CNBC's Ross Westgate reports on all the market moving events from Europe, as stocks shifted higher despite weak economic data from the U.S. yesterday.» Read More
*Germany returns to anaemic growth; France shrinks. BRUSSELS/ BERLIN, May 15- Germany's economy crept back into growth at the start of the year but not by enough to stop the euro zone from contracting for a sixth straight quarter, and France slid into recession.
*France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Finland all shrink.
Ebrahim Rahbari, director of global economics at Citi Research, who coined the "Grexit" term, asks if the risks of Greece exiting the euro have really receded.
DUBLIN, May 15- Ryanair aims to grow much faster than previously indicated over the next five years in a bid to exploit the weakness of mid-tier European rivals struggling with recession, the firm's chief operating officer has told Reuters.
*Fed buys $3.31 bln in longer-dated Treasuries. NEW YORK, May 14- Prices of U.S. It's all about equities, "said Dimitri Delis, interest-rate strategist at BMO Capital Markets in Chicago.
NEW YORK, May 14- The yen and the euro both fell against the dollar on Tuesday for a fourth straight session, with the yen hitting its lowest level against the dollar in 4-1/ 2 years, on signs that the U.S. economy is improving.
NEW YORK, May 14- The yen fell against the dollar on Tuesday for a fourth straight session, hitting its lowest level in 4-1/ 2 years as signs that the U.S. economy is improving and a global equities rally favored the greenback.
*Fitch upgrades Greece sovereign debt rating. NEW YORK/ LONDON, May 14- Gold prices fell on Tuesday, as economic optimism and another intraday record high in U.S. equities sapped bullion's safe-haven appeal. It erased earlier gains after the S&P 500 index rallied about 1 percent on broad gains in shares in banks and financial institutions.
ATHENS, May 14- Ratings agency Fitch upgraded its sovereign credit rating for Greece by one notch on Tuesday, citing progress in cutting its budget deficit and the risk of a euro zone exit receding.
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LONDON, May 14- Rejection by the world's trade body last week of preferential support for domestic solar panel makers in Canadian province Ontario brings helpful but limited guidance in a growing number of other disputes.
ATHENS, Greece-- Greece has raised 1.3 billion euros in a treasury bill auction held after the country's bailout lenders approved the payment of a new batch of rescue loans. Eurozone finance ministers in Brussels late Monday approved the next batch of 7.5 billion euros in loans to Greece, citing progress in the country's deficit cutting program.
CNBC's Ross Westgate reports on all the market moving events from Europe, as worse-than-expected confidence data for Germany curbed market sentiment.
LONDON, May 14- A pause in the dollar's recent run helped steady oil and gold prices on Tuesday, while large demand for Spanish bonds helped the euro shake off weaker-than-forecast German sentiment data.
Greece plans to sell bonds at some point early in 2014, ending four years of exclusion from international capital markets, the country's PM Antonis Samaras said on Monday.
*Survey finds growing disillusionment with the European Union. BRUSSELS, May 13- Europe's debt crisis has shattered its citizens' faith in the European Union and increased distrust between core nations, although support for the euro currency remains solid, according to a widely watched study released on Monday.
BRUSSELS, May 13- Cyprus and Malta have a lot in common: Mediterranean islands enjoying 10 months of sunshine a year, they joined the European Union in 2004, use the euro and have banking sectors that dwarf their economies.
OTHER MATTERS: The ministers from the 17 countries using the euro currency are also discussing the outlook for Portugal, Greece and Cyprus, which have already received emergency loan programs and must meet tough conditions in return.
*Late payment hitting southern Europe harder than the north. *Business confidence down across Europe. Against the backdrop of the economic downturn and restricted bank lending in Europe, experts fear that the mountain of unpaid bills will drive up insolvency and job losses, reduce cross-border trade and snuff out any recovery.
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