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  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- U.S. stocks fell on Thursday, with energy shares leading the way lower amid a sharp decline in oil prices, while continued uncertainty over the prospects of a debt deal with Greece added to the cautious tone. On the upside, Priceline Group rallied on its results, helping keep the Nasdaq slightly positive. Exxon Mobil fell 1.2 percent to $89.95 while...

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to flat open, crude oil falls Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 8:50 AM ET

    *Priceline shares rally in premarket after results. NEW YORK, Feb 19- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Wall Street Thursday, with major indexes near record levels, as investors continued to digest ongoing uncertainty over Greece. Exxon Mobil fell 1.2 percent to $89.95 in premarket trading while Halliburton Co was off 2.2 percent to $43.43 and...

  • PARIS, Feb 19- European stocks trimmed gains around midday on Thursday after Germany rejected a new proposal from Athens for an extension of its bailout programme. "The letter from Athens is not a proposal that leads to a substantial solution," ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said in a statement. Stocks had rallied earlier, with the FTSEurofirst 300 index...

  • Centrica, oil stocks lead European shares lower Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 4:37 AM ET

    *Centrica falls 7.9 pct as oil slump prompts writedowns. LONDON, Feb 19- European stocks edged off seven-year highs on Thursday after some disappointing updates from utility Centrica and airline Air France-KLM and as a slide in crude prices hit oil shares. Shares in Britain's other large power providers- EDF, SSE, Centrica, E.ON, RWE npower- also fell.

  • LONDON, Feb 19- European shares edged off 7- year highs on Thursday, hit by a slide in oil prices and a mixed batch of corporate results, with disappointing updates from companies including utility Centrica and airline Air France-KLM. Centrica's shares fell 7.7 percent, on track for its biggest one-day drop since 2008, after slashing its dividend and reporting a...

  • *Sony jumps to highest since April 2010 on mid-term business plan. TOKYO, Feb 19- Japanese stocks rose to a 15- year high on Thursday morning, helped by gains in financial and shipping companies, and as Sony Corp jumped on a well-received business plan. These include news state-owned Japan Post Holdings Co's ditching of its conservative approach to investments...

  • Nikkei rises to 15-year high, helped by financial stocks Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 7:45 PM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 19- Japan's Nikkei average rose to a 15- year high on Thursday morning, helped by gains in such stocks as financial and shipping companies. The Nikkei was up 0.6 percent at 18,307.25, its highest level since May 2000. The broader Topix added 0.6 percent to 1,491.05 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 gained 0.6 percent to 13,527.00.

  • *TSX ends down 71.86 points, or 0.47 percent, at 15,212.75. TORONTO, Feb 18- Canada's main stock index slipped on Wednesday, its first decline in six sessions, as shares of oil and gas companies were weighed down by the stalling momentum of a recent rally in the price of oil. "If the dollar backs off a little bit and crude oil continues to gain some traction at these prices,...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St ends nearly flat; Fed minutes support Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 4:31 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 18- The Dow and S&P 500 ended barely lower on Wednesday after a drop in energy shares but declines were limited by minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting, which showed policymakers are concerned about raising interest rates too soon. Exxon Mobil, which fell 2.2 percent to $91.01, was the biggest drag on both the S&P 500 and Dow following an...

  • *Stocks in Europe at seven-year high. "The minutes reflect our view that while the economy is growing, an interest rate lift-off is not a slam dunk at this point," said Alan Gayle, senior investment strategist at Ridgeworth Investments in Atlanta, Georgia. In Europe, stocks closed at multi-year highs as investors brushed off uncertainty over Greece's negotiations...

  • US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St trims losses after Fed minutes Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 2:12 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 18- The Dow and S&P 500 trimmed losses and the Nasdaq was barely higher on Wednesday as minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting showed concern from policymakers about raising interest rates too soon.

  • TORONTO, Feb 18- Canada's main stock index slipped on Wednesday as a recent rally in the price of oil began showing signs of losing momentum, weighing on energy producers' shares. Investors also followed news that Greece will submit a request to the euro zone to extend a "loan agreement" for up to six months. However, Germany said no such deal was in the works and Athens...

  • *Stocks in Europe climb to new highs; U.S. flat ahead of Fed. NEW YORK, Feb 18- Stocks in Europe marched to multi-year highs on Wednesday as investors shrugged off uncertainty over Greece's negotiations with its creditors. The Greek government said it will request a loan extension for up to six months on Thursday but Germany said no such deal is on the table and Greece...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- U.S. stocks opened slightly lower on Wednesday, a day after the S&P 500 ended above 2,100 for the first time, as investors waited to see whether a debt deal would be reached with Greece.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 18- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Wednesday, a day after the S&P 500 ended above 2,100 for the first time ever, as investors waited to see whether a debt deal would be reached with Greece. *Wall Street stocks have been tied to signs of progress or difficulty with Greece's bailout program of late, even though the United States has little direct...

  • LONDON, Feb 18- Greek stocks helped push a key pan-European equity index to a seven-year high on Wednesday, on expectations that Athens would reach an agreement with its international lenders. Greek shares climbed 1 percent after Greece's government confirmed it would ask on Wednesday for an extension to its loan agreement with the euro zone.

  • LONDON, Feb 18- Stocks continued their relentless march higher on Wednesday as investors shrugged off the protracted uncertainty surrounding Greece's debt negotiations with its creditors, pinning their hopes that a deal will be reached by the end of the week. Europe's main bourses followed Asia and Wall Street higher. In early trade the FTSEuroFirst 300...

  • LONDON, Feb 18- European shares rose on Wednesday, led by southern European indexes on fresh optimism that Greece would reach an agreement with its international lenders. Shares in debt-laden Italy and Spain, which were seen as coming under market pressure if Greece were to leave the euro zone, outperformed. "Greece is driving the market today," a senior trader in...

  • The impact of the firming oil price has helped to offset the situation in eastern Ukraine, where heavy fighting is continuing despite last week's peace deal in Minsk. The United Nations Security Council backed the Minsk agreement overnight, calling for an immediate end to fighting, but Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the Ukrainian troops in the...

  • TOKYO, Feb 18- Asian equities tracked a mild bounce on Wall Street, edging higher on Wednesday as pessimism about the Greek debt saga receded somewhat, while the dollar strengthened against the yen thanks to higher U.S. debt yields. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3 percent with South Korean, Thai and Indonesian bourses all...