Global Markets

Juicy Apple buoys shares, euro volatility sinks


LONDON - Global stocks were back on the front foot on Thursday, as upbeat earnings from tech heavyweights Apple and Facebook helped shake off some of the jitters that have hit the sector in recent weeks.

Apple buoys Nasdaq; Ukraine weighs on broader market

NEW YORK - The Nasdaq rose modestly in a choppy session on Thursday, lifted by a rally in Apple shares a day after the iPad maker's strong results, though tensions in Ukraine held the broader market in check. | Video

12:23am BST

Dollar under pressure on rising Ukraine tension

TOKYO - The dollar came under pressure against the yen on Friday as rising tension in Ukraine undermined optimism about U.S. economic growth following strong U.S. durable goods data.

1:12am BST

Foreigners buy fewest U.S. 10-year bonds in a year

NEW YORK - Foreigners bought the lowest amount of U.S. 10-year Treasuries notes at auction in a year, according to Treasury Department data released on Wednesday.

23 Apr 2014

U.S. corporate pensions bet on bonds even as prices seen falling

NEW YORK - Major U.S. companies including Clorox and Kraft are favoring more bonds in the mix for their employees' defined benefit pension plans, even amid signs the three-decade bull run in bonds is on its last legs.

24 Apr 2014

Pension funds pile pressure on Barclays over governance

LONDON - A group of British public sector pension funds has heaped pressure on Barclays ahead of its annual general meeting by saying it has governance concerns over the company's search for a new chairman.

24 Apr 2014
World Markets

European shares bounce; Alstom jumps on M&A talk

PARIS, April 24 - European shares rose in early trade on Thursday, recouping most of the previous session's losses, with Alstom surging on merger and acquisition talk.

European shares rise as bid talk offsets Ukraine worries

LONDON, April 24 - European stock markets rose on Thursday, as signs of a resurgence in corporate takeover activity offset lingering worries over Ukraine.

Nikkei drops on trade pact disappointment, pre-earnings caution

TOKYO, April 24 - Tokyo stocks fell Thursday on news that a U.S.-Japan trade pact was not yet finalised after a meeting between the two countries' leaders and on investor caution before a series of Japanese corporate earnings reports. The Nikkei share average closed down 1 percent at 14,404.99 while the broader Topix index fell 0.8 percent to 1,164.90, with trading volume slightly below the average in the past month. The new JPX-Nikkei Index 400 shed 0.8 percent to 10,598.50.

Hong Kong shares end modestly higher on telecoms rebound, earnings

BEIJING, April 24 - Hong Kong shares posted modest gains on Thursday, helped by a strong rebound in some telecoms shares after the previous session's sell-off, and by company results.

24 Apr 2014
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