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  • NIKKEI RISES TO 5- MONTH HIGH ON STRONG U.S. TOKYO, July 2- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh five-month high on Wednesday morning after U.S. shares closed at record levels as strong U.S. manufacturing activity lifted sentiment. The Nikkei rose 0.7 percent to 15,436.62 in early morning trade, its highest level since January 24.

  • NEW YORK, July 1- The Dow and the S&P 500 closed at record highs on Tuesday as manufacturing activity picked up in the United States and Asia and increased optimism about the global economy's health.

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Stock markets around the world rallied at the start of the second half of 2014 on Tuesday, propelled by solid U.S. and Chinese economic data and the notion that central banks will keep interest rates low for some time. "It seems things are clicking," said Jonathan Golub, chief U.S. market strategist at RBC Capital Markets in New York.

  • NEW YORK, July 1- U.S. stocks rallied on Tuesday, with both the Dow and S&P 500 setting record closing highs on the first trading day in July as manufacturing activity picked up in the United States and Asia, increasing optimism about the global economy's health. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 129.25 points or 0.77 percent, to end unofficially at 16,956.85.

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Wall Street rose on Tuesday, with the Dow within a whisker of a 17,000 milestone and the S&P 500 at yet another record, as manufacturing activity picked up in the U.S. and Asia and boosted optimism about the health of the global economy.

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Stock markets around the world rose at the start of the second half of 2014 on Tuesday, propelled by solid U.S. and Chinese data and the notion that central banks will keep interest rates low for some time.

  • NEW YORK, July 1- U.S. stocks kicked off the third quarter with a higher open on Tuesday, after a report showed China's factory sector expanded in June for the first time in six months, and ahead of U.S. data expected to show manufacturing continued to grow.

  • NEW YORK, July 1- U.S. stocks were set to kick off the third quarter with early gains on Tuesday, after a report showed China's factory sector expanded in June for the first time in six months, and ahead of U.S. data expected to show manufacturing continued to grow.

  • LONDON, July 1- The rouble fell nearly 1 percent to its lowest in a week and Russian stocks dropped on Tuesday after a ceasefire ended in Ukraine, while Dubai stocks bounced from five-month lows as investors stepped in to buy cheaper stocks.

  • European shares edge higher as BNP Paribas rebounds Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 3:11 AM ET

    LONDON, July 1- European shares edged higher on Tuesday, with BNP Paribas among the top performers as traders expressed relief at the fact that the French bank had settled a U.S. sanctions case. BNP Paribas rose 2.7 percent, making it the best performer in percentage terms on the FTSEurofirst index.

  • SHANGHAI, July 1- China's main stock indexes ended flat on Tuesday, as targeted stimulus measures and upbeat purchasing managers' index data failed to boost investors' appetites. Analysts said the figure was expected to be good following the earlier release of an upbeat HSBC/ Markit PMI for June.

  • TOKYO, July 1- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a one-week high on Tuesday as upbeat China factory reports offset some weak spots in the Bank of Japan tankan survey. The Nikkei ended up 1.1 percent at 15,326.20, the highest closing level since June 24.

  • SHANGHAI, July 1- China's major indexes slipped on Tuesday, as early gains for banks on new lending rules were erased and solid manufacturing data failed to help stocks. Similarly, railway shares ignored a report in the official China Securities Journal saying that China will spend 327 billion yuan on railroads, without giving a timeframe.

  • *MSCI's global index, European shares post quarterly gains. NEW YORK, June 30- Global stock markets posted a fourth straight quarter of gains on Monday, aided by the loose monetary policies of major central banks that have helped drive risk appetite, while concerns about the world's economic health have underpinned government debt.

  • NEW YORK, June 30- The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite indexes wrapped up a sixth straight quarter of gains on Monday, a streak not seen in more than 14 years. The three major U.S. stock indexes, however, closed little changed for the day, following a set of mixed economic data.

  • *BNY Mellon shares up as Trian discloses stake. *MannKind rallies on approval of inhaled insulin.

  • Banking, travel stocks hurt European shares Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 8:21 AM ET

    LONDON, June 30- European shares edged lower in choppy trading on Monday, with easyJet leading the travel and leisure sector lower following a downgrade by a major investment bank and Banco Popolare putting pressure on the banking sector.

  • *MannKind rallies on approval of inhaled insulin. NEW YORK, June 30- U.S. stock index futures were slightly lower on Monday ahead of business activity and home sales data, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite indexes set to close a sixth straight quarter of gains- a streak not seen in more than 14 years.

  • Hong Kong shares fall, but post quarterly gains Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 4:08 AM ET

    HONG KONG, June 30- Hong Kong shares finished lower on Monday, reversing earlier gains, with investors taking profits and reshuffling their portfolios for the next half of the year. The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong was up 0.3 percent.

  • *European stocks higher, MSCI index up 0.15 percent. MSCI's world equity index, which tracks shares in 45 countries, rose 0.15 percent. Investors will focus on euro zone inflation data for June, due at 0900 GMT, which should show inflation stuck at 0.5 percent, its ninth consecutive month in the European Central Bank's "danger zone" below 1 percent.