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HONG KONG-STOCKS

Global Stocks Rise, Anticipating G20 Finance Meeting

Global stocks hike starting Monday. Investors are anticipating the G20 meeting which to be held in Shanghai on Friday.

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Randall L. Stephenson

U.S. CEOs modestly more upbeat on economy, spending: survey

U.S. chief executive officers are modestly more upbeat about the economy and almost half plan to increase capital spending over the next six months, a quarterly business group survey said on Tuesday.

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Shopping mall

U.S. data points to strong spending ahead of holiday shopping frenzy

Most U.S. retailers reported strong sales in October, a sign American consumers were spending with more gusto and could help keep the economy growing at a brisk pace.

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A real state sign is seen near a row of homes in the Haight Ashbury

U.S. home prices rise less than expected in July: S&P/Case-Shiller

U.S. single-family home prices rose in July on a year-over-year basis but fell short of expectations, a closely watched survey said on Tuesday.

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Australian Securities Exchange

Stocks head for worst quarter since euro crisis, dollar reigns

World markets were in hesitant mood on Tuesday as investors wondered what China's response would be to civil unrest in Hong Kong, while the U.S. dollar eased off the throttle after its biggest quarterly gain in six years.

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

Stocks fall, bonds rise on Hong Kong unrest

Global equity markets fell on Monday as civil unrest in Hong Kong weighed on investor sentiment, while U.S. Treasury debt prices rose over uncertainty sparked by the protests.

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Japan Stock Market

Mrs Watanabe jumps on yen-selling bandwagon as tide turns

Japan's legions of retail foreign-exchange traders, popularly known as Mrs Watanabe, are turning into sellers of yen.

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ECB

Euro zone business growth slows in September as prices keep sliding: PMI

Euro zone business activity has expanded at a slightly weaker pace than expected in September as firms cut prices for the 30th month in a row, a survey showed on Tuesday.

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Merck KGaA

Merck KGaA to buy Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion

Drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA (MRCG.DE) said it agreed to acquire Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL.O) for $17 billion in cash to boost its Merck Millipore lab supplies business in the biggest takeover in the German group's history, lifting its shares.

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US Dollar, Swiss Franc, British Poung and Euro Bank Notes

Asian shares up, Scottish vote seen lifting Europe

The British pound rose sharply after the Scottish independence vote indicated Scotland would remain in the United Kingdom, while Wall Street's overnight gains and Alibaba Group's red-hot initial public offering underpinned Asian shares.

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Gas Bar

Weak gasoline, food prices dampen U.S. producer inflation

U.S. producer prices were flat in August, pointing to muted inflation pressures that should see the Federal Reserve in no hurry to raise interest rates.

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Tokyo_SE

Asia stocks take fright on Fed anxiety, dollar shines

Asian shares tumbled on Wednesday as markets wagered the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates earlier than expected, sending U.S. bond yields higher and keeping the dollar well bid near 14-month highs against a basket of major currencies.

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Google Wallet

Creators of Google Wallet secures USD7 million in Series A funding round

Index, a startup that provides software to enhance customer experience in physical stores, received USD7 million in Series A investment from investors including Innovation Endeavors, of which Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is a co-founder.

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Dubai Financial Market

Standard and Poor's Dow Jones Indices upgrades Qatar and the UAE

Qatar and UAE granted emerging market status while Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman retain frontier markets.

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New York Stock Exchange

Stock markets hunker down for incoming volatility due to impasse

As the budget deadlock continues, the stock market's fear index is rising and many investors are preparing for future stock volatility.

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