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  • *Core inflation at highest since January 2013. The Labor Department said its Consumer Price Index rose 0.1 percent last month, while the so-called core CPI, which strips out food and energy costs, increased 0.3 percent, the largest gain since January 2013. "There is some conflicting information that is going on inside the marketplace that sort of belies what's...

  • LONDON, May 22- Copper prices fell on Friday on worries about demand in top consumer China, while nickel hit a four-week low after stocks in LME registered warehouses climbed to a record high. Three-month copper traded down at $6,200 a tonne in official rings from $6,260 at Thursday's close. "The fundamental situation in the copper market clearly speaks to higher...

  • Vodafone hits 14-yr high as M&A talk rumbles on Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:04 AM ET

    LONDON, May 22- Britain's top share index hit its highest level in 10 days on Friday, driven by a jump in network operator Vodafone's shares, which hit a 14- year high on the back of potential merger activity. Vodafone rose 4 percent, following upgrades from Citi and Deutsche Bank. Both brokers cited comments earlier in the week from Liberty Global chairman John...

  • US STOCKS-Futures rise ahead of Yellen's speech, Friday, 22 May 2015 | 7:30 AM ET

    May 22- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Friday, a day after the S&P 500 ended at an all-time high and ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's take on the economy that investors will peruse for clues on the timing of a rate hike. *Aeropostale slumped 22.8 percent to $2 in premarket trading after the teen apparel retailer estimated a...

  • *China worries weigh on copper. LONDON, May 22- Copper fell on Friday as worries about China dominated sentiment, but expectations of stronger demand from the top consumer over coming months limited losses. "The fundamental situation in the copper market clearly speaks to higher prices," said Daniel Briesemann, analyst at Commerzbank in Frankfurt.

  • *London and Wall St closed for holiday on Monday. LONDON, May 22- European shares slipped off three-week highs on Friday, with luxury goods group Richemont falling on weak sales, while a rebound in the euro also pegged back the region's stock markets. European equities have rallied this year on the back of a government bond buying programme and record low interest...

  • Though a more subdued run for other countries meant MSCI's main emerging market index was fractionally lower on the week, China's latest gains took its surge since March to an astounding 45 percent. In contrast, eastern Europe's bourses were on course for their biggest weekly fall since March with Russia and Poland's markets suffering struggles, the latter on...

  • May 22- Hong Kong stocks rose on Friday, buoyed by further gains in mainland China markets and expectations of fresh money inflows from Chinese investors. Lu Wenjie, a strategist at UBS Securities, estimated that Chinese investors could potentially pump 200 billion yuan into Hong Kong stocks in the next two to three quarters. Shares of Goldin Financial Holdings...

  • HONG KONG/ SINGAPORE, May 22- The blistering sell-off in Chinese solar firm Hanergy Thin Film Power Group this week burnt several index-tracking stock funds, exposing the flaws in some of these investment structures especially in volatile markets like China. China- focused equity ETF and index assets under management have grown more than three-fourths to...

  • SHANGHAI, May 22- China stocks jumped to fresh seven-year highs on Friday, with a four-day winning streak bringing the weekly gain to the biggest since December as investors raised bets that a month-long consolidation period is ending. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 2.3 percent, to 4,951.33, while the Shanghai...

  • TOKYO, May 22- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Friday in thin trade, extending its gains into a sixth day as optimism for the recovering economy supported the mood after the Bank of Japan's two-day policy meeting. The market capitalisation of the Tokyo Stock Exchange's main board hit a record high at the close. It rose to 591.30 trillion yen, surpassing the...

  • HONG KONG— Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while most other world markets were subdued Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.3 percent to 7,033.44. CHINA RALLY: Investors who weren't allocated shares in recent initial public offerings are...

  • *UBS sees money flow to Hong Kong in 2-3 quarters. SHANGHAI, May 22- China stocks jumped to fresh seven-year highs on Friday morning, and looked set for their biggest weekly gain in two months, as investors raised bets that a month-long consolidation period is ending. The Hong Kong market paced gains.

  • China stocks hit fresh 7-year highs, financials lead Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:29 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, May 22- China stocks climbed to fresh seven-year highs on Friday, and looked set for their biggest weekly gain in two months, as investors plough a record amount of borrowed money into the stock market. "It seems that investors are afraid of missing the rally and continue coming in," Gerry Alfonso, director of Shenwan Hongyuan Securities in Shanghai, wrote...

  • TOKYO, May 22- Asian shares rose early on Friday after Wall Street set another record high with prospects for a Federal Reserve rate hike in June all but quashed, while the dollar steadied after losing ground to the euro for the first time this week on downbeat U.S. data. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.2 percent with South Korean...

  • Pall Corp. beats Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 5:06 PM ET

    PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. _ Pall Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $96.2 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 85 cents per share. Pall Corp. shares have increased 23 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 3.5 percent.

  • May 21- The S&P 500 closed at a record high on Thursday after disappointing economic data bolstered expectations that an interest rate hike is likely to come only later in the year. Traders warned that below-average volume in recent sessions suggests that not all of Wall Street may be confident in the market's gains. "It doesn't matter if we're at an all-time high...

  • Ross Stores tops Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 4:09 PM ET

    DUBLIN, Calif. _ Ross Stores Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $282.2 million. Ross Stores expects full-year earnings to be $4.72 to $4.87 per share. Ross Stores shares have climbed almost 8 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen nearly 4 percent.

  • NEW YORK, May 21- The S&P 500 closed at a record high on Thursday after disappointing economic data bolstered expectations that an interest rate hike will come only later in the year.

  • NEW YORK, May 21- Equity markets inched ahead on Thursday, with investors brushing aside mixed economic data in Europe and the United States, while the dollar slipped after a three-day rally and U.S. Oil prices rallied almost 3 percent, with Brent crude topping $66 a barrel on signs a global supply glut may be starting to ease. Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index,...