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  • TOKYO, March 13- Japan's Nikkei hit a fresh 15- year high on Friday and posted fifth consecutive weeks of gains as industrial robot maker Fanuc Corp jumped 13 percent on a report that it will consider raising its dividend and buying back stock. Index heavyweight Fanuc contributed a hefty 124.57 positive points, or about 50 percent of the Nikkei's point gains.

  • SHANGHAI, March 13- China's main stock indexes rose to two-month highs on Friday, fuelled by a second-day surge in banking shares after Beijing unveiled details of a local government debt swap scheme which analysts say would bolster lenders' balance sheets. China's finance ministry said late on Thursday that more than half of the high-interest local...

  • *Fanuc jumps 12 pct on plan to boost dividend, talk to investors. TOKYO, March 13- Japanese shares extended gains on Friday as industrial robot maker Fanuc jumped more than 10 percent on a report that it will consider raising its dividend and buying back stock. Fanuc's about-turn could boost investors' appetite for Japanese shares as a successful case of Prime...

  • TOKYO, March 13- Asian shares shook off early losses on Friday, underpinned by overnight gains on Wall Street, while the dollar steadied after its recent rally ran out of steam on disappointing retail sales data. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up about 0.1 percent on the day. On Wall Street, U.S. shares rallied on Thursday, but the S&P...

  • *Wall Street rallies; boosts world share markets. NEW YORK, March 12- Stocks on major markets rose on Thursday as the dollar softened the most in a month against major currencies after surprisingly weak U.S. data. Stocks on Wall Street posted their biggest gains since early February.

  • March 12- U.S. stocks closed up on Thursday, bouncing back from two days of losses, helped by a weaker dollar and a rally in banking shares.

  • *Genscape cites another big U.S. crude stock in Cushing- trade. NEW YORK, March 12- Global oil prices fell on Thursday on estimates showing another big supply build at the delivery point for the U.S. crude contract, with trade volatile ahead of the expiry of the front-month in benchmark Brent oil. "The ship channel opening allows crude to get to refineries and the...

  • *Intel shares fall after lowered outlook. A weak outlook from Intel, however, limited gains in the tech sector. "I've been a believer in a June rate hike for a while, but the odds really went up on Friday, and the market action we've seen since then is in line with the volatility we've historically seen around rate hikes," said James Liu, global market strategist for...

  • *Wall St coming off extended decline. *Intel shares fall after lowered outlook. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stocks rose in a broad rally on Thursday, with banking stocks among the biggest gainers of the day, though tech shares were pressured by a weak outlook from Intel.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar off recent peaks; stocks, Brent up Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 11:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 12- The dollar softened the most in a month against a basket of currencies on Thursday, giving stocks and some commodities respite after sharp sell-offs triggered by expectations of the U.S. Stocks opened higher on Wall Street, led by bank shares after the Fed approved most of their capital plans, many of which included share repurchases and...

  • *Wall St coming off extended decline. *Intel shares fall after lowered outlook. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stocks rose in a broad rally on Thursday, with banking stocks among the biggest gainers of the day, though tech shares were pressured by a weak outlook from Intel.

  • *Wall St coming off extended decline. *Intel shares fall after lowered outlook. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stocks rose modestly on Thursday, partially rebounding after a recent bout of weakness, though a surprise drop in retail sales and a weak outlook from Intel limited the day's gains.

  • March 12- U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday, rebounding after two days of declines, though shares of Intel Corp weighed on Nasdaq after the company warned that first-quarter revenue would be weaker than expected.

  • LONDON, March 12- The euro pulled out of its recent dive on Thursday, chalking up its biggest rise against the dollar in a month, after a week of breakneck moves in the world's two biggest currencies. The dollar's reversal, cemented by weak U.S. retail sales data, gave some respite to emerging markets as well as to oil and commodities heavily correlated to the U.S....

  • *Wall St coming off extended decline. *Citigroup up in premarket after Fed review. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a modestly higher open on Thursday as a surprise drop in retail sales pointed to a consumer that continued to struggle, but also eased some concern about how soon the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates.

  • *Stocks at 3 key ports grow about 1 pct- Marubeni. Aluminium stocks held at Yokohama, Nagoya and Osaka grew 0.8 percent in February from a month earlier to 453,400 tonnes, Marubeni Corp said on Thursday. Behind the higher imports are slack demand elsewhere in Asia and China's increased exports of cheaper aluminium products.

  • *Wall St comes off extended decline. *Citigroup up in premarket after Fed review. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Thursday, suggesting a partial rebound following a string of declines, as investors looked ahead to data for indications of how soon the Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates.

  • The pause by the dollar gave some respite to emerging markets as well as oil and commodities heavily correlated to the U.S. currency's strength, and helped MSCI's main world stocks index secure its first rise in five days. After surging over 1.5 percent on Wednesday and now 15 percent since the start of the year, European bourses saw another solid start with...

  • European shares extend rally, helped by earnings Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 4:10 AM ET

    PARIS, March 12- European shares rose in early trading on Thursday, shrugging off a dip on Wall Street and extending their sharp gains made in the previous session, helped in part by forecast-beating results from K+ S and Boskalis. At 0808 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.3 percent at 1,578.81 points, after surging 1.5 percent on...

  • March 12- Hong Kong's main stock indices rose on Thursday, led by banking shares, as investors expect that Beijing's plans to let local governments swap out expensive debt will improve asset quality at Chinese lenders. Chinese banks listed in Hong Kong, including Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank and Bank of China, which represent...