*Palladium hovers near 13-1/ 2 yr high on Ukraine crisis. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 0.2 percent. The index managed to carve out gains on Monday, brushing aside the Ukraine crisis and a downbeat China manufacturing survey.» Read More
*Priceline, Tesla bounce from early lows. NEW YORK, May 8- U.S. stocks rose on Thursday, as a turnaround in beaten-down momentum names boosted the Nasdaq while initial jobless claims data, which suggested the labor market was improving, helped lift the broader market. Tesla Motors halved its losses in the session so far and was down 5.7 percent at $189.87.
May 8- Travel website owner Priceline Group Inc reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday as it booked more hotel stays, car rentals and airline tickets. Priceline is "executing well," said Dan Kurnos, an analyst with Benchmark Co. Its shares rose 1.3 percent.
NEW YORK, May 8- Stock markets around the world jumped on Thursday, lifted by supportive comments from central banks in both Europe and the United States. European shares climbed 1 percent after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi was seen as opening the door to more stimulus measures in June.
*Yellen to testify before Senate Budget Committee. *Priceline, bounce from early lows. Tesla Motors managed to cut its initial losses for the session in half, down 5.7 percent to $189.87.
*FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.9 pct, hits highest level since June 2008. LONDON, May 8- A key European equity index surged to near six-year highs on Thursday, led by Italian and Spanish banks, after the European Central Bank opened the door to more stimulus measures in June.
NEW YORK, May 8- U.S. stocks opened flat on Thursday after initial jobless claims data pointed to a possible strengthening in the labor market and ahead of testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 15.52 points, or 0.38 percent, at 4,052.16.
LONDON, May 8- Euro zone shares rebounded on Thursday afternoon as the European Central Bank's President Mario Draghi was seen as opening the door to more stimulus measures in June. The euro zone blue chip Euro STOXX 50 index was up 0.5 percent at 3,178.17 points after trading as low as 3,153.03 points earlier in the session.
*FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.5 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.6 pct. LONDON, May 8- European stock markets rose on Thursday after reassuring updates from top companies, such as the German supermarket chain Metro, and better-than-expected Chinese trade figures. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index rose 0.6 percent to 3,178.74 points.
*China stocks bounce back on stimulus hopes. BEIJING, May 8- China shares are headed for their biggest one-day gain in a month on Thursday, as investors bet on further stimulus measures after the central bank warned of a deepening economic slowdown.
*Alibaba IPO filing pressures Yahoo shares. Analysts at BGC Partners and Atlantic Equities told Reuters that Alibaba's valuation disappointed some Yahoo investors. That's why we see pressure on names like Google, Facebook and Amazon today, "said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment officer of Solaris Group in Bedford Hills, New York.
*Putin comments on Ukraine suggest easing tensions. *Gold prices decline, U.S. dollar index edges up. Equities were volatile throughout the day, with investors parsing comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin indicating a possible easing to the geopolitical concerns over Ukraine that have weighed on markets.
NEW YORK, May 7- U.S. stocks mostly rose on Wednesday as the Federal Reserve signaled it will continue to support the economy, but the Nasdaq fell for a second session on weakness in Internet names. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 117.52 points, or 0.72 percent, to end unofficially at 16,518.54.
NEW YORK, May 7- U.S. stocks mostly rose on Wednesday, bouncing off earlier lows after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen offered no surprises, but the Nasdaq fell for a second straight day, weighed down by declines in Internet-related shares.
*Putin comments on Ukraine may ease geopolitical tensions. *Gold prices decline, U.S. dollar index edges up. NEW YORK, May 7- Stock markets around the world were flat on Wednesday as investors digested comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin that indicated a possible easing to the geopolitical concerns over Ukraine that have recently weighed on markets.
*Whole Foods tumbles after earnings, outlook. Stocks such as Amazon.com Inc, down 1.9 percent at $291.50, Facebook Inc, down 2.3 percent at $57.17 and Google Inc, down 1.5 percent at $514.88, all weighed heavily on the Nasdaq, which has shed more than 2 percent over the past two sessions.
MOSCOW, May 7- The RTS index of Russian stocks rose nearly 6 percent on the day on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin called on separatists in eastern Ukraine to postpone a referendum on self-government. Putin also said Russia would do all it can to resolve the Ukraine crisis and support international peace efforts.
NEW YORK, May 7- U.S. stocks rose at the open on Wednesday, on the heels of the biggest drop in the S&P 500 since mid-April, as earnings season winds down and ahead of congressional testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
*Ukraine crisis, slide in tech stocks weigh on markets. LONDON, May 7- European shares fell and the dollar hovered above six-month lows against a basket of currencies on Wednesday on an overnight drop in U.S. tech stocks and on concerns over the deepening crisis in Ukraine.
Ukraine crisis, slide in tech stocks weigh on markets. *MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares ex Japan hit 1- mth low. LONDON, May 7- European and Asian shares retreated and the dollar fell against the safe-haven yen on Wednesday as an overnight drop in U.S. tech stocks and the deepening Ukraine crisis hurt global market sentiment.
*Results from SocGen, Carlsberg show Ukraine crisis has started to hit. LONDON, May 7- European stocks edged lower on Wednesday, as a selloff on Wall Street unsettled investors and results from brewer Carlsberg and bank Societe Generale showed the Ukraine crisis was starting to hurt large western companies.