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  • *Canon, Fanuc among companies reporting earnings Mon. TOKYO, April 27- Japanese stocks were flat in a choppy Monday morning as investors were cautious amid the earnings season and ahead of some key events later this week, including central bank meetings in Japan and the United States. "The Nikkei will likely stay directionless this week," said Nobuhiko Kuramochi, a...

  • TOKYO, April 27- Asian shares scaled seven-year highs following stellar earnings from a few U.S. hi-tech giants, but investors were cautious ahead of central bank meetings this week in the U.S. and Japan and on apparent deadlock in Greece's talks with creditors. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was rose 0.3 percent in early trade...

  • *Time Warner Cable rises; Charter seeks talks. April 24- The Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500 chalked up record high closes on Friday, propelled by strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft. Google ended 2.9 percent after reporting higher quarterly results while Microsoft jumped 10.45 percent after it topped estimates.

  • NEW YORK, April 24- The Nasdaq and S&P 500 ended at record highs on Friday, propelled by strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft. All three major indexes also posted gains for the week. Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 21.52 points, or 0.12 percent, to 18,080.21, the S&P 500 gained 4.78 points, or 0.23...

  • *Time Warner Cable rises after Comcast abandons merger. April 24- The Nasdaq Composite hit a 15- year intraday high on Friday afternoon, propelled by strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft. Google gained 3.6 percent after reporting higher quarterly results while Microsoft jumped 9.4 percent after it topped estimates.

  • April 24- The Nasdaq Composite extended its gains in late morning trading on Friday, hitting a 15- year intraday high, propelled by strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft. Google gained 3.1 percent to $575 after reporting higher quarterly revenue and profit and Microsoft added 8 percent to $46.85 after it topped Wall Street estimates.

  • *Electrolux and Renault, rise after results. LONDON, April 24- European shares rose on Friday, boosted by encouraging corporate earnings and upbeat economic data, while prospects for a deal over Greece's debt crisis also lifted Athens' volatile market. There was also optimism regarding Greece, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had had a "...

  • *Comcast drops plan to merge Time Warner Cable. April 24- Wall Street opened up on Friday as strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft set the Nasdaq Composite on track to extend its record close set the previous session. Google gained 2.8 percent to $573.15 after reporting higher quarterly revenue and profit and Microsoft added 6.6...

  • April 24- U.S. stocks opened higher on Friday as strong results from tech behemoths Google Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp put the Nasdaq Composite on track to extend its ascent a day after surpassing a 15- year-old record.

  • April 24- U.S. stock index futures rose on Friday as strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft set the Nasdaq Composite on track to set a record closing high for the second straight day. *Amazon shares jumped 10 percent to $429.50 in premarket trading after the e-commerce company's revenue came in above estimates. *Microsoft shares rose 3.3...

  • European shares rise as DAX and Greek markets rally Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 6:07 AM ET

    *Electrolux and Renault, rise after results. LONDON, April 24- European shares climbed higher on Friday, boosted by encouraging corporate earnings and upbeat economic data, while the volatile Athens market also rose on prospects for a deal over Greece's debt crisis. There was also optimism regarding Greece, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had a "...

  • LONDON, April 24- Copper rose on Friday as a sharp drop in Shanghai inventories coupled with a weak dollar and robust equities more than offset the impact of weak Chinese factory data on Thursday that sent the metal to a month low. Copper inventories in Shanghai Futures Exchange warehouses fell 9.8 percent from last Friday, their lowest since February, while this...

  • LONDON, April 24- Europe's biggest defence contractor BAE Systems has hired advisers to carry out a review of its U.S-based IT and analysis support businesses in a move that could lead to their sale. Shares in the company rose 4 percent in early trade and were 1.8 percent higher at 513 pence by 0746 GMT, putting them among the biggest gainers on the UK benchmark FTSE...

  • SHANGHAI, April 24- China stocks fell on Friday, weighed down by financial heavyweights, after the securities regulator said it would accelerate approval of initial public offerings in an apparent effort to cool the red-hot market. "Any correction at this stage would be natural, but the bull run isn't over," said David Dai, Shanghai- based investment director at...

  • Earnings lift European shares towards 2015 high Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 3:11 AM ET

    LONDON, April 24- European shares rose in early deals on Friday, boosted by encouraging earnings reports, while global sentiment was lifted by a new record high for the U.S. blue-chip Nasdaq index. The FTSEurofirst 300 was up 0.4 percent at 1,627.56 by 0704 GMT. Renault rose 5.1 percent after it said first-quarter revenue rose 13.7 percent, as Europe's auto-market...

  • TOKYO, April 24- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Friday, snapping a three-day winning streak as investors took profits, although energy-related shares outperformed on a rise in crude oil prices. The Nikkei 225 benchmark index ended 0.8 percent lower at 20,020.04. For the week it rose 1.9 percent.

  • China stocks fall on IPO concerns; Hong Kong also down Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 12:46 AM ET

    *AVIC's units rise after it partners with the Shanghai bourse. SHANGHAI, April 24- China stocks fell on Friday morning, dragged by financial heavyweights, after the country's securities regulator said it would accelerate approval of initial public offerings in an apparent effort to cool the red hot market. But it doesn't mean China's bull market is over, said...

  • METALS-Copper inches up after slipping on China data Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 9:36 PM ET

    SYDNEY, April 24- Copper edged up in early trading on Friday after dropping overnight on weak Chinese industrial data, buoyed by robust share markets in Asia. *MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3 percent, moving back towards a seven-year intraday high touched in the previous session. *Crude oil prices settled up 3 percent on...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares take cue from Nasdaq record Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:33 PM ET

    MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3 percent, moving back toward a seven-year intraday high touched in the previous session. On Wall Street overnight the Nasdaq pushed above a record set in March 2000, the height of the dot.com boom. "Clearly the market is pushing back expectations of a Fed hike," Mitul Kotecha, head of FX strategy,...

  • April 23- As U.S. company earnings rise and major stock market indices hit new heights, two small problems remain: revenues are static and the trajectory of earnings growth is slipping. Earnings are up at a 9.1 percent year-on-year clip among the 40 percent or so of S&P 500 companies to report through Thursday morning, according to data from Zacks, but with zero...