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  • *Bureau veritas down after Wendel sells shares. LONDON, March 6- European shares steadied near seven-year highs on Friday with investors focussed on whether U.S. jobs figures would be strong enough to prompt the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates sooner than expected. The index rose 0.8 percent to a new seven-year high on Thursday after European Central...

  • *FamilyMart falls, UNY rises on merger talk news. TOKYO, March 6- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 15- year high on Friday as encouraging comments from the European Central Bank lifted sentiment, but FamilyMart Co tumbled on news that it was in merger talks with UNY Group Holdings Co. The Nikkei gained 1.1 percent to 18,965.86 points by midmorning, its...

  • *Global stock gains capped by U.S. data, China outlook. *Lack of Iran nuclear deal keeps Brent oil near $61 a bbl. NEW YORK, March 5- The euro fell to an 11 1/ 2- year low against the dollar as U.S. and euro zone bond prices rose on Thursday, after the European Central Bank spelled out its 1 trillion-euro stimulus plan that begins next Monday.

  • *Lack of deal in Iran nuclear talks support crude oil. LONDON, March 5- The euro hit an 11 1/ 2- year low against the dollar and European stocks nudged higher on Thursday, as the European Central Bank prepared to lay out the details of its impending 1 trillion-euro stimulus plan. The common currency fell as low as $1.1026, its lowest since September 2003, and the region's...

  • *Citi's sale of Akbank stake drags down banking stocks. ISTANBUL, March 5- The Turkish lira dropped to an all-time low on Thursday and bank stocks tumbled, as concern grew over President Tayyip Erdogan's battle with the central bank and the future of the government's economic team. Efforts by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his economic team to soothe...

  • LONDON, March 5- Emerging market stocks fell to a three-week low on Thursday as a buoyant dollar and China calling its lowest growth for 25 years a' new normal' soured the mood among investors. The MSCI emerging equities index was 0.2 percent lower at a level last seen in mid February, while the Asia excluding Japan benchmark, fell 0.4 percent. Shares in Turkey's...

  • *Lack of deal in Iran nuclear talks support crude oil. LONDON, March 5- The euro hit an 11- year low against the dollar and the region's stocks nudged higher on Thursday, as the European Central Bank prepared to provide the finer details of its soon-to-be-launched 1 trillion euro stimulus plan. The common currency fell to as low as $1.1026, its lowest level since...

  • ANKARA/ ISTANBUL/ NEW YORK, March 4- Turkey's prime minister and his economic team sought on Wednesday to calm the nerves of top investors in New York who hold more than 20 percent of the main Istanbul stock index, after President Tayyip Erdogan's tirades against the central bank helped send the lira to record lows. Erdogan has repeatedly attacked the bank over its...

  • *Europe equities rebound after falling on regional PMI data. NEW YORK, March 4- Stock prices around the world fell on Wednesday on profit-taking, while the euro dropped to an 11-1/ 2- year low ahead of a European Central Bank meeting where policymakers are expected to offer details on their bond-purchase stimulus plan. It held above $60 a barrel on Iran's...

  • ANKARA/ ISTANBUL, March 4- Turkey's prime minister and his economic team will seek to calm nerves among top investors in New York who hold more than 20 percent of the main Istanbul stock index, after President Tayyip Erdogan's tirades against the central bank helped send the lira to record lows. Erdogan has repeatedly attacked the bank over its failure to cut...

  • *Europe equities fall after regional PMI data. NEW YORK, March 4- Stock prices around the world fell on Wednesday on profit-taking, while the euro dropped to an 11-1/ 2 year low ahead of a European Central Bank meeting where policymakers are expected to offer details on their bond purchase stimulus plan. Brent crude was just below $60 a barrel after Saudi Arabia's...

  • European shares firm, but trim gains after PMI data Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 9:46 AM ET

    *Shares in ITV, Standard Chartered advance. LONDON, March 4- European shares firmed on Wednesday but trimmed early gains after the euro zone's Purchasing Managers' Index came in below the preliminary estimate and as investors took some profits from recent multi-year highs. In the past few weeks, the market enjoyed positive surprises on the macro front in Europe,...

  • European shares surrender gains after PMI data, ITV up Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:17 AM ET

    *Shares in ITV, Standard Chartered advance. LONDON, March 4- European shares surrendered early gains on Wednesday after the euro zone's Purchasing Managers' Index came in below the preliminary estimate and as investors took some profits from recent multi-year highs. In the past few weeks, the market enjoyed positive surprises on the macro front in Europe, which...

  • MSCI's overall emerging share index lost 0.55 percent to hit a 10- day low, with stocks markets in Turkey, South Africa and Greece also trading down. In South Africa, the rand traded within sight of a three-week low against the dollar as Deputy Central Bank Governor Francois Groepe said economic growth continued to disappoint. In Turkey, the lira hit a record low of...

  • *Asia shares fall despite India rate cut, China data. LONDON, March 4- Global equities pulled back from recent record highs on Wednesday, with investors turning cautious after underwhelming euro zone PMI data and ahead of central bank meetings. The MSCI All Country World equity index slipped 0.2 percent, with Asian shares lower overall despite data showing a...

  • Buoyant StanChart helps Europe stocks bounce back Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 4:03 AM ET

    * "Tactically, Europe is in overshooting mode"- UBS's Riesner. PARIS, March 4- European shares rose on Wednesday morning, bouncing back from the previous session's pull-back, with shares of Standard Chartered surging 5.3 percent after the bank said it aims to cut $1.8 billion in costs over three years. British broadcaster ITV also featured among the top gainers...

  • *Brent crude ends above $61 on conflict in Libya. NEW YORK, March 3- U.S. stocks followed other equities markets lower on Tuesday, with major indexes pulling back from record highs as soft auto sales raised doubts about the U.S. economy, while the dollar fell from an 11- year peak versus a basket of currencies. "The air gets a little thin up at new highs and you need a driver...

  • *Actavis launches $21 billion bond deal. *Exxon Mobil to sell $7 billion in debt. Pharmaceutical company Actavis Plc launched a $21 billion corporate bond deal, the second-largest on record, according to Thomson Reuters unit IFR.

  • *Brent crude climbs near $61 on conflict in Libya. NEW YORK, March 3- U.S. stock prices fell on Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard& Poor's 500 pulling back from record highs, while the dollar fell from an 11- year peak versus a basket of currencies. "The air gets a little thin up at new highs and you need a driver to keep it going, and one of the...

  • *Veolia falls after Groupama sells stake. LONDON, March 3- European stock markets slipped from multi-year highs on Tuesday, pegged back by falls in French environment company Veolia and British bank Barclays. Veolia fell 3 percent after insurer Groupama sold a 5.1 percent stake in the company.