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  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Friday Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 5:09 PM ET

    U.S. stocks closed lower on Friday following news that U.S. economic growth slowed more sharply than previously estimated in the final three months of 2014. The major stock indexes still notched gains for the month, recovering after a sluggish start to the year. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 81.72 points, or 0.5 percent, to 18,132.70.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- U.S. stocks closed lower on the last trading day of February after mixed U.S. economic data on a day when European stocks hit records and oil prices rebounded for their first monthly gain since June. The Nasdaq was the weakest of the three major U.S. indexes on Friday, weighed down by Apple Inc as some investors took profits ahead of its March 9 product...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- The S&P 500 posted its best monthly gain since October 2011 on Friday, but U.S. stocks ended lower for the day as U.S. economic growth slowed more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter. The S&P 500 gained 5.5 percent for the month, while the Nasdaq rose 7.1 percent, its best monthly performance since January 2012. That maybe set a tone for...

  • Feb 27- U.S. stocks closed lower on Friday as data showed U.S. economic growth slowed more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter, but the S&P 500 posted its best monthly performance since October 2011.

  • The S&P 500 ended February with a gain of 5.5 percent, its best month since October 2011. The Commerce Department said the economy grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter, less than last month's estimate. J.C. Penney slumped 7 percent after the department store chain reported a loss.

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 1:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at 1 p.m.:. Bank of America Corp. fell 1.4 percent to $15.82 with 79,836,800 shares traded. Chesapeake Energy Corp. fell 2.3 percent to $16.81 with 16,103,400 shares traded.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- U.S. stocks were little changed in early afternoon trading on Friday as mixed economic data was offset by some upbeat corporate earnings. Following the release of their results, shares of Monster Beverage jumped 13.4 percent to $140.67, while shares of Ross Stores gained 6.3 percent to $105.33. Midwest dropped to its lowest reading since July...

  • The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 27 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,187 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time Friday. The Commerce Department said the economy grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the October-December quarter, weaker than last month's initial estimate and a big drop from the third quarter. J.C. Penney slumped 6 percent after the department store...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- Wall Street stocks fell slightly on the last trading day of February as weak U.S. growth data made investors cautious, while European shares broke multi-year records ahead of the European Central Bank's injection next month of 60 billion euros to spur growth. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 35.93 points, or 0.20 percent, at...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 27- The rouble and Russian shares fell on Friday, ending the month on a cautious note after a rally the day before, as support from monthly taxes waned and oil prices remained volatile. At 1550 GMT the Russian currency was down 1 percent to 61.73 against the dollar and by a similar amount against the euro at 69.32. Although oil benchmark Brent was up around 2...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- British investment managers have cut back on bonds and increased reserves of cash as they warn of market volatility across asset classes in the year ahead, a Reuters poll found. Many stocks benchmarks are trading near multi-year highs, such as Britain's blue chip FTSE 100 index which this week finally breached a peak not seen since 1999....

  • LONDON, Feb 27- Global investors increased their bets on stocks during February as major equity markets broke through all-time highs, fuelled by the promise of more monetary stimulus, Reuters' monthly asset allocation poll showed. As around 20 central banks have cut interest rates since the start of 2015, and with the European Central Bank set to launch...

  • *J.C. Penney tumbles after earnings. NEW YORK, Feb 27- U.S. stocks held near the unchanged mark shortly after the open on Friday, following data on economic growth and ahead of a report on consumer sentiment. said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment officer of Solaris Group in Bedford Hills, New York.

  • The stock market is opening slightly lower after the U.S. economy slowed more sharply than expected in the final three months of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 15 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,199 in early trading Friday. The Commerce Department said the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the October-December quarter, weaker...

  • US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens flat after GDP data Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 9:31 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 27- U.S. stocks opened flat on Friday, with major indexes on track for a fourth week of gains, following data on economic growth and ahead of a report on consumer sentiment.

  • *Shanghai copper stocks surge 32.6 pct. LONDON, Feb 27- Copper fell on Friday following sharp increases in inventories, reigniting concerns about oversupply weighing on the market and giving bearish Chinese speculators a chance to resume selling. While there was a knee-jerk reaction by traders, big increases in Shanghai stocks often occur following the Lunar...

  • BEIJING— Global stocks were lackluster Friday after Japan reported mixed economic data and investors waited for revised U.S. growth figures. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, France's CAC-40 was little changed at 4,911.03 and Germany's DAX gained 0.05 percent to 11,332.45. Britain's FTSE 100 was steady at 6,949.04.

  • Buoyant Airbus helps Europe shares extend rally Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 3:10 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 27- European shares inched higher on Friday, keeping their brisk two-month rally alive as Airbus rose 6 percent after posting a sharp rise in operating earnings. At 0804 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.3 percent at 1,561.60 points, hitting a fresh seven-year high. The index has surged 14 percent so far this year, boosted by...

  • Hong Kong shares close down Friday, flat for week Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 3:09 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Feb 27- Hong Kong shares finished down on Friday as investors awaited clearer signals on the direction of China's monetary policy and industrial growth, ending a week on a flat note. Mainland news reports that 23 banks in Zhejiang would be allowed to cut their reserve ratios requirement another 50 basis points boosted financials early in the day, but...

  • China stocks end a solid February with small rises Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 2:18 AM ET

    The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.2 percent on Friday, to 3,572.84, gaining 1.4 percent for the week, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.4 percent, to 3,310.30 points, up 2 percent for the week. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai on Friday were Bank of China, down 0.7 percent to 4.11 yuan; China Petroleum, up...