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Energy companies lead modest gains for US stock indexes

Mar. 18, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

U.S. stock indexes finished modestly higher Monday, extending the market's solid gains from a rally last week. Energy companies notched the biggest gains after the price of U.S. crude oil closed above $59 a barrel for the first time since November. Smaller company stocks fared better than the rest of the market....

Global shares rise as investors watch US-China trade talks

Mar. 18, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — European shares were mixed by midday while Asian markets closed higher on Monday as investors awaited signs the U.S. and China could be making progress in negotiations on resolving the trade war between the two biggest economies. France's CAC 40 was unchanged at 5,405. Germany's DAX slid 0.2...

China's moves on foreign investment help shore up markets

Mar. 15, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Hopes that the U.S. and China will resolve their trade dispute as Beijing tweaked rules on foreign investment has helped shore up global stock markets on Friday. Following a week dominated by Brexit uncertainty, traders focused on the annual session of China's ceremonial congress, which ended...

Asian shares shrug off Wall St losses as China ends congress

Mar. 15, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

Shares were higher Friday in Asia after a day of lackluster trading on Wall Street. Japan's Nikkei 225 index jumped 1 percent to 21,501.48 as the Bank of Japan ended a policy meeting by keeping its key interest rate at minus 0.1 percent, maintaining its stance of extreme monetary easing and lavish stimulus....

World stocks rise ahead of vote to push Brexit back

Mar. 14, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets pushed higher on Thursday as traders awaited a vote that could delay Britain's March 29 exit from the European Union. In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.5 percent to 7,195 and France's CAC 40 advanced 0.7 percent to 5,341. Germany's was 0.4 percent higher at 11,61....

Asian stocks edge up on stimulus hopes after Chinese data

Mar. 13, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher Thursday as slowing Chinese industrial output left traders hopeful of more assurances from Beijing. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 gained 0.7 percent to 21,431.28 and the Kospi in South Korea was up 0.1 percent at 2,149.48. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.1...

European markets push ahead of another day of UK drama

Mar. 13, 2019 8:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European stock markets rose modestly Wednesday ahead of another day of high political drama in Britain following the latest heavy defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal in Parliament. In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 0.3 percent at 7,170 while the CAC...

US stock indexes end mostly higher, extending market's gains

Mar. 13, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were lower Wednesday amid continuing global uncertainties that weighed on stocks as some traders took profits from a rally earlier in the week. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dropped 1.2 percent to 21,243.26 in morning trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.5 percent to...

Global stocks dip, pound drops ahead of Brexit vote

Mar. 12, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks turned lower Tuesday and the British pound dropped as expectations grew that British lawmakers would reject a plan to leave the European Union. In midday trading, France's CAC 40 shed 0.3 percent to 5,254 while Germany's DAX lost its gains to trade flat at 11,518. London's FTSE...

Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher ahead of Brexit vote

Mar. 12, 2019 1:26 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks followed Wall Street higher on Tuesday as investors awaited Britain's vote on a plan to leave the European Union. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 2.2 percent to 3,092.99 points and Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained 1.9 percent to 21,530.17. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 1.5 percent to...