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  • NEW YORK, Feb 25- Wall Street gained on Thursday as higher oil prices reduced fears that banks could be hit by debt defaults and as investors saw opportunities after weeks of volatility.

  • Feb 25- Wall Street gained on Thursday as strong U.S. manufacturing data pointed to a recovery in the struggling sector and some investors saw opportunities after weeks of volatility. Some investors took Wall Street's recent gains as a sign that prices are stabilizing. "I have a lot of people calling me and saying' Hey, I've got $50,000 in the bank earning zero...

  • *China stocks slump 6 pct before G-20 summit in Shanghai. NEW YORK, Feb 25- Equity markets shrugged off crude oil's decline on Thursday, with Europe rebounding from losses spurred by fears of Britain exiting the European Union and Wall Street boosted by growing investor confidence. "Overall, the tone of the market has gotten much better in the last week, and nothing...

  • *Citi stays overweight on continental Europe shares. MILAN/ LONDON Feb 25- European shares rebounded on Thursday from losses earlier in the week, as solid corporate results including from British bank Lloyds lifted stock markets. "We're getting closer to the G20 meeting but the market doesn't look to be expecting much out of it," said Alessandro Balsotti, Senior...

  • TORONTO, Feb 25- Canada's main stock index fell on Thursday as energy stocks sagged with oil prices, offsetting a rise in financials stocks following decent bank earnings. Canadian Natural Resources declined 2 percent to C $26.78, while TransCanada Corp fell 4.1 percent to C $48.72 and Enbridge Inc lost 2 percent to C $42.32. At 10:00 a.m. EST, the Toronto Stock...

  • *Durable goods orders rebound strongly in Jan. Feb 25- Wall Street was slightly higher in choppy trading on Thursday morning as data showed an uptick in U.S. manufacturing activity, but gains were limited by a drop in oil prices. "The market is being driven by oil, technicals and on pure emotion rather than tangible fundamentals," said Andre Bakhos, managing director...

  • Feb 25- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher after oil prices steadied, but gains were limited as investors remained cautious about a China- led slowdown in global growth. *Global stocks wobbled ahead of the Group of 20 nations summit in China, which is set to begin on Friday. *Shares of Salesforce were up 8.2 percent at $67.63 premarket after the company...

  • *Hong Kong stocks also fall. SHANGHAI, Feb 25- China stocks tumbled more than 6 percent on Thursday, their biggest one-day loss in a month, as investors booked profits after the market's recent rebound and awaited policy cues from global leaders gathering in Shanghai for a G20 meeting. China's stock markets have lost nearly half of their value since early June last...

  • LONDON, Feb 25- European shares rebounded on Thursday from losses earlier in the week, as some solid corporate results from the likes of Seadrill and British bank Lloyds lifted stock markets. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which had fallen around 4 percent in the previous two sessions, rose 1.3 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 advanced 1.8 percent,...

  • Feb 25- Hong Kong shares fell on Thursday as investor sentiment soured after a tumble in mainland China stocks. China stocks tumbled more than 6 percent, posting their biggest one-day loss in a month, as investors booked profits after the market's recent rebound. All main sectors in Hong Kong fell.

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 25- China stocks tumbled more than 6 percent on Thursday, posting their biggest one-day loss in a month, as investors booked profits after the market's recent rebound. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 6.1 percent, to 2,918.75 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 6.4 percent to 2,741.25.

  • *China stocks extend losses on eve of G-20 summit in Shanghai. TOKYO, Feb 25- Asian shares slipped on Thursday as crude oil prices seesawed and Chinese shares dived, rekindling anxiety about the impact of high market volatility on the global economy on the eve of a G20 meeting in Shanghai. Britain's FTSE 100 was seen opening up by 1.3 percent.

  • TOKYO, Feb 25- Japanese stocks rose in choppy trade on Thursday after the yen resumed its weakening trend against the U.S. dollar, lifting exporters' share prices and broader market sentiment. Japan's benchmark index rose on an overnight bounce in oil prices during its morning session, then added to those gains in the afternoon as the yen moved away from its recent...

  • *Small-caps lead China falls with ChiNext down nearly 6 pct. SHANGHAI, Feb 25- China stocks fell more than 3 percent on Thursday, led by small-caps, as investors took profits from a solid rebound over the past month and awaited policy messages from Chinese and other global leaders gathering in Shanghai for a G20 meeting. China stocks have rebounded roughly 10...

  • *China shares skid on eve of G-20 summit in Shanghai. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gave up early gains and was down 0.2 percent. "The IMF has suggested that members of the G-20 summit use the meeting as a means of discussing a coordinated policy response for what could otherwise be a crisis," said Stefan Worrall, director of Japan equity...

  • TAIPEI, Feb 25- Taiwan stocks rose on Thursday, led by shares in Hon Hai Precision after Japan's Sharp Corp decided to accept the Taiwanese tech company's rescue offer. Sharp's board on Thursday agreed to a takeover offer by Taiwan's Hon Hai, a source familiar with the matter said, in what would be the largest acquisition by a foreign company in Japan's insular...

  • TOKYO, Feb 25- Japanese stocks rose in thin, choppy trading on Thursday morning as sentiment improved following a bounce in oil prices that helped Wall Street to rally as fears of banks' exposure to energy companies struggling to pay debt receded. "As we move into the 10th day of largely directionless trading many market participants are waiting on a catalyst," said...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 25- Gold fell early on Thursday as investors cautiously watched volatile stock and oil markets for cues, but stayed above $1,200 an ounce, drawing some support from flows into bullion funds. *Spot gold eased 0.2 percent to $1,226.40 an ounce by 0043 GMT. *On Wednesday, gold had risen as much as 2 percent to $1,252.91 as lower oil prices dragged down...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down a touch, while Japan's Nikkei stock index added about 0.5 percent as the yen moved off recent highs. The British pound sterling steadied at $1.3927 after dropping to a seven-year low of $1.3878 in the previous session on heightened fears that a June 23 referendum could lead to a possible...

  • TORONTO, Feb 24- Canada's main stock index fell to a one-week low on Wednesday as weaker-than-expected bank earnings dragged down financial stocks, but higher crude oil prices helped pare some of the losses, providing support for energy stocks. RBC, Canada's second-largest lender by assets, was hurt by weakness in its insurance and capital markets businesses,...