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World Markets Indexes

  • *Asia shares ex- Japan highest in over two years. *China optimism supports stocks, commodity prices. SYDNEY, July 19- The dollar huddled near multi-month lows on Wednesday as investors wagered any further tightening in the United States would be slow at best, while optimism on China's economy underpinned Asian shares and commodities.

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, July 19- China stocks rose on Wednesday as investors piled into banking, consumer and resources shares after robust economic growth data earlier in the week and on expectations that Beijing is stepping up efforts to reform lumbering and inefficient state companies. Even badly bruised small caps shrugged off early weakness to end the...

  • SHANGHAI, July 19- China's benchmark stock indexes rose on Wednesday, but small caps extended losses on fears that regulators will roll out more tightening measures as they clamp down on riskier types of financing. Nearly 500 stocks, most of them small firms, plunged the 10 percent limit on Monday in what some media described as China's' Black Monday'.

  • NEW YORK, July 18- A Netflix rally boosted the Nasdaq Composite to a record high on Tuesday while Goldman Sachs Group Inc dragged the Dow lower as earnings take center stage on Wall Street. The movie streaming company rose 13.5 percent to $183.60 a day after it crushed Wall Street forecasts by reporting 5.2 million new streaming customers in the second quarter.

  • TORONTO, July 18- Canada's benchmark stock index edged lower on Tuesday as financials and industrials led declines, but the TSX climbed off its lows for the session as higher oil prices boosted energy shares. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed down 15.79 points, or 0.1 percent, at 15,149.57. Seven of the index's 10 main...

  • NEW YORK, July 18- Major stock indexes were mixed on Tuesday, as Netflix's rally boosted the Nasdaq Composite to a record high while Goldman Sachs weighed on the Dow, with earnings taking investors' focus. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 53.69 points, or 0.25 percent, to 21,576.03, the S&P 500 gained 1.5 points, or 0.06 percent, to 2,460.64 and the Nasdaq...

  • NEW YORK, July 18- Major stock indexes were mixed on Tuesday, as Netflix's rally kept the Nasdaq Composite in the black while Goldman Sachs weighed on the Dow, with earnings taking investors' focus. Stocks' reaction to the collapse in the U.S. Senate of a key healthcare bill was muted. Netflix rose 14.1 percent to $184.43 a day after it crushed Wall Street forecasts by...

  • *Trump agenda suffers blow after healthcare bill collapse. NEW YORK, July 18- The dollar stumbled on Tuesday and U.S. The collapse of his fellow Republicans' push to repeal and replace Obamacare with their own healthcare bill in the U.S. Senate again raised doubts in financial markets about Trump's ability to enact tax cuts and infrastructure spending.

  • *BofA, Goldman Sachs slip after quarterly results. July 18- The Dow was dragged lower in early afternoon trading on Tuesday by a drop in Goldman Sachs, but losses on the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq were limited by a jump in Netflix's shares. The S&P healthcare sector also came under scrutiny, after the healthcare bill to replace Obamacare sank in the Senate, as Republicans...

  • *FTSE 100 dips but outperforms Europe. The FTSE 100 ended down 0.2 percent but outperformed heavy losses among European stocks thanks to a weaker pound, which benefits major exporting companies. "The Bank of England's rhetoric has taken an increasingly hawkish tone in recent weeks," Hargreaves Lansdown senior economist Ben Brettell said.

  • July 18- The S&P and the Dow were lower in late morning trading on Tuesday, weighed by tepid earnings from big banks and a setback to President Donald Trump's pro-growth legislative agenda after Republican effort to overhaul healthcare collapsed. The S&P healthcare sector was under pressure, falling 0.52 percent, after the healthcare bill to replace...

  • TORONTO, July 18- Canada's main stock index fell broadly on Tuesday as financials and materials led declines, but energy companies bucked the trend on firmer oil prices. Canada's biggest banks were among the most influential losers on the index, but individuals stocks were only down marginally. First Quantum Minerals Ltd fell 2.5 percent to C $13.35, while Tech...

  • July 18- U.S. stocks opened lower on Tuesday, weighed down by earnings reports from some big names and concerns over President Donald Trump's ability to push through his pro-growth policies, following a setback to the healthcare bill. The healthcare sector will be under scrutiny after the Republican healthcare bill to replace Obamacare sank in the Senate, with...

  • PRAGUE, July 18- Prague stocks rose to a seven-week high on Tuesday after a tender offer lifted shares of artificial textile maker Pegas Nonwovens, while Hungary's forint firmed despite a dovish central bank holding steady as expected. Central European currencies have gained strength in recent weeks on the back of a softer dollar, which has lost some favor as...

  • TORONTO, July 18- Canada's main stock index fell broadly in early trading on Tuesday, as financial and material heavyweights led declines. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index fell 25.51 points, or 0.17 percent, to 15,139.85 shortly after the open. Energy was the only group out of the index's 10 key sectors that advanced.

  • July 18- U.S. stocks opened lower on Tuesday, weighed down by earnings reports from some big names and concerns over President Donald Trump's ability to push through his pro-growth policies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 53.3 points, or 0.25 percent, to 21,576.42. The S&P 500 lost 4.26 points, or 0.17 percent, to 2,454.88.

  • PRAGUE, July 18- Prague stocks rose to a seven-week high on Tuesday to lead central Europe after a tender offer lifted shares of artificial textile maker Pegas Nonwovens, while Hungary's forint firmed a touch before a central bank meeting. It was bid at 306.45 to the euro at 0918 GMT. Monika Kiss at brokerage Equilor said in a note that she did not expect the...

  • LONDON, July 18- Emerging stocks flirted with 27- month highs on Tuesday while currencies firmed a touch as the dollar traded at 10- month lows after the collapse of a key U.S. healthcare bill raised doubts about President Donald Trump's reform agenda. Chinese mainland shares rose 0.3 percent after falling 1.4 percent on Monday due to a sharp sell off in small...

  • *FTSE 100 turns higher after inflation figures. The FTSE 100 was up 0.2 percent by 0845 GMT, propelled higher by a weaker pound as investors adjusted interest rate expectations after lower inflation figures. Major companies on the FTSE 100 benefit from a weaker pound making their exports relatively cheaper abroad.

  • HONG KONG, July 18- Hong Kong stocks rose for a seventh straight session on Tuesday as gains in the technology and energy sectors offset losses in financial stocks. The Hang Seng index finished 0.2 percent, or 54.36 points higher at 26,524.94. The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index, that tracks the performance of China companies listed in Hong Kong, fell 0.26...