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  • European shares on track for best year since 2009 Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | 6:47 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 31- European shares crept up on Tuesday before the New Year break, with pan-European indexes set for their biggest annual gains since 2009 and many investors forecasting more progress next year.

  • Europe shares set to record best year since 2009 Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | 4:17 AM ET

    *UK market closes at 1230 GMT, Euronext, Madrid at 1300 GMT. Volumes were extremely low as many European stock markets including Germany, Italy and Switzerland have already closed for the year. UK markets were set to close at 1230 GMT and Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lisbon at 1300 GMT.

  • European shares inch up early in shortened session Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | 3:20 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 31- European shares inched higher early in a shortened session on Tuesday before the New Year break, with pan-European indexes set to post their biggest annual gains since 2009..

  • European shares set to mark strongest year since 2009 Monday, 30 Dec 2013 | 11:11 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.3 pct. PARIS, Dec 30- European stock indexes stayed on track on Monday to post their biggest annual gains in four years after signs of economic recovery coupled with a long run of cheap central bank money prompted investors to scoop up shares.

  • *Germany, Switzerland, Italy closed for the day. Many centres such as Germany, Switzerland and Italy were already closed for the Christmas break. At the close, Britain's FTSE 100 index was up 0.4 percent, France's CAC 40 up 0.1 percent, and Spain's IBEX up 0.6 percent.

  • *Germany, Switzerland, Italy closed for the day. Many stock markets such as Germany, Switzerland and Italy were closed for the Christmas break. At 0900 GMT, Britain's FTSE 100 index was up 0.4 percent, France's CAC 40 up 0.1 percent, and Spain's IBEX up 0.6 percent.

  • Europe shares inch up in quiet pre-holiday session Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 4:14 AM ET

    *Germany, Switzerland, Italy closed for the day. Many stock markets such as Germany, Switzerland and Italy were closed for the Christmas break. At 0900 GMT, Britain's FTSE 100 index was up 0.4 percent, France's CAC 40 up 0.3 percent, and Spain's IBEX up 0.5 percent.

  • Europe shares steady in pre-holiday shortened session Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 3:12 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 24- European stocks were steady at the open on Tuesday, halting a four-session rally, while trading during the shortened session was set to be quiet with many stock markets such as Germany, Switzerland and Italy closed for the Christmas break. At 0802 GMT, Britain's FTSE 100 index was down 0.03 percent, France's CAC 40 flat, and Spain's IBEX up 0.05 percent.

  • PARIS, Dec 20- France's unloved financial transaction tax is hampering its efforts to persuade local institutions to buy stakes in Paris stock exchange operator Euronext and keep it under French influence after its expected spin-off next year.

  • *Copper extends losses as Fed cuts stimulus. Copper for February delivery on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slid 0.3 percent to 51,040 yuan a tonne. Copper touched $7,307.70 a tonne on Monday, its highest since Oct. 23.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- Copper fell on Wednesday, slipping further from near two-month highs hit this week, with investors cautious as upbeat economic data stoked expectations of an early trimming of the U.S. monetary stimulus programme. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange dipped 0.2 percent to $7,262.25 a tonne by 1550 GMT.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- Copper fell on Wednesday, slipping further from near two-month highs hit this week, with investors cautious as recent upbeat economic data stoked expectation of an early trimming of the U.S. monetary stimulus. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange traded at $7,229 a tonne at 1121 GMT, down from a close at $7,275 on Tuesday.

  • LISBON, Dec 16- Portugal's international lenders have approved the country's progress in the latest review of its bailout, pushing the euro zone member closer to a smooth exit from the lending programme in mid-2014.

  • LONDON, Dec 16- Copper hit its highest in nearly two months on Monday before closing up half a percent, with investors focused on tightness in nearby supply and falling metal inventories. Copper was the latest daily London Metal Exchange data showing that stocks fell 3,825 tonnes to total 389,175 tonnes- their lowest since early February.

  • Robust U.S., euro zone data hurts euro zone bonds Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 12:58 PM ET

    LONDON, Dec 4- Euro zone bonds fell across the board on Wednesday as U.S. data showed growing momentum in the world's biggest economy that could prompt the Federal Reserve to start scaling back its monetary stimulus soon.

  • LONDON, Dec 4- Portugal's bonds weakened on Wednesday, reversing a rally fuelled by a move to lower its near-term debt refinancing burden, as concerns lingered that Lisbon may still need more international support.

  • German Bunds fall after Spanish services PMI Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 3:45 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 4- German Bund futures edged lower on Wednesday after data showed the Spanish services sector grew in November at the fastest rate since June 2010, easing euro zone growth and disinflation worries.

  • *Portugal swaps 6.6 bln euros of 2014/ 2015 bonds. Portugal swapped 6.6 billion euros in bonds expiring next year and in 2015 for longer maturities, in an exchange analysts said demonstrated improved market confidence.

  • *Portugal swaps 6.6 bln euros of 2014/ 2015 bonds. LONDON, Dec 3- Portuguese government bond yields fell sharply on Tuesday after a debt exchange met stronger demand than some in the market had expected, easing redemption payments next year when it hopes to exit its bailout programme.

  • LISBON, Dec 3- Portugal swapped 6.6 billion euros of bonds maturing in the next two years for longer-dated paper on Tuesday, reducing short-term debt repayment costs to help smooth its planned exit from a bailout next year. "I am massively, positively surprised," said David Schnautz, debt strategist at Commerzbank in New York, referring to the size of the swap.

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