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    * ADP data on U.S. private hiring below economists' forecasts * European shares close higher, except Greece * U.S. Treasuries up on bets on slower move by Fed on rates * Oil rallies after stock build data, as talks on Iran continue By Sinead Carew NEW YORK, April 1 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell for a second day on Wednesday and the dollar dipped after weak U.S. private sector employment and manufacturing data fed worries about the U.S. economy ahead of a highly anticipated jobs report Friday. Oil futures rallied as U.S. crude output fell for the first time in two months and the government said stockpiles grew less than some had feared. Also, Iran nuclear talks dragged on, making traders less nervous about a possible supply boost. The ADP National Employment Report showed that U.S. private employers added 189,000 jobs last month, well below economists' expectations for 225,000 jobs. The report was the weakest since January 2014. A separate report showed U.S. manufacturing growth in March was at its slowest pace in almost two years. The dollar dipped 0.13 percent against a basket of currencies after falling as much as 0.38 percent. The soft economic data reinforced the notion that the recent surge in the greenback has hit exports and dragged on the economy, which would worry Fed policymakers. "People continue to have concerns about earnings weakness and economic weakness," said Stephen Massocca, chief investment officer, Wedbush Equity Management LLC in San Francisco. "The weather and the currency moves are going to have an impact on American businesses for the first quarter. This is going to become a recurring theme in the couple of weeks." The Dow Jones industrial average fell 78.2 points, or 0.44 percent, to 17,697.92, the S&P 500 lost 8.2 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,059.69 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 20.66 points, or 0.42 percent, to 4,880.23. Treasury debt prices rose, with yields on the benchmark 10-year note slipping below 1.9 percent as investors bet that lackluster economic data may keep the Federal Reserve from raising rates until the end of 2015. The decline in equities may have been exacerbated because many traders were away ahead of Friday's market holiday, also the day of the monthly jobs report said Andrew Frankel, co-president of Stuart Frankel & Co in New York. "You don't have people here saying, I'm going to stand up with conviction. They'd rather wait until next week," he said. In commodities markets, Brent crude settled up 3.6 percent to $57.10 a barrel. U.S. crude rose 5.2 percent to $50.09. Government data showed U.S. crude inventories rose 4.8 million barrels in latest week. Fears of a bigger increase had been stoked a day earlier, when the American Petroleum Institute said stockpiles rose as much as 5.2 million barrels. In Switzerland, Iran and six world powers were closer to a preliminary accord on Tehran's nuclear program, but talks were stuck over key details such as lifting U.N. sanctions and atomic research. The rebound in oil prices made the S&P 500 energy sector, the index's best performer for the day. (Additional reporting by Michael Connor in New York; Editing by Bernadette Baum, Leslie Adler and David Gregorio)

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    * TSX ends down 40.11 points, or 0.27 percent, at 14,942.55. * Six of 10 main index sectors decline. * Barrick, Goldcorp (GG) soar with bullion price. By John Tilak. Canada's main stock index gained on Wednesday as rising prices for commodities such as oil and bullion bolstered the energy and mining sectors, which together make up almost a third of the index.

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    Canada's main stock index ended higher on Wednesday on the back of solid gains in the price of crude oil and gold, which in turn bolstered heavyweight energy and mining issues. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed up 40.11 points, or 0.27 percent, at 14,942.55. Six of the ten main sectors ended lower.

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    NEW YORK-- Treasury yields plummeted to their lowest level since Feb. 5 at the beginning of the second quarter, following a weak ADP payrolls report, which investors took as a bad omen for the more closely followed nonfarm payrolls report set for Good Friday. The disappointing data came in as eurozone government bond yields were also in a free fall fueled by the European Central Bank's aggressive bond-buying program that has been in full swing for almost a month, pushing the German...

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    Shares of Oi SA , the most indebted Brazilian telecommunications company, surged 20.13% to $1.85 in late afternoon trading Wednesday after the company announced it would eliminate more than 1,000 jobs and increase shareholder rights in an effort to turn around the company.

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    * ADP data on U.S. private hiring below economists' forecasts * European shares close higher, except Greece * U.S. Treasuries up on bets on slower move by Fed on rates * Oil rallies after stock build data, as talks on Iran continue By Sinead Carew NEW YORK, April 1 - U.S. stocks fell for a second straight day on Wednesday and the dollar dipped after weaker-than-expected private sector employmen...

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    By John Geddie LONDON, April 1 - Germany sold five-year debt at a record-low yield on Wednesday and its longer-term borrowing costs also fell to historic lows, as some investors bet European Central Bank bond-buying would outweigh hints of a recovery in the euro zone economy.

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    Better-than-forecast PMIs spur optimism for second quarter. LONDON-- European stock markets started April on a strong footing on Wednesday after a solid round of manufacturing data, partly recovering from sharp losses the prior day when investors banked profit ahead of the new quarter. On Wednesday, the Stoxx 600 added 0.3% to close at 398.52, just a few points short of its record close of 405.50 reached in March 2000..

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    Banks and oil firms lead U.K. benchmark higher. LONDON-- The U.K.' s benchmark stock index kicked off the new month and quarter in positive territory on Wednesday, boosted by a solid reading on the country's manufacturing sector. The FTSE 100 index added 0.5% to end at 6,809.50, scoring its biggest gain in more than a week.

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    * European shares push higher as Q2 gets under way * U.S. stocks, U.S. dollar dips after weak private sector job data * Oil rallies as talks on Iran continue By Sinead Carew NEW YORK, April 1 - U.S. stocks fell for a second day and the dollar dipped after a weaker-than-expected report on private sector employment spurred investor concerns that a highly anticipated monthly U.S. jobs report on Fr...

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    Bill Gross is out with his  monthly investment outlook and in addition to giving plenty of details about his failure to make the freshman basketball team at Duke, he says he's keeping a close eye on the European Central Bank's massive $1.2 trillion quantitative easing program.

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    Shares of MGM Resorts International (MGM) are down by 1.85% to $20.64 in mid-morning trading on Wednesday, after data released from the Macau gambling district in China showed that the gaming hub's revenue for March declined by 39%. MGM Resorts (MGM) is a Las Vegas, NV-based casino and resort owner with operations in Macau. This is the tenth consecutive month of revenue declines for Macau, Reuters reports.

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    * TSX down 3.56 points, or 0.02 percent, at 14,898.88. * Six of 10 main index sectors decline. * Barrick, Goldcorp (GG) soar with bullion price. By John Tilak. Canada's main stock index was little changed on Wednesday as strength in the price of commodities such as oil and bullion helped drive gains in the energy and mining sectors, offsetting weakness in the financial sector.

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    The continent's biggest country ought to launch its own stimulus. NEW YORK-- The latest economic data from the eurozone suggest that recovery may be at hand. What is driving the upturn?

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    Canada's main stock index opened higher on Wednesday as strength in the price of commodities such as oil and bullion helped drive gains in the energy and mining sectors. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 22.02 points, or 0.15 percent, at 14,924.46 shortly after the open.

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    Brazil exchange operator BM&FBovespa SA said on Wednesday it was considering adding a consumer loyalty company to the benchmark Bovespa stock index as of May and removing a utility and homebuilder. It said shares of Smiles SA could be added, while electricity distributor Light SA and homebuilder PDG Realty SA could be removed.

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    By John Geddie LONDON, April 1 - Germany sold five-year debt at a record low yield on Wednesday, while its longer-term borrowing costs also fell to near historic troughs, as some investors bet ECB buying would outweigh hints of a rebound in the euro zone economy.