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Japan sales tax hike plan may be negative if it harms economy

By Stanley White and Hiroyasu Hoshi TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s plan to raise its sales tax for the second year in a row next year may not be positive for the country’s credit rating if it snuffs out any chance … Continue reading

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Asia shares rise as Fed meeting wraps up

Asian markets rose on Wednesday following strong gains on Wall Street, as traders awaited news from the US Federal Reserve about interest rate plans for the world’s largest economy. Tokyo stocks rose 1.38 percent by the break, Hong Kong was … Continue reading

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India’s plan to grant new bank licences to companies poses risks

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s plan to grant new banking licences to companies could increase risks in the banking sector given the chance that new entrants could be lax about loan standards, Standard Poor’s said in a report on Tuesday. The … Continue reading

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Robust earnings spur European stocks higher

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 1 pct * UBS (NYSEArca: FBGX – news) , Novartis (Xetra: 904278 – news) among heavyweight risers after results * So far, two-third of companies meet/beat forecasts * Sanofi (NasdaqGM: GCVRZ – news) share drop means … Continue reading

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares push higher, bonds steady before Fed

* Fed expected to end QE after two-day meeting * Wall Street points to higher open, Twitter (Xetra: A1W6XZ – news) ‘s wings clipped * European, Asian shares up; Nikkei wilts despite data * Dollar firmer after overnight weakness, bond … Continue reading

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Wall Street rises at open but data curbs gains

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose at the open on Tuesday, but weaker-than-expected data checked gains as the Federal Reserve prepared to begin a two-day meeting on monetary policy. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 52.21 points, or 0.31 … Continue reading

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Analysis

By Alonso Soto BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff narrowly won re-election by spending heavily and promising to extend the fight against poverty but she will need to restore order to public finances in her second term to get Brazil’s … Continue reading

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Analysis

By Alonso Soto BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff narrowly won re-election by spending heavily and promising to extend the fight against poverty but she will need to restore order to public finances in her second term to get Brazil’s … Continue reading

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Weak Merck sales overshadow Q3 cost cuts

(Adds analyst comment, details on product sales, shares) By Ransdell Pierson Oct 27 (Reuters) – Cost cuts enabled Merck Co to beat third-quarter earnings forecasts but disappointing sales of its Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine and other big products sent its … Continue reading

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Weak Merck sales overshadow Q3 cost cuts

(Adds analyst comment, details on product sales, shares) By Ransdell Pierson Oct 27 (Reuters) – Cost cuts enabled Merck Co to beat third-quarter earnings forecasts but disappointing sales of its Gardasil cervical cancer vaccine and other big products sent its … Continue reading

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