*MSCI Asia hits 3- year peak, Nikkei up after Japan holiday. LONDON, July 22- European markets rode a global rebound in risk appetite on Tuesday helped by the first signs of cooperation from Ukraine's pro-Russian separatists over the downed Malaysian Airlines plane.» Read More
*Morgan Stanley climbs after earnings. NEW YORK, July 17- U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday in the wake of fresh U.S. and European Union sanctions on Russia, but some stronger-than-expected earnings reports helped keep declines in check.
Stocks are opening slightly lower following mixed news about the economy and the latest batch of corporate earnings. The Standard& Poor's 500 index fell three points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,978 in the first few minutes of trading Thursday. Mattel fell 7 percent in early trading after the toy maker reported that its income plunged 61 percent in the second quarter.
NEW YORK, July 17- U.S. stocks opened lower on Thursday, in the wake of fresh U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russia, and following weaker-than-expected housing data.
*Morgan Stanley climbs in premarket after earnings. NEW YORK, July 17- U.S. stocks were poised for a lower open on Thursday, in the wake of fresh U.S. and European Union sanctions on Russia and weaker-than-expected housing data.
*Morgan Stanley climbs in premarket after earnings. NEW YORK, July 17- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Thursday, in the wake of new U.S. and European Union sanctions on Russia and ahead of data on the labor and housing markets.
*Earnings pin back Sandvik, SGS. EDINBURGH, July 17- European stocks fell on Thursday, with appetite for equities dented by new Western sanctions on Russia and a mixed earnings picture. Stocks with high exposure to Russia were among the top fallers after the European Union and the United States increased sanctions on the country.
HONG KONG, July 17- Hong Kong's benchmark index ended flat on Thursday, dampened by a weak Macau gaming sector and a retreat by Internet giant Tencent. Shares of Macau casino Sands China fell 1.2 percent after the company reported weaker-than-expected earnings.
The strong performance of Wall Street indexes is at odds with the modest growth prospects of the U.S. economy and the same contradiction also prevails in Europe and parts of Asia. In early European trading, Britain's FTSE 100 was down 0.4 percent to 6,759.68 and France's CAC 40 dipped 0.5 percent to 4,349.28.
EDINBURGH, July 17- European stocks fell on Thursday, weighed down by mixed earnings reports after posting their best gains in three months in the previous session, while new Western sanctions on Russia also hit stocks exposed to the country.
China Vanke shed 1 percent and Poly Real Estate 0.2 percent. PetroChina slipped 0.4 percent, the biggest index drag in Shanghai. A report on Caixin magazine's website late on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources, said two executives from PetroChina's overseas operations had been detained.
*Spreadbetters expect lower opening for Europe. Spreadbetters expected European stock markets to follow suit, forecasting Britain's FTSE 100 would open as much as 0.25 percent lower, Germany's DAX down 0.15 percent and France's CAC 40 off 0.3 percent.
*Record closing high on Wall Street lifts Asia. TOKYO, July 17- Asian equities gained on Thursday, lifted by another record-high close on Wall Street, while the euro probed recent lows against the dollar amid speculation the U.S.
*Intel supplier Shinko Electric soars to 6- month high. TOKYO, July 17- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a 1-1/ 2- week high on Thursday, buoyed by gains on Wall Street, while Shinko Electric Industries Co jumped on Intel Corp's strong forecast.
TOKYO, July 17- Asian equities gained early on Thursday, lifted by another record-high close on Wall Street, while the euro probed recent lows against the dollar amid market speculation the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.15 percent.
U.S. stocks finished higher on Wednesday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average to its second record high close this month. Strong earnings results and deal news from big U.S. companies helped lift the market. The three major stock indexes have closed higher three out of the past four days.
NEW YORK— Stocks are closing higher following strong earnings results and deal news from big U.S. companies. Time Warner soared 17 percent on news that Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox had made a bid for the media giant. Intel jumped 9 percent after reporting a surge in earnings as companies spent more on replacing PCs.
NEW YORK, July 16- U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing at a record high, boosted by the latest merger news and some strong corporate earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 77.33 points or 0.45 percent, to end unofficially at 17,138.01. The S&P 500 gained 8.26 points or 0.42 percent, to finish unofficially at 1,981.54.
NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at 1 p.m.:. AbbVie fell. 6 percent to $53.14 with 13,607,100 shares traded. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. rose 2.7 percent to $4.65 with 46,059,000 shares traded.
*China data boosts stocks and oil outlook. NEW YORK, July 16- Stock markets around the world rose on Wednesday as strong China growth data and potential big deals in the United States boosted investor sentiment while concerns eased over the vulnerability of Portugal's largest listed lender.
LONDON, July 16- U.S. oil prices extended gains to over a dollar, hitting more than $101 a barrel on Wednesday after government data showed crude stocks in the world's largest oil consumer fell sharply last week.