LONDON, Dec 13- Global equities headed for their biggest two-week drop since June and the dollar hit 5- year highs against the yen on Friday amid concern the U.S.» Read More
NEW YORK, Aug 1- U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday data as from around the world pointed to improving economic conditions and Procter& Gamble reported strong results. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 54.85 points, or 0.35 percent, at 15,554.39. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 28.56 points, or 0.79 percent, at 3,654.93.
But a rival HSBC report on China's manufacturing was more gloomy, falling to 47.7 in July, the weakest reading since August 2012, which tempered growth expectations. The Bank of England made no changes at its second policy meeting Thursday under its new governor, Mark Carney, keeping interest rates at 0.5 percent and opted not to revive its bond-buying program.
*China and euro zone manufacturing show improvement. NEW YORK, Aug 1- U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, after economic data in Europe and China boosted hopes for the global economy and kept alive expectations for continued economic support from global central banks.
*China, euro zone manufacturing shows improvement. NEW YORK, Aug 1- U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, after economic data in Europe and China boosted hopes for the global economy and kept expectations for continued economic support from global central banks alive.
*Societe Generale surges as profits double. The STOXX Europe 600 Basic Resources index climbed 2 percent, the biggest sectoral gain, after a report showed growth in the manufacturing sector in China, the world's biggest metals consumer, picked up slightly last month.
*Cyclical shares rally on results, China data. *Societe Generale surges 7 pct as profits double. The STOXX Europe 600 Basic Resources index climbed 1 percent to feature among the top gainers after a report showed growth in the manufacturing sector in China, the world's biggest metals consumer, picked up slightly last month.
HONG KONG, Aug 1- China shares may post a third-straight daily gain, with Hong Kong markets also firmer on Thursday, as better-than-expected official manufacturing data and a second cash injection by the central bank gave cyclical sectors a lift. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong gained 0.4 percent.
HONG KONG, Aug 1- Hong Kong shares could start August higher on Thursday after China's official manufacturing purchasing managers index came in higher than expected, with another similar private survey due shortly after the market open. China's official PMI for July came in at 50.3, versus a Reuters poll consensus of 49.9 and the June reading for 50.1.
TOKYO, Aug 1- Japan's Nikkei share average may edge higher in a cautious start on Thursday after Wall Street finished flat overnight and the U.S.
*Fed keeps stimulus on track, U.S. stocks near flat in volatile session. NEW YORK, July 31- Wall Street stocks ended a volatile session near flat and the dollar surrendered gains on Wednesday after the U.S.
*Fed keeps stimulus on track. NEW YORK, July 31- Wall Street stocks rallied while the dollar surrendered some gains on Wednesday after the U.S. The Fed said it will continue to buy $85 billion in mortgage and Treasury securities per month in its ongoing effort to bolster an economy still challenged by federal budget-tightening and weak growth overseas.
NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. stocks added to gains on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said the economy continues to recover but is still in need of support, offering no indication that a reduction in the pace of its bond-buying stimulus program is imminent. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 50.32 points or 0.32 percent, to 15,570.91.
*Fed to release post-meeting statement at 2 p.m. EDT ( 1800 GMT. NEW YORK, July 31 (Reuters)- Stocks and the dollar rallied on Wednesday ahead of three key central bank announcements after data showed the U.S. economy grew more quickly than expected in the second quarter.
*Fed to release post-meeting statement at 1800 GMT. NEW YORK, July 31- Stocks and the dollar rose on Wednesday ahead of three key central bank announcements after data showed the U.S. economy grew faster than expected in the second quarter.
NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. stocks opened modestly higher on Wednesday as the latest round of economic data showed stronger-than-anticipated jobs growth in the private sector and accelerated momentum by the economy. Investors were looking ahead to a much-anticipated statement from the Federal Reserve.
NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. stock index futures held at flat levels on Wednesday after a read on second-quarter economic growth came in stronger than expected. S&P 500 futures fell 1.4 point but were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract.
HONG KONG, July 31- Hong Kong shares ended their best month in 10 on a whimper on Wednesday, as weakness in Tencent Holdings offset a strong mainland property sector after China's politburo appeared to affirm greater official tolerance for home price increases.
*Gold heads for best monthly rise since Jan. 2012. TOKYO, July 31- Chinese shares gained after Beijing pledged to keep economic growth stable in the second half of the year, while the dollar held onto slight gains as market momentum stalled ahead of the outcome of the U.S.
TOKYO, July 31- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Wednesday morning, as most investors adopted a wait-and-see stance ahead of another batch of key domestic earnings and the outcome of a Federal Reserve policy meeting for clarity on U.S. economic stimulus.
HONG KONG, July 31- Hong Kong shares may start higher on Wednesday after China's politburo, the country's top decision-making body, pledged to keep economic growth stable in the second half by fine-tuning policies. The markets will also be keenly awaiting China's official purchasing managers' index on Thursday and Friday's U.S. jobs data.