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  • *Investors take profit after Fed-inspired rally. *Stoxx 600 index seen up 13 pct by end-2016- strategist. MILAN/ LONDON, Dec 18- European shares fell in volatile trade on Friday, giving up most of the Fed-inspired gains of the previous session as investors took profits before the holiday season.

  • European shares fall as Fed rally loses momentum Friday, 18 Dec 2015 | 10:41 AM ET

    *Stoxx 600 index seen up 13 pct by end-2016- strategist. MILAN/ LONDON, Dec 18- European shares fell in volatile trade on Friday as the Fed-inspired rally of the previous session ran out of steam and investors took profits ahead of the holiday season. Lower oil prices this morning and weaker U.S. markets gave the pretext to sell, "said Stephan Rieke, senior economist at...

  • *Wall Street set to follow Europe, Asia stocks lower. Wall Street, which has shed all gains made just after the Fed meeting on Wednesday, was set to open lower, following earlier falls in European and Asian stocks. The oil price problems are not going away any time soon, "said Terry Torrison, managing director at Monaco- based McLaren Securities.

  • *Gold set for $1,000/ oz if breaks December low- analysts. LONDON, Dec 18- Gold edged higher on Friday, recovering from its biggest daily loss in five months as stocks and the dollar retreated, but remained near multi-year lows after the U.S. Gold has tumbled 11 percent this year as investors awaited the rate rise.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- Emerging equities slipped on Friday but remained on course to end the week up about 2.4 percent, whilst the Kazakh tenge fell to a new record low, continuing its recent slide on weak oil prices. "This is the price action we should expect," said Thomas Harr, head of emerging market research at Danske Bank. Chinese mainland shares were up about 0.3 percent...

  • *Global stocks, emerging markets fall. LONDON, Dec 18- Investors turned cautious on Friday about what a stronger dollar and weak commodity prices could mean for the world economy, as a clutch of central banks moved to cushion the impact of the first U.S. rate rise in nearly a decade. European shares fell back from a one-week high reached in the previous session, taking...

  • *Wall Street snaps three-day winning streak. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks led a decline in most equity markets around the globe on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve's first interest rate hike in nearly a decade, as continued pressure on oil weighed on the energy sector. The long-expected but modest increase in the federal funds rate also boosted the dollar to...

  • *Wall Street drops after Fed rate hike as energy sector weighs. The long-anticipated though modest increase in the federal funds rate also boosted the dollar to a fresh two-week high against a basket of major currencies, while Wall Street was on pace to snap a three-day winning streak. "Given the higher level of volatility and frankly a little bit of...

  • *Wall Street drops after Fed rate hike as energy sector weighs. NEW YORK, Dec 17- Wall Street led global equity markets lower on Thursday a day after the U.S. "We are seeing some weakness but we are not seeing that hyperbolic fear that we have seen really inform the entire equity trading narrative as a result of crude's collapse," said Peter Kenny, equity market...

  • *WTI down 2 pct, Brent less than $1 above July 2004 low. "Bearish fundamentals are hanging over the oil markets like storm clouds, with no break in sight or relief in the near future," said Chris Jarvis, founder of Caprock Risk Management, an oil market consultancy in Frederick, Maryland. WTI was down 68 cents, or 2 percent, at $34.84 a barrel by 10:54 a.m. EST, reaching a...

  • European shares rally after Fed rate hike, Casino slumps Thursday, 17 Dec 2015 | 10:44 AM ET

    *Casino slumps after Muddy Waters note. LONDON/ MILAN, Dec 17- European shares surged on Thursday as investors took the U.S. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 1.6 percent by 1530 GMT after climbing to a one-week high, while Germany's DAX, France's CAC and Britain's FTSE 100 rose between 3 to 1 percent.

  • LONDON, Dec 17- World stock markets jumped on Thursday as investors chose to take the first hike U.S. interest rates since 2006 as a mark of confidence in the world's largest economy, also lifting the dollar but piling on the pain for oil prices. After solid gains in Asia, European shares followed with Britain's FTSE 100 1.7 percent higher in early deals.

  • LONDON, Dec 17- European shares surged in early trading on Thursday after investors saw the U.S. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 1.8 percent at 1,441.51 points by 0804 GMT after climbing to a one-week high, while Germany's DAX, France's CAC and Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1.4 to 2.1 percent. The new year will once again prove to be quite volatile as...

  • European shares edge up before the Fed Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 | 12:34 PM ET

    *Brazil- exposed stocks weaker after sovereign downgrade. LONDON/ MILAN, Dec 16- European shares rose on Wednesday as investors awaited the outcome of a crucial rate-setting meeting of the U.S. Greek shares rose 3 percent, outperforming the rest of Europe after the Greek parliament approved a bill containing reforms demanded by the country's international...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- Hours before what looks set to be the first rise in U.S. interest rates in nearly a decade, euro zone bond markets were focused on Wednesday on how the European Central Bank might respond. Just two weeks ago, the European Central Bank moved the other way, cutting its deposit rate further into negative territory and extending its bond-buying programme...

  • PRECIOUS-Gold prices rise ahead of Fed rate hike decision Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 | 5:44 AM ET

    *Gold market focuses attention on pace of future rises. LONDON, Dec 16- Gold rose on Wednesday as expectations that the U.S. Gold prices have fallen 10 percent this year, largely on the back of speculation that U.S. rates will rise from record lows, lifting the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion while boosting the dollar.

  • LONDON, Dec 16- Shares and bond markets rose and the dollar dipped on Wednesday, as investors readied for what is expected to be the first rise in U.S. interest rates in almost a decade. "It is a foregone conclusion that the Fed is going to raise rates," said Kully Samra, a managing director at U.S. focused investment manager Charles Schwab in London.

  • LONDON, Dec 16- Shares and bond markets rose and the dollar dipped on Wednesday, as investors readied for what is expected to be the first rise in U.S. interest rates in almost a decade. "It is a foregone conclusion that the Fed is going to raise rates," said Kully Samra, a managing director at U.S. focused investment manager Charles Schwab in London.

  • LONDON, Dec 16- European shares steadied on Wednesday after a choppy start as investors awaited the outcome of a crucial rate-setting meeting of the U.S. The pan-European FTSEurofirst index moved in and out of negative territory and was up 0.1 percent at 1,413.26 points by 0915 GMT, after climbing 2.9 percent in the previous session following a rebound in crude...

  • Euro zone bond market mulls Fed impact on ECB Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 | 4:11 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 16- As the U.S. That would contrast with a decision by the European Central Bank earlier this month to cut its deposit rate further into negative territory and extend the life of its asset purchase programme by six months. ING senior rates strategist Martin Van Vliet said the ECB would closely watch the bond and euro reaction to the decision, since the...