... * MSCI global stocks index climbs. * Euro falls 1 pct on euro zone outlook. * U.S. jobs data due on Friday. * IMF urges accommodative policy (Updates to midday, adds European shares close).
Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose more than forecast to an eight-week high, representing a pause in a trend of more muted firings.
WASHINGTON - The trade deficit in the United States fell in July to its lowest level in five months as exports rose broadly, signaling underlying strength in the economy despite concerns about a global growth slowdown.
Verizon Communications Inc.'s AOL has agreed to buy mobile-ad company Millennial Media Inc. for about $250 million. The $1.75-a-share offer is a 31 percent premium to Millennial's price at Wednesday's close.
LONDON Global business activity expanded last month at the same pace as in July, a survey showed on Thursday, but firms were unable to build up a backlog of work in August as new orders grew more slowly.