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  • In European Equity Markets stocks climbed to a two-month high as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi reiterated his commitment to raising inflation as fast as possible, and  China cut interest rates. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index added 2.1 percent to 345.37 at 4:30 p.m. in London, snapping a two-day losing streak. National benchmark indexes advanced in 17 of the 18 western European markets today...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks fluctuated as the yen rose for the first time in seven days after Finance Minister Taro Aso said its decline has been too fast and as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to dissolve parliament ahead of elections. The Topix rose 0.1 percent to 1,398.63 as of 3:00 p.m. in Tokyo, reversing an earlier loss of 0.9 percent. It is headed for a 0.2 percent decline this week, which would be its first such drop...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks declined as miners fell after manufacturing data missed economists' estimates for the region and  ChinaThe Stoxx Europe 600 Index dropped 0.3 percent to 338.22 at 4:31 p.m. in  London. A gauge of mining stocks fell to its lowest level this year, with iron-ore producers BHP Billiton Ltd. and  Rio TintoGroup losing more than 2.5 percent. National ...

  • In European Equity Markets mining companies led a decline in stocks as manufacturing data missed economists' estimates for the region and  ChinaThe Stoxx Europe 600 Index lost 0.6 percent to 337.07 at 12:30 p.m. in  London. A gauge of mining stocks dropped to a one-month low, with iron-ore producers BHP Billiton Ltd. and  Rio Tinto Group losing more than 2 percent. 

  • In Asian Equity Markets  stocks fell a second day after Federal Reserve minutes showed some U.S. policy makers were concerned about low inflation. Shares in  Japan gained as the yen weakened past 118 per dollar. Toray Industries Inc. jumped 6.4 percent, leading gains in the textile and fiber sector, after Iwai Cosmo Securities Co. raised its outlook on the stock. Toyota Motor Corp., which gets about 30 perc...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks rose for a second day as a report showed German investor confidence advanced for the first time this year. Stocks moved higher earlier today, after U.K. data showed inflation unexpectedly accelerated. National benchmark indexes rose in all 18 western European markets today. The U.K.'s FTSE 100 added 0.4 percent, France's CAC 40 climbed 0.7 percent, and Germany's DAX rallied 1.3 percent. Greece's ...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose for a second day as a report showed German investor confidence advanced for the first time this year. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index climbed 0.6 percent to 339.11 at 12:30 p.m. in London. Chemical companies and automakers rose the most among 19  industry groups in the Stoxx 600. BASF SE added 1.9 percent. A report by the European Automobile Manufactur...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japanese  stocks rose as investors await a press conference by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at which he's expected to delay a  sales-tax increase, call an election and boost stimulus after the economy sank into recession. All 33  Topix (TPX) index industry groups increased, led by fishery and agriculture stocks and textile companies. Sony Corp. j...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose the most in a week, reversing earlier losses, after  Mario Draghi said the  European Central Bank's expanded purchase program could include government bonds. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index added 0.5 percent to 337.25 at the close of trading in London, after earlier falling as much as 0.8 percent. Earlier, European shares followed Asian stocks lower ...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks fell, after a third weekly gain in four, amid global economic growth concerns asJapan unexpectedly slipped into a recession.  The Stoxx  Europe 600 Index lost 0.4 percent to 334.18 at 12:30 p.m. in London after sliding as much as 0.8 percent. In Europe, 15 of 19  industry groups in the Stoxx 600 declined, with a gauge of banks...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japanese  stocks slumped as a report showing the nation's economy unexpectedly fell into a recession outweighed investor optimism that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will postpone a  sales-tax increase. All but one of the 33 industry groups on the Topix index retreated, led by consumer lenders and insurers. Toyota Motor Corp.,  Japan's No. 1 company by ...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks were little changed, paring a weekly advance, as slides in health-care and commodity-producer shares offset gains in media companies. A gauge of health-care stocks was the biggest drag on the Stoxx  Europe 600 Index, as Novartis AG and AstraZeneca Plc retreated. Outokumpu Oyj and Anglo American Plc led miners lower. Abengoa SA and SBM Offshore NV led oil and energy-related compa...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks retreated, erasing a weekly advance, as a slide in energy and commodity-related stocks outweighed gains in media companies. Randgold Resources Ltd. and Anglo American Plc led a gauge of miners on the Stoxx Europe 600 Index lower as some raw-material prices declined. Abengoa SA and SBM Offshore NV led energy-related companies lower.  Schibsted ASA (SCH) pushed a measure of media stock...

  • In Asian Equity Markets  Japan's  Topix index rose, capping a fourth straight weekly gain, as investors await a report on economic growth amid speculation Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to delay a sales-tax increase and call an election. Mitsui Fudosan Co., Japan's largest real-estate company, climbed 2.2 percent as developers led gains on the  Topix. (TPX) Sekisui House Ltd., the nation'...

  • In European Equity Markets Ericsson AB's cost-cutting plan and KBC Groep NV's better-than-estimated earnings helped European stocks rebound from an intraday drop led by energy producers and utilities. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index gained 0.3 percent to 335.99 at 4:30 p.m. in  London, after rising as much as 0.6 percent and falling as much as 0.4 percent.A gauge of technology companies posted the  second...

  • In European Equity Markets technology shares took center stage in Europe as Ericsson AB's cost-cutting plan and Iliad SA's better-than-estimated sales helped the region's  benchmark index rebound from the biggest drop in four weeks. The Swedish maker of wireless networks and the French phone carrier rose at least 3 percent, pushing the Stoxx Europe 600 Index 0.5 percent higher to 336.83 at 12:30 p.m. in London. All i...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks rose, with the  Topix (TPX) index extending a six-year high, as the yen fell amid growing speculation that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will delay a planned sales-tax increase and call an early election. Nissan Motor Co., which gets 78 percent of its revenue overseas, added 1.1 percent. Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. jumped 7.7 percent after raising its full-year profit ...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks declined, as banks and utilities dropped, while investors considered valuations after equities extended a five-week high. Banks slipped as U.S., Swiss, and British regulators fined lenders including HSBC Holdings Plc, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and UBS AG to settle a probe into foreign-exchange manipulation. Barclays Plc slid 2.4 percent after saying it is not ready to settle the investigation. E...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks declined, as banks dropped and investors considered valuations after equities extended a five-week high.Banks slipped as U.S., Swiss, and British regulators fined lenders including HSBC Holdings Plc, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and UBS AG to settle a probe into foreign-exchange manipulation. Barclays Plc slid 2 percent after saying it is not ready to settle the probe. Enel SpA lost 4.4 percent after t...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks rose for a fourth day as Japanese shares climbed after the yen depreciated to a seven-year low amid speculation the nation will delay raising its sales tax again. Chinese stocks trading in  Hong Kong rose for a third day as banks and brokerages extended gains before the start of a trading link with Shanghai next week. Haitong Securities Co., the nation's second-bigg...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose, extending their highest level in more than five weeks, as companies from  Vodafone (VOD) Group Plc to Henkel AG rallied on better-than-estimated financial results and improving forecasts. Vodafone advanced the most in 14 months after saying services revenue fell slower than analysts' estimated. That pushed a gauge of telecommunications companies to the highest level s...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japan's  stocks jumped, with the  Topix (TPX) closing at a six-year high, as the yen extended losses and corporate earnings beat estimates. Nissan Motor Co., which gets 43 percent of its revenue inNorth America, gained 1.4 percent.  Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. climbed 4.9 percent after raising its full-year profit forecast. Chiyoda Corp....

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks advanced, after posting a weekly decline, as investors weighed corporate results from companies including  Carlsberg (CARLB) A/S and  Lonmin (LMI) Plc. Carlsberg added 3.1 percent after  Russia's biggest brewer said its markets share improved in the country as it reported better-than-expected third-quarter profit. Lonmin climbed to its h...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks advanced, after posting a weekly decline, as investors weighed corporate results from companies including Carlsberg A/S and  Lonmin (LMI) Plc. Carlsberg added 2.4 percent after  Russia's biggest brewer said its markets share improved in the country as it reported better-than-expected third-quarter profit. Lonmin climbed to its highest price in seven weeks afte...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks fell, after capping three weeks of gains, as the yen rose and a report showed U.S. companies hired fewer workers than forecast. Toyota Motor Corp., which gets 31 percent of revenue in  North America, dropped 1.5 percent. Takata Corp., the auto-parts maker at the center of an air-bag recall crisis, plunged after U.S. lawmakers called for a criminal investigation of the company. Nipp...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks advanced as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said policy makers are ready to implement further stimulus measures if needed to support the euro-region economy. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index increased 0.2 percent to 337.08 at the close of trading, after earlier gaining as much as 1 percent and dropping as much as 0.6 percent.National benchmark indexes rose in 13 of the 18 western European...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks fell for the third time in four days, as the  European Central Bank held  interest rates at record lows, and investors awaited a press conference for any signals on further stimulus from President  Mario DraghiLenders were among the worst performers, with Societe Generale SA and  Credit Agricole SA falling af...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks rose for the first time in three days as companies from Marks & Spencer Group Plc to  Natixis (KN) SA rallied after posting better-than-estimated earnings. The Stoxx  Europe 600 Index climbed 1.3 percent to 335.16 at 12:30 p.m. in  London as all the industry groups on the gauge climbed, except mining stocks. Lafarge SA...

  • In Asian Equity Markets  stocks rose, with the  Topix (TPX) index capping a five-day rally, as a weaker yen boosted exporters. SoftBank Corp. dropped after projecting that operating profit would decline. Honda Motor Co., a carmaker that gets 84 percent of its revenue abroad, rose 2.4 percent. Cyberdyne Inc. soared 7.6 percent after the price target of the maker of medical robots was raised at Nomura Holding...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks declined for a second day, as officials cut growth forecasts for the euro region, and  oil companies plunged on tumbling prices for the commodity. Hunting Plc and Seadrill Ltd. retreated more than 5 percent as a gauge of oil-related companies fell the most on the Stoxx  Europe 600 Index. Hugo Boss AG slid 5 percent after lowering its 2014 sales outloo...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks were little changed, as officials cut growth forecasts for the euro region, offsetting better-than-expected earnings from companies including  Securitas AB (SECUB) and Royal DSM NV. U.S. stock-index futures fell. Hugo Boss AG slid 5.3 percent after lowering its 2014 sales outlook. Hunting Plc and Seadrill Ltd. retreated more than 4 percent as  oil companies

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks rose, with the Nikkei 225 Stock Average climbing above 17,000 for the first time since 2007, after the yen weakened as investors weighed additional stimulus by  Japan's central bank. The  Nikkei 225 Stock Average increased 2.7 percent to 16,862.47 after earlier rising above 17,000 for the first time since 2007. Exporters surged.  Toyota...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks fell, after this year's biggest weekly rally, as investors weighed disappointing earnings from PostNL NV and Holcim Ltd. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index slid 0.8 percent to 334.25 at the close of trading as Italian utilities declined. Snam SpA slumped 11 percent and Terna Rete Elettrica Nazionale SpA lost 6.7 percent, pushing a gauge of European utilities to the  worst performa...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks fell, after this year's biggest weekly rally, as investors weighed disappointing earnings from PostNL NV and Holcim Ltd. Holcim dropped 2.6 percent after the cement maker posted third-quarter net income and revenue that missed analysts' projections as fluctuations in emerging-market currencies hurt results. PostNL slid 8 percent after reporting third-quarter net income of 12 million eu...

  • In Asian Equity Markets  stocks slipped from a one-month high after gauges of  China's manufacturing and services industries showed signs of a broadening slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. South Korean automakers tumbled amid concern a weaker yen would make Japanese peers more competitive, pushing consumer discretionary shares to the largest drop among the regional equity measure's industry groups.&...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks rose to a four-week high amid optimism the  Bank of Japan's stimulus will fill some of the gap left by the end of  Federal Reserve bond buying. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index gained 1.7 percent to 336.26 at 4:30 p.m. in London. Barclays Plc and BNP Paribas SA led lenders higher, as all 19 industry groups on the gauge climbed. Benchmark indexes in 16 of t...

  • In European Equity Markets  stocks rose to a three-week high amid optimism the Bank of  Japan's stimulus will fill some of the gap left by the end of Federal Reserve bond buying. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index gained 1.6 percent to 336.11 at 12:30 p.m. in London.  BNP Paribas (BNP) SA led lenders higher, as all 19 industry groups on the gauge climbed. International Consolidated Airlines ...

  • In Asian Equity Markets Japanese  stocks rose, with the  Nikkei 225 Stock Average (NKY) closing at a seven-year high, as the  Bank of Japan unexpectedly boosted easing and the nation's pension fund prepared to unveil new asset allocations. The Nikkei 225 jumped 4.8 percent to 16,413.76 at the close in Tokyo, the highest since Nov. 2, 2007. Real-estate and finan...

  • In European Equity Markets stocks advanced, reversing earlier losses, as a report showed the  U.S. economyexpanded in the third quarter more than forecast. The Stoxx  Europe 600 Index added 0.6 percent to 330.71 at the close of trading, after falling as much as 1.1 percent. Lenders dragged shares lower earlier after European Banking Authority Chairman Andrea Enria said balance-sheet reviews and...

  • In Asian Equity Markets stocks advanced after the  Federal Reserve said it will end its asset-purchase program amid signs of a strengthening economy and as investors analyzed earnings reports from some of the region's biggest companies. Canon Inc., a camera maker that generates 81 percent of its revenue overseas, advanced 0.9 percent. Renesas Electronics Corp. soared 5.4 percent after the semiconductor manu...