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  • The groundbreaking call by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi for more action on both the monetary and fiscal fronts has markets wagering that fresh steps could come as soon as next week when the central bank's governing council meets.

  • *Euro STOXX 50 up 1 percent. LONDON, Aug 26- Euro zone blue chips recorded their biggest two-day gain in over a year on Tuesday, boosted by the prospect of further stimulus from the European Central Bank and by strong gains for some steelmakers. The euro zone's Euro STOXX 50 index closed 1 percent higher, posting its steepest two-day rise since June 2013 at 3.2 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 26- World stock indices rose on Tuesday and European bond yields fell on expectations of more stimulus from the European Central Bank and on strong U.S. data. Speculation grew that the European Central Bank is preparing a program of large-scale asset purchases to weaken the euro and try to jump-start growth in the struggling euro zone.

  • Steelmakers lead as euro zone shares extend ECB rally Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    *Euro STOXX 50 up 0.7 pct. LONDON, Aug 26- Euro zone blue chips were on track to record their best two-day gain this year on Tuesday, boosted by the prospect of further stimulus from the European Central Bank and by strong gains for some steelmakers.

  • *Ukraine tensions keep safety bid for U.S. debt. NEW YORK, Aug 26- U.S. "It's tough for Treasuries to sell off here given what's going on in Europe," said Gennadiy Goldberg, interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.

  • *Gold to rebound to $1,283 before falling again- tech analysis. SINGAPORE, Aug 26- Gold jumped around 1 percent higher on Tuesday after a break above $1,280 an ounce triggered chart-based buying, but gains could be capped by a firmer U.S. dollar and rallies in equities.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- The S&P 500 briefly hurdled above 2,000 for the first time on Monday, with financials and biotechnology stocks lifting the benchmark index to a record as investors make equities their asset of choice.

  • Prospect of more ECB stimulus lifts European shares Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    *Euro STOXX 50 closes up 2.2 pct at 3,165.47 points. LONDON, Aug 25- European shares rose on Monday, as prospects of new stimulus measures from the European Central Bank enabled the region's stock markets to shrug off weak German data and the resignation of the French government.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- Global equity markets rallied on Monday, with the U.S. benchmark S&P topping the 2,000 mark for the first time, as expectations grew that the European Central Bank would loosen its monetary policy in a move to boost economic growth.

  • Biotechs rallied after Roche Holding AG agreed to buy InterMune Inc for $8.3 billion in cash, the latest vote of confidence in a sector that many, including Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, are worried is overvalued. InterMune jumped 36 percent to $73.00, with the Nasdaq Biotech index up 2.4 percent.

  • US stocks open the week higher, Europe gains Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks are opening higher in the U.S. after central bankers in Europe and Japan said support for their economies would continue. Burger King jumped 14 percent in early trading following news that the fast-food chain is in talks to buy Tim Hortons of Canada. The DAX in Germany gained 1.2 percent and the CAC-40 rose 1.3 percent.

  • *Roche to buy InterMune for $8.3 billion. *U.S. investors took cues from Europe, where an index of major shares rose 0.7 percent after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Friday the ECB was prepared to respond with available tools if inflation dropped further.

  • LONDON, Aug 25- European stocks rallied and the euro fell to a near one-year trough against the dollar on Monday as investors saw rising chances of further policy easing by the European Central Bank. ECB President Mario Draghi said late on Friday that the bank was prepared to respond with all its available tools should inflation in the euro zone drop further.

  • *Roche to buy InterMune for $8.3 billion. *U.S. investors took cues from Europe, where an index of major shares rose 0.7 percent after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said Friday the ECB was prepared to respond with available tools if inflation dropped further.

  • LONDON, Aug 25- Yields on most euro zone government bonds hit record lows on Monday as speculation grew that the European Central Bank was preparing a big programme of asset purchases to counter wilting inflation. Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and others saw their yields hit all-time lows.

  • *Euro STOXX 50 up 0.9 pct. LONDON, Aug 25- European shares rose on Monday, as prospects of new stimulus measures from the European Central Bank enabled the region's stock markets to shrug off weak German data and the resignation of the French government.

  • LONDON, Aug 25- The euro fell to a near one-year low against the dollar and euro zone stocks and bonds rallied on Monday as investors positioned for rising chances of further policy easing by the European Central Bank.

  • *Euro STOXX 50 index rises 1.1 percent. LONDON, Aug 25- European shares rose in morning trading on Monday, with market sentiment improving after comments by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi raised expectations of further policy easing.

  • LONDON, Aug 25- Euro zone bond yields fell sharply on Monday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi boosted speculation that the monetary authority will eventually loosen its policy by printing money.

  • TOKYO, Aug 25- Tokyo stocks rebounded on Monday morning, spurred by gains for exporters as the yen weakened to a seven-month low against the dollar after a gathering of central bankers underlined the diverging paths of interest rates in Japan and the United States. rose 0.2 percent to 15,569.57 points.