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  • 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.

  • *Fed Chair Janet Yellen's testimony awaited. *Otsuka soars on new drug application to FDA. TOKYO, July 15- Japan's Nikkei share average climbed on Tuesday with all sectors rising, helped by gains on Wall Street on Citigroup's strong earnings and a merger and acquisition deal in the healthcare industry.

  • *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.

  • Global stocks rebound after Portuguese bank scare Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 6:47 AM ET

    BEIJING— Global stocks rebounded Monday from jitters about a struggling Portuguese bank as investors looked ahead to a busy week of data releases in the U.S., China and Europe. In Europe, Germany's DAX added 0.8 percent to 9,742.95 and France's CAC-40 rose 0.6 percent to 4,341.37.

  • LONDON, July 14- Stock markets in Europe and Asia rose on Monday as investors put aside concern about euro zone banks and looked forward to corporate earnings and a raft of global economic events, including testimony from the head of the U.S.

  • TOKYO, July 14- Japan's Nikkei average gained ground on Monday, ending its longest losing streak since the "Abenomics" rally started in November 2012, led by retail buying of small- and medium-cap stocks and speculative buying of index futures.

  • TOKYO, July 14- Japan's Nikkei average rose modestly on Monday, ending its longest losing streak since the current "Abenomics" rally started in November 2012, as retail investors picked up shares of small- and medium-sized companies.

  • *Stocks inch ahead in Asia as EU banking worries fade. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent, with Seoul putting on 0.4 percent.

  • *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.

  • Nikkei falls for 5th day, hit by Portugal bank fallout Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 9:53 PM ET

    TOKYO, July 11- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped for a fifth day to a fresh 1 1/ 2- week low on Friday morning as concerns about the financial health of Portugal's top listed bank turned investors risk-averse.

  • 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.

  • *Relatively weak auction of $13 billion of 30- year bonds. Treasuries prices rose on Thursday, with benchmark yields falling to their lowest in five weeks as investors scrambled for low-risk bonds on worries that problems involving Portugal's biggest listed bank may rekindle the region's financial woes.

  • 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.

  • Market mood turns sour as Dow falls short of 17k Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 2:29 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Global markets were mixed Thursday with a slight pickup in China's exports failing to give a lift to European stocks after most Asian indexes closed up. Britain's FTSE 100 was down 0.4 percent to 6,693.71.

  • TOKYO, July 10- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped for a fourth day to a fresh 1-1/ 2- week low on Thursday as worse-than-expected machinery data soured sentiment and U.S. Federal Reserve minutes suggested the end of its stimulus was a sign of economic strength. The Nikkei dropped 0.6 percent to 15,216.47, the lowest closing since June 30.