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  • *Index heavy Fanuc contributes 27 points, or more than a quarter of Nikkei gains. TOKYO, July 25- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Friday after the S&P 500 set another record closing high and as index heavyweight Fanuc Corp jumped after reporting strong profits.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares inch down from recent highs Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:46 PM ET

    TOKYO, July 25- An index of Asian shares pulled away from a three-year high on Friday after a mostly flat day on Wall Street, though a fresh S&P closing record and upbeat U.S. employment data underpinned sentiment.

  • *U.S. crude for September delivery was down 6 cents at $102.01 a barrel by 0024 GMT, after settling $1.05 lower. *The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow's faltering economy in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals considered by EU governments on Thursday.

  • TOKYO, July 24- Japan's Nikkei share average edged down on Thursday in choppy trade as investors awaited Japanese quarterly results, while geopolitical worries about Gaza curbed risk appetites, offsetting a strong private survey on Chinese manufacturing. The Nikkei ended 0.3 percent lower at 15,284.42 after trading in positive territory earlier.

  • *Tech stocks boosted by Apple, Facebook hit record high. The HSBC flash PMI for China came in at 52.0 for July, well above forecasts of a small rise to 51 in July and the highest reading in 18 months. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.2 percent, and Australia notched another six-year peak.

  • *Tech stocks boosted by Apple, Facebook hits record high. The news injected some life into what had been a very sluggish session, and helped China's CSI300 index of leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share jump 1.1 percent. Japan's Nikkei added 0.2 percent while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.3 percent.

  • *Tech stocks boosted by Apple, Facebook hits record high. SYDNEY, July 24- Asian stocks inched higher on Thursday, encouraged by upbeat corporate results and a record close on Wall Street, while unrest in the Middle East and Ukraine underpinned demand for high-rated bonds. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up a slim 0.09 percent.

  • But a cautious mood was expected to return in early European trade, where spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 to open 8 to 15 points lower, or down as much as 0.2 percent; Germany's DAX to open down 20 to 22 points, or 0.2 percent lower; and France's CAC 40 to open 5 to 6 points lower, or down 0.1 percent.

  • Global stocks bolstered by US earnings, home sales Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:45 AM ET

    Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 0.8 percent to 23,962.98 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.6 percent to 5,575.10 helped by the brisk output report by mining giant BHP Billiton.

  • Violence continued in Gaza, but hopes rose for an easing of tension in Ukraine after pro-Russian rebels handed the flight recorders and victims' remains from a downed Malaysian airliner to international authorities.

  • Nikkei flat as investors avoid risk on Gaza worries Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 10:03 PM ET

    *Ukraine tension eases but Gaza worries keep investors risk averse- analysts. TOKYO, July 23- Japan's Nikkei share average was flat on Wednesday morning as investors avoided risk due to geopolitical concerns in the Gaza Strip, which offset upbeat sentiment from gains in U.S. and European markets overnight.

  • Violence continued in Gaza, but hopes rose for an easing of tension in Ukraine after pro-Russian rebels handed the flight recorder and victims' remains from a downed Malaysian airliner to international authorities.

  • *MSCI Asia hits 3- year peak, Nikkei up after Japan holiday. LONDON, July 22- European markets rode a global rebound in risk appetite on Tuesday helped by the first signs of cooperation from Ukraine's pro-Russian separatists over the downed Malaysian Airlines plane.

  • TOKYO, July 22- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Tuesday as investors returned from a three-day weekend, with exporters pulling ahead as the strong yen trend paused even as geopolitical concerns lingered. The Nikkei gained 0.8 percent to 15,343.28.

  • Global stocks recover as plane tensions ease Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 12:32 AM ET

    TOKYO— World stock markets rose Tuesday as tensions over the downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine eased after pro- Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the aircraft's black boxes. In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.5 percent to 6,764.55 and Germany's DAX added 0.8 percent to 9,689.15.

  • *MSCI Asia touches 3- year peak, Nikkei rises after Japan holiday. TOKYO, July 22- Asian stocks touched a three-year peak on Tuesday, despite lingering concerns about crises in Ukraine and Gaza, while the yen eased against the dollar and the euro.

  • In the Gaza Strip, Israeli jets, tanks and artillery continued to pound Gaza as the death toll from a two-week conflict topped 500. Malaysia has reached an agreement with the leader of the separatist group to retrieve the bodies of the victims from last week's downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet as well as the plane's two black boxes, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, July 18- World markets remained under pressure on Friday after the downing of a Malaysian airlines jet at the Ukraine- Russia border, new sanctions on Moscow and unrest in Gaza had sent investors scurrying into defensive assets.

  • Markets roiled by fresh US sanctions on Russia Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 4:03 AM ET

    The strong performance of Wall Street indexes is at odds with the modest growth prospects of the U.S. economy and the same contradiction also prevails in Europe and parts of Asia. In early European trading, Britain's FTSE 100 was down 0.4 percent to 6,759.68 and France's CAC 40 dipped 0.5 percent to 4,349.28.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares slip, euro probes lows Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 1:45 AM ET

    *Spreadbetters expect lower opening for Europe. Spreadbetters expected European stock markets to follow suit, forecasting Britain's FTSE 100 would open as much as 0.25 percent lower, Germany's DAX down 0.15 percent and France's CAC 40 off 0.3 percent.