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  • ATHENS, Dec 13- Greece's radical leftist opposition leader, Alexis Tsipras, accused Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Saturday of sowing fear in the country to win support for a presidential vote the government must win to avoid a snap election. Tsipras's Syriza party, which wants to tear up Greece's EU/IMF bailout deal, is likely to win an election, polls show, and...

  • ATHENS, Dec 13- Greece's radical leftist opposition leader, Alexis Tsipras, accused Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Saturday of sowing fear in the country to win support for a presidential vote the government must win to avoid a snap election. Tsipras's Syriza party, which wants to tear up Greece's EU/IMF bailout deal, is likely to win an election, polls show, and...

  • Greek Crisis 2.0? Not quite yet Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    A fast read on the situation in Greece:. Those measures would support the other eurozone countries and help keep markets from losing confidence in them even if something disruptive happens in Greece. Q: What happened in Greece to trigger all this?

  • European shares set for biggest weekly loss in 3 years Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    The broad STOXX Europe 600 has lost 5.2 percent during the week, representing a wipeout in market capitalisation of roughly $468 billion, nearly twice the size of Greece's GDP. Saipem dropped 5 percent on Friday, hitting a 10- year low, while Royal Dutch Shell was down 2.4 percent, Repsol down 4.8 percent and CGG down 4.6 percent. Crude has dropped more than 45...

  • LONDON, Dec 12- European shares fell on Friday, with renewed declines in the price of oil hitting energy stocks, while political concerns over Greece also pegged back equities. Traders also remained concerned by Greece. In Greece, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Thursday warned the country risked a "catastrophic" return to the depths of its debt crisis if his...

  • There are very good reasons for this, though much has changed since the height of Greece's crisis. Even beyond Greece's own grave difficulties, should Syriza win an election, most likely to be held, if needed, in January or early February, it will shortly enter into negotiations, if not conflict, with the Troika of the European Commission, the International Monetary...

  • *Euro STOXX 50 up 0.5 pct; Greece's ATG down 7.4 pct. LONDON 1/ 4 PARIS, Dec 11- Euro zone shares snapped a three-day losing streak on Thursday, taking their lead from gains on Wall Street after some stronger-than-expected consumer spending data from the United States. If Prime Minister Antonis Samaras fails to secure victory for his presidential candidate, snap...

  • Greece: Markets hit as presidential vote in doubt Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Shares on the Athens Stock Exchange suffered more heavy losses Thursday, as the governing coalition appeared short of the support needed to stop the government collapsing in a parliamentary vote this month. Meanwhile the yield on Greece's 10- year-bond jumped to nearly 9 percent, way above levels thought as sustainable. Even though Greece has...

  • PARIS, Dec 11- European shares sank on Thursday, retreating for the fourth consecutive session as the take-up at the European Central Bank's loan offer disappointed investors, and on political concerns over Greece. Banks borrowed almost 130 billion euros of four-year loans from the ECB in its latest lending round, which is what traders had expected but brings...

  • Greek shares extend losses on political worries Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 11- Greek shares resumed their sell-off on Thursday, with Athens's ATG benchmark index dropping 4 percent, hurt by worries over the country's political situation. Investors have been rattled by a decision by the Greek government to bring forward to next week a presidential vote that will force nearly two dozen independent lawmakers to decide...

  • Euro zone shares halt slide on ECB stimulus hopes Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 6:24 AM ET

    *Euro STOXX 50 up 0.2 pct, FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.3 pct. *Airbus sags; worries on demand for fuel-efficient aircrafts. LONDON 1/ 4 PARIS, Dec 11- Euro zone shares halted a three-day losing streak on Thursday as expectations for further monetary stimulus were underpinned by low take-up for the European Central Bank's latest round of cheap loans.

  • FOREX-U.S. dollar slide persists for third day Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 3:26 PM ET

    *Political uncertainty in Greece weighs on markets. NEW YORK, Dec 10- The U.S. dollar fell against the yen for a third straight session on Wednesday as risk appetite diminished amid worries about Greece and the outlook for China, the world's second-largest economy. "Swelling risk appetite, embodied by a relentless push upward in the S&P 500, and a firming U.S. dollar...

  • TREASURIES-Bond yields dip before 10-year note auction Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. Treasuries yields fell on Wednesday on safety buying as stocks and oil prices fell, and before a government auction of $21 billion in reopened 10- year notes, which is expected to see solid demand. Besides the $21 billion in reopened 10- year notes due to be sold on Wednesday, the Treasury will sell $13 billion in 30- year bonds on Thursday.

  • FOREX-U.S. dollar retreat continues for third day Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    *Political uncertainty in Greece weighs on markets. NEW YORK, Dec 10- The U.S. dollar fell against the safe-haven yen for a third straight session on Wednesday as risk appetite diminished amid worries about Greece and the outlook for China, the world's second largest economy. "This recent fall in the dollar against the yen is more about profit-taking from...

  • Renewed slide in energy stocks sends Europe shares lower Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 10:11 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 10- European equities turned negative on Wednesday, as a fresh fall in the price of Brent crude oil hit energy stocks. "Crude oil is under punishment today once again on the back of the OPEC news. OPEC has cut its demand forecast for next year and this has unbalanced the demand and supply equation further and traders are not liking the sound of this at all, "...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. "I'm not quite so sure that demand is going to be as strong as what it might have been at a little bit lower levels, but given the positive outlook for inflation and demand for U.S. debt compared to other global sovereign yields, I would suspect that the auctions should go well," said Mary Ann Hurley, vice president of trading at D.A. Davidson Co. in...

  • *China inflation falls to 5- year low of 1.4 pct. LONDON, Dec 10- Oil prices were anchored near five-year lows and Germany's benchmark government bond yield fell to a record low on Wednesday as concerns over Greece's political and financial prospects spurred demand for safety. At 1220 GMT Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.2 percent at 6,542 points, Germany's DAX was up...

  • *Norway's central bank may set scene for lower rates. *Political uncertainty in Greece keeps euro in check. LONDON, Dec 10- The Norwegian crown slumped to its lowest point in over five years against the euro on Wednesday, battered by falling oil prices and investors betting that Norway's central bank will point towards further monetary easing on Thursday.

  • PARIS, Dec 10- European stocks rose in a technical bounce on Wednesday after sliding 3 percent slide over two days, although energy stocks dropped again as Brent crude fell toward $65 a barrel. If Samaras fails to secure victory for his presidential candidate, snap national elections could be called which the leftist Syriza party-- a fierce opponent of Greece's...

  • *Political uncertainty in Greece keeps euro in check. LONDON, Dec 10- The euro edged higher against the dollar on Wednesday, but investors remained nervous over an uncertain political situation in Greece and some looked to sell into any bounce in the single currency. The euro was up 0.15 percent against the dollar at $1.2390, having fallen to $1.2365 earlier in...