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  • TORONTO, March 7- Canada's main stock index rose 1 percent on Monday, hitting another fresh 2016 high as mining and energy stocks gained on the back of higher oil and gold prices. The most influential gainers on the index included Barrick Gold Corp, up 5.4 percent to C $19.27, Goldcorp Inc advancing 7.3 percent to C $21.65, and Potash Corp adding 2.8 percent to C $25.23.

  • March 7- U.S. stocks were lower at the open on Monday after the S&P 500 and the Dow recorded their first four-day winning streak in about five months last week.

  • MILAN, March 7- European shares fell on Monday, led lower by a slump in utility EDF after a senior executive quit, and by weaker bank stocks which were impacted by some broker price target cuts. EDF fell 7.2 percent, after Finance Director Thomas Piquemal resigned. The French group did not say why he quit but a source familiar with the matter said it concerned EDF's...

  • March 7- Wall Street was set to open lower on Monday after the S&P 500 and the Dow recorded their first four-day winning streak in about five months last week. European stocks fell as a drop in copper prices hurt shares of mining companies, while China's reassurances over the weekend about the strength in its economy helped push Asian stocks higher.

  • March 7- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Monday after the S&P 500 logged its first four-day winning streak since October and the Dow closed above 17,000 on Friday for the first time since early January. Asian stocks hit two-month highs after China's reassurances over the weekend about its economic health calmed investor nerves. *Investors will keep a...

  • LONDON, March 7- Emerging market stocks touched 10- week highs on Monday, enjoying a lift from China's pledges to sustain growth as well as last week's U.S. data and a fresh jump in oil prices. Russian dollar-denominated stocks firmed 1.2 percent to a three-month high, while bourses in Hungary, Romania and Turkey added around half a percent. Support also came from...

  • Asia shares hit two-month hit, China up as parliament meets. Britain's FTSE 100 also lost 0.6 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.4 percent to its highest since Jan. 4.

  • March 7- Hong Kong shares ended Monday roughly flat, ignoring a rally in mainland markets and on the back of rising selling pressure after the benchmark Hang Seng Index rose 10 percent over the past three weeks. Hong Hao, managing director of research at BOCOM International, said a Hong Kong rally could resume if appetite for risky assets picks up again.

  • SHANGHAI, March 7- China stocks rose for a fifth straight session on Monday, led by resources shares and small-caps, after a flurry of reassurances by the country's top leaders that the economy would stay on a sound footing despite strains from major structural reforms. The opening of China's annual parliament meeting in Beijing at the weekend delivered few...

  • *Hong Kong has priced in a lot of bad news- analyst. Hong Kong shares also had a positive start to the week, aided by an upbeat mood across Asia, following Friday gains in U.S. and European markets, and a continued rebound in oil and commodity prices. "Hong Kong has priced in a lot of bad news, yet Shanghai less so.

  • TOKYO, March 7- Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Monday, with softer Tokyo stocks helping offset downward pressure from a fall in U.S. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield inched up half a basis point to minus 0.035 percent. The JGB market showed little reaction to comments from Bank of Japan chief Haruhiko Kuroda, who said the central bank will...

  • TAIPEI, March 7- Taiwan stocks fell after snapping early gains on caution ahead of key trade data due after market closes on Monday. Taiwan is due to issue its trade data for February, with exports seen tumbling for the 13th month in a row, hurting the weak trade-reliant economy. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.362 to T $32.739 per U.S. dollar.

  • SHANGHAI, March 7- China stocks climbed in early trading on Monday, extending strong gains over the past four sessions, as investors reacted positively to statements from top Chinese leaders at the annual parliament session over the weekend. Hong Kong shares also had a positive start to the week, aided by an upbeat mood in the region, following Friday gains in U.S....

  • TORONTO, March 4- Canada's benchmark stock index rose to a new high for 2016 on Friday, scoring a 3.2 percent weekly gain as resource stocks tracked commodity prices higher and after data showed a better-than-expected U.S. jobs gain and record Canadian exports. Resource stocks are "on fire" after the stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs data, said Julie Brough, vice...

  • detention@ SAO PAULO, March 4- Latin American currencies appreciated on Friday, buoyed by firmer oil and commodity prices, strong U.S. jobs growth and intensifying corruption investigations in Brazil. All the region's major currencies firmed, with those of Brazil, Chile and Colombia finishing up at least 1 percent. Brazil's benchmark stock index rose more than 4...

  • NEW YORK, March 4- The bulls have gained the upper hand in the U.S. stock market in recent weeks and strategists are cautiously optimistic the rebound will continue. A lot is riding on whether economic data can continue to hold up, since upbeat reports in recent weeks have eased fears the United States may be headed for a recession. "If you were pricing this thing for a...

  • *February U.S. nonfarm payrolls increase 242,000. March 4- Wall Street ended higher on Friday after employment data allayed investors' concerns about a sluggish economy without bolstering fears of an imminent interest rate hike. It doesn't have to run off the sidelines and get involved in raising rates, "said John Brady, managing director at R.J. O'Brien&...

  • *Brazil stocks post biggest gain in 7 years after Lula detained. NEW YORK, March 4- A gauge of stock markets worldwide rose to a two-month high on Friday, posting its largest weekly gain since October, as oil and other commodity prices firmed and strong U.S. jobs growth bolstered confidence in the global economy. MSCI's emerging-market stock metric posted its...

  • NEW YORK, March 4- Wall Street ended higher on Friday after employment data reduced investors' worries about a sluggish economy without bolstering fears of an imminent interest rate hike.

  • March 4- Wall Street rallied toward its fourth consecutive gain on Friday after employment data reduced investors' worries about a sluggish economy without bolstering fears of future interest rate hikes. "This number shows the economy is strong and the Fed's got time; it doesn't have to run off the sidelines and get involved in raising rates," said John Brady,...