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  • European shares edge higher, Swiss index hits 7-year high Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- European shares turned positive in morning trading on Wednesday, helped by some encouraging broker upgrades, with Switzerland's SMI equity index hitting the 9,000- point mark for the first time since late 2007.. Prudential rose 1.1 percent to lead insurers after Deutsche Bank increased its target price for the stock to 1,680 pence from 1,630...

  • Switzerland's SMI stock index hits 9,000 mark Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- Switzerland's SMI equity index hit the 9,000 point mark for the first time since late 2007 on Wednesday, tracking recent gains in stock indexes worldwide. The index was up 0.3 percent at 8,994.78 points by 1003 GMT after hitting an intra-day high of 9001.84 points. The Swiss index has gained nearly 10 percent so far this year, outpacing all European...

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.5 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.8 pct. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.5 percent at 1,359.08 points, with the euro zone-only Euro STOXX 50 up 0.8 percent at 3,111.15 points. The indexes were extending gains from the previous session, when the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the bank's stimulus is gaining...

  • European shares inch higher ahead of ZEW Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 3:16 AM ET

    PARIS, Nov 18- European stocks inched higher in early trading on Tuesday as investors bet on Germany's ZEW survey to start showing some signs of stabilisation and reverse 10 straight months of declines. At 0809 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.05 percent at 1,352.51 points, with Germany's DAX up 0.3 percent. Shares in European cable...

  • TOKYO, Nov 18- Asian stocks sagged on Tuesday amid profit taking in Hong Kong and Chinese markets, while Tokyo shares rebounded on expectations that Japan will opt for a snap election that may lead to fresh stimulus measures. Spreadbetters saw a slightly higher start for Europe in the wake of Japan's rebound, forecasting Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and...

  • LONDON, Nov 14- French and German stocks outperformed skittish European indexes on Friday after data showed Germany narrowly avoided recession in the third quarter and France grew more than expected. Germany's DAX and France's CAC indexes were 0.3 percent and 0.2 percent higher, respectively, at 0815 GMT, outperforming a flat pan-European FTSEurofirst 300...

  • Spreadbetters expected the cautious mood in risk assets continuing into Europe, forecasting an effectively flat open for London's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.3 percent. "As Federal Reserve policy shifts towards monetary tightening, the kind of risk aversion stemming from...

  • Europe shares fall as energy stocks sag along with oil Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 8:10 AM ET

    Brent futures tumbled nearly 2 percent to below $79 a barrel, hitting a four-year low, dragged down in part by data showing that China's economy lost further momentum in October. Shares in Total fell 1.4 percent, Seadrill dropped 3.3 percent and Saipem shed 4 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 equity index was down by 0.1 percent, France's CAC fell 0.4 percent while...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan were flat, showing a muted response to a flurry of Chinese data which was either in line with or slightly below expectations. Still, Shanghai shares remained near two-year highs in the hope of more foreign buying before the Shanghai- Hong Kong exchange link is launched, as well as policy support to...

  • Europe shares fall; banks mixed after forex probe fines Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 4:48 AM ET

    *HSBC, RBS, UBS, Barclays in focus after forex probe fines. The regulators imposed penalties totalling $3.4 billion on UBS, Citigroup, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland and JP Morgan. HSBC was down 0.9 percent and RBS dipped 0.2 percent, while the Frankfurt- listed shares of JPMorgan and Citi were down 0.6-0.9 percent.

  • Asian stocks muted after Wall Street retreat Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 4:12 AM ET

    Regulators from the U.S., Switzerland and the U.K. fined five major banks a total of $3.4 billion for conspiring to manipulate foreign-currency trading. The news drove down bank stocks in Europe and U.S. "The fines from the watchdogs took some of the wind out of the market," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital Management.

  • LONDON, Nov 11- European stocks rose on Tuesday, with investors in bullish mood after Wall Street notched up a fourth straight record close and Tokyo's Nikkei hit a seven-year high on talk that a Japanese sales tax increase may be delayed. Oil prices fell further, with Brent crude dropping to a four-year low below $82 a barrel. European shares were also boosted by...

  • Dow, S&P 500 eke out gains, set record highs Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 2:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The government's monthly jobs report fell just short of Wall Street's expectations Friday, leaving major stock market indexes to drift in midday trading. But Wall Street was looking for more: Economists had forecast that employers hired 230,000 more workers last month. ONE TAKE: "This isn't a bad report by any means," Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at the...

  • *HeidelbergCement up after better-than-expected profits. LONDON, Nov 6- European shares fell on Thursday, with switch maker Legrand underperforming, as investors' caution that a European Central Bank meeting might not yield new monetary easing measures weighed on markets. Swiss staffing company Adecco also fell 3.4 percent after it said that the pace of...

  • TOKYO, Nov 6- Asian shares and commodity currencies stumbled on Thursday as prices for a host of commodities retreated on lingering concerns over slower global growth, while Tokyo stocks stepped back after posting large gains in a Bank of Japan-inspired rally. European shares are seen falling, with spread-betters expecting Britain's FTSE to decline 0.3...

  • TOKYO, Nov 5- The dollar and U.S. stock futures pushed higher on Wednesday after Republicans scored a sweeping victory in U.S. mid-term elections, while Asian shares wilted and oil prices extended losses after more soft economic data from China. Financial spreadbetters expected the equities gloom to lift in early European trade, predicting Britain's FTSE 100...

  • *Dollar, yields jump after Fed ends QE. LONDON, Oct 30- The dollar surged to a three-week high, bond yields rose and gold fell on Thursday after the U.S. Asian shares mostly fell, following a slight decline on Wall Street overnight.

  • *Kiwi slides on softer New Zealand rate outlook. Spreadbetters expected a more stable start for Europe, forecasting an effectively flat open for Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.6 percent.

  • *Investors hope for soothing Fed message. LONDON, Oct 29- World stocks rose on Wednesday, lifted by corporate earnings and expectations that the U.S. Euro zone banking stocks were down almost 2 percent, dragged lower by Germany's biggest lender Deutsche Bank which announced a third-quarter net loss on heavy legal costs.

  • European shares inch higher; Sanofi drops again Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 5:20 AM ET

    *Fugro tumbles 21 pct after saying it won't pay dividend. PARIS, Oct 29- European stocks inched higher early on Wednesday, tracking sharp gains on Wall Street ahead of a U.S. France's Schneider Electric rose 3.1 percent after reporting a 7 percent rise in third-quarter sales and saying Western Europe showed long-awaited but fragile signs of stabilisation.