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World Markets Indexes

  • Europe's benchmark index of 300 leading shares rose 0.3 percent to 1,468 points, led by purchasing manager index reports that showed the euro zone economy expanding much faster and more smoothly than expected. Growth in Germany's private sector reached its highest level in nearly three years, while French business activity surged to near a six-year high.

  • *Wal-Mart's shares were up 1.5 percent at $70.42 in premarket trading after the world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer reported a higher-than-expected rise in comparable store sales. *Home Depot rose 1.63 percent to $145.33 after the home improvement store chain reported better-than-expected results and set a $15 billion buyback program.

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.2 pct. *FTSE 350 banks index heads for worst day since Brexit. Britain's blue-chip FTSE index was down 0.2 percent, with HSBC, the first bank to report earnings this week, down 6.5 percent, heading for its worst day in 18 months after its results.

  • Europe's benchmark index of 300 leading shares fell 0.2 percent to 1,459 points, with the region's banking index down as much as 2 percent in early trade. The biggest drag was British-based HSBC, Europe's largest bank by assets. Britain's FTSE 100 bore the brunt of London- listed HSBC's troubles, falling 0.4 percent.

  • LONDON, Feb 21- European equities slipped in early trading on Tuesday, with HSBC leading the regional banking index lower after reporting a 62 percent slump in its annual pre-tax profit. Europe's biggest bank dropped 6 percent and was headed for its biggest one-day fall since August 2015 after its results fell far short of analysts' estimates as it took hefty...

  • Feb 21- Hong Kong stocks suffered their biggest one-day loss in a month on Tuesday, hurt by index heavyweight HSBC Holdings PLC after it posted a bigger-than-expected drop in its 2016 profit. It was a mixed day in Hong Kong, with the financial sector leading the declines. Resource stocks added 0.8 percent as prices of metal and other building-related materials...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 21- China stocks extended gains on Tuesday to close at a near three-month high, as expectations for big flows into stock markets from pension funds continued to improve risk appetite. "Pension funds will be the biggest source of incremental capital in the near future, and they would surely pick shares of industry bellwethers and consequently boost...

  • TOKYO, Feb 21- Japanese stocks rose on Tuesday as the weaker yen helped overall sentiment, while the paper sector outperformed on a report that a major producer intends to raise printing paper prices. Trading volumes were low, however, as a holiday in the United States on Monday left investors short of the usual leads. The paper& pulp sector soared 3.8 percent and was...

  • *China valuations remain in the middle of the pack in Asia. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent on Tuesday and held below a 19- month peak hit last Thursday. "We upgraded our China equities call last month because of the strong economic data and comments coming out from the new U.S. administration pointing to a softer...

  • Federal Reserve's latest meeting and Wall Street prepared to reopen after a three-day weekend. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany's DAX advanced 0.2 percent to 11,850.27 while London's FTSE 100 retreated 0.4 percent to 7,270.38. On Monday, the DAX gained 0.5 percent while the FTSE 100 lost 0.2 percent and the CAC 40 shed 0.1 percent.

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent on Tuesday and held below a 19- month peak hit last Thursday. "We upgraded our China equities call last month because of the strong economic data and comments coming out from the new U.S. administration pointing to a softer stance towards China," said Francis Cheung, head of China- Hong...

  • TOKYO, Feb 21- Japanese stocks edged up on Tuesday morning as the yen eased back against the dollar, although trading volumes were low as a holiday in the United States left investors short of the usual leads. "There is not a whole lot of factors for the market to trade on while it awaits Trump's address to the Congress on Feb. 28. Shikoku Electric Power rallied more than...

  • HONG KONG, Feb 21- Asian stocks held near 1-1/ 2- year highs in subdued early trade on Tuesday as a holiday in the United States left investors with few catalysts, while the euro nursed overnight losses as lingering concerns about the looming French election rattled its bonds. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat in opening trades...

  • proposal@ SAO PAULO, Feb 20- Brazilian stocks rose to a nearly six-year high on Monday after miner Vale SA unveiled a proposal to become a company with no defined controlling shareholders. Shares in Bradespar, a key shareholder in holding company Valepar SA, posted their biggest intraday jump ever, adding as much as 20 percent, but ended the day up 0.40 percent.

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 20- Brazilian stocks rose on Monday after miner Vale SA unveiled a proposal to become a company with no defined controlling shareholders. Shares of Vale added the most points to Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index, which rose 0.9 percent. Shares in Bradespar, a key shareholder in holding company Valepar SA, posted their biggest intraday jump...

  • *Stocks rise in Europe and Asia, driven by merger activity. LONDON, Feb 20- European stocks rose on Monday, with gains in telecoms and banks offsetting a big fall in Unilever, while the dollar dipped as uncertainty over politics and the timing of a U.S. interest rate rise kept investors nervous. U.S. markets were closed for the Presidents Day holiday, and this...

  • *Stocks rise slightly, Moneta Bank rise helps Prague. BUDAPEST, Feb 20- Prague led a cautious rise in Central European equities on Monday, mainly driven by the gains of Moneta Money Bank, while Central European assets were mostly moving sideways. Prague's main index firmed 0.4 percent by 0929 GMT.

  • *Stocks rise in Europe and Asia, driven by merger activity. LONDON, Feb 20- European stocks rose on Monday, led higher by Deutsche Telekom on talk of a merger involving its U.S. mobile unit, while the dollar dipped as uncertainty over European politics and the timing of a U.S. interest rate rise kept investors nervous. U.S. markets were closed for the Presidents Day...

  • Feb 20- Hong Kong stocks extended early gains and closed at a 18- month high on Monday, drawing strength from firm mainland stock and commodity markets. Sentiment in the city was lifted by a strong mainland market, where blue-chips clocked their best single-day performance in six months after media reported pension funds might begin flowing into China's stock...

  • TOKYO, Feb 20- Japanese shares eked out small gains on Monday in a choppy session marked by low volumes as investors stayed on the sidelines with the U.S. markets closed for a holiday. The broader Topix rose 0.2 percent at 1,547.01, with only 1.497 billion shares changing hands, the lowest since Jan. 16. Turnover was 1.7 trillion yen, the lowest level since Dec. 20.