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  • In European Equity Markets  stocks rose as  Scotland voted to reject independence from the U.K., while the regional benchmark index failed to hold on to a 6 1/2-year high amid the expiry of derivative contracts. Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and Lloyds Banking Group Plc, which had threatened to shift their domiciles out of Scotland if it separated from Britain, rose. SAP SE fell the most since January 2013 after the biggest maker of business-management software agreed to buy Concur Technologies Inc. Sulzer AG lost 4.3 percent after pe...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rallied to the highest level since January 2008, with the U.K. benchmark gauge trading near a 14-year peak, as Scotland voted to reject independence from Great Britain.Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and Lloyds Banking Group Plc rose, a gauge of lenders jumped to a three-month high. Vivendi SA advanced after agreeing to sell its Brazilian broadband unit GVT to Telefonica SA. SAP SE fell 2.8 percent after the biggest maker of business-management software agreed to buy Concur Technologies Inc. The  Stoxx Europ...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks rose, paring a second weekly decline on the benchmark index, as fewer Americans filed for jobless claims, the yen held at a six-year low against the dollar and  Scotland voted to reject independence. Honda Motor Co., a carmaker that gets 47 percent of its revenue in  North America, advanced 1.2 percent. IHI Corp. jumped 5.1 percent after Credit Suisse Group AG raised its rating on shares of the Japanese heavy-machinery maker. Alacer Gold Corp. soared 11 percent in Sydney as OceanaGold Corp. said it had...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose for a second day, after Federal Reserve Chair  Janet Yellenindicated  interest rates won't increase anytime soon, and Bayer AG rallied on plans to spin off its plastics unit. Bayer contributed the most to the Stoxx  Europe 600 Index's gain.  Sulzer (SUN) AG jumped the most in almost three years after saying it is in talks with Dresser-Rand Group Inc. about a possible transaction. TUI Travel Plc rose 4.6 percent after Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares. EasyJet Plc advanced a...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks rose for a second day, after Federal Reserve Chair  Janet Yellenindicated  interest rates won't increase anytime soon, and Bayer AG rallied on plans to spin off its plastics unit. U.S. stock-index futures advanced, while Asian shares fell. Bayer contributed the most to the Stoxx Europe 600 Index's gain.  Sulzer (SUN) AG jumped the most in three years after saying it is in talks with Dresser-Rand Group Inc. about a possible transaction.  TUI Travel (TT/) Plc rose 4.9 percent afte...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks outside  Japan fell after the  Federal Reserve raised its estimates for  interest rates. Japan's  Topix (TPX) index jumped toward a six-year high on a weaker yen. Hyundai Motor Co. sank 7.6 percent after South Korea's largest carmaker led a group that bid for real estate with an offer triple the property's assessed value. Honda Motor Co., a Japanese carmaker that gets 47 percent of sales in  North America, rose 2.7 percent. Arrium Ltd. plunged 27 percent in Sydney after raising...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose for the first time in nine days as optimism that central bankers around the world will continue to support economic recovery helped the Stoxx Europe 600 Index rebound from a two-week low. Air France-KLM Group gained 3.7 percent after  France's prime minister asked its pilots to end a strike. DS Smith Plc advanced 5.1 percent after saying sales are increasing at a faster pace than last year. Daily Mail and General Trust Plc dropped to an 11-month low after saying a delayed release of its risk-management-soluti...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose as optimism that central bankers around the world will continue to support economic recovery helped the Stoxx Europe 600 Index rebound from a two-week low. Air France-KLM Group gained 3.4 percent after  France's prime minister asked its pilots to end a strike. DS Smith Plc advanced 5.4 percent after saying sales are increasing at a faster pace than last year.  Daily Mail and General Trust Plc dropped to an 11-month low after saying a delayed release of its risk-management-solutions product will resu...

  • In Asian Equity Markets  stocks rose, with the benchmark index poised to end its longest losing streak since 2002, as China's central bank joined its European counterpart in boosting liquidity. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd., the world's largest lender by assets, gained 1.6 percent in  Hong Kong. Pioneer Corp. added 1.6 percent after the Japanese maker of car stereos announced job cuts. SJM Holdings Ltd. fell 5.2 percent in Hong Kong, pacing losses among casino shares after Credit Suisse Group AG cut its forecast for Macau gamin...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks fell amid speculation about the timing of a U.S interest-rate increase before a two-day Federal Reserve meeting, and this week's vote on Scottish independence. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index retreated 0.3 percent to 342.75 at 4:30 p.m. in  London, paring earlier losses of as much as 0.7 percent. U.K. stocks fell 0.3 percent today. The FTSE 100 Index has retreated 1.4 percent since reaching a three-and-a-half month high on Sept. 4, after a YouGov Plc poll for the Sunday Times showed a majority of voters in  S...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks fell to a two-week low amid speculation about the timing of a U.S interest-rate increase before a two-day Federal Reserve meeting, and this week's vote on Scottish independence.The Stoxx Europe 600 Index retreated 0.7 percent to 341.55 at 1:00 p.m. in London, extending earlier losses. U.K. stocks fell 0.7 percent today. The FTSE 100 Index has lost 1.8 percent since reaching a three-and-a-half month high on Sept. 4, after a YouGov Plc poll for the Sunday Times showed a majority of voters in  Scotland in favor ...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks fell, with the regional  benchmark index heading for the longest losing streak since 2002, ahead of the start of a Federal Reserve policy meeting. China Mobile Ltd., the world's biggest phone company, slid 1.5 percent, to be the heaviest drag on the benchmark gauge. Ramsay Health Care Ltd. dropped 3.4 percent in Sydney as Paul Ramsay Holdings Pty. sold shares in the company. SoftBank Corp., an investor in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., gained 3.6 percent in Tokyo after China's largest e-commerce company r...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks were little changed, following their first weekly slide in more than a month, after disappointing Chinese economic data and amid mergers-and-acquisitions activity.  Oil and gas companies dropped the most among 19  industry groups as China's industrial output expanded at the weakest pace since the global financial crisis. TDC A/S fell to its lowest price since February 2013 after  Denmark's largest telephone company agreed to buy cable-TV provider Get AS and said it will cut its dividend. SABMiller Plc an...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks fell, dragging regional equities lower for a seventh day, after the weakest growth in Chinese industrial output since 2008 added to evidence the world's second-biggest economy is losing momentum.   China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.,  Asia's No. 1 refiner, fell 5.4 percent in  Hong Kong after agreeing to sell a 107 billion  yuan ($17.5 billion) stake in its retail business, dragging energy firms to the largest decline among 10 industry groups on the regional index.  KB Financ...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks were little changed, after swinging between gains and losses, as a jump in U.S. retail sales and better-than-expected confidence data stoked investor speculation that the  Federal Reserve may raise  interest ratessooner than estimated. Lagardere SCA added 4 percent to 21.36 euros after HSBC Holding Plc upgraded the media company to overweight, the equivalent of a buy recommendation, from neutral. The brokerage cited recent stock declines. RWE AG fell 1.6 percent to 31.07 euros after JPMorgan Chase ...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks fell, with the benchmark index heading for its longest losing streak in 4 1/2 years, as Chinese lending data added to signs Asia's biggest economy is weakening. Cnooc Ltd., China's biggest offshore oil producer, slipped 1.9 percent. Citic Ltd. slumped 4.3 percent after Hong Kong's securities regulator sued the unit of the mainland's biggest diversified state-owned company. Asahi Group Holdings Ltd., a Japanese brewer, lost 1 percent on a report beer sales in the nation fell last month. Sony Corp. rose 1.1 percent as ...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks fell for a fifth day as investors weighed mixed earnings from companies including  Ocado (OCDO) Group Plc and Next Plc, while the European Union said that new sanctions against Russia will be enacted tomorrow. Next slid the most since April after posting first-half profit that missed analyst predictions. Ocado gained after third-quarter sales grew more than analysts had estimated. Air France-KLM Group added 1.9 percent after saying it plans to increase earnings by as much as 10 percent a year between 2013 an...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks were little changed, after four days of losses, as companies including  Ocado (OCDO) Group Plc and Next Plc posted results, while European Union officials said that new sanctions against  Russia will be enacted tomorrow. Ocado gained 3.3 percent after third-quarter sales grew more than analysts had estimated. Air France-KLM Group added 3.1 percent after saying it plans to grow earnings by as much as 10 percent a year between 2013 and 2017. Next declined 1.8 percent after posting first-half profit th...

  • In Asian Equity Markets  stocks fluctuated, after falling for five days, as investors weighed Chinese inflation data. Japanese shares extended their rally from a 2008 high, while consumer stocks slid. SK Holdings Co., a South Korean company with interests in energy and telecommunications, surged 6.9 percent after announcing a share buyback. Sony Corp. advanced 2.9 percent, pacing gains among Japanese exporters. Myer Holdings Ltd. slumped 12 percent after the Australian retailer's full-year profit missed estimates. Seven & I Holdings Co., Japan...

  • In Asian Equity Markets  stocks fell a fourth day, with the benchmark index heading for its lowest close in almost four weeks, after the Standard & Poor's 500 Index retreated from a record and as consumer shares slipped. Calbee Inc., Japan's largest seller of potato chips, dropped 3.2 percent.  Newcrest (NCM) Mining Ltd., Australia's biggest gold producer, slid 2 percent after the price of bullion closed yesterday at a three-month low.  Honda Motor Co. (7267), a carmaker that gets about 84 percent of sales abroad, added 1.1 perc...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks slid for a second day as investors weighed equity valuations and U.K. shares fell on concerns that  Scotland may vote for independence.  Oil companies slumped after  Brent crude slipped below $100 a barrel. Lenders dragged the FTSE 100 Index down 0.3 percent. Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc andLloyds (LLOY) Banking Group Plc, the two banks that lend the most in Scotland, lost more than 1 percent each. Oil and gas producers posted the second-biggest loss of the 19 industry groups on ...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks slid for a second day, as investors weighed equity valuations and U.K. shares fell on concerns that  Scotland may vote for independence.  Oil companies fell after  Brent crude fell below $100 a barrel. Lenders dragged the FTSE 100 Index down 1 percent, for the second-biggest decline among 18 western-European markets. Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and  Lloyds (LLOY) Banking Group Plc, the two banks that lend the most in Scotland, slid more than 3 percent each. Oil and gas produ...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stock indices swung between gains and losses as investors weighed data showing Chinese exports rose more than analysts projected last month, while imports unexpectedly fell. SoftBank Corp. climbed 2.5 percent as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., in which the Japanese phone carrier holds a stake, prepares for a record-breaking initial public offering. Henderson Land Development Co. gained 1.9 percent in Hong Kong after a filing showed the developer plans to sell its Citistore retail chain to a unit. Rakuten Inc. slumped 4.1 percen...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks fell from a two-month high amid investor concern that the latest European Central Bank stimulus measures aren't enough to spur the economic recovery. A gauge of commodity producers retreated  the most of 19 industry groups on the Stoxx 600. Fresnillo Plc dropped 4.6 percent to 868 pence, and Randgold Resources Ltd. declined 4.1 percent to 4,737 pence. London Stock Exchange Group Plc (LSE) slipped 2.2 percent to 2,040 pence after Borse Dubai Ltd. sold a 3.1 percent stake in the U.K. bourse. Coca...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks fell, after the Stoxx Europe 600 Index rallied to a two-month high, amid some investor concern that the latest European Central Bank stimulus measures aren't enough to spur an economic recovery. U.S stock-index futures and Asian shares also declined. A measure of commodity producers retreated the most of the 19 industry groups on the Stoxx 600. London Stock Exchange Group Plc slipped 2.4 percent as Borse Dubai Ltd. sold a stake in the exchange.  BASF SE (BAS) slid 1.1 percent after a U.S. court ordered it to ...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks fell, with the regional benchmark index paring its weekly advance, as material and energy companies slid.  Newcrest Mining Ltd. (NCM),  Australia's biggest gold producer, lost 3.2 percent after the price of bullion fell. Fortescue Metals Group Ltd., the nation's third-largest iron ore miner, sank 3.2 percent after a gauge of prices for the raw material in China dropped. Oil explorer Cnooc Ltd. fell 1.3 percent in Hong Kong as crude futures headed for the six weekly decline in seven weeks. Sekisui House Ltd. rose 2.2 ...

  • In European Equity Markets the  European Central Bank's surprise decision to cut  interest rates as well as start buying securitized debt brought investors out from the sidelines, sending the region's  benchmark index to a two-month high. A gauge of  lenders listed on the Stoxx 600 posted its biggest two-day increase since January. UniCredit SpA rose 5.1 percent to 6.40 euros, while Intesa Sanpaolo SpA gained 5.6 percent to 2.46 euros. Standard Life Plc rallied 8.1 percent to 417.2 pence, its largest gain since August...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks rallied to an almost two-month high as the region's central bank unexpectedly cut all its three main  interest rates. Standard Life Plc rose the most in 16 months after agreeing to sell its Canadian unit to Manulife Financial Corp. Bilfinger slumped 10 percent after cutting its full-year profit targets for a third time.Henderson Group Plc (HGG) lost 1.1 percent as Morgan Stanley lowered its rating on the  money manager. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index gained 0.6 percent to 347.11 at 12:50 p.m. in London...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks fell, with the benchmark index retreating from a one-month high, as developers declined.  Samsung Electronics (005930) Co. rallied after unveiling new Galaxy Note phones. DLF Ltd.,  India's largest real-estate developer, tumbled 7.8 percent after a report that a court canceled a land allocation in Gurgaon. Yuexiu Property Co. sank 3 percent in Hong Kong after announcing a rights issue. Hengan International Group Co. slipped 1.9 percent after BNP Paribas SA cut its rating on the diaper maker. Samsung, t...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks rose as  Russia and Ukraine agreed on the steps needed for a truce, and a worse-than-forecast euro-zone purchasing managers' index stoked speculation that the area's central bank will increase stimulus. Equities with exposure to Russia advanced amid reports of the cease-fire discussions, with  Nokian Renkaat (NRE1V) Oyj, Carlsberg A/S and  Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) among the biggest gainers. Danone rose to its highest price in four weeks after appointing Emmanuel Faber as chi...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks rose as  Russia and Ukraine agreed on the steps needed for a truce, and a worse-than-forecast euro-zone purchasing managers' index stoked speculation that the area's central bank will increase stimulus. Equities with exposure to Russia advanced amid reports of the cease-fire discussions, with  Nokian Renkaat (NRE1V) Oyj, Carlsberg A/S and  Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) among the biggest gainers. Danone increased 1.9 percent after appointing Emmanuel Faber as chief executive officer as...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks rose, with the benchmark index set for its highest close in a month, as reports showing faster growth in  China's service industries and U.S. manufacturing boosted optimism in the world's biggest economies. The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index of mainland shares traded in  Hong Kong jumped 2.8 percent, poised for its biggest rally since March.  Sony Corp. (6758), the maker of PlayStation game consoles that gets more than 70 percent of revenue outside  Japan, climbed 2.7 percent as the yen to...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks were little changed, following a two-day rally prompted by speculation that policy makers will accelerate stimulus. Brokers' upgrades of European companies are sent some shares up today.  Vallourec SA (VK)climbed 5 percent after UBS AG advised investors to buy the stock.  Tenaris SA (TEN), another steel-pipe producer, gained 2 percent after the Swiss brokerage raised its rating. Weir Group Plc is up 2.7 percent after Credit Suisse Group AG upgraded the British supplier of pressure pumps. National benchm...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks were little changed, after a two-day rally prompted by speculation that policy makers will accelerate stimulus. Brokers' upgrades of European companies are sending some shares up  today. Vallourec SA (VK) climbed 4 percent after UBS AG advised investors to buy the stock. Tenaris SA (TEN), anothersteel-pipe producer, gained 2.5 percent after the Swiss brokerage raised its rating. Weir Group Plc is up 2.7 percent after Credit Suisse Group AG upgraded the British supplier of pressure pumps. Air France-KLM advanc...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks outside Japan dropped as South Korean manufacturers dragged the gauge lower. The Topix index rallied in  Tokyo as the yen weakened before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces a new cabinet tomorrow. Hyundai Motor Co. (005380) fell 2.4 percent after South Korea's biggest carmaker reported lower sales for August. Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest smartphone maker, headed for a two-year low.  China Modern Dairy Holdings Ltd. slipped 2.1 percent in  Hong Kong after an investor...

  • 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...