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  • LONDON, June 1- European equities steadied at the close on Monday, with stronger real estate and healthcare offsetting weaker energy stocks, which tracked a sharp drop in crude oil prices. The STOXX Europe 600 real estate index gained 1.3 percent, with traders attributing the rise to a positive note by JP Morgan, raising its target price for stocks of companies...

  • LONDON, June 1- European equities rose in late trading on Monday, with Roche leading drug stocks higher following an encouraging company update and real estate shares getting some support from a positive sector note from JP Morgan. The STOXX Europe 600 real estate index rose 1 percent, with traders attributing the rise to a positive note by JP Morgan, raising it...

  • June 1- U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday following a strong rally in Chinese stock markets and ahead of a string of domestic economic data.

  • MOSCOW, June 1- Russia's rouble slumped on Monday and bonds fell after the central bank suspended its one-year forex repo auctions, another signal that policymakers are concerned that a recent rouble rally has gone too far. Moscow- listed shares, meanwhile, were mixed after dropping sharply on Friday, with the rouble-denominated MICEX index recovering but the...

  • *Intel to buy Altera for $16.7 bln. June 1- Wall Street was set to open higher on the first day of the month, helped by an almost five percent rally in Chinese stock markets and ahead of a string of domestic economic data. "It's the first day of the month and news out of China is bullish," said Andrew Barber, chief market strategist at Eagleview Capital in Delaware.

  • June 1- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Monday, after closing down the previous week, as investors focused on the bright spots in China's factory activity data and ahead of a string of domestic economic data. *Intel shares were up 0.6 percent at $34.68 in premarket trading on reports that the company was nearing a deal to buy programmable-chip maker Altera.

  • *Roche, AstraZeneca gain on positive updates. LONDON, June 1- European shares held steady at the start of the month on Monday, with a rally in some drug stocks on the back of positive company updates offset by lingering concerns over Greece's debt situation and weaker commodity stocks. Drugmakers Roche and AstraZeneca, up 2.2 percent and 1 percent respectively,...

  • SHANGHAI, June 1- China stocks jumped nearly 5 percent on Monday, regaining most of the ground lost in Thursday's sell-off, as investors sitting on growing piles of cash took advantage of that tumble to swoop on shares as a chorus of official media commentary asserted the bull market is not over yet. "The pattern in a bull market is that immediately after a plunge,...

  • LONDON, June 1- European stock markets inched higher on Monday, putting aside concerns over Greece that unsettled the euro after Chinese stocks rallied almost 5 percent. "The pattern in a bull market is that immediately after a plunge, money will pile in, pushing the market higher," said Wang Yu, analyst at Pacific Securities Co in Beijing. The CSI300 index of the...

  • On Friday, a Korean man was confirmed as China's first case after traveling to the country via Hong Kong with Asiana Airlines Inc. None of 64 people quarantined after contact with the man tested positive, state media reported. In Hong Kong, 299 people died from SARS and tourism dropped almost 90 percent during the worst-hit months. Korean Air Lines Co Ltd closed...

  • June 1- Hong Kong stocks rose on Monday, taking cues from a surge in Chinese shares, but the gains were capped by Friday's sluggish U.S. market after disappointing U.S. economic data. China's main indexes jumped nearly 5 percent, as investors were encouraged by market-friendly commentary in official media, and also took a positive view on PMI data showing growth in...

  • SHANGHAI, June 1- China's key CSI300 index posted its biggest single-day rise in two and a half years, as investors sitting on growing piles of cash took advantage of last week's tumble to swoop on shares, emboldened by a chorus of official media commentary asserting the bull market is not over yet. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and...

  • TOKYO, June 1- Japan's Nikkei share average rose for a 12th straight day on Monday, erasing early losses rooted in weak economic data that had pulled down U.S. stocks. Helping reverse losses in the afternoon was speculation about a possible move by the Bank of Japan to purchase exchange traded funds. The winning streak is the longest since February 1988.

  • Greece's ongoing woes, downbeat U.S. data keep investors wary. Financial spreadbetters expected a brighter start to European trading, with Britain's FTSE 100 seen opening as much as 0.5 percent higher, Germany's DAX 0.4 percent, and France's CAC 40 up 0.5 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was nearly flat in late afternoon...

  • SHANGHAI, June 1- China stocks rose sharply on Monday morning, as investors took a positive view on fresh official economic surveys and welcomed a chorus of domestic media commentary asserting the bull market has not yet ended. In Hong Kong, both the Hang Seng index and the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index were up 0.7 percent. Growth in China's giant factory...

  • KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX was up 0.4 percent to 11,465 while the CAC-40 in France rose 0.7 percent at 5,042. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.1 percent higher at 6,992. U.S. shares were poised for a fairly flat open with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures up 0.1 percent. GREECE UNCERTAINTY: Greece remains one of the key...

  • *Toshiba up after govt approves late annual report submission. TOKYO, June 1- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Monday morning, imperiling an 11- day winning streak, after U.S. stocks languished as weak economic data dented investor sentiment, triggering profit-taking on exporters. "After rising for so many days, it's natural to see a correction," Hikaru Sato, a...

  • *Greece's ongoing woes, downbeat U.S. data hit sentiment. TOKYO, June 1- Asian shares slipped early on Monday as persistent fears about Greece's precarious financial situation and downbeat U.S. data sapped confidence. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down about 0.5 percent in early trading, while Japan's Nikkei stock index gave up...

  • *Humana hits record on takeover interest. *Altera rises on report of Intel interest. May 29- U.S. stocks closed lower on Friday as data showed the economy contracted in the first quarter but indexes still posted gains for the month.

  • NEW YORK, May 29- U.S. stocks fell on Friday as data showed the economy contracted in the first quarter, though major indexes still posted their best month since February. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 115.24 points, or 0.64 percent, to 18,010.88, the S&P 500 lost 13.4 points, or 0.63 percent, to 2,107.39 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 27.95 points, or 0.55...