Antonio Pires de Lima, Portugal's economy minister, says that he is confident the country will grow for the first time in three years in 2014 and that it will exit its bailout program in May as intended.» Read More
*Rules at SEC and ECB bolster big three. LONDON, Jan 20- For all the outrage over the role of the big three credit-rating firms in the financial crisis, they show no sign of losing their grip on the highly profitable industry.
*Irish yields seen closing in on those of France, Belgium. LONDON, Jan 20- Ireland's five-year borrowing costs fell to their lowest in the 92- year history of the state on Monday as investors snapped up its bonds after Moody's restored the country's credit rating to investment grade.
LONDON, Jan 17- European shares reached a new 5-1/ 2 year high on Friday as a third weekly gain on the spin for Portuguese and Spanish bonds fed improving sentiment in the region's Mediterranean rim.
*Bank earnings drag on U.S. shares, put dampener on Asia. LONDON, Jan 17- European shares were hovering at 5-1/ 2 year highs on Friday as a third weekly gain on the spin for Portuguese and Spanish bonds fed improving sentiment in the region's Mediterranean rim.
WASHINGTON, Jan 16- The United States is concerned that Europe is not moving decisively to heal its banks and that China will only slowly move toward a more market-based economy, U.S. Washington has been raising pressure on Europe to boost the region's ailing economies by revitalizing banks hit by a debt crisis.
LONDON, Jan 15- Portuguese yields hit their lowest in more than three years on Wednesday after Lisbon said it expected to resume bond auctions in the first half of 2014 as it prepares to exit its international bailout programme. Lisbon wants to take advantage of favourable market sentiment and plans to issue 11 billion to 13 billion euros of bonds this year.
*Germany kicks off light 2014 issuance programme. LONDON, Jan 15- Spanish and Italian bond yields fell on Wednesday after the European Central Bank eased investor concerns that local banks might be forced to sell large amounts of domestic government debt before upcoming stress tests.
LONDON, Jan 10- Demand for euro zone peripheral government bonds kept the euro away from a one-month low against the dollar on Friday before jobs data seen as crucial to the U.S. currency's outlook.
Swatch Group rose 4.6 percent after saying it expected "dynamic growth" this year, easing concerns of a downturn in export destination China. The personal and household goods sector is likely to profit the most from an expected rise in demand, " Christian Stocker, strategist at UniCredit in Munich, said.
Moody's announces its decision on Portugal's credit standing later on Friday under a new EU-regulated schedule of rating reviews. Standard& Poor's will release its assessment on Portugal on Jan. 17 and while many market participants say an upgrade of Portugal's "junk" status was unlikely, they expected both Moody's and S&P to raise their outlooks.
LONDON, Jan 10- European equities bounced back on Friday, with personal and household goods advancing following a positive update from watchmaker Swatch and peripheral euro zone stocks adding to brisk gains made so far this year.
*Peripheral markets of Spain and Italy outperform. LONDON, Jan 9- European shares closed lower on Thursday, hit by a warning over France's debt that weighed on the Paris bourse and by a dip in U.S. stocks, which edged back from record highs. France's CAC equity index was Europe's worst-performing market, falling 0.8 percent.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew finished his Europe tour in Portugal on Thursday, which looked set to launch a five-year bond.
Joao Moreira Rato, chairman of the Portuguese Treasury and Public Debt Management Agency, comments on Portugal's latest bond auction which was "quite oversubscribed", and Portugal's first issuance of new debt in eight months.
PARIS, Jan 9- Investors bought peripheral euro zone stocks on Thursday, pushing bourses in Madrid, Milan and Lisbon to outperform northern peers again as confidence grows in Southern Europe's struggling economies. Spain's IBEX, Italy's FTSE MIB and Ireland's ISEQ rose 1.1-1.4 percent, while Portugal's PSI 20 added to recent sharp gains, up 0.5 percent.
PARIS/ LONDON, Jan 9- Investors bought peripheral euro zone stocks on Thursday, with bourses in Madrid, Milan and Lisbon outperforming again as confidence grows in Southern Europe's struggling economies.
BERLIN, Jan 8- The United States has a message for Europe: If you want to help your ailing economy, consider pledging taxpayer money from across the euro zone to help troubled banks.
*Wall Street expected to rise, break 3- day slide. Wall Street was also expected to start higher after a three-day run of falls, though the mood was still expected to be cautious ahead of Wednesday's minutes from the Federal Reserve's December meeting and jobs data on Friday.
SINGAPORE, Jan 6- U.S. oil futures rebounded in early Asian trade on Monday after the contract settled lower in the four previous sessions and posted its biggest weekly drop since June 2012. *U.S. crude for February delivery rose 19 cents to $94.15 a barrel by 0023 GMT, after dropping $1.48 a barrel on Friday.
SYDNEY, Jan 6- London copper inched up on Monday as bargain hunting helped lift it from 10- day lows hit the session before, but feeble economic momentum in the United States and China kept a lid on prices. *Copper plumbed a 10- day trough at $7,312 a tonne on Friday, and is little changed so far in 2014, having lost about 7 percent in 2013..