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  • *Spain seeks influential post to gain influence in EU. RIGA, April 25- Spain will make a bid to EU leaders in the coming weeks to take over as chair of euro zone finance ministers' meetings, Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said on Saturday, seeking a post that shapes key policies in the single currency bloc. The post, long sought by Madrid to balance what Spain...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for April, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for March, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m..

  • NEW YORK— Here's a trick question: Are Spanish stocks up or down this year? For someone sitting in a Barcelona cafe, the answer is obviously up. The dollar's value has climbed against the Argentine peso, the New Zealand dollar and almost everything in between.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:43 PM ET

    Restaurant Brands International Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens. WASHINGTON— Standard& Poor's releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for February, 9 a.m.; The Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for April, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve policymakers meet to set interest rates. WASHINGTON— Commerce...

  • The Spanish High Court said it would not send Martin-Artajo to the United States for judgment because the alleged crimes had not taken place in that country. However, the United States could pursue action against Martin-Artajo in Spain, it said. Extraditions from Spain to the United States are rare and Madrid has tended to shun requests to send its citizens to be...

  • MADRID— Spain's National Court has rejected the extradition to the United States of a former JPMorgan Chase& Co. trader wanted for allegedly falsifying bank records, but said the U.S. can take legal action against him in Spain. The court said in a statement Thursday that it rejected the request because the events in question occurred in Britain, not in the country...

  • Spain's jobless rate edges up ahead of elections Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 5:35 AM ET

    MADRID— Spain's unemployment rate edged up slightly to 23.8 percent in the first quarter despite a welcome drop in the number of people out of work. The increase reported by the National Statistics Institute is a blow for the conservative government as it prepares for municipal and regional elections next month and general elections by the end of the year.

  • UPDATE 1--Google rolls out new U.S. wireless service Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 2:40 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 22- Google Inc on Wednesday launched a new U.S. wireless service that switches between Wi-Fi and cellular networks to curb data use and keep phone bills low. The service, Google's first entry into the wireless industry, will work only on the company's Nexus 6 phones and will be hosted through Sprint Corp and T-Mobile's networks, Google said in a...

  • Business events scheduled for Thursday Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. WASHINGTON— Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases new home sales for March, 10 a.m..

  • *BBVA expected to sell stake in CITIC Bank- sources. *Goldman Sachs is top underwriter of Hong Kong blocks. HONG KONG, April 21- A sharp rally in Hong Kong stocks has spawned 11 block trades worth $3.4 billion in April alone and bankers say a raft of similar deals is waiting in the wings, including Spanish lender BBVA's stake in China's CITIC Bank Corp..

  • European markets close: Big Greek payments   Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 11:25 AM ET
    European markets close: Big Greek payments

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including a decree from the Greek government.

  • MADRID, Spain— Spanish oil company Repsol has found more gas in southeastern Algeria, a region made infamous by a 2013 attack on a gas complex by al-Qaida- linked militants. Repsol's consortium, which included Enel, GDF-Suez and Algerian state oil company Sonatrach, said Monday they found gas at 1,307 meters with a flow rate of 175,000 cubic meters per day in the...

  • BARCELONA, April 19- Albert Rivera, the 35- year-old leader of upstart political party Ciudadanos, has become Spain's best-rated politician by cutting through his country's increasingly volatile politics with a simple message: moderation. Though it was founded nearly a decade ago, Ciudadanos has in recent months risen quickly to the top of opinion polls...

  • MADRID— An investigation into an ex-minister and former International Monetary Fund chief over alleged fraud and money laundering is damaging Spain's ruling Popular Party, which faces a general election late this year, the prime minister said Saturday. Speaking at a hastily convened, unscheduled press conference in eastern Murcia, Mariano Rajoy...

  • European markets close: Friday selloff   Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    European markets close: Friday selloff

    CNBC's Carl Quintanilla reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including investors seeking safety in the German 10-year yield.

  • LONDON, April 17- Italy is likely to increase the average life of its debt this year for the first time since 2010 as European Central Bank bond purchases push yield-hungry investors towards riskier long-term debt. In a long-awaited turnaround of a trend that began during the euro zone debt crisis-- when Italy could only sell short-dated bonds-- the average...

  • ISTANBUL— Turkish Airlines' CEO says that pilots may not be as prone to destructive behavior like that of the Germanwings pilot believed to have intentionally crashed a flight last month— if only they get married. At an event Thursday, Temel Kotil told new Turkish Airlines pilots that the March 24 crash in the French Alps showed that piloting is critical.

  • MADRID— Tax agents spent a second day Friday searching the office of former International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato after he was briefly detained as part of a probe into alleged fraud and money laundering. Rato was Spain's economy minister and a deputy prime minister under conservative ex-Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar between 1996 and 2004. He...

  • The revived momentum for Chinese automakers adds to pressure on General Motors Co., Volkswagen AG and other global brands that see China's crowded market as their future at a time when sales growth is slow in the United States and stalled in Europe. Producers including Nissan Motor Co., VW and Mercedes Benz see the market as so important they increasingly are...

  • China auto brands enjoying rebound driven by new models Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 9:36 PM ET

    The revived momentum for Chinese automakers adds to pressure on General Motors Co., Volkswagen AG and other global brands that see China's crowded market as their future at a time when sales growth is slow in the United States and stalled in Europe. Producers including Nissan Motor Co., VW and Mercedes Benz see the market as so important they increasingly are...