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  • April 1- Wall Street started the second quarter with losses on Friday after data showed U.S. employment rose more than expected in March, a sign of economic strength that could allow the Federal Reserve to gradually raise interest rates this year. The Labor Department's report showed non-farm payrolls increased 215,000 in March, more than the 205,000...

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 index falls over 2 percent. LONDON, April 1- European equities tumbled to a one-month low on the first trading day of the quarter on Friday, with energy stocks hit by weaker oil prices while Osram retreated after it was dropped from Apple's top supplier list. "More dollar weakness seems likely for now, which could have a negative effect on European...

  • April 1- U.S. stocks opened lower on Friday after data showed employers added more jobs than expected in March, a sign of economic resilience that could encourage the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year. The Labor Department's report on non-farm payrolls showed employers added 215,000 jobs in March, more than the 205,000 estimated.

  • BRASILIA/ MEXICO CITY, April 1- A recent surge in Brazilian stocks has probably run its course, a Reuters poll of equity market strategists showed on Friday, as investors' optimism about the growing chances that President Dilma Rousseff will be impeached is lessened because of concerns about her possible successor. As in recent Reuters polls on Brazil's economy...

  • April 1- Wall Street was set to open lower on Friday after a non-farm payrolls report showed employers added more jobs than expected in March, a sign of economic resilience that could allow the Federal Reserve to gradually raise interest rates this year. The Labor Department's report showed employers added 215,000 jobs in March, more than the 205,000 estimated.

  • April 1- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Friday after a non-farm payrolls report showed employers added more jobs than expected in March, a sign of economic resilience that could allow the Federal Reserve to gradually raise interest rates this year. Nonfarm payrolls increased 215,000 last month, the Labor Department said. Futures snapshot at 8:31 a.m....

  • LONDON, April 1- Gloomy Japanese manufacturing data on Friday ensured a downbeat start to the second quarter, driving stocks lower and supporting safe-haven assets like gold and the yen as investors awaited a U.S. payrolls report later in the day. Europe's main indices fell as much as 2 percent, following a 3.5 percent slide in Japan's Nikkei, its steepest daily...

  • *The Labor Department's report, due at 8:30 a.m. ET, is expected to show that employers added 205,000 jobs in March, less than the 242,000 added in February. *A separate report at 10 a.m. on Friday is expected to show the Institute for Supply Management's national manufacturing index rose to 50.7 in March from 49.5 the previous month. *Federal Reserve Chair Janet...

  • LONDON, April 1- Gloomy Japanese manufacturing data on Friday ensured a downbeat start to the second quarter, driving stocks and oil lower and supporting safe-haven assets like gold and the Japanese yen. Still bruised from a turbulent first quarter, investors took their cue from the Japanese data rather than more encouraging figures from China's...

  • LONDON, April 1- European equities hit a one-month low on the first day of the quarter on Friday as Zurich Insurance fell sharply after its shares traded without the attraction of its latest dividend payout, and energy stocks tracked weaker oil prices. The European Insurance sector fell 2 percent, the top sectoral decliner, after shares in Zurich Insurance fell...

  • SHANGHAI, April 1- China stocks recovered from early losses and ended Friday roughly flat, as investors weighed the impact from Standard& Poor's downgrade of China's credit outlook and a surprise pick-up in March manufacturing activity. China's blue-chip CSI300 index rose 0.1 percent, to 3,221.89, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.2 percent, to...

  • TOKYO, April 1- Japanese stocks tumbled to a 1- month low on Friday after the Bank of Japan's quarterly corporate survey showed business sentiment among large manufacturers sank to its lowest level in nearly three years, sapping risk appetite and weighing down stocks across the board. The Nikkei share average shed 3.6 percent to end the day at 16,164.16, its...

  • TOKYO, April 1- Japanese government bond prices gained on Friday on bargain-hunting following strong results of the Bank of Japan's debt-buying operation. The BOJ bought a total of 520 billion yen of JGBs on Friday as part of its regular debt-purchasing scheme. JGBs were also supported as Tokyo's Nikkei fell more than 3 percent as a downbeat BOJ "tankan" survey of...

  • SHANGHAI, April 1- China and Hong Kong stocks fell more than 1 percent on Friday morning, as S&P's cut to China's credit outlook offset any optimism from a pick-up in March manufacturing activity. China's blue-chip CSI300 index fell 1.5 percent, to 3,170.36 points by the lunch break, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.4 percent, to 2,961.22 points.

  • *More voices on failure of Abenomics may be expected- analyst. TOKYO, April 1- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Friday morning to a one-month low after the central bank's quarterly corporate survey sapped risk appetite, dragging down stocks across the board. The Nikkei stumbled 2.9 percent to 16,271.76 in midmorning trade, after hitting as low as...

  • SHANGHAI, April 1- China and Hong Kong stocks were little changed at the open on Friday, but edged lower as investors weighed the impact of S&P's downgrade of the outlook for the country's economy versus unexpected growth in China's March manufacturing activity. Rating agency S&P on Thursday cut its outlook for China's sovereign credit rating to negative from...

  • *Eyes on China after S&P turns negative on credit outlook. SYDNEY, April 1- Asian shares and the dollar started the new quarter on a downbeat note on Friday as caution ruled ahead of surveys on global manufacturing and the latest reading on U.S. jobs. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan duly slipped 0.5 percent, while the Nikkei lost 1.2...

  • SAO PAULO, March 31- Currencies in Latin America strengthened on Thursday, with Peru's sol hitting its highest in nearly five months, supported by continued expectations the U.S. Brazil's benchmark stock index finished March with its biggest monthly gain in more than 13 years. Brazil's currency firmed after the central bank sold less than half the reverse...

  • TORONTO, March 31- Canada's main stock index ended slightly lower on Thursday as losses for materials and financial stocks canceled out advances for energy stocks, whose recent strength helped the index notch its best monthly performance in more than four years. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index gained 5 percent in March, its biggest...

  • *Jobless claims rose unexpectedly last week. March 31- Wall Street ended the first quarter with a whimper on Thursday after a seven-week rally that rescued the S&P 500 from its worst start to a year since 2009.. "The job number looks like it's going to be positive on Friday, so you'll get a little uptake there," said Phil Blancato, head of Ladenburg Thalmann Asset...