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  • *Libyan official calls for OPEC output cut. "The large crude oil build is the dominant feature of the report, making it bearish overall," said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital LLC in New York. Brent has tumbled from $115 in June on abundant supply and concerns that slowing economic growth in Europe and China would hit oil demand.

  • US STOCKS-Earnings lift Wall St for 5th straight day Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    *Results from Broadcom and Yahoo lift tech shares. Tech names were among the market's biggest advancers a day after both Yahoo Inc and Broadcom beat revenue expectations. Broadcom shares climbed 7.2 percent to $40.01 while Yahoo was up 5.7 percent at $42.47; the two made up the S&P 500' s top percentage gainers.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St on track for 5th straight daily gain Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    Late Tuesday, both Yahoo Inc and Broadcom beat revenue expectations, and the stocks were the S&P 500' s two biggest advancers. Broadcom climbed 7 percent to $39.95 while Yahoo was up 6.4 percent at $42.77. Dow Chemical rose 1.6 percent to $48.98 after its results, helping to lift material stocks 0.6 percent.

  • MIDEAST STOCKS-Markets rally further on solid Q3 results Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    *Qatar's Doha Bank disappoints investors. DUBAI, Oct 22- Most stock markets in the Middle East continued to recover from last week's sharp declines on Wednesday thanks to generally strong third-quarter earnings and a supportive global environment. Dubai's bourse rose 2.3 percent, largely on the back of lenders Emirates NBD and Dubai Islamic Bank, both of which...

  • US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St edges higher after 4-day rally Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 9:34 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 22- U.S. stocks opened slightly higher on Wednesday, with buyers largely taking a pause following the biggest four-day rally for the S&P 500 since January 2013.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 22- Russian stocks fell on Wednesday and the rouble resumed its decline, a day after Russia and Ukraine failed to finalise a deal on gas supplies, and ahead of a sovereign rating review by Standard and Poor's on Friday. The rouble's fall intensified sharply after oil giant Rosneft requested almost $50 billion in financial aid from the government,...

  • Late Tuesday, both Yahoo Inc and Broadcom beat on revenue. Dow component Boeing edged 0.3 percent higher to $127.50 after its results, while Dow advanced 4 percent to $50.13. Yahoo climbed 5.4 percent to $42.34 while Broadcom added 6.3 percent to $39.70.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 22- Boeing Co and Dow Chemical were among the biggest movers of Wednesday's premarket session, with both stocks higher in the wake of strong results. Dow Chemical rose 2.7 percent to $49.50 before the bell after the company also reported better-than-expected earnings, helped by higher sales in its plastics and performance materials business...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 22- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Wednesday, implying that buyers were taking a pause following the biggest four-day rally for the S&P 500 since January 2013. Late Tuesday, both Yahoo Inc and Broadcom posted better-than-expected revenue growth. Yahoo rose 3.3 percent to $41.52 in premarket trading and was the Nasdaq's most active premarket...

  • *ABB, Husqvarna rally after positive results. The STOXX Europe 600 euro zone bank index recovered to trade just 0.2 percent lower, however, with Spain's economy minister saying he was confident Spanish lenders would do well in the European Central Bank's checks, and Austria's Erste Bank denying it was among those that had failed the test. Erste Bank was down 1.6...

  • Europe shares dip on report of stress-test failures Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 4:55 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 22- European shares reversed early gains and dipped on Wednesday morning, with traders citing worries over potential failures in the European Central Bank's ongoing bank stress tests. At 0839 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.5 percent at 1,293.03 points. Traders pointed to a report from Spain's Efe news service which...

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 22- Hong Kong shares had its best daily gain since early September, underpinned by a rally in U.S. shares and optimism the Chinese government will roll out more stimulus to prop up growth. The Hang Seng Index closed up 1.4 percent at 23,403.97 points, its biggest daily rise since Sept. 3. Sinopec ended up 1.5 percent, China Oilfield Service Ltd. rose 2.8...

  • Europe shares inch up; earnings help lift sentiment Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 3:16 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 22- European shares inched higher in early trading on Wednesday, extending the previous session's sharp gains, with a raft of positive corporate results from companies including ABB and Husqvarna lifting sentiment. At 0711 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.1 percent at 1,300.72 points, after surging 2.1 percent on...

  • China shares end lower, pharmaceutical sector weak Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 3:07 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Oct 22- China shares finished weaker on Wednesday, reversing earlier gains, as the effects of a rebound in U.S. stock markets faded in the afternoon and weakness resurfaced. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings lost 0.6 percent. Jiangsu Lianhuan Pharmaceutical Co Ltd declined 4.8 percent and Zhejiang Shapuaisi...

  • Nikkei rallies on ECB hopes; Apple-related shares soar Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese stocks climbed more than 2 percent on Wednesday as the prospect of the European Central Bank taking further action to stimulate the faltering eurozone economy boosted investor sentiment. The Nikkei share average rose 2.6 percent to close at 15,195.77 points, more than recouping Tuesday's losses. Shares in Japanese suppliers to Apple...

  • China stocks rise on policy support optimism, U.S. rebound Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 12:28 AM ET

    *Shanghai index up 0.4 pct. The CSI300 index of the largest companies listed in Shenzhen and Shanghai rose 10.022 points, or 0.41 percent, in the morning session to 2,443.413, the Shanghai Composite Index gained 8.8227 points, or 0.38 percent, to 2,348.4797. "The rise can be attributed to the market's bullish sentiment on more policy support to come in the future,"...

  • *Apple, Texas Instruments results power Wall Street gains. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended gains and was up 0.9 percent, while Japan's Nikkei stock average added 1.7 percent, rebounding from Tuesday's 2 percent drop. In U.S. trading, shares of Apple Inc and Texas Instruments Inc gained on stronger-than-expected quarterly...

  • JGBs inch down on higher Nikkei, weaker Treasuries Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:04 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese government bond prices inched down on Wednesday with the debt market weighed by a bounce in Tokyo stocks and overnight weakening by U.S. The Bank of Japan's regular bond-buying operation, through which it offered to purchase a total of 630 billion yen of JGBs on Wednesday, helped limit the debt market's losses. Tokyo's Nikkei climbed 1.5...

  • *Takata recoups losses but it may take time to restore trust- analyst. TOKYO, Oct 22- Japanese stocks soared more than 2 percent on Wednesday, as the prospect of the European Central Bank taking further measures to support a faltering economy and strong gains in Apple Inc- related shares eased concerns over slowing global growth. Air bag maker Takata Corp also...

  • *Apple, Texas Instruments results power Wall Street gains. In U.S. trading, shares of Apple Inc and Texas Instruments Inc gained on stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings, lifting the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index more than 2 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent, while Japan's Nikkei stock average was...