World Markets Indexes

  • MILAN, Aug 25 (Reuters)- European equities fell on Thursday, dragged down by weaker miners and drugmakers, with investors cutting their exposure to riskier assets ahead of a key speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday. The pan-European STOXX 600 index closed 0.8 percent lower, also weakened by a disappointing sentiment survey in Germany and...

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.3 pct. LONDON, Aug 25- UK shares fell on Thursday, extending losses from the previous session as healthcare stocks dropped, though CRH rose after well-received results. Healthcare stocks were a major weight on the FTSE 100, with Hikma, Shire and Astrazeneca falling between 1.4 percent to 3.5 percent.

  • Aug 25- Wall Street reversed course to eke out small gains on late on Thursday morning as financial stocks gained after two more Federal Reserve officials said the case for an interest rate hike was strengthening. "I do think it is time to move that rate," Kansas City Fed President and voting member, Esther George, told CNBC, while Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan...

  • *Fed Chair Janet Yellen due to speak on Friday. Aug 25- Wall Street was lower on Thursday morning as investors nervously awaited Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's take on interest rate hikes. Traders expect an 18 percent chance of a rate hike in September and a chance of about 55 percent in December, according to CME Group's FedWatch program.

  • More declines in health care stocks are pulling indexes lower on Wall Street. Allergan fell 3 percent and Celgene lost 2 percent. Dollar General plunged 18 percent after its results fell short of analysts' forecasts.

  • *Wall Street to open lower, durable goods, jobless data ahead. Japanese and Chinese stocks had suffered modest drops in Asia and the pace picked up in Europe as London's FTSE sank 0.4 percent and Frankfurt and Paris lost as much as 1.2 percent in a region-wide slide. Stubbornly low oil prices and warnings about steel demand kept the pressure on miners in Europe,...

  • ST PAUL, Minn. _ Patterson Cos. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $38.9 million. Patterson Cos. expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.60 to $2.70 per share. Patterson Cos. shares have climbed 1 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased slightly more than 6 percent.

  • GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.— Dollar General Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $306.5 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.09 per share. Dollar General shares have climbed 28 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed...

  • MILAN, Aug 25 (Reuters)- European shares fell on Thursday, weighed down by losses among pharma and mining sector stocks, while firms such as Sunrise and Ahold were lifted by well received earning updates. The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 1.1 percent by 0828 GMT, weakened by a disappointing sentiment survey in Germany and pulling back from a one-week high hit on...

  • MILAN, Aug 25- European shares fell in opening deals on Thursday with mining stocks leading losers for a second day in a row, while German market research firm GFK soared on merger and acquisition talk. The pan-European STOXX 600 index was down 0.8 percent by 0714 GMT, pulling back after reaching a new one-week high in the previous session. The STOXX 600 Basic...

  • BEIJING, Aug 25- China stocks ended at their lowest in nearly two weeks on Thursday, as banks and property companies eased after the government imposed stricter rules on lending to head off growing risks in the financial system. The CSI300 index, which tracks the largest listed companies trading in Shanghai and Shenzhen, fell 0.6 percent to 3,308.97 points, while...

  • NEW YORK— Shares wavered in thin but volatile trading in Asia on Thursday, following a bleak day on Wall Street led by declines in health-care stocks as outrage mounts over steep price hikes for Mylan's EpiPens. Investors are awaiting a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen's on Friday. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.3 percent to 16,555.95...

  • TOKYO, Aug 25- Japanese stocks edged down in thin trade on Thursday due to caution ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday, with global markets hoping for clues on the outlook for U.S. rates. The benchmark Nikkei shed 0.3 percent to 16,555.95. The broader Topix dropped 0.2 percent to 1,304.27, with 1.349 billion shares changing hands,...

  • *MSCI Asia-Pacific index up 0.2 pct, Taiwan gains. HONG KONG, Aug 25- Asian stocks edged higher on Thursday but clung to recent well-worn trading ranges while the dollar held firm against regional currencies ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at a global central bankers' meeting. Japan's Nikkei was down 0.3 percent, pressured by losses on Wall...

  • *HK-> Shanghai Connect daily quota used 2 pct, Shanghai-> HK daily quota used 6.8 pct. BEIJING, Aug 25- China stocks looked set for their worst day in a month on Thursday as investors dumped property shares and banks came under pressure ahead of earnings reports and a crackdown on riskier lending practices in the financial sector. The CSI300 index, which tracks the...

  • *MSCI Asia-Pacific index up 0.2 pct, Taiwan gains. HONG KONG, Aug 25- Asian stocks edged higher on Thursday but clung to recent well-worn trading ranges while the greenback held firm against regional currencies ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at a global central bankers' meeting. Japan's Nikkei was down 0.3 percent, pressured by losses on...

  • TAIPEI, Aug 25- Taiwan stocks rose on Thursday on bargain hunting after recent lows, with shares in Mega Financial, the focus of a local probe by prosecutors, rising for the first time in five sessions. As of 0153 GMT, the main TAIEX index rose 0.5 percent, to 9,060.28, after closing 0.2 percent lower in the previous session. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.017 to T $31.755...

  • TOKYO, Aug 25- Asian stocks slipped on Thursday, taking their cue from an overnight drop on Wall Street, while the dollar marked time ahead of Friday's speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at the global central bankers' meeting. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 0.3 percent. Australian stocks fell 0.1 percent, South Korea's...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 24- Wall Street stocks retreated on Wednesday led by health care and materials stocks, while oil prices tumbled about 3.0 percent on worries about oversupply. Mylan slumped 5.4- percent to $43.15 after U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton joined a Senate committee in asking why the cost of its allergy treatment EpiPen had soared.

  • TORONTO/ OTTAWA, Aug 24- Canada's main stock index posted its biggest decline in more than eight weeks on Wednesday as lower metal and oil prices sent shares of resource companies tumbling. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at the end of the week with markets hoping for a sign on whether the Fed will raise interest rates before the end of the year.