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  • LONDON, July 10- European shares extended losses on Thursday, weighed down by heavy falls in southern indexes after weak economic data from Italy and mounting concerns about the financial health of Portugal's largest listed bank.

  • China shares weak on trade data; power producers strong Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    HONG KONG, July 10- China shares were limp on Thursday after June export data came in weaker than expected, but the power sector outperformed after a report said a draft plan for reforming the country's power had been drawn up. Huadian Power climbed 4 percent, while Huaneng Power 0.7 percent. Bank of China was the biggest index drag in Shanghai, sinking 0.8 percent.

  • TOKYO, July 10- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped for a fourth day to a fresh 1-1/ 2- week low on Thursday as worse-than-expected machinery data soured sentiment and U.S. Federal Reserve minutes suggested the end of its stimulus was a sign of economic strength. The Nikkei dropped 0.6 percent to 15,216.47, the lowest closing since June 30.

  • *Asia up as Wall St rises with Fed in no hurry to end QE. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.3 percent. It's still unrealistic to count on exports to be an important contributor to economic growth, "said Wang Jun, an economist at the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges in Beijing.

  • Nikkei flat as poor machinery data offsets Fed optimism Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 9:43 PM ET

    *Benesse dives to 2-1/ 2- month low after data leak. TOKYO, July 10- Japan's Nikkei share average was flat on Thursday in choppy trade as worse-than-expected machinery data soured sentiment after minutes from the U.S. It had dropped 0.1 percent to 15,302.65 on Wednesday, its lowest closing level since June 30.

  • *Asia up as Wall St rises with Fed in no hurry to end QE. *Focus on China trade data at 0200 GMT. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.2 percent.

  • *Alcoa earnings top expectations; shares at highest since July 2011. NEW YORK, July 9- U.S. stocks finished higher on Wednesday, rebounding from a sharp two-day selloff, after minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting showed policymakers have started to detail how the central bank will end its easy monetary policy.

  • NEW YORK, July 9- U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, rebounding from a sharp two-day decline, after minutes from the Federal Reserve's June meeting showed the central bank has started to detail how it will end its loose monetary policy.

  • NEW YORK, July 9- Wall Street stocks rose on Wednesday, lifting a global equities gauge as the Federal Reserve detailed its plan to allow a strengthening economy to fend for itself, while Brent fell as Libyan oil pumps came back online.

  • *Alcoa earnings top expectations; stock jumps. NEW YORK, July 9- U.S. stocks rose to session highs on Wednesday after minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting showed the central bank has begun detailing how it will end its easy monetary policy.

  • *Alcoa's beat boosts Wall Street stocks. Alcoa Inc reported results after Wall Street closed Tuesday, beating analysts' expectations and lifting the aluminum maker's stock more than 3 percent.

  • *Lisbon's PSI 20 sinks 2.1 pct on Espirito Santo family debt worries. *FTSEurofirst 300 flat, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.6 pct. Lisbon's PSI index dropped 2.1 percent, led by an 11 percent plunge in Espirito Santo Financial Group.

  • *Lisbon's PSI 20 sinks 1.8 pct on Espirito Santo family debt worries. *FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.1 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.5 pct. Lisbon's PSI index fell 1.8 percent, led by a 6.5 percent fall in Espirito Santo Financial Group, the top shareholder of Portugal's largest listed bank by assets, Banco Espirito Santo, itself down 3.9 percent.

  • *Alcoa's beat boosts Wall Street stocks. Alcoa Inc reported results after Wall Street closed Tuesday, beating analysts' expectations and lifting the aluminum maker's stock more than 3 percent.

  • *Alcoa tops expectations; shares rally. NEW YORK, July 9- U.S. stocks rose modestly on Wednesday, partially rebounding from a sharp two-day decline after an early read on earnings came in ahead of expectations.

  • US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St edges up in early trading Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 9- U.S. stocks inched higher in early trading on Wednesday, bouncing back after two days of declines and following a positive early read on earnings.

  • *Alcoa tops expectations; shares up in premarket. *Citigroup may pay $7 billion to resolve probe: source. *Alcoa Inc rose 2 percent to $15.14 in premarket trading a day after reporting second-quarter adjusted earnings and revenue that topped expectations.

  • LONDON, July 9- World stocks fell on Wednesday as a decline in Chinese inflation and weaker European industrial data combined to suggest global growth may be slowing, eclipsing a positive start to the U.S. earnings season.

  • *Alcoa tops expectations; shares up in premarket. *Citigroup may pay $7 billion to resolve probe: source. *Alcoa Inc rose 2 percent to $15.14 in premarket trading a day after reporting second-quarter adjusted earnings and revenue that topped expectations.

  • *Chinese inflation data hits stocks, outweighs Alcoa earnings beat. LONDON, July 9- World stocks fell on Wednesday as cooling Chinese inflation overnight added to weak European industrial data earlier in the week, pointing to slowing global growth and eclipsing a positive start to the U.S. earnings season.