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  • In European Equity Markets  stocks advanced in the final minutes of trading, after remaining little changed for much of the day, as European Union governments weighed further sanctions onRussia and as investors awaited this week's  European Central Bank meeting. Novartis AG climbed the most in almost three years after saying its experimental heart drug showed better results than standard therapy. Iliad SA tumbled 8.8 percent after people familiar with the matter said it is talking to private-equity firms to make an improved offer for T-Mobile...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks were little changed, following a monthly gain, as European Union governments weighed further sanctions on  Russia and as investors awaited this week's European Central Bank meeting. Novartis AG climbed the most since March after saying its experimental heart drug showed better results than standard therapy. Iliad SA declined 4 percent after people familiar with the matter said it is talking to private-equity firms to make an improved offer for T-Mobile US Inc. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index added less than 0.1 pe...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks rose, after the regional benchmark index capped its first monthly drop since April, as investors weighed whether Chinese policy makers will add stimulus after reports showing slower manufacturing growth. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rallied 0.3 percent. China's Shanghai Composite Index and  India's S&P BSE Sensex index both rose 0.7 percent.  Australia's S&P/ASX 200 Index added 0.1 percent.  Japan's  Topix index gained 0.4 percent. New Zealand's NZX 50 Index lost 0.2 percent. Sout...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks advanced, posting their first monthly gain since May, as drugmakers climbed, outweighing a slump in Tesco Plc shares. AstraZeneca Plc climbed 2 percent, leading a gain by health-care companies, after a report that Pfizer Inc. may have resumed takeover talks. Tesco dropped 6.6 percent after lowering its full-year profit forecast and its interim dividend. Twelve out of 18 national benchmark indexes in Western Europe rose today.  Germany's DAX added 0.1 percent, while  France's CAC 40 gained 0.3. The U...

  • In Asian Equity Markets  stocks fell, with the regional benchmark index headed for its first monthly decline since April, led by materials and consumer shares. Aluminum Corp. of  China Ltd. slumped 4.1 percent in  Hong Kong after China's biggest producer of the light metal reported a wider first-half loss amid lower prices. CSPC Pharmaceutical Group Ltd. led declines on the regional gauge after a shareholder said it would sell an 11 percent stake in the Hong Kong-based company. National  Australia Bank Ltd., the natio...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks were little changed, following their biggest two-day advance since April, as signs of progress in talks between Russia and Ukraine offset worse-than-projected German confidence data. Telecom Italia SpA gained 3.2 percent after  Brazil's Oi SA said it may buy an $8 billion stake in Tim Participacoes SA, a group company of Telecom Italia. Portugal Telecom SGPS SA, which is merging with Oi, jumped 6.3 percent. Asos Plc rallied the most in a decade amid takeover speculation.  Marine Harvest ASA (MHG) d...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks were little changed, following their biggest two-day advance since April, as signs of progress in talks between Russia and Ukraine offset worse-than-projected German confidence data. Telecom Italia SpA gained 3.2 percent after  Brazil's Oi SA said it may buy an $8 billion stake in Tim Participacoes SA, a group company of Telecom Italia. Portugal Telecom SGPS SA, which is merging with Oi, jumped 5.8 percent.  Marine Harvest ASA (MHG) dropped 2.3 percent after posting an unexpected quarterly loss. United U...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks rose after U.S. data on durable goods and consumer confidence boosted optimism in the strength of the world's largest economy. Boral Ltd. (BLD) surged 4.5 percent as profit at the Australian producer of building materials topped estimates. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd.,  Japan's third-biggest shipper, rose 3.3 percent on a report it will target a return on equity of 10 percent in five years.  BYD Co. (1211), an electric automaker partially owned by  Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., gained 5....

  • In European Equity Markets stocks climbed, completing their biggest two-day gain in four months, as banks advanced on further speculation that the euro area will introduce an asset-purchase program. BNP Paribas SA and Societe Generale SA both gained more than 1.5 percent.  WPP Plc (WPP)added 1.4 percent as the advertising agency posted sales that beat projections.  Telecity Group Plc (TCY) declined the most in six months after the operator of data centers said its chief executive officer will step down. Portugal led gains in Eu...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks climbed for a second day as banks advanced.BNP Paribas SA and Societe Generale SA both gained more than 1.5 percent. WPP Plc added 2 percent as the advertising agency posted sales that beat projections. Antofagasta Plc dropped 2.8 percent after reporting first-half revenue that missed analysts' estimates. Telecity Group Plc declined 6 percent after the operator of data centers said its chief executive officer will step down in October. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 0.3 percent to 341.67 at 12:30 p.m. in London....

  • In Asian Equity Markets  stocks fell for the first time in three days after valuations on the regional gauge climbed to the highest level this year. Boart Longyear Ltd. (BLY) fell 13 percent, the most in six weeks, after the Australian mining-services firm posted a first-half loss. China State Construction International Holdings Ltd. declined 2.3 percent in  Hong Kong after Morgan Stanley advised selling the shares. Dena Co., a Japanese website owner, surged 3.7 percent. China Modern Dairy Holdings Ltd. climbed 3.5 percent in Hong K...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose to their highest level this month, following two weekly increases, after European Central Bank President  Mario Draghisignaled policy makers are ready to add stimulus. Banks contributed the most to the Stoxx  Europe600 Index's gain, with Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA rallying 5.8 percent, and Banco Santander SA and BNP Paribas SA each adding at least 2 percent.  Arkema SA (AKE) advanced 2.6 percent after Deutsche Bank AG recommended investors buy shares of the maker of composites and...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks rose, following two weekly increases, after European Central Bank President  Mario Draghisignaled policy makers are ready to add fresh monetary stimulus.Banks contributed the most to the Stoxx  Europe 600 Index gain, with Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA rallying 5.3 percent, and Banco Santander SA and BNP Paribas SA each adding more than 1 percent.  Arkema SA (AKE) advanced 3.4 percent after Deutsche Bank AG recommended investors buy shares of the maker of composites and coatings. Eurazeo ...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks rose, extending two-week of gains, as investors weighed comments from central bank leaders for clues to monetary policy and earnings reports. Caltex Australia Ltd. (CTX) soared 7.4 percent, leading the region's advance, after the Australian oil refiner said it plans to cuts 350 jobs and raised its interim dividend more than analyst forecasts. China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. surged 4.7 percent as earnings at Asia's biggest refiner were better than expected. Chugai Pharmaceutical Co. slumped 9.2 percent after a pe...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks declined, paring their biggest weekly gain in six months, after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen underscored the persistence of labor-market slack in the  U.S. economy and as investors watched rising tensions in  Ukraine. Piraeus Bank SA and Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA gained at least 2.8 percent as a gauge of  lenders advanced for a second day. Essentra Plc climbed 3.1 percent after JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its rating on the U.K. maker of items from toothpaste tubes to pa...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks fell, paring their biggest weekly gain in six months, as investors watched escalating tensions in Ukraine and awaited a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen for clues about monetary policy.Luxottica Group SpA fell 1.7 percent after  Il Sole 24 Ore reported the company's board may meet Sept. 1 to appoint a new chief executive officer. Lonmin Plc climbed 2.8 percent after Goldman Sachs Group Inc. raised its recommendation on the platinum producer. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index slid 0.4 percent to 336....

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose, with the regional benchmark index capping a two-week advance, after reports from U.S. housing to manufacturing showed the world's largest economy is strengthening. Iluka Resources Ltd. (ILU) climbed 3.4 percent in Sydney after posting an unexpected profit. Santos Ltd. jumped 3.9 percent as earnings increased at the Australian oil and  GAS producer. Li & Fung Ltd. lost 4.6 percent in  Hong Kong after the world's largest supplier of clothes and toys to retailers said conditions wil...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose to the highest level this month as investors bet that a slowdown in euro-area manufacturing and services growth will increase pressure on the  European Central Bank to do more to support the recovery. Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) rallied the most since January 2012 after posting second-quarter net income that exceeded analysts' projections. Nobel Biocare Holding AG advanced 3.3 percent after raising its 2014 profit-margin forecast. Fresnillo Plc led mining companies lower. Nation...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks rose to the highest level this month as investors bet that a slowdown in euro-area manufacturing and services growth will increase pressure on the European Central Bank do more to support the recovery. Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI)rallied the most since January after posting second-quarter net income that exceeded analysts' projections. Nobel Biocare Holding AG advanced 4.2 percent after raising its 2014 profit-margin forecast. Royal Ahold NV slid 1.5 percent after reporting second-quarter earnings that misse...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks outside  Japan fell for the first time in nine days after a private gauge of Chinese manufacturing dropped more than economists forecast. Japan's  Topix index bucked the trend, climbing 0.9 percent. China Shenhua Energy Co., the nation's biggest coal producer by market capitalization, declined 1.9 percent in  Hong Kong. Gambling firm Tatts Group Ltd. slumped 5.8 percent in Sydney after profit missed estimates. Dainippon Screen Manufacturing Co. jumped 3.4 percent in  Tokyo after Mit...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks were little changed, following the biggest two-day gain since April, as investors awaited central-bank cues on the interest-rate outlook. Carlsberg A/S dropped 3.6 percent after the brewer cut its full-year earnings forecast. Balfour Beatty Plc tumbled 6.7 percent after Carillion Plc stopped pursuing a merger with the British builder.  Heineken NV (HEIA) jumped the most since October 2008 after reporting profit for the first half of the year that exceeded analysts' estimates. National benchmark-equity in...

  • In European Equity Markets  tocks were little changed, following the biggest two-day gain since April, as investors awaited cues from central banks. Heineken NV (HEIA) jumped 7 percent after reporting first-half profit that exceeded analysts' estimates. Carlsberg A/S dropped 3.6 percent after the brewer cut its full-year earnings forecast. Balfour Beatty Plc slipped 7.2 percent after rejecting an increased bid by Carillion Plc. The Stoxx  Europe 600 Index retreated 0.1 percent to 335.13 at 12:00 p.m. in  London. Royal Vopa...

  • In Asian Equity Markets  stocks fell after valuations reached the highest level this year and as  BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) slumped, dragging materials shares to the largest decline on the regional gauge. BHP, the world's largest miner, tumbled 3.9 percent in Sydney after announcing a spinoff and refraining from a share buyback expected by some investors. Biostime International Holdings Ltd. tumbled 9.7 percent in Hong Kong after the maker of  infant formulaposted first-half results that missed estimates.  QBE Insurance Group Ltd...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks advanced for a second day as A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S and  Imperial TobaccoGroup Plc climbed after posting earnings. Maersk jumped 4.9 percent after the world's biggest container-shipping line raised its full-year profit forecast. Imperial Tobacco added 2.3 percent after reporting a smaller sales decline than analysts had predicted. Balfour Beatty Plc gained 3.2 percent as Carillion Plc increased its offer for the builder. BHP Billiton Ltd. dropped 4.9 percent after the mining company posted annual profit that miss...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks advanced for a second day as A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S and Imperial Tobacco Group Plc climbed after posting earnings.Maersk jumped 4.8 percent after the world's biggest container-shipping line raised its full-year profit forecast. Imperial Tobacco added 1.6 percent after reporting a smaller sales decline than analysts had predicted. BHP Billiton Ltd. dropped 4.3 percent after the mining company posted annual profit that missed analysts' estimates. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index gained 0.4 percent to 334.79 at 12:00 p.m. in ...

  • In Asian Equity Markets  stocks rose after confidence in the U.S. housing industry climbed to the highest level in seven months and tensions eased over global political conflicts. Amcor Ltd. (AMC) climbed 4.6 percent in Sydney as the packaging firm posted earnings that topped analyst estimates. Terumo Corp. advanced 3.5 percent after Credit Suisse Group AG advised buying shares of the Japanese medical-equipment maker.  Don Quijote Holdings Co. (7532) sank 3.7 percent in  Tokyo, the largest drop on the regional benchmark gauge, ...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks advanced, after equities had their biggest weekly gain in more than a month, as Ukrainian and Russian officials met for talks. United Internet AG added 3.8 percent after saying it bought a 10.7 percent stake in Rocket Internet AG. Renault SA advanced 2.5 percent, helping a gauge of automakers post the biggest gain among 19  industry groups in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index. Aker Solutions ASA dropped 1.6 percent. National benchmark indexes advanced in 16 of the 18 western-European markets today.  France...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks advanced, after equities had their biggest weekly gain in more than a month, as Ukrainian and Russian officials met for talks. United Internet AG added 4 percent after saying it bought a 10.7 percent stake in Rocket Internet AG. Renault SA advanced 2.9 percent, helping a gauge of automakers post the biggest gain among 19  industry groups in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index. Neste Oil Oyj fell 1.4 percent after the Finnish company said production at one of its refineries will be lower. The Stoxx 600 rallied 1 percen...

  • In Asian Equity Markets  stocks fluctuated, after a five-day winning streak, as health-care shares gained while banks slid along with consumer companies. Chugai Pharmaceutical Co. (4519) soared 15 percent as people familiar with the matter said  Roche Holding AG is in talks to buy the rest of the Japanese drugmaker. Nintendo Co. rose the most since March in Tokyo on U.S. sales of its "Mario Kart 8" video game. National  Australia Bank Ltd. slid 1.4 percent after the nation's largest lender by assets said it will set aside ...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks pared a weekly rally, erasing gains in the final hour of trading, after Ukraine said its troops partially destroyed a military convoy that entered the country from  Russia. SVG Capital Plc lost 4.8 percent after Permira Holdings Ltd. sold its entire stake in the company. BHP Billiton Ltd. climbed 1.2 percent after the world's biggest mining company said it may spin off some assets.  Hennes & Mauritz AB (HMB) advanced after posting a surge in sales last month. National benchmark indexes fell in 1...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose, heading for this year's biggest weekly gain, as investors speculated central-bank support will help shares. U.S. index futures advanced, while Asian stocks were little changed. BHP Billiton Ltd. climbed 2.4 percent, sending commodity producers higher, after the world's biggest mining company said it may spin off some assets.  Hennes & Mauritz AB (HMB) climbed 1.8 percent after posting a surge in sales last month. Deutsche Lufthansa AG jumped 2.7 percent on a report that German lawmakers are reviewin...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks fluctuated, with the regional benchmark index headed for its best weekly rally since March, as investors weighed earnings, Ukraine developments and weak economic data that fueled bets central banks will maintain stimulus. Parkson Retail Group Ltd., which operates department stores in  China, soared 12 percent in  Hong Kong after first-half profit beat estimates. James Hardie Industries Plc., a building-materials supplier, slumped 7 percent in Sydney after reporting profit plunged. China Mobile Ltd., the wor...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks advanced, reversing earlier losses, as data showing the euro area's recovery stalled in the second quarter fueled speculation of more central bank stimulus. ThyssenKrupp AG climbed 1.6 percent after posting quarterly earnings that beat projections. Royal Boskalis Westminster NV surged 8.3 percent after saying it will start a share buyback program. RWE AG declined 2.3 percent after saying first-half profit fell 62 percent.  Novozymes (NZYMB) A/S slid 6.3 percent after the supplier of enzymes reported seco...

  • In Asian Equity Markets  stocks rose, with the benchmark index on course to gain for a fourth day, as a slowdown in the U.S. retail sales fueled bets the  Federal Reserve won't raise interest rates earlier than expected. NCsoft Corp., a maker of online games, advanced 7.6 percent in  Seoul after reporting quarterly profit rose. Crown Resorts Ltd. soared 5.6 percent after the Australian casino company posted a 66 percent increase in full-year net income. Telstra Corp.,  Australia's largest phone company, added 2.2 percent a...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose to their highest level in a week as EON SE and  Swiss Life Holding AG (SLHN) reported better-than-expected profit. EON rose the most since September asGermany's largest utility said higher production at its North Sea fields benefited earnings. Swiss Life rallied 7.1 percent on increased sales of occupational benefits in its home market. Gagfah SA added 2.9 percent after the third-biggest German property company raised its 2014 earnings forecast for a second time. National benchmark indexes advanced ...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks advanced on better-than-forecast profit reports from EON SE and  Swiss Life Holding AG. (SLHN). EON climbed 4.6 percent as Germany's largest utility said higher production at its North Sea fields benefited earnings. Swiss Life rallied 5.5 percent on increased sales of occupational benefits in its home market. Gagfah SA added 1.9 percent after the third-biggest German property company raised its 2014 earnings forecast for a second time. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index gained 0.3 percent to 329.81 at 13:00 p.m. in&n...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks swung between gains and losses as investors weighed earnings reports. Chinese shares fell after the nation's broadest measure of new credit unexpectedly plunged and industrial output missed estimates. CSL Ltd., the world's second-biggest maker of blood-derived therapies, rose 2.5 percent in Sydney after posting an increase in annual profit and saying it will consider buying back more shares. Dentsu Inc.,  Japan's largest advertising agency, advanced 3.2 percent after its quarterly loss narrowed. Eclat Textile Co. slu...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks fell, following their biggest rally since April, as Henkel AG declined, while a Russian aid convoy left for  Ukraine. Henkel lost 5.2 percent after warning that earnings growth will slow amid conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East.  Hargreaves Lansdown (HL/) Plc retreated 3 percent after UBS AG recommended selling the shares. Prudential Plc gained 2.2 percent after reporting better-than-forecast first-half profit. National benchmark indexes retreated in 11 of 18 western European markets. The...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks were little changed, following their biggest rally since April, as Henkel AG declined and Ladbrokes Plc rose, while a Russian aid convoy left for  Ukraine.Henkel lost 6.5 percent after warning that earnings growth will slow amid conflicts in Ukraine and the  Middle East. Hargreaves Lansdown Plc retreated 2.7 percent after UBS AG recommended selling the shares. Ladbrokes Plc rose 2.2 percent after reporting an increase in first-half revenue. The Stoxx  Europe 600 Index added 0.1 percent to 329.6...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks rose, with the regional benchmark measure extending gains after capping the biggest daily rally in almost two months, amid optimism that geopolitical risks are receding. BHP Billiton Ltd. increased 1.6 percent in Sydney, the biggest boost to the regional index. GungHo Online Entertainment Inc. jumped 7.6 percent, rising the most on the regional index, after the Japanese gamemaker's Picotto Kingdom title surged up Apple Inc.'s application store in Japan. United Laboratories International Holdings Ltd., a drugmaker, ju...