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  • In European Equity Markets stocks scored modest gains Monday, helped by jumps for Royal Bank of Scotland, Rolls-Royce and furniture seller Steinhoff International. The Stoxx Europe 600  tacked on 0.2 percent to end at 371.04, building on last week's gain of 0.8 percent. France's CAC 40 index inched down less than 0.1 percent to end at 4,864.99, while Germany's DAX 30 rose 0.6 percent to close at 11,827.62. <...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japanese stocks fell for a third consecutive session on Monday as the yen's gains and uncertainty about U.S. economic policies prompted profit-taking. The Nikkei last stood down 0.2 percent at 19,190, having declined 1.7 percent from a six-week high of 19,519 hit a week ago. The broader Topix was down 0.2 percent at 1,541.30, with 28 of the Tokyo Stock Exchange's 33 industry subindexes in the red in late morning trade.MSCI's broade...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks ended slightly higher Friday, as big gains for Unilever PLC and Essentra PLC helped offset falls by Dutch storage company Royal Vopak NV and German insurer Allianz SE. The Stoxx Europe 600 inched up less than 0.1 percent to close at 370.22, leaving the index with a 0.8 percent gain for the week. Essentra PLC finished 15 percent higher, even as the U.K. plastic and fiber products maker swung to a full year pre...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei index fell on Friday morning with the market wary of a stronger yen and financials weakened as U.S. bond yields fell after comments by a senior U.S. Federal Reserve official were viewed as relatively dovish. The Nikkei fell 0.6 percent to 19,238.73 in midmorning trade. For the week, the benchmark index has fallen 0.7 percent so far. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan pulled back 0.1 percent, on track to end ...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks fell on Thursday after seven straight sessions of gains, with weaker metal prices weighing on miners and a poor update battering shares in engineering group Cobham.  The pan-European STOXX 600 fell 0.4 percent after recent gains to a two-month high on Wednesday. Cobham led the STOXX 600 lower after falling 15.3 to its lowest level since August 2005. Dutch insurance company NN Group fell 7.6 percent after its fourth qu...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japanese stocks retreated on Thursday morning as a pause in the weakening of the yen gave investors an excuse to book profits, though financials extended their outperformance on rising U.S. yields. The Nikkei index fell 0.7 percent to 19,310.02 in midmorning trade after scaling near six-week highs earlier this week. The broader Topix fell 0.5 percent to 1,546.43 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 shed 0.5 percent to 13,871.98. MSCI's broades...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks ended higher on Wednesday in another session dominated by earnings, as French lender Credit Agricole led banking stocks to a three-week high.The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.3 percent with the banking index the top sector, up 1.4 percent. Shares in Credit Agricole jumped 4.7 percent after France's biggest retail bank beat forecasts with a smaller than expected earnings fall in the fourth quarter. Brewer Heineken rallied 3.7 percent after co...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japanese stocks rose on Wednesday morning as the dollar jumped after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen hinted at an interest rate hike next month, with financial stocks outperforming on higher yields. The Nikkei gained 1.2 percent to 19,459.62 in midmorning trade. The broader Topix added 1.1 percent to 1,555.84 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 advanced 1.2 percent to 13,962.83.  MSCI's broadest index o...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks steadied on Tuesday, as gains in the auto sector on news that PSA Group is in talks to buy General Motors' European auto operations and stronger banking stocks offset weaker consumer and pharma stocks. The pan-European STOXX 600 index ended flat at 370.2 points, staying near 13-month highs hit in the previous session. Shares in PSA Group rose 4.3 percent to an 18-month high after the French car maker said it was in talks to buy GM's Eu...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japanese stocks fell on Tuesday afternoon, with Toshiba Corp's diving after it delayed its earnings release, including details of a multibillion dollar charge related to cost overruns at its U.S. nuclear arm. The Nikkei index was down 0.5 percent at 19,367.96 in early afternoon trade. The broader Topix lost 0.4 percent to 1,548.00 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 fell 0.5 percent to 13,882.68. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks ...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks gained on Monday as mining stocks touched a 2 1/2-year high on rising copper prices and mergers and acquisitions continued to drive shares, with takeover offers sending German drugmaker Stada to a record high. The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.8 percent, after earlier touching its highest level since December 2015. Stada rose 14 percent before paring back to close up 12.8 percent, leading gainers on the STOXX 600 index and finishing th...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei index probed more than one-month highs on Monday, cheered by Wall Street breaking records, a weaker yen and relief that talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yielded no negative surprises. The Nikkei was up 0.5 percent at 19,483.38 at the end of morning trade, after earlier rising as high as 19,519.44, its highest since Jan. 5. The broader Topix gained 0.6 percent to 1,556.07, while the JPX-Nikk...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks edged higher on Friday, ending the week in positive territory thanks to corporate earnings and robust basic resources stocks, though declines among Italian banks led that sector to its worst week since November. The pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 0.1 percent and set for a weekly gain of 0.9 percent that brought it close to a 13-month peak hit in January. Shares in ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, which rose 9.3 percent aft...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks rallied to an 18-month peak on Friday, as investors cheered upbeat Chinese trade data and strong gains on Wall Street after U.S. President Donald Trump promised to unveil a major tax announcement to lower the burden on businesses. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan was up 0.5 percent to the highest level since July 2015, and was on track to gain 1.5 for the week. The Shanghai Composite Index w...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose on Thursday, with some major companies such as France's second-biggest listed bank Societe Generale and oil major Total advancing after their results. The pan-European STOXX 600 index climbed 0.8 percent. Societe Generale rose 2.3 percent after the French bank reported better than anticipated net income in the final three months of last year and said it would float a stake in its booming vehicle leasing unit ALD. ...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks climbed to their highest in more than 18 months on Thursday, as investors grew more confident about China while the dollar slightly firmed in the wake of growing concerns over political instability in Europe. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan gained 0.4 percent to their highest since July 2015 with Hong Kong, Taiwan and China among the region's best performing markets. The Nikkei was down 0.2 percent at midday at ...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks edged ahead on Wednesday, helped by good earning updates, but bank stocks hit a five-week low on growing concerns over the region's crowded election agenda this year. The STOXX 600 rose 0.3 percent after a volatile session that saw the pan-European index fall into negative territory at one point, weighed down by financial stocks which are seen as most sensitive to political uncertainty. French construction and concession company Vinci rose 4....

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei index edged down in choppy trade on Wednesday morning as stocks tracked the volatile currency market, while the glass manufacturing sector outperformed on brisk earnings results. The Nikkei fell 0.1 percent to 18,892.69, having dabbled in positive territory earlier in the trading session. The broader Topix was flat at 1,516.76 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 gained 0.1 percent to 13,607.61. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pac...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose on Tuesday, helped by some encouraging company results, but French stocksfell after earnings at BNP Paribas disappointed and election jitters weighed on the country's sovereign bonds. The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.3 percent, while the French blue chip CAC index fell 0.5 percent, bringing losses so far this year to more than 2 percent. French banks fell after BNP reported results below forecasts, while the country's bond y...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei index fell to a two-week low on Tuesday morning after global stocks fell and a stronger yen hurt overall sentiment, while Toyota Motor underperformed the market following a worse-than-expected earnings forecast. The Nikkei lost 0.7 percent to 18,844.68 in midmorning trade, after falling to as low as 18,805.32, the lowest level since Jan 24.  The broader Topix fell 0.4 percent to 1,514.57 and the JPX-Nikkei Index ...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks closed in negative territory on Monday as risk-off sentiment prevailed, with a negative note on carmakers and worries over Italian banks leading those sectors down. The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 0.6 percent. Switzerland's DKSH rose 8.9 percent after the services firm's earnings growth and dividend beat market expectations. Unicredit finished down 6.9 percent, closely followed by Banco BPM, BPER and UBI, which fell between 5.9 p...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei index rose on Monday morning as bank stocks rose following moves by U.S. President Donald Trump to reduce regulation in the financial sector, but a slightly stronger yen kept gains limited. The Nikkei rose 0.2 percent to 18,956.45 in mid-morning trade. The broader Topix gained 0.4 percent to 1,520.52 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 added 0.3 percent to 13,622.42. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan in...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks ended a mixed week on a positive note on Friday, helped by well-received company earnings and buoyant economic data, while mining stocks were hit by weaker metal prices. The STOXX 600 closed up 0.5 percent, bouncing back from losses seen in the previous session. Beazley was a top European gainer, up 7.2 percent after the UK insurer reported a stronger than expected rise in full-year pretax profit. Well-received results also ...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei ended flat in choppy trade on Friday as investors awaited the release of the U.S. monthly jobs report, which will set the tone for the Federal Reserve's policy outlook, while bank stocks outperformed on higher yields. The Nikkei was flat at 18,918.20 points after traversing positive and negative territory. The broader Topix gained 0.3 percent at 1,514.99 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 rose 0.2 percent to 13,576.07. MSCI's broadest i...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks fell on Thursday, weighed down by disappointing earning updates from Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk and German lender Deutsche Bank, although Reckitt Benckiser was boosted by news of talks to buy U.S. rival Johnson Nutrition. The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 0.3 percent, while Britain's FTSE outperformed with a gain of 0.5 percent after the Bank of England appeared to be in no rush to tighten monetary policy in its latest inflation report. Nov...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei index fell on Thursday after a stronger yen soured sentiment, while Toyota Motor Corp underperformed after posting weak monthly sales in the United States. The Nikkei fell 0.3 percent to 19,100.23 points in mid-morning trade. The broader Topix shed 0.3 percent to 1,523.03 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 declined 0.3 percent to 13,662.45 points.  MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan was up 0.15 percent...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks snapped a three-day losing streak on Wednesday, led higher by miners and industrial stocks following solid corporate results and strong data from China and Europe. The pan-European STOXX index ended up 0.8 percent, after hitting a one-week low on Tuesday. Germany's DAX and France's CAC added 1.1 and 1 percent respectively. Miners were the biggest sectoral gainer, up 1.6 percent after data showed that activity in China's manufacturing s...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei index rose on Wednesday as the yen's appreciation slowed, but gains were limited as investors continued to worry about some policies of President Donald Trump's administration.  The Nikkei, which was down in early trade, ended 0.6 percent higher to 19,148.08. The broader Topix gained 0.4 percent to 1,527.77, with 28 of its 33 subsectors in positive territory. The JPX-Nikkei Index 400 also rose 0.4 percent to 13,696.93. ...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks ended January marginally lower after falling to a one-week low on Tuesday, as investors turned more realistic about U.S. President Donald Trump's policies, even though solid economic data bolstered prospects for the region's equities. After a volatile day on Tuesday, the STOXX fell 0.7 percent to a one week low. Data on Tuesday showed euro zone inflation had risen to just below the European Central Bank's target, ...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei index posted the biggest daily decline since November on Tuesday as uncertainty over U.S. President Donald Trump's policies weighed on investor sentiment. The Nikkei fell 1.7 percent to 19,041.34 points, posting the biggest daily percentage fall since Nov. 9, after Trump was elected as U.S. president. The broader Topix declined 1.4 percent at 1,521.67, while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 shed 1.5 percent to 13,642.35. MSCI's broad...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks ended lower on Monday, weighed down by losses among commodities-related stocks and financials, though speculation about merger and acquisition activity offered some support with Vodafone among the leading gainers. The STOXX 600 closed 1.1 percent lower. Oil majors BP, Total and Royal Dutch Shell were down between 1.1 and 2.2 percent, while oil products storage company Vopak and refiner Neste , down 7 percent and 2 perc...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Tokyo stocks fell on Monday as a stronger yen weakened earnings outlooks for Japanese exporters, and as financial companies tumbled after data showed the U.S. economy grew at a slower-than-expected pace in the fourth quarter. The Nikkei index fell 0.5 percent to 19,368.85 points in thin trade. The broader Topix lost 0.4 percent to 1,543.77 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 fell 0.4 percent to 13,849.28.  MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific s...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks pulled back on Friday with UBS dragging bank stocks lower after posting a fall in full-year profit, while Britain's biggest supermarket Tesco rose after a 3.7 billion-pound takeover deal to buy a supplier. The pan-European STOXX 600 index was down 0.3 percent at its close, while the UK's FTSE 100 rose 0.3 percent, supported by Tesco, which rose 9.3 percent after agreeing to buy wholesale supplier Booker in a deal that cements its dominant position...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei index edged higher on Friday and looked set for a solid weekly gain as the weaker yen helped push it closer to a one-year high. The Nikkei was up 0.4 percent at 19,474.15 points by midday, and was poised to gain 1.8 percent for the week. The broader Topix was up 0.4 percent at 1,551.09, and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 was 0.5 percent higher at 13,924.34. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan was little ...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks held around one-year highs on Thursday, supported by mergers and acquisitions-related optimism, with Johnson & Johnson's $30 billion deal to buy Actelion lifting shares in the Swiss biotech firm. The STOXX 600 added 0.2 percent. Germany's DAX rose 0.4 percent to its highest since May 2015, while UK'S FTSE ended flat. Actelion rose 19.4 percent after the U.S. healthcare giant's move to make an all-ca...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks rose to 3-1/2-month highs on Thursday, cheered by the Dow Jones Industrial Average breaching the 20,000-level for the first time, though concerns about U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist stance kept the dollar on the defensive. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan rose 0.7 percent to its highest since Oct. 11. South Korea's Kospi advanced 0.9 percent, Hong Kong's Hang Seng climbed 1.2 percent and S...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose sharply on Wednesday, boosted by strong earning updates from Logitech and Banco Santander, with the STOXX 600 scoring its biggest one-day gain for 11 weeks. The benchmark index rose 1.3 percent and Germany's DAX rose 1.8 percent to its highest since May 2015, underpinned by gains in Deutsche Bank as investors welcomed the possible listing of its asset management arm. Italy's FTSE MIB rose 0.4 percent. The banking index rose 3 percent bo...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks edged up to three-month highs on Wednesday, helped by a firm finish on Wall Street, while a rebound in the dollar looked vulnerable as some investors grew skeptical about U.S. President Trump's policies translating into further gains. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan rose 0.1 percent to its highest levels since late October. The Nikkei gained 1.4 percent to 19,057.50. The broader Topix and the ...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks finished modestly higher Tuesday after Britain's top court ruled the U.K. government must consult lawmakers before starting the Brexit process. The pan-European STOXX 600 index still managed to eke out a 0.2 percent gain, though, propped up by Italian financials and mining stocks. BT lost a fifth of its market value, hit by an Italian accounting scandal that has compounded a sudden slowdown in its British government wor...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japanese stocks declined on Tuesday as U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist policy stance rattled investors while banks led the losses on sliding U.S. and global bond yields. The Nikkei average fell 0.6 percent to 18,787.99 while the broader Topix lost 0.6 percent to 1,506.33. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan edged up 0.4 percent, while Australian index, S&P/ASX 200, rose 0.62 percent. In China stoc...

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