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  • *Charts show STOXX 600 strongly' overbought'. PARIS/ LONDON, Feb 26- A number of widely-followed market indicators are flashing red following record investment inflows into European equities ahead of the European Central Bank's quantitative easing programme. While none of the indicators is in itself a harbinger of a market fall, they signal investor...

  • StealthGas reports 4Q loss Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 10:01 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece _ StealthGas Inc. on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $1.2 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 14 cents per share. StealthGas shares have decreased slightly more than 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *Greece still faces risk of exit from euro zone. LONDON, Feb 26- The global slump in demand for dry freight commodities is adding more pain to Greece's already crisis-hit banks by heaping pressure on many of their shipowner clients, particularly the smaller companies. Greece has secured an extension to its bailout from its European partners, but the danger of it...

  • LONDON, Feb 26- Italy sold debt at a record-low cost on Thursday and borrowing costs across the euro zone tumbled to new troughs as investors stocked up before the launch of the European Central Bank's sovereign bond-buying scheme in March. Ten-year yields in Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Italy, France, Austria, Finland and the Netherlands all hit lows- and...

  • *Consumer morale improve in Germany, France, Italy. FRANKFURT, Feb 26- Bank lending in the euro zone fell slightly in January but at a slower pace than a month earlier, suggesting the economy may be turning a corner as consumer morale picks up in the bloc's largest economies. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said late on Wednesday that "all in all, the...

  • BERLIN, Feb 26- Germany's Wolfgang Schaeuble told a meeting of conservatives lawmakers on Thursday that recent remarks by the Greek finance minister had strained European solidarity and that a bailout extension for Athens could be ditched if the country failed to stick to its promises, according to participants. The German finance minister met lawmakers...

  • VIENNA, Feb 26- France sees itself as a link between Greece and its euro zone peers, Finance Minister Michel Sapin told an Austrian paper, reiterating his call for economic policies that can foster growth and boost ultra-low inflation in Europe. We cannot act as if nothing changed in Greece with the last elections, "he was quoted as saying by Der Standard in an...

  • BERLIN, Feb 26- An overwhelming majority of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives supported an extension of the Greek bailout in a test ballot on Thursday, one day before a vote in the Bundestag lower house of parliament, according to particpants. In total, there are 311 lawmakers in the bloc, which includes members of the chancellor's Christian...

  • DryShips reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 6:27 PM ET

    ATHENS, Greece _ DryShips Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $24.2 million in its fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the Athens, Greece- based company said it had a loss of 4 cents. For the year, the company reported that its loss narrowed to $48.2 million, or 11 cents per share.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 25- The European Central Bank is willing to again accept Greek bonds for funding if Athens keeps to reform pledges, its president said on Wednesday, defending the euro zone central bank's treatment of Athens. In a sometimes heated exchange with lawmakers in the European Parliament, Mario Draghi said the ECB could reverse an earlier decision that...

  • LONDON, Feb 25- Irish 10- year borrowing rates fell below 1 percent for the first time on Wednesday, as debt yields across the euro zone were vanishing before the looming launch of the European Central Bank's bond-buying scheme. Portugal, which is likely to be the big winner of the trillion euro programme, was the other country where 10- year yields fell to record...

  • Europe ends lower as Yellen stays dovish  Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    European equities ended lower on Wednesday as investors focused on a slew of corporate earnings and a second day of testimony by the U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

  • Europe closes: Greek banks lower  Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:27 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including the latest debate in Greece.

  • How will Greece pay their bills?  Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:25 AM ET

    CNBC's Julia Chatterley talks to Yanis Varoufakis, finance minister of Greece, and asks him how Greece will pay their bills and what are their future plans.

  • ATHENS, Feb 25- A prominent Greek minister defied his government's pledge to press on with some state asset sales, revealing the first open dissent within Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's coalition and highlighting the tightrope that the leftist premier must walk. After weeks of euphoric declarations that Greece's bailout and accompanying austerity were "...

  • Imagine a country losing all of its college grads Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 9:51 AM ET
    Protesters shout slogans during a rally in front of the Greek Parliament during a debate prior to a confidence vote in Athens in 2014.

    "I don't ever want to go back to Greece," says one recent Greek college grad. "There is no opportunity."

  • LONDON, Feb 25- Ireland has no problem in principle with the idea of swapping Greece's official debt for growth-linked bonds but would have to see the details of any proposal, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Wednesday. Euro zone finance ministers agreed on Tuesday to a four-month extension of Greece's EU/IMF bailout programme, subject to its economic...

  • Papaconstantinou, who served under former socialist premier George Papandreou in 2009-2011, showed no emotion as he appeared before a special court in Athens. They are among the names of holders of HSBC accounts in Switzerland obtained by France in 2010 when Christine Lagarde, now the International Monetary Fund chief, was the country's finance minister.

  • Germany's Merkel welcomes Greek bailout agreement Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 8:45 AM ET

    BERLIN— German Chancellor Angela Merkel is welcoming an agreement on a four-month extension to Greece's financial bailout but says "a lot of work" remains ahead. Merkel said Wednesday she is glad Greece's eurozone partners have "found a starting point for negotiations with the new government." Key creditor Germany has insisted that aid must come with strings...

  • *MSCI world index strains for all-time high. *Gold rebounds from 7- week low plumbed in previous session. Following Wall Street's gains on Tuesday and more rises in Asia overnight, however, MSCI's 46- country world index was up 0.1 percent at 433.29 points and straining for the 434.24 all-time peak it scaled in September.