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    Global equity markets fell on Friday on reports about a crackdown on margin lending in China, while the dollar retreated on views that stronger U.S. consumer prices were not enough to offset recent weak data that could slow a Federal Reserve interest rate hike. China's securities regulator warned investors to be cautious as Chinese shares hit seven-year highs after seven weeks of gains.

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    Fortescue Metals (FSUMF) calls itself the "new force in iron ore." If anything, new lows in iron-ore prices will force the company to bleed cash, if it isn't already doing so. The Australian iron-ore miner said Thursday that it slashed the costs of delivering the ore to China, its main customer, by 17% in the March quarter from the one before.

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    * Earnings worries weigh on U.S. stocks. * Euro zone yields hit new lows, German 10-year near zero. * Dollar dips. * Oil prices hit fresh 2015 high. By Michael Connor. Wall Street equities finished modestly lower on Thursday as investors worried about coming corporate results, while European stocks fell nearly 1 percent under the weight of Greece's worsening financial predicament.

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    * Canadian dollar at C$1.2181 or 82.10 U.S. cents * Bond prices lower across the maturity curve * C$ jumped about 3.4 percent, or more than 4 Canadian cents in last three sessions By Solarina Ho TORONTO, April 16 - The Canadian dollar rallied against the greenback for a third straight session on Thursday, breaking key technical levels for the first time since January, fueled by the Bank of Cana...

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    * TSX fell 64.10 points, or 0.41 percent, to 15,386.77. * Nine of ten main sectors end down. By Alastair Sharp. Canada's main stock index fell on Thursday as energy bears won a scuffle in the ongoing battle against bulls who expect a recovery in crude oil prices to limit long-term damage to the country's major oil and gas industry.

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    By Joseph Adinolfi, MarketWatch, Hiroyuki Kachi. Weak data, dovish Fed speakers pushed the buck lower. The U.S. dollar tumbled Thursday, posting its largest decline against the euro in two weeks, after a barrage of weak U.S. economic data and dovish remarks from a pair of Federal Reserve officials.

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    Brazil's economy to contract in 2015, first since 2009. A destructive mix of corruption, an oil market collapse and bad leadership are all taking a toll on Brazil, but if the government sticks to its austerity plan, the country may not have to suffer the ignominy of junk bond status, an analyst said on Thursday. "We expect the government to make a strong effort to cut spending, and believe that the final result should be enough to prevent Brazil from losing its investment grade status,"...

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    Canada's main stock index closed lower on Thursday as heavyweight energy and mining names slipped, offsetting gains from four of the country's biggest banks. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially ended down 64.10 points, or 0.41 percent, at 15,386.77. Nine of the 10 main sectors fell.

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    International Consolidated Airlines Group (BABWF) could be lacking fuel for its ascent. Shares in the parent company of British Airways have soared about 60% over the past six months, far outpacing the FTSE 100 index. Lower fuel prices have helped, but IAG also has stood out among European legacy peers by managing to cut costs, control capacity and increase sales.

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    * Wall Street higher, focus on bullish earnings. * Euro zone yields at new lows, German 10-year nears zero. * Treasury yields rise after U.S. data. * Oil prices turn up. By Michael Connor. European stocks declined nearly 1 percent on Thursday, pressured by Greece's worsening financial predicament, and euro zone government borrowing costs hit new lows.

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    By Myra P. Saefong and William Watts, MarketWatch. Dollar's weakness limits losses for gold. Gold futures settled lower on Thursday, but held their ground near the key $1,200- an-ounce level, finding some support from weakness in the U.S. dollar as investors mulled the latest batch of U.S. economic data and developments tied to debt woes in Greece.

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    Goldman Sachs (GS)  smashed through analyst estimates when it released earnings before the bell Thursday morning. Earnings were $5.94 per share and revenue was $10.62 billion compared with analyst estimates of $4.26 and $9.35 billion respectively. Must Read: Warren Buffet's Top 10 Stock Buys. Goldman saw all its business units contribute to the blowout quarter.

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    European stocks on Thursday dropped from a record high as investors kept an eye on Greece's debt situation and sifted through corporate financial updates. The Stoxx Europe 600 fell 0.8% to 410.93, with only the consumer-goods sector ending higher. The oil and gas sector had advanced earlier in the session, but many of the group's shares fell alongside a drop in oil prices.

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    SAO PAULO, April 16 (Reuters) - Brazil's Bovespa stock index fell the most it had in nearly three weeks on Thursday as investors took profits following a recent rally. The broader MSCI Latin American stock index remained in positive territory for the third straight session, though, while most currencies in the region were little-changed. The Bovespa is up about 13 percent over the last month and on Wednesday nearly crossed the 55,000 point threshold, a level it has not breached since late last year. Many investors have been encouraged by low prices following a sell-off earlier in the year, as well as by perceptions that political infighting over Brazil's fiscal adjustment efforts had diminished. Thursday's losses in the Bovespa were driven mostly by a 4 percent drop in shares of state-run oil producer Petroleo Brasileiro SA, known as Petrobras. The stock had been hovering near its lowest price in over 10 years in recent months due to investigations of a corruption scandal, but it rebounded about 55 percent since mid-March. Bargain hunters and foreign investors seeking exposure to Brazil led that rally on hopes the fallout from the scandal would not be as bad as originally expected. Currency markets were mostly calm, though the Brazilian real fluctuated near the 3.03 per dollar level. "The market is trying to find a new level, whether its at 3 or beyond that," said Flavio Serrano, senior economist with investment bank BESI in Sao Paulo. "Without any relevant news we'll see (the real) oscillating at this level" Colombia's peso weakened about 0.5 percent, weighed down by a drop in the price for oil, the country's main export. Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies at 1554 GMT: Stock indexes daily % YTD % Latest change change MSCI Emerging Markets 1052.34 1.49 8.42 MSCI LatAm 2652.31 0.8 -3.53 Brazil Bovespa 54463.91 -0.83 8.91 Mexico IPC 45194.1 -0.15 4.75 Chile IPSA 4032.92 0.02 4.73 Chile IGPA 19578.25 0.02 3.75 Argentina MerVal 11940.159 -1.55 39.18 Colombia IGBC 10439.22 -0.06 -10.27 Peru IGRA 13067.63 0.36 -11.67 Venezuela IBC 5474.34 0.04 100.04 Currencies daily % YTD % change change Latest Brazil real 3.0215 0.41 -22.00 Mexico peso 15.221 0.39 -14.39 Chile peso 611.5 0.86 -13.97 Colombia peso 2495.24 0.47 -22.57 Peru sol 3.1241 0.00 -10.60 Argentina peso 8.8650 0.03 -26.76 (interbank) Argentina peso 12.69 0.87 -21.20 (parallel) (Reporting by Asher Levine and Flavia Bohone; editing by Gunna Dickson)

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    Los Angeles schools ditching Apple-Pearson tech package. U.K. stocks retreated from a record high Thursday, with Pearson PLC (PSO) shares yanked lower on a refund demand related to technology partner Apple Inc. (AAPL). The FTSE 100 fell 0.5% to 7,060.45, slipping from Wednesday's record close at 7,096.78.

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    Geographically, the country straddles Europe and Asia; historically it has veered between being open and closed to Western influence. Despite a strong performance this year, Russia's financial markets are no exception. So far this year, Russian bonds, stocks and the ruble have risen, Phoenix-like, from the ashes of 2014. The most significant move is in the currency, which hit 80 rubles against the dollar in intraday trading in December, from 33 at the start of 2014; it now stands around...

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    * FTSEurofirst 300 retreats from near 14-year highs. * Casino falls after slower sales growth. * Pearson leads media stocks lower. By Atul Prakash. European equities retreated from 14-year highs on Thursday, led lower by shares in French retailer Casino, which reported slower sales growth, and Pearson, on a report that one of its educational technology projects was in trouble.

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     Shares of Chinese Internet television company Youku Tudou  rose 4.1% to $17.01 as Netflix  announced its plans to push into the Chinese market. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said his company is pursuing a subscription video streaming service without commercials in the world's most populous nation.