Jim Mccafferty, Head of Research at CIMB Securities, explains why he is expecting a good set of numbers for U.S. February nonfarm payrolls due on Friday.» Read More
BERLIN, March 7- After one of her first encounters with Vladimir Putin in 2002, Angela Merkel joked to aides that she had passed the "KGB test" by staring straight into his eyes without averting her gaze.
WASHINGTON, March 7- U.S. hiring likely picked up enough in February to keep the Federal Reserve on track in reducing its monetary stimulus. "Without adverse weather we could have ended with something above 200,000," said Harm Bandholz, chief U.S. economist at UniCredit Research in New York.
TOKYO, March 7- Asian stocks rose on Friday, buoyed by Wall Street's gains the previous day, but investors remained cautious ahead of the U.S. nonfarm payrolls report later in the session.
Tony To, the studio's executive vice president of production, will oversee the co-development program, which could allow for easier releases of English-language films in China. A 37- member Film Censorship Committee vets every movie in China for nudity, violence and politically sensitive scenes.
WASHINGTON, March 6- The U.S. Navy plans to add 22 Boeing electronic attack jets to a list of "unfunded" priorities requested by Congress, but the document must still be vetted by senior Pentagon officials, who have underscored their commitment to Lockheed Martin Corp's next-generation F-35 fighter jet, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
*Threat of imminent Ukraine conflict eases. TOKYO, March 7- Asian stocks edged up and the dollar index slumped on Friday, as investors looked toward the U.S. nonfarm payrolls report later in the session for confirmation that the U.S. employment picture has improved.
TEMPLE CITY, Calif., March 6- A Japanese American man thought to be the reclusive multi-millionaire father of Bitcoin emerged from a modest Southern California home and denied involvement with the digital currency before leading reporters on a freeway car chase to the local headquarters of the Associated Press.
HOUSTON, United States- Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke speaks before the HIS CERAWeek 2014 conference in Houston, Texas- 1730 GMT. NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley speaks on the economy and local conditions before community and business leaders- 1700 GMT.
NEW YORK, March 6- Gold rose 1 percent on Thursday, nearing four-month highs hit earlier in the week, as the dollar tumbled against the euro and oil, copper and corn climbed too, pushing commodities broadly higher. Gold prices were boosted by the European Central Bank's decision not to take fresh action to inject liquidity into the euro zone market.
NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, March 6- U.S. regulators on Thursday modified rules governing the testing of crude transported by rail following concerns that an emergency order one week ago could stymie deliveries from North Dakota's Bakken shale to U.S. refiners.
BOSTON, March 6- General Electric Co said on Thursday it will stop paying its senior executives dividends on stock awards that have not yet vested, after investors urged the company to end the long-held perk.
NEW YORK-- Pfizer said Thursday it is recalling some lots of its antidepressant Effexor XR because a single capsule of a different medication was found in one bottle of the drug. Pfizer is recalling two production lots of Effexor XR capsules and one lot of generic Effexor, or venlafaxine, sold by its Greenstone LLC subsidiary.
BP PLC fell$. 03 or. 1 percent, to $48.79. ConocoPhillips rose$. 09 or. 1 percent, to $66.39. Exxon Mobil Corp. fell$. 04 or percent, to $93.76.
Pixelworks Inc. rose 87.5 percent to $9.00. Energy Recovery rose 36.6 percent to $6.49. BJ's Restaurant Inc. rose 21.5 percent to $33.62.
Baxter International Inc. fell$. 37 or. 5 percent, to $67.57. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. fell $1.05 or 1.9 percent, to $55.56. Hospira rose$. 88 or 2.1 percent, to $43.53.
NEW YORK-- A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading:. Alcoa Inc. fell. 3 percent to $12.06 with 39,556,000 shares traded. Bank of America Corp. rose. 6 percent to $17.35 with 134,891,800 shares traded.
Canadian National Railway Co. rose$. 08 or. 1 percent, to $56.38. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. fell$. 10 or. 1 percent, to $158.58. Kansas City Southern rose $1.05 or 1.1 percent, to $97.55.
Alliance Bancorp Inc.: Approximately 100 shares changed hands, a 98.4 decrease from its 65- day average volume. The shares fell$. 15 or 1.0 percent to $15.20. Citizens First Corp.: Approximately shares changed hands, a 99.4 decrease from its 65- day average volume.
Brinker International Inc. rose$. 32 or. 6 percent, to $53.58. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. rose $12.02 or 2.1 percent, to $593.27. Darden Restaurants Inc. rose$. 97 or 2.0 percent, to $48.91.