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  • *Nikkei on track for biggest daily gain since June 2013. TOKYO, Oct 20- Japan's Nikkei share average soared 3.3 percent on Monday morning and is on track to post the biggest daily rise in more than a year after Wall Street took heart on Friday from upbeat U.S. data, while the weaker yen lifted exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co. The Nikkei share...

  • SYDNEY, Oct 20- London copper inched down on Monday after climbing in the last session from its lowest in around six months, hit by worries over the end of U.S. stimulus. *The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment was surprisingly strong in early October, rising to more than a seven-year high. *In nickel markets, Brazil's Vale SA sees a...

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 20- Gold ticked lower on Monday after two straight weekly gains, with strong U.S. economic data allaying fears over a slowdown in the global economy, supporting equities and dimming bullion's safe-haven appeal. *Spot gold had eased 0.2 percent to $1,235.20 an ounce by 0030 GMT, slipping for a third session. The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan...

  • *Wall Street indexes each gain more than 1 percent on Friday. The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment was surprisingly strong in early October, rising to more than a seven-year high. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up about 0.6 percent in early trade, and Japan's Nikkei stock average surged about...

  • "We are now in a blackout period so companies have been precluded from conducting tactical buyback activity that has supported the equity market during sell-offs in the recent past," said Goldman Sachs in a note earlier this week. October has been particularly quiet for buybacks by U.S. companies, with about $1.7 billion in stock repurchases announced or...

  • BOSTON, Oct 17- Taking a page from his last job, Eaton Vance's new Chief Equity Investment Officer bets that reorganizing his analysts into new teams will boost performance. Since joining the Boston company in April from Goldman Sachs, Edward Perkin has regrouped Eaton Vance's 27 stock analysts into teams meant to develop investment ideas that match the...

  • The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan preliminary October reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment unexpectedly rose to 86.4, the highest since July 2007. "The market sold aggressively throughout the week, and now is thinking maybe they had taken this too far," said Jose Wynne, global head of FX research at Barclays in New York.

  • *GE, Honeywell climb after quarterly results. The Russell 2000 index was down 0.1 percent after posting Thursday its longest streak of more than 1 percent gains since July 2012. Honeywell shares gained 5 percent to $90.66 after its quarterly results, to help send the S&P industrials sector up 2.3 percent as the best performing S&P sector.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 17- U.S. That yield peak came after news the Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment unexpectedly rose in early October to more than a seven-year high. "The strong consumer confidence number, combined with yesterday's healthy drop in jobless claims, and the' don't end quantitative easing now' talk by Fed Governor Bullard, is...

  • *GE, Honeywell climb after quarterly results. The Russell 2000 index was down 0.3 percent after posting Thursday its longest streak of more than 1 percent gains since July 2012. Honeywell shares gained 4.3 percent to $90.07 after its quarterly results, to help send the S&P industrials sector up 2.3 percent as the best performing S&P sector.

  • The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment unexpectedly rose in early October to its highest level since July 2007. "The underlying strength of the U.S. economy remains intact," said David Berson, an economist at Nationwide Mutual Insurance in Columbus, Ohio. The data for the sentiment survey was collected between Sept. 25 and Oct. 15, a...

  • General Electric shares rose 3.4 percent to $25.07 after the company reported third-quarter earnings that topped analyst expectations, pushing the S&P industrial sector up 1.8 percent. Fellow industrial Honeywell shares gained 4.1 percent to $89.27 after its quarterly results, to help send the S&P industrials sector up 2.3 percent as the best performing...

  • LONDON, Oct 17- Five companies have been short-listed to replace the century-old London gold benchmark with a new electronic system, which is expected to be in place within the next few months, the London Bullion Market Association said. Broker Autilla Ltd, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange jointly with Thomson Reuters, U.S. derivatives bourse Intercontinental...

  • BUZZ-Netflix Inc: Goldman slashes price target Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    3.8 pct at $347.87 in late morning trading. **Goldman Sachs slashes price target on stock to $450 from $550, citing company's slower-than-expected new subscriber growth in Q3. **Stock has median price target of $425- Thomson Reuters data.

  • *Italy's Monte Paschi seen at risk. LONDON, Oct 17- Violent swings on financial markets in the past week have deepened investors' anxiety about what Europe's review of the health of its banks will reveal later this month. Concerns range from losses on bond portfolios held by banks in peripheral euro zone economies such as Italy or Greece to the greater difficulty...

  • Wall Street followed Europe's lead, with all major stock indexes climbing more than 1 percent after earnings reports eased concerns about the impact of weak global demand on U.S. growth and businesses. Results at General Electric, Honeywell International Inc and Morgan Stanley topped expectations. GE rose 3.3 percent to $25.05, Honeywell gained 3.6 percent...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St rallies on sturdy earnings, data Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    General Electric shares rose 3.8 percent to $25.17 after the company reported third-quarter earnings that topped analyst expectations, pushing the S&P industrial sector up 1.8 percent. Fellow industrial Honeywell shares gained 4.1 percent to $89.27 after its quarterly results, to help send the S&P industrials sector up 2.3 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 17- The U.S. dollar edged higher against a basket of major currencies on Friday after strong data on U.S. consumer sentiment calmed nerves after a week of severe market volatility. The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan preliminary October reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 86.4, the highest since July 2007 and marking...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 17- U.S. consumer sentiment rose in October to the highest in more than seven years, boosted by views on personal finances and the national economy, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan preliminary October reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 86.4, the highest since July 2007.

  • U.S. consumer sentiment at highest since July 2007 Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 17- U.S. consumer sentiment rose in October to the highest in more than seven years, boosted by views on personal finances and the national economy, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan preliminary October reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 86.4, the highest since July 2007.