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US stocks fell on Monday as weak data on the housing market and services sector were the latest indications of worsening economic conditions, taking the S&P 500 below a key support level. While acquisition activity limited the market's decline, keeping indexes near record levels, investors found few reasons to buy as the data followed some high-profile disappointments in corporate earnings, including from Amazon.com and Caterpillar last week.

Tokyo stocks rose 0.46 percent Monday to close at a fresh six-month high as Japanese earnings season gets into full swing. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index added 71.53 points to 15,529.40, its best finish since late January, while the Topix index of all first-section issues rose 0.37 percent, or 4.72 points, to 1,286.07. The Nikkei "will likely test highs if more solid earnings results are confirmed," said Hideyuki Ishiguro, senior strategist for investment strategy at Okasan Securities.
A slide in financial stocks, including Aberdeen Asset Management and Lloyds Banking Group, knocked back Britain's top equity index on Monday The bluechip FTSE 100 index was down by 0.4 percent, or 29 points, at 6,762.55 points going into the close of trading. Fund management group Aberdeen Asset Management was the worst-performing FTSE 100 stock in percentage terms, falling 5.2 percent after the company reported fund outflows in its third quarter.
Europe's stock markets started the week on a tepid note on Monday as traders weighed a raft of corporate news ahead of a big week for economic news, traders said. London's benchmark FTSE 100 index rose 0.11 percent to stand at 6,798.75 points in mid-afternoon trading in the British capital. In Paris, the CAC 40 edged down 0.17 percent to 4,323.05 points, while Frankfurt's DAX 30 index fell 0.16 percent to 9,628.45 compared with Friday's close.
Indian shares fell on Monday to their lowest close in a week, as profit-taking hit shares of bluechips such as ICICI Bank Ltd for a second consecutive session after the record highs of last week. Caution also prevailed ahead of the expiry of monthly derivatives contracts due on Thursday and ahead of key earnings such as Bharti Airtel Ltd and ICICI Bank in a holiday-shortened week.
Sri Lankan stocks ended little-changed on Monday in thin trade ahead of a holiday, but sentiment was still positive on expectations of strong corporate earnings after market heavyweight John Keells Holdings' upbeat earnings. The main stock index ended 0.01 percent, or 0.63 points, higher at 6,784.27. It has gained 6.4 percent so far this month.
China shares jumped on Monday, with Hong Kong's index hitting its highest close in more than 3-1/2 years, on growing bets that the world's second-largest economy has turned a corner and as investors expect more growth-friendly policies. Helped by some ultra cheap valuations, banks soared after a Reuters report said the country's fifth-biggest bank by assets planned to seek more private investors.
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Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,982.59 0.13
Arrow Nasdaq 4,444.91 0.10
Arrow S&P 1,978.91 0.03
Arrow FTSE 6,788.07 0.05
Arrow DAX 9,598.17 0.48
Arrow CAC-40 4,344.77 0.33
Arrow Nikkei 15,529.40 0.46
Arrow H.Seng 24,428.63 0.88
Arrow Sensex 25,991.23 0.52





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