World Markets Indexes

  • Dec 8- A month-long rally on Wall Street, sparked by Donald Trump's election as U.S. president, roared ahead on Thursday, driving major Wall Street indexes to record highs. "The market is projecting a lot more confidence in future growth, and I don't expect any big pullback to derail the rally until the end of the year," said Chris Story, senior trader at Manulife Asset...

  • *Polish 10- yr yield rises, Hungary's flat after strong auction. BUDAPEST/ WARSAW, Dec 8- Central European currencies and long-dated government bonds eased on Thursday after the European Central Bank said it would cut its monthly asset purchases from April but extend the bond buying until the end of 2017. Hungary's corresponding yield was flat on the day, but rose...

  • TORONTO, Dec 8- Canada's main stock index added to a 19- month high on Thursday, helped by gains for heavyweight energy and financial stocks as commodity prices rose and data showed a surge in building permits. At 9:45 a.m. EST, the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 29.29 points, or 0.19 percent, at 15,267.04. It rose 1.4 percent to C $94.43.

  • *Dow Transport index closed at record high on Wednesday. "Investors are getting excited over the prospects of a new administration, a fresh mindset and a man who knows how to do business," said Andre Bakhos, managing director at Janlyn Capital in Bernardsville, New Jersey. The Dow industrials, the Dow Transport, the S&P 500 and the Russell 2000 indexes closed at record...

  • TORONTO, Dec 8- Canada's main stock index rose in early trade on Thursday as heavyweight energy, financial and materials stocks gained as commodity prices rose and data showed a surge in building permits in October. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 26.67 points, or 0.18 percent, at 15,264.42 shortly after the open.

  • NEW YORK— The latest on developments in financial markets:. Major US stock indexes are closing at record highs for the second day in a row. Goldman Sachs, which has surged 33 percent since the election last month, had the biggest gain in the Dow Jones industrial average.

  • *Dow Transport index closed at record high on Wednesday. The European Central Bank unexpectedly reduced its asset purchase plans to 60 billion euros from the current 80 billion euros, but reserved the right to increase buying once again. "Investors are getting excited over the prospects of a new administration, a fresh mindset and a man who knows how to do...

  • MILAN/ LONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters)- European shares rose on Thursday, extending earlier gains as banks climbed further following the European Central Bank's unexpected decision to cut its monthly asset purchases. The ECB move pushed euro zone bond yields broadly higher, which in turn further boosted banking shares with Europe's STOXX 600 Bank index rising 2 percent.

  • *World share markets climb for 4th day, Wall Street at record. LONDON, Dec 8- World shares climbed to a three-month high on Thursday as encouraging Chinese data and a record-high Wall Street kept traders upbeat before an expected extension of the European Central Bank's already generous stimulus program. Asia shares had risen to one-month highs after Wall...

  • Dec 8- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday, a day after the Dow and the S&P 500 hit new highs, while investors awaited the European Central Bank's decision on monetary policy. *The ECB is expected to announce an extension of its stimulus program at 7:45 a.m. ET followed by President Mario Draghi's press conference at 8:30 a.m. ET.

  • LONDON, Dec 8- Emerging market stocks climbed the most in a month on Thursday, as Russia's approval of the sale of a 10.5 billion euro stake in its largest oil firm sent Moscow shares to a record high and forecast-beating Chinese trade data lifted the mood. The European Central Bank was also expected to extend its already generous 1.5 trillion euro stimulus...

  • *World share markets climb for 4th day, Wall Street at record. *China trade beats forecasts, commodity imports jump. LONDON, Dec 8- World shares climbed to a near three-month high on Thursday as encouraging China data and a record high Wall Street kept traders upbeat ahead of an expected extension of the European Central Bank's already generous stimulus programme.

  • NEW YORK— After a quiet start, major U.S. stock indexes again set all-time highs Thursday afternoon as the market built on a surge the previous day. Bond yields in the U.S. and Europe, particularly in heavily indebted countries, jumped after the European Central Bank surprised investors by saying it will reduce the size of its monthly bond purchases.

  • LONDON, Dec 8- European shares climbed to a three-month high on Thursday, mirroring gains on Wall Street and in Asia, with investors betting that the European Central Bank will extend its asset purchase program after a policy meeting later in the day. The central bank, which aims to boost stubbornly weak price growth, will announce its main policy decisions at 1245...

  • Dec 8- Hong Kong stocks rose for the third straight session on Thursday, drawing some support from Wall Street although demand was tempered by weakness in mainland shares after China's falling foreign exchange reserves deepened capital outflow concerns. Wall Street surged overnight, with the Dow Industrials and S&P 500 both hitting fresh records, extending...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 8- China stocks fell slightly on Thursday, as investors grappled with mixed data showing better-than-expected November trade numbers but a sharp fall in foreign-exchange reserves. China's November exports rose by 0.1 percent from a year earlier, while imports expanded 6.7 percent on strong demand for commodities from coal to iron ore.

  • TOKYO, Dec 8- Japan's Nikkei share average closed at the highest level since last December on Thursday as upbeat Chinese trade data boosted sentiment, while Tepco shares soared on news Japan will increase an interest-free loan related to its Fukushima costs. Risk appetite got a boost after China reported upbeat trade figures with exports and imports both...

  • *Asia shares ex- Japan at month high as Wall St climbs. *Euro unfazed as Moody's turns negative on Italy rating. SYDNEY, Dec 8- Asian shares hustled to one-month highs on Thursday after Wall Street strode to another record, while bonds rallied on wagers the European Central Bank would extend its stimulus campaign at a policy meeting later in the session.

  • *Wall Street soars to new highs overnight. SHANGHAI, Dec 8- Hong Kong stocks reached a five-week high on Thursday morning, after Wall Street set new records ahead of a European Central Bank policy meeting later in the day. Risk appetites in China were curbed after data late Wednesday showed foreign exchange reserves fell nearly $70 billion last month to the lowest...

  • SEOUL/ SINGAPORE, Dec 8- Oil prices edged up in thin trading on Thursday after steep falls in the previous session, supported by a weaker dollar, positive economic data and a drawdown in U.S. crude stocks. International Brent crude futures were trading up 4 cents at $53.04 a barrel at 0345 GMT after closing the previous session down 93 cents. U.S. benchmark West Texas...