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  • LONDON, June 11- Italian, Irish and Spanish bond yields pushed lower on Thursday after investors hunting for bargains after a recent sharp sell-off snapped up more than 12 billion euros of debt at auctions in Rome, Dublin and Madrid. Spain also drew solid demand for its 5.8 billion euro sale of 2018, 2020 and 2023 bonds, as did Ireland, which sold 750 million euros of...

  • LONDON, June 11- Italian, Spanish and Irish bond yields edged up on Thursday before a raft of debt sales in Rome, Madrid and Dublin seen testing demand in a jittery market after the latest rout spurred by strong inflation and growth data. Italy, Spain and Ireland will sell up to 12.7 billion euros of bonds in total, the first time three peripheral euro zone issuers have...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 22 Tuesday, 9 Jun 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- 2015 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development International Tax Conference in the United States. LONDON- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and UK Finance Minister George Osborne speak at the Mansion House event- 1945 GMT. FRANKFURT- National Bank of Austria Governor Ewald Nowotny to speak at the 6th European Central Bank...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 19 Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England regulator David Bailey takes part in panel discussion at FIA derivatives conference- 1030 GMT. FRANKFURT- ECB Governing Council member Jens Weidmann to give welcome remarks at Bundesbank lecture- 0800 GMT. HELSINKI- European Central Bank council member Erkki Liikanen to speak on monetary policy at a conference organized by Finland's...

  • *Investors hunt trading opportunities in QE data. LONDON, June 3- Buried in the data the European Central Bank provides about its asset buying programme are hints about which bonds it might buy next, which some investors hope can give them an advantage. "We look at the numbers for curve strategies," Mauro Vittorangeli, a senior portfolio manager at Allianz Global...

  • *IAG presents formal bid for Aer Lingus. DUBLIN, May 26- The Irish government agreed on Tuesday to sell its 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus to IAG, paving the way for the owner of British Airways and Iberia to make a formal bid to buy the Irish carrier. International Consolidated Airlines Group's proposed 1.36 billion euro offer for Aer Lingus was recommended by 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...

  • *Profit up 66 pct in year to March 31. DUBLIN, May 26- Ryanair forecast a 10 percent rise in profit and passenger numbers in its current financial year as it targets more primary airports and improves its online offering to compete better with rivals such as easyJet and former flag carriers. Ryanair has made huge strides in catching up with rivals since launching...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 5 Monday, 25 May 2015 | 9:09 PM ET

    TAIPEI- Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke speaks on Asian economies- 0830 GMT. TEL AVIV, Israel- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer speaks on "The Federal Reserve and the Global Economy" before a conference in honor of Professor Haim Ben-Shahar- 1630 GMT. PARIS- ECB Governing Council Member Christian Noyer gives an annual press conference in...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 4 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SINTRA, Portugal- European Central Bank board member Vitor Constancio chairs session 2 on "Structural Perspectives on European Employment, Productivity, and Growth in a Global Context" at an ECB forum on Central Banking "Inflation and Unemployment in Europe"- 0800 GMT. SINTRA, Portugal- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer participates in a panel...

  • NEW YORK, May 22- Actavis Plc cannot pull its top-selling Alzheimer's drug from the market in favor of a pricier extended-release version, a federal appeals court in New York ruled on Friday. The decision at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a win for New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who sued to block the switch, arguing that Actavis was...

  • LONDON, May 22- A shortage of prime office space in rival European financial centres may torpedo plans by some of London's banks to quit the UK capital if Britain opts out of European Union membership. Deutsche Bank, the euro zone's second largest bank by assets, confirmed this week it was considering cutting its UK operations if the country pulled out, and other...

  • Same sex marriage

    Ireland decides whether to allow gay marriage in a referendum that could make the country the first in the world to adopt the policy by vote.

  • BUENOS AIRES, May 21- Weatherford Drilling International expects to win contracts in the next two or three months to deploy rigs to Argentina where foreign energy majors are exploring one of the world's largest shale resources, a senior company official said on Thursday. "Over the next five to 10 years, we see only upside in Argentina." Weatherford Drilling...

  • BRUSSELS, May 20- Firms such as Google and Microsoft will face stiffer fines if they violate Europe's "right to be forgotten" online rules, according to a draft text agreed by European Union ambassadors on Wednesday, diplomatic sources said. EU member states are negotiating an overhaul of the bloc's outdated privacy laws in a bid to make them more harmonised and...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 1 Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England releases updated policy statement on dormant bank accounts- 0900 GMT. MUNICH- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans speaks on current economic conditions and monetary policy before the National Association for Business Economics International Symposium: "Economic Growth, Monetary Policy, and Structural Reform:...

  • *Ex-regulator Sants to lead review of UK competitiveness. FRANKFURT/ LONDON, May 19- Deutsche Bank is considering cutting its UK operations should the country pull out of the European Union and an industry lobby group said several other banks are mothballing investments until the outcome of Britain's EU referendum is known. It is not the only one to rethink...

  • BRUSSELS, May 15- Facebook tramples on European privacy laws by tracking people online without their consent and dodges questions from national regulators, Belgium's privacy watchdog said on Friday. Belgium's Privacy Protection Commission, which is working with German, Dutch, French and Spanish counterparts, launched the blistering attack after trying to...

  • HELSINKI, May 11- Finnish home and garden products company Fiskars said it was buying china and glass maker WWRD for $437 million to put more focus on luxury brands and boost growth in the United States. WWRD, which manufactures under brands such as Wedgwood, Waterford and Royal Doulton, is currently owned by U.S. private equity firm KPS Capital Partners and has...

  • *Wall Street rebounds, European shares slip. NEW YORK, May 7- The global bond market rout slowed on Thursday as long-term borrowing costs retreated from their highest levels in more than five months, helping a mild recovery on Wall Street and for European stocks. "We had a real capitulation in markets this morning and there was no obvious catalyst," said Owen Callan, a...