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    Asian stocks were mostly higher on Thursday, with Japan moderating after its strong gains in the previous session, while Australia was reassured by comments from the chairwoman of the U.S. The region took a positive lead from the U.S., where Wall Street moved higher, with the technology-heavy Nasdaq recovering from a selloff that saw Internet and biotechnology companies hit hard in recent sessions. Supporting regional sentiment was Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, who...

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    LONDON-- European stocks pulled lower Thursday, with investors assessing a crop of corporate financial updates and monitoring diplomatic talks about the crisis in Ukraine. The Stoxx Europe 600 lost 0.2% to 330.18, giving up a portion of its 1.3% climb on Wednesday, which was spurred by better-than-expected Chinese growth data and prospects for looser monetary policy by the European Central Bank. Among those pacing decliners on the pan-European index Thursday were liquor...

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    LONDON-- European stocks pulled lower Thursday, with investors assessing a crop of quarterly corporate updates and monitoring diplomatic talks in Geneva about the crisis in Ukraine. The Stoxx Europe 600 lost 0.2% to 330.18, led by a 5.6% drop in Remy Cointreau SA after the spirits maker warned of a decline in full-year operating profit. Shares of Diageo PLC fell 4.4% after the liquor company.

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    * European stocks dip, dollar weakens. * Earnings depress Google, IBM in after-hours trade. * Profit warnings also hurt European stocks. * Wall St lifted by dovish Yellen, upbeat Fed Beige Book. By Carolyn Cohn.

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    * Sterling strong near 4-1/2 year high vs dollar. * Trading activity winding down ahead of Easter holidays. * Yellen stresses need for interest rates to stay low. By Anirban Nag. The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Thursday after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen reiterated an accommodative monetary policy stance in comments which gave the euro and the yen a lift.

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    * FTSEurofirst 300 falls 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.3 pct. * Remy Cointreau, Diageo report weak China demand. * Euro strength knocks back SAP outlook. * Major European markets shut on Friday, Monday. By Alistair Smout.

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    European shares were steady in early trade on Thursday, halting the previous session's rebound as lower-than-expected U.S. results and a warning by SAP over the negative impact of a strong euro eclipsed dovish comments from the Fed. Investors were also reluctant to chase stocks higher ahead of the Easter holiday weekend, and as tensions in Ukraine continued to rise.

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    * Asia shares mostly higher, Nikkei ends flat. * Google and IBM fall after hours as earnings disappoint. By Wayne Cole. Asian share markets crept higher on Thursday as dovish comments from the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve lifted Wall Street while weighing on the dollar, with trade light heading into the Easter holidays.

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    TOKYO, April 17- Japan's Nikkei share average ended flat in choppy trade on Thursday as profit-taking from the previous day's large gains offset optimism that the U.S. Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low for an extended period. The Nikkei share average ended flat at 14,417.53 after a volatile session that saw the index move between positive and...

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    Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening flat to up by 1 point on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. * The UK blue chip index closed up by 42.56 points, or 0.7 percent, at 6,584.17 points on Wednesday.

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    Investors were also reluctant to chase stocks higher ahead of long Easter weekend and as tensions in Ukraine continued to rise. Ahead of a meeting of Foreign ministers from Russia and the West in Geneva on Thursday, separatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to...

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    * BOJ Kuroda sticks to upbeat stance on economy. * Trading activity winding down ahead of Easter holidays. * Yellen stresses need for interest rates to stay low. By Lisa Twaronite and Ian Chua.

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    Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Thursday, reflecting the absence of catalysts with Tokyo equities held to a narrow range after the previous session's surge. An auction of 1.2 trillion yen 20-year government bonds was well received by the market, with the bid-to-cover ratio, a gauge of demand, rising to 3.99 from 3.69 at the previous sale last month.

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    * Asia shares mostly higher, moves modest. * Google and IBM fall after hours as earnings disappoint. By Wayne Cole. Asian share markets eked out gains on Thursday as dovish comments from the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve combined with an upbeat economic assessment from the central bank to lift Wall Street for a third straight session.

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    European stocks dipped on Thursday as disappointing earnings from U.S. tech heavyweights Google and IBM dampened the previous session's upbeat tone on Wall Street, and the dollar weakened on dovish remarks from the Federal Reserve. Google Inc fell as much as 6 percent after first-quarter revenue fell short of Wall Street targets and margins narrowed as its ads prices decline persisted.

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    * Asia shares mostly higher, gains modest as yet. * Google and IBM fall after hours as earnings disappoint. By Wayne Cole. Asian share markets were trying to rally on Thursday as dovish comments from the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve coupled with an upbeat economic assessment from the central bank to lift Wall Street for a third straight session.

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    * Yen nurses broad but modest losses as global stocks rally. * Sterling boosted by upbeat local data. * Yellen stresses need for interest rates to stay low. * BOJ governor speech next in focus. By Ian Chua. SYDNEY, April 17 - The yen wallowed at one-week lows against the dollar early on Thursday, having eased broadly overnight as a rally in global stocks dented demand for the safe-haven currency.

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    * Yen nurses broad but modest losses as global stocks rally. * Yellen stresses need for interest rates to stay low. * BOJ governor speech next in focus. By Ian Chua. The yen wallowed at one-week lows against the dollar early on Friday, having eased broadly overnight as a rally in global stocks dented demand for the safe-haven currency.

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    *TSX rises 142.60 points, or 1 percent, at 14,446.52* All of 10 main index sectors advance* Metro jumps after posting results By John Tilak TORONTO, April 16- Canada's main stock index recorded its biggest single-day jump in more than two months on Wednesday, driven higher by supportive comments on U.S. employment by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and bullish...

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    *China GDP grows 7.4 pct, slightly ahead of forecasts* European shares rebound, Wall Street rallies, Yahoo shines* Oil rises close to $110 on mounting Ukraine tension By Herbert Lash NEW YORK, April 16- Global equity markets advanced broadly on Wednesday after China reported growth that beat expectations, providing relief to investors worried about the Chinese...