Tim Skeet, managing director of financial institutions at RBS, discusses European peripheral bonds and explains why he remains a "supporter" of these markets.» Read More
Chris Zwermann, global strategist at Zwermann Financial, says with an improving economy and the long-term interest rates going down, Portugal will be the "market of the year" to invest in.
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.
Bruno Maçães, Portugal's Secretary of State for European Affairs, says the country "did what was necessary" in taking the bailout, but economic recovery is still needed.
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.
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.
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.
*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..
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 September 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.
*ECB, Bank of England hold rate meetings. BRUSSELS, Jan 4- The world economy should finally overcome its hangover from the global financial crisis this year as growth picks up and house prices rise, but reduced U.S. monetary stimulus will pose a challenge.