*China Q1 GDP growth at 18- month low of 7.4 percent. *China oil demand slips 0.6 pct in Jan-March. China, the world's second largest economy and oil consumer, said its gross domestic product grew 7.4 percent in the first quarter, the slowest pace in 18 months but slightly ahead of market expectations for a 7.3 percent rise.» Read More
*Yahoo, Morgan Stanley rise after research notes. NEW YORK, April 15- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Tuesday after earnings from Coca Cola and Johnson& Johnson and ahead of economic data including inflation and manufacturing.
His support is also crucial for a constitutional reform to abolish the Senate sought by Premier Matteo Renzi. He was, however, booted from the Senate and given a two-year ban on running for elected office.
FRANKFURT, Germany— A key German measure of investor confidence in the economy slipped in April as the conflict in Ukraine created uncertainty about the future. It is the second month the index has fallen because of concern over Ukraine, where Russia has annexed the Crimean Peninsula and is now accused of stirring unrest in the eastern part of the country.
BRUSSELS, April 15- The euro zone's trade surplus widened in February from a year earlier on rising exports with imports unchanged, the European Union's statistics office Eurostat said on Tuesday.
TOKYO— World stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday as Ukraine tensions continued to bubble and jitters about China's economy resurfaced. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down 1.6 percent at 22,671.26 as a drop in China's money supply unnerved investors ahead of first quarter economic growth figures due Wednesday.
TOKYO, April 15- Nerves got the better of Asian share markets on Tuesday as they turned lower after an upbeat U.S. retail sales report was eclipsed by soft data from China, providing a stark reminder to investors of the headwinds facing the world's second-largest economy.
Maria Luís Albuquerque, finance minister of Portugal, says deflation is a "serious concern" for the country but is glad that the European Central Bank is considering "unconventional" monetary policies.
Antonio Roldan Mones, analyst at Eurasia Group, says Portugal has a "huge issue" with the long-term sustainability of its debt.
Maria Luís Albuquerque, finance minister of Portugal, says there is not a single solution to fight deflation for all of the countries that are part of the euro.
As long as instability remains contained within the borders of Ukraine, Jonathan Pain, Author of the Pain report, says global financial markets will slowly become 'desensitized' to it.
Christian Whiton, Principal at DC International Advisory, says ongoing events in eastern Ukraine may see a repeat of Russia's actions in Crimea.
NEW YORK, April 14- Brent crude oil rose more than $1.50 on Monday as tensions escalated in Ukraine, while U.S. crude rose modestly after positive retail sales data signaled a rebound in the U.S. economy.
NEW YORK, April 14- Brent crude oil rose more $1.50 on Monday as Western powers considered tougher sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, while U.S. crude rose modestly after positive retail sales data signaled a rebound in the American economy.
MILAN, April 14- Italy won orders worth 6.72 billion euros for an inflation-linked bond on the first day of sale on Monday, confirming small investors' appetite for a security that often raises record amounts.
NEW YORK, April 14- Brent crude oil rose $1 on Monday as Western powers considered tougher sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, while U.S. crude rose modestly after positive retail sales data signaled a rebound in the American economy.
Economic growth seems solid, but the ECB stands "ready to act" if the euro remains strong, Banque de France chief Christian Noyer said.
NEW YORK, April 14- The dollar rose against the euro on Monday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi signaled the bank would ease monetary policy further, while strong U.S. retail sales data also boosted the dollar against the yen.
The euro is a drag on our objective of price stability, says Christian Noyer, Banque de France governor, discussing his concerns over the euro and the potential European QE.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— King Juan Carlos of Spain began a visit to the Persian Gulf region on Monday by telling United Arab Emirates officials that deepening ties with their oil-rich country was a top priority, highlighting the role wealthy Arab states could play in shoring up the battered Spanish economy.
Christian Schulz, senior economist at Berenberg Bank, says the French economy is still trying to tackle "massive leaks".
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