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  • Russia rout hits European shares Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    *Stocks with strong exposure to Russia tumble. Shares in Austrian lender Raiffeisen Bank International, which relies heavily on Russia for profits, slid 5.3 percent to a record low, after Russia's central bank raised its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent in an emergency move that failed to immediately halt the collapse in the rouble.

  • *Weak gold prices hurts Sumitomo Metal Mining. TOKYO, Dec 1- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh seven-year high on Monday as strong corporate spending lifted sentiment, with airline shares extending gains as oil prices tumbled further. Such machinery shares benefited from the strong capital spending figures, with Fanuc Corp rising 1.9 percent and...

  • The European staples resisting Russia's downturn Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 2:20 AM ET
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    Fears that Russia's economic downturn will ravage European multinationals may have been overstated in some cases, with companies that sell beer and soap defying expectations.

  • *Worst of Russia pain, rouble slide still to come. Whether due to' recession-proof' products or because the companies have been able to offset pain in Eastern Europe with growth elsewhere, brewer Carlsberg and detergent-and-cosmetics group Henkel are among firms whose third-quarter results beat market forecasts, despite their exposure to Russia.

  • LONDON, Nov 4- European shares fell on Tuesday as the European Commission's move to cut its growth forecast for the euro zone prompted investors to trim their equity exposure and a sharp drop in oil prices tripped up energy shares. The STOXX Europe 600 Oil and Gas index fell 3.3 percent, the biggest sectoral decliner, tracking a drop in crude oil to a more than...

  • *Index cuts gains after European Commission forecasts. LONDON, Nov 4- European shares surrendered early gains on Tuesday after the European Commission cut its growth forecast for the euro zone and said the currency bloc will need another year to reach even a modest level of growth. "There is still nervousness in the market about the euro zone's economic outlook,"...

  • Positive earnings help European stocks bounce back Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 4:32 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.3 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.3 pct. PARIS, Nov 4- European stocks rose on Tuesday, trimming the previous session's losses as better-than-expected earnings helped offset recent worries over the pace of economic growth in Europe. "Earnings have been better than expected overall, and this is offsetting the bad macro data seen in Europe lately," said...

  • *Third-quarter adj. shr 87 cents/ shr vs est 70 cents/ shr. Oct 29- Goodyear Tire& Rubber Co, the largest U.S. tire maker, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as raw material costs fell in North America. We anticipate we're not going to see a big spike going into next year, " Goodyear Chief Executive Rich Kramer said in a conference call with analysts.

  • Oct 29- Goodyear Tire& Rubber Co reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as raw material costs fell in North America and the tire maker said it would buy back shares worth up to $150 million in the fourth quarter. Operating income from Goodyear's North America business, which accounts for 44 percent of its total revenue, rose 30 percent in the third...

  • Caterpillar Inc and 3 M Co, both Dow components, reassured investors that multinationals can deliver solid earnings despite concerns about global economic growth. Shares of Caterpillar, which raised its full-year earnings outlook, rose 4.9 percent, while 3 M shares jumped 5.7 percent. "If we're looking at headwinds like currency and slowing global growth,...

  • Wall Street lifts European shares despite earnings drag Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    *Michelin and Unilever fall, flagging weak EM demand. EDINBURGH, Oct 23- European stocks edged higher in choppy trade on Thursday, buoyed by strength on Wall Street but hindered by weak corporate results from companies including French tyre-maker Michelin. Michelin and Unilever cited poor demand from emerging markets as the former cut its full-year revenue...

  • *Mixed morning in Europe after Asia shares slide. LONDON, Oct 23- European and Asian stock markets ground lower on Thursday, worries over banks and corporate results again darkening the mood despite a surprisingly upbeat survey of Germany's manufacturing and service sectors. French tire maker Michelin and Unilever cited poor demand from emerging markets in...

  • *Michelin and Unilever fall, flagging weak EM demand. EDINBURGH, Oct 23- European stocks fell on Thursday, hindered by weak corporate results from companies including French tyre-maker Michelin, despite receiving support from better-than-expected euro zone business activity data. Michelin and Unilever cited poor demand from emerging markets as the former...

  • *Michelin, Unilever fall, flag weak EM demand. Michelin and Unilever cited poor demand from emerging markets as the former cut its full-year revenue goal and the latter reported weaker-than-expected quarterly sales. Unilever's London- listed shares were down 2.4 percent, while Michelin shed 3.6 percent.

  • LONDON, Oct 23- European stocks fell early on Thursday as weak results from French tyre-maker Michelin and consumer goods group Unilever added to a subdued tone for global equities overnight. Unilever fell 3 percent in London by 0705 GMT after it reported a weaker-than-expected 2.1 percent rise in third-quarter sales on Thursday as a slowdown in emerging...

  • MUMBAI, Oct 17- Indian natural rubber output is likely to drop over 10 percent in 2014/ 15 from the previous crop year, hit by heavy rain in key growing regions and as farmers suspend tapping due to lower prices, the head of the country's top producer said. The spot price of India's most traded RSS-4 rubber has fallen over a quarter so far in 2014 to 12,250 rupees per 100...

  • LONDON, Sept 19- Investors are piling into European banks and exporters, betting that the European Central Bank will crank up the money printing presses to tackle stubbornly low inflation.

  • *Russia- exposed shares outperform as ceasefire is agreed. Shares exposed to Russia outperformed, however, as representatives of Ukraine, the pro-Russian separatist leadership, Russia and the OSCE security watchdog agreed on a ceasefire.

  • FACTBOX-Tyre rubber from dandelions Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    Aug 20- Tyre makers such as Bridgestone Corp and Continental AG are spending millions of dollars on the development of new rubber-yielding crops such as dandelions to reduce their reliance on rubber-tree plantations in Southeast Asia. Here are key facts about the rubber trade and the research into new sources of natural rubber.

  • FEATURE-Tyre makers race to turn dandelions into rubber Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    *Dandelion native to Kazakhstan yields tyre-grade rubber. MUENSTER, Germany, Aug 20- Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport.