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- Stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wall Street on Thursday, with futures for the S&P; 500, Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 down 0.03 to 0.2 percent at 1004 GMT. | VideoContinue Reading
LONDON - Strong demand at Spanish and French government bond auctions added to a buoyant mood in stock markets on Thursday and lifted the euro to a two-week high against the dollar as fresh steps to contain the European debt crisis boosted risk appetite.
TOKYO - Japan's Nikkei average hit a five-week closing high on Thursday, soaring past its 75-day moving average as the euro climbed on news that the International Monetary Fund is seeking to bolster its funds to stem the euro zone sovereign debt crisis.
TOKYO - Japanese authorities, while reluctant to act now, may consider engaging in a rare intervention to stem yen rises against the euro if the moves appear to be driven by speculators and sharp enough to severely hurt business sentiment.
LONDON - Gold climbed for a fourth session on Thursday as the euro hit a two-week high versus the dollar and European stock markets rose on hopes the IMF may boost lending resources, with markets also awaiting the outcome of crucial talks between Greece and its creditors.
BEIJING - China's local governments could plough up to $57 billion into the domestic stock market under a proposal, which sources familiar with the matter said was with the cabinet, to allow them to allocate some of their pension funds into shares.
PARIS, Jan 19 - Airbus said on Thursday it had discovered more cracks in the wings of A380 superjumbo aircraft but insisted the world's largest jetliner remained safe to fly.
* Commodity stocks weak; Polymetal update fails to excite
LONDON, Jan 19 - European shares edged up on Thursday to trade just below a 5-1/2-month high, as investors awaited the outcome of talks between Greece and its private creditors to thrash out a bond swap deal.
* Nikkei rises 1.1 pct, extends gains for third day * Benchmark vaults 75-day moving average * Exporters boosted by stronger euro, financials up By Mari Saito TOKYO, Jan 19 - Japan's Nikkei average hit a five-week closing high on Thursday, soaring past its 75-day moving average as the euro climbed on news that the International Monetary Fund is seeking to bolster its funds to stem the euro zone sovereign debt crisis. Major exporters recouped some of their recent
* China eyes pension fund boost for stock market: sources (Updates to close)
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