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Wall St. boosted by earnings; on track for best week of year

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NEW YORK - U.S. stocks advanced on Friday, as earnings from Microsoft and Procter & Gamble coupled with easing concerns over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States helped put the S&P on track to snap a four-week losing skid.

Global shares rise, set for strongest week since July 2013

NEW YORK - Global equity markets rose on Friday as gains in Microsoft and Procter & Gamble buoyed U.S. shares, even as news that a New York City doctor tested positive for the Ebola virus produced a modest safe-haven bid for U.S. Treasuries.

24 Oct 2014

Wall St. gains on industrial earnings but ends off highs

NEW YORK - Earnings from Caterpillar and 3M drove Wall Street higher on Thursday but stocks pared gains in late trading after reports that a New York hospital was running Ebola tests on a healthcare worker.

24 Oct 2014

Swiss gold referendum's support falls short of majority: poll

ZURICH/LONDON - A proposal to prohibit the Swiss National Bank from selling any of its gold reserves has the support of 44 percent of the public, a closely watched survey showed on Friday, though that result falls short of the backing it needs to pass into law.

24 Oct 2014

Euro up after report on bank stress tests, short-covering

NEW YORK - The euro rallied on Friday ahead of an official report on the health of the euro zone's main banks as investors continued a trend of covering their short-positions leading to buying of the currency against the U.S. dollar.

24 Oct 2014

Exclusive: Workers at Antamina, Peru's top copper mine, to strike - union

LIMA - Workers at Peru's biggest copper mine, Antamina, will begin a strike on Nov. 10 that will halt output, a union leader told Reuters on Friday.

24 Oct 2014
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US STOCKS-Wall St boosted by earnings; on track for best week of year

* Indexes: Dow up 0.43 pct, S&P off 0.32 pct, Nasdaq up 0.21 pct (Updates to afternoon trading)

European shares fall early after New York Ebola case

PARIS, Oct 24 - European shares fell in early trading on Friday, reversing the previous session's gains, as investors fretted about news that a doctor who had recently returned to New York from West Africa had tested positive for Ebola.

Kering and BASF fall as European shares slip back

* FTSEurofirst 300 closes down 0.3 pct at 1,312.74 points

Hong Kong shares slip on weak mainland property data

SHANGHAI, Oct 24 - Hong Kong shares finished lower on Friday, dragged down by weak Chinese property data and corporate results from major companies.

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