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  • NEW YORK, July 2- U.S. stocks ended slightly lower on Thursday after the International Monetary Fund warned that Greece faces a financial hole ahead of its Sunday referendum, and as muted jobs data dampened the U.S. economic outlook. Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 30.5 points, or 0.17 percent, to 17,727.41, the S&P 500 lost...

  • *Greece concerns hang over markets. NEW YORK, July 2- The U.S. dollar index fell from a three-week high on Thursday as chances of a U.S. interest rate hike as soon as September took a hit following a weaker-than-expected U.S. payrolls report, while Wall Street and world stock markets also ticked down. Across the Atlantic, Greece was headed to a referendum on Sunday that...

  • *Greece concerns hang over markets. NEW YORK, July 2- The U.S. dollar index fell from a three-week high on Thursday as chances of a U.S. interest rate hike as soon as September took a hit following a weaker-than-expected U.S. payrolls report, while Wall Street and world stock markets were slightly higher. Greece heads to a referendum on Sunday that could decide its...

  • China stocks plunge as market rout deepens Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 10:25 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks ended a tumultuous trading week with slight losses Thursday as investors sought safety ahead of an extended holiday weekend. Investors bought at the opening of trading after a Labor Department report on job creation suggested the economy was improving, though not so fast as to raise the specter of inflation and higher interest rates.

  • July 2- U.S. stocks rose on Thursday after data showed job growth slowed in June, indicating that the U.S. If anything, it buys the Fed a little more time before the first rate hike, "said Wilmer Stith, a fixed income portfolio manager at Wilmington Trust in Baltimore. The Fed has kept short-term rates near zero since December 2008, resulting in reduced borrowing costs...

  • July 2- U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday after data showed smaller-than-expected growth in U.S. jobs, reducing chances of an interest rate hike in September.

  • *Europe waits for Greek vote, Spain borrowing costs rise. *Gold also dips after U.S. payrolls. Gold fell too, hitting a 3-1/ 2 month low of $1,157 an ounce, while U.S. stock futures extended gains to point a 0.3-0.4 percent rise for the main Wall Street markets when they reopen.

  • LONDON, July 2- German utility stocks rose sharply on Thursday after plans for a coal levy were scrapped, outperforming a flat showing on other benchmark European equity indexes that remained dogged by concerns over Greece. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was also flat while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index slipped 0.1 percent.

  • US STOCKS-U.S. futures rise ahead of jobs data Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 7:33 AM ET

    July 2- U.S. stock index futures rose slightly on Thursday ahead of a critical job report that could feed into the U.S. *The Labor Department's closely watched report, normally issued on a Friday, will be released on Thursday at 8:30 a.m ET because of the Independence Day holiday. *European stock markets were in a limbo and the mood was one of caution with Greece just...

  • SHANGHAI, July 2- China stocks fell sharply again on Thursday, fighting off fresh moves by regulators to restore confidence and raising questions about how much more firepower Beijing can bring to bear before a full-scale panic sets in. Shanghai's benchmark share index crashed below 4,000 points for the first time since April- a key support level that analysts...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Global stocks were higher on Thursday as expectations for solid U.S. jobs data overshadowed worries about Greek debt. Britain's FTSE 100 was up 1.3 percent to 6,607.79 and France's CAC 40 jumped 2 percent to 4,885.45. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said its manufacturing index rose to the highest...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 3.4 percent, to 4,107.99, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 3.5 percent, to 3,912.77 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Bank of China, up 5.3 percent to 5.00 yuan; ICBC, up 5.6 percent to 5.43 yuan and Agri Bank of China, up 1.1 percent to 3.63 yuan.

  • *MSCI Asia-Ex Japan up 0.4 pct; Shanghai index down 0.9 pct. Shares in Shanghai and Shenzhen have lost a quarter of their market capitalization since the rout began, according to Thomson Reuters data. Broader investor sentiment is also expected to remain cautious in the coming weeks, thanks to growing uncertainty over whether Greece can step back from an...

  • HONG KONG, July 2- Asian shares lost early steadiness and Chinese stocks got off to a weak start on Thursday, while upbeat U.S. economic data helped the dollar gain as investors globally opted for caution due to Greece's standoff with its creditors. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.13 percent following yet another weak...

  • On Wednesday evening, China's two major stock exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen said they will cut transaction fees effective Aug. 1. China stocks had tumbled some 5 percent earlier in the day, taking losses since mid-June to more than 20 percent. The People's Daily, official mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, said in an editorial that China needs a stable,...

  • Taiwan stocks edge lower as Greece bewilders markets Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 9:52 PM ET

    TAIPEI, July 2- Taiwan stocks fell on Thursday, bucking modest regional gains, as conflicting signals from Greece on a last-ditch international bailout kept many investors on the sidelines. A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks on Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with...

  • BUZZ-China stocks rise at open Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 9:33 PM ET

    BUZZ- CHINA STOCKS RISE AT OPEN@** China stocks rise after regulators move to ease trading. **China CSI300 stock index futures for July rise 0.3 percent, to 4,228.2, -59.53 points below the current value of the underlying index. **The Hang Seng index adds 0.8 percent to 26,459.43.

  • July 1- U.S. stocks closed higher on Wednesday but were down from earlier highs as energy stocks declined and Greece's debt crisis showed no clear signs of resolution. Euro zone central bank chiefs kept in place their cap on a funding lifeline to Greece, maintaining pressure as Greece's lenders run out of cash. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Athens aims...

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:06 PM ET

    Stocks closed higher Wednesday as investors became optimistic that a deal could be struck on Greece's debt issues. Hopes were raised after Greece's government appeared to soften its stance toward its creditors. However, European officials ruled out any deal before a Greek referendum on the matter, scheduled for this weekend.

  • July 1- U.S. stocks closed higher on Wednesday but were down from earlier highs as energy stocks declined and Greece's debt crisis showed no clear signs of resolution. Euro zone central bank chiefs kept in place their cap on a funding lifeline to Greece, maintaining pressure as Greece's lenders run out of cash. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Athens aims...