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  • Reynolds American misses 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 7:57 AM ET

    WINSTON SALEM, N.C. _ Reynolds American Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $279 million. Reynolds American expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.25 to $2.35 per share. Reynolds American shares have increased roughly 3 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has dropped slightly more than 9...

  • Feb 11- U.S. stock index futures plunged on Thursday, with risk-averse investors piling into safe haven assets as another sharp fall in oil prices and cautious comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen raised fresh doubts about the health of the economy. *Yellen on Wednesday acknowledged tightening financial conditions and uncertainty about China...

  • *Wall Street expected to open down 1.7 percent. *Hong Kong shares lead Asia equity markets lower. LONDON, Feb 11- The dollar hit a 16- month low against the yen on Thursday and headed for its worst week since the Lehman crisis as investors scrambled for relative safety, buying up gold and top-rated bonds and dumping stocks.

  • HONG KONG, Feb 11- Hong Kong shares plunged on Thursday led by mainland-related stocks, with the Hang Seng Index marking its worst daily performance since August as worries about the health of the global economy sparked a sell-off. Mainland markets are closed this week for the Lunar New Year holiday, while Hong Kong markets reopened after a three-day break for...

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 down 3.4 pct. LONDON, Feb 11- A top European share index plunged to its lowest level in 2-1/ 2 years on Thursday, led down by a renewed slump in banks and miners, with Societe Generale sliding after disappointing results. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 was down 3.4 percent at 1,199.01 points by 0848 GMT, slumping to its lowest level since August...

  • The Latest: European stock markets close sharply lower Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 4:14 AM ET

    Germany's DAX benchmark index fell 2.9 percent to close at 8,752.87 while Britain's FTSE 100 shed 2.4 percent to 5,536.97. France's CAC 40 dropped 4.1 percent to 3,896.71, dragged down by bank Societe Generale, which fell 12.6 percent after warning on profits. All eyes are turning to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as she prepares to give her second day of...

  • Japan stock index down more than 5 percent Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 2:15 AM ET

    The latest slump reflected heightened concerns that global economic growth is slowing, even as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reiterated her confidence in the U.S. economy in testimony to congress Thursday. Kinahan, TD Ameritrade's chief strategist. The price of oil tumbled to $26.21, its lowest level since May 2003.

  • Hong Kong shares lead Asia equity markets lower. "In some ways it is reminiscent of 2008 with tightening credit markets, bank shares under pressure and worries central banks are powerless," said Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy at AMP Capital, though he suspects markets are overly pessimistic this time. The flight from risk told on most Asian shares, with...

  • *China- related counters fall most. HONG KONG, Feb 11- Hong Kong's stocks are set for their biggest daily drop in six months on Thursday, as worries about the health of the global economy, particularly China, sparked a sell-off in financials and energy shares. The China- enterprises index fell 5 percent, its worst single-day performance since Aug. 24, 2015 and was the...

  • SAFT-ON-WEALTH -Falling knives really do cut Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 5:48 PM ET

    On Wednesday Deutsche Bank, which had fallen more than 50 percent from its 2015 peaks, rose 10 percent from its Tuesday low after reports the company plans to buy back bonds. Similarly, mining shares in the FTSE 350 index, which fell as much as 60 percent since 2015 highs, recently jumped 25 percent in less than three weeks. "Rarely do those stocks that lead us down into a...

  • Feb 10- The S&P 500 ended flat on Wednesday, losing gains late in the session as investors digested comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who kept options open for more rate hikes but also saw risks to the U.S. economy. The market had traded higher for much of the session after Yellen told Congress she does not expect the central bank to reverse the rate hike...

  • TORONTO, Feb 10- Canada's main stock index fell on Wednesday, hitting a two-week low as a drop in oil prices and credit market uncertainty weighed on energy and financial stocks. The weak oil price "continues to put pressure on the index," said Youssef Zohny, a portfolio manager at StennerZohny Investment Partners. Canadian Natural Resources Ltd fell 2.7 percent to...

  • International Flavors misses 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 5:25 PM ET

    NEW YORK _ International Flavors& Fragrances Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $71.6 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.15 per share. International Flavors shares have dropped nearly 4 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- Most U.S. shares ended little changed to lower on Wednesday, erasing early gains on concerns about global growth and sliding commodity-related shares, while greater calm surrounding the European banking sector boosted that region's shares. S&P 500 stock index rose as much as 1.6 percent following Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's...

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 5:04 PM ET

    U.S. stocks delivered a mixed finish Wednesday after an early rally faded away. Traders were encouraged to hear Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen say that the central bank will be cautious about raising interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 99.64 points, or 0.6 percent, to 15,914.74.

  • Feb 10- The S&P 500 ended flat on Wednesday, losing gains late in the session as investors digested comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who kept options open for more rate hikes but also saw risks to the U.S. economy. The market had traded higher for much of the session after Yellen told Congress she does not expect the central bank to reverse the rate hike...

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 10- The Mexican peso hit a record low on a slump in oil prices on Wednesday while Latin American stock markets rose after the Federal Reserve chief said the United States would stick to its plan of "gradual" interest rate hikes. The comments from Fed Chair Janet Yellen eased concerns about the U.S. economy, the world's largest, rallying stock markets...

  • TORONTO, Feb 10- Canada's main stock index fell on Wednesday, extending this week's losses, as lower oil prices and credit market uncertainty weighed on energy and financial stocks. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed down 96.93 points, or 0.79 percent, at 12,185.72. It included a 2.7 percent drop in energy stocks, while...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 9- The S&P 500 ended flat on Wednesday, cutting its gains late in the session as commodity-related shares fell, while comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen offered a mixed view on the rate outlook.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St up as Yellen revives rate hike hopes Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 11:40 AM ET

    Feb 10- U.S. stocks gained on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said conditions in the United States would allow for "gradual" rate hikes, and as technology stocks rebounded. Fears of a China- led global economic slowdown, along with oil's steep slide since the Fed raised rates in December have dampened the market's expectations for a hike in...