese shares tumbled and European officials downplayed talk of an imminent deal to keep Greece afloat. Commodity markets rebounded as the dollar's momentum...

  • *Share markets in China, Hong Kong, Australia skid. *Uncertainty on Greece keeps investors hopeful but wary. TOKYO, May 28- An index of Asian shares fell on Thursday as the Chinese, Hong Kong and Australian markets slipped, while the dollar scaled its highest level against the yen since 2002 on expectations the U.S.

  • TOKYO— Chinese shares dived Thursday after big gains in the past three months and other global stock markets were mostly lower as a deadline neared for cash-starved Greece to make a debt payment. In Europe, France's CAC 40 slipped 0.5 percent to 5,155.42 and Germany's DAX lost 0.4 percent to 11,725.46. Britain's FTSE 100 inched up 0.2 percent to 7,046.80.

  • NEW YORK, May 27- The euro stabilized in volatile trading and stocks rose on Wednesday after reports that Greece and its creditors, including the European Union and IMF, had reached an agreement that will provide debt relief to the struggling nation. The agreement between Greece and the Brussels Group, comprised of major creditors that include the EU and...

  • SHANGHAI, May 27- China stocks ended mixed on Wednesday, giving a lukewarm welcome to FTSE Russell's reception of mainland-listed equities into its indexes ahead of a fresh flood of new share offerings. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 0.3 percent, to 5,181.43, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.6 percent,...

  • Asia stocks uneven as Greece deadline looms, Tokyo gains Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 2:58 AM ET

    Investors remain focused on Greece's debt problems. MERGER APPROVAL: Tobacco companies Lorillard and Reynolds American rose after the Federal Trade Commission gave its tacit approval to the companies' $27.4 billion merger. Lorillard, maker of Newport cigarettes, was up 84 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $72.96.

  • *Signs of Greek woes spreading to Spain dent risk appetite. TOKYO, May 27- Asian stocks sagged and the dollar stood tall on Wednesday on growing prospects the Federal Reserve was on track to raise interest rates later this year and concerns that financial woes could engulf Spain in addition to Greece. Spreadbetters expected a modestly higher open for Britain's...

  • SHANGHAI, May 27- China stocks ended Wednesday morning mixed as the market, facing a fresh flood of new share offerings, gave a lukewarm welcome to FTSE Russell's reception of mainland-listed equities into its indexes. Launch of the indexes, which will have an initial weighting of 5 percent for China A shares- has limited impact on China's stock market, said Shen...

  • Why FTSE wants to include China A-shares in index   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:23 AM ET
    Why FTSE wants to include China A-shares in index

    Mark Makepeace, chief executive of FTSE Group, discusses the FTSE Russell's move to launch two transitional indexes that will include China's A-shares.

  • *Volumes thin with London, Frankfurt and New York closed. LONDON, May 25- European equities fell on Monday, with the Spanish and Greek stock markets hit by investors' concerns over Greece's debt problems and a poor local election result for the Madrid government. Athens' main index equity index fell 1.2 percent after Greece's interior minister said on Sunday the...

  • Greek, French, Italian shares fall in thin trading Monday, 25 May 2015 | 4:44 AM ET

    LONDON, May 25- European equities fell on Monday, tracking Friday's losses on Wall Street and as a Greek minister said Athens cannot make debt repayments next month unless Greece reaches a deal with its creditors. Greece's ATG index fell 2.5 percent on the comments by Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis during a weekend TV show. The benchmark French CAC 40 index was...

  • French, Spanish and Italian stock markets fall Monday, 25 May 2015 | 3:23 AM ET

    Trading volumes in Europe were expected to be thin as several markets in countries including the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States were shut for holidays. Spain's IBEX fell 1 percent after the ruling People's Party took a battering in regional and local elections on Sunday after voters punished Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for four years of...

  • NEW YORK— The stock market capped a quiet week of trading on a down note. Just 2.5 billion shares changed hands on the New York Stock Exchange, three-quarters of the normal level. Among stocks making big gains, Deere& Co. rose $3.89, or 4.3 percent, to $93.35 after the equipment maker beat analysts' estimates for its latest quarterly earnings.

  • Vodafone hits 14-yr high as M&A talk rumbles on Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:04 AM ET

    LONDON, May 22- Britain's top share index hit its highest level in 10 days on Friday, driven by a jump in network operator Vodafone's shares, which hit a 14- year high on the back of potential merger activity. Vodafone rose 4 percent, following upgrades from Citi and Deutsche Bank. Both brokers cited comments earlier in the week from Liberty Global chairman John...

  • 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...