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  • *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.

  • *Citi shares to rise after $7 billion fine settlement. Europe's biggest markets gained more than half a percent, helped by M&A activity in the pharmaceutical sector and easing anxiety about the fallout from problems at Portugal's biggest listed bank.

  • European shares advance as Portugal rebounds Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 7:34 AM ET

    *Portugal's top index rallies 1 percent after Thursday's slump. LONDON/ EDINBURGH, July 11- European shares rose on Friday as banks and southern European shares rallied once investors decided concern over Portugal's biggest listed bank was unlikely to spread.

  • *Asia share index dips, regional markets mixed. Moves in Asia had been generally modest with markets mixed across the region. Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines lost ground but China, Singapore and Australia eked out gains.

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan recovered to be a fraction firmer. Indices in Australia, Singapore and China were all higher, while Japan's Nikkei pared its losses to be off just 0.26 percent. It was notable that MSCI's index of emerging market stocks actually rose on Thursday having hit a 17- month peak earlier in the week.

  • Tensions in the Middle East also continued to simmer with Israeli officials seeming to hint at a possible assault on Gaza by ground forces. Japan's Nikkei fell 0.7 percent, while Australia eased 0.4 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.3 percent.

  • *Lumber Liquidators tumbles after revised outlook. NEW YORK, July 10- U.S. stocks dropped on Thursday as concerns about the financial health of Portugal's top listed bank gave investors a reason to cash in recent gains.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St edges lower on Portugal bank worry Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    *Lumber Liquidators tumbles after revised outlook. NEW YORK, July 10- U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday as concerns about the financial health of Portugal's top listed bank gave investors a reason to cash in recent gains.

  • LONDON, July 10- Investors across Europe trimmed their exposure to banks on Thursday in response to growing concerns about the health of Portugal's biggest listed lender, with a leading pan-European share index slipping to a two-month low.

  • *Lumber Liquidators tumbles after revised outlook. NEW YORK, July 10- U.S. stocks pulled well off session lows but were still falling on Thursday as concerns about the financial health of Portugal's top listed bank gave investors a reason to cash in recent gains.

  • NEW YORK, July 10- U.S. stocks fell on Thursday after the health of Portugal's top listed bank was questioned, bringing back to markets the specter of a weakened Europe. With U.S. stocks near record highs, the slide in Europe translated into broad selling on Wall Street.

  • *Portuguese, Italian markets slide, weigh on Europe. NEW YORK, July 10- U.S. stocks were poised to drop more than 1 percent at the open on Thursday, weighed by a slump in European shares on concern over the health of Portugal's top listed bank and following weak data from Italy.

  • *Portuguese, Italian markets slide, weigh on Europe. NEW YORK, July 10- U.S. stock index futures fell sharply on Thursday as European shares tumbled on growth concerns after weak data out of Italy and concern over the health of Portugal's top listed bank.

  • *Portugal's PSI share index down 4.4 percent. LONDON, July 10- European shares fell on Thursday as southern European indexes tumbled on weak data from Italy and growing concerns over the financial health of Portugal's largest listed bank.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Portugal woes sink European stocks Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 7:28 AM ET

    *Earnings, valuations concerns dominate in Europe. LONDON, July 10- Europe's debt-sodden periphery was back at the top of the list of financial concerns on Thursday, troubles around Portugal's biggest listed bank pushing shares sharply lower and quelling demand for an issue of bonds by Greece.

  • LONDON, July 10- European shares extended losses on Thursday, weighed down by heavy falls in southern indexes after weak economic data from Italy and mounting concerns about the financial health of Portugal's largest listed bank.

  • LONDON, July 9- World stocks fell on Wednesday as a decline in Chinese inflation and weaker European industrial data combined to suggest global growth may be slowing, eclipsing a positive start to the U.S. earnings season.

  • *Chinese inflation data hits stocks, outweighs Alcoa earnings beat. LONDON, July 9- World stocks fell on Wednesday as cooling Chinese inflation overnight added to weak European industrial data earlier in the week, pointing to slowing global growth and eclipsing a positive start to the U.S. earnings season.

  • European stock markets flat as glum outlook weighs Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 4:24 AM ET

    LONDON, July 9- European stock markets were mixed on Wednesday, regaining some poise after a drop in the previous session, though disappointing trading updates from French caterer Sodexo and U.K. insurer Admiral weighed.

  • LONDON, July 8- Europe's main stock indices and lower-rated government bonds slipped on Tuesday amid reports of new U.S. fines for banks and dimming prospects the European Central Bank will launch an asset- purchase program.