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  • 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 work and fo...

  • 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 stocks rose ...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks closed in the red Monday as equity investors got their first chance to react to President Donald Trump's inauguration speech, seen as taking a protectionist tone. The Stoxx Europe 600 fell 0.4 percent to finish at 361.01. On major European indexes, Germany's DAX 30 gave up 0.7 percent to 11,545.75 and France's CAC 40 fell 0.6 percent to 4,821.41. The U.K's FTSE 100 fell 0.7 percent to 7,151.18 as the pound also strengthened agains...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei index lost more than 1 percent on Monday as exporters fell on a stronger yen, while sentiment was subdued on concern over U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist trade views. The Nikkei fell 1.3 percent to 18,891.03. The broader Topix lost 1.2 percent to 1,514.63, and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 was down 1.3 percent to 13,567.32. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan rose 0.3 percent, with Taiwan stocks leading the gains a...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks fell, posting their biggest weekly loss since before Donald Trump won the U.S presidential election in November, as investors grew cautious before his inauguration. The STOXX 600 closed 0.1 percent lower, marking a five-day loss of almost 1 percent. Britain's FTSE fell 0.1 percent and posted a weekly decline of 1.9 percent. British pharma stock AstraZeneca was 3.4 percent weaker after rival Bristol-Myers Squibb Co...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japanese stocks edged up on Friday as investors covered their short positions, but gains were tempered and volume was low as markets remained cautious before the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. The Nikkei ended 0.3 percent higher at 19,137.91. For the week, it lost 0.8 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan lost 0.2 percent, and looked set to end the week 0.1 percent lower. Australian sto...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks fell on Thursday, though Zodiac Aerospace's shares rose after a takeover offer by France's Safran and Moneysupermarket.com also jumped after it reported strong results. The pan-European STOXX 600 index ended down 0.1 percent after a choppy day. Zodiac Aerospace rocketed 22.8 percent after Safran offered $9 billion to buy the aircraft seat manufacturer. After an initial positive reaction, shares in Safran tur...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei index rebounded from a six-week low on Thursday, with financial stocks cheered by the rise in U.S. bond yields after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signalled a solid pace of interest rate hikes. The Nikkei rose 0.9 percent to 19,072.25, rebounding from six-week lows of 18,650.33 touched on Wednesday. The broader Topix rose 0.9 percent to 1,528.15 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 added nearly 1 percent at 13,695.53. MSCI's broadest index of A...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks ended little changed on Wednesday with investors looking at corporate earnings for market direction as more doubts emerged that a rally triggered by Donald Trump's U.S. presidential election win would continue. The STOXX 600 edged 0.2 percent higher after a choppy session, while the UK's FTSE added 0.4 percent. Germany's Gerresheimer rose 6.6 percent after Deutsche Bank upgraded the drugs packaging firm to "buy". ASML rose 6.7 percent to...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks stabilized near three-month highs on Wednesday, helped by Hong Kong and Chinese stocks, as investors judged U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's concerns over a stronger dollar to be beneficial to some of the regional bourses. The Nikkei index rose 0.4 percent to 18,894.37, crawling back from its intraday low of 18,650.33 hit in the morning, its weakest level since Dec. 8. The broader Topix gained 0.3 percent to 1,513.86 a...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks ended flat on Tuesday, coming off lows after British Prime Minister Theresa May provided some clarity on her country's plans to leave the European Union. The pan-European STOXX index ended 0.1 percent lower, having fallen as much as 0.7 percent just before May began speaking. Britain's FTSE 100 index fell 1.5 percent, its biggest one-day fall since June 2016. Lufthansa rose as much as 7.3 percent, attracting interest after an Italian ne...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei fell to its lowest level in more than a month on Tuesday as a strong yen soured sentiment, while shares of Honda tumbled after it said an air bag made by Takata Corp had ruptured in one of its cars in Japan. The Nikkei share average ended 1.5 percent lower at 18,813.53, the weakest closing level since Dec. 8. Honda Motor Co skidded 2.7 percent after it said the passenger-side air bag of one of its Fit compact...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose on Monday, led higher by banks stocks, with Britain's blue chip index finishing at an all-time high after extending a record winning streak to 14 days. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 share index rose 0.6 percent to an all-time high following a record of 14 days of gains in a row, while the pan-European STOXX 600 added 0.95 percent. Shares of French media company Technicolor fell 19.7 percent in their worst-ever one-...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Monday to its lowest level in more than two weeks, hurt as the yen appreciated on concerns Britain might make a "hard" exit by from the European Union. The Nikkei ended the day down 1 percent at 19,095.24 after brushing 19,061.27, its lowest level since Dec. 30. The broader Topix and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 both lost 0.9 percent to 1,530.64 and 13,716.75, respectively. MSCI's broad...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose on Monday, led higher by banks stocks, with Britain's blue chip index finishing at an all-time high after extending a record winning streak to 14 days. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 share index rose 0.6 percent, while the pan-European STOXX 600 added 0.95 percent. The European auto index rose 0.8 percent. The index came off earlier highs after reports that French prosecutors were investigating Renault over sus...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks fell on Friday but were on track for weekly gains while the dollar was poised for a losing week, with investors disappointed that President-elect Donald Trump failed to elaborate on stimulus plans at a news conference two days ago. The Nikkei rose 0.8 percent to 19,287.28 while the broader Topix gained 0.6 percent to 1,544.89.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan was down 0.2 percent, after rising to i...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks fell on Thursday weighed down by Fiat Chrysler, which wiped out one sixth of its value in a late session slide after the U.S. accused the car maker of excess diesel emissions, raising worries of heavy fines. The STOXX 600 fell 0.7 percent with the auto sector index leading sectoral fallers, dragged down by 16.1 percent fall in Fiat Chrysler shares, the biggest faller on the pan-European benchmark index. The U.S. Environmental Protection...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei index fell to a near two-week low on Thursday after President-elect Donald Trump failed at a highly-anticipated media briefing to provide clarity on future fiscal policies. The Nikkei fell 1.2 percent to 19,134.70, the lowest closing level since Dec. 30. The broader Topix lost 1.0 percent to 1,535.41 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 declined 1.0 percent to 13,743.96. The MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside ...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks ended off highs on Wednesday as pharma stocks turned lower on worries over pricing pressure in the U.S. following remarks by Donald Trump in his first news conference. Europe's index of healthcare stocks fell 0.7 percent, weighing on the region's benchmark STOXX Europe 600 index which inched up 0.2 percent at the close. London-listed drugmakers Shire and Astrazeneca fell 3.2 percent and 1.8 percent, while Swiss heavyweights Novartis an...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japanese stocks ticked up slightly on Wednesday with gains limited ahead of a much-anticipated press conference by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump later in the day. The Nikkei index rose 0.3 percent to 19,364.67, after falling for the past three days. The broader Topix gained 0.5 percent to 1,550.40 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 rose 0.5 percent to 13,886.42. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan rose 0.5 percent, essentiall...

  • In European Equity Markets Britain's FTSE 100 blue-chip index hit fresh record highs on Tuesday, boosted by gains among retailers, while a rally in mining stocks more than offset weaker financials, helping European shares end slightly in positive territory. The pan-European STOXX 600 index inched up 0.1 percent, while the FTSE 100 rose 0.5 percent after hitting a new all-time high of 7,284.81 points. France's CAC 40 was flat and Germany's DAX added 0.2 percent.Morrisons was among ...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks steadied on Tuesday and crude prices inched up from Monday's three-week low, with investors uncertain whether output cuts by major exporters, led by Saudi Arabia and Russia, will be enough to support the oil market as other producers have increased supplies.  MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan advanced 0.3 percent after a tentative start. Japan's Nikkei erased earlier losses to trade little changed. Chi...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks fell on Monday as a pullback in bank stocks more than offset a stronger tech sector, while a fall in the pound drove Britain's FTSE 100 index to further record highs. The pan-European STOXX index slid 0.4 percent, while the FTSE 100 rose 0.4 percent after hitting an all-time high of 7,243.76 points in its 10th straight session of gains. SAP rose 0.8 percent to a fresh 22-year high after UBS said a survey of customers of the German software maker s...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks cut early gains as investor caution grew before a news conference by President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, where his views on global trade and China will be carefully scrutinized for future policy implications. MSCI's ex-Japan Asia-Pacific stocks index was flat on the day, having risen as much as 0.5 percent after posting a rare loss in the previous session. Australia's S&P/ASX200 rose 0.9 percent while Hong Kong stocks&nbs...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rallied from lows on Friday after a stronger than anticipated increase in earnings in a flagship U.S. jobs report made up for a weaker-than-forecast payrolls figure. The STOXX 600, which had been down 0.4 percent ahead of the data, closed down just 0.1 percent. Shares in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles gained 7 percent after Goldman Sachs added the stock to its "Conviction List" and raised its target price to 16.5 euros from ...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei fell on Friday as automakers dragged after incoming U.S President Donald Trump threatened to slap punitive taxes on Toyota cars imported into the United States from Mexico, while Fast Retailing weighed on the market. The Nikkei fell 0.3 percent to 19,454.33. For the week, it was up 1.8 percent. The broader Topix lost 0.2 percent to 1,553.32 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 fell 0.2 percent to 13,928.49. The MSCI's ex-Japan A...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks hovered near recent highs on Thursday, with Britain's top equity index hitting a new peak following a rally in housebuilders and miners. The pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 0.1 percent, while Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 rose 0.1 percent. Persimmon rose 7.2 percent after Britain's second-biggest housebuilder by volume said sales had risen 15 percent since Britons voted in June to leave the European Union.  The Euro...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei index edged down on Thursday as a stronger yen hurt some exporters, but the downside was limited as strong U.S. shares supported overall sentiment. The Nikkei eased 0.1 percent to 19,568.93 points in midmorning trade after flirting with positive territory, while the broader Topix rose 0.2 percent to 1,557.06. The JPX-Nikkei Index 400 advanced 0.2 percent to 13,966.58. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks edged down from a one-year high on Wednesday, with retailers in focus after standout faller Next cut its profit guidance and cautioned on future trade. The pan-European STOXX 600 closed 0.1 percent lower, pulling back from its highest level since December 2015, reached in the previous session. The index was dragged down by a 14.4 percent fall in shares of UK fashion retailer Next. Next's warning put pressure on other high str...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei index started 2017 trading on a strong note on Wednesday as investors cheered upbeat global economic data released during Japan's holidays, and a weaker yen boosted exporters. The Nikkei rose 2.5 percent to 19.594.16, making the biggest gains in about two months and closing at its highest level since early December 2015. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan was on track for a seventh straight session of gains,...

  • In European Equity Markets a third day of gains propeled stocks into a bull market as data from the U.S. to China signaled a strengthening global economy. The pan-European STOXX 600 closed 0.7 percent higher after hitting its highest level since December 2015. Britain's FTSE 100, shut on Monday for a holiday, closed 0.5 percent higher at 7,177.89 points. Credit Suisse and Bank of Ireland were also among top STOXX gainers, with their shares rising ...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks extending gains after European stocks rose to their highest in a year, while the dollar resumed its climb after last week's stumble. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan rose 0.4 percent as most regional markets reopened after the New Year holiday. It ended 2016 with a 3.7 percent gain, its best year in four. Japan was closed for an extended New Year holiday. Australian stocks were the best performers in the re...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks were steady on Friday with the focus on lenders after Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse settled mortgage securities fraud suits in the United States, and Italy's Monte dei Paschi agreed to a bailout. The STOXX Europe 600 was flat at its close and unchanged for the week, but the index still on track for its best month since October 2015. Deutsche Bank trimmed early gains to end 0.3 percent higher after it agreed to a $7.2 billion settlemen...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks retreated in subdued trade on Friday after Wall Street took a breather from its rise since the U.S. election, while the dollar hovered below the 14-year high set earlier this week. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan, fell 0.4 percent to a five-month low. China's CSI 300 index fell  0.7 percent, dragged lower by brokerage and insurance shares, on expectations regulators will tig...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks  edged lower on Thursday, falling further from their highest levels of the year, though Italian blue-chips outperformed as they shrugged off uncertainty over Monte Paschi's rescue plan. The STOXX 600 was down 0.2 percent, while Italy's blue-chip FTSE MIB rose 0.5 percent, and Italian banks rose 0.8 percent. Actelion rose as much as 8.2 percent after the Swiss biotech company has turn...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks struggled on Thursday after a lacklustre performance on Wall Street as investors looked to U.S. economic data later in the day for potential catalysts, as markets wind down ahead of the holidays. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan erased early modest gains and fell 0.5 percent, while Japan's Nikkei stock index  finished 0.1 percent lower, edging down from this week's one-year highs.

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose slightly on Tuesday, holding near their highest levels since January, helped by a busy year-end for corporate deal making and more signs that Italy is making progress on stabilising its wobbly banking sector. Europe's STOXX 600 rose 0.5 percent with financials providing the biggest boost to the index.  Lloyds Banking Group rose 2.2 percent after saying it would buy MBNA from Bank of America for $2.4 ...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei index edged down on Wednesday in choppy trade ahead of the holidays as investors locked in gains after the market hovered at more than one-year highs earlier. The Nikkei ended 0.3 percent lower at 19,444.49 after trading in positive territory in the morning. The broader Topix fell 0.5 percent at 1,544.94, while the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 declined 0.4 percent to 13,850.89. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan inched u...

  • In European Equity Markets shares rose slightly on Tuesday, holding near their highest levels since January, helped by a busy year-end for corporate deal making and more signs that Italy is making progress on stabilizing its wobbly banking sector. Europe's STOXX 600 rose 0.2 percent with healthcare and financials providing the biggest boost to the index. Among regional benchmarks, Italy's was the best performer, up 0.4 percent. Elsewhere, Lloyds Banking Group said it would ...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's Nikkei index rose on Tuesday after the market digested the Bank of Japan's decision to maintain current monetary policy, while the yen's fall versus the dollar lifted overall sentiment. The Nikkei gained 0.5 percent to 19,494.53, the highest closing level since early December in 2015. The broader Topix added 0.2 percent to 1,552.36 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 advanced 0.3 percent to 13,912.64. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pac...

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