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  • NEW YORK, April 3- U.S. stock index futures fell sharply on Friday after a weaker-than-expected March employment report, in thin trading that nonetheless suggests a weak open for stocks on Monday. "With regards to the economy, a poor jobs report, while a surprise relative to consensus, is not a surprise given the weak economic data prints we've seen of late," said Dan...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 1.1 percent to 4,170.54, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.0 percent to 3,863.93. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Bank Of China, up 0.2 percent to 4.37 yuan; Agricultural Bank Of China, up 0.3 percent to 3.66 yuan; and China Shipbuilding, up 1.9 percent to 10.20...

  • TOKYO, April 3- The dollar stuck to its recent ranges in holiday-thinned trading on Friday and stocks edged up as investors awaited key U.S. employment figures for possible clues on when the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.2 percent, while Japan's Nikkei stock average was up 0.3...

  • *Investors look to payrolls data due on Good Friday. NEW YORK, April 2- U.S. stocks bounced on Thursday after two days of declines following encouraging data on the labor market, but mixed data this week kept investors on edge before Friday's key payrolls report. The index rose 0.9 percent, helped by gains in CarMax.

  • *Oil slips as Iran talks back in focus. NEW YORK, April 2- U.S. stocks climbed on Thursday after two sessions of losses, as a fall in jobless claims raised optimism ahead of a key payrolls report, while oil tumbled on fears of worsening oversupply if sanctions over Iran's nuclear program are dropped. "The jobless claims numbers continue to point to improved labor...

  • *Investors look to payrolls data due on Good Friday. The S&P consumer discretionary index, up 0.7 percent, was among the day's better-performing indexes, helped by gains in CarMax shares. Oil prices fell as much as 4 percent after global powers negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran called for a news conference after over a week of talks in Switzerland.

  • *Marks& Spencer surges after posting a rise in sales. LONDON/ PARIS, April 2- European equity indexes closed broadly flat on Thursday as losses among metals and energy stocks offset sharp post-results gains in retailer Marks& Spencer. "There is likely to be some debate about how the... sales figure has been achieved in light of highly visible late-year promotional...

  • April 2- U.S. stocks rose on Thursday as a reading on the labor market came in better than expected in a positive sign for payrolls data on Friday. Investors were looking ahead to the March payrolls report, which will be released Friday, a stock market holiday for Good Friday. "People are looking ahead to the jobs report and right now it would be a surprise if it was...

  • *Investors look to payrolls data due on Good Friday. NEW YORK, April 2- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Thursday, with indexes off their lows of the premarket session, as a read on the labor market came in better than expected, a positive sign for the upcoming payrolls report. Trading could be volatile ahead of that as market participants...

  • US STOCKS-Futures fall as investors await data Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 7:14 AM ET

    *Investors look to payrolls data due on Good Friday. NEW YORK, April 2- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Thursday, as investors held off on making big bets ahead of a critical payrolls report that will be released on Friday, a market holiday. *Trading could be volatile as market participants will be unable to trade off the March nonfarm payrolls report until...

  • MSCI's emerging equity index rose 0.9 percent, with Russia and Hungary clocking some of the biggest gains after Wednesday's data on U.S. jobs and the pace of manufacturing growth came in short of expectations, weighing on the dollar. "For quite a long time, the market was driven by the risk of a hike, the situation in Russia and Ukraine, the ECB and the oil price move,"...

  • April 2- Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index rose to seven-month highs on Thursday, while growth stocks soared on expectations of fresh money inflows from the mainland. China has recently encouraged mainland mutual funds to buy Hong Kong shares and also expanded Chinese insurers' investment scope, allowing them to buy stocks listed on the Growth Enterprise...

  • SHANGHAI, April 2- China stocks rose on Thursday, with sentiment boosted by news that Beijing is expanding the investment scope of country's 1.2 trillion yuan social security fund. The government announced late on Wednesday that the fund, which backs China's pension system, will be allowed to buy more local government debt, investment trusts and shares in...

  • TOKYO, April 2- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday, rebounding from a three-week low, helped by short-covering and hopes that the central bank is buying stocks. The Nikkei benchmark ended 1.5 percent higher to 19,312.79, posting the biggest daily percentage gain since February 12. Central bank data showed that it bought 35.2 billion yen worth of...

  • *Olympus dives to near 1- month low after Sony halves stake. TOKYO, April 2- Japan's Nikkei share average rose more than 1.5 percent on Thursday morning, rebounding from Wednesday's three-week low, helped by short-covering and hopes that the central bank is buying stocks. "Hedge funds are seen covering their short positions as the Nikkei fell sharply this week,"...

  • TOKYO, April 2- Asian shares edged up in early trade on Thursday, but gains were tempered by weak U.S. private sector employment and manufacturing data that raised concerns ahead of Friday's key employment figures. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up about 0.2 percent in cautious trade, shrugging off modest overnight losses on...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St declines after data; automakers fall Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 5:51 PM ET

    *S&P 500, Nasdaq start second quarter with losses. NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. stocks eased on Wednesday as weaker-than-expected data spurred concerns over economic growth ahead of Friday's jobs report and first-quarter earnings. Shares of General Motors were down 2 percent at $36.74 while Ford was down 1.4 percent at $15.91 as sales dipped at both companies.

  • *Oil rallies after stock build data, as talks on Iran continue. NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. stocks fell for a second day on Wednesday and the dollar dipped after weak U.S. private sector employment and manufacturing data fed worries about the U.S. economy ahead of a highly anticipated jobs report Friday. Also, Iran nuclear talks dragged on, making traders less nervous about...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St falls after data; automakers decline Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 4:41 PM ET

    *S&P 500, Nasdaq start second quarter with losses. NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. stocks eased on Wednesday as weaker-than-expected economic data spurred concerns over growth ahead of Friday's jobs report and first-quarter earnings. Shares of General Motors were down 2 percent at $36.74 while Ford was down 1.4 percent at $15.91 as sales dipped at both companies.

  • April 1- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday as weaker-than-expected data spurred concerns over economic growth ahead of Friday's jobs report and first-quarter earnings.