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World Markets Indexes

  • June 22- Wall Street was higher in late morning trading on Thursday as health stocks got a boost after Republicans unveiled a bill to repeal Obamacare and the energy sector took a breather with oil prices edging up from multi-month lows. The S&P healthcare index rose 1.08 percent to hit a record high as investors cheered the bill, which is aimed at curbing...

  • report@ SAO PAULO, June 22- Yields paid on Brazilian short-term interest rate future contracts slipped on Thursday as traders slightly increased bets on a steep rate cut after the central bank cut its forecasts for inflation. Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index rose 0.8 percent, supported by shares of iron ore miner Vale SA and state-controlled oil company...

  • *European shares flat, Wall Street modestly higher. Oil edged up from November lows hit in the prior session, but prices remained under pressure from a supply glut that has persisted despite OPEC- led efforts to balance the market. Those declines weighed on European shares but the picture was reversed on Wall Street, with energy up 0.5 percent, among the best...

  • OTTAWA, June 22- Canada's main stock index rose modestly on Thursday as the energy and financial sectors advanced, while non-bank lender Home Capital Group jumped after it said it would get a line of credit from Berkshire Hathaway Inc.. Shares of Home Capital rose 12.2 percent to C $16.76 after it said billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire would provide a C $2...

  • LONDON, June 22- Gold rose on Thursday as oil prices languished near seven-month lows, denting risky assets such as stocks while the dollar retreated. Spot gold was up 0.5 percent at $1,252.12 per ounce. "The weakness on the equity market is a factor providing support to gold," said Carsten Menke, an analyst at Julius Baer.

  • LONDON, June 22- Gold rose on Thursday as oil prices languished near seven-month lows, denting risky assets such as stocks while the dollar retreated. Spot gold was up 0.5 percent at $1,252.12 per ounce. "The weakness on the equity market is a factor providing support to gold," said Carsten Menke, an analyst at Julius Baer.

  • *American Airlines up after reports of Qatar Airways seeks stake. Since peaking in late February, crude has dropped around 20 percent, skidding into bear market territory, despite OPEC- led efforts to stabilize the market. "I think this a situation where OPEC is ceding market share and is no longer able to control prices."

  • OTTAWA, June 22- Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday as the energy and financial sectors advanced, while non-bank lender Home Capital Group jumped after it said it will get a line of credit from Berkshire Hathaway.

  • Health care stocks continued a strong recent run Thursday after the Senate released its proposal to revamp how Americans get medical care. Gilead Sciences rose 4.4 percent. Johnson& Johnson gained 1.4 percent Thursday, and UnitedHealth Group rose 1.6 percent.

  • June 22- U.S. stocks opened little changed on Thursday as oil prices remained under pressure even as they edged up from multi-month lows. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 5.05 points, or 0.02 percent, to 21,415.08. The S&P 500 gained 1.09 points, or 0.04 percent, to 2,436.7.

  • *Riyadh up 6.8 pct since appointment of new crown prince. DUBAI, June 22- Saudi Arabia's stock market extended on the previous session's rally on Thursday as investors focused on shares likely to benefit from economic reforms and from MSCI's decision while Qatar rebounded as foreign funds were net buyers. The Riyadh index added 1.2 percent to a 20- month high of...

  • *American Airlines up after reports of Qatar Airways seeks stake. Since peaking in late February, crude has dropped around 20 percent, skidding into bear market territory, despite OPEC- led efforts to stabilize the market. "I think this a situation where OPEC is ceding market share and is no longer able to control prices."

  • *U.S. crude futures were up 0.4 percent at $42.70 per barrel. Global benchmark Brent traded at around $45.24. *Since peaking in late February, crude has dropped around 20 percent, skidding into bear market territory, despite OPEC- led efforts to balance the market.

  • *Asia ex- Japan rises 0.6 pct; Nikkei slips on stronger yen. Britain's FTSE 100 and France's CAC 40 slipped 0.4 percent each. "Most of the weakness in equity markets is related to the energy sector, and that's due to the massive weakness we've seen in oil, which is now trading in bear territory," said Naeem Aslam, the chief market analyst at ThinkMarkets in London.

  • LONDON, June 22- Saudi Arabian stocks rose more than 1 percent on Thursday, heading for their biggest weekly gain in six years, after the promotion of a reformist Prince Mohammed to the role of crown prince and the prospect of inclusion in MSCI's equity index. But the biggest winner of the day was Saudi Arabia which hit 20- month highs after MSCI put it on the...

  • *Asia ex- Japan rises 0.6 pct; Nikkei slips on stronger yen. Britain's FTSE 100, Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 all slipped 0.3-0.4 percent as trading in Europe got under way. "As far as the market mentality is concerned, as long as the oil price keeps weakening, this is going to tell us something about the underlying capacity of the global economy to generate...

  • LONDON, June 22- European shares were in store for another weak session on Thursday pegged back by the slide in commodities-related sectors on the back of depressed oil prices. The pan-European STOXX 600 index was down 0.3 percent, on track for its third day of straight losses, while the blue chips dropped 0.4 percent. Health care was the top-gaining sector, up 0.8...

  • SHANGHAI, June 22- China's blue-chips extended gains on Thursday to hit a fresh 18- month high on excitement over MSCI's decision to include mainland shares in a key index, but most of the gains were erased in late trade as investors took profits and as the weakness in small-cap stocks dampened sentiment. The U.S. index provider said on Tuesday it would add 222...

  • TOKYO, June 22- Japan's Nikkei share average erased early modest gains on Thursday and edged down, as a stronger yen took its toll on market sentiment. "The Nikkei is heavy, as some investors continue to take profits on its recent rise and the yen strengthens," said Norihiro Fujito, a senior investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.

  • Health care stocks led the market higher, continuing their strong recent run, after the Senate released its proposal to revamp how Americans get medical care. Benchmark U.S. crude rose 28 cents, or 0.7 percent, to $42.81 per barrel. Brent crude, the international standard, added 45 cents, or 1 percent, to $45.27.