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  • HONG KONG, March 6- Shares in Hanergy Thin Film Power Group fell as much as 9 percent on Friday, a day after the Hong Kong bourse asked the Chinese company about a stock price surge that transformed it into the world's most valuable renewable energy firm. The gain has outstripped the average 13 percent rise in the TRBC index that tracks Chinese renewable energy...

  • SHANGHAI, March 6- China stocks were mixed on Friday morning, as investors appeared uninspired by the economic outlook presented at the country's annual parliamentary meeting, where the premier called slower growth the "new normal". "The central bank needs more monetary easing measures to spur growth," said Liu Haiying, chief economist at Shanghai- based hedge...

  • *FamilyMart falls, UNY rises on merger talk news. TOKYO, March 6- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 15- year high on Friday as encouraging comments from the European Central Bank lifted sentiment, but FamilyMart Co tumbled on news that it was in merger talks with UNY Group Holdings Co. The Nikkei gained 1.1 percent to 18,965.86 points by midmorning, its...

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Thursday Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 4:48 PM ET

    Positive earnings news helped nudge stocks higher on Thursday, breaking a two-day losing streak. Supermarket operator Kroger jumped after reporting income that was ahead of what analysts were expecting. Costco also rose after its earnings beat estimates.

  • NEW YORK, March 5- U.S. stocks closed modestly higher on Thursday after two days of declines, with investors holding back on big bets ahead of Friday's key jobs report.

  • Will they rise? Rate worries weigh on dividend stocks Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 3:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Dividend investing used to be so easy, not to mention lucrative. But it may be set to get a lot different. Companies in the Standard& Poor's 500 index paid a record $45 billion in dividends last month, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices, and full-year payments look set for a fifth straight gain of at least 10 percent.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St up slightly ahead of jobs report Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 3:15 PM ET

    *AbbVie to buy Pharmacyclics for about $21 bln. NEW YORK, March 5- U.S. stocks were modestly higher on Thursday after two days of declines as investors held back on big bets ahead of Friday's jobs report, which is expected to be a big factor in influencing the timing of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike. "People are taking a wait-and-see approach ahead of the jobs...

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 1:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at 1 p.m.:. AbbVie fell 4.6 percent to $57.48 with 25,869,000 shares traded. Abercrombie& Fitch Co. fell 4.0 percent to $19.46 with 9,758,000 shares traded.

  • Aviva ensures FTSE 100's move back toward record highs Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 12:01 PM ET

    *Aviva and Friends Life surge after strong results. LONDON, March 5- Britain's top share index approached record highs again on Thursday, lifted by a rally in insurance stocks such as Aviva after positive results in the sector. Aviva rose 7.1 percent, to be among the top gainers in the FTSE 100, after reporting higher profits.

  • Supermarket operator Kroger jumped 5 percent Thursday after reporting income that was ahead of what analysts were looking for. Costco rose 2 percent after its earnings beat estimates. European stocks rose after the European Central Bank upgraded its growth forecast and said its bond-buying stimulus program would start on Monday.

  • Kroger jumped after reporting better-than-expected earnings that were boosted in part by lower fuel costs. Joy Global, a manufacturer of mining equipment, fell sharply after it said that the worldwide plunge in commodity prices was hurting its business. ECB President Mario Draghi also said that the bank's planned 1 trillion euro stimulus program will start...

  • *AbbVie to buy Pharmacyclics for about $21 bln. NEW YORK, March 5- U.S. stocks were little changed on Thursday, in the wake of two days of declines on the S&P 500, as gains were curbed by a higher-than-expected initial jobless claims report ahead of a report on factory orders. "That's a bit of an uptick because we've been pretty consistently in the upper 200,000 range,"...

  • Supermarket operator Kroger jumped 6 percent early Thursday after reporting income that was well ahead of what analysts were looking for. Costco also rose 2 percent after its own earnings beat estimates. The price of oil fell 47 cents to $51.07 a barrel in early trading in New York.

  • NEW YORK, March 5- U.S. stocks opened slightly higher on Thursday, in the wake of two days of declines on the S&P 500, after higher-than-expected initial jobless claims figures and ahead of a report on factory orders.

  • *AbbVie to buy Pharmacyclics for about $21 bln. *Costco climbs in premarket after results. "That's a bit of an uptick because we've been pretty consistently in the upper 200,000 range," said Peter Jankovskis, co-chief investment officer at OakBrook Investments LLC in Lisle, Illinois.

  • *Lack of deal in Iran nuclear talks support crude oil. LONDON, March 5- The euro hit an 11 1/ 2- year low against the dollar and European stocks nudged higher on Thursday, as the European Central Bank prepared to lay out the details of its impending 1 trillion-euro stimulus plan. The common currency fell as low as $1.1026, its lowest since September 2003, and the region's...

  • *AbbVie to buy Pharmacyclics for about $21 bln. *Costco climbs in premarket after results. NEW YORK, March 5- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Thursday, after two days of declines on the S&P 500, ahead of data on the labor market and factory orders.

  • *Citi's sale of Akbank stake drags down banking stocks. ISTANBUL, March 5- The Turkish lira dropped to an all-time low on Thursday and bank stocks tumbled, as concern grew over President Tayyip Erdogan's battle with the central bank and the future of the government's economic team. Efforts by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his economic team to soothe...

  • LONDON, March 5- Emerging market stocks fell to a three-week low on Thursday as a buoyant dollar and China calling its lowest growth for 25 years a' new normal' soured the mood among investors. The MSCI emerging equities index was 0.2 percent lower at a level last seen in mid February, while the Asia excluding Japan benchmark, fell 0.4 percent. Shares in Turkey's...

  • *Lack of deal in Iran nuclear talks support crude oil. LONDON, March 5- The euro hit an 11- year low against the dollar and the region's stocks nudged higher on Thursday, as the European Central Bank prepared to provide the finer details of its soon-to-be-launched 1 trillion euro stimulus plan. The common currency fell to as low as $1.1026, its lowest level since...