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  • 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.

  • *Record closing high on Wall Street lifts Asia. TOKYO, July 17- Asian equities gained on Thursday, lifted by another record-high close on Wall Street, while the euro probed recent lows against the dollar amid speculation the U.S.

  • *Intel supplier Shinko Electric soars to 6- month high. TOKYO, July 17- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a 1-1/ 2- week high on Thursday, buoyed by gains on Wall Street, while Shinko Electric Industries Co jumped on Intel Corp's strong forecast.

  • TOKYO, July 17- Asian equities gained early on Thursday, lifted by another record-high close on Wall Street, while the euro probed recent lows against the dollar amid market speculation the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.15 percent.

  • *China data lifts stocks, oil and metals outlook. LONDON, July 16- Stocks rose in Europe on Wednesday after China reported economic growth figures that were slightly stronger than markets had expected, although the reaction in Asia was more muted. The China data helped push Shanghai zinc and London aluminium close to their highest in more than a year.

  • Asian stock markets make mild gains Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    TOKYO— Asian stock markets were lukewarm Wednesday after China met expectations of solid but unspectacular growth in the second quarter. Other Asian stock markets were mostly higher, including shares in Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.

  • *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.

  • *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, enough to prompt a sigh of relief from investors, but little else.

  • *JX Holdings rises on report saying it will build hydrogen stations. TOKYO, July 16- Japan's Nikkei share average was flat on Wednesday morning as investors stayed cautious ahead of China economic data, with weakness in U.S. shares also curbing investors' risk appetites.

  • SYDNEY, July 16- Asian stocks held steady on Wednesday as markets braced for a data deluge from China, while a slide in oil prices to the lowest in over three months was taken as a potential positive for global growth. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat while Japan's Nikkei barely budged.

  • *JPMorgan, Goldman rally after results, boosting Dow. *Germany's ZEW sentiment reading at lowest level since January 2013. JPMorgan Chase& Co and Goldman Sachs outperformed after reporting strong results.

  • NEW YORK, July 15- U.S. stocks slipped on Tuesday, with riskier equities hit hardest after the Federal Reserve, in an unusual statement, singled out the valuation of social media and biotechnology shares as "substantially stretched." Wall Street equities were supported by bank stocks like JPMorgan Chase& Co, which outperformed following strong results.

  • NEW YORK, July 15- U.S. stocks slipped on Tuesday, with riskier equities hit hardest after the U.S.

  • *Espirito Santo shares hit record new low. LONDON, July 15- European stocks and the euro fell on Tuesday after shares in Portugal's biggest listed bank hit a record low, while a plunge in German economic sentiment pushed up borrowing costs for some peripheral euro zone countries.

  • The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 share index rose 0.1 percent, with benchmark indexes in Frankfurt, Paris and London trading flat to 0.3 percent higher, held back by a weaker technology sector as Germany's Software AG fell 15 percent after cutting forecasts.

  • TOKYO, July 15- Japan's Nikkei share average climbed to a 1-1/ 2- week high on Tuesday after Citigroup's strong earnings and a merger and acquisition deal in the U.S. healthcare industry lifted sentiment. The Bank of Japan's policy meeting outcome got a muted reaction from the market.

  • Asia stocks lukewarm after China growth report Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 1:59 AM ET

    TOKYO— Asian stock markets were lukewarm Wednesday after China met expectations of solid but unspectacular growth in the second quarter. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.2 percent to 23,515.47 while Seoul's Kospi shed 0.1 percent to 2,011.75. China's Shanghai Composite rose 0.1 percent to 2,071.97 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dropped 0.1 percent to 5,505.50.