Global Markets

Stocks, bond yields fall on Greece worries, US data


NEW YORK - Global equity markets and bond yields both fell on Friday, as data showed the U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter and as investors were unnerved by mixed signals from Greece's debt talks.

Wall St. ends down after weak economic data but gains in May

- U.S. stocks closed lower on Friday as data showed the economy contracted in the first quarter but indexes still posted gains for the month.

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U.S. economy contracts in first quarter; dollar hurts corporate profits

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter as it buckled under the weight of unusually heavy snowfalls, a resurgent dollar and disruptions at West Coast ports, but activity already has rebounded modestly. | Video

10:31pm BST

U.S. warns G7 of global economy 'accident' without Greece deal

DRESDEN, Germany - The United States warned on Friday of a possible accident for the world economy if Greece and its creditors miss their June deadlines to avert a debt default.

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Strong sales could shift Ford, GM to higher gear

NEW YORK - Shares of U.S. automakers may finally be able to accelerate.

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U.S. judge reserves judgment on broadening Argentina debt ruling

- Argentina urged a U.S. judge on Friday to not expand by another $5.4 billion the amount it must pay holders of defaulted debt before it can pay the majority of its creditors who participated in two rounds of sovereign restructurings.

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World Markets

European shares tread water on Greek uncertainty; Syngenta rises

LONDON, May 29 - European shares were little changed at the open on Friday, keeping within their recent range, as investors awaited developments in Greek debt talks amid mixed signals from the parties involved.

US STOCKS-Wall St ends down after weak economic data but gains in May

* Indexes down: Dow 0.6 pct, S&P 0.6 pct, Nasdaq 0.6 pct (Updates to close)

European shares fall amid Greek impasse, weak euro zone data

* Associated British Foods gains on rating hike (Adds detail, updates closing prices)

Nikkei rises for 11th day on hopes for better shareholder returns

TOKYO, May 29 - Japan's Nikkei share average rose for an eleventh day on Friday on hopes for better shareholder returns, but gains were limited as investors stayed cautious against imminent profit-taking. The Nikkei average ended 0.1 percent higher to 20,563.15 points, hitting another 15-year closing high. The 11-day winning streak is the longest since February 1988. For the week, it gained 1.5 percent, and for the month, it rose 5.3 percent, the fifth straight month of gains.

Hong Kong shares end down, investors wary after market slump

HONG KONG, May 29 - Hong Kong stocks dipped on Friday, with investors staying cautious after the previous session's slide triggered by a tumble in mainland markets.

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