TOKYO, March 7- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh five-week high on Friday as a weak yen lifted risk appetites following better-than-expected U.S. jobless claims and the European Central Bank's decision to keep its rates unchanged. The Nikkei ended 0.9 percent higher at 15,274.07, the highest closing level since Jan. 29.» Read More
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.
*Staples, Costco shares fall after results, drag on Nasdaq. NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stocks mostly rose on Thursday, with the S&P 500 closing at yet another record on better-than-expected jobless claims data and the European Central Bank's move to keep rates unchanged.
NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stocks mostly rose on Thursday, with the S&P 500 closing at a record high after better-than-expected jobless claims data ahead of Friday's closely watched nonfarm payrolls report. Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 63.90 points, or 0.39 percent, to close unofficially at 16,424.08.
*Staples, Costco shares down after results, weigh on Nasdaq. NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stocks mostly rose on Thursday, with the S&P 500 hitting a record after better-than-expected jobless claims data ahead of Friday's all important nonfarm payrolls report.
NEW YORK, March 6- World share markets rose on Thursday, supported by hopes that diplomatic efforts would cool the crisis in Ukraine, while the euro advanced to its highest level of the year after the European Central Bank signaled the euro zone needs no additional stimulus.
*Stocks rise on efforts to resolve Ukraine crisis. NEW YORK, March 6- World share markets rose on Thursday, supported by hopes diplomatic efforts would cool the crisis in Ukraine, while the euro advanced to its highest level of the year after the European Central Bank signaled its economy needs no additional stimulus.
NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stocks edged higher at the open on Thursday following upbeat labor market data, while developments in the Ukrainian crisis kept traders on edge.
*Crimean Parliament votes in favour of region joining Russia. MOSCOW, March 6- Moscow stocks fell on Thursday for the second day this week after Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia and the United States ordered an asset freeze and visa bans against those involved in Russia's military intervention in the Ukrainian region.
MOSCOW, March 6- Moscow stocks fell, reversing gains from early Thursday, and the rouble weakened further after reports that the parliament of Ukraine's Crimea had voted in favour of becoming part of Russia.
LONDON, March 6- Ukrainian dollar bonds fell around 1 cent on the dollar on Thursday towards the previous day's lows on concern about possible debt restructuring following comments by Ukraine's finance minister.
*Stocks rise on efforts to resolve Ukraine crisis, ECB. LONDON, March 6- World shares rose on Thursday, supported by diplomatic efforts to cool the crisis in Ukraine, while the euro held steady on speculation the European Central Bank would ease monetary policy later in the day.
HONG KONG, March 6- Hong Kong shares rebounded on Thursday, helped by a reversal of losses in the Chinese property sector as investors rushed to cover short positions after mainland-listed developers outperformed a listless market. The Hang Seng Index, which slipped 0.3 percent on Wednesday, finished up 0.6 percent at 22,703 points.
PARIS, March 6- European shares rose early on Thursday, supported by diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine and by speculation that the European Central Bank could unveil further action to support the euro zone's economic recovery. At 0808 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.4 percent at 1,349.24 points.
MOSCOW, March 6- The rouble opened down against the dollar on Thursday as concerns about the Ukraine crisis continued to weigh. Moscow stock indexes saw fragile gains, tracking a reprieve in Asian markets after diplomatic efforts seemed to slightly moderate the crisis over Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.
TOKYO, March 6- Japan's Nikkei share average jumped to a five-week high on Thursday as investors took heart from news about the world's largest pension fund's allocation plan, and as a weaker yen boosted shares of exporters. The Nikkei ended 1.6 percent higher to 15,134.75, the highest close since Jan. 29.
NEW YORK, March 5- U.S. stocks closed little changed on Wednesday as investors shrugged off soft data on jobs and the services sector while keeping an eye on developments in Ukraine.
NEW YORK-- A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at 1 p.m.:. AT&T Inc. fell. 2 percent to $32.09 with 11,613,400 shares traded. Bank of America Corp. rose 2.9 percent to $17.20 with 109,808,900 shares traded.
*Russian stocks dip as Ukraine talks continue. *Ukraine crisis expected to weigh on stocks in March. MOSCOW, March 5- Russian shares retreated on Wednesday, halting the previous day's rebound, as diplomatic efforts to ease the crisis in Ukraine showed little sign of providing a breakthrough.
NEW YORK, March 5- U.S. stocks opened little changed on Wednesday after two days of sharp swings as investors shrugged off a softer-than-expected reading on the labor market and ahead of the release of the ISM services report.
MOSCOW, March 5- Russian stocks fell on Wednesday morning, as investor nervousness about the Ukraine crisis outweighed the positive effect of Wall Street hitting new record highs.