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  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are closing modestly lower, continuing a downward trajectory from the day before. Oil soared on signs that U.S. production growth is slowing and anticipation that a delay in talks with Iran over its nuclear program could keep Iranian oil off the world market. U.S. crude rose $2.49 to $50.09 a barrel in New York.

  • April 1- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday as weaker-than-expected data spurred concerns over economic growth ahead of Friday's jobs report and first-quarter earnings.

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 1:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading:. AT&T Inc. rose. 7 percent to $32.89 with 24,693,700 shares traded. Alcoa Inc. rose. 6 percent to $13.00 with 33,197,800 shares traded.

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are slipping in midday trading, continuing a downward trajectory from the day before. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 78 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,698 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday. The price of oil rose $1.94 to $49.55 a barrel in New York.

  • *Oil rallies as talks on Iran continue. NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. stocks fell for a second day and the dollar dipped after a weaker-than-expected report on private sector employment spurred investor concerns that a highly anticipated monthly U.S. jobs report on Friday could also point to slowing economic growth. However, oil futures rallied as talks over Iran's...

  • NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. crude inventories rose last week to a record high for the 12th straight week, while gasoline stocks fell more than four times than expected as demand grew for the motor fuel, data from the Energy Information Administration showed on Wednesday. "The large decline in gasoline inventories is notable, as is the four-week average demand of 9...

  • NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday as a pair of weaker-than-expected economic indicators raised concerns that Friday's impending jobs report could also point to worsening conditions. Separately, the pace of U.S. manufacturing growth fell in March to its slowest in almost two years, according to the Institute for Supply Management.

  • The Iran talks overshadowed a sharp rise in crude oil stocks in the United States, where inventories rose by 4.8 million barrels to 471.4 million barrels in the week to March 27, according to the United States Energy Information Agency. Talks between Iran and six world powers in the Swiss city of Lausanne to settle a dispute around Tehran's nuclear programme...

  • NEW YORK— Stocks are opening April on a weak note, continuing their downward trajectory from the day before. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 94 points, or 0.6 percent, to 17,660 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday. The price of oil rose 34 cents to $47.94 a barrel in New York.

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to lower open after ADP report Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 8:39 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wednesday as a weaker-than-expected report on private sector employment raised concerns that Friday's impending jobs report could also point to worsening conditions in the labor market. "The correlation between ADP and the payroll report isn't terribly strong, but given the size of the miss,...

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat at start of second quarter Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 7:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday, with investors reluctant to keep pushing shares higher after both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed out their ninth straight quarter of advances. Key reports on manufacturing will be released after the market opens on Wednesday, while a report on private sector employment is due at...

  • *Oil remains under pressure as talks on Iran continue. Europe's benchmark FTSEurofirst 300 recovered from a early wobble to put London's FTSE Germany's DAX and France's CAC up 0.5, 0.3 and 0.5 percent higher respectively as core bond markets yields nudged higher. Crude oil prices maintained their decline as an extension of talks between Iran and world powers...

  • HONG KONG, April 1- Hong Kong stocks rose on Wednesday after a better-than-expected Chinese factory activity survey, with start-up shares surging after China allowed insurers to invest in the city's Growth Enterprise Market. UBS strategist Lu Wenjie said that with China's small-cap stocks 10 times more expensive than their Hong Kong- listed peers, and...

  • China stocks jump to 7-year highs on factory survey Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 3:18 AM ET

    The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 1.8 percent, to 4,123.90 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.7 percent, to 3,810.29 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Bank Of China, up 0.9 percent to 4.42 yuan; Agricultural Bank of China, up 0.5 percent to 3.69 yuan and United Network, up 10.1 percent...

  • JGBs mostly firm, taking cue from weaker stocks Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 3:03 AM ET

    TOKYO, April 1- Japanese government bonds mostly firmed on Wednesday on the first session of the country's new fiscal year, benefiting from a sharp selloff in stocks as well as the Bank of Japan's purchases under its massive asset-buying scheme. The notable exception was the 30- year zone, which slumped after the central bank opted to forego increasing its...

  • Upbeat European data prompts stock market turnaround Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 2:42 AM ET

    TOKYO— Asian stock markets mostly sagged Wednesday as China's manufacturing remained weak in February and a Japanese central bank survey showed businesses are wary about the economic outlook. But Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 0.7 percent to 25,074.61 and the Shanghai Composite Index added 1.4 percent to 3,799.64 on speculation authorities will do more...

  • TOKYO, April 1- Tokyo shares fell on Wednesday as investors sold recent gainers to lock in profit on the first day of the Japanese financial year and after a disappointing tankan business sentiment survey from the Bank of Japan. Both the Nikkei share average and the Topix fell below their 25- day moving average, a key short-term support level, clouding the outlook...

  • *HK's GEM jumps after China relaxes insurers' investment rules. SHANGHAI, April 1- Chinese stocks rose more than 1 percent on Wednesday after surveys showing the country's factory sector unexpectedly picked up in March, as retail investors continued to flock into a bullish market analysts say will rise further. Hong Kong stocks also rose, with start-up shares...

  • *Yen firmer as weak Tokyo shares weigh on risk sentiment. SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, April 1- The dollar slipped versus the yen at the start of a new quarter on Wednesday, as a soft reading on Japanese business sentiment dented Tokyo shares and helped bolster the safe haven yen. "Dollar/yen has led this move today and I think it's basically trading off the back end of the Nikkei,"...

  • TOKYO, April 1- Tokyo shares fell on Wednesday as investors sold recent gainers to lock in profit on the first day of Japanese financial year and after soft reading on the Bank of Japan's tankan business sentiment survey. A close below the 25- day moving average would probably lead to a near-term correction in the market, "said Takashi Oba, senior strategist at...