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Stock futures dip as investors assess earnings

Traders work on the floor of the NYSE(Reuters) - The S&P and Dow futures were slightly lower on Friday as GE trimmed its full-year forecast, while Microsoft's premarket rally limited losses on Nasdaq futures.

Ex-Goldman recruit drives HSBC's investment banking ambitions

FILE PHOTO - The headquarters of HSBC in London's Canary Wharf financial districtUsing a rare hire from a Wall Street firm, HSBC is pushing hard to become the top European-based investment bank while its regional rivals struggle with regulatory fines and falling revenues. Former Goldman Sachs banker Matthew Westerman, who took over as head of the Global Banking division in May, has made sweeping changes in the drive to steal market share in a business area where HSBC lags most of its major peers. The London-based lender wants to capitalize on the waning fortunes of its German and Swiss competitors Deutsche Bank , Credit Suisse and UBS .

E-Class sedan, SUVs boost earnings at Germany's Daimler

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ? German automaker Daimler AG said Friday that stronger sales of its technology-loaded Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and SUVs helped third-quarter earnings swell by 13 percent.

PRESS DIGEST- Wall Street Journal - Oct 21

Oct 21 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in theWall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories anddoes not vouch for their accuracy. - A former National Security Agency contractor amassed atleast 500 million pages of government records, includingtop-secret information about military operations, by stealingdocuments bit by bit over two decades, the Justice Departmentalleged in a court filing submitted Thursday. http://on.wsj. ...

Microsoft shares hit all-time high as earnings beat expectations

Microsoft shares hit all-time high as earnings beat expectationsMicrosoft shares rose to an all-time high in after-hours trading on 20 October, after the software giant posted better-than-expected first quarter results. The rise in profits was helped by an 8% jump in cloud revenue to $6.4bn, with the firm reporting that the use of its Azure cloud computing platform had more than doubled since last year. The news sent Microsoft shares 6% higher to $60.73 in New York, overtaking its previous peak of $59.97 in 1999 during the dot-com boom.

DIARY-Hong Kong and China corporate earnings week ahead

Oct 21 (Reuters) - Diary of Hong Kong (.HSI) corporate earnings for the week ahead HONG KONG EARNINGS Start Date Start Time RIC Company Name Event Name (in GMT) 26-Oct-2016 NTS 601988.SS Bank of China Ltd Q3 2016 Bank of China Ltd Earnings Release 26-Oct-2016 NTS 2388.HK BOC Hong Kong Holdings Ltd Q3 2016 BOC Hong Kong Holdings Ltd Earnings Release 27-Oct-2016 AMC 601628.SS China Life Insurance Co Ltd Q3 2016 China Life Insurance Co Ltd Earnings Release 27-Oct-2016 NTS 600028.SS China Petroleum & Chemical Corp Q3 2016 China Petroleum & Chemical Corp Earnings Release 27-Oct-2016 NTS 601939. ...

Wall Street dips as telecoms slump; AmEx surges

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) shortly after the opening bell in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended a choppy session on Thursday with a slight decline as investors digested the latest round of earnings, with a sharp drop in telecoms offset by gains in healthcare.

MIDEAST STOCKS-Mammoth bond issue boosts Saudi, Egypt rebounds

* Saudi banks rally on bond issue * SEC jumps on strong Q3 profit * STC gains on in-line profit, Mobily drops on loss * Hokair tumbles on earnings slump * Dubai's DXBE jumps for third day before theme parks open By Celine Aswad DUBAI, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's stock market rose sharply on Thursday as banks rallied after the kingdom's mammoth international bond sale, which could help to unclog liquidity bottlenecks in the economy. Egypt bounced as investors bought into recent dips. The Saudi index gained 2. ...
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