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  • Greek stocks sink, bond yield surge threatens bailout exit Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    *Bond market closing its doors to Greece, analysts say. Ten-year borrowing costs shot up by more 80 basis points to 7.85 percent, their highest since February, partly reflecting a lack of faith in Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' ability to ensure Greece can fund itself in the market. At this level the market is closed for Greece, "said Alessandro Giansanti, senior...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- Greece has begun talks for ending International Monetary Fund aid to the country, but will continue to have routine post-bailout reviews by the Washington- based group, a Greek official said after talks with the IMF's chief on Sunday. The IMF is deeply unpopular in Greece for insisting on austerity cuts under Greece's 240 billion euro EU/IMF...

  • ATHENS, Oct 6- Greece's government unveiled its 2015 budget on Monday, promising a second year of growth and tax breaks aimed at easing austerity imposed after the country sank into its deepest post-war economic crisis. The budget largely confirmed targets for growth and a budget surplus before interest payments set under Greece's 240 billion euro EU/IMF...

  • LONDON, Sept 29- Greek government bond yields rose to their highest in almost two months on Monday as Athens' plans for an early exit from a bailout programme raised concerns about future financing and debt relief.

  • *Athens hopes to wean itself off bailout plan early. In Berlin earlier this week, Samaras for the first time publicly acknowledged that Athens hoped to wean itself off a 240- billion-euro EU/IMF aid package a year before its scheduled end in early 2016..

  • Greece gets green light for 4 billion euro payment Friday, 26 Jul 2013 | 2:23 AM ET
    Athens

    Euro zone officials have approved the transfer of 4 billion euros ($5.3 billion) of funding to Greece and euro zone governments are expected to approve disbursement by Monday.

  • Greece and its international lenders resume talks on Monday to unlock 8.1 billion euros ($10.5 billion) of rescue loans after a two-week break during which the government almost collapsed.

  • Greek PM Reshuffles Cabinet to Overcome Crisis Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | 2:54 AM ET

    Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras reshuffled his cabinet on Monday, aiming to bolster his government days after the smallest party in the ruling coalition quit over the closure of state TV.

  • Thousands of Greeks Rally in Anti-Austerity Strike Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 7:05 AM ET

    Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday during a nationwide strike against wage cuts and high taxes that kept ferries stuck in ports, schools shut and hospitals with only emergency staff.

  • Greece Sets Price Guidance on Crucial Bond Buyback Monday, 3 Dec 2012 | 12:54 AM ET

    Greece on Monday said it would conduct its bond buyback offer through a modified Dutch auction method in which investors declare how much they are willing to sell their bonds at before the price is determined.

  • *Anger, resignation on streets of Athens. The strike, called by Greece's two biggest labour unions representing half of the four million-strong workforce, brought public transport to a virtual standstill and shuttered schools, banks and local government offices.

  • *Anger, resignation on streets of Athens. ATHENS, Nov 6- Hundreds of thousands of Greeks began a crippling 48- hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of wage and pension cuts that parliament is expected to approve narrowly a day later.

  • *Anger, resignation on streets of Athens. ATHENS, Nov 6- Tens of thousands of Greek workers began a 48- hour strike on Tuesday to protest a new round of austerity cuts that unions say will devastate the poor and drive a failing economy to collapse.

  • *Greece funding, China leadership adds to uncertainty. NEW YORK, Nov 5- Oil rebounded on Monday from the previous session's sharp loss while metals and crop prices mostly fell as financial markets treaded warily ahead of the U.S. presidential election and amid recovery work on the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- World stocks fell and the dollar edged up on Monday as investors played it safe before Americans choose their president and Greece headed into two key votes to secure further rescue funds.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- World stocks fell and the dollar firmed on Monday as investors moved to the sidelines or favored low-risk assets before Americans choose their president, China starts a leadership transition and Greece faces a fraught vote to secure fresh rescue funds.

  • *Ten-year JGB futures rise in light trade. TOKYO, Nov 5- Benchmark Japanese government bonds inched up on Monday ahead of a tightly-fought U.S. presidential election on Tuesday and a vote in the Greek parliament over a new austerity package later in the week.

  • *Greece facing votes on austerity and labour measures, budget. ATHENS, Nov 4- Talk of Greece exiting the euro will end after critical votes in parliament this week on new austerity measures, labour reforms and the 2013 budget, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Sunday.

  • Reform votes to end talk of Greek euro exit-PM Sunday, 4 Nov 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    ATHENS, Nov 4- Talk of Greece exiting the euro will end after critical votes in parliament this week on new austerity measures and the 2013 budget, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Sunday.

  • Markets unmoved by upbeat US jobs news Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 10:37 AM ET

    The Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy generated 171,000 jobs in October, higher than the 125,000 or so expected in the markets. "The data is clearly risk positive, although some may argue that it hurts Romney's chances, which neutralizes some of the risk impact," said Alan Ruskin, an analyst at Deutsche Bank.