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  • In China, financial shares were slugged as Beijing cracked down on credit products that have been blamed for fueling excessive market speculation over the past three months. The Shanghai market shed 6.4 percent, while the CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen slid 6.5 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 19- China stocks collapsed in morning trade on Monday, with financials hammered after regulators cracked down on credit products that have been blamed for fuelling excessive market speculation over the past three months. "The entrusted loan regulation and margin trading penalties had combined impacts on market sentiment, adding to volatility...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 19- China stocks collapsed in early trade on Monday, with financials hammered after regulators cracked down on credit products that have been blamed for fueling excessive market speculation over the past three months. "The entrusted loan regulation and margin trading penalties had combined impacts on market sentiment, adding to volatility and...

  • TOKYO, Jan 19- Japan's Nikkei share average crawled back from a 2-1/ 2- month low on Monday morning as U.S. stocks rebounded after strong economic data buoyed sentiment, while the weaker yen helped exporters rise. Bucking the strength, Sharp Corp dived 9.1 percent to 229 yen, the lowest since December 2012, after the Nikkei business daily reported that the company is...

  • *China stock markets hit by clamp down on margin trading. SYDNEY, Jan 19- Most Asian share markets followed Wall Street higher on Monday, though investors were wary of being disappointed yet again by economic data from China and policy stimulus in the euro zone. The Shanghai market shed 3.9 percent, while the CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 19- China's key stock indices fell over 5 percent at open on Monday with financials falling sharply after the securities regulator punished top brokerages for illegal doings in their margin trading business.

  • *Egypt's Ezz Steel jumps on borrowing plans. Saudi Arabia's biggest listed company gained despite poor earnings, a fresh sign that the market may have bottomed. Saudi Arabia's equities benchmark rose 0.9 percent and Saudi Basic Industries climbed 1.1 percent to 79.25 riyals after falling as much as 1.1 percent in the opening minutes.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 16- U.S. stocks rallied on Friday after five sessions of losses, helped by a sharp rebound in energy shares and data that signaled the U.S. economy was on track for solid growth. U.S. crude oil futures settled up 5.3 percent after the International Energy Agency forecast the market downtrend would end. "You had a pretty strong consumer confidence report...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 16- Next week may show whether U.S. stocks are finally undergoing a long-awaited correction or if a recent run of losses are just a bump on the road to more gains. This month, the benchmark index fell five sessions in a row, from Jan. 8 through Jan. 15, shedding more than 3 percent in the process. Oil prices have fallen in half in recent months, trading below $50 a...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 16- Stocks on Wall Street rebounded on Friday on renewed signs of solid growth and as U.S. consumer sentiment hit a high last seen in 2004, while the euro slid further against the dollar in the wake of Switzerland's move to ditch its currency cap. U.S. stocks advanced after five straight sessions of losses for major indexes, while European shares rose on...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 16- Stocks on Wall Street rebounded on Friday on renewed signs of solid growth and as U.S. consumer sentiment hit a high last seen in 2004, while the euro slid further against the dollar in the wake of Switzerland's move to ditch its currency cap. U.S. stocks advanced after five straight sessions of losses for major indexes, while European shares rose on...

  • *Intel shares drop after forecast disappoints. NEW YORK, Jan 16- U.S. stocks were set for a slightly lower open on Friday, following five straight days of losses for major indexes, as markets continue to absorb the shock of Switzerland's move to ditch its currency cap. "Most central banks have been really clear about how to telegraph their messages, particularly here...

  • *Intel shares down after guidance disappoints. NEW YORK, Jan 16- U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday, following five straight days of losses for major indexes, as markets continue to absorb the shock of Switzerland's move to ditch its currency cap. *Shares of FXCM Inc, one of the biggest platforms catering to online and retail traders of currencies, tumbled 70...

  • *Intel shares down after guidance disappoints. NEW YORK, Jan 16- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Friday, following five straight days of losses for major indexes, setting Wall Street up for its fourth negative week out of the past six. *Intel shares fell 2.3 percent in light premarket trading a day after the chipmaker gave a disappointing forecast for revenue...

  • "We are not making use of ELA funding currently and do not foresee that we will need to in the immediate future as we have sufficient collateral to tap funds from the European Central Bank," a Eurobank executive told Reuters, declining to be named. Eurobank shares tumbled 8 percent and Alpha Bank fell 7 percent on Friday, pushing the Athens bourse's banking index...

  • HOUSTON/ LONDON, Jan 16- BP Plc will face a maximum fine of $13.7 billion under the Clean Water Act for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill, several billion dollars less than feared, after a judge ruled that it was smaller than the U.S. government claimed. BP's stock rose 2.4 percent in London by 0920 GMT on Friday, outperforming the broader energy index, as investors worried...

  • LONDON, Jan 16- European shares fell on Friday, led by a fresh slide in Swiss stocks, as investors digested the impact of a leap in the franc after the shock lifting of a central-bank currency cap on the previous day. Watch maker Swatch and private bank Julius Baer led a 3.5 percent slide in Zurich's SMI index as analysts and traders warned of a hit to Swiss exporters'...

  • Jan 16- Hong Kong shares drifted downward on Friday as losses on Wall Street spread to Asia. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were China National Culture Group, down 11.1 percent to HK $0.12 Bank Of China, down 0.7 percent to HK $4.44 and Semiconductor Manufacturing International, down 2.8 percent to HK $0.70. Chinese investment...

  • BEIJING, Jan 16- China stocks climbed higher on Friday as gains on Shenzhen's ChiNext Composite, focused on small cap and tech stocks, outstripped blue chip heavy Shanghai. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.9 percent, to 3,635.15, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.2 percent, to 3,376.50 points.

  • *Fast Retailing, SoftBank together take hefty points off from Nikkei. TOKYO, Jan 16- Japan's Nikkei share average skidded on Friday in volatile trade as risk appetite was dampened by a strong yen after Switzerland stunned markets by abandoning its cap on the franc. Index-heavy shares tumbled, with SoftBank Corp and Fast Retailing Co fell 2.5 percent and 3.7...