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  • Stocks little changed on Ukraine, Yellen speech Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 1:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks were little changed Friday after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure on how the nation's most important financial voice feels about raising interest rates in the coming months. The Dow Jones industrial average was down a point at 17,037 as of 10:26 a.m. Eastern.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 22- China shares edged higher at midday Friday, helped by blue-chips, and might produce a sixth straight weekly gain, which would be the longest such streak since March 2012. Hong Kong shares also rose, tracking gains in most other Asian markets after upbeat U.S. economic data sparked another record close on Wall Street.

  • Nikkei rises for 10th day on strong U.S. shares, data Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 10:14 PM ET

    *Shinsei rises on report it plans to bid for Citi's Japan retail banking business. TOKYO, Aug 22- Japan's Nikkei share average rose for the 10th consecutive session on Friday morning thanks to a record close on Wall Street after upbeat U.S. economic data.

  • TOKYO, Aug 22- Asian shares rose in early trading on Friday, after upbeat U.S. data sparked another record close on Wall Street. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1 percent in early trading, on track for a weekly gain of 0.4 percent.

  • *Investors await Yellen speech from Jackson Hole conference. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks ended higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 at a record after a flurry of positive economic data, as investors hoped for signs from an annual meeting of central bankers that interest-rate hikes are not imminent.

  • S&P 500 closes at a record; Hewlett-Packard gains Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Another round of buying on the stock market is sending the Standard& Poor's 500 index to its latest record high. That's four points above the record close it reached July 24. Hewlett-Packard rose 5 percent after the company reported its first sales increase in nearly three years.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks closed higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 ending at a record on a flurry of positive economic data. Trading was light as investors waited for possible clues about interest rates from central bankers attending an annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 1:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at 1 p.m.:. Bank of America Corp. rose 2.6 percent to $15.92 with 71,947,500 shares traded. Citigroup Inc. rose 1.5 percent to $50.56 with 8,811,400 shares traded.

  • Stocks move higher; S&P 500 heading for a record Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are moving mostly higher, pushing the Standard& Poor's 500 index closer toward another record close. The S&P 500 rose four points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,990 as of noon Eastern time Thursday. Hewlett-Packard rose 5 percent after the company reported its first sales increase in nearly three years.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- Global equity markets edged higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 hitting an all-time high, as U.S. and German data drove confidence on economic growth and helped extend a stock rally.

  • *Family Dollar rejects Dollar General buyout offer. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks inched higher on Thursday and the S&P notched a record high as a flurry of data pointed to steady improvement in the economy and investors awaited the start of a meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • Stocks open higher; S&P 500 heading for a record Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are opening higher, pushing the Standard& Poor's 500 index closer toward another record high. Hormel Foods rose 4 percent. The maker of Spam, Dinty Moore stew and other products reported higher profits in its latest quarter.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks opened little changed on Thursday as many investors held off on making bets ahead of the start of a meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, though jobless claims data pointed to continued improvement in the labor market.

  • *Family Dollar rejects Dollar General buyout offer. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks were set for a slightly higher open on Thursday, after jobless claims data pointed to continued improvement in the labor market and before the start of a meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • *Jackson Hole conference to begin. *Bank of America gains before expected settlement deal. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Thursday, ahead of a flurry of economic data and the start of the meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • German data helps Europe shares extend 2-week rally Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    *Raiffeisen Bank jumps on reassuring comments on Russia. PARIS, Aug 21- European stocks rose on Thursday, extending their sharp two-week rebound, boosted by better-than-expected German private sector growth figures which reassured investors about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy following a soft patch.

  • Germany's DAX climbs to 3-week high, European shares up Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 5:08 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 21- European shares rose on Thursday, with Germany's DAX index climbing to a three-week high after a survey showed the country's private sector grew for the 16th month running in August.

  • Asian stocks higher after S&P 500 record close Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:34 AM ET

    Hewlett-Packard rose after delivering better results, while Sears plunged after reporting that its loss doubled from a year ago. Hewlett-Packard was the biggest gainer among the major indexes. The technology giant rose $1.88, or 5.4 percent, to $37.00 after reporting better-than-expected results and its first sales increase in nearly three years.

  • TOKYO, Aug 21- Japanese stocks rose to a three-week high on Thursday, posting gains for the ninth consecutive day, as a weaker yen shored up exporters after minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve's July meeting raised the risk of an earlier rate hike. The Nikkei share average climbed 0.9 percent to 15,586.20 points, its highest closing level since July 31.

  • *Eyes on Jackson Hole- fund manager. TOKYO, Aug 21- Japanese stocks rose to a three-week high on Thursday morning, clocking gains for the ninth consecutive day, as the weaker yen shored up exporters after minutes of the U.S.