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  • China stocks up on stimulus hope, other markets subdued Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 9:40 AM ET

    Major markets in Europe fell amid renewed concerns that Greece could default on its debts. HUGE QUEUE: Netflix added 4.9 million subscribers in the first three months of the year, better than any other quarter since the company started streaming video eight years ago. All told, Netflix finished March with 62 million subscribers around the world.

  • LONDON, April 16- Euro zone government borrowing costs slid to new lows on Thursday, a day after the European Central Bank pledged to fulfill its 1 trillion euro bond-buying program, although regional stocks took a step back from this week's multi-year peaks. Investors also fretted about the deepening crisis in Greece. Credit rating agency Standard& Poor's...

  • TOKYO, April 16- Japanese stocks edged up on Thursday, as buying in oil and mining shares reversed early losses, offsetting profit-taking in recent gainers such as food stocks, while Sharp Corp surged on restructuring hopes. Rising oil prices lifted oil and mining stocks, with Inpex Corp soaring 5.4 percent and Japan Petroleum Exploration gaining 3.8 percent.

  • Greek default fears weighing on European markets Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 2:03 AM ET

    LONDON— European stock markets fell Thursday amid renewed concerns over Greece's future in the euro currency. KEEPING SCORE: European stocks slipped, with Germany's DAX falling 1.6 percent to 12,033 and France's CAC 40 dipping 0.6 percent to 5,222. Greece's main stock market, which has underperformed most of its European peers this week, was 0.8 percent lower.

  • TOKYO, April 16- Japanese stocks slipped to more than a one-week low on Thursday morning as investors cut back on some recent outperformers including food companies and drugmakers, while Sharp Corp surged on restructuring hopes. Rising oil prices lifted oil and mining stocks, with Inpex Corp soaring 3.6 percent, Japan Petroleum Exploration gaining 2.1...

  • TOKYO, April 16- Asian stocks took cues from a global surge in equities and rose on Thursday, while the dollar was on the defensive after weak U.S. economic data. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 0.4 percent. Wall Street shares posted sizeable gains overnight on several strong corporate earnings results and the pan-European...

  • SYDNEY, April 15- Asian markets stumbled on Wednesday as relief China had matched its own growth target was soured by poor readings on consumer demand and industrial activity, underlining the need for more policy action by Beijing. "It doesn't change our view that China needs to cut either reserve requirements or interest rates every month during the next three...

  • *Intel capital expenditure cut hits chip-related shares. *Obayashi gains after raising earnings outlook. TOKYO, April 15- Japan's Nikkei share average was flat on Wednesday as investors took profits on recent gainers such as drugmakers, but expectations that companies will report strong profits supported sentiment.

  • SYDNEY, April 15- Asian share markets took a cautious stance on Wednesday ahead of an anxiously-awaited reading on China's growth pulse, while the dollar nursed losses after a disappointing reading on consumer spending nudged bond yields lower. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was all but flat, while Japan's Nikkei inched down 0.2...

  • TOKYO— Global stocks were subdued on Tuesday after several indexes in Europe and Asia hit multi-year highs this week, while the price of oil pushed higher. MORE DEAL-MAKING: News of corporate deal-making continued with Nokia saying it was in talks to buy French networks company Alcatel-Lucent. Shares in Alcatel-Lucent, which has reported losses for almost a...

  • *Singapore skips chance to further ease monetary policy. SYDNEY, April 14- Asian share markets got off to a hesitant start on Tuesday as Singapore disappointed expectations of policy easing while Wall Street was weighed down by worries over the corporate earnings season. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was a fraction firmer at 514...

  • TOKYO, April 13- Japan's Nikkei share average ended flat on Monday in choppy trading, with some investors pocketing gains in major stocks such as Toyota Motor Corp after the index touched the key 20,000 level last week. The Nikkei ended flat at 19,905.46 after shifting in and out of positive territory, while the broader Topix underperformed, falling 0.2 percent...

  • TOKYO, April 13- A rally in China's stock markets to seven year highs on Monday kept an index of Asian shares near its highest level since September, as weak Chinese trade data hardened expectations for more economic stimulus measures from Beijing. Exports contracted 15 percent in March from a year earlier, in a surprise drop that left China with a trade surplus of...

  • BEIJING— China's stock benchmark closed at a seven-year high Monday as hopes for economic stimulus rose. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX shed 0.2 percent to 12,347.09 and France's CAC 40 was off just under 0.1 percent to 3,237.41. ASIA'S DAY: The Shanghai Composite Index rose 2.2 percent to 4,121.71 points, closing above 4,100 for the first time since March 11, 2008,...

  • Japanese shares: The best game in town?   Sunday, 12 Apr 2015 | 11:34 PM ET
    Japanese shares: The best game in town?

    Japan's Nikkei 225 remains an attractive market, thanks to a weak yen, lower oil prices and a pick-up in the nation's consumer spending, says Nicholas Smith, Japan strategist at CLSA.

  • *Japan machinery data and China trade have little impact. TOKYO, April 13- Japan's Nikkei share average was steady in a choppy Monday morning session, with some investors pocketing gains in major stocks such as Toyota Motor Corp after the index touched the key 20,000 level last week. Tokio Marine Holdings dropped 1.3 percent and Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings...

  • TOKYO, April 13- Asian shares got off to a shaky start on Monday as recent rallies offered traders a profit-taking opportunity, while the dollar edged away from recent peaks in early trading. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down about 0.1 percent after touching its highest levels since September in the previous week.

  • *GE divestment scheme lifts Wall Street. *China inflation flat, suggesting more easing from Beijing. Wall Street scored solid gains after U.S. conglomerate General Electric Co. said it plans to sell assets and buy back up to $50 billion of its stock.

  • *China inflation flat, suggesting more easing ahead from Beijing. The stock market push was set to keep Wall Street going up when it resumes later and complemented more lows for euro zone bond yields after Greece repaid a loan tranche to the International Monetary Fund to keep alive its hopes of more aid. Subdued Chinese inflation also fuelled talk of additional...

  • *China inflation flat, suggesting more easing ahead from Beijing. The stock market push was complemented by another low for euro zone bond yields, after Greece repaid a loan tranche to the International Monetary Fund to keep alive its hopes of more aid. Subdued Chinese inflation also led to talk of additional stimulus from Beijing, and upbeat data from major...