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HONG KONG, Oct 22- Hong Kong shares slipped on Tuesday from their highest levels in a month, led down by China Mobile after its disappointing third quarterly results kicked off a reporting season for blue chip companies. The Hang Seng Index, which closed on Monday at its highest since Sept. 19, fell 0.5 percent to 23,316 points.
TOKYO, Oct 22- Japan's Nikkei stock average edged up to a 3-1/ 2- week closing high on Tuesday ahead of a U.S. jobs report that could give clues on when the Federal Reserve will begin cutting its stimulus. The benchmark Nikkei rose 0.1 percent to 14,713.25, its highest close since Sept. 27, in a choppy session after trading as low as 14,641.78.
SINGAPORE, Oct 22- U.S. crude oil fell below $99 a barrel on Tuesday, hitting its lowest since July, with the discount to European Brent hitting its widest in six months as crude oil inventories rose more than expected in the world's largest oil consumer. Brent crude oil futures for December delivery were up 7 cents at $109.71 a barrel at 0246 GMT.
*Nikkei up 0.2 pct; Topix flat. TOKYO, Oct 22- Japan's Nikkei stock average seesawed on Tuesday morning ahead of a key U.S. jobs report- an outcome eagerly awaited by global markets for clues on when the Federal Reserve will begin scaling back its stimulus.
SINGAPORE, Oct 22- U.S. oil futures fell to their lowest since early July below $99 a barrel on Tuesday, pressured by rising U.S. crude inventories that reflected slow demand in the world's top consumer. *U.S. crude for November delivery fell as low as $98.85 a barrel, its lowest level since July 2, having breached the $100 support on Monday.
*Netflix shares rise after market close on earnings report. "You could be seeing some profit-taking" after last week's highs, said Uri Landesman, president of Platinum Partners, which manages more than $1 billion in assets in New York. Netflix's third quarter net income reached $32 million, up from $8 million a year earlier.
NEW YORK, Oct 21- Wall St closed flat on Monday as lackluster earnings reports from McDonald's and others fed concerns equities were overpriced and kept the S&P 500 from building significantly on last week's record high.
*McDonald's pulls Dow lower; Apple helps Nasdaq tread water. *Netflix, Texas Instruments to report after the close. A rally in Apple Inc shares after a brokerage ratings upgrade helped the Nasdaq hold near the unchanged mark.
*Hasbro rallies after results; McDonald's edges lower. *Netflix, Texas Instruments to report after the close. The Dow was lower after McDonald's Corp fell following a weak fourth-quarter outlook, while Apple Inc rallied after a positive brokerage report, helping the Nasdaq.
*Hasbro rallies after results, McDonald's edges lower. *Netflix, Texas Instruments to report after the close. The Dow was kept in negative territory by McDonald's Corp, which sold off following a weak fourth-quarter outlook, while a rally in Apple Inc supported the Nasdaq.
NEW YORK, Oct 21- U.S. stocks opened flat on Monday following a record closing high by the S&P 500 in the previous session, as a week filled with economic data and key corporate earnings begins. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.64 point at 15,400.29. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 9.17 points, or 0.23 percent, at 3,923.45.
*Netflix to report earnings after the closing bell. The S&P 500 closed at a record high to cap its biggest weekly gain in three months on stronger-than-expected earnings from companies, including Google and Morgan Stanley. Other companies expected to report results on Monday include Netflix and Texas Instruments.
*Netflix to report earnings after the closing bell. *The S&P 500 closed at a record high on Friday to cap its biggest weekly gain in three months on stronger-than-expected earnings from companies including Google and Morgan Stanley.
HONG KONG, Oct 21- Hong Kong shares posted modest gains on Monday as strength in Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings offset weakness in Hutchison Whampoa after it scrapped plans to sell its supermarket business.
TOKYO, Oct 21- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a three-week high on Monday on expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve will delay trimming its economic stimulus programme following a 16- day government shutdown. The Nikkei added 0.9 percent to 14,693.57 after climbing as high as 14,727.85 earlier, the highest since Sept. 27.
*Australian shares gain 0.6 pct, hit 5- year highs. TOKYO, Oct 21- Australian shares climbed to a five-year peak on Monday, drawing confidence from another record high on Wall Street as investors bet the Federal Reserve will put off winding back its cheap money policies until next year.
TOKYO, Oct 21- Japan's Nikkei share average rose above 14,700 for the first time in three weeks, underpinned by a strong performance on Wall Street and expectations the Federal Reserve will delay trimming its economic stimulus programme.
*Morgan Stanley earnings, revenue beat expectations. NEW YORK, Oct 18- The S&P 500 closed at a record high for the second straight day on Friday to cap its biggest weekly gain in three months as stronger-than-expected earnings from Google, Morgan Stanley and others overshadowed worry that earnings growth was faltering.
NEW YORK, Oct 18- The S&P 500 closed at a record high for the second consecutive day on Friday as positive earnings from Google, Morgan Stanley and others lifted investor sentiment. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 24.98 points, or 0.16 percent, at 15,396.63, according to the latest available data.
*Morgan Stanley earnings, revenue beat expectations. NEW YORK, Oct 18- U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with the S&P 500 index heading for its best week in more than three months and earnings from Google, Morgan Stanley and others lifting sentiment.