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  • NEW YORK, Dec 8- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday, indicating the S&P 500 may retreat from its latest record high, as soft data in China and Japan kindled global growth concerns. *Economic data showed China's exports rose at a slower than expected pace and imports dropped 6.7 percent in November, while Japan's economy shrank more than expected in the third...

  • US STOCKS-Futures fall after soft China, Japan data Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 8- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday, indicating the S&P 500 may retreat from a record high, as soft data in China and Japan stoked global growth concerns. *Merck& Co Inc said it would buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc in a deal valued at $9.5 billion. *European shares were lower after the data from China and Japan.

  • Shanghai Index's run to continue: Pro  Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    Jonathan Fenby, director of China research at Trusted Sources, discusses the Shanghai Index and its recent run, saying it will "probably continue" for a little while longer.

  • *China trade data weak, Japan Q3 GDP revised even lower. LONDON, Dec 8- European stocks and government bonds dipped on Monday as weak data from Asia, a rating downgrade for Italy and the slump in oil prices stoked concerns about global growth. Europe's index of top shares, the FTSEurofirst, opened down 0.4 percent, mirroring a move in Asia after China's trade...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 8- Hong Kong shares rose on Monday, heartened by strong U.S. employment data and as China shares continued to outperform on the back of a blistering rally in mainland markets. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were CCT Land Holdings, down 5.6 percent at HK $0.02, Bank Of China, up 4.6 percent at HK $4.32 and CCB, up 3.9 percent at...

  • PARIS, Dec 8- European shares fell in early trading on Monday, trimming some of the previous session's sharp gains, following soft macro data from China and Japan while Italian shares dropped after S&P downgraded the country's credit rating. Milan's MIB index was down 0.7 percent, with Banco Popolare down 1.3 percent and BMPS down 0.9 percent.

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 4.1 percent, to 3,252.88, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 2.9 percent, to 3,020.26 points, both at their highest levels since 2011.. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Bank of China, down 0.5 percent to 3.67 yuan; Agricultural Bank of China, up 1.5 percent to 3.36 yuan...

  • *China trade data weak, Japan Q3 GDP revised even lower. Spreadbetters expected a subdued start for European stocks, forecasting Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC to open effectively flat. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.2 percent.

  • TOKYO, Dec 8- Japanese stocks edged up to a 7-1/ 2- year high on Monday as a downward revision in third quarter GDP figures was offset by the weak yen and optimism over the U.S. economy after it had strong jobs data. The Nikkei benchmark ended 0.1 percent higher at 17,935.64, the highest closing price since July 2007. In early trade, the Nikkei touched 18,030.83.

  • *Hong Kong heartened by US employment data. SHANGHAI, Dec 8- China stocks rose on Monday, shrugging off weak trade data and extending a policy-fueled rally that as repeatedly set records for turnover. "Some profit-taking pressure will probably surface before the breaching 3,000 points," said Du Changchun, analyst at Northeast Securities in Shanghai.

  • TOKYO, Dec 8- Asian stocks stood firm and the dollar notched fresh seven-year highs against the yen on Monday after much stronger-than-expected jobs data underlined the strength of the U.S. economy. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was unchanged. Tokyo's Nikkei rose 0.3 percent, poking above 18,000 for the first time since July 2007.

  • ZURICH, Dec 7- Sudden swings in financial markets recently suggest they are becoming increasingly sensitive to unexpected events, the global organisation of central banks said on Sunday, warning "more than a quantum of fragility" underlies the current bullish mood. MSCI's all-country world stock index is hovering around multi-year highs after rebounding...

  • *Nov jobs report comes in well ahead of expectations. NEW YORK, Dec 5- The Dow and S&P 500 closed a seventh straight weekly advance on Friday as a better-than-expected jobs report indicated strong economic growth, but perhaps to the point where interest rates could rise sooner than previously anticipated. Ronald Sanchez, chief investment officer of Fiduciary...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- The Dow and S&P 500 ended at record highs and closed out a seventh straight weekly advance on Friday as a strong jobs report indicated healthy economic growth, but perhaps to the point where interest rates could rise sooner than previously anticipated.

  • *U.S. stocks rise on payrolls; MSCI global index edges up. NEW YORK, Dec 5- An unusually strong U.S. jobs report lifted the dollar to a five-and-a-half-year high against a basket of currencies on Friday and drove stocks higher, led by financial shares. "It is unequivocally bullish on the U.S. economy," said Anthony Valeri, fixed-income strategist at LPL Financial in San...

  • *Nov jobs report comes in well ahead of expectations. NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with the Dow and S&P 500 on track for their seventh straight weekly advance after the November jobs report came in much stronger than anticipated, boosting banks and other sectors tied to the pace of growth. Bank of America rose 2.8 percent to $17.70 while Goldman Sachs was...

  • *Germany's DAX ends at record close of 10,087.12 points. PARIS, Dec 5- European stocks rallied on Friday, with Germany's DAX hitting a record closing high, boosted by data showing U.S. employers took on the most workers for nearly three years in November. Germany's DAX surged 2.4 percent, ending at a record closing high of 10,087.12 points.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 5- The rouble defied falling oil prices to firm on Friday, buoyed by what traders said were sizeable interventions by the central bank after President Vladimir Putin gave instructions to deal with "speculators" he blames for weakening the currency. Russian stocks fell heavily, however, weighed down by oil prices falling further below $70 per barrel.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. stocks rose at the open on Friday after November payrolls came in much stronger than anticipated as financials rose on heightened expectations a rate hike from the Federal Reserve may come sooner than previously thought.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 5- U.S. stock index futures were mixed in volatile trading on Friday after November payrolls came in much stronger than anticipated, raising expectations a rate hike from the Federal Reserve may come sooner than previously thought. The U.S. dollar strengthened across the board and short-term interest-rate futures traders were pricing in the...