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  • NEW YORK, March 2- Nasdaq on Monday closed above 5,000 for the first time since the 2000 dot-com bubble, as tech stocks were boosted by deals, and the S&P 500 and Dow ended at record highs after economic data pointed to a slowly accelerating economy.

  • *Markit manufacturing hits 4- month high, ISM hits 13- month low. It was boosted by chipmakers NXP Semiconductors NV, Intel Corp as well as network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc after two big deal announcements. Shares of chipmaker NXP rose 17 percent to $99.35 after it agreed to buy smaller peer Freescale Semiconductor Ltd to create a company valued over $40...

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Monday, 2 Mar 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. 2 percent to $34.64 with 20,989,000 shares traded. Bank of America Corp. rose 1.3 percent to $16.01 with 70,401,200 shares traded.

  • *Tullow down on project delay and FTSE demotion worries. The Greek banking index fell nearly 10 percent, while lenders National Bank of Greece, Piraeus Bank and Alpha Bank fell 10.0 to 11.8 percent to feature among the top decliners. "The fears about a possible default for Greece are certainly not completely off the table," Gerhard Schwarz, head of equity strategy at...

  • *China rate cut lifts Asia equities, gold. Wall Street kicked off March on a high note after a stellar February, when the benchmark S&P 500 Index registered its best monthly gain since October 2011. Asian stocks ended higher after China cut interest rates over the weekend, but European equities slipped from seven-year highs hit on merger activity in the telecom...

  • LONDON, March 2- European shares retreated from multi-year highs on Monday, with Greek banks slipping on lingering concerns about the country's debt and Tullow Oil falling on worries about project delays and its likely ejection from a major share index. The Greek banking index fell 9.4 percent, while lenders National Bank of Greece, Piraeus Bank and Alpha Bank...

  • NEW YORK, March 2- It may be by far the most valuable American company but Apple Inc still can't get into at least one exclusive club- the 30- member Dow Jones Industrial Average. That may not be a problem for the company behind the iPhone and the iPad, after all Apple shares recently hit record highs. If Apple had replaced a badly lagging stock such as IBM, which has...

  • NEW YORK— For the first time since its dot-com era peak nearly 15 years ago, the Nasdaq composite has closed above 5,000.. Investors are now paying $20 for every $1 in earnings per share thrown off by Nasdaq companies each year. "It has gone up for the right reasons— on fundamentals, not just speculation," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global...

  • *Manufacturing data expected from Markit, ISM. *HP to buy Aruba Networks. At 9:45 a.m., data will be released on the manufacturing sector by financial data firm Markit, following shortly afterwards by the Institute for Supply Management's reading on the manufacturing sector at 10:00 a.m..

  • NEW YORK, March 2- U.S. stocks opened flat on Monday, in the wake of the S&P 500' s best month in more than three years, as data showed consumer spending remained soft in January and ahead of a report on the manufacturing sector.

  • *Manufacturing data expected from Markit, ISM. *HP to buy Aruba Networks. At 9:45 a.m., data will be released on the manufacturing sector by financial data firm Markit, following shortly afterwards by the Institute for Supply Management's reading on the manufacturing sector at 10:00 a.m..

  • *Tullow Oil down on speculation over potential FTSE 100 exit. LONDON, March 2- Europe's FTSEurofirst 300 index retreated from a seven-year high on Monday, with Tullow Oil down on concerns that it could be dropped from Britain's blue-chip index after a quarterly reshuffle and Vivendi falling after a stake disposal. Tullow Oil slid 6.8 percent to feature among the...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.8 percent to 3,601.27 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.8 percent to 3,336.28. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Bank Of China, unchanged at 4.11 yuan; China Petroleum, down 1.1 percent to 6.25 yuan and Agricultural Bank of China, up 0.3 percent to 3.35...

  • World market momentum over Chinese rate cut fades Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 1:32 AM ET

    KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.3 percent to 6,964.66 and Germany's DAX climbed 0.3 percent to 11,428.83. Hopes for stronger growth in China boosted mining companies and other resource-related shares, such as miner BHP Billiton, which rose 0.4 percent and Glencore Plc, which added 1.8 percent. CHINA RATE CUT: The People's Bank of China cut interest...

  • *China's rate cut within expectations, partly priced in- analysts. SHANGHAI, March 2- China stocks posted modest gains on Monday after the central bank cut interest rates over the weekend, with some investors expressing disappointment that it didn't cut rates more deeply. "It's not a surprise," said Wu Kan, head of equity trading at investment firm Shanshan Finance...

  • KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 gained 0.3 percent to 18,847.19 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.2 percent to 1,989.27. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.3 percent to 24,898.25 and the Shanghai Composite Index advanced 0.4 percent to 3,322.23. CHINA RATE CUT: The People's Bank of China cut interest rates for the second time in three months Saturday, reducing...

  • SHANGHAI, March 2- China stocks were up in volatile trade on Monday morning after the country's central bank cut benchmark interest rates over the weekend, with property stocks rising and banking shares giving up early gains. The People's Bank of China cut interest rates for the second time in over three months as the government steps up efforts to support a...

  • *Taisei Corp falls after fund raising announcement. TOKYO, March 2- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 15- year high on Monday morning after China's interest rate cut lifted global investors' risk appetite and the yen weakened, but gains were limited as investors were cautious about the market's recent rises. "Although the direct impact of the China's...

  • *MSCI's Asia-Pacific stock index up 0.1 pct after China rate cut. TOKYO, March 2- Asian stocks got off to a steady start on Monday as soft U.S. data was partially offset by a weekend interest rate cut by China, while the dollar hit a five-week high against the euro. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched up 0.1 percent and Tokyo's Nikkei rose...

  • 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.