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  • LONDON/ PARIS, Jan 21- European shares snapped a four-day rally on Wednesday with Greeks shares under pressure as anti-bailout party Syriza consolidated its lead ahead of the Jan. 25 general election. Athens' general index was down 2.3 percent at 1237 GMT after a survey showed that Syriza, which is running on pledges to end austerity policies and renegotiate...

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge lower after weak IBM results Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 7:24 AM ET

    *IBM shares fall after results, Netflix rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 21- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Wednesday as IBM fell after the company gave a tepid outlook, though other high-profile names like Netflix and UnitedHealth rose on their results. *Investors were also looking ahead to an upcoming European Central Bank meeting, at which new stimulative...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- Emerging stocks jumped 1 percent to six-week highs on Wednesday, boosted by Chinese market gains and prospects for European monetary easing, though Polish banking shares remained under pressure due to fears over households' Swiss franc loans. On currencies, the Nigerian naira hit record lows versus the dollar while Russia's rouble lost ground...

  • PARIS, Jan 21- European shares paused on Wednesday after a four-day rally driven by expectations the European Central Bank is about to launch quantitative easing had taken them to seven-year highs. ASML NV outperformed, however, rising 4.6 percent after the world's second-largest maker of semiconductor production equipment posted better-than-expected...

  • European shares extend rally; ASML surges after results Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 3:10 AM ET

    PARIS, Jan 21- European shares inched higher in early trade on Wednesday, gaining ground for the fifth session in a row, lifted by expectations the European Central Bank is about to launch a quantitative easing programme to boost the region's economy. At 0805 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.2 percent at 1,425.94 points.

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 4.5 percent, to 3,548.88, while the Shanghai Composite Index climbed 4.7 percent, to 3,323.61 points. "Investor sentiment has recovered and Chinese share markets are still bullish," said Zhang Yanbin, an analyst at Zheshang Securities in Shanghai. Among the most active stocks in...

  • TOKYO, Jan 21- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Wednesday as investors took profits from the sharp rises in the past two sessions, while expectations that the European Central Bank will unveil stimulus measures on Thursday limited losses. The Bank of Japan cut next fiscal year's inflation forecast and expanded a loan scheme aimed at boosting lending, and as...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 21- China stocks climbed on Wednesday morning, led up by finance and real estate shares as investors regained more footing and confidence after Monday's plunge. On Monday, both indexes tumbled 7.7 percent- their biggest losses since June 2008- on fears that steps by authorities to contain margin trading were meant to halt a recent rally.

  • *Gold hits 5- month high. TOKYO, Jan 21- Asian shares held firm and the euro stayed under pressure on Wednesday as investors counted on the European Central Bank to unveil a stimulus drive, while the yen jumped after the Bank of Japan left policy unchanged. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.1 percent to hit its highest level in six...

  • *Index-heavy Fast Retailing and SoftBank together take off hefty points from Nikkei. TOKYO, Jan 21- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Wednesday as investors pocketed gains from the sharp rises in the past two sessions, but expectations that the European Central Bank will unveil stimulus measures this week limited losses. Index-heavy Fast Retailing Co and...

  • TOKYO, Jan 21- Asian shares held firm and the euro stayed under pressure on Wednesday as investors counted on the European Central Bank to unveil a stimulus drive, while the yen was subdued ahead of the Bank of Japan's policy announcement later in the Asian day. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.2 percent, although Japan's Nikkei...

  • *FXCM plummets, details loan agreement. NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. stocks closed little changed on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund reduced its growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016, increasing speculation central banks would take more aggressive policy moves to spark economic improvement. "Any sense at all that the ECB disappoints, you will see the...

  • *China data, QE prospects lift European shares. *China slows less than expected, IMF cuts global outlook. Crude oil prices fell after the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global economic forecast on lower fuel demand and key producer Iran hinted that prices could drop to $25 a barrel without supportive OPEC action.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St falls after IMF cuts growth outlook Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 12:48 PM ET

    *FXCM plummets 90 percent, details loan agreement. NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund lowered its growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016, though the move spurred hopes that central banks would take more aggressive policy stances to accelerate economic improvement. The upside to seeing less international growth is...

  • Regions Financial misses Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 10:31 AM ET
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    Regions Financial on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit dropped by almost 4 percent to $211 million.

  • *Oil lower again; Halliburton rises after results. *FXCM shares plummet 90 percent, details loan agreement. NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. stocks edged lower on Tuesday after the International Monetary Fund lowered its growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016, though the move spurred hopes that central banks would take more aggressive policy stances to accelerate economic...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. stocks opened higher on Tuesday as lower growth forecasts from the International Monetary Fund spurred hopes that central banks would take more aggressive policy stances to accelerate economic improvement.

  • *Oil lower again; Halliburton rises after results. *FXCM shares plummet 90 percent, details loan agreement. NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday as lower growth forecasts from the International Monetary Fund spurred hopes that central banks would take more aggressive policy stances to accelerate economic improvement.

  • *Saudi Telecom tumbles on Q4 earnings miss. DUBAI, Jan 20- Most Gulf stock markets closed either flat or lower on Tuesday as oil prices remained volatile and local companies delivered no positive fourth-quarter earnings surprises. However, the commodity's price rose above $49 per barrel later in the day, supporting Saudi Arabia's bourse which, unlike other Gulf...

  • *China data, QE prospects lift European shares. *China slows less than expected, IMF cuts global outlook. LONDON, Jan 20- Shares rose on Tuesday and the dollar gained 1 percent against the yen after China said its economy had not slowed as much as many in markets had feared.