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  • May 21- U.S. stock index futures were slightly lower on Thursday, a day after minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting bolstered expectations that interest rates would stay near zero until later this year. The jobless claims data is due at 8:30 a.m. ET. *Data measuring the growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector in May is due at 9:45 a.m. ET and 15 minutes...

  • TOKYO, May 21- Japanese government bonds slipped on Thursday, pressured by rising stocks and caution ahead of the outcome of the Bank Of Japan's two-day policy meeting that began this session. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield rose 2 basis points to 0.410 percent, its highest since May 15, but still shy of a two-month high of 0.470 percent scaled earlier this month...

  • SHANGHAI, May 21- China's main stock indexes hit seven-year closing highs on Thursday despite a weak factory activity survey, and intense buying pushed Shenzhen's start-up board ChiNext up more than 3 percent to another record. Chinese factory activity contracted for the third month in May and output shrank at the fastest rate in just over a year, HSBC's China...

  • TOKYO, May 21- Japan's Nikkei share average ended flat on Thursday after hitting a fresh 15- year high as investors took profits ahead of the Bank Of Japan's two-day policy meeting on Friday. The Nikkei 225 ended up 0.03 percent at 20,202.87, marginally higher. The index has risen for five straight days, the longest daily winning streak in three months.

  • *Shanghai stocks focus on potential positives of weak China PMI. TOKYO, May 21- Stock market gains were capped on Thursday in much of Asia in the wake of China's downbeat factory activity data, but shares in Shanghai focused on the potential positives from the weak reading and rallied. Spreadbetters forecast a slightly lower open for Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX...

  • World stocks uneven after Chinese, eurozone data Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 1:53 AM ET

    TOKYO— World stock markets were lackluster Thursday after China's economy showed new signs of weakness but the Shanghai benchmark surged on hopes for more government stimulus. France's CAC 40 shed 0.4 percent to 5,112.55 and Germany's DAX dropped 0.6 percent to 11,774.01. Britain's FTSE 100 was little changed at 7,006.80.

  • *ChiNext jumps again, with green shoots seen in Hangzhou. SHANGHAI, May 21- China stocks remain bullish Thursday morning, despite a weak factory activity survey, with Shenzhen's start-up board staying in the spotlight with a more than 3 percent jump to fresh highs. Chinese factory activity contracted for the third month in May and output shrank at the fastest rate...

  • *Asia stocks subdued after soft China data, lower Wall Street. TOKYO, May 21- Japanese shares hit a new 15- year high on Thursday on hopes that its long-moribund economy was finally coming to life, but weak China factory activity capped stock market gains in much of the rest of Asia. But, reflecting the overall more sombre mood with overnight losses on Wall Street and...

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    The stock market showed little life on Wednesday as it closed yet another trading day barely changed from the day before. Major indexes rallied a bit after the Federal Reserve released minutes from its last meeting, but mostly gave up the gains toward the close. It was the fourth day in a row that the Standard and Poor's 500 index moved less than one-half of one...

  • *Minutes in line with interest rate expectations. May 20- U.S. stocks ended marginally lower on Wednesday after Wall Street saw little in the minutes from last month's Federal Reserve meeting to alter expectations of when the central bank will raise interest rates. "They didn't give much tangible evidence that they were going to do anything different than what...

  • L Brands tops 1Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:09 PM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio _ L Brands Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $250.5 million. For the current quarter ending in July, L Brands expects its per-share earnings to range from 60 cents to 65 cents. L Brands shares have increased slightly more than 2 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed...

  • NEW YORK, May 20- U.S. stocks ended flat on Wednesday as minutes from last month's Federal Reserve meeting did little to change expectations of when the central bank may raise interest rates.

  • LONDON, May 20- Nickel recovered to end slightly firmer on Wednesday after falling to its lowest in nearly a month as London Metal Exchange stocks hit another record and demand from China's stainless steel sector remained lacklustre. LME warehouse stocks of the metal jumped to a record 446,640 tonnes, reflecting sluggish global demand while supply has proved...

  • US stock indexes edge lower; Etsy sinks after posting loss Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:57 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks are edging mostly lower in midday trading as investors look over some disappointing company results. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 28 points, or 0.2 percent, to 18,283 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday. Etsy plunged 23 percent after reporting a big quarterly loss in its first quarter as a publicly traded company.

  • UPDATE 6-Oil prices rise as U.S. crudes stocks fall Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    *Japan's economy surprises with 2.4 pct annualised growth. Brent futures rose 72 cents to $64.74 a barrel by 1445 GMT, after touching $65.02 earlier in the session. U.S. crude prices rose 41 cents to $58.40 a barrel, easing back from an intraday high of $58.90.

  • Asian stock markets uneven after weak China data Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:26 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market showed little life on Wednesday as it closed yet another trading day barely changed from the day before. "There's no real reason to rally and no real reason to decline," said Matthew Tuttle, CEO of money manager Tuttle Tactical Management. Etsy plunged 18 percent after its first earnings report as a publicly traded company showed a hefty...

  • NEW YORK— Stocks are opening mostly lower as traders look over some disappointing company results. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 24 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,288 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday. Etsy plunged 20 percent after its first earnings report as a publicly traded company showed a hefty quarterly loss.

  • *Yahoo up after sharp selloff on Tuesday. *Pep Boys up after report of takeover approach. May 20- Wall Street was set to open little changed on Wednesday with investors cautious ahead of the release of minutes from last month's Federal Reserve meeting, which is expected to shed light on when interest rates will be hiked.

  • US STOCKS-Futures slightly higher ahead of Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 7:35 AM ET

    May 20- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Wednesday, a day after the Dow closed at a record high for the second straight day and ahead of the release of minutes from last month's Federal Reserve meeting. The minutes are expected to be released at 2:00 p.m. ET. *A rate hike is not likely to be appropriate until early 2016, Chicago Fed President Charles...

  • LONDON, May 20- Nickel fell to its lowest in nearly a month on Wednesday as London Metal Exchange stocks rose to another record and demand from the stainless steel sector in China remained lacklustre. We need to see nickel ore prices ticking up in China, that's what traders and funds are looking for, "said Vivienne Lloyd, metals analyst at Macquarie.