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  • *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...

  • 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...

  • Greece lags steady European shares on election worries Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 4:33 AM ET

    *BMW rallies after deliveries update. LONDON, Dec 10- European equity indexes staged a modest rebound on Wednesday, led by German stocks after a strong update from BMW, although worries about Greece capped sentiment. If Prime Minister Antonis Samaras fails to secure victory for his presidential candidate, snap national elections could be called that the...

  • *Political uncertainty in Greece weighs on euro. LONDON, Dec 10- The euro fell broadly on Wednesday amid growing concerns over the political situation in Greece that could increase the chances of monetary policy easing early next year by the European Central Bank. The Greek government has brought forward to next week a presidential vote that will force nearly...

  • *Political uncertainty in Greece spooks some. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Dec 10- The dollar nursed hefty losses on Wednesday following a brutal shakeout of bullish positions as investors found incentives to take profits as the year-end loomed. Spooking markets, political uncertainty in Greece appeared to have reignited worries about Europe, prompting a slide in equities...

  • *Political uncertainty in Greece spooks some. *China inflation data next in focus. Spooking markets, political uncertainty in Greece appeared to have reignited worries about Europe, prompting a flight to safety into U.S.

  • FACTBOX-Greece's upcoming presidential vote Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    ATHENS, Dec 9- By bringing forward a parliamentary vote to elect a new head of state, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is betting his political future and that of his weary nation in a gamble to be played out over the next three weeks. The presidential vote will be held in three rounds, on Dec. 17, Dec. 23 and Dec. 29. His candidate is almost certain not to be able to cross...

  • *Greece may get credit line till February- Schaeuble. If Samaras fails to secure victory in parliament for his presidential candidate, snap national elections will be called that the leftist Syriza party- a fierce opponent of Greece's bailout deal with the European Union and IMF- is likely to win. The Athens general stock index tumbled 12.8 percent, its biggest...

  • ATHENS, Dec 9- Prime Minister Antonis Samaras named his candidate on Tuesday for the Greek presidency under a gamble that, if it fails, would force snap parliamentary elections when anti-bailout leftists would probably come out on top. Financial markets took the uncertainty badly, with Greek stocks and bonds tumbling on the plan to start voting for the...