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Futures rally after BOJ ramps up stimulus

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NEW YORK - U.S. stock index futures rallied on Friday alongside most markets globally after the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program just days after the U.S. Federal Reserve wound down its own package of economic incentives.

Yen slides to seven-year low after surprise BOJ policy easing

LONDON - The yen tumbled to its lowest level in nearly seven years against the dollar on Friday, putting it on track for its biggest losses in 18 months, after the Bank of Japan shocked markets by unexpectedly easing policy further.

11:35am GMT

Global shares jump, yen slumps as BOJ cranks up stimulus

LONDON - World shares jumped and the yen fell to a seven-year low against the dollar on Friday as the Bank of Japan surprised financial markets by significantly expanding its massive stimulus program. | Video

11:33am GMT

Investors pull back from stocks in October as Fed money-printing ends

LONDON - Equity holdings in global portfolios dipped to the lowest in more than a year in October as lingering caution about world growth and central bank policies prompted European, U.S. and British funds to trim allocations.

12:10pm GMT

Japanese life insurers see further, slower shift to foreign bonds

TOKYO - Japanese life insurers are looking to buy more foreign bonds in the six months to March as yields on domestic bonds have fallen to uneconomical levels due to the Bank of Japan's massive purchases as part of its monetary easing program.

3:33am GMT

U.S. options exchanges say new rule threatens to hurt investors

NEW YORK - U.S. equity options exchange operators warned on Thursday that a new rule to be implemented on Jan. 1 aimed at making sure banks have adequate capital levels could significantly raise costs for many investors that trade options.

30 Oct 2014
World Markets

European shares rally after surprise BoJ easing

PARIS, Oct 31 - European shares surged in early trade on Friday, tracking sharp gains in Tokyo after the Bank of Japan stunned global financial markets by easing policy further.

US STOCKS-Futures rally after BOJ ramps up stimulus

* Futures up: Dow 191 pts, S&P 22 pts, Nasdaq 60 pts (Updates prices, adds comment)

European shares rally after surprise BoJ easing

LONDON, Oct 31 - European shares surged on Friday, on track for a second straight weekly gain, after the Bank of Japan surprised global financial markets by ramping up its massive stimulus spending.

Nikkei jumps to 7-year high after BOJ's policy shock, GPIF hopes

* Nikkei posts 7.3 pct weekly gain, 1.5 pct monthly gain * Weak yen drives exporter shares higher * Abe may use strong market performance as ammunition to stick to initial tax hike plan - traders * Kuroda taking proactive approach - analysts * Hopes GPIF will announce increase in Japan, foreign stocks help mood By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, Oct 31 - Japanese stocks soared to levels before the global financial crisis on Friday, after the Bank of Japan stunned markets

Hong Kong stocks end higher, Mengniu up after Danone deal

HONG KONG, Oct 31 - Hong Kong shares ended higher on Friday, reflecting strength in the Chinese market and greater risk appetite after strong U.S. growth data, leaving the market with its biggest monthly gain since July.

8:08am GMT
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