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Hong Kong stocks declined at the start of trading Thursday, with losses in the financial group putting the benchmark at risk for a third consecutive fall.
Japanese stocks struggled early Thursday, keying off a weak close for Wall Street on investor concerns about a pullback in monetary stimulus.
Stocks in Australia fell early Thursday, pressured by a drop in the country's currency to a three-month low below 90 U.S. cents, and by losses on Wall Street overnight on concerns about tapering of monetary stimulus.
Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday revised its outlook on Spain's government bond rating to stable from negative, citing a rebalancing of the country's economy.
Disney hiked its annual cash dividend by 15% after recording its best-ever revenue and net income in fiscal 2013.
Aeropostale disappointed shareholders with weaker-than-expected quarterly results and warning fourth-quarter results would badly trail forecasts.
Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday said its board raised the annual cash dividend by 15% to 86 cents a share.
U.S. stocks finished mostly lower on Wednesday after a choppy session, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both stretching their losing streaks to four sessions.
The European Union on Wednesday said it has approved Microsoft Corp.'s $7.3 billion plan to acquire Nokia Corp.'s mobile phone business.
McGraw Hill Financial Inc. said on Wednesday its board has authorized the company to buy back up to 50 million shares, or about 18% of its outstanding shares.
Investor Carl Icahn said Wednesday he will make a "precatory proposal," asking Apple Inc. to increase its stock buyback plan.
Fifth Third Bancorp and its former chief financial officer have been charged with improper accounting of commercial real estate loans in the midst of the financial crisis by the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday.
Three Wall Street trade groups sued the CFTC stop tough overseas trading guidelines that they fear could hurt markets and reduce their profits
After five years of lower demand and smaller prices at the pump thanks to a slumping economy, demand for gasoline is on the rise, and experts say it could continue into 2014.
Oil futures settled higher Wednesday, their fourth session gain in a row, as U.S. government data showed crude supplies fell for the first time in 11 weeks.
Uncertain corporate costs for ObamaCare and other regulations continue to stymie employment and capital spending, business leaders said.
Gold futures gained more than 2% on Wednesday, to recoup much of what they lost over the past two sessions.
U.S. equity markets turned in somewhat volatile action Wednesday as traders made sense of several upbeat economic reports.
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said the economy continued to expand at the same "modest to moderate pace" it has seen over most of the past year.
The Fed said the economy grew at a 'modest to moderate' pace in late October, early November, while price and wage inflation were 'contained.'