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CANADA STOCKS-TSX racks up best week in two years as oil shares rise

Feb 16 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Friday as a boost from the heavyweight energy sector helped the market rack up its best weekly performance in nearly two years.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks set for best week in 6 years, dollar climbs

NEW YORK, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Global stocks rose on Friday and were set for their best week in six years as strong corporate earnings offset concerns about rising inflation and interest rates, while the U.S. dollar edged higher from a three-year low against major currencies.

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Wall Street on course for sixth day of gains

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Friday, led by gains in technology and healthcare stocks, putting the main indexes on course for strong weekly gains as they bounced back from a brutal selloff earlier this month.

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Futures rise, setting stocks on firm ground for the week

(Reuters) - U.S. stock futures rose on Friday, set to build on a rally that has lasted five straight days as investors shrug off inflation fears and focus on growth in the economy and corporate profits.

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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 16

Feb 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 30 points higher at 7,264.8 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.48 percent ahead of the cash market open.

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REFILE-Foreigners' net selling of Japan stocks hits highest since Aug 2015

TOKYO, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Net selling of Japanese stocks by foreign investors last week hit the highest since China's stock market crash in 2015, as a sharp sell-off on Wall Street triggered a global flight from riskier assets, exchange data showed.

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Feb 16

Feb 16 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 30 points higher at 7,264.8 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. * VIRGIN MONEY: Virgin Money formed a rare female chair and chief executive team among Britain's top 350 listed companies by hiring former HSBC HSBA.L executive Irene Dorner as chairwoman. * TULLOW OIL: British oil firm Tullow oil has picked electrical engineer and businessman Kweku Awotwi as the new head of its Ghana operations after the retirem

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Nikkei rises on relief over Kuroda's BOJ reappointment

TOKYO, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks rose on Friday morning, with investors relieved to see the government appoint Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda for another term and choose an advocate of bolder monetary easing as one of his deputies.

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Wall St. rallies for fifth straight session on tech lift

(Reuters) - Wall Street surged on Thursday to notch its fifth straight session of gains, led by Apple and other technology stocks as investors shrugged off recent inflation worries that sent the market into a sell-off at the start of the month.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks climb, shrugging off inflation data; dollar falls

* Dollar weakens to 15-month low vs yen despite rising yields

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Wall Street climbs as tech, industrial gain; energy drags

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes were trading higher on Thursday with gains in technology and industrial stocks more than offsetting losses in energy stocks.

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Futures roll higher, brushing aside inflation worries

(Reuters) - Wall Street was set to open higher on Thursday, reclaiming further ground ceded during last week's sell-off, as investors brushed aside inflation data and preferred stocks over bonds for the fifth day in a row.

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Hedge funds hook shipping stocks grappling for recovery

LONDON (Reuters) - Shipping stocks may still be in the doldrums in the view of many investors, but hedge funds have bet at least $675 million on signs of renewed buoyancy in the industry.

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Stocks climb despite rise in U.S. inflation; dollar on defensive

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks rose on Thursday after Wall Street brushed aside strong U.S. inflation data and surged, in a move that also saw the dollar pinned to two-week lows even as Treasury yields jumped in anticipation of more rapid U.S. interest rate hikes.

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Stocks take U.S. inflation spike in stride and rally; dollar on defensive

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks gained on Thursday after Wall Street brushed aside strong U.S. inflation data and surged, in a move that also saw the dollar pinned at two-week lows even as Treasury yields jumped in anticipation of more rapid U.S. interest rate hikes.

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Nikkei produces solid rise despite strong yen; financials higher

* Short-term investors seen unwinding 'sell' positions in Japan stocks

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Asian stocks rally despite U.S. inflation spike, dollar on defensive

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks gained on Thursday after Wall Street brushed aside strong U.S. inflation data and surged, a counterintuitive move that also saw the dollar pinned at two-week lows even as Treasury yields jumped in anticipation of a quicker pace of U.S. interest rate hikes.

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U.S. bank stocks rally, analysts see more upside

(Reuters) - Bank shares soared on Wednesday as investors bet rising inflation would push up interest rates and boost bank profits, and analysts forecast yet more gains from strong economic growth and...

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Bond prices drop, stocks rally after spike in U.S. CPI data

NEW YORK, Feb 14 (Reuters) - U.S. debt prices fell on Wednesday after a spike in U.S. consumer prices in January raised expectations the Federal Reserve may quicken the pace of interest rate hikes, while global stocks rose as investors took a longer view of inflation.

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Hedge funds wager on inflation with consumer, materials shares

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several big-name hedge funds made bets on consumer discretionary and materials stocks at the end of 2017 that could benefit from the signs of rising inflation that have roiled...

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Wall Street grinds out gains as investors digest mixed data

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks reversed course to trade marginally higher on Wednesday as investors digested stronger-than-expected inflation data and a surprise drop in January retail sales, which shifted the focus from rising inflation to the prospect of stagflation.

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Wall Street Meanders as Inflation Tops Expectations

Stocks fell, but then recovered, as inflation data raised the specter of a faster pace of interest rate increases.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks, FX sail higher ahead of US inflation

LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Emerging stocks extended their rally for a third day and a weaker dollar lifted currencies ahead of a key U.S. inflation report on Wednesday while South Africa investors were poised for the next twist in the saga over President Jacob Zuma's future.

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UPDATE 1-Results, German growth lift European shares before U.S. inflation

* Banks, cyclicals post strong earnings (Adds stocks, prices)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Yields, stocks dip ahead of US inflation data

NEW YORK, Feb 13 (Reuters) - U.S. bond yields and world equity markets dipped on Tuesday, ahead of a widely anticipated U.S. inflation report later this week that may provide some indication of the pace of future interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.

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Asian stocks pull further off two-month lows as Wall St. bounces

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks pulled further away from two-month lows on Tuesday, lifted by Wall Street's extended rebound from last week's steep fall, but investors remained cautious ahead of U.S. inflation data later in the week.

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Asian stocks off two-month lows as Wall Street extends rebound

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks pulled further away from two-month lows on Tuesday, lifted by Wall Street's extended rebound from last week's steep fall.

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US STOCKS-Wall St bounces back after tumultuous week

* Stocks rebound after Friday's test of S&P 200-day moving avg.

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Wall Street up for second straight day, clawing back after sell-off

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes rose for a second straight session on Monday, led by gains in technology and financial stocks, after its worst week in two years as the specter of rising inflation led to fears of accelerated interest rate hikes.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks bounce, S.Africa firms as Zuma's fate weighed

LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Emerging stocks bounced off 1-1/2 month lows on Monday, snapping a seven-day losing streak as developed equity markets steadied, while South African markets gained ahead of a meeting set to decide President Jacob Zuma's fate.

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RPT-COLUMN-VIX 20-20 vision needed for clear market outlook: McGeever

LONDON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Market seismographs are still twitching at levels almost twice the historical average and Wall Street's gauge of implied volatility needs to return below 20 percent for stocks to stabilise.

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Stocks try a tentative bounce, bonds fret on U.S. inflation

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian share markets found a semblance of calm on Monday as S&P futures extended their bounce, though global investors were still fretting about the risks from looming U.S. inflation data after last week's sharp sell-off.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks try a tentative bounce, bonds fret on U.S. inflation

SYDNEY, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Asian share markets found a semblance of calm on Monday as S&P futures extended their bounce, though global investors were still fretting about the risks from looming U.S. inflation data after last week's sharp sell-off.

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Oil firms as stocks markets steady

* Soaring U.S. output undermines OPEC efforts to prop up prices

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Wall Street rebounds but posts worst week in two years

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended a wild week with a burst of buying, pushing the S&P 500 up 1.5 percent on Friday, but still recorded their worst week in two years, and investors braced for more volatile trading days ahead.

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US STOCKS-Wall Street rebounds but posts worst week in two years

NEW YORK, Feb 9 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended a wild week with a burst of buying, pushing the S&P 500 up 1.5 percent on Friday, but still recorded their worst week in two years, and investors braced for more volatile trading days ahead.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St slips into correction territory

Feb 9 (Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes slipped into correction territory again with a drop of more than more than 1 percent on Friday, as soaring volatility continued to spook investors.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Equity markets drop amid continued choppiness, bond yields dip

* China stocks have worst day in two years before Lunar new year

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US STOCKS-Wall St on course for worst week in six years

* Yields on 10-yr U.S. notes dip after Congress passes budget

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Asian stocks plunge after latest Dow sell-off

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Asia hit by fresh Wall St. falls, China stocks reach multi-month lows

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks fell on Friday, with Chinese shares slipping to multi-month lows after Wall Street shares dropped again in the face of rapidly-rising bond yields, while perceived havens such as the yen and Swiss franc were in demand.

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U.S. stocks selloff: Will machines make it worse?

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Machine-guided, numbers-obsessed fund managers could cause U.S. stock prices to weaken further as they adjust to the return of wild gyrations in global markets.

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US STOCKS-Wall Street plummets; S&P, Dow confirm correction

* U.S. 10-year note yields approach four-year highs (Adds market cap loss)

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Asia stocks pummeled by fresh Wall Street slide, safe havens in demand

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks tumbled on Friday after Wall Street shares suffered yet another big slide amid worries over rising bond yields, while perceived havens such as the yen and Swiss franc drew demand amid the turmoil.

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Wall Street tumbles again as S&P, Dow confirm correction

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks plunged anew on Thursday in another trading session with big swings, as equities remained in a tug-of-war with bond yields, volatility remained high, and investors failed to see a bottom of the market ahead.

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Stocks on Wall St. Resume Their Sell-Off

Wall Street, roiled this week by the most turbulence in years, broke from a brief respite on Thursday, entering a market correction.

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US STOCKS-Wall St sinks again as bond yields rise

* Weekly jobless claims fall to lowest level in nearly 45 years

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UPDATE 2-European stocks fall as rebound ends, volatility jumps

* Stocks correction dents valuations: http://tmsnrt.rs/2sloPOy (Adds closing prices, quotes)

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Wall Street fades in choppy trade after week's wild start

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ran out of steam on Wednesday after an early surge, in a sign that investors are still spooked by the market's recent retreat and wary more fallout is to come.

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Wall Street ends down after choppy session; energy, tech weigh

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks closed lower in an up-and-down session on Wednesday, dragged down by tech and energy shares, as investors adjusted to a more volatile market following wild swings of the past few sessions.

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U.S. stock, bond fund inflows slowed in week before steep selloff

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors' appetite for stocks and fixed income weakened sharply last week ahead of the largest decline in the benchmark S&P 500 in more than six years, Investment...

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Trump says stocks drop is 'big mistake' amid strong economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly praised Wall Street gains during his first year in office, on Wednesday dismissed recent market gyrations, saying stocks should not be falling amid strong economic news.

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Wall Street inches higher as volatility eases

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks crept higher on Wednesday as volatility eased and buyers returned to a market that is recovering from a record fall for the Dow Jones Industrial Average earlier this week.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Stocks stabilise, Zuma exit saga drags on

LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Emerging markets rode a stabilisation in global stocks on Wednesday to pull out of their heaviest slump in almost two years, though the dollar was gradually reapplying the pressure to the most heavily traded currencies.

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Jittery world stocks clamber off two-month lows

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks clawed their way back from two-month lows on Wednesday, though momentum was weak and U.S. futures suggested Wall Street could lapse back into losses after rebounding from the biggest selloff in six years.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Jittery world stocks clamber off 2-month lows

* Distressed selling might have peaked, but volatility a risk

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Volatility Rattles Stocks, and Investors Who Bet on a Continuing Calm

Banks have created a variety of risky funds that allow investors to wager against sharp swings in the value of stocks. Those investors are starting to feel some pain.

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Oil prices rise on report of decline in U.S. crude stocks

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Wednesday amid a recovery in global stock markets, supported by a report that U.S. crude inventories fell last week.

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CORRECTED-Oil prices rise on report of decline in U.S. crude stocks

* Global stock market recovery also supports crude oil futures

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Asia stocks back from the brink as Wall St. rallies

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian share markets were trying to find their footing on Wednesday as a semblance of calm returned to Wall Street where major indices bounced into the black after days of deep losses.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks back from the brink as Wall St rallies

* Distressed selling might have peaked, but volatility a risk

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Wall Street roars back, traders eye volatility ahead

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shaken out of many months of calm, Wall Street braced for a higher level of volatility in the days ahead, after a roughly 2 percent rebound in U.S. stocks on Tuesday followed the biggest one-day selloff in more than six years.

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Wall Street roars back in whipsaw session

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks posted sharp gains in another wild trading session on Tuesday, as indexes rebounded from the biggest one-day drops for the S&P 500 and the Dow in more than six years that stalled the market's record run.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Wall St dips but trading volatile; bond prices rise

* Nikkei ends down 4.7 pct, Asia stocks minus Japan down 3.5 pct

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Wall Street rebounds in volatile trade after steep drops

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks rebounded in volatile midday trading on Tuesday, following the biggest one-day declines for the S&P 500 and the Dow in more than six years.

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Treasury Secretary says stocks still up '30% since the election'

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What happened on the Dow's worst single-day point fall

Stocks went into free fall on Monday, and the Dow plunged almost 1,600 points -- easily the biggest point decline in history during a trading day. CNNMoney's Richard Quest explains what went wrong.

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Oil eases, but wards off stocks-style turbulence

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil fell for a third day on Tuesday, as a rout in global equities triggered losses across bonds, cryptocurrencies and commodities, although the crude price is in positive territory so far this year.

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UPDATE 6-Oil eases, but wards off stocks-style turbulence

* Seasonal drop in demand stemming from refinery maintenance (Updates throughout; changes dateline from SINGAPORE)

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JGBs gain as Japanese stocks plummet on risk aversion

TOKYO, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Japanese government bond prices rose on Tuesday as Tokyo stocks plunged and sent investors scurrying for safety in debt.

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Stocks crumble in vicious sell-off as 'goldilocks' trade unravels

TOKYO (Reuters) - A rout in global equities deepened in Asia on Tuesday as inflation worries gripped financial markets, sending U.S. stock futures sinking further into the red after Wall Street suffered its biggest decline since 2011 in a vicious sell-off.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks crumble in vicious sell-off as "goldilocks" trade unravels

* Spectre of inflation undermines just right "goldilocks" trade

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DealBook: Falling Markets Show Trump the Other Side of the Tax Stimulus

If stocks continue to fall, it won’t be because the president’s tax policies are failing, but because they may overheat the economy, spurring inflation.

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4 Takeaways From Monday’s Stock Market Sell-Off

Stocks around the globe tumbled on Monday, extending a sell-off that began last week. It’s a sign of shifting economic tides, but there have been far worse Mondays for the markets.

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Wall Street plunges, S&P 500 erases 2018's gains

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks plunged in highly volatile trading on Monday, with both the S&P 500 and Dow Industrials indices slumping more than 4.0 percent, as the Dow notched its biggest intraday decline in history with a nearly 1,600-point drop and Wall Street erased its gains for the year.

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Stocks plunged, but it doesn't mean the economy is in trouble.

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As U.S. stocks plummet, Trump goes silent on role in markets

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Feb 5 (Reuters) - As U.S. stocks plunged on Monday, President Donald Trump was speaking at an event in Ohio but noticeably not taking credit for the market despite doing so repeatedly when stocks were rising.

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Wall St. plunges, S&P 500 erases 2018's gains

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks plunged in highly volatile trading on Monday, with the Dow industrials falling nearly 1,600 points during the session, its biggest intraday decline in history, as investors grappled with rising bond yields and potentially firming inflation.

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Trump's embarrassing split-screen moment on stocks

For a connoisseur of cable news like Donald Trump, it was not a pretty picture.

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Wall Street lower as losses in energy, bank stocks weigh

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks were trading lower in early afternoon on Monday as bond yields continued to hover near multi-year highs and losses in energy and financial stocks weighed.

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Wall Street set to open lower as rising bond yields weigh

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks looked set to open lower on Monday as rising bond yields continued to fuel the selloff in equities and hints of inflation pickup triggered concerns that the Federal Reserve might have to raise interest rates more quickly.

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Global stocks routed, yields rise as U.S. inflation threat spooks markets

LONDON (Reuters) - Stock markets were routed around the globe on Monday, with European indexes opening lower and bond yields rising as resurgent U.S. inflation raised the possibility central banks would tighten policy more aggressively than had been expected.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks routed, yields rise as U.S. inflation threat spooks markets

LONDON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Stock markets were routed around the globe on Monday, with European indexes opening lower and bond yields rising as resurgent U.S. inflation raised the possibility central banks would tighten policy more aggressively than had been expected.

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Inflation threat deepens European equity sell-off

LONDON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - European stocks suffered a sharp sell-off at the open on Monday, tracking big drops in Asia as growing inflation expectations and rising bond yields took their toll on equity markets.

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Stocks punished as inflation shadow spooks bonds

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares fell the most in over a year on Monday as fears of resurgent inflation battered bonds, toppled Wall Street from record highs and sparked speculation that central banks globally might be forced to tighten policy more aggressively.

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Energy stocks have room to build on solid start

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Energy stocks have got off to a strong start this year and look poised to run further, fueled in part by a rebound in oil prices, climbing U.S. production and investors looking to take advantage of shares that could be a bargain after a disappointing 2017.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks punished as inflation shadow spooks bonds

* Emerging markets pressured as borrowing costs rise globally

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UPDATE 1-Taiwan stocks extend losses to 2.3 pct after earthquake

* Taipei shares extended losses follows global shares selloff

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf slides in response to Wall Street's tumble

DUBAI, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Gulf stock markets sank early on Sunday in response to Friday's tumble on Wall Street, after U.S. data showed the strongest annual wage growth since 2009 and raised the risk of more interest rate hikes than expected this year.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Wall Street tumble likely to weigh on region

DUBAI, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Middle Eastern stock markets look likely to be dampened on Sunday by Friday's sharp fall on Wall Street, after U.S. data showed the strongest annual wage growth since 2009 and raised the risk of more interest rate hikes than expected this year.

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Stocks Fall to End a Bad Week, and a Boom Begins to Look Shaky

U.S. stocks have ended their worst week since February 2016, as investors worried about rising interest rates after a long market boom.

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Stocks set for biggest weekly drop since late 2016 as bond yields rise

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks were set to post their biggest weekly drop since late 2016 on Friday, as talk of central bank policy tightening and expectations of higher inflation boosted borrowing costs globally, a move that sparked a sell-off in shares.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks set for biggest weekly drop since late 2016 as bond yields rise

LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - World stocks were set to post their biggest weekly drop since late 2016 on Friday, as talk of central bank policy tightening and expectations of higher inflation boosted borrowing costs globally, a move that sparked a sell-off in shares.

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Blowout in bond yields rattles Asian stocks, buoys euro

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The euro neared multi-year peaks on Friday as talk of policy tightening in Europe and expectations that inflation is set to gear higher drove up borrowing costs globally, a move that sparked a sell-off in Asian equities.

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U.S. fund investors 'buy the dip' in stock, bond markets

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors cashed out of cash funds and stocked up on stocks in the latest week, ignoring a setback in markets and taking on more risk, Lipper data showed on Thursday.

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Wall St. shares forfeit early gains as bond yields rise

(Reuters) - Wall Street stocks gave up early gains on Thursday as bond yields rose and technology stocks retreated ahead of a host of high-profile earnings.

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Tech, bank stocks lead Wall Street higher

(Reuters) - Wall Street rose in early afternoon trading on Thursday, reversing from earlier losses, as strong reports from Facebook and Microsoft led the technology sector higher and hawkish comments from the Federal Reserves lifted bank stocks.

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Wall Street set to open lower on hawkish Fed, Microsoft's drop

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks were set to open lower on Thursday, weighed down by a drop in Microsoft and after the Federal Reserve raised its inflation outlook and flagged "further gradual" interest rate hikes.

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US STOCKS-Wall St set to open lower on hawkish Fed, Microsoft's drop

* Futures down: Dow 148 pts, S&P 8.75 pts, Nasdaq 28.5 pts (Adds details, comment, updates prices)

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Asian shares struggle, China dips on Lunar New Year profit-taking

TOKYO (Reuters) - An index of Asian shares swung into negative territory on Thursday, erasing earlier gains, as a late retreat in Chinese stocks pulled the benchmark lower and as concerns about rising interest rates softened investor sentiment.