INTERNATIONAL NEWS
19 Oct
Europe close: Stocks dip amid Spanish impasse, overbought conditions

A stronger euro despite the continuing political stand-off in Spain weighed on stocks across the continent.

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19 Oct
Ryanair, Google and eDreams seal agreement to end legal proceedings
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Low budget airline Ryanair together with Google and eDreams reached a settlement to end legal proceedings in the Irish High Court, concerning eDreams’ online adverts on Google’s AdWords platform, the companies confirmed on Thursday.

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19 Oct
Apple shares fall after Watch connection issues in China
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Shares of US tech giant Apple were suffering their biggest decline in the last month after Wall Street opened on Thursday amidst reports that the Apple Watch was suffering from service issues in China.

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19 Oct
US open: Wall Street dips on anniversary of 1987 Black Monday crash
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Wall Street's main averages came under selling pressure as traders booked some profits on the 30th anniversary of the 1987 Black Monday US stock market crash that saw the S&P 500 plummet 20% in a single session.

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19 Oct
Philly Fed manufacturing index hits five-month high in October
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Manufacturing conditions in the Philadelphia region unexpectedly improved in October, according to a survey released on Thursday.

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19 Oct
US initial jobless claims drop to lowest since 1973
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The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped more than expected last week, according to data from the Labor Department.

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19 Oct
US pre-open: Stocks seen weaker as traders book profits
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US futures pointed to a weaker open on Wall Street on Thursday, with investors set to book some profits following a record session the previous day which saw the Dow close above 23,000 for the first time.

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19 Oct
New Zealand's lurch left sends Kiwi dollar crashing
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The New Zealand dollar crashed on Thursday, after it emerged that a socialist-populist coalition would be making up the country’s next government.

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19 Oct
Nestle nudges restructuring dial higher as growth looks flat
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Swiss food giant Nestle announced on Thursday that it was looking to expedite its restructuring programme aimed at improving margins as it expected organic growth to remain flat throughout its fourth quarter trading.

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19 Oct
Asia report: Markets mixes on data, Kiwi dollar crashes
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Markets in Asia finished mixed on Thursday, as investors were kept busy with a raft of economic data from China.

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19 Oct
Spain expected to suspend Catalan autonomy as Puigdemont refuses to back down
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Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy is expected to press ahead with Article 155 to suspend autonomy for Catalonia after regional president Carles Puigdemont refused to revoke his suspended declaration of independence.

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19 Oct
China GDP grows at steady clip in Q3, but economists anticipate slowdown
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China's economy continued expanding at a steady clip last quarter, although some economists believed tighter economic policy was set to weigh on the pace of expansion.

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19 Oct
US close: Dow clears 23,000 mark as IBM surges

Gains for Big Blue on the back of its latest quarterly numbers pushed the Dow clear of the 23,000 point mark on Wednesday, with investors very much focused on the steady stream of corporate results coming out.

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18 Oct
Europe close: Stocks end higher, focus on Fed and Spain
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Stocks finished higher, buoyed by weakness in the single currency during the first part of the session and the continuing grind higher by the main market indices on Wall Street.

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18 Oct
Iraqi government calls on BP to help develop Kirkuk's oilfields
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Iraqi government officials urged oil giant BP to assist in developing oilfields in the disputed city of Kirkuk on Wednesday after Iraqi troops and state-sanctioned militiamen stormed through the area on Sunday.

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18 Oct
Spain's stance hardens as final deadline for Catalonia approaches
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The Spanish government does not appear to be wavering in its ultimatum to Catalan separatists, as Mariano Rajoy’s Thursday deadline for clarification on the independence issue draws near.

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18 Oct
US open: IBM soars, pulls Dow Industrials past 23,000

Gains for Big Blue on the back of its latest quarterly numbers have pushed the Dow Industrials clear of the 23,000 point mark with investors very much focused on the steady stream of corporate results coming out.

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18 Oct
US housing starts fall for third consecutive month in September
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A key indicator of homebuilding activity in the States fell back for a third consecutive month in September, but some economists brushed off the data, saying they expected to see at least a partial rebound in coming months.

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18 Oct
Shell African licensee Vivo Energy mulls IPO
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One of Royal Dutch Shell's major licensees in Africa is mulling a public listing that could value the firm at over $3bn (£2. 27bn).

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