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    (Reuters) - World stocks were ending 2013 close to six-year peaks on Tuesday and benchmark bond yields were poised for their first annual rise since 2009 as investors celebrated a pick-up in global growth with expectations of more to come.

    Thanks to ultra-easy monetary policies and an improving economic outlook, equities have enjoyed a vintage year in 2013. Wall Street was on track for its best year since 1997 with a 29 percent gain, while Japan's Nikkei .N225 ended up 56.7 percent and European shares .FTEU3 gained 16 percent.

    MSCI's all-country world equity index .MIWD00000PUS was flat at 407.42 points on Tuesday, having hit its highest since late 2007 at 407.65 on Monday.


    More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...96S00E20131231

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    Most Europe stocks rise as nickel gains; dollar falls


    Banks led European stocks higher after regulators eased a debt-limit rule, while nickel gained after Indonesia imposed a ban on ore exports. The yen strengthened to a three-week high against the dollar and emerging-market shares climbed on prospects for U.S. stimulus.

    The Stoxx Europe 600 Index added 0.2 percent at 10:45 a.m. in London, with a gauge for banks climbing to the highest level since April 2011. Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures slid 0.3 percent. Nickel jumped 1.2 percent, U.S. natural gas gained 2.1 percent and wheat climbed 0.9 percent. Shares in emerging markets advanced for a second day and the yen jumped 0.8 percent to 103.40 per dollar. Treasuries were little changed following their biggest rally in almost four months on Jan. 10.

    More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-0...yen-gains.html

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    • #3
      U.S. stocks rise on earnings as consumer confidence gains


      U.S. stocks rose, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounding from its worst slump since June, as earnings at companies from Pfizer Inc. to D.R. Horton Inc. topped estimates and consumer confidence increased ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting.

      Pfizer, the world’s biggest drugmaker, advanced 2.9 percent after earnings beat estimates as it cut costs and saw its tax rate fall. An index of homebuilders surged 5 percent as D.R. Horton jumped 9.4 percent and a report showed home prices climbed. Comcast Corp. increased 1.7 percent after people familiar with the matter said the cable company is near a deal to buy assets from Charter Communications Inc. Apple Inc. tumbled 6.8 percent as iPhone sales trailed estimates.


      More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-0...d-meeting.html
      Last edited by Newsman; 01-28-2014, 04:03 PM.

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      • #4
        Wall Street suffers worst drop since June after weak data

        (Reuters) - U.S. stocks slumped on Monday, with the S&P 500 suffering its worst drop since June, after weaker-than-expected data on the factory sector in the world's largest economyprovided investors with the latest reason to move away from riskier assets.
        U.S. manufacturing grew at a slower pace in January as new order growth plunged by the most in 33 years, while spending onconstruction projects barely rose in December.

        More:
        http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/03/us-markets-stocks-idUSBREA080LL20140203

        Investor sentiment soured sharply after the factory data, driving the cost of protection against a drop on the S&P to its highest level in nearly four months. The CBOE volatility index .VIX jumped 16.5 percent to 21.44, its highest level since December 2012.


        More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A080LL20140203

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        • #5
          Upbeat data help European shares hold gains

          Upbeat economic data helped European shares break a three-day run of losses on Wednesday, offsetting some unconvincing company earnings and jitters about emergingmarkets.
          Overnight trading in Asia had been mixed despite a rebound on Wall Street, but January purchasing manager index (PMI) data helped settle European nerves before the European Central Bank's monthly meeting on Thursday.


          More:
          http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/05/us-markets-global-idUSBRE96S00E20140205

          The pan-regional FTSEurofirst 300 .FTEU3 was up 0.4 percent after the data. Outperforming Italy, Spain and Portugal bolstered gains of 0.4, 0.3 and 0.2 percent in London .FTSE, Paris .FCHIand Frankfurt .GDAXI.



          More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...96S00E20140205

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          • #6
            China trade, U.S. budget deal push world stocks to sixth day of gains

            Global shares were on track to post their longest winning run in five months as they rose for a sixth straight day on Wednesday, boosted by upbeat trade data from China and a U.S. House deal extending the federal borrowing authority.

            Chinese exports and imports handily beat expectations in January, confounding market expectations that the world's second-largest economy is mired in a deepening slowdown and reviving appetite for emerging market assets that had been battered in recent weeks.

            The cheer spread to Europe, one of China's largest trading partners, where the FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.5 percent.

            More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...96S00E20140212

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            • #7
              Asia stocks rally, dollar slips as emerging market fears wane

              Asian shares built on their recent rally on Monday as worries about emerging markets continued to ebb, sucking the safe-haven support out of the U.S. dollar while giving commodities a lift. Stocks across the region felt the benefit with MSCI's index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS up 0.7 percent, bringing its gains to almost 6 percent in eight sessions. Indonesia's market added 0.8 percent .JKSE, as did the Philippines .PSI.

              Several once-embattled Asian currencies all gained ground as sentiment improved and dealers reported an influx of funds to many emerging markets. The Indonesian rupiah did especially well with the dollar down 4 percent in as many days.


              More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...96S00E20140217

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              • #8
                U.S. data soothes nerves, lifting stocks and dollar

                Shares and the dollar rose on Friday, buoyed by upbeat U.S. factory activity data the previous day, while Ukraine's currency and bonds firmed on prospects of a deal to end a crisis that has killed 75 people in two days.

                European stocks pushed higher, following gains in Asia and on Wall Street, after Markit's flash U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index on Thursday hit its highest since May 2010, easing investor worries over recent data suggesting the economy was stuttering.

                "It is a positive sign that the U.S. economy is improving," David Battersby, investment manager at Redmayne-Bentley, said. "And if the economy is improving, then they will be sucking in imports. Things are getting back on track."

                More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...96S00E20140221

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                • #9
                  Ukraine tensions hit shares, euro drops to two-week low

                  Political and military tension in Ukraine and Russia curbed risk appetite on Thursday, weighing on world stocks and pushing the euro, already under pressure from interest rate cut talk, to a two-week low.

                  Sabre-rattling over Ukraine grew as Russia's Defense Ministry was quoted as saying fighter jets along its western borders have been put on alert, a day after it called a snap military exercise of 150,000 troops. Ukraine said it would regard any movements by Russian military in

                  Crimea outside the Russian Black Sea fleet's base in Sevastopol as an act of aggression.
                  Market moves were inevitably biggest closest to the events.

                  More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...96S00E20140227

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                  • #10
                    Global stocks hit by Ukraine war threat


                    The rising threat of war between Ukraine and Russia spooked markets and sent investors scurrying for relative safety on Monday, pushing stocks down sharply - with the Moscow stock market down 9 percent - and lifting gold to a four-month high.

                    With Russian troops already on Ukrainian soil after an incursion into Crimea, comments over the weekend from President Vladimir Putin that he had the right to invade the rest of the country were treated as a declaration of war by Kiev.

                    Geopolitical ripples from those statements, which included condemnation from the Group of Seven major industrialized nations, spread through markets, hitting Russian assets the hardest and forcing the Russian central bank to aggressively raise interest rates.


                    More:

                    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...96S00E20140303

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                    • #11
                      World shares, Russian assets bounce back after heavy Ukraine hit

                      World shares and hard-hit Russian assets rebounded on Tuesday after Russia's president ordered troops in military exercises to return to base in what was seen as a dampening down of immediate tensions in the East-West crisis over Ukraine.

                      Russian stocks and the ruble gained while gold and the safe-haven Japanese yen fell sharply after President Vladimir Putin ordered back troops that took part in military exercises in central and western Russia.

                      There was no word, however, on Russian forces that have effectively occupied much of Crimea, and financial assets failed to retrace the entirety of the sharp moves seen globally on Monday.

                      More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...96S00E20140304

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                      • #12
                        Ukraine anxiety triggers flight to safety, stocks tumble

                        Heightened tensions ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea and stresses over China's growth pushed world stocks to their lowest in a month on Friday and sent investors scurrying into safe-haven gold and bonds.

                        European shares .FTEU3 started the day down 0.6 percent, putting most of the region on course for its biggest weekly drop since January while the DAX .GDAXI, whose German constituents have the most exposure to Russia, was facing its largest weekly losses since the height of the euro crisis in June 2012. .EU

                        Hardest hit was Moscow's MICEX index. It was down more than 5 percent at its lowest since 2009 and there was no let up in the pressure on the ruble either as it hovered near an all-time low.

                        More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...96S00E20140314

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                        • #13
                          World equities hit two-week low as tech stocks retreat

                          Global equities slipped to a two-week low on Friday as a sell-off on Wall Street led by technology and biotech shares and triggered by concerns that valuations are over stretched spread to Asia and Europe.

                          The MSCI All-Country World index .MIWD00000PUS fell 0.4 percent by 0759 GMT to a two-week low, while the MSCI Europe .MIEU00000PUS index dropped 0.8 percent. That followed a 3.1 percent slide in the tech-heavy U.S. Nasdaq index .IXIC on Thursday and a 2.4 percent decline in Japan's Nikkei Average .N225 on Friday.

                          What increasingly looks like a major portfolio shift from momentum plays in U.S. technology and biotechnology stocks was having a knock-on effect across all regions and sectors, pressuring even defensive shares.


                          More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...96S00E20140411

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                          • #14
                            U.S. Stock-Index Futures Decline as China PMI Disappoints

                            U.S. stock-index futures fell, following weekly gains for benchmark indexes, as a measure of Chinese manufacturing missed estimates, and investors watched the situation in Ukraine.

                            JPMorgan (JPM) Chase & Co., the world’s biggest investment bank by revenue, declined 2.1 percent early in New York after saying a trading slump has deepened. Pfizer Inc., the drugmaker that has offered to buy Britain’s AstraZeneca Plc, fell as it reported earnings.

                            Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring in June lost 0.4 percent to 1,867 at 7:23 a.m. in New York. Dow Jones Industrial Average contracts decreased 60 points, or 0.4 percent, to 16,387.


                            More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-0...sappoints.html

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                            • #15
                              Stock futures tick up, S&P on track to extend record

                              U.S. stock index futures edged up on Wednesday, with technicals in focus and scant key items on the U.S. economic calendar, following yet another record close on the benchmark S&P 500 index.

                              Investors' appetite for equities continued on the back of strong U.S. economic data and expectations of monetary easing by the European Central Bank, while the euro was seen weakening further from a 2-1/2 year high hit earlier this month and the U.S. 10-year yield hovered near its lowest since October.

                              The S&P 500 was poised for a fifth straight day of gains, which would be its second-longest run this year. The index closed at 1,911.91, near the 1,910 area seen as technical resistance. Support kicks in at 1,900 and then at the 14-day moving average, now near 1,887.


                              More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...0E815520140528

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