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  • UPDATE 1-Demand for home loans jumps in euro zone Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 6:05 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 20- One in four banks across the euro zone saw a rise in home loan demand towards the end of last year and almost as many expect the trend to continue, a survey As consumers bet on rising house prices and banks loosen lending standards, demand for home loans has shot up, the study found, a trend that will fuel concerns in Germany and elsewhere that cheap...

  • LONDON, Jan 20- Chinese stocks rallied on Tuesday, recovering some ground lost in Monday's tumble, after economic data for 2014 came in slightly better than forecast albeit highlighting growth running at its slowest pace in 24 years. Shanghai's SSE Composite was 1.9 percent higher, while the MSCI Asia ex Japan index advanced 0.4 percent. The broader MSCI...

  • ECB QE could have 'meaningful impact' on bank stocks: Pro

    Philippe Bodereau, MD and global head of financial research at PIMCO, says European Central Bank quantitative easing could boost banking stocks in the region.

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK SAYS EXTERNAL DEBT OF COMPANIES AND BANKS AT START OF 2015 AT $547.6 BLN.

  • Is the China share selloff a buy signal? Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 1:45 AM ET

    China share markets have stabilized nicely after Monday's plunge, but it's not time to bargain hunt yet, analysts said.

  • LONDON, Jan 19- More monetary stimulus will not help the world economy return to strong growth, former Bank of England governor Mervyn King said on Monday, days before the European Central Bank is expected to decide whether to embark on a massive bond-buying program. In his first public speech in England since his term at the BoE ended in June 2013, King said he was...

  • LONDON, Jan 19- The European Central Bank faces a crucial test of its resolve to do "whatever it takes" to preserve the euro when it decides this week on buying government bonds to combat deflation and revive the economy. The EU top court's adviser and the Swiss National Bank have smoothed the way for quantitative easing, or printing money, but fierce opposition from...

  • LONDON, Jan 19- Denmark's move to lower interest rates deeper into negative territory on Monday had only a fleeting effect on the Danish crown, but speculation is growing that the currency's long-standing peg to the euro may be threatened in coming days. If the crown appreciates to its upper limit, both the Danish National Bank and the European Central Bank are...

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 19- Germany's Bundesbank is mounting a last-ditch drive to limit money-printing by the ECB, hoping either to soften the blueprint or delay decisions on key parts beyond this week, people familiar with the debate say. With markets primed for a European Central Bank announcement on Thursday, Germany's central bank is worried that a program to buy...

  • BEIJING, Jan 19- China's central bank and commercial banks bought the most yuan in seven years in December at around $19 billion, a Reuters calculation of data showed, suggesting some capital is leaving the world's second-largest economy as its growth slows. China's central bank and commercial banks sold 118.4 billion yuan worth of foreign exchange on a net...

  • ZURICH, Jan 19- The amount of cash commercial banks hold with the Swiss National Bank jumped last week, data showed on Monday, indicating the central bank may have intervened to defend its cap on the franc before abruptly scrapping the currency ceiling. Sight deposits, the accounts used to provide commercial banks with cash, rose by 10.6 billion francs last week to...

  • LONDON, Jan 19- The euro edged up against the dollar on Monday but was still close to an 11- year low as investors braced for the European Central Bank to take its boldest steps yet to combat deflation and revive the euro zone's moribund economy. The Swiss National Bank removed one of the euro's few remaining pillars of support last Thursday when it stunned markets...

  • SocGen picks Bini Smaghi for new chairman post Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 3:09 AM ET

    French bank Societe Generale decides to split the top job and appoint Italian economist Lorenzo Bini Smaghi as the group's chairman.

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK TO OFFER $10 BLN IN ONE-YEAR FOREX REPOS WITH INTEREST RATE OF 1.1099 PCT ON MONDAY.

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK TO OFFER 28- DAY FOREX REPO UP TO $7 BLN WITH INTEREST RATE OF 0.668 PCT ON MONDAY.

  • PBOC to refrain from big stimulus: Pro   Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 10:35 PM ET
    POBC to refrain from big stimulus: Pro

    The PBOC will continue with its style of micro-management and refrain from broad-based easing, says Gavin Parry, Managing Director at Parry International Trading.

  • What's behind weak China housing, lending data?   Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 9:11 PM ET
    What's behind weak China housing, lending data?

    Tim Condon, Head of Research, Asia of ING Financial Markets, says November's rate cut will soon begin to bear fruit for mortgage lending.

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 19- China's banking regulator has issued draft rules to tighten supervision of entrusted loans, a kind of shadow banking product, in a move seen targeting excessive leverage used to speculate on stocks. "The impact of industry overcapacity, local government debt, shadow bank and property risk on the capital markets is not negligible," China...

  • MELBOURNE, Jan 19- London copper jumped on Monday before paring gains as traders who scooped up the metal near last week's 5-1/ 2 year lows took profits, with caution over this week's European Central Bank meeting seen keeping a lid on any upward momentum. *The most-traded March copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was up 0.9 percent at 41,440 yuan a...

  • ESMA: Europe must focus on capital markets   Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 6:45 PM ET
    ESMA: Europe must focus on capital markets

    Steven Maijoor, Chair, European Securities & Markets Authority, says Europe should shift from being a banking dominated system to one where capital markets play a bigger role.

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