Global Markets

Only a payrolls surprise could shake stalling market


NEW YORK - Unless next week's payrolls report is an outlier, investors should expect a continuation of the directionless market that has kept the S&P 500 trading in place for most of the year.

Pacific Rim free trade talks fall short of deal

LAHAINA, Hawaii - Pacific Rim trade ministers failed to clinch a deal on Friday to free up trade between a dozen nations after a dispute flared up over auto trade between Japan and North America, New Zealand dug in over dairy trade and no agreement was reached on monopoly periods for next-generation drugs. | Video

9:38am BST

U.S. wage growth brakes in second-quarter; consumer sentiment slips

WASHINGTON - U.S. labor costs in the second quarter recorded their smallest increase in 33 years as workers earned less in commissions and bonuses, in what appeared to be a temporary wage growth setback against the backdrop of diminishing labor market slack.

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China July factory growth unexpectedly stalls: official PMI survey

BEIJING - Growth at China's big manufacturing companies unexpectedly stalled in July as demand at home and abroad weakened,

4:31am BST

Puerto Rico will fail to make Aug.1 payment, signaling default

- Puerto Rico will miss a payment on debt due Aug. 1, the governor's chief of staff said on Friday, an event that will be considered a default by investors as the commonwealth lurches towards what could be one of the largest U.S. municipal debt restructurings in history.

2:17am BST

Wall Street ends lower as weak oil weighs

- Wall Street ended on a sour note on Friday as a drop in energy stocks eclipsed wage data that supported expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve might hold off on an interest rate. | Video

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World Markets

European shares steady, UCB and Airbus gain after results

LONDON, July 31 - European shares steadied in early trading on Friday after having risen in the previous three sessions, with some companies posting strong gains after announcing forecast-beating results.

US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St ends down driven by energy selloff

July 31 - U.s. stocks declined on Friday as a drop in energy stocks eclipsed wage data that supported expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve could delay an interest-rate hike this year.

European shares mark positive end to rebound month

* UCB, BNP Paribas, Natixis up after results (Updates with closing prices, writes through)

Nikkei rises on solid corporate earnings; calmer China market aids sentiment

TOKYO, July 31 - Japan's Nikkei share average edged up in choppy trade on Friday as investors took heart from strong Japanese quarterly corporate earnings, while they took comfort from less volatile Chinese share moves.

Hong Kong's Hang Seng index ends up but Chinese companies falter

HONG KONG, July 31 - Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index ended higher on Friday, but an index tracking Chinese companies fell following ailing mainland shares.

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