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  • SYDNEY, April 23- Asian shares crept higher on Wednesday following merger-driven gains in Europe and on Wall Street, though investors were wary in case coming figures on Chinese manufacturing again disappointed. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.15 percent.

  • NEW YORK, April 22- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday as a host of solid earnings reports along with strength in the healthcare sector helped lift the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to their sixth straight advance.

  • *Ukraine crisis lends some support to Brent. NEW YORK, April 22- U.S. crude futures fell on Tuesday ahead of data expected to show that inventories in the world's top oil-consuming nation have risen close to record highs.

  • *Ukraine crisis lends some support to Brent. U.S. crude fell $2.34 to $102.03 a barrel by 13:45 a.m. EDT while Brent crude was down 93 cents to $108.96 a barrel, having lost over a dollar earlier. The Energy Information Administration will issue inventory data on Wednesday while American Petroleum Institute data is due later on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 22- Gold prices dropped to their lowest in more than two months on Tuesday, weighed down by gains on Wall Street stocks and as outflows from physical gold funds pointed to weak investment appetite. Gold losses accelerated after prices slipped below chart support at $1,280 an ounce, triggering heavy protective stop-loss orders.

  • *Netflix up after results, Facebook gains on update. Dow components Travelers Cos Inc and United Technologies Corp both reported first-quarter earnings that beat expectations, and United Tech raised the low end of its full-year profit outlook. Shares of Travelers rose 0.2 percent to $86.58 while United Tech was up 1.2 percent at $119.69.

  • *AstraZeneca jumps 6.3 pct on M&A talk. The STOXX Europe 600 health care index rose 3.2 percent as AstraZeneca rallied on speculation about a bid approach from U.S. major Pfizer, while a deal to swap assets boosted GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis.

  • *Netflix up after results, Facebook gains on update. Dow components Travelers Cos Inc and United Technologies Corp both reported first-quarter earnings that beat expectations, and United Tech raised the low end of its full-year profit outlook. Shares of Travelers rose 0.7 percent to $87.04 while United Tech was up 1 percent at $119.49.

  • *Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels dig in. LONDON, April 22- Brent oil fell towards $109 a barrel and the U.S. benchmark saw a sharper decline on Tuesday on forecasts of rising crude stocks as a faltering pact to ease tensions in Ukraine offered some support.

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat, but Netflix jumps in premarket Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 7:35 AM ET

    *Netflix jumps, results show strong subscriber growth. NEW YORK, April 22- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Tuesday as investors found few reasons to continue buying after a five-day rally in the S&P 500, though Netflix jumped following its earnings results.

  • BEIJING, April 22- Hong Kong shares edged lower on Tuesday, dragged down by losses in China Resources Power after Chinese authorities said they were probing the head of its parent group for corruption. The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong ended down 0.5 percent.

  • M&A in pharma helps European stocks extend rally Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 4:02 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.9 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.7 pct. *AstraZeneca jumps 7.4 pct on M&A talk. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index added 0.7 percent, to 3,175.96 points.

  • BEIJING, April 22- China shares closed up 0.3 percent on Tuesday, as strong performances from free trade zone firms helped the index turnaround from being in the red for most of the day on the news that 18 additional companies had gained listing approval. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings rose 0.4 percent.

  • TOKYO, April 22- Tokyo shares dropped on Tuesday, unable to maintain earlier gains, on caution over upcoming Japanese corporate earnings reports and tensions in Ukraine. The Nikkei average closed down 0.9 percent at 14,388.77, after rising as much as 0.6 percent earlier.

  • BEIJING, April 22- Hong Kong shares eased on Tuesday, with a sell-off in China Resource Power Holdings Co Ltd and its subsidiaries weighing on index performance after the parent company's chairman was snared in a graft investigation. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong dropped 0.8 percent.

  • *Weakness in China depresses Asian shares, despite Wall St. *Tensions in Ukraine still seen as a risk. Although Japan's Nikkei share average held onto marginal gains and was up 0.3 percent, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was almost flat, while trading not far from a six-month high hit earlier this month.

  • *Netflix jumps 6.8 pct in after-hours trade. *Fears about Ukraine persist in wake of fresh violence. NEW YORK, April 21- U.S. stocks rose on Monday, building on last week's rally as investors continued to digest corporate results, while the dollar reached a two-week high against the yen after Japan posted a record trade deficit.

  • NEW YORK, April 21- U.S. stocks advanced modestly on Monday in subdued trading as investors showed hesitation after a strong rally last week and ahead of a slew of key earnings releases this week. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 40.71 points or 0.25 percent, to end unofficially at 16,449.25.

  • *Results from Netflix expected after the market close. NEW YORK, April 21- U.S. stocks rose slightly on Monday as investors found few reasons to push indexes sharply higher following a strong rally last week and ahead of key earnings releases.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St flat as investors await earnings Monday, 21 Apr 2014 | 10:51 AM ET

    *Results from Netflix expected after the market close. NEW YORK, April 21- U.S. stocks were flat on Monday ahead of key earnings releases as investors found few reasons to push indexes sharply higher following a strong rally last week. The S&P 500 posted its best week since July last week, boosted by results from such names as General Electric Co and Morgan Stanley.