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Stocks rise, bond yields steady as ECB seen on hold


NEW YORK - Global equity markets rose on a fresh round of strong U.S. economic reports on Friday, while German bond yields edged up from record lows as expectations that the European Central Bank would ease monetary policy next week faded.

Exclusive: U.S. options exchanges craft rules to fend off turmoil

NEW YORK - A year after Goldman Sachs bungled a software upgrade and lost tens of millions of dollars from unintended trades, the 12 U.S. stock options exchanges have crafted new rules for dealing with erroneous transactions, according to draft documents seen by Reuters.

Wall Street edges up, set for best month since February

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks edged higher in a quiet session on Friday as the latest in a string of positive data pushed investors to extend a rally that had been briefly threatened by overseas concerns, although gains were capped ahead of an extended holiday weekend.

2:15pm EDT

Dollar gains, euro steadies as inflation reading on target

NEW YORK - The dollar rose on Friday, with traders looking beyond soft U.S. consumer-spending data, while the steadily sliding euro won a reprieve on diminished expectations the European Central Bank will soon ease monetary policy.

3:25pm EDT

U.S. coal stocks could gain on Russia tension

NEW YORK - Beaten-down U.S. coal company stocks may receive a lift in coming weeks if deteriorating relations between Russia and the West push President Vladimir Putin to shut off Europe’s natural gas supply.

2:12pm EDT

U.S. funds turn to North American stocks, away from European shares

- U.S. money managers recommended the largest holdings of American and Canadian stocks for at least three years in August, but kept their overall allocation to equities unchanged from July, a Reuters poll found.

8:05am EDT
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CANADA STOCKS-TSX ends higher, boosted by energy, bank shares

TORONTO, Aug 29 - Canada's main stock index ended higher on Friday, capping its third straight month of gains as a rise in energy and financial shares helped offset investor nervousness over global geopolitical tensions. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed up 67.56 points, or 0.43 percent, at 15,625.73. (Reporting by Leah Schnurr)

Stocks, 4:07pm EDT

European shares inch up early; Tesco tumbles

PARIS, Aug 29 - European shares rose in early trade on Friday, recovering some of the ground lost in the previous session, as investors awaited inflation figures for the euro zone which may shed light on the European Central Bank's next move.

Euro zone shares record biggest monthly gain since February

LONDON, Aug 29 - European shares eked out small gains in thin, choppy trade on Friday, helping one key euro zone index of blue chips record its biggest monthly rise since February.

Nikkei falls on Ukraine woes but domestic buying hopes limit losses

TOKYO, Aug 29 - Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Friday as tensions in the Ukraine conflict flared up again, but hopes that domestic investors will start buying large-cap stocks limited losses. The Nikkei dropped 0.2 percent to 15,424.59. For the week, the Nikkei fell 0.7 percent and it declined 1.3 percent for the month. The broader Topix dropped 0.2 percent to 1,277.97 after briefly flirting with positive territory earlier - spurring speculation of index-buying by domesti

Stocks, Asian Markets, 2:12am EDT

Hong Kong's main share index ends flat after 3 days of losses

Aug 29 - Hong Kong's benchmark index ended flat on Friday after three successive days of losses, supported partly by strength in mainland markets although lackluster corporate earnings capped gains.

4:11am EDT


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