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  • LONDON, May 28- Gold was little changed on Thursday as the impact of a steadier dollar was counteracted by lower European equities alongside fading optimism over a potential deal between Greece and its creditors. Spot gold was flat on the day at $1,187.46 an ounce by 1140 GMT, within reach of a two-week low of $1,183.76 hit in the previous session.

  • LONDON, May 28- The European Central Bank said on Thursday that record low interest rates were putting insurance firms and banks under increasing pressure and warned that any sell-off in stocks and bonds could damage the euro zone's recovery. In its twice-yearly Financial Stability Review, the ECB also said risks from Greece for the euro zone's governments...

  • UPDATE 5-Oil steadies ahead of U.S. inventory data Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 7:48 AM ET

    LONDON, May 28- Oil prices steadied on Thursday after a two-day slide as investors awaited data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration to see how American oil production was responding to a recent surge in prices. Industry group American Petroleum Institute said on Wednesday that U.S. crude oil inventories rose by 1.3 million barrels last week,...

  • *ECB's Constancio- Greece will stay in euro, hints at default. FRANKFURT, May 28- European Central Bank policymakers played down the prospects of any immediate loosening of funding for cash-strapped Greece, saying that when it came to accepting the country's bonds as security for central bank credit, the answer remained no. Speaking to journalists in Frankfurt,...

  • *U.S. presses Europe, IMF to show flexibility on Greece. DRESDEN, Germany, May 28- Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven economic powers met on Thursday to discuss how to revive a faltering global recovery, with the United States leaning on Europe to reach a deal to avert a Greek bankruptcy. Speaking before meeting the Group of Seven finance chiefs, International...

  • No change in Greek debt talks after another day of spin Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 4:46 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, May 28- The euro leapt, Greek bond yields fell, global financial markets brightened, but nothing actually changed in another day of conflicting statements on Greece's long-running debt talks with international creditors. When the meeting with representatives of the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Commission...

  • LONDON, May 28- Oil prices recovered on Thursday after a two-day slide as the dollar weakened, making fuel less expensive for holders of other currencies. "Much depends on the U.S. dollar," said Carsten Fritsch, senior oil and commodities analyst at Commerzbank in Frankfurt. Front-month Brent was up 65 cents at $62.71 a barrel by 0815 GMT.

  • HONG KONG, May 28- China this week pushed ahead efforts to link its domestic markets with global peers by launching a joint venture in Germany to provide a wide range of yuan-denominated products to European investors. Deutsche Boerse agreed to set up a venture with the Shanghai Stock Exchange and China Financial Future Exchange to develop Chinese shares and...

  • FRANKFURT, May 28- A European Central Bank policymaker played down the prospects for an immediate loosening of funding for cash-strapped Greece, saying that when it came to accepting the country's bonds as security for central bank credit, the answer remained no. The critical comments from Ewald Nowotny, who as head of the Austrian central bank also sits on the...

  • UPDATE 2-Airbus wins board spat with Spain, to renew CEO Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 2:56 PM ET

    AMSTERDAM, May 27- Airbus Group faced down a revolt by government shareholders over a board appointment and invited its chief executive to stay on until 2019 as Europe's largest aerospace company consolidated a recent push for political independence. France and Germany own 11 percent each of Airbus Group and Spain controls 4.1 percent.

  • DRESDEN, Germany— Top finance officials from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies are gathering in Germany this week to discuss ways to strengthen the global economy. U.S. officials are pressing countries such as Germany that have strong finances to invest more to stimulate their economies. The Group of Seven, or G-7, meets against the background of a...

  • UPDATE 1-German regulator expects "lively" mobile auction Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 8:34 AM ET

    FRANKFURT/ MAINZ, Germany, May 27- Germany started an auction of radio frequencies for mobile phone network operators, hoping to raise billions of euros to help improve a national broadband network that has fallen behind those of poorer countries such as Hungary, Portugal and Spain. "The auction will point the way for the development of mobile services in Germany,"...

  • Germany lobbies India to buy Eurofighters, submarines Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    NEW DELHI, May 27- Germany's defence minister held out the prospect of more talks on a possible sale of Eurofighter jets to India and, on a visit to New Delhi, said on Wednesday Berlin stood ready to back a multi-billion-dollar Indian submarine project. Germany has taken the lead in the sales pitch to India for the Eurofighter, made by Alenia Aermacchi, a subsidiary...

  • German consumers remain optimistic for June Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 6:05 AM ET

    BERLIN— A closely-watched survey shows German consumers remain optimistic as their economic expectations and willingness to make purchases have been bolstered by robust domestic demand and low inflation rates. The GfK research group said Wednesday its forward-looking consumer climate index rose to 10.2 points for June, up from 10.1 points in May.

  • Crew abandon North Sea freighter amid risk of explosion Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 4:02 AM ET

    BERLIN— Emergency officials say the crew of a freighter carrying fertilizer has abandoned the ship off the German coast because of the risk of explosion. Residents along the North Sea coast in the region around Bremerhaven had reported a strong smell, likely caused by fumes from the ship. Germany's Central Command for Maritime Emergencies said in a statement...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 9 Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will participate in a moderated conversation at the London School of Economics and Political Science- 0945 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England's Sarah Breeden: CSFI Roundtable on Bank of England's Procyclicality Working Group SEOUL- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to attend a financial forum hosted by Dong-A Ilbo and...

  • BERLIN, May 26- Germany and France have agreed plans to strengthen cooperation among euro zone countries without changing existing EU treaties, in a potential setback for British Prime Minister David Cameron as he holds key meetings this week with both countries' leaders. The blueprint would bolster the 19- nation euro zone, of which Britain is not a member, by...

  • European shares stumble on Spanish and Greek worries Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 12:28 PM ET

    *Ryanair shares rise after airline's profits surge. LONDON, May 26- European stock markets stumbled on Tuesday as Greece's debt problems and a battering for Spain's government in local elections offset a rise in airline shares. Irish airline Ryanair surged 5.4 percent after posting higher profits.

  • NEW YORK, May 26- The U.S. dollar rallied on Tuesday after a string of healthy economic data boosted near-term rate hike prospects, while Greece's financial crisis and signs of growing opposition to austerity in Spain weighed further on the euro. Markets in the United States as well as London and Frankfurt returned to action after a long holiday weekend, with the...

  • ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, May 26- Greece and its Europeans creditors on Tuesday sought to play down fears that Athens would default on a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week. Running short of cash to pay public sector salaries, pensions and debt obligations, senior members of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's government have said openly that Greece does...