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Markets - Equity

Markets - Equity - Asia

Tokyo shares finish flat on yen strength TOKYO: Tokyo shares closed flat on Thursday as the benchmark index lost early gains on a stronger yen. The Nikkei 225 index lost 0.37 percent, or 73.47 points, to 19,520.69. But the broader Topix index of all first-section issues rose 0.08 percent, or 1.20 points, to 1,555.68.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2017


Markets - Equity - Americas

Stocks hold gains after Fed minutes; dollar down NEW YORK: Stock indexes around the world gained on Wednesday, bolstered by upbeat global economic data and by minutes from the Federal Reserve's December meeting, which showed policymakers thought the U.S. economy could grow more quickly because of fiscal stimulus under the Trump administration.The dollar retreated from a 14-year high against a basket of currencies, briefly hitting a session low, while U.S. Treasury debt yields slipped after the release of the minutes.The minutes showed how ...

Markets - Equity - Europe

Britain's FTSE steadies near record high, Next slumps LONDON: Britain's top share index closed slightly firmer and near a record high on Wednesday as a rally in housebuilders was offset by a slump in retailers after Next issued a profit warning.The bluechip FTSE 100 index closed 0.17 percent higher at 7,189.74 points, having touched an all-time high of 7,205.45 in the previous session.Next hit a two-month low and closed 14.4 percent weaker after the retailer cut its profit guidance for the current financial ...

Markets - Equity - Europe

European stocks downbeat before Fed minutes LONDON: European stock markets mostly eased Wednesday as traders awaited clues from the Federal Reserve on the outlook for US interest rates.London's FTSE 100 was down a few points after the benchmark index hit record highs on Tuesday. In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index fell 0.2 percent and the Paris CAC 40 lost 0.1 percent compared with Tuesday's closing values.Wall Street opened firm, but still around 80 points short of the landmark 20,000 point ...

Markets - Equity - Americas

Strong reports from GM, Delta lift US stocks NEW YORK: Wall Street stocks rose early Wednesday following a bullish December auto sales report from General Motors and a solid performance report from Delta that lifted airlines.GM surged 4.3 percent after reporting that its December sales rose 10 percent from the year-ago level as it projected the closely-watched, seasonally-adjusted cars sales rate of 18.2 million vehicles, well above expectations.Delta Air Lines shares gained 1.9 percent as it met or exceeded expectations for several key ...

Markets - Equity - Americas

Wall St opens higher as banks, discretionary stocks rise NEW YORK: US stocks rose on Wednesday, extending gains into the second trading day of the new year, helped by advances in consumer discretionary and bank stocks. Investors are awaiting the minutes of the Federal Reserve's Dec. 13-14 meeting in which it raised interest rates. The minutes are due to be released at 2:00 p.m. ET (1900 GMT). The central bank had cited strength in the labor market and a slight uptick in inflation among ...

Markets - Equity - Americas

TSX extends 20-month high; financials, industrials rise TORONTO: Canada's main stock index rose to a fresh 20-month high on Wednesday as financial and industrial shares led a broad-based rally and Encana Corp jumped on an improved outlook. The most influential movers on the index included its biggest bank, Royal Bank of Canada, which rose 1.1 percent to C$92.50, and Encana, which gained 4.7 percent to C$16.81. The Canadian oil and natural gas producer said it expects its margins in 2017 to exceed ...