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  • With elections just six days away, leftist Syriza leads the opinion polls and is intent on cancelling the austerity terms of a bailout from Europe and the International Monetary Fund and also wants a big debt write off. That has prompted a succession of German politicians and economists to proclaim that Greece risks being cut loose from the euro, although...

  • VIENNA, Jan 15- A Greek exit from the euro zone would be an "extremely dangerous" move for the country and a danger for the rest of Europe as well, European Central Bank policymaker Ewald Nowotny said. "It would be an extremely dangerous development for the Greeks and it would be a dangerous development for all of Europe because we know it is not just a matter of leaving...

  • Options on Greece ETF draw bearish bets ahead of election Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 12:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 15- Political turmoil in Greece has hit its financial markets hard, and traders in the U.S. options market are positioning for a further fall in Greek stocks as the country heads to a snap election that could determine whether it leaves the euro zone. There are few choices for investors who want narrow exposure to Greece in U.S. markets, but one, the Global...

  • Greek PM Samaras vows tax cuts as leftists hold poll lead Saturday, 10 Jan 2015 | 10:46 AM ET

    At the helm of a coalition government since 2012, Samaras has pursued unpopular reforms as part of a 240 billion euro EU/IMF bailout to pull Greece back from almost crashing out of Europe at the height of the euro zone crisis. Opinion polls show radical leftist Syriza, which opposes Greece's international bailout programme, ahead of Samaras' centre-right New...

  • *To Potami battling for third place in Jan 25 vote. ATHENS, Jan 9- Journalist-turned-politician Stavros Theodorakis is shaping up as a possible kingmaker after Greece's general election. A fortnight before the Jan. 25 vote, To Potami lies third in most opinion polls, behind the anti-bailout Syriza and the ruling conservative New Democracy party, which has...

  • *Berlin believes Greek exit would set dangerous precedent. BERLIN/ LONDON, Jan 7- Germany's Angela Merkel played down the chances of a Greek exit from the euro zone on Wednesday, but made clear she expected Athens to stick to the terms of its international bailouts after this month's election. The chancellor addressed the issue for the first time since a German...

  • Germany, France take calculated risk with Grexit talk Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 12:11 PM ET

    *Leftist leader insists Greece should stay in euro. The intention, according to Michael Huether, head of Germany's IW economic institute, is to make clear that other euro area countries "can get on well without Greece, but Greece cannot get on without Europe", and to warn that the left-wing Syriza party would bring disaster on the country. Syriza leader Alexis...

  • LONDON, Jan 2- Weak economic data weighed on European shares on the first trading day of the year, although the losses were mitigated by growing expectations of new measures from the European Central Bank to boost the euro zone. The data showed a downturn in France and weak activity in Germany, which contributed to push down France's CAC stock index by 0.5 percent...

  • LONDON, Jan 2- Southern European stock markets rallied on Friday, outperforming other markets in the region, as expectations grew that the European Central Bank would take more steps to boost the euro zone's economy. Investors have speculated that QE would have the strongest effect on the euro zone's weakest economies-- Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy-- and their...

  • *Retail investors drag Dubai down 5.4 percent. *Kuwait's CBK cuts Boubyan Bank stake by selling on open market. DUBAI, Dec 30- Gulf stock markets suffered broad sell-offs on Tuesday as Brent crude oil slumped to a fresh 5-1/ 2- year low and political uncertainty in Greece pressured global equities.

  • *Asian stocks down on Greece worries. SINGAPORE, Dec 30- Gold ticked higher on Tuesday on weaker equities, but gains were limited as the dollar was perched at a near-nine-year high versus a basket of major currencies, undermining the metal's appeal as a hedge. Asian shares got off to a lacklustre start on Tuesday, as political uncertainty in Greece made investors...

  • *Euro drops after Greece fails to elect president, election set. TOKYO, Dec 30- Asian shares got off to a lacklustre start on Tuesday, as a sharp selloff in commodities and political uncertainty in Greece made investors less willing to take risks in the final trading days of 2014.. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged down about 0.2...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 30- Gold on Tuesday traded firmly below $1,200 an ounce as the dollar was perched at a near nine-year high versus a basket of major currencies, undermining the metal's appeal as a hedge. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,182.40 an ounce by 0019 GMT, after losing 1 percent on Monday. *Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras failed to get enough support for...

  • Stocks in Athens plunged as much as 11.3 percent before closing down 3.9 percent, while yields on 10- year Greek bonds touched their highest since September 2013. Greece's Syriza party, which could come out ahead in the election, wants to wipe out a big part of the country's debt and cancel the terms of a bailout from the European Union and International Monetary...

  • Why Greece could cause a shiver, not a chill Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 3:53 PM ET
    People wave Greek flags in front of the Greek Parliament.

    Greece may be one of the first trouble spots for markets in 2015, but it's not likely to be what really rocks them.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 29- U.S. On Monday, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras failed to get enough support for his nominee, Stavros Dimas, and called for a national election on Jan. 25. "That is one of the main reasons we are trading a bit better here... there is more of a risk-off feel, given the headlines out of Greece," said Sean Murphy, a Treasuries trader at Societe Generale in New...

  • Athens angst hits southern European stock markets Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 1:15 PM ET

    *UK's FTSE rises 0.4 pct, DAX and CAC also advance. The sole candidate for the Greek presidency, Stavros Dimas, a former European Commissioner, fell short of the 180 vote super majority needed to become president, and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced a snap parliamentary election on Jan. 25. Opinion polls point to a victory by the radical leftist...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 29- Shares edged higher in major markets and Greek debt yields rallied on Monday after the parliament in Athens rejected the government's presidential candidate, while crude prices tumbled after a short-lived bounce. Greece's Syriza party wants to wipe out a big part of the country's debt and cancel the terms of a bailout from the European Union...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 29- Shares fell in Europe and Greek debt yields rose on Monday after the parliament in Athens rejected the government's presidential candidate, setting the stage for an election that anti-bailout party Syriza could win. Greece's Syriza party wants to wipe out a big part of the country's debt and cancel the terms of a bailout from the European Union...

  • ATHENS, Dec 29- Greece heads to an early general election next month after parliament rejected Prime Minister Antonis Samaras's nominee for president on Monday, throwing the country into a new period of political turmoil just as it emerges from economic crisis. Opinion polls point to a victory by the radical leftist Syriza party, which wants to wipe out a big...