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  • SHANGHAI, Nov 19- China stocks ended higher on Thursday, with a sharp rebound in small-caps offsetting the drag from property shares and investor caution ahead of a flurry of new listings. Wayne Shen, Shanghai- based fund manager at Ivy Assets, said that in the short term, the market was under pressure from upcoming initial public offerings, but looking forward, the...

  • *Bank of Japan maintains stimulus, ECB minutes due later. Financial spreadbetters expected opening gains of 0.45 percent for Britain's FTSE 100, 0.89 percent for the German DAX and 0.88 percent for France's CAC 40. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.98 percent, while Australia's main index jumped 2 percent for a third straight...

  • TOKYO, Nov 19- Japanese stocks rose on Thursday as the dollar's strength against the yen continued to lift risk appetite while the Bank of Japan maintained its current pace of asset buying. The Nikkei share average rose 1.1 percent to end the day at 19,859.81, a fresh 3- month high. The Bank of Japan maintained its current pace of monetary stimulus after a policy...

  • TOKYO, Nov 19- Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Thursday, with bargain hunting helping offset negative pressure from surging Tokyo stocks. The bond market's reaction to the Bank of Japan's decision to stand pat on monetary policy was limited, with the outcome well anticipated. The Nikkei rallied 1.2 percent, taking cues from an overnight...

  • *Hong Kong stocks follow Wall Street higher. SHANGHAI, Nov 19- China stocks ended Thursday morning mixed as small caps rebounded but property shares dropped on profit-taking after the previous session's surge, with investors cautious ahead of a batch of initial public offerings. Hong Kong shares climbed over 1 percent, encouraged by a jump in Wall Street after...

  • *Bank of Japan maintains stimulus, ECB minutes due later. The Bank of Japan surprised no one at its regular policy meeting by maintaining the current pace of asset buying, though many still suspect it will have to ease again at some point to force inflation higher. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 1.5 percent.

  • TAIPEI, Nov 19- Taiwan stocks rose on Thursday following overseas markets, but trading may stay cautious because of global concerns. Taiwan is due to issue export orders data for October on Friday, which are expected to show continued weakness in demand for the island's key technolgy goods. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.287 to T $32.720 per U.S. dollar.

  • *Qualcomm, Target drag on S&P 500. Nov 18- U.S. stocks closed higher on Wednesday and investors appeared positively inclined toward higher rates after minutes from the Federal Reserve October meeting showed a solid core of officials rallied behind a possible December rate hike. "I think the market is ready and comfortable for an increasing Fed funds rate," said...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- U.S. stocks closed with gains of more than 1 percent on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve October meeting showed a solid core of officials rallied behind a possible December rate hike.

  • *Qualcomm, Target drag on S&P. Nov 18- The S&P 500 hit a session high on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve October meeting showed a solid core of officials rallied behind a possible December rate hike. "I think the market is ready and comfortable for an increasing Fed funds rate," said Alan Rechtschaffen, portfolio manager at UBS Wealth Management...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- U.S. stocks rose and Treasury prices fell on Wednesday as investors awaited minutes for the U.S. A woman suicide bomber blew herself up and another militant died when police raided an apartment in a Paris suburb seeking suspects in last week's attacks in the French capital that killed 129 people. "All eyes are on the Fed, while geopolitical concerns...

  • Nov 18- U.S. stocks opened higher on Wednesday ahead of the release of the minutes of the Federal Reserve's October meeting, but investors remained cautious due to heightened security concerns after last week's attacks in Paris.

  • *Fairchild Semiconductor up after buyout offer. *Citrix down after spin off plan, job cuts. French police raided an apartment in Paris on Wednesday, resulting in the death of two militants, while an international soccer match called off in Germany.

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 18- China stocks fell roughly 1 percent on Wednesday as a surge in property shares in the wake of encouraging home price data was offset by slides in many other sectors as investors took profits. The market has rebounded more than 25 percent from the low hit during the summer rout, but selling pressure is increasing as China will soon resume initial...

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 18- China stocks reversed early losses and ended Wednesday morning firmer, with market sentiment lifted by surging property shares as October home price data strengthened expectations that the economy may be bottoming out. Hong Kong stocks also edged up in morning trading. Mainland investors drew confidence from data showing China's home...

  • *Copper, gold at multi-year lows, oil up after stockpile rise. Copper continued to suffer, shedding 1.5 percent to $4,612.50 a tonne after hitting a 6-1/ 2- year low of $4,590 overnight, amid fears of waning demand from China. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped about 0.2 percent.

  • TAIPEI, Nov 18- Taiwan stocks fell on Wednesday following cautious trading in overseas markets and on profit-taking after posting their biggest one-day gain in two weeks in the previous session. As of 0144 GMT, the main TAIEX index was down 0.1 percent at 8,409.32, after closing 1.5 percent higher in the previous session, its biggest one-day gain in nine sessions.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 17- U.S. stocks forfeited gains on Tuesday after a soccer match in Hanover between Germany and Netherlands was called off over fears of a planned bombing. A German official said no explosives were found and no arrests made in Hanover. The alleged threats came days after coordinated attacks, including bombs near a soccer stadium, left 129 dead in Paris...

  • *Urban Outfitters, Dick's Sporting sink on weak results. Wal-Mart, up 4.4 percent at $60.39, and Home Depot, 4.1 percent higher at $125.78, provided the biggest boost to the Dow and the S&P. Home Depot rival Lowe's, which reports on Wednesday, was up 3 percent, and Target 1.6 percent, while TJX rose 4.9 percent to $68.88 after reporting strong results.

  • *Wall Street stock gains pare safety bids for bonds. Treasuries prices fell on Tuesday as gains on Wall Street stocks trimmed safe-haven bids for bonds and an expected rise in domestic consumer prices supported the view the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates in December. "The market is very complacent here," said Todd Colvin, senior vice president at...