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World Markets Indexes

  • U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Friday as gains for energy, phone and industrial companies made up for losses elsewhere. Real estate and utilities companies were among the biggest decliners. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gained 6.60 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,450.78, a record.

  • TORONTO, Sept 22- Canada's main stock index was flat on Friday but ended the week up 1.9 percent as the heavyweight financials group gained ground, offsetting losses for telecom shares. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended down 0.69 of a point at 15,454.23, one day after posting its highest close since early June. "We have got our head above...

  • *Investors shrug off latest North Korea rhetoric. NEW YORK, Sept 22- The S&P 500 closed slightly higher on Friday even though Apple was a drag, as worries about Washington's latest healthcare legislation proposal eased and investors shrugged off concerns about North Korea. "The removal of the healthcare overhang, the fact the North Korea market impact is...

  • TORONTO, Sept 22- Canada's main stock index was flat on Friday but up 1.9 percent on the week as the heavyweight financials group gained ground, offsetting losses for telecom shares. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed down 0.69 points at 15,454.23. Seven of the index's 10 main groups ended lower.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 22- The S&P 500 closed slightly higher on Friday as worries about Washington's latest healthcare legislation overhaul proposal eased and investors shrugged off concerns about U.S.- North Korea tensions even as Apple weighed on the market.

  • *North Korea rhetoric boosts safe haven currencies. NEW YORK, Sept 22- Jitters over a fresh exchange of barbs between North Korea and the United States drove up U.S. MSCI's world equity index, which tracks shares in 46 countries, was little changed, and Britain's main FTSE 100 stock index climbed as Prime Minister Theresa May laid out plans for Britain's exit from...

  • TORONTO, Sept 22- Canada's main stock index was flat on Friday but on track for a 1.9 percent gain on the week as financial stocks pushed higher and a bid for bullion on rising tension between North Korea and the United States boosted gold miners. Gold prices recovered from a four-week low on a bid for safety as North Korea said it might test a hydrogen bomb over the...

  • TORONTO, Sept 22- Canada's main stock index barely slipped in early trade on Friday but was heading towards a 1.9 percent gain on the week, with banks and gold miners pushing higher as geopolitical tensions boosted demand for bullion. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was last down 3.65 points, or 0.02 percent, at 15,451.27.

  • Stocks struggled to a mostly higher finish on Wall Street as gains for energy, phone and industrial companies made up for losses elsewhere. Hess and Verizon each rose 2 percent. Molina Healthcare jumped 4.5 percent.

  • Sept 22- U.S. stock index futures were slightly lower on Friday after tensions between North Korea and the United States escalated again, pushing investors to safe-haven assets. *North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after U.S. *Trump on Thursday put more economic pressure on North Korea by ordering additional sanctions,...

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.1 pct. LONDON, Sept 22- UK shares opened lower on Friday after North Korea's threat to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific ocean weighed on markets globally and as investors await Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on Brexit later in the afternoon. At the center of traders attention was May's attempt this afternoon to rescue stalled Brexit...

  • LONDON, Sept 22- Risk appetite in Europe chilled on Friday after a new exchange of barbs between North Korea and the U.S. sparked a knee-jerk sell-off in politically sensitive metals, while focus turned to a speech by the British Prime Minister on Brexit. Europe's main stock index fell in early trading, following a slide in Asian stocks and a rush to safe-haven...

  • PARIS, Sept 22- Shares in cosmetics group L'Oreal rose on Friday after the death of 94- year-old billionaire Liliane Bettencourt, who had the largest stake in the company and whose passing may alter the ties between L'Oreal and Nestle. L'Oreal shares were up around 4 percent in early trading, the best performer on France's benchmark CAC-40 index and among the top...

  • PARIS, Sept 22- Shares in cosmetics group L'Oreal rose on Friday after the death of 94- year old billionaire Liliane Bettencourt, who had the largest stake in the company and whose passing may alter the ties between L'Oreal and Nestle. L'Oreal shares were up around 5 percent in early session trading, the best performer on France's benchmark CAC-40 index and on the...

  • TOKYO, Sept 22- Asian stocks fell and the Japanese yen and Swiss franc gained on Friday after North Korea said it might test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean and escalated a war of words with U.S. Spreadbetters expected European stocks to start lower amid a chill in risk appetite, forecasting Britain's FTSE to open down 0.3 percent, Germany's DAX to open 0.2...

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 22- Hong Kong stocks were on track for their worst day in a month and China shares hit three-week lows early Friday, as investors reacted to S&P's downgrade of China's sovereign credit rating and North Korea's threat of another nuclear test. In China, the blue-chip CSI300 index fell 0.4 percent, to 3,821.33 points while the Shanghai Composite Index...

  • HONG KONG— Most world stock markets fell Friday as investors turned cautious following new U.S. sanctions targeting North Korea and credit rating downgrades for China and Hong Kong. Britain's FTSE 100 dipped 0.2 percent to 7,251.81 and Germany's DAX was down less than 0.1 percent at 12,594.11. President Donald Trump authorized stiffer new sanctions in...

  • TOKYO, Sept 22- Japan's Nikkei share average fell in choppy trade early on Friday, moving away from two-year highs as rising geopolitical tensions over North Korea sapped risk appetite. South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho as saying he believes the North could consider a hydrogen bomb test on the Pacific Ocean of an...

  • *N.Korea seen considering nuclear test in Pacific Ocean. TOKYO, Sept 22- Asian stocks fell and the Japanese yen and Swiss franc gained on the mooted possibility of North Korea conducting another hydrogen bomb test, this time in the Pacific Ocean. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said on Friday he believes the North could consider a nuclear test on an "...

  • *Yen's reaction limited to new U.S. sanctions on North Korea. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan handed back earlier gains and was down 0.1 percent after falling 0.7 percent the previous day. "It is difficult to pass a verdict on the Fed's stance until it actually starts its balance sheet reduction and the markets can gauge its effects,"...