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  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday after its central bank announced a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and likely inflows from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year. The jitters of recent weeks calmed a touch as oil rose for a second day, although the pressure was still on Russia's rouble...

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday as its central bank slapped a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and the likely pressure from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year. The jitters of recent days also calmed a touch as Russia managed to stabilise its rouble ahead of an end-of-year address...

  • *Russia concerns cause DAX to underperform. LONDON, Dec 17- European equities staged a late recovery on Wednesday, as a rebound in energy stocks and new signs of economic stimulus measures from the European Central Bank lifted shares. Energy stocks added the most points to the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which had spent much of the day mired in negative...

  • Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street slide Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    The ruble, under pressure from falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Moscow's conflict with Ukraine, had fallen as much as 20 percent before recovering. Benchmark U.S. crude rose 2 cents to close at $55.93 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, fell $1.20 to close at $59.86 in London.

  • European shares closed sharply lower on Monday with earlier gains seen in the price of oil reversed after heavy gunfire was heard outside a Sydney cafe where hostages were being held.

  • European shares slip again; CGG sinks 30 pct Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    *CGG tumbles as Technip walks away. Shares in seismic oil and gas services group CGG were the top losers across Europe, plummeting 30 percent as rival Technip abandoned a takeover bid. Shares in Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena fell 6.7 percent, hitting an all-time low on speculation it will need to raise capital to meet European Central Bank rules.

  • European shares halt sell-off; CGG sinks 33 pct Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:59 AM ET

    *CGG tumbles as Technip walks away. Shares in seismic oil and gas services group CGG sank 33 percent as rival Technip abandoned a takeover bid after talks with CGG collapsed. "Following last week's slide, the best we can hope for is a' Santa Claus retracement' instead of the traditional rally," FXCM analyst Vincent Ganne said.

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Asian stocks fell on Thursday as falling oil prices added to global growth concerns, while the dollar saw a bit of a respite against the yen and euro after successive sharp losses. Spreadbetters expected the bearish tone for equities to continue into Europe, forecasting Britain's FTSE to fall by as much as 0.3 percent at the open, and Germany's DAX and...

  • *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...

  • LONDON, Dec 10- Oil prices were anchored at a five-year low on Wednesday and European stocks recovered from the previous day's selloff after a similar rebound in Chinese shares prompted by hopes that weak inflation will bring more monetary policy easing in China. "watching equities, oil and Greece." At 0845 GMT Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.5 percent at 6563 points,...

  • *China consumer inflation marks 5- year low. TOKYO, Dec 10- Asian shares, the dollar and oil prices all slumped on Wednesday, pulling back as global growth concerns and political uncertainty in Greece prompted a flight to safety. Britain's FTSE 100 was expected to open 18 to 26 points higher, or as much as 0.3 percent; Germany's DAX was seen opening 69 to 78 points higher,...

  • Europe closes down 2% after oil hits $65  Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    European shares closed sharply lower on Tuesday as a slide in the oil price and Chinese and U.S. equities weighed on investor sentiment.

  • LONDON, Dec 9- European shares hit a two-week low on Tuesday, with a further slide in crude oil prices hitting energy stocks. Greek banks fell sharply, with National Bank of Greece down 8.8 percent and Alpha Bank dropping 7.9 percent. The STOXX Europe 600 Oil and Gas index was the biggest sectoral decliner, down 2.5 percent, after Brent oil slipped to a five-year low...

  • Asian shares mostly lower on weak China data Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. stock market ended slightly lower Tuesday, avoiding the sharp declines in Europe and Asia thanks to a rally in beaten-down energy companies. That followed a sharp drop in European indexes, most notably in Greece, where the stock market suffered its biggest one-day loss since 1987. Greek officials called an early presidential vote, and...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 9- Oil prices skidded to fresh five-year lows on Tuesday, pressuring commodity-linked currencies and most Asian shares as a bout of risk aversion rippled through world markets. Brent crude shed 70 cents to $65.49 a barrel, while U.S. crude futures lost another 46 cents to $62.59. Prices are likely to remain around $65 a barrel for the next six to seven...

  • Europe closes lower, led by construction stocks  Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    European shares closed lower on Monday, with construction stocks continuing to weigh heavily after Wall Street opened down.

  • *China trade data weak, Japan Q3 GDP revised even lower. Spreadbetters expected a subdued start for European stocks, forecasting Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC to open effectively flat. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.2 percent.

  • *Germany's DAX ends at record close of 10,087.12 points. PARIS, Dec 5- European stocks rallied on Friday, with Germany's DAX hitting a record closing high, boosted by data showing U.S. employers took on the most workers for nearly three years in November. Germany's DAX surged 2.4 percent, ending at a record closing high of 10,087.12 points.

  • European shares near seven-year highs ahead of ECB Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 7:08 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 4- European stocks rose on Thursday, with a benchmark index hovering near a seven-year high, helped by expectations the European Central Bank will embark on a sovereign bond-buying program in coming months to boost the economy. "The ECB will probably launch a quantitative easing program at some point," said Patrick Mange, head of emerging markets...

  • TOKYO, Dec 4- Asian stocks rose on Thursday amid fresh signs of resilience in the U.S. economy, while the euro wallowed near two-year lows before a much-anticipated European Central Bank meeting that could open the door to more stimulus. "There's activity in anticipation of extremely promising conditions being born," said Hiroyuki Nakai, chief strategist at...