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  • European shares steady, Vodafone down after results Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    LONDON, May 20- European shares steadied on Tuesday following losses in the previous three sessions, with telecom company Vodafone falling after saying its core earnings would fall in 2015 due to the investment needed in the business. National benchmark indices in U.K., France and Germany were trading flat to 0.1 percent higher.

  • *Investors warily eye Thailand martial law declaration. TOKYO, May 20- Asian shares slipped on Tuesday despite a solid performance on Wall Street, while the dollar wallowed close to its lowest level against the yen in more than three months.

  • Nikkei rises on slightly weaker yen; Yahoo Japan soars Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 20- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Tuesday, snapping a four-day losing streak supported by a slightly weakening yen, while Yahoo Japan Corp soared after dropping its plan to buy mobile network operator eAccess Ltd from SoftBank Corp. The Nikkei rose 0.5 percent to 14,075.25 points.

  • TOKYO, May 20- Japanese government bond prices were slightly weaker on Tuesday on a rise in domestic share prices and U.S. bond yields overnight, and after a 20- year JGB auction drew tepid demand. The 10- year JGB yield rose 0.5 basis point to 0.590 percent while the 30- year JGB yield rose 1.0 basis point to 1.695 percent.

  • China Mobile hits four-month high after Goldman upgrade. HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, May 20- Hong Kong shares rose on Tuesday, helped by China Mobile after a broker upgrade pushed shares of the Chinese telecom giant to their highest since the start of 2014..

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares inch down, dollar steadies Monday, 19 May 2014 | 11:54 PM ET

    *Investors warily eye Thailand martial law declaration. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped about 0.1 percent. But Japan's benchmark Nikkei stock average bucked the downtrend and tracked overnight gains on Wall Street, adding 0.9 percent and breaking a four-session losing streak.

  • *Kubota down on Thai martial law news. TOKYO, May 20- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Tuesday morning, snapping a four-day losing streak supported after dropping its plan to buy mobile network operator eAccess Ltd from SoftBank Corp. However, gains were limited by expectations that the Bank Of Japan may not ease policy further any time soon.

  • NEW YORK, May 19- U.S. stocks closed higher on Monday, with another drop in bond yields supporting equities, while gains in Internet and biotech stocks gave the Nasdaq an outsized advance. Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 20.55 points or 0.12 percent, to end unofficially at 16,511.86.

  • NEW YORK, May 19- Global equity markets edged higher on Monday as Wall Street rose on Internet and healthcare stocks, while declining yields on government debt also initially provided U.S. equities a lift.

  • *AT&T to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion. NEW YORK, May 19- U.S. stocks rose on Monday, with another drop in bond yields supporting equities and gains in Internet and biotech stocks giving the Nasdaq an outsized advance.

  • *AT&T to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion. AT&T slid 1.9 percent to $36.03 and dragged on the Dow a day after the telecom company said it will acquire DirecTV for $48.5 billion, as it seeks fresh avenues of growth beyond the maturing U.S. cellular business. DirecTV shares fell 1.4 percent to $84.92.

  • NEW YORK, May 19- U.S. stocks opened lower on Monday, on the heels of back-to-back weekly declines for the S&P 500 as investors grew cautious over stock valuations with indexes near record levels amid mixed economic data.

  • LONDON, May 19- Europe and Asia dragged world equity markets lower on Monday as concerns about slower growth in China prompted investors to cut their risks. Shanghai shares hit a three-week low as Beijing unveiled new regulations that tighten its grip on interbank lending to defuse risks among "shadow" non-bank financial firms that act like banks.

  • HONG KONG, May 19- Hong Kong H-shares finished lower on Monday, as Chinese bank stocks slide in line with those on the mainland in the wake of stiffer regulation of interbank lending and weak economic data. Weakness in consumer staples was a drag on Hong Kong's main index, with Belle International Holdings Ltd down 3.2 percent.

  • HONG KONG, May 19- Shanghai shares plunged to a three-week low on Monday as financials and property stocks fell following stiffer regulations on interbank lending and more evidence of cooling in the property market. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings lost 1.4 percent, reaching its lowest close since March 20.

  • TOKYO, May 19- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Monday, extending losses from Friday as a stronger yen made investors risk averse, while sentiment was also hurt by weak China shares on concerns about slower growth in the world's second-biggest economy. The Nikkei ended 0.6 percent lower at 14,006.44.

  • HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, May 19- China shares fell on Monday as financials and property stocks fell following stiffer regulations on interbank lending and more evidence of cooling momentum in the property market. Hong Kong shares also declined with losses mainly seen in the property and energy sectors as investors took profit on gains from last week.

  • *Tokyo Electron jumps after Applied Materials soars. TOKYO, May 19- Japan's Nikkei share average was flat on Monday morning as a stronger yen capped investors' risk appetite, while the market was awaiting a series of major events this week including a Bank of Japan policy meeting.

  • TOKYO, May 19- Asian shares trod water on Monday as investors looked to test a theory that the world's major central banks will continue to keep monetary policy easy and in some cases loosen further. Japan's Nikkei share average rose 0.2 percent, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan ticked down 0.1 percent.

  • *J.C. Penney, Nordstrom soar a day after results. NEW YORK, May 16- U.S. stocks ended higher on Friday in a late-day rebound as small-cap names edged up after recent weakness and consumer discretionary shares advanced.