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  • *U.S. crude falls, dips below $40 a barrel. NEW YORK, Nov 19- Key stock markets in Europe and Asia rallied on Thursday as expectations built that the U.S. "This morning's data simply confirmed that the economic landscape is healthy enough for the Fed to continue with its desired timing for liftoff, which for now the market is expecting to be December," said Ian Lyngen,...

  • *Best Buy, UnitedHealth fall after results. Nov 19- U.S. indexes wobbled on Thursday as healthcare stocks snapped a three-day rally after UnitedHealth cut its profit forecast, offsetting gains in technology and consumer stocks. Dow component UnitedHealth fell 4 percent to $112.49.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St little changed; UnitedHealth weighs Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 | 9:58 AM ET

    *Best Buy, UnitedHealth fall after results. Nov 19- Wall Street wobbled in early trading on Thursday as healthcare stocks snapped a three-day rally after UnitedHealth cut its profit forecast for the year. Dow component UnitedHealth fell 5.6 percent to $110.73.

  • Nov 19- U.S. stocks opened slightly higher on Thursday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's October meeting hardened expectations of a December interest rate hike and data showed jobless claims fell. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 3.58 points, or 0.02 percent, to 17,740.74. The S&P 500 gained 0.57 points, or 0.03 percent, to 2,084.15 and the Nasdaq...

  • *Best Buy, UnitedHealth fall after results. *Keurig Green Mountain, Salesforce up on results. "This week, the bulls are back in control of the market and we've almost recovered, if not on track to recover, all of last week's losses and then some," said Adam Sarhan, chief executive of Sarhan Capital in New York.

  • *Best Buy's shares were down 8 percent to $28.82 in premarket trading, while J M Smucker was untraded after both reported results. *Dow component UnitedHealth's shares were down 3.8 percent to $112.80 in premarket trading after the health insurer cut its full-year profit forecast. Peers Humana fell 1.2 percent, while Cigna was down half a percent.

  • *Bank of Japan maintains stimulus, ECB minutes due later. European stocks also opened strongly with the FTSEurofirst 300 pushed to a three-month high by more than 1 percent gains in London, Frankfurt and Paris, after Japan's Nikkei had hit a similar peak in Asia. "We have had an interesting FOMC minutes and risk assets have rallied across the board with the dollar...

  • European shares open higher led by Sodexo, miners Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 | 3:22 AM ET

    MILAN, Nov 19- European shares opened higher on Thursday led by Sodexo after a solid update and helped by strong gains among mining stocks. Sodexo rose more than 8 percent after the French catering-to-vouchers group said it would further cut costs to cope with a volatile global economy and forecast higher revenues and operating profit for the fiscal year...

  • Nov 19- Hong Kong shares ended more than 1 percent higher on Thursday, encouraged by a rally on Wall Street and a robust rebound in mainland markets. "A U.S. rate hike won't have any negative impact on the market because it has been talked about so much," said Wayne Shen, Shanghai- based fund manager at Ivy Assets. He added that many Hong Kong stocks were much cheaper than...

  • SHANGHAI, Nov 19- China stocks ended higher on Thursday, with a sharp rebound in small-caps offsetting the drag from property shares and investor caution ahead of a flurry of new listings. Wayne Shen, Shanghai- based fund manager at Ivy Assets, said that in the short term, the market was under pressure from upcoming initial public offerings, but looking forward, the...

  • *Bank of Japan maintains stimulus, ECB minutes due later. Financial spreadbetters expected opening gains of 0.45 percent for Britain's FTSE 100, 0.89 percent for the German DAX and 0.88 percent for France's CAC 40. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.98 percent, while Australia's main index jumped 2 percent for a third straight...

  • TOKYO, Nov 19- Japanese stocks rose on Thursday as the dollar's strength against the yen continued to lift risk appetite while the Bank of Japan maintained its current pace of asset buying. The Nikkei share average rose 1.1 percent to end the day at 19,859.81, a fresh 3- month high. The Bank of Japan maintained its current pace of monetary stimulus after a policy...

  • TOKYO, Nov 19- Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Thursday, with bargain hunting helping offset negative pressure from surging Tokyo stocks. The bond market's reaction to the Bank of Japan's decision to stand pat on monetary policy was limited, with the outcome well anticipated. The Nikkei rallied 1.2 percent, taking cues from an overnight...

  • *Hong Kong stocks follow Wall Street higher. SHANGHAI, Nov 19- China stocks ended Thursday morning mixed as small caps rebounded but property shares dropped on profit-taking after the previous session's surge, with investors cautious ahead of a batch of initial public offerings. Hong Kong shares climbed over 1 percent, encouraged by a jump in Wall Street after...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares rise, dollar dips on Fed wagers Wednesday, 18 Nov 2015 | 10:46 PM ET

    *Bank of Japan maintains stimulus, ECB minutes due later. The Bank of Japan surprised no one at its regular policy meeting by maintaining the current pace of asset buying, though many still suspect it will have to ease again at some point to force inflation higher. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 1.5 percent.

  • TAIPEI, Nov 19- Taiwan stocks rose on Thursday following overseas markets, but trading may stay cautious because of global concerns. Taiwan is due to issue export orders data for October on Friday, which are expected to show continued weakness in demand for the island's key technolgy goods. The Taiwan dollar firmed T $0.287 to T $32.720 per U.S. dollar.

  • *Qualcomm, Target drag on S&P 500. Nov 18- U.S. stocks closed higher on Wednesday and investors appeared positively inclined toward higher rates after minutes from the Federal Reserve October meeting showed a solid core of officials rallied behind a possible December rate hike. "I think the market is ready and comfortable for an increasing Fed funds rate," said...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- U.S. stocks closed with gains of more than 1 percent on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve October meeting showed a solid core of officials rallied behind a possible December rate hike.

  • *Qualcomm, Target drag on S&P. Nov 18- The S&P 500 hit a session high on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve October meeting showed a solid core of officials rallied behind a possible December rate hike. "I think the market is ready and comfortable for an increasing Fed funds rate," said Alan Rechtschaffen, portfolio manager at UBS Wealth Management...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- U.S. stocks rose and Treasury prices fell on Wednesday as investors awaited minutes for the U.S. A woman suicide bomber blew herself up and another militant died when police raided an apartment in a Paris suburb seeking suspects in last week's attacks in the French capital that killed 129 people. "All eyes are on the Fed, while geopolitical concerns...