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    After a dismal first quarter, investors look forward to what the spring has in store; but apart from a new gold rush and the euro rising further, there seems to be little to anticipate.

  • European stocks closed slightly lower Friday, as hopes for a near-term interest rate cut from the European Central Bank diminished on signs of growing inflation pressures in the euro zone.

  • The world's largest takeover of a power company drew nearer a close on Friday as E.ON agreed to buy parts of Endesa  from the Spanish utility's new owners for 11.8 billion euros ($18.6 billion).

  • Euro zone price pressures are "alarmingly high," threatening medium-term price stability, and first quarter growth in the bloc could exceed expectations, European Central Bank officials said on Friday.

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    I mean, about inflation for you and me and Bobby McGee. Not inflation as bankers see it, as economists see it, as central bankers see it. Not about CPIs and PPIs and HICPs. Not about price-adjusted, calendar-adjusted and average-workday-weighted statistics, which economists so fondly call "real" inflation.

  • German corporate sentiment unexpectedly rose in March to its highest level in seven months in defiance of the strong euro, surging oil prices and concerns about the economic situation in the United States.

  • The interbank cost of borrowing three-month dollar, sterling and euro funds rose on Tuesday, according to the British Bankers Association's latest daily fixing, despite central banks continuing to pump funds into the money market.

  • Stricken German lender IKB got another $700 million of taxpayers' cash to bolster itself amid more subprime writedowns, exasperating politicians who said it should get no more state help.

  • The European Central Bank lent euro zone banks an extra 15 billion euros on Thursday to tide them over the Easter holiday period, although banks bid for four times as much.

  • China's Ping An Insurance Co deepened its ties with Belgian-Dutch financial group Fortis on Wednesday by buying half its asset management business for 2.15 billion euros ($3.4 billion).

  • Deutsche Telekom vowed on Wednesday to fight continued sales and earnings declines at its traditional fixed-line business, aiming to stabilize the business by 2010.

  • Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Well, not altogether true, of course. Or rather: It´s not so much confidence, but the notable lack thereof. Has Ben Bernanke completely lost his bearings? That's the question of the day ...

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    European Central Bank Executive Board members stressed on Tuesday the role of the ECB as a guardian of price stability, giving the strong euro only scant mention.

  • Financial trading and interbank lending almost ground to a halt on Monday as banks grew  fearful of dealing with each other following Friday's near collapse of U.S. investment firm Bear Stearns, prompting talk of another round of coordinated central bank aid.

  • Deutsche Telekom will buy a 20 percent stake in Greece's largest phone company, OTE, for 2.5 billion euros ($3.33 billion) and aims to take full control of the company as it fuels growth via acquisitions.

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    Allianz is planning to break up Dresdner Bank in a move that paves the way for a sale of investment banking laggard Dresdner Kleinwort and an end to a marriage many investors wished never happened.

  • Euro zone inflation hit a new record high of 3.3 percent in February, the European Union's statistics office said, with soaring oil prices taking their toll despite the cushion of a strong euro.

  • BMW, the world's largest premium carmaker, reported slightly better 2007 results than expected on Thursday and named a new head of sales and marketing as its aims to boost sales at all three brands this year.

  • European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet

    European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said disorderly swings in currencies were undesirable, according to an interview with a French magazine published on Thursday.

  • It is the ECB's mandate, credo and conviction that only an inflation-free (inflation-free in ECB speak is a rise in consumer prices of no more than 2 percent) economy is a healthy economy and that price stability is the best guarantor for economic growth and prowess.