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  • Brent crude for August delivery was down 3 cents at $50.52 a barrel by 0650 GMT, not far from Monday's intraday high of $50.83, the strongest since November. "With Brent staying above $50, oil is on an upward momentum with the restart of French refineries that were shut on strikes and pipeline attacks in Nigeria," said Kaname Gokon at brokerage Okato Shoji in Tokyo.

  • Brent crude for August delivery was up 2 cents at $50.57 a barrel by 0608 GMT, not far from Monday's intraday high of $50.83, the strongest since November. "With Brent staying above $50, oil is on an upward momentum with the restart of French refineries that were shut on strikes and pipeline attacks in Nigeria," said Kaname Gokon at brokerage Okato Shoji in Tokyo.

  • *Inflows rise into Asia- focused equity funds. In Asia, Hong Kong led regional stock markets, rising 1 percent as investors hunted for bargains in one of the cheapest equity markets in the region. "Yellen's comments yesterday downplayed the impact of the jobs data last week and gave a cautious sense of optimism on the outlook for the U.S. economy," said Fan Cheuk Wan,...

  • SHANGHAI, June 7- China stocks edged lower on Tuesday, bucking gains in Hong Kong and other Asian markets amid diminishing expectations of U.S. interest rate hikes in coming months. But Hong Kong shares rose, inspired by upbeat global markets, after U.S. Wang Yi, strategist at Great Wall Securities, expected China's market to pick up eventually as the fears of an...

  • TAIPEI, June 7- Taiwan stocks rose to a near seven-week high on Tuesday, joining other bourses in gains, after Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said the U.S. interest rate hikes are likely on the way but held back any reference to the timing. As of 0406 GMT, the main TAIEX index gained 0.9 percent to 8,672.58 points, highest since April 20. The Taiwan dollar...

  • *Inflows rise into Asia- focused equity funds. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.5 percent, taking its gains to 6 percent in two weeks, as investors judged the Fed's cautious stance as well-suited to equities. "Yellen's comments yesterday downplayed the impact of the jobs data last week and gave a cautious sense of optimism on the...

  • TOKYO, June 7- Japanese stocks edged up on Tuesday morning but a strong yen weighed on sentiment after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen provided few clues on the timing of future U.S. interest rate hikes. Traders said that investors were cautious about the exchange rate as they waited on the Fed's June 14-15 policy review. "Technical signs indicate that...

  • *Ex-Japan Asian shares up 0.5 pct, Nikkei up 0.2 pct. TOKYO, June 7- Asian shares hit a five-week high on Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said U.S. interest rate hikes are likely on the way, held back any reference to the timing. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.5 percent while Japan's Nikkei average firmed 0.2...

  • SAO PAULO, June 6- Latin American stocks and currencies closed mixed on Monday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said U.S. interest rate hikes were coming, but was vague about their timing. Brent crude settled up 91 cents, or 1.83 percent, at $50.55 a barrel. Brazil's stocks closed lower while the real currency gained nearly 1 percent against the dollar, which...

  • *Fed Chair Janet Yellen sounds upbeat note on economy. *Oil gains, boosts energy shares. June 6- The S&P 500 closed at a 7- month high on Monday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen painted a mostly upbeat picture of the economy but gave little sense of when a rate hike may be coming.

  • NEW YORK, June 6- The S&P 500 closed at a 7- month high on Monday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen painted a mostly upbeat picture of the economy but gave little sense of when a rate hike may be coming.

  • *Wall Street up as energy, financials gain. NEW YORK, June 6- World stocks gained on Monday while the U.S. dollar edged lower against a basket of currencies after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said U.S. interest rate hikes are likely on the way, but dropped a reference to the timing of the hike. It's dovish but not extremely dovish, "said Bucky Hellwig, senior vice...

  • Wall Street up as energy, financials gain. NEW YORK, June 6- World stocks and U.S. Traders awaited clues on the timing of a Fed interest rate hike from Yellen, who is scheduled to speak about the U.S. economy and monetary policy at an event in Philadelphia at 12:30 p.m..

  • SAO PAULO, June 6- Latin American stocks and currencies inched up on Monday as commodity prices rose ahead of comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Brazil's stocks and real currency rose, though concerns over corruption scandals implicating senior members of interim President Michel Temer's administration lingered. Stock market gains were...

  • TORONTO, June 6- Canada's main stock index rose to a more than nine-month high on Monday as commodity price gains helped boost the index's heavyweight energy sector and base metal miners, although gold miners pulled back after last week's rally. The most influential gainers included Suncor Energy Inc, which rose 1.1 percent to C $35.99, and Enbridge Inc, up 1.1...

  • June 6- U.S. stock index futures inched higher on Monday as investors await Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech after a shockingly weak jobs report all but killed the prospects of an interest rate hike this month. *Yellen, who recently signaled that the recovering economy could support a rate hike as soon as June, will speak before the World Affairs...

  • Ratings agency S&P Global maintained South Africa's investment grade credit rating on Friday, bucking expectations of a downgrade to junk. That pushed South Africa's 10- year benchmark local bond yield to multi-week lows, whilst dollar bonds fell across the curve. "South Africa still has a lot of challenges and there is the Fitch rating decision to come this...

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.7 pct. LONDON, June 6- UK shares opened in positive territory on Monday, led by a rise in commodity-related stocks which tracked metals prices higher, though housebuilders fell on concerns surrounding Britain's June 23 referendum on its membership of the European Union. Britain's mining sector was up 4.9 percent, set for its biggest daily gain in...

  • *Stocks rise in Europe and Asia, lifted by commodities. LONDON, June 6- Shares rose in Europe and Asia on Monday, helped by commodity stocks as the dollar held close to more than three-week lows hit after surprisingly weak jobs data led investors to rule out a rise in U.S. interest rates this month. Elsewhere, sterling fell more than 1 percent after opinion polls...

  • LONDON, June 6- European stocks rose on Monday, as gains in the shares of major mining and oil companies propped up the region's markets, which had fallen at the end of last week after weak U.S. jobs data. The pan-European STOXX 600 and FTSEurofirst 300 equity indexes were both up by 0.1 percent by 0710 GMT. Last Friday's weak U.S jobs data hit the U.S. dollar on currency...