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    Japanese blue-chip stocks slipped in early Friday trade as a slightly firmer yen helped to grease the skids. The Nikkei Average was down 0.3% in the first 20 minutes, underperforming the broader Topix's 0.1% gain, as shares of Fast Retailing Co.-- the Nikkei's top-weighted component-- fell 2.9% after reporting a surprise double-digit drop for June sales at its Uniqlo stores. With the dollar retreating to Yen123.05 from its day-earlier level of Yen123.33, some exporters trended...

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    * S&P/TSX index up 84.66 points, or 0.58 pct, at 14,637.99. * Valeant rises 3.5 percent to C$286.70. Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday as market choppiness due to uncertainty in Greece sent investors looking for safety in healthcare shares and other defensive sectors, offsetting weakness in commodity-sensitive stocks.

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    Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday as investors found safety in healthcare shares and other defensive sectors, offsetting weakness in commodity-sensitive stocks. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed up 84.66 points, or 0.58 percent, at 14,637.99. Eight of the 10 main sectors on the index were higher.

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    WASHINGTON--Greece needs a comprehensive debt restructuring by the eurozone and additional bailout cash of more than 60 billion euros through 2018 to return to financial health, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday. The IMF's projections come ahead of a Greek referendum on Sunday that is likely to determine whether Athens will meet creditor terms for emergency financing required to avoid further defaults, financial chaos and an exit from the eurozone.

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    By Carla Mozee, MarketWatch, Tommy Stubbington. Electrolux slides as U.S. sues to block GE deal. European stocks ended lower Thursday, with investors nervously watching the situation in Greece.

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    U.K. stocks advanced Thursday, with BP PLC marking its best session in nearly six months after the oil major said it is settling over the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.. The FTSE 100 rose 0.3% to 6,630.47, led by BP as its shares climbed 4.4% in heavy trading. See latest news on the Greek debt crisis.

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    Quite a lot, it seems, if it turns up on the list of issuers eligible for European Central Bank bond purchases. The ECB raised eyebrows Thursday as it added 13 new borrowers to its quantitative-easing program. Alongside government bonds, the ECB is also buying securities from selected other issuers, including so-called agencies.

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    Either way, the European Union has changed forever. Greek authorities are waging a fervent campaign to get a "no" from voters in a snap referendum Sunday on whether or not to accept the austerity terms demanded by the European Union and other creditors for a new bailout. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his cohorts are using Twitter, Facebook, radio, television, and a large banner hanging out the Finance Ministry window urging Greeks to vote "no" to austerity and what they call...

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    * S&P/TSX index up 45.77 points, 0.31 pct, at 14,599.1. * Valeant rises 2.41 percent to C$283.76. Canada's main stock index rose modestly on Thursday as investors pushed into healthcare shares and other defensive sectors, offsetting weakness in commodity-sensitive stocks. Rattled by the Greek crisis, the TSX index has given up the gains it made earlier in the year.

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    Shares of Aeropostale (ARO) were gaining 11% to $1.82 Thursday after the apparel retailer announced plans to continue its "aggressive expansion" in Asia through new licensing agreements in India and Indonesia. The mall-based apparel company will open stores in India through a licensing agreement with Arvind Licensing Brands, and in Indonesia through a licensing deal with PT Mitra Adiperkasa TBK.

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    * Electrolux slumps after deal challenged in U.S. * German utilities boosted as coal levy plan scrapped. * BP rises after 2010 oil spill settlement. * Europe bourses in 2015: http://link.reuters.com/pap87v. * Asset performance in 2015: http://link.reuters.com/gap87v. By Sudip Kar-Gupta.

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    But the economy is still shaky and politics are simmering. Three years ago, another eurozone country, also known for pristine beaches and great food was submerged in crisis, working investors into a frenzy and triggering talk of the "end of the euro." That previous troublemaker, Spain, has worked hard to dig its economy out of a hole, an effort that has paid off in the eyes of money managers who believe history won't repeat, and that Greece's seemingly never-ending crisis now won't infect...

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    China's Communist government -- known for its tight control over the economy -- is largely taking a hands-off approach to the plunging stock market. Chinese authorities appear to be taking short-term steps, such as delaying IPOs, to ease the free-fall in stocks since mid-June.

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    * Canadian dollar at C$1.2575 or 79.52 U.S. cents * Bond prices mixed across the maturity curve OTTAWA, July 2 - The Canadian dollar touched a 2-1/2-month low against the greenback on Thursday before clawing back some gains as the currency continued to be dogged by uncertainty over the Greek crisis and reduced expectations for the Canadian economy.

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    Canada's main stock index rose shortly after the opening bell on Thursday as gains in consumer and tech stocks offset declines in commodity-related companies. At 9:35 a.m. ET, the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 14.51 points, or 0.1 percent, to 14,567.84.

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    Critical intelligence before the U.S. market opens. Today's jobs report is drawing some attention back to the States, and that's how it should be on the last trading day before the blessed Fourth of July holiday break. But this key bit of economic data provides just a momentary respite before the focus turns back to Greece and China.