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  • NEW YORK, March 24- U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday as soft Chinese manufacturing data raised hopes of fresh stimulus to the world's second-largest economy, though tensions over Ukraine weighed on sentiment.

  • HONG KONG, March 24- China shares listed in Hong Kong extended gains on Monday to reach a two-week high on expectations the Chinese government could unveil stimulus measures after a weak factory survey. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 2.8 percent to 9,695 points, its largest daily gain since Nov. 18.

  • European shares, though, were set for a lower start, with financial spreadbetter London Capital Group expecting Britain's FTSE 100 to open -34 points, or -0.5 percent; Germany's DAX to open -47 points, or -0.5 percent; and France's CAC 40 to open -38 points, or -0.8 percent.

  • *China manufacturing activity slows for fifth straight month. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent after the China data's release after gaining as much as 0.5 percent.

  • NEW YORK, March 23- The prevailing trend in U.S. stocks could be higher this week if investor anxiety eases over the crisis in Ukraine and signs of weakness in the U.S. economy.

  • NEW YORK, March 21- The prevailing trend in U.S. stocks could be higher next week if investor anxiety eases over the crisis in Ukraine and signs of weakness in the U.S. economy.

  • *Nike shares fall after results. Biogen Idec Inc, down 8.2 percent at $318.53, and Gilead Sciences Inc, down 4.6 percent at $72.07, were the two biggest drags on the S&P 500. The Nasdaq biotech index fell 4.4 percent.

  • NEW YORK, March 21- U.S. stocks dipped on Friday, as investors booked profits in momentum names heading into the weekend, wiping out early gains that had pushed the S&P 500 to an intraday record high. Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 32.59 points or 0.20 percent, to end unofficially at 16,298.46.

  • *Nike shares fall after results, Tiffany rises. Biogen Idec Inc, down 8 percent to $319.14, and Gilead Sciences Inc, down 3.7 percent to $72.74, were the biggest drags on the S&P 500. The Nasdaq biotech index fell 3.5 percent.

  • *Stocks buoyed as fear of further Ukraine tensions ebb. Brent remained on track for a fourth weekly loss, however, and President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of Crimea on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, March 21- U.S. stocks rose on Friday with major indexes on track for a week of strong gains, but geopolitical concerns remained in view as the tenuous situation in Ukraine continued. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 75.24 points, or 0.46 percent, at 16,406.29. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 20.97 points, or 0.49 percent, at 4,340.25.

  • *Nike shares fall in premarket after outlook. NEW YORK, March 21- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Friday, with major indexes on track for a week of strong gains, though geopolitical concerns remained in view as the tenuous situation in Ukraine continued.

  • *Nike shares fall in premarket after outlook. NEW YORK, March 21- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, with major indexes on track for a week of strong gains, though geopolitical concerns remained in view as the tenuous situation in Ukraine continued.

  • LONDON, March 21- Russian stocks dropped 3 percent on Friday as concerns grew over the impact of possible U.S. sanctions on Russia's economy, but Chinese stocks rose sharply on news of looser finance restrictions for property developers.

  • HONG KONG, March 21- Hong Kong shares ended up, lifted by a rally in Chinese shares in the afternoon session on gains led by Li& Fung and the property sector. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 2.44 percent on the day and 1.4 percent for the week, its largest weekly gain in five weeks.

  • MOSCOW, March 21- Russian stock indexes fell sharply on Friday as investors digested the impact of U.S sanctions over Ukraine, including possible moves by Washington to target whole sectors of Russia's economy.

  • HONG KONG, March 21- China indexes extended gains on Friday afternoon, as investors bought shares after the expiry of Chinese futures, focusing on sectors such as coal and banks which have been hammered recently on concerns about the slowing economy. The Shanghai Composite Index was up 2.6 percent at 0628 GMT, after opening down on Friday morning.

  • Russian stocks fall on opening after U.S. sanctions Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    MOSCOW, March 21- Russia's MICEX stock index fell 1.7 percent on opening, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama threatened sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in response to its actions in Ukraine. At 0705 GMT the rouble-denominated MICEX was down 2.7 percent while the dollar-denominated RTS index had fallen 3.5 percent.

  • *Li& Fung up 16.7 percent on good earnings. HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, March 21- Hong Kong shares edged higher on Friday, helped by strong gains from Li& Fung after solid earnings, but investors remained bearish on the Chinese economy.

  • *Asia shares aided as Wall St recoups post-Fed losses. SYDNEY, March 21- Asian markets found their footing on Friday after Wall Street shook off concerns about Federal Reserve policy, while this week's spike in U.S. yields kept the dollar underpinned near three-week highs.