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  • *Europe shares dip off lows as Vivendi weighs. China rate cut helps lift Asian equities, gold. LONDON, March 2- European shares slipped from seven-year highs on Monday, weighed down by merger activity in the telecoms sector, while Asian stocks edged up after China cut interest rates at the weekend.

  • *China rate cut helps lift Asian shares, gold. LONDON, March 2- European shares clung to seven-year highs on Monday, lifted by merger activity in the telecoms sector, while Asian stocks edged up after China cut interest rates at the weekend. German manufacturing activity expanded further in February as new order rose, according to Markit's final purchasing...

  • Dealers and analysts in London, where 60 percent of the world's currency trade is done, said the main theme of the next week would be how markets will deal with the launch of outright money-printing by the European Central Bank. It was down just under 0.1 percent against the dollar in early European deals, having sunk to a 5- week low after the People's Bank of China...

  • JGBs edge down ahead of 10-year auction Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 4:06 AM ET

    TOKYO, March 2- Japanese government bonds edged down on Monday as investors prepared for the following day's monthly auction of 10- year JGBs, with the Bank of Japan's bond-buying operations providing some support to the market. The BOJ offered to buy 50 billion yen of JGBs maturing in one year, 240 billion yen in the 10- year to 25- year zone and another 140 billion...

  • World market momentum over Chinese rate cut fades Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 1:32 AM ET

    KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.3 percent to 6,964.66 and Germany's DAX climbed 0.3 percent to 11,428.83. Hopes for stronger growth in China boosted mining companies and other resource-related shares, such as miner BHP Billiton, which rose 0.4 percent and Glencore Plc, which added 1.8 percent. CHINA RATE CUT: The People's Bank of China cut interest...

  • *MSCI's Asia-Pacific stock index up 0.1 pct after China rate cut. *Australian shares hit 7- year high after China eases. *But overall risk asset impact from China cut limited.

  • *MSCI's Asia-Pacific stock index up 0.1 pct after China rate cut. *Australian shares hit 7- year high after China eases. *But overall impact from China cut limited, AUD hands back gains.

  • KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 gained 0.3 percent to 18,847.19 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.2 percent to 1,989.27. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.3 percent to 24,898.25 and the Shanghai Composite Index advanced 0.4 percent to 3,322.23. CHINA RATE CUT: The People's Bank of China cut interest rates for the second time in three months Saturday, reducing...

  • *MSCI's Asia-Pacific stock index up 0.1 pct after China rate cut. TOKYO, March 2- Asian stocks got off to a steady start on Monday as soft U.S. data was partially offset by a weekend interest rate cut by China, while the dollar hit a five-week high against the euro. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched up 0.1 percent and Tokyo's Nikkei rose...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- The dollar index ended little changed on Friday as it stayed on track for a record eighth month of gains on improving U.S. data and comments from Federal Reserve officials that bolstered bets for a interest rate rise later this year. "The trend is still in place to support the dollar," said Eric Viloria, currency strategist at Wells Fargo Securities in...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 1:26 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for January, 8:30 a.m. Eastern; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for February, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for January, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department...

  • The last hot 'BRIC' has a big weekend coming up Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 1:24 PM ET
    U.S. President Barack Obama laughs as he talks with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi, Jan. 26, 2015.

    This Saturday, investors will tune in to see if India's Narendra Modi delivers on the reforms he's promised as he unveils the country's annual budget.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- The dollar index dipped on Friday on month-end selling but remained on track for a record eighth month of gains on improving U.S. data and comments from Federal Reserve officials that bolstered bets for a interest rate rise later this year. "The trend is still in place to support the dollar," said Eric Viloria, currency strategist at Wells Fargo...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 11:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for January, 8:30 a.m. Eastern; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for February, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for January, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Labor Department...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- European shares rose to fresh seven-year highs on Friday, extending a two-month rally fuelled by the European Central Bank's money printing programme which starts in the coming weeks. About two-thirds of the way into Europe's earnings season, 55 percent of companies have met or beaten profit forecasts. Overall, fourth-quarter earnings are...

  • BEIJING— Global stocks were lackluster Friday after Japan reported mixed economic data and investors waited for revised U.S. growth figures. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, France's CAC-40 was little changed at 4,911.03 and Germany's DAX gained 0.05 percent to 11,332.45. Britain's FTSE 100 was steady at 6,949.04.

  • JGBs edge higher as BOJ buying lends support Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 2:03 AM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 27- Japanese government bonds edged higher on Friday, as the Bank of Japan's bond-buying operations offset any impact on sentiment from the Nikkei stock average's rise to a 15- year high. The BOJ offered to buy up to 400 billion yen of JGBs maturing in five to 10 years, 400 billion yen in the 3- year to 5- year zone, and another 400 billion yen in the 1- year to 3-...

  • TOKYO— Japanese factories churned out more machinery and electronic devices in January as export shipments rose, but lower energy costs due to cheaper crude oil failed to provide a boost to consumer spending. The tax hike snatched the wind from the sails of the recovery Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sought to nurture by massive monetary and fiscal stimulus.

  • TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, Feb 27- The dollar took a breather after surging to a one-month high against a basket of currencies the previous day as U.S. economic data and comments from Federal Reserve officials prompted investors to raise their bets on a rate increase. The euro edged up 0.1 percent to $1.1213, but remained not far from a one-month low of $1.1184 touched on...

  • Pay hikes coming soon in Japan: CLSA  Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 12:02 AM ET

    Chris Richter, deputy Head of Japan Research and Senior Analyst at CLSA, expects Japan Inc to start raising wages soon, with Toyota Motor and other carmakers taking the lead.