Global Markets

Global shares post best week since mid-2013 after earnings boost


NEW YORK - Global equity markets rose on Friday after strong corporate results from Microsoft and Procter & Gamble and reduced concerns over the possible spread of Ebola boosted U.S. shares and kept safe-haven U.S. Treasuries prices stable.

Wall St. boosted by earnings, S&P posts best week in nearly two years

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks closed out their best week in nearly two years on Friday, helped by earnings from Microsoft and Procter & Gamble and as concerns eased over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States. | Video

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Look to energy names for global demand clues

NEW YORK - Slumping energy shares drove the recent U.S. stock market selloff more than any other major group, so investors are turning to next week's slate of earnings to see if the sector can pull itself out of the pit.

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Euro rises on bank stress tests report, short-covering

NEW YORK - The euro rose on Friday ahead of an official report on the health of the euro zone's main banks as investors continued a trend of covering their short-positions leading to buying of the currency against the U.S. dollar.

24 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.

24 Oct 2014

Exclusive: Workers at Antamina, Peru's top copper mine, to strike - union

LIMA - Workers at Peru's biggest copper mine, Antamina, will go on an indefinite strike November 10 that will halt total output running at about 30,000 tonnes per month, a union leader told Reuters on Friday.

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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 boosted by earnings, S&P posts best week in nearly two years

* Indexes all rise: Dow 0.76 percent, S&P 0.71 percent, Nasdaq 0.69 percent (Updates with close, new quote)

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.

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