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  • *China data boosts stocks and oil outlook. NEW YORK, July 16- Stock markets around the world rose on Wednesday as strong China growth data and solid U.S. company earnings boosted sentiment and concerns eased over the strength of Portugal's largest listed lender.

  • But Russian shares fell for the third straight session, with a 0.5 percent fall as investors worried that Russia may be hit by another wave of sanctions for its involvement in Ukraine when European Union leaders meet later in the day.

  • *China data lifts stocks, oil and metals outlook. LONDON, July 16- Stocks rose in Europe on Wednesday after China reported economic growth figures that were slightly stronger than markets had expected, although the reaction in Asia was more muted. The China data helped push Shanghai zinc and London aluminium close to their highest in more than a year.

  • *Intel stock up more than 4 pct after beating estimates. SYDNEY, July 16- Asian stocks held stubbornly steady on Wednesday after China reported economic growth that was just ahead of market expectations, drawing a sigh of relief from investors rather than outright applause.

  • *Intel stock up more than 4 pct after beating estimates. SYDNEY, July 16- Asian stocks held stubbornly steady on Wednesday after China reported economic growth that was just ahead of market expectations, enough to prompt a sigh of relief from investors, but little else.

  • SYDNEY, July 16- Asian stocks held steady on Wednesday as markets braced for a data deluge from China, while a slide in oil prices to the lowest in over three months was taken as a potential positive for global growth. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat while Japan's Nikkei barely budged.

  • NEW YORK, July 15- U.S. stocks slipped on Tuesday, with riskier equities hit hardest after the U.S.

  • *Espirito Santo shares hit record new low. LONDON, July 15- European stocks and the euro fell on Tuesday after shares in Portugal's biggest listed bank hit a record low, while a plunge in German economic sentiment pushed up borrowing costs for some peripheral euro zone countries.

  • *BES plunges to record low, weighs on Lisbon stock market. LONDON, July 15- European stocks fell as declining investor morale hit Germany's benchmark DAX equity index and lingering worries over Portuguese bank BES weakened the Lisbon stock market.

  • The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 share index rose 0.1 percent, with benchmark indexes in Frankfurt, Paris and London trading flat to 0.3 percent higher, held back by a weaker technology sector as Germany's Software AG fell 15 percent after cutting forecasts.

  • *Software AG down 14 pct after cutting sales outlook. LONDON, July 15- European shares were little changed on Tuesday as a gloomy outlook statement from Software AG was partly offset by strong earnings reports from Scandinavian companies such as H&M.

  • LONDON, July 15- European shares pulled back on Tuesday, with tech shares leading fallers after business software maker Software AG cut its sales outlook. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.2 percent at 1,361.32 points at 0704 GMT, pausing after an 0.8 percent increase in the previous session.

  • *Concerns ease over Portugal's top bank. Yellen, who will go before the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday to deliver the latest report to Congress on monetary policy, could take a hawkish stance on raising interest rates in response to strong June jobs data, analysts and investors said.

  • *Citigroup up after earnings, settlement. NEW YORK, July 14- U.S. stocks rose on Monday, sparked by the latest flurry of merger activity and earnings from Citigroup, putting the S&P 500 on pace to climb for a second straight session.

  • NEW YORK, July 14- Global equity markets rose on Monday, lifted by Citigroup's earnings and as investors put aside concerns about euro zone banks, while the dollar was little changed ahead of congressional testimony from the chair of the U.S.

  • *Concerns ease over Portugal's top bank. Yellen, who will go before the Senate Banking Committee early Tuesday to deliver the latest report to Congress on monetary policy, could take a hawkish stance on raising interest rates in response to strong June jobs data, analysts said.

  • NEW YORK, July 14- U.S. stocks were poised for a higher open on Monday after the latest flurry of merger activity and earnings from Citigroup, putting the S&P 500 on track to rebound from its worst weekly decline since April.

  • *Citi shares to rise after $7 billion fine settlement. Europe's biggest markets gained more than half a percent, helped by M&A activity in the pharmaceutical sector and easing anxiety about the fallout from problems at Portugal's biggest listed bank.

  • US STOCKS-Futures higher on M&A after down week Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 7:40 AM ET

    *Shire accepts Abbvie takeover offer. *London- listed drugmaker Shire Plc succumbed to an increased 31 billion pounds takeover offer from Abbvie Inc, ending a long-running courtship largely motivated by tax rates. U.S.-listed shares of Shire rose 2.4 percent to $255.10 while Abbvie shed 0.7 percent to $54.56 in premarket trade.

  • London, July 14- Zinc rose to its highest level in almost three years on Monday amid long-standing worries over falling mine supply going forward, while investors remained cautious about copper following recent gains.