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  • MUNICH, Feb 26- German insurer Allianz raised its dividend by less than expected after earnings in its core property and casualty insurance businesses lagged and asset management stalled following client defections at its U.S. unit Pimco. Shares in Europe's largest insurer fell more than 3 percent on Thursday and were the biggest decliners in Germany's blue...

  • Global stocks higher on Chinese, German data Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 3:19 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Global stocks were mostly higher Thursday on upbeat corporate earnings and rising Chinese factory output after the chairwoman of the U.S. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 was nearly flat at 6,937.52 while Germany's DAX inched up 0.1 percent to 11,221.95. ASIA'S DAY: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.1 percent to 18,785.79 while Hong Kong's Hang...

  • Europe ends lower as Yellen stays dovish  Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    European equities ended lower on Wednesday as investors focused on a slew of corporate earnings and a second day of testimony by the U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

  • *New home sales data expected at 10 a.m.. NEW YORK, Feb 25- U.S. stock indexes were little changed on Wednesday, after the Dow and S&P 500 climbed to their latest records, before a second day of testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and data on the housing market. *Other retailers expected to post earnings on Wednesday include L Brands, Target Corp and TJX...

  • European stock rally pauses after mixed corporate results Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 6:50 AM ET

    By Blaise Robinson and Francesco Canepa. PARIS 1/ 4 LONDON, Feb 25- European shares edged lower on Wednesday as mixed corporate results halted the rally that had propelled both Britain's FTSE 100 and Germany's DAX to record highs. Investors expected a boost from the European Central Bank's asset-buying program, known as quantitative easing, which isdue to start...

  • European shares pause rally after mixed corporate results Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 4:20 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 25- European shares were steady on Wednesday morning, pausing a recent sharp rally that propelled both Britain's FTSE 100 and Germany's DAX to record highs as investors combed through mixed corporate results. Europe's second-biggest insurer AXA rose 4.6 percent after posting a 12 percent increase in 2014 net profit and voicing confidence in its...

  • *FTSE 100 hits record high above 1999 peak. PARIS, Feb 24- European stocks rallied on Tuesday, with both Britain's FTSE 100 and Germany's DAX hitting record highs, after U.S. Shares in National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank, Bank of Piraeus and Eurobank surged 16-20 percent.

  • KEEPING SCORE: European markets were steady with France's CAC-40 more or less unchanged at 4,861 and Germany's DAX barely up at 11,135. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.2 percent to 6,927. U.S. stocks were poised for a similarly flat performance with Dow futures up 0.1 percent to 18,096.00 and the broader S&P 500 futures little changed at 2,106..

  • *Britain's FTSE lags after HSBC profit falls. Britain's FTSE 100 index was the only major index to close lower, albeit only slightly, after HSBC reported a 17 percent drop in annual profit. "We have cleared the first hurdle but Greece has to come up with a serious set of measures now," Peter Dixon, equity strategist at Commerzbank, said.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- U.S. stocks slipped from all-time highs on Monday, pulled lower by a sharp drop in crude oil prices, while European shares rallied on the conditional financial rescue for Greece hammered out at the end of last week. Yields on low-rated euro zone government bonds fell as the agreement reached late Friday eased concerns that Greece would leave the...

  • *Britain's FTSE lags after HSBC profit falls. Britain's FTSE 100 index was the only major index to trade lower after index heavyweight HSBC reported a 17 percent drop in annual profit, sending its shares 5.5 percent lower. "We have cleared the first hurdle but Greece has to come up with a serious set of measures now," Peter Dixon, equity strategist at Commerzbank, said.

  • European shares gain after Greece deal, HSBC slips Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 4:24 AM ET

    *Britain's FTSE turns negative after HSBC profit falls. LONDON, Feb 23- European equities extended recent gains on Monday, with Germany's DAX hitting an all-time high as investor appetite for riskier assets improved after euro zone negotiators agreed to extend Greece's financial rescue package. Britain's FTSE 100 index opened higher, but turned negative...

  • LONDON, Feb 23- European shares rose on Monday, with Germany's share index hitting a new all-time high and Britain's FTSE trading just below a record peak after euro zone negotiators agreed to extend Greece's financial rescue package. Britain's FTSE 100 index rose 0.2 percent to 6,931.21 points by 0807 GMT after, not far from its record peak of 6,950.60 scaled in...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 20- The euro rebounded against the dollar and equity markets around the globe surged to record highs on Friday after euro zone finance ministers agreed in principle to extend heavily indebted Greece's financial rescue by four months. As talks for a deal progressed, Germany's DAX index hit a record intraday high and Britain's top share index closed...

  • *Dow, S&P 500, Germany's DAX set intraday records. NEW YORK, Feb 20- The euro rebounded against the dollar and global equity markets surged to record highs on Friday after Greece and euro zone finance ministers reached an agreement to extend a Greek financial rescue package for four months. Before the deal was announced, Germany's DAX index hit a record intraday...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 20- The euro rose against the dollar and global equity markets edged higher on Friday after a Greek government official said euro zone ministers and Greece agreed on a draft accord that could extend a loan agreement to help Greece avoid bankruptcy. "A lot of people are sensing you might get the news over the weekend, so you have a lot of caution going into...

  • LONDON/ PARIS, Feb 20- European stock markets touched new multi-year highs on Friday, with the German market near record levels, as euro zone finance ministers prepared another attempt at reaching a deal on Greece. Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk rose 4.4 percent after positive trial results for one of its products, while miner Eramet jumped 11.8 percent after...

  • European markets ended mixed on Friday, with investors reacting to fresh economic data amid continued uncertainty over Greece.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 20- The euro fell against the dollar and global equity markets were mostly lower on Friday, off record or multiyear highs, as investors remained cautious over negotiations for arranging a loan agreement that would help Greece avoid bankruptcy. Maltese Finance Minister Edward Scicluna told the weekly Malta Today that the European Union's biggest...

  • LONDON, Feb 20- European share markets hovered near seven-year highs on Friday as investors grew more confident that euro zone finance ministers would reach a deal that would allow Greece to receive funding and stay in the euro zone. Germany rejected that plan but appears to have softened its stance, with a spokeswoman saying the talks "would hopefully lead to an...