NEW YORK - U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday, as disappointing earnings from Amazon were offset by gains in Microsoft after its quarterly results.
LONDON - Global stock markets were heading for their best week of the year on Friday following reassuring company results, encouraging data from the world's biggest economies and signs the ECB is upping its efforts to lift Europe.
NEW YORK - Earnings from Caterpillar and 3M drove Wall Street higher on Thursday but stocks pared gains in late trading after reports that a New York hospital was running Ebola tests on a healthcare worker.
ZURICH/LONDON - A proposal to prohibit the Swiss National Bank from selling any of its gold reserves has the support of 44 percent of the public, a closely watched survey showed on Friday, though that result falls short of the backing it needs to pass into law.
LONDON - The euro slipped against the yen on Friday, with investors cautious ahead of the results on Sunday of stress tests on euro zone banks, with the single currency also lagging the pound after robust third-quarter UK growth data.
RIO DE JANEIRO - The Brazilian real on Thursday slumped to a 9-1/2-year low while the Bovespa stock index erased its 2014 gains as investors feared President Dilma Rousseff may defeat market-favorite candidate Aecio Neves in Sunday's presidential election.
PARIS, Oct 24 - European shares fell in early trading on Friday, reversing the previous session's gains, as investors fretted about news that a doctor who had recently returned to New York from West Africa had tested positive for Ebola.
* Indexes: Dow up 0.04 pct, S&P off 0.03 pct, Nasdaq up 0.04 pct (Adds data, updates prices)
* Luxury goods group Kering falls after lower Gucci sales
TOKYO, Oct 24 - Japanese shares rose to a two-week high on Friday as the weaker yen lifted exporters, while renewed fears about the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States bolstered Ebola-related stocks such as Fujifilm Holdings Corp . The Nikkei share average ended 1.0 percent higher to 15,291.64, the best closing level since Oct 10. For the week, the index gained 5.2 percent. Tokyo-listed shares in firms manufacturing Ebola-related products jumped in response to ne
SHANGHAI, Oct 24 - Hong Kong shares finished lower on Friday, dragged down by weak Chinese property data and corporate results from major companies.