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  • *Kyocera, Mitsubishi Elec lead gains after upbeat guidance. TOKYO, April 30- Japanese shares pared much of their earlier gains in choppy trade on Wednesday after the Bank of Japan affirmed its existing policies- disappointing some speculators who had bet on the outside chance of a surprise easing.

  • Hong Kong stocks down on profit-taking, China shares flat Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 1:01 AM ET

    *China earnings a mix of winners and losers. BEIJING, April 30- Hong Kong stocks fell on Wednesday, as profit-taking by investors erased the gains many stocks made during a surge late in the previous day. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong dropped 1.0 percent.

  • TOKYO, April 30- Asian shares turned lower on Wednesday, while a stronger yen weighed on Tokyo stocks after the Bank of Japan held policy steady as expected. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.3 percent, erasing early gains but still on track for a monthly rise of over 1 percent.

  • *Kyocera, Mitsubishi Elec lead gains after upbeat earning guidance. TOKYO, April 30- Japanese shares rose on Wednesday, supported by some upbeat domestic earnings guidance and gains in Wall Street shares, with investors looking to the Bank of Japan's ongoing policy meeting.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares rise, euro faces pressure Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | 8:27 PM ET

    TOKYO, April 30- Asian shares firmed on Wednesday after earnings-fuelled gains on Wall Street, while the euro remained under pressure after weaker-than-expected German inflation data raised speculation of more easing in Europe.

  • TOKYO, April 30- U.S. crude oil fell towards $100 early on Wednesday as expectations of record high stockpiles weighed on futures, putting the benchmark contract on course for a 1 percent fall for the month.

  • *U.S. keeps pressure on Iran, Ukraine tensions persist. NEW YORK, April 29- Oil prices rose on Tuesday as traders refocused on geopolitical risks from an outbreak of violence in Libya to Russia's intervention in Ukraine. June Brent crude futures settled at $108.98 per barrel, up 86 cents, or 0.8 percent, after spending much of the day above $109 per barrel.

  • *Twitter to report earnings after market close. NEW YORK, April 29- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, boosted by upbeat results from companies including Merck& Co and a rebound in Facebook and other high-growth shares. Merck& Co' s shares climbed 3.6 percent to $58.72, giving the S&P 500 its biggest lift, after it reported stronger-than-expected earnings.

  • NEW YORK, April 29- World stock indexes rose on solid company earnings on Tuesday, while the euro slipped as weaker-than-expected German inflation data kept alive chances of more stimulus from the European Central Bank.

  • NEW YORK, April 29- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, boosted by upbeat earnings from companies including Merck& Co and a rebound in Facebook and other high-growth shares.

  • NEW YORK, April 29- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, helped by upbeat results from companies including Merck& Co and Sprint, as well as more deal activity on the healthcare front. Merck& Co' s shares jumped 2.9 percent to $58.35, giving the S&P 500 its biggest lift, after it reported stronger-than-expected results.

  • *Twitter to report earnings after market close. NEW YORK, April 29- U.S. stocks edged higher on Tuesday following better-than-expected earnings from Merck& Co and Sprint Corp.. The Dow Jones industrial average outperformed the broader market as component Merck& Co' s shares jumped nearly 3 percent to $58.31 after its earnings report.

  • Twitter to report earnings after market close. NEW YORK, April 29- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday following better-than-expected earnings from Merck& Co and Sprint Corp.. The Dow Jones industrial average was outperforming the broader market as component Merck& Co' s shares jumped nearly 3 percent to $58.42 after its earnings report.

  • NEW YORK, April 29- World stock indexes rose on Tuesday on well-received corporate earnings, while the euro slipped as weaker-than-expected German inflation data kept alive chances of more stimulus from the European Central Bank.

  • *Twitter to report earnings after market close. *EU sanctions 15 politicians, military leaders over Ukraine. NEW YORK, April 29- Wall Street was set for a higher open on Tuesday following a batch of earnings that were better than expected.

  • LONDON, April 29- European stocks rose on Tuesday, lifted by well-received corporate earnings and merger and acquisition activity as investors pushed mixed signals on the European Central Bank policy outlook and crisis in Ukraine onto the back burner.

  • BEIJING, April 29- Mainland stocks surged in the final hour of trading on Tuesday, with the Shanghai Composite Index climbing one percent over the final hour of trade, leaving the index up 0.8 percent at the close. It also had a knock-on affect on the Hong Kong market, with the HSI gaining more than one percent in the final hour before close.

  • LONDON, April 29- European stocks rose on Tuesday, as optimism surrounding corporate earnings and merger moves eclipsed the crisis in Ukraine, while rising euro zone money market rates and strong German consumer confidence supported the euro.

  • BEIJING, April 29- Hong Kong shares ended up sharply on Tuesday, fuelled by a late afternoon rally in shares on the mainland and a rebound in telecom operators such as China Unicom which hit a near four-month high. The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong was up 1.2 percent.

  • MOSCOW, April 29- Russian shares rose on their opening on Tuesday, a day after a new round of sanctions were imposed by the West on Russian companies and individuals. Russia's main indexes, the rouble-traded MICEX and the dollar-denominated RTS index, both rose in early trading, up 1.8 percent and 1.1 percent respectively.