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  • March 27- U.S. stocks rose modestly on Friday and major indexes snapped a four-day losing streak after late news of merger talks in the semiconductor space helped boost the technology sector.

  • *Dow Chemical to spin off unit, merge it with Olin. *Fed Chair Janet Yellen to speak shortly before the closing bell. NEW YORK, March 27- U.S. stocks were flat on Friday, with the S&P 500 on track for its worst week since late January, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that could create a volatile close on Wall Street.

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 1:16 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading:. Bank of America Corp. fell. 7 percent to $15.31 with 71,575,800 shares traded. Chesapeake Energy Corp. fell 1.3 percent to $14.03 with 21,160,300 shares traded.

  • *Dow Chemical to spin off unit, merge it with Olin. NEW YORK, March 27- U.S. stocks held near the unchanged mark on Friday, putting major indexes on track to barely snap a four-session losing streak, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that could create a volatile close on Wall Street. What we've done is bounce down to the low end of the recent range set...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St flat head of Yellen; biotechs bounce Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 12:44 PM ET

    *Dow Chemical to spin off unit, merge it with Olin. NEW YORK, March 27- U.S. stocks held near the unchanged mark on Friday, putting major indexes on track to barely snap a four-session losing streak, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that could create a volatile close on Wall Street. What we've done is bounce down to the low end of the recent range set...

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are mostly higher in midday trading after four straight days of losses. It jumped the day before on worries that conflict in the Middle East would affect the flow of crude from the region. Oil fell $1.36 to $50.06 a barrel in New York.

  • *Novo Nordisk up 13 pct after deciding to submit drug data. LONDON, March 27- A top index of pan-European shares was set for its biggest weekly drop of the year on Friday, although it snapped a sharp two-day losing streak following a surge in Danish pharmaceuticals firm Novo Nordisk. At 1446 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.4 percent at...

  • NEW YORK— A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday. Major indexes notched modest gains, not nearly enough to make up for the four previous days of losses. It wound up being the second-worst week for the market so far this year.

  • NEW YORK, March 27- U.S. stocks opened flat on Friday, with indexes set for a sharp weekly decline, as investors awaited a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 1.13 points, or 0.01 percent, to 17,679.36, the S&P 500 gained 0.31 points, or 0.02 percent, to 2,056.46 and the Nasdaq Composite added 2.98 points, or 0.06 percent, to...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.6 percent, to 3,971.70, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3 percent, to 3,691.10. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were China Shipbuilding, down 2.0 percent at 10.23 yuan; China State Construction, up 3.0 percent at 7.22 yuan and Agricultural Bank Of China, down 0.3...

  • *Novo Nordisk up 13 pct after deciding to submit drug data. PARIS/ LONDON, March 27- European stocks rose on Friday, halting a sharp two-day retreat and helped by a surge in Novo Nordisk and a renewed fall in the euro, which supported exporters. Denmark's Novo Nordisk jumped 13 percent after the pharmaceutical firm said it would submit interim data from a clinical...

  • LONDON, March 27- Emerging market stocks were trading lower on Friday and set for a weekly loss as a strong dollar lured investors away and worries about stability in the Middle East depressed investor sentiment. The MSCI emerging equities index was 0.4 percent lower while the Asia excluding Japan benchmark eased 0.1 percent. "Oil has again taken centre stage as...

  • *Crude dips as market reassesses conflict in Yemen. Asian shares dropped overnight but the pan-European FTSEurofirst tip-toed higher as a 0.2 percent fall for Britain's FTSE was offset by 0.6 and 0.1 percent gains on Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40.. "I'm not surprised that European shares are fading their gains," said Gavin Friend, a strategist at National...

  • March 27- Hong Kong stocks ended flat on Friday, with banking heavyweights down but property stocks firmer after news of government measures to support the real estate sector. Bank of Communications Co Ltd said on Thursday its bad loan ratio rose to 1.25 percent, the highest level since 2010.. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were...

  • PARIS, March 27- European stocks rose in early trade on Friday, halting a sharp two-day retreat as a renewed fall in the euro currency helped boost the shares of exporting companies. The euro fell back on Friday, trading at $1.0811, well below Thursday's intraday high of $1.10525. Shares in Denmark's Novo Nordisk featured among the top gainers, up 13 percent after...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.6 percent, to 3,971.70, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3 percent, to 3,691.10. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were China Shipbuilding, down 2.0 percent to 10.23 yuan; China State Construction, up 3.0 percent to 7.22 yuan and Agricultural Bank Of China, down 0.3...

  • Stocks recover their poise ahead of US economic data Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 2:24 AM ET

    TOKYO— Asian shares were lackluster Friday as the conflict in Yemen ripped through the Middle East and Japanese data showed the world's No. 3 economy is still in the doldrums. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 fell 1.3 percent to 19,213.15 and South Korea's Kospi was down 0.3 percent at 2,016.94. MIDDLE EAST: The turmoil in Yemen has erupted into a regional...

  • TOKYO, March 27- Japan's Nikkei share average tumbled to a two-week low on Friday, led by futures selling as hedge funds took profits from recent gains. The Nikkei benchmark fell 1.7 percent to 19,141.62 points after falling to as low as 19,099.87 in mid-afternoon trade, the lowest level since March 13. Exporters also suffered, with Toyota Motor Corp falling 2.0...

  • NEW YORK, March 27- A 4 percent decline in biotechnology stocks on Wednesday sent the Nasdaq Composite Index to its largest one-day loss in nearly a year, and some investors are betting that the once-hot sector has further to fall. Overall, a screen of about 1,650 mid-cap U.S. companies shows biotech stocks, on average, have a short interest ratio of about 11.6...

  • *China market on track to end the week up about 2 pct. SHANGHAI, March 27- China stocks rose on Friday morning, led by property shares which rose sharply on expectations of increased support, and bolstered by the government raising limits in its qualified investor scheme. The impact of poor economic data released on Friday- showing profits earned by Chinese...