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  • *Oil rises on fears of Middle East supply disruption. LONDON, March 26- Crude prices rose as much as 6 percent on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its allies launched air strikes on Yemen, pushing shares lower in Europe, the Middle East and Asia and lifting oil producers' currencies. "Oil is having a nice move after more geopolitical tensions in the Middle East over...

  • March 26- Hong Kong shares finished lower on Thursday in line with most Asian markets, which dropped due to tension in the Middle East and losses on Wall Street. But oil giants CNOOC and PetroChina bucked the trend, rising 1.5 percent and 0.9 percent respectively, as oil prices shot up nearly 6 percent after Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab allies started air strikes...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.2 percent to 3,950.00, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.6 percent to 3,682.10. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were China Shipbuilding, up 10.0 percent to 10.44 yuan, Agricultural Bank Of China, up 0.3 percent to 3.65 yuan, and China State Construction, up 2.6...

  • *Market cautious on developments in Yemen; oil firms gain. TOKYO, March 26- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Thursday as investors sold semi-conductor and other hi-tech shares after their U.S. peers were sold off sharply following soft U.S. economic data. News that Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries had launched military operations in Yemen to beat back...

  • China, Hong Kong stocks edge up as energy shares jump Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:54 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, March 26- Shares in China and Hong Kong edged higher on Thursday as oil prices bounced, pushing up energy shares. Oil companies including PetroChina, and Offshore Oil Engineering rose, while China CNR Corp and CSR Corp Ltd surged on expectations of imminent merger of the two train-making giants. "After consecutive sessions of rises, fluctuations are...

  • Nikkei tumbles as semi-conductor shares take hit Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 10:34 PM ET

    *Market cautious on developments in Yemen; oil firms gain. TOKYO, March 26- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Thursday as investors sold semi-conductor and other hi-tech shares after their U.S. peers were sold off sharply following soft U.S. economic data. Oil-related shares bucked the trend and rose 1.0 percent as oil prices firmed after Saudi Arabia and...

  • *Oil up as Saudi Arabia launches military strikes on Yemen rebels. SYDNEY, March 26- Asian share markets were mostly lower on Thursday as tensions in the Middle East and losses on Wall Street soured sentiment, while the dollar's bull run looked to have stalled for the time being. A dearth of economic data in Asia meant the path of least resistance was lower and MSCI's...

  • *Asia under pressure as tech stocks drag on Wall St. *Oil up as Saudi Arabia launches military strikes on Yemen rebels. A dearth of economic data in Asia meant the path of least resistance was lower and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.5 percent.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares slip as soft US data dims mood Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:55 PM ET

    *Asia under pressure as tech stocks drag on Wall St. SYDNEY, March 26- Asian shares slipped on Thursday as losses on Wall Street and soft U.S. economic data soured sentiment, while the dollar's bull run looked to have stalled for the time being. A dearth of economic data in Asia meant the path of least resistance was lower and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific...

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Wednesday Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 4:36 PM ET

    The U.S. stocks closed lower Wednesday, bringing the market further below record highs reached earlier this month. Nine of the 10 industry sectors in the Standard& Poor's 500 index fell. Energy was the only sector to rise, helped by a gain in the price of crude oil.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St drops as biotechs, semis hit Nasdaq Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 4:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 25- U.S. stocks dropped on Wednesday as a slump in technology and biotechs sent the Nasdaq to its biggest decline in nearly a year while the S&P 500 fell through key support levels. The index finished below its 14- day average for the first time since Feb. 11 and its 50- day moving average for the first time since Oct. 17. "We've got a little bit of a reprieve...

  • US market indexes slump, extending declines to a 3rd day Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stock indexes are closing lower, bringing the market further below record highs reached earlier this month. Kraft bucked the trend, soaring 36 percent Wednesday after reaching a deal to be acquired by Heinz. The Standard& Poor's 500 fell dropped 30 points, or 1.5 percent, to 2,076. The index is 2.6 percent below the all-time high it reached March 2.

  • March 25- U.S. stocks dropped on Wednesday as a slump in technology and biotech shares sent the Nasdaq to its biggest decline in almost a year, while the S&P 500 fell through key support levels.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St drops as biotechs, semis stumble Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 2:18 PM ET

    *Kraft, Kofax surge on separate M&A deals. NEW YORK, March 25- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday, with losses accelerating after short-term technical indicators failed, while recent winners stumbled as investors cashed in towards the end of the quarter after a gauge of industrial orders unexpectedly fell last month. The 50- day is at 2,067, we bounced right off of that, "...

  • *Gold near $1,200 an ounce as dollar dip lifts oil. NEW YORK, March 25- Wall Street stocks tumbled and the dollar slipped on Wednesday after government data signaled the U.S. economic expansion was slowing, while gains in the euro prompted a pullback in European stock markets. The main U.S. stock indices were off more than 1 percent midway through a session that began...

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:43 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at 1 p.m.:. Alcoa Inc. rose. 2 percent to $13.11 with 10,760,800 shares traded. Bank of America Corp. fell. 8 percent to $15.49 with 44,265,800 shares traded.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St falls as short-term technicals weaken Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 12:51 PM ET

    *Kraft up 42 pct, Kofax adds 46 pct after separate deal news. NEW YORK, March 25- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday, with losses accelerating after short-term technical indicators failed and after a gauge of industrial orders that unexpectedly fell last month. "The S&P was trying to hold just below 2,090 but failed; maybe it's not much more than technical levels traders...

  • Tech stocks drag European shares from multi-year highs Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

    LONDON, March 25- European shares retreated further from 7-1/ 2- year highs hit last week, led lower by weaker technology stocks that slid on the back of a sell-off in their U.S. peers. Germany's DAX equity index, which hit a record of 12,219.05 points last week, also fell 0.6 percent to 11,928.88 points. On Tuesday, figures showed Germany's private sector grew in March...

  • US stocks move lower following drop in durable goods Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 12:04 PM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stock indexes are moving lower, bringing the market further below record highs reached earlier this month. The Standard& Poor's 500 fell 15 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,076 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern. The index is 2 percent below the all-time high it reached March 2.

  • DAX declines as European shares dip below multi-year highs Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:48 AM ET

    LONDON, March 25- European shares retreated further from 7-1/ 2- year highs hit last week as a rebound in the euro pegged back stock markets and pushed the German market back off record highs. Germany's DAX equity index, which hit a record of 12,219.05 points last week, fell 0.6 percent to 11,928.88 points. On Tuesday, figures showed Germany's private sector grew in...