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  • TOKYO, May 26- Japanese stocks were flat in thin, choppy trade on Thursday as indexes gave up earlier gains due to the yen's rising strength against the dollar, which curbed optimism over the profit outlook for exporters and other shares. Market players noted investors' lack of conviction in the absence of strong catalysts as Japan hosts a two-day G7 leaders'...

  • *China state-owned firms' profit fell 8.4 pct in Jan-April. *China steelmakers face U.S. anti-dumping duties. SHANGHAI, May 26- China stocks fell to 2-1/ 2 month lows on Thursday, weighing on markets across Asia, on growing worries that the economy was losing steam again after a promising start to the year.

  • TOKYO, May 26- Japanese government bond prices edged up on Thursday as a recent surge in Tokyo stocks flagged, and as the market took heart after a 40- year debt auction attracted ample investor demand. The bid-to-cover ratio, a gauge of demand, at the 400 billion yen 40- year auction inched up to 3.07 from 3.06 at the previous sale in February. Tokyo's Nikkei was up 0.4...

  • TOKYO, May 26- Japanese stocks inched higher in choppy trade on Thursday following a rise in oil prices and gains on Wall Street, but indexes remained vulnerable to yen volatility as the currency see-saws against the dollar. "Since the beginning of the month we've seen the yen slide back against the dollar but the return is far from linear and the intra-day...

  • TAIPEI, May 26- Taiwan stocks fell on Thursday as some investors booked profits in recent gainers, including Hon Hai Precision Industry. The main TAIEX index was down 0.1 percent at 8,384.71 as of 0216 GMT, with the electronics subindex flat and the financial subindex off 0.3 percent. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.085 to T $32.567 per U.S. dollar.

  • SINGAPORE, May 26- Oil prices inched towards $50 a barrel in early Asian trade on Thursday, after U.S. government figures showed a sharper-than-expected drawdown of crude stocks last week as imports dropped. Brent climbed 5 cents to $49.79 a barrel, having closed up $1.13, or 2.3 percent, in the previous session. U.S. crude stocks fell 4.2 million barrels to 537.1...

  • TOKYO, May 26- Asian shares look set to extend their recovery from 12- week lows on Thursday after renewed optimism on European banks' prospects and a rise in oil prices to near $50 a barrel helped lift global shares. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan looks set to extend its rebound from Tuesday's 12- week low, after having risen 1.2...

  • NEW YORK, May 25- Oil prices climbed to just shy of $50 a barrel on Wednesday after a sharper-than-expected fall in crude inventories, lifting energy shares and world stock markets. "What you're seeing is a recognition that this is going to happen and investors are getting more comfortable with it," said Kurt Brunner, a portfolio manager at Swarthmore Group in...

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks climbed Wednesday as investors continued to recover some confidence in the health of the global economy. That sent oil prices higher and gave energy companies a boost, while materials companies also rose. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 145.46 points, or 0.8 percent, to 17,851.51.

  • TORONTO, May 25- Canada's main stock index scored a nine-month high on Wednesday, led by energy and financial stocks as oil rose and investors grew more comfortable with the prospect of an interest rate hike as early as next month by the U.S. The market is in the process of getting comfortable with a June rate hike from the Fed, said Paul Gardner, partner& portfolio...

  • SAO PAULO, May 25- Brazilian equities rose on Wednesday after interim President Michel Temer's government cleared its first major test in Congress, gaining permission to post a record budget gap this year. "The honeymoon is over and Temer is taking his first steps in Congress," said Jaime Ferreira, head trader at Intercam brokerage in São Paulo.

  • *Oil prices edge toward $50/ barrel. *Alibaba falls after SEC launches investigation. May 25- Wall Street rose robustly for a second straight session on Wednesday, helped by higher oil prices and investors becoming more comfortable with the prospect of an interest rate hike as early as next month.

  • NEW YORK, May 25- Wall Street rose robustly for a second straight session on Wednesday, helped by higher oil prices and investors becoming more comfortable with the prospect of an interest rate hike as early as next month.

  • *Oil prices edge towards $50/ barrel. *Alibaba falls after SEC launches investigation. May 25- Wall Street rose robustly for a second straight session on Wednesday, helped by higher oil prices and investors becoming more comfortable with the prospect of an interest rate hike as early as next month.

  • NEW YORK, May 25- Oil prices and energy shares rose on Wednesday after a sharper-than-expected fall in crude inventories, lifting world stock markets. "Investors have started to seriously contemplate the prospect of a hike at the start of the summer," said Luke Bartholomew, global macro investment manager at Aberdeen in London. Brent oil was up 90 cents at $49.51,...

  • *Oil prices edge towards $50/ barrel. *Alibaba falls after SEC launches investigation. May 25- Wall Street was higher in afternoon trading on Wednesday, extending gains from Tuesday as oil prices rose and investors became more comfortable with the prospect of an interest rate hike as early as next month.

  • SAO PAULO, May 25- Brazilian equities rose on Wednesday after interim President Michel Temer's government cleared its first major test in Congress, gaining permission to post a record budget gap this year. "The honeymoon is over and Temer is taking his first steps in Congress," said Jaime Ferreira, head trader at Intercam brokerage in São Paulo.

  • *Oil prices edge towards $50/ barrel. *Alibaba falls after SEC launches investigation. May 25- Wall Street was higher on Wednesday, extending gains from Tuesday, as the possibility of the U.S.

  • NEW YORK, May 25- Oil prices rose on Wednesday after a sharper-than-expected fall in inventories and gains in energy shares lifted world stock markets. "Investors have started to seriously contemplate the prospect of a hike at the start of the summer," said Luke Bartholomew, global macro investment manager at Aberdeen in London. Brent oil was up 45 cents at $49.06,...

  • NEW YORK, May 25- U.S. Treasury prices dipped on Wednesday, with short- and medium-term yields hitting 10- week highs, as further gains on Wall Street and growing bets on a possible Federal Reserve rate increase this summer reduced demand for U.S. government debt. "The Fed may raise rates earlier than what the market is pricing in right now," said Richard Gilhooly, head...