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  • Russian assets stronger at opening as oil rises Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 2:10 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Feb 13- Russia's rouble opened stronger on Friday and shares rose, helped by higher oil prices and hopes for peace in eastern Ukraine after a ceasefire deal. Russia's dollar-denominated RTS index was up 3 percent to 888 points, while its rouble-based peer MICEX traded 1.3 percent higher at 1,826 points. Brent crude oil was trading over 1 percent higher on...

  • TOKYO, Feb 13- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Friday, retreating from a 7-1/ 2- year closing high the previous day as investors took profits from gainers such as Fanuc Corp, but buying in cyclical stocks exposed to consumer demand limited the losses. A ceasefire agreement between Russia and Ukraine also eased tensions in the market. The Nikkei shed 0.4...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 13- China stocks were headed for its fifth straight days of gains on Friday- their longest winning streak in two months- as fresh reform measures helped sustain sentiment in thin trade ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday. Hong Kong stocks also rose, taking their cue from buoyant global markets in the wake of a ceasefire accord in Ukraine and Sweden's...

  • *Japan Display soars on strong profit. TOKYO, Feb 13- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Friday, retreating from a 7-1/ 2 year closing high as investors took profits from the previous day's gainers such as Fanuc Corp, but buying in defensive shares limited the losses. Fanuc, which rose 6.2 percent on Thursday on media reports saying that Third Point bought a stake in...

  • *Ceasefire deal reached between Ukraine, Russia. *TripAdvisor soars on results; Expedia to buy Orbitz. NEW YORK, Feb 12- U.S. stocks ended sharply higher on Thursday, with a rally in technology stocks leading the Nasdaq to a 15- year high, while a ceasefire agreement between Russia and Ukraine also eased tensions.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 12- U.S. stocks ended sharply higher on Thursday, with a rally in technology stocks leading the Nasdaq to a 15- year high, helping to offset the impact of some tepid economic data.

  • US STOCKS-Tech rally, Ukraine deal boost Wall Street Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 1:29 PM ET

    *Ceasefire deal reached between Ukraine, Russia. *TripAdvisor soars on results; Expedia to buy Orbitz. Sentiment was also boosted by a ceasefire agreement between Russia and Ukraine, which soothed concerns that tensions in the region would prove a further drag on Europe's economy.

  • Even though Athens' leftist government failed to come to an agreement with its international creditors overnight, a copy of draft proposals spoke of "extending" its bailout agreement as a "bridge" to a new package. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank extended the amount of emergency liquidity assistance for Greek banks by 5 billion euros, on top of the 60 billion...

  • Even though Athens' leftist government failed to come to an agreement with its international creditors overnight, a copy of draft proposals spoke of "extending" its bailout agreement as a "bridge" to a new package. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank extended the amount of emergency liquidity assistance for Greek banks by 5 billion euros, on top of the 60 billion...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 12- U.S. stocks opened higher on Thursday, following a ceasefire agreement between Russia and Ukraine and stimulus measures by Sweden's central bank that took markets by surprise. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 27.11 points, or 0.15 percent, to 17,889.25, the S&P 500 gained 8.05 points, or 0.39 percent, to 2,076.58 and the Nasdaq Composite added...

  • *Ceasefire deal reached between Ukraine, Russia. NEW YORK, Feb 12- U.S. stocks were poised to open higher on Thursday, following a ceasefire agreement between Russia and Ukraine and surprising stimulus measures by Sweden's central bank, although soft economic data may keep gains in check. Leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed a deal to end fighting...

  • LONDON, Feb 12- Sweden's crown fell to a six-year low and its stock market hit a record high on Thursday after the central bank in Stockholm surprised investors by launching a stimulus programme and cutting its main interest rate below zero. In Europe's battle against deflation, the European Central Bank announced a 1 trillion euro quantitative easing...

  • *Ct Suisse, Renault rise after results. LONDON/ PARIS, Feb 12- European share indexes hit multi-year highs on Thursday, boosted by a Ukraine peace deal and new economic stimulus measures in Sweden. The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, participants at the summit talks said on Thursday.

  • PARIS, Feb 12- European shares rose on Thursday morning after Russian President Vladimir Putin said an agreement was reached in Ukrainian peace talks and a ceasefire would start on Feb 15. Stockholm stocks outperformed, with benchmark OMXS30 index gaining 1.5 percent and hitting a record high after Sweden's central bank surprised many by cutting its main...

  • LONDON, Feb 12- The Swedish crown dived to a six-year low and local stocks hit record highs on Thursday after Sweden's central bank unexpectedly launched a quantitative easing programme and cut its main repo rate into negative territory. In the battle against deflation, the European Central Bank has already taken its interest rates to negative and will launch...

  • HONG KONG, Feb 12- Hong Kong shares finished higher on Thursday as telecommunication shares jumped on speculation of industry consolidation. Shares of China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd and China Telecom Corp Ltd surged more than 5 percent at one point on rumours that they would merge, but both stocks gave up some of their gains after China's telecoms regulator denied...

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.3 percent, to 3,442.87, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.5 percent, to 3,173.42 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were China United Network Communication, up 7.9 percent to 4.90 yuan; Bank Of China, down 0.3 percent to 4.06 yuan and China Petroleum, up 2.3...

  • JGBs dip on rise in Japanese shares, weak BOJ operation Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 1:33 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 12- Japanese government bond prices were weaker on Thursday, as the Nikkei share average briefly broke above the 18,000 mark for the first time since December last year. The offer-to-cover ratio in the 10- to 25- year zone came in at 3.18 times, the highest level since Oct 27 last year, when it was 4.31 times. In its buying operation the 25- to 40- year zone...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 12- Any rally in China's stock market could be held back by regulatory steps taken late last year to crackdown on trading irregularities, traders say. Zhang said Chinese investors had bought into the stock market using cash switched from other segments of China's capital markets. Since the start of the year, China's blue-chip CSI300 index has...

  • Trading volume in Shanghai thin ahead of Lunar New Year. SHANGHAI, Feb 12- China stocks retreated early on Thursday despite fresh central bank moves to improve short-term liquidity, as investor confidence was not strong enough to extend a three-day winning streak for the main indexes. "In addition to easing policies we see today, there could be further cuts in...