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  • LONDON, May 7- European stocks fell at the open on Wednesday, hit by heavy losses on Wall Street and as results from local blue chips such as brewer Carlsberg and French bank Societe Generale showed the Ukraine crisis was starting to hurt large western companies.

  • BEIJING, May 7- China shares closed down on Wednesday, after a private survey showed that growth in the country's service sector slowed. The Markit/ HSBC services Purchasing Managers' Index slipped to 51.4 in April from March's 51.9, showing there still is growth but the pace of it has dropped, adding to the cloudy outlook for the world's second-largest economy.

  • *MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares ex Japan hit 1- mth low. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.7 percent after touching its lowest point since April 2.

  • *Tech subindex in Hong Kong reaches four-month low. *Hong Kong property down on local demand and worries on mainland. BEIJING, May 7- Hong Kong stocks fell on Wednesday as concerns on property and tech valuations hurt investor confidence after a U.S. tech sell-off triggered by a steep drop in Twitter's share-price.

  • *MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares ex Japan hit 1- mth low. TOKYO, May 7- Asian shares fell to a one-month low and the safe-haven yen hovered just below a multi-month high against the dollar in early trade on Wednesday as the heightened possibility of Ukraine slipping into civil war dampened risk sentiment.

  • NEW YORK, May 6- U.S. stocks fell broadly on Tuesday, closing at session lows, with AIG pulling financial shares lower after disappointing earnings and as a slide in Twitter took down other names in the technology and internet space.

  • NEW YORK, May 6- U.S. stocks fell broadly on Tuesday, with AIG weighing on financial shares after disappointing earnings while as a slide in Twitter took down names in the technology and Internet space. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 128.76 points, or 0.78 percent, at 16,401.79. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 57.30 points, or 1.38 percent, at 4,080.76.

  • *Office Depot to close 400 U.S. stores; shares up 17 pct. NEW YORK, May 6- U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday as AIG weighed on financial shares after disappointing earnings and a slide in Twitter took down other names in the technology and internet spaces.

  • Office Depot to close 400 U.S. stores; shares rally. NEW YORK, May 6- Wall Street edged lower on Tuesday, led by losses in financial stocks, while the technology sector was weighed by a selloff in shares of Twitter.

  • NEW YORK, May 6- Wall Street edged lower at the open on Tuesday as investors hesitated to push the market higher, with major indexes near record levels.

  • BEIJING, May 6- China shares ended flat on Tuesday, surrendering gains of the morning session as investor sentiment cooled on worries about rapidly slowing demand in the key real estate sector. China Vanke Co Ltd was up 0.7 percent, while Beijing Urban Construction and Investment Co Ltd gained 1.2 percent.

  • SYDNEY, May 6- Asian share markets shuffled higher on Tuesday after promising U.S. economic news helped Wall Street to a firmer finish, though activity was again light with Tokyo still on holiday. Stock markets in India and China led the way with modest gains, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.2 percent.

  • SYDNEY, May 6- Asian share markets shuffled higher on Tuesday after promising U.S. economic news helped Wall Street to a firmer finish, though activity was again light with Tokyo still on holiday. Stock markets in India and China led the way with gains of 0.5 percent each, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.2 percent.

  • SINGAPORE, May 6- U.S. crude held steady below $100 a barrel in early Asian trading on Tuesday, as expectations of rising oil inventories in the United States were balanced by heightened tension in Ukraine.

  • SYDNEY, May 6- Asian share markets shuffled higher on Tuesday after promising U.S. economic news helped Wall Street to a firmer finish, though activity was again light with Tokyo still on holiday. Australia's main index led the way with a gain of 0.5 percent, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.16 percent.

  • *JPMorgan leads banks lower after trading revenue warning. NEW YORK, May 5- U.S. stocks ended slightly higher as data showed strength in the services sector and Apple shares rose above $600 for the first time since 2012..

  • NEW YORK, May 5- U.S. stocks ended slightly higher as data showed strength in the services sector and Apple shares rallied, boosting the Nasdaq. Shares of Apple Inc rose 1.4 percent to end at $600.96, ending above the $600 level for the first time since October. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 14.16 points, or 0.34 percent, at 4,138.06.

  • JPMorgan leads banks lower after trading revenue warning. NEW YORK, May 5- U.S. stocks were up slightly on Monday as concerns over an escalation of tensions between Ukraine and pro- Russia separatists were offset by data showing strength in the services sector. Still, bank shares were under pressure as JPMorgan Chase fell 2.7 percent to $54.10.

  • *JPMorgan leads banks lower after trading revenue warning. NEW YORK, May 5- U.S. stocks were little changed on Monday, as upbeat economic data was offset by concerns over an escalation of tensions between Ukraine and pro- Russia separatists. Bank shares were under pressure, weighed by a 2.1 percent drop in JPMorgan Chase to $54.43.

  • *Gold hits three-week high as Ukraine tensions simmer. NEW YORK, May 5- Global equity markets fell on Monday after data showing contraction in Chinese manufacturing renewed concerns about the strength of the world's second-largest economy, while tensions over Ukraine underpinned safe-haven gold.