Global Markets

China shares lead Asia higher, dollar buoyed

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TOKYO - Asian stocks shrugged off a drop in Wall Street and hovered near three-year highs on Monday, with China taking the lead after data showed a robust jump in profits earned by industrial firms in the world's second-largest economy.

Market takes a shine to the dollar, shuns euro

SYDNEY - The U.S. dollar hovered near six-month highs against a basket of major currencies early on Monday, holding onto solid gains made last week as investors turned bearish on the euro.

12:44am BST

Nikkei hits six-month high on earnings hopes; casino plays outperform

TOKYO - Japan's Nikkei average rose to six-month highs on Monday, and looked poised to test key resistance levels around 15,500 points, on hopes of continued improvement in corporate earnings.

4:26am BST

Goldman Sachs downgrades stocks to neutral for short term

- Goldman Sachs downgraded its global equities allocation to neutral on a short-term basis on Friday, even though the brokerage remains overweight stocks for the longer term.

25 Jul 2014

Cynk suspension ending, but shares unlikely to trade

- A trading suspension in the stock of little-known Cynk Technology, which mysteriously surged 20,000 percent before the halt, ends late on Thursday, but do not expect to see the stock trading again on Friday.

24 Jul 2014

Watch what markets don't do as world politics turns nasty

LONDON - Like so much in the investment world of late, it's what financial markets are not doing right now that is most intriguing.

23 Jul 2014
World Markets

UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Monday, July 28

LONDON, July 28 - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 12 points higher, or up 0.2 percent, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on

US STOCKS-Wall St closes lower on Amazon, Visa; S&P's weekly gain erased

* Indexes down: Dow 0.7 pct, S&P 0.5 pct, Nasdaq 0.5 pct (Updates to close)

European Factors to Watch on July 28

PARIS, July 28 - Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open 12 points higher, or up 0.2 percent, Germany's DAX to open 1 point higher, or up 0.01 percent, and France's CAC 40 to open 4 points higher, or up 0.1 percent. MAJOR EUROPEAN COMPANIES REPORTING : DIA Q2 GEA GROUP AG Q2 RECKITT BENCKISER GROUP PLC H1 TNT EXPRESS NV Q2 GALP ENERGIA

Nikkei hits 6-mth high on earnings hopes; casino plays outperform

* Nikkei advances 0.5 pct, Topix up 0.4 pct * Expectations for domestic earnings lift market * Casino-related shares jump By Tomo Uetake TOKYO, July 28 - Japan's Nikkei average rose to six-month highs on Monday, and looked poised to test key resistance levels around 15,500 points, on hopes of continued improvement in corporate earnings. By the middday break, the benchmark Nikkei was up 0.5 percent at 15,530.29, its highest level since Jan. 23, reversing early losse

China main share index jumps to 7-month high, Hong Kong climbs too

* BoCom leads bank gains on plans to seek more private investors

6:13am BST
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