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  • LONDON, Jan 22- The euro fell, European shares jumped and bond yields in Italy, Spain and Portugal fell on Thursday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi announced a bond purchase programme of 60 billion euros a month. The euro sank by a full cent against the dollar to $1.1511, still above 11- year lows of less than $1.15 hit last week.

  • ECB planned bond buys reported at 50 billion euros a month. TOKYO, Jan 22- Asian shares held near eight-week highs on Thursday as investors bet on the likely size and scope of a bond-buying programme the European Central Bank is poised to unveil later in the day as it attempts to revive the flagging euro zone economy. Britain's FTSE was forecast to open flat,...

  • Asian stock markets boosted by ECB stimulus plan Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 12:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A plan to revive Europe's sagging economy rippled through the financial world on Thursday, setting off a rally in the stock market that wiped out its losses for the new year. The pledge by the European Central Bank to spend 1.1 trillion euros on bonds knocked down government borrowing rates across Europe and drove the euro to its lowest level against the...

  • PARIS, Jan 21- European shares paused on Wednesday after a four-day rally driven by expectations the European Central Bank is about to launch quantitative easing had taken them to seven-year highs. ASML NV outperformed, however, rising 4.6 percent after the world's second-largest maker of semiconductor production equipment posted better-than-expected...

  • Europe ends higher as bets on ECB action rise  Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    European equities closed in positive territory on Tuesday amid speculation that the European Central Bank (ECB) will announce a full-scale bond-buying program when it meets on Thursday.

  • Johnson& Johnson sank after reporting that a stronger dollar pinched the company's quarterly results. THE DOLLAR EFFECT: Johnson& Johnson, the maker of Tylenol, prescription drugs and joint replacements, turned in earnings that beat analysts' forecasts, yet it came up short for revenue, largely a result of a stronger dollar. D.R. Horton dropped $1.07, or 5 percent, to...

  • Europe closes largely higher; ECB meeting eyed  Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    European equities closed largely higher on Monday, as investors look ahead to Thursday's European Central Bank (ECB) meeting. Meanwhile in Italy, the shares of several banks soared on rumored changes to how shareholders vote.

  • LONDON, Jan 19- European stocks and bonds rose on Monday as investors shrugged off the steepest fall in Chinese shares for over six years and bet the European Central Bank will unveil a bond-buying economic stimulus package later this week. While European investors were in a relatively bullish mood on Monday, Greece and China remained risks and the dust...

  • Other markets in Asia and Europe were mostly higher. CHINA CURBS: The China Securities Regulatory Commission imposed curbs late Friday on margin financing, or borrowing to purchase stocks, following an investigation of the industry. The three affected brokerages, Citic Securities Co., Haitong Securities Co. and Guotai Junan, were forbidden to lend money and...

  • Europe shares close mostly up; Swiss stocks tumble  Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    European equities closed mostly higher on Friday, but Swiss stocks weighed on wider benchmarks.

  • LONDON, Jan 15- Frantic trading after the Swiss National Bank scrapped its euro cap on the franc on Thursday drove Swiss stocks down nearly 9 percent, their biggest one-day percentage fall for at least 25 years. One trader described the central bank's move as "carnage", while Swatch Chief Executive Nick Hayek called the franc's surge in value against the euro an...

  • Europe ends sharply higher; Swiss stocks slide  Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    European equities rallied after a volatile session of trade on Thursday to close sharply higher, following action from the Swiss National Bank.

  • TOKYO, Jan 15- Asian stocks mostly edged up on Thursday after a significant rebound in oil and copper prices brought a semblance of calm, while the dollar regained ground lost on disappointing U.S. retail sales. Spreadbetters saw the upward momentum for risk assets being retained in Europe, forecasting Britain's FTSE to open up by as much as 0.5 percent and...

  • Asia stocks mostly rise after oil steadies Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 12:08 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Dismal news on U.S. retail sales and more signs of slowing global growth sent global stock and commodity markets sharply lower Wednesday. Copper plunged to a five-year low and investors sought safety in government bonds, pushing yields in Germany, Britain and the U.S. lower. SLUMPING SALES: Retail sales fell 0.9 percent in December, the biggest decline...

  • Retail fuels Europe rally; DAX ends sharply up  Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    European equities closed sharply higher on Tuesday, with a surge in retail stocks helping to boost investor sentiment.

  • European shares close higher as oil falls  Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    Europe shares regained some ground on Monday, ending in positive territory as speculation on further stimulus from the European Central Bank (ECB) boost sentiment, even as the oil price continued to tank.

  • NEW YORK— Falling oil prices dragged the stock market lower on Monday as Exxon Mobil, Chevron and other big energy companies sank along with crude. Sam Stovall, the U.S. equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ, said that it seems that every day brings another drop in Wall Street's earnings forecasts. Japan is in recession, and Europe is teetering on the edge of it. "

  • But spreadbetters expected the rebound in equities to peter out in Europe ahead of the U.S. employment data, forecasting Britain's FTSE and Germany's DAX to open little changed and France's CAC to start a shade lower. But optimism about the U.S. economy and prospects of more stimulus from the European Central Bank and China have diffused risk aversion for the...

  • *Europe, Asia stocks up after U.S. snaps 5- day losing streak. LONDON, Jan 8- The dollar hit a nine-year high and stocks worldwide headed for their first back-to-back rise of the year on Thursday, encouraged by expectations for a U.S. rate increase and new stimulus this month from the European Central Bank. Europe's stock markets also advanced: London's FTSE rose 1.9...

  • *Europe, Asia stocks up after U.S. snaps 5- day losing streak. LONDON, Jan 8- The dollar hit a new 9- year high and stocks worldwide headed for their first back-to-back rise of the year on Thursday, as a confident sounding Federal Reserve added to hopes of aggressive new stimulus this month from the European Central Bank. Europe's stock markets also opened strongly...