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Wall St. little changed as Microsoft offsets Amazon

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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.

Global shares cool after best week of the year

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.

1:17pm BST

Wall St. gains on industrial earnings but ends off highs

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.

23 Oct 2014

Swiss gold referendum's support falls short of majority: poll

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.

4:07pm BST

Euro dips ahead of banks' stress test results, sterling firm

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.

12:13pm BST

Brazil real slumps to 2005 low, Bovespa erases 2014 gains

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.

23 Oct 2014
World Markets

European shares fall early after New York Ebola case

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.

US STOCKS-Wall St little changed as Microsoft offsets Amazon

* Indexes: Dow up 0.04 pct, S&P off 0.03 pct, Nasdaq up 0.04 pct (Adds data, updates prices)

Nikkei rises to 2-week high on weak yen; Ebola-related stocks soar

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

Hong Kong shares slip on weak mainland property data

SHANGHAI, Oct 24 - Hong Kong shares finished lower on Friday, dragged down by weak Chinese property data and corporate results from major companies.

9:07am BST
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