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  • Aviva ensures FTSE 100's move back toward record highs Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 12:01 PM ET

    *Aviva and Friends Life surge after strong results. LONDON, March 5- Britain's top share index approached record highs again on Thursday, lifted by a rally in insurance stocks such as Aviva after positive results in the sector. Aviva rose 7.1 percent, to be among the top gainers in the FTSE 100, after reporting higher profits.

  • *AbbVie to buy Pharmacyclics for about $21 bln. NEW YORK, March 5- U.S. stocks were little changed on Thursday, in the wake of two days of declines on the S&P 500, as gains were curbed by a higher-than-expected initial jobless claims report ahead of a report on factory orders. "That's a bit of an uptick because we've been pretty consistently in the upper 200,000 range,"...

  • NEW YORK, March 5- U.S. stocks opened slightly higher on Thursday, in the wake of two days of declines on the S&P 500, after higher-than-expected initial jobless claims figures and ahead of a report on factory orders.

  • *AbbVie to buy Pharmacyclics for about $21 bln. *Costco climbs in premarket after results. "That's a bit of an uptick because we've been pretty consistently in the upper 200,000 range," said Peter Jankovskis, co-chief investment officer at OakBrook Investments LLC in Lisle, Illinois.

  • *Lack of deal in Iran nuclear talks support crude oil. LONDON, March 5- The euro hit an 11 1/ 2- year low against the dollar and European stocks nudged higher on Thursday, as the European Central Bank prepared to lay out the details of its impending 1 trillion-euro stimulus plan. The common currency fell as low as $1.1026, its lowest since September 2003, and the region's...

  • *AbbVie to buy Pharmacyclics for about $21 bln. *Costco climbs in premarket after results. NEW YORK, March 5- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Thursday, after two days of declines on the S&P 500, ahead of data on the labor market and factory orders.

  • *Citi's sale of Akbank stake drags down banking stocks. ISTANBUL, March 5- The Turkish lira dropped to an all-time low on Thursday and bank stocks tumbled, as concern grew over President Tayyip Erdogan's battle with the central bank and the future of the government's economic team. Efforts by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his economic team to soothe...

  • LONDON, March 5- Emerging market stocks fell to a three-week low on Thursday as a buoyant dollar and China calling its lowest growth for 25 years a' new normal' soured the mood among investors. The MSCI emerging equities index was 0.2 percent lower at a level last seen in mid February, while the Asia excluding Japan benchmark, fell 0.4 percent. Shares in Turkey's...

  • *Lack of deal in Iran nuclear talks support crude oil. LONDON, March 5- The euro hit an 11- year low against the dollar and the region's stocks nudged higher on Thursday, as the European Central Bank prepared to provide the finer details of its soon-to-be-launched 1 trillion euro stimulus plan. The common currency fell to as low as $1.1026, its lowest level since...

  • HONG KONG, March 5- Hong Kong shares closed at their lowest in six weeks on Thursday, following mainland markets down, weighed by financial stocks amid concerns over China's economic slowdown. In separate reports published on Thursday, rating agency Moody's Investors Service said Chinese banks were suffering from a narrowing interest rate spread and...

  • PARIS, March 5- European shares rose in early trading on Thursday, with a batch of robust company results from firms including Carrefour and Schroders boosting sentiment. Investors also awaited the European Central bank meeting at which it is set to give further details on its massive bond-buying programme. At 0807 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top...

  • China stocks end lower on economic worries Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 2:11 AM ET

    The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 1.0 percent, to 3,496.34 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.9 percent, to 3,248.48. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Bank of China, down 2.8 percent to 3.80 yuan; Agricultural Bank of China, down 2.5 percent to 3.14; yuan and China State Construction, down 1.8...

  • Nikkei rises on economic optimism, BOJ buying Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 1:34 AM ET

    TOKYO, March 5- Japanese share prices ticked up on Thursday despite softness in Wall Street shares the previous day helped by optimism on the Japanese economy and bolstered by the Bank of Japan's buying earlier this week. The Nikkei rose 0.3 percent to 18,751.84 while the broader Topix rose 0.4 percent to 1,523.72. But trading volume was the lowest so far this...

  • SHANGHAI, March 5- China stocks sagged in thin trading on Thursday, with investors dumping blue chip shares such as banks and real estate firms on worries about the slowing economy. Premier Li Keqiang told the National People's Congress at the opening of the annual parliamentary meeting that China would target growth this year of around 7 percent, signalling...

  • *Asia slips after Wall St pulls back before U.S. jobs data. TOKYO, March 5- Asian stocks slipped on Thursday after Wall Street continued to pull back from record highs ahead of Friday's closely-watched U.S. jobs data, while the nervous euro languished at an 11- year low prior to the European Central Bank's policy meeting. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific...

  • ANKARA/ ISTANBUL/ NEW YORK, March 4- Turkey's prime minister and his economic team sought on Wednesday to calm the nerves of top investors in New York who hold more than 20 percent of the main Istanbul stock index, after President Tayyip Erdogan's tirades against the central bank helped send the lira to record lows. Erdogan has repeatedly attacked the bank over its...

  • *Markit, ISM services show modest growth. *Healthcare stocks rise after Supreme Court oral argument. The market had a terrific February, "said David Katz, chief investment officer at Matrix Asset Advisors, in New York.

  • *Europe equities rebound after falling on regional PMI data. NEW YORK, March 4- Stock prices around the world fell on Wednesday on profit-taking, while the euro dropped to an 11-1/ 2- year low ahead of a European Central Bank meeting where policymakers are expected to offer details on their bond-purchase stimulus plan. It held above $60 a barrel on Iran's...

  • NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. stocks closed lower on Wednesday for the second day in a row, as investors stepped back after a recent rally. Healthcare stocks were the only bright spot after a U.S. Supreme Court hearing and a cancer drug approval. Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 105.93 points, or 0.58 percent, to 18,097.44, the S&P 500...

  • *ITV, Standard Chartered shares advance. LONDON, March 4- European shares rallied in late trading on Wednesday and closed just below multi-year highs, with export-oriented stocks getting a boost following a sharp decline in the euro to an 11-1/ 2- year low against the dollar after U.S. services data. Generally a good economic number out of the U.S. is good for the...