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  • US STOCKS-Wall St edges up ahead of market holiday Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 12:32 PM ET

    *Markets will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving holiday. NEW YORK, Nov 26- U.S. stocks ticked higher on Wednesday as the market's recent upward bias held ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, even as a round of economic data came in below expectations. Trading was light, with some market participants already out for Thanksgiving.

  • Germany's DAX enjoys longest winning run in 18 months Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    *Seadrill sinks 18 pct after scrapping dividend. PARIS, Nov 26- European shares inched higher on Wednesday, with Germany's blue chip DAX index advancing for the 10th session in a row as investors bet on further monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank. Gains in stocks were capped by a renewed drop in shares of oil services companies, however, with Norwegian...

  • *Oil falls as market doubts OPEC production cut. NEW YORK, Nov 26- The dollar fell on Wednesday after disappointing U.S. home sales data, but global equity markets edged higher on hopes for more stimulus from the European Central Bank and the prospect that stocks are a better investment than other alternatives. The Commerce Department said sales gained 0.7...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St flat near records after tepid data Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 10:15 AM ET

    *Markets will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving holiday. NEW YORK, Nov 26- U.S. stocks were flat on Wednesday as the market's recent upward bias held ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, even as a round of economic data came in below expectations. Trading was light, with some market participants already out for Thanksgiving.

  • US indexes barely budge ahead of Thanksgiving Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Stock indexes are holding near record levels as traders digest some mixed news on the U.S. economy. The Standard& Poor's 500 index rose a point, less than 0.1 percent, to 2,068 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday. U.S. markets will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 26- U.S. stocks were little changed at the open on Wednesday as gains in defensive, high-yielding sectors were offset by declines in energy stocks. Indexes continued to be in a tight range going into the Thanksgiving holiday. Wall Street will be closed on Thursday and Friday will be a half-day session.

  • *Markets will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving holiday. NEW YORK, Nov 26- U.S. stock index futures pointed to slight losses at the open on Wednesday as jobless claims rose to their highest level since September, though market moves were light going into the Thanksgiving holiday. Shares could also some pressure after weak results from Hewlett-Packard Co and...

  • *Seadrill sinks 16 pct after scrapping dividend. PARIS, Nov 26- European shares rose on Wednesday, with Germany's blue chip index DAX advancing for the 10th straight session as investors bet on further monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank. Gains in stocks were capped by a renewed drop in shares of oil services companies, however, with Norwegian...

  • *Markets will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving holiday. NEW YORK, Nov 26- U.S. stock index futures were very slightly higher on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to a flurry of economic data that will be released throughout the morning, which could indicate whether the market's record levels are justified. *While tech shares could see some pressure...

  • *Crude oil stabilises before Thursday's OPEC summit. TOKYO, Nov 26- European shares pushed higher on Wednesday, bolstered by the prospect of more stimulus from the European Central Bank and as upbeat U.S. economic growth data calmed investor anxiety over a deteriorating global outlook. The pan-European FTSEurofirst index of leading blue-chip companies has...

  • LONDON, Nov 26- Shares in Italy and Spain gave away their early gains on Wednesday as data showed Italian consumer morale fell and the European Central Bank vice president said any decision on new stimulus would be made next year. After a higher start, Italy's FTSE MIB was up just 0.1 percent and Spain's Ibex was down 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, ECB Vice President Vitor...

  • *Seadrill down 16 pct after suspending dividend. LONDON, Nov 26- European shares rose on Wednesday, with Germany's blue chip index climbing for the 10th straight session as investors continued to bet on more monetary stimulus in the euro zone. Gains were capped by falls in energy shares, however, with Norwegian offshore driller Seadrill slumping after the...

  • European shares rise for 4th day; Thomas Cook slumps Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    British holiday company Thomas Cook was a standout underperformer, slumping 19 percent after it said its chief executive Harriet Green was stepping down, two years after leading a turnaround of the group. The index has been rising every day since European Central Bank President Mario Draghi opened the door to more aggressive asset purchases and China cut...

  • China stocks rise for 5th straight day as financials lead Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 2:10 AM ET

    The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 1.4 percent, to 2,723.02, the highest level since February 2013, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.4 percent, to 2,604.35 points, the highest level in 39 months. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Everbright Bank, up 7.36 percent to 3.21 yuan; Minsheng Bank, up 1.98...

  • *Crude oil extends losses ahead of Thursday's OPEC summit. Oil prices were also under pressure as major oil producing nations failed to agree on curbs to output ahead of an OPEC meeting on Thursday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.4 percent.

  • TOKYO, Nov 26- Japanese stocks edged down on Wednesday as investors cautiously awaited a slew of U.S. economic data and a holiday-shortened U.S. trading week dampened risk appetite, while Honda Motor Co fell sharply after under-reporting accidents. The Nikkei benchmark ended 0.1 percent lower at 17,383.58. Honda tumbled 2.9 percent to a one-week low after...

  • US stock indexes hold near record ahead of holiday Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 12:14 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday, keeping the major indexes near record levels, as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy. THE CHIPS RISE: Semiconductor stocks rose after Analog Devices reported strong earnings. Analog Devices was among the biggest gainers in the S&P 500 index after the company reported earnings and sales...

  • *Hong Kong indexes follow the mainland market, caution. SHANGHAI, Nov 26- China stocks rose on Wednesday, due to gains for brokerages and other finance-sector shares that continue to welcome the central bank's surprise interest rate cut on Friday. Huatai Securities jumped its 10 percent daily limit after it said it won approval to list in Hong Kong.

  • Crude oil extends losses ahead of Thursday's OPEC summit. Oil prices were also under pressure as major oil producing nations failed to agree on curbs to output ahead of an OPEC meeting on Thursday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.3 percent.

  • NYMEX-Crude price falls below $74 as U.S. stocks rise Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 7:28 PM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 26- U.S. crude futures extended declines to below $74 a barrel on Wednesday after industry data showed that U.S. crude inventories rose by nearly 3 million barrels last week, about six times more than analysts had expected. It settled down $1.69 at $74.09 on Tuesday after a meeting of Saudi Arabia and three other nations ahead of an OPEC summit ended with...