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  • LONDON, July 3- European bonds and stocks traded cautiously at Friday's market opening before a Greek referendum on EU-prescribed reforms that could determine the country's future in the euro zone and which polls suggest could go either way. Supporters of Greece's bailout terms have taken a wafer-thin lead over the "No" vote backed by the leftist government, 48...

  • HONG KONG— World stock markets mostly drifted lower Friday ahead of Greece's weekend austerity referendum, while China's main stock benchmark plunged as much as 7 percent as government market stabilization measures failed to reassure panicky investors. Britain's FTSE 100 edged 0.1 percent lower to 6,622.15. The government says a "No" vote will put it in a...

  • *Greece concerns hang over markets. Across the Atlantic, Greece was headed to a referendum on Sunday that could decide its future in the euro zone. Days after Greece defaulted on part of its IMF debt, the Fund said Greece needs an extra 50 billion euros over the next three years, including 36 billion from its European partners, to stay afloat.

  • *Greece concerns hang over markets. NEW YORK, July 2- The U.S. dollar index fell from a three-week high on Thursday as chances of a U.S. interest rate hike as soon as September took a hit following a weaker-than-expected U.S. payrolls report, while Wall Street and world stock markets also ticked down. Across the Atlantic, Greece was headed to a referendum on Sunday that...

  • *IMF warns Greece needs debt extension. July 2- U.S. stocks extended losses on Thursday after the International Monetary Fund warned Greece may need a large debt writeoff, and muted U.S. jobs data dampened the economic outlook. "The market seems to be paying more attention to what may happen with Greece as well as whether or not wage growth will pick up," said Omar...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St turns negative as IMF warns on Greece Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 12:13 PM ET

    *IMF warns Greece needs debt extension. July 2- U.S. stocks turned negative after the International Monetary Fund warned Greece may need a further large debt writeoff, and weak U.S. jobs data dampened the economic outlook. "The market seems to be paying more attention to what may happen with Greece as well as whether or not wage growth will pick up," said Omar Aguilar,...

  • *Greece concerns hang over markets. NEW YORK, July 2- The U.S. dollar index fell from a three-week high on Thursday as chances of a U.S. interest rate hike as soon as September took a hit following a weaker-than-expected U.S. payrolls report, while Wall Street and world stock markets were slightly higher. Greece heads to a referendum on Sunday that could decide its...

  • China stocks plunge as market rout deepens Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 10:25 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks ended a tumultuous trading week with slight losses Thursday as investors sought safety ahead of an extended holiday weekend. Investors bought at the opening of trading after a Labor Department report on job creation suggested the economy was improving, though not so fast as to raise the specter of inflation and higher interest rates.

  • *Europe bourses in 2015: http://link.reuters.com/pap87v. LONDON, July 2- European shares fell on Thursday under pressure from concerns over Greece's debt crisis and with a rebound in the euro weighing on exporters that typically benefit from the single currency's weakness. Electrolux, which owns the Frigidaire, Kenmore and Tappan brands, fell about 10...

  • *Europe waits for Greek vote, Spain borrowing costs rise. *Gold also dips after U.S. payrolls. Gold fell too, hitting a 3-1/ 2 month low of $1,157 an ounce, while U.S. stock futures extended gains to point a 0.3-0.4 percent rise for the main Wall Street markets when they reopen.

  • LONDON, July 2- German utility stocks rose sharply on Thursday after plans for a coal levy were scrapped, outperforming a flat showing on other benchmark European equity indexes that remained dogged by concerns over Greece. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was also flat while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index slipped 0.1 percent.

  • US STOCKS-U.S. futures rise ahead of jobs data Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 7:33 AM ET

    July 2- U.S. stock index futures rose slightly on Thursday ahead of a critical job report that could feed into the U.S. *The Labor Department's closely watched report, normally issued on a Friday, will be released on Thursday at 8:30 a.m ET because of the Independence Day holiday. *European stock markets were in a limbo and the mood was one of caution with Greece just...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Global stocks were higher on Thursday as expectations for solid U.S. jobs data overshadowed worries about Greek debt. Britain's FTSE 100 was up 1.3 percent to 6,607.79 and France's CAC 40 jumped 2 percent to 4,885.45. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said its manufacturing index rose to the highest...

  • *MSCI Asia-Ex Japan up 0.4 pct; Shanghai index down 0.9 pct. Shares in Shanghai and Shenzhen have lost a quarter of their market capitalization since the rout began, according to Thomson Reuters data. Broader investor sentiment is also expected to remain cautious in the coming weeks, thanks to growing uncertainty over whether Greece can step back from an...

  • HONG KONG, July 2- Asian shares lost early steadiness and Chinese stocks got off to a weak start on Thursday, while upbeat U.S. economic data helped the dollar gain as investors globally opted for caution due to Greece's standoff with its creditors. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.13 percent following yet another weak...

  • Taiwan stocks edge lower as Greece bewilders markets Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 9:52 PM ET

    TAIPEI, July 2- Taiwan stocks fell on Thursday, bucking modest regional gains, as conflicting signals from Greece on a last-ditch international bailout kept many investors on the sidelines. A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks on Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with...

  • July 1- U.S. stocks closed higher on Wednesday but were down from earlier highs as energy stocks declined and Greece's debt crisis showed no clear signs of resolution. Euro zone central bank chiefs kept in place their cap on a funding lifeline to Greece, maintaining pressure as Greece's lenders run out of cash. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Athens aims...

  • July 1- U.S. stocks closed higher on Wednesday but were down from earlier highs as energy stocks declined and Greece's debt crisis showed no clear signs of resolution. Euro zone central bank chiefs kept in place their cap on a funding lifeline to Greece, maintaining pressure as Greece's lenders run out of cash. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Athens aims...

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Stocks worldwide jumped on Wednesday on hopes a resolution to Greece's debt saga appeared in hand, but U.S. stocks pared gains as enthusiasm waned after the prime minister urged Greeks to reject a bailout deal with international creditors. Major European stock indices earlier surged 2 percent or more, with Germany's DAX gaining more than 3...

  • *OPEC output rises to three-year high. LONDON, July 1- Oil fell to trade further below $63 a barrel on Wednesday after U.S. crude inventories unexpectedly rose, the latest sign of a supply glut that may increase if Iran reaches a nuclear deal with world powers. "The oil market is being literally flooded with OPEC crude oil at present," said Carsten Fritsch, analyst at...