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  • European gains tracked a late rally on Wall Street on Thursday, where stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs numbers and a rally in Apple and Boeing helped offset some disappointing earnings. "Retail sales in Germany and Spain, as well as consumer spending in France, are above expectations. These are the first signs for the positive impact from low oil prices and are a...

  • LONDON, Jan 30- The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index advanced on Friday and headed for its best monthly performance in 5-1/ 2 years, with Germany's DAX share index outperforming after encouraging retail sales data. The DAX rose 0.6 percent after German retail sales increased for a fifth consecutive year in 2014, rising by 1.4 percent in real terms,...

  • TOKYO, Jan 30- Asian shares wavered between positive and negative territory on Friday, as a late earnings-led surge on Wall Street helped counter persistent concerns over global growth and sagging Chinese shares. Spreadbetters predicted the U.S. lustre would rub off on European bourses when they opened, with Britain's FTSE 100 expected to open up around 19...

  • *Wall St rallies as Apple, Boeing lead in late-day surge. Major Wall Street indexes surged almost 1 percent or more as Apple Inc and Boeing Co extended gains following their strong earnings reports earlier this week. Amazon.com and Google Inc reported earnings after the bell, with Amazon shares gaining as much as 8.5 percent, but Google fell almost 5 percent.

  • Jan 29- Colgate-Palmolive Co on Thursday reported a rise in an important sales metric, sending its shares up 6 percent as investors shrugged off a lowered earnings forecast. Net sales suffered because of the strong dollar and weak demand in markets such as Brazil and Europe. Sales were down 7.5 percent in Europe and 10 percent in Africa but rose 4.5 percent in Asia.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- Global equity markets eased on Thursday on simmering worries over Greece's new anti-bailout government and the prospect for corporate earnings, but U.S. government debt prices fell on fresh signs of a strong American labor market. On Wall Street, Alibaba Group shares dropped 10.5 percent to $88.12 after its revenue missed expectations.

  • PARIS/ MUNICH, Jan 29- Airbus Group shook up the management and the organisation of the A400M military transport programme on Thursday after the latest in a long series of delays and technical problems to beset Europe's largest defence project. Shares in Airbus Group fell 2.3 percent. The new man in charge of Military Aircraft, Alonso, 58, has been running Airbus...

  • *Greece concerns weigh on Europe, Athens stocks up. LONDON, Jan 29- European stocks slipped and the dollar strengthened on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view of the world's largest economy and signalled it was on track to raise interest rates this year. Greece, where an anti-austerity prime minister took over on Monday, also kept investors...

  • LONDON, Jan 29- Belarus sovereign bonds fell up to 27 cents in the dollar on Thursday on fears of debt restructuring, while broader emerging markets also weakened following a U.S. Belarus yield spreads over Treasuries widened 900 basis points to 1463 bps and its 2015 and 2018 bonds were sold off after President Alexander Lukashenko said the country may have to...

  • UPDATE 1-Greek bank shares edge back up off record lows Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:49 AM ET

    *Morgan Stanley issues upbeat note on Greek bank shares. The Athens Stock Exchange FTSE Banks Index, which had slumped 27.7 percent on Wednesday to hit all-time lows, rose 6 percent, with investors encouraged by a note from U.S. bank Morgan Stanley. "With Greek bank stocks down up to 30 percent yesterday and down 40 percent in the last week, we re-iterate the long-term...

  • *Greece concerns weigh on Europe, Athens stocks up. LONDON, Jan 29- Stocks fell in Europe and Asia and the dollar strengthened on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view of the world's largest economy and signaled it was on track to raise interest rates this year. Greece, where a radical leftist prime minister took over on Monday, also kept investors...

  • TOKYO, Jan 29- Asian shares extended losses on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view on the U.S. economy and signalled that it remains firmly on track to raise interest rates this year despite an uncertain global outlook. Japan's Nikkei slipped 0.4 percent, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan extended its drop and...

  • *Sale of assets including stake in Greece's main utility halted. *Greek bank stocks fall 26 pct, Athens index tumbles 9 pct. *Greek minister says Athens against sanctions on Russia.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 28- Oil prices fell on Wednesday after the U.S. government reported record-high crude inventories, adding to anxieties about the global glut that has pressured the market since last summer. Benchmark Brent crude oil was down 84 cents at $48.76 a barrel by 1:07 p.m. ET, after making a session low at $48.65. U.S. crude dropped $1.39 to $44.84, after...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar, U.S. stocks inch higher before Fed Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 1:04 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 28- The dollar edged up against the euro on Wednesday as investor focus turned toward the Federal Reserve, which delivers a post-meeting statement later in the day, while U.S. stocks climbed after strong earnings from Apple. Worries that Greece's new government is heading for clashes with the rest of the euro zone over its debts weighed on European...

  • But the build the EIA cited was about a third lower than the nearly 13 million barrels reported for the week to Jan. 23 by the American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday. Benchmark Brent crude oil was down 61 cents at $48.99 a barrel by 12:15 p.m. ET, off its session low of $48.65. "This inventory is bad, but not so bad" as expectations set by the API data, said Dominick...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 28- The dollar edged up and world stock indexes edged lower on Wednesday as investor focus turned toward the Federal Reserve, which will deliver a post-meeting statement later in the day. Worries that Greece's new government is heading for clashes with the rest of the euro zone over its debts weighed on European shares, while shares of Apple, which...

  • ATHENS, Jan 28- Greek bank stocks fell by more than 22 percent on Wednesday as the Athens market suffered a third day of turmoil following the election of a government led by leftist anti-austerity Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Fears that Greek banks, facing increased deposit outflows, could be shut out of European Central Bank liquidity assistance if their...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 28- The Russian rouble weakened on Wednesday and stocks fell, with a retreat in oil prices and a threat of new sanctions on Moscow for its role in the Ukraine crisis promising to weigh on the currency in the near future. "We believe fears of new sanctions and potentially harmful anti-sanctions in response from Russia will keep investors alert and...

  • ATHENS, Jan 28- Greek bank stocks fell by more than 22 percent on Wednesday, dragging the Athens market into a third day of turmoil following the election of a government led by leftist anti-austerity Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Fears that Greek banks, facing increased deposit outflows, could be shut out of European Central Bank liquidity assistance if their...