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  • *Nintendo dives after dismal earnings. TOKYO, July 31- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh six-month high on Thursday after solid U.S. growth buoyed sentiment and as the weakening yen lifted exporters, while Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group's earnings boosted the banking sector.

  • TOKYO, July 31- The dollar stayed strong and U.S. bond yields held firm on Thursday after data showed solid U.S. economic growth, even as the Federal Reserve repeated its message that it is in no hurry to raise interest rates. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was almost flat in early trade.

  • How the Dow Jones average fared Wednesday Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:54 PM ET

    U.S. stocks closed mixed Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said the economy was strengthening enough for the central bank to continue cutting its stimulus. Bond yields rose after the government reported that the U.S. economy grew at a robust annual rate of 4 percent this spring.

  • *Twitter shares rally a day after results. Among the biggest positives were bank shares, with the S&P financial index up 0.4 percent, helping to support the S&P 500. Shares of Wells Fargo gained 1.1 percent to $52.10.

  • Stocks end mixed after Fed delivers no surprises Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are closing mixed after the Federal Reserve said the economy was strengthening enough for the central bank to continue cutting its stimulus. Bond yields rose Wednesday after the government reported that the U.S. economy grew at a robust annual rate of 4 percent this spring. Genworth Financial sank 14 percent and Goodyear fell 8 percent.

  • US STOCKS-S&P 500 turns higher after Fed statement Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 2:33 PM ET

    NEW YORK, July 30- The S&P 500 turned higher while the Dow pared losses on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised its assessment of the U.S. economy while reiterating it is in no hurry to increase interest rates. Shares of Wells Fargo gained 1.4 percent to $52.26.

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading:. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. rose. 8 percent to $3.82 with 42,461,500 shares traded. Bank of America Corp. rose 1.6 percent to $15.58 with 80,663,400 shares traded.

  • An early rally fades on the US stock market Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are turning mostly lower in midday trading, erasing an early gain. Genworth Financial sank 12 percent and Goodyear Tire& Rubber fell 7 percent after turning in results that disappointed investors. The Standard& Poor's 500 index fell five points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,964 as of noon Eastern time Wednesday.

  • European shares fall, weighed by earnings, Ukraine woes Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    LONDON, July 30- European shares closed lower on Wednesday, little moved by strong U.S. growth data, after weak earnings reports from cement-makers and concerns about a possible escalation of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

  • Strong earnings news, US growth lift stocks Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 9:58 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are opening higher after several companies reported better earnings than investors were expecting. Traders were also encouraged by the U.S. government's initial estimate that the economy surged ahead at a 4 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter.

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to higher open after GDP data Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    *Twitter rallies in premarket after blockbuster results. NEW YORK, July 30- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wednesday after the first read on second-quarter economic growth came in much stronger than expected, overshadowing a weak report on the labor market.

  • *Twitter rallies in premarket after blockbuster results. NEW YORK, July 30- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday as investors sought bargains following a period of weakness and looked ahead to data on economic growth and comments from the Federal Reserve following its latest policy meeting. *Twitter Inc surged 27 percent to $49 in heavy premarket trading.

  • Europe shares drift ahead of US data; Asia gains Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:33 AM ET

    TOKYO— World markets were mostly higher Wednesday ahead of U.S. economic data while cheery earnings from major Japanese companies such as Honda Motor Co. boosted Asian stocks. KEEPING SCORE: In morning trade in Europe, France's CAC 40 dipped 0.1 percent to 4,359.30 and Britain's FTSE 100 was flat at 6,807.75.

  • Hong Kong shares rise for 7th day, property leads Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 4:09 AM ET

    HONG KONG, July 30- Hong Kong's benchmark index climbed to fresh 3-1/ 2- year highs on Wednesday, with major property developers leading the rise as investors bet on a solid performance for first-half earnings. Hong Kong's property sub-index climbed to a 14- month high with Cheung Kong Holdings and Sun Hung Kai Properties leading the rise.

  • China shares snap long-winning run, property falls Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    HONG KONG, July 30- China's major indexes broke a long-winning streak on Wednesday, with early gains led by index heavyweight PetroChina Co Ltd offset by falls in property companies and banks. PetroChina was among top index boosts in Shanghai, climbing more than 6 percent at one point before trimming gains to end 3.1 percent higher.

  • TOKYO, July 30- Japan's Nikkei share average rose for a fourth day in choppy trade on Wednesday, as strong corporate earnings led by Honda Motor Co and Tokyo Electron Ltd eclipsed weak industrial output data. The Nikkei ended 0.2 percent higher to 15,646.23, the highest closing price since Jan. 23.

  • *Merck up as results beat expectations, but Pfizer slips. United Parcel Service shares fell 3.7 percent to $98.86 after the world's biggest courier company slashed its earnings forecast for the year due to spending to boost capacity. Rival shipping company FedEx Corp was down 1.6 percent at $147.14.

  • Stocks close lower ahead of economic reports Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 4:18 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market is ending with a modest loss as investors wait for a series of big economic reports later in the week. The next day, a report on China's manufacturing industry will give investors an update on the health of the world's factory floor. And on Friday, the U.S. Labor Department releases its monthly jobs report.

  • NEW YORK, July 29- U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, dropping in a shallow but wide selloff as a weak outlook from UPS weighed on sentiment and pressured transportation stocks.

  • *Merck up as results beat expectations, but Pfizer slips. United Parcel Service shares fell 3.1 percent to $99.47 after the world's biggest courier company slashed its earnings forecast for the year due to spending to boost capacity. Rival shipping company FedEx Corp was down 0.8 percent at $148.36.