Global Markets

Wall Street up on Apple, Caterpillar; Ukraine weighs


NEW YORK - U.S. stocks rose in a volatile session on Thursday as Apple and Caterpillar were the latest high-profile names to post bullish results, though gains were limited by a resurgence of concerns related to Ukraine.

Juicy Apple buoys shares, euro volatility sinks

LONDON - Global stocks were back on the front foot on Thursday, as upbeat earnings from tech heavyweights Apple and Facebook helped shake off some of the jitters that have hit the sector in recent weeks.

10:59am BST

Dollar gains fade on escalation of Russia/Ukraine tensions

NEW YORK - The U.S. dollar gave up its gains on the euro and yen on Thursday as risk aversion due to rising tensions along the Russia/Ukraine border took precedence.

4:35pm BST

Foreigners buy fewest U.S. 10-year bonds in a year

NEW YORK - Foreigners bought the lowest amount of U.S. 10-year Treasuries notes at auction in a year, according to Treasury Department data released on Wednesday.

23 Apr 2014

Pension funds pile pressure on Barclays over governance

LONDON - A group of British public sector pension funds has heaped pressure on Barclays ahead of its annual general meeting by saying it has governance concerns over the company's search for a new chairman.

1:22am BST

Settlement time for U.S. trades closer to being shortened

NEW YORK - The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, which processes all U.S. stock and fixed income trades, said on Wednesday it supports shortening the settlement cycle for U.S. equities, corporate and municipal bonds, and unit investment trust trades.

23 Apr 2014
World Markets

European shares bounce; Alstom jumps on M&A talk

PARIS, April 24 - European shares rose in early trade on Thursday, recouping most of the previous session's losses, with Alstom surging on merger and acquisition talk.

European shares rise as bid talk offsets Ukraine worries

LONDON, April 24 - European stock markets rose on Thursday, as signs of a resurgence in corporate takeover activity offset lingering worries over Ukraine.

Nikkei drops on trade pact disappointment, pre-earnings caution

TOKYO, April 24 - Tokyo stocks fell Thursday on news that a U.S.-Japan trade pact was not yet finalised after a meeting between the two countries' leaders and on investor caution before a series of Japanese corporate earnings reports. The Nikkei share average closed down 1 percent at 14,404.99 while the broader Topix index fell 0.8 percent to 1,164.90, with trading volume slightly below the average in the past month. The new JPX-Nikkei Index 400 shed 0.8 percent to 10,598.50.

Hong Kong shares end modestly higher on telecoms rebound, earnings

BEIJING, April 24 - Hong Kong shares posted modest gains on Thursday, helped by a strong rebound in some telecoms shares after the previous session's sell-off, and by company results.

9:05am BST
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