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  • *Euro STOXX 50 set for biggest weekly drop since Dec. The euro zone Euro STOXX 50 index was on track for its worst week since December. Peter Oppenheimer, chief global strategist at Goldman Sachs, said a worst-case scenario in case the Greeks voted "No" to the bailout programme could see the Euro STOXX fall to 3,150 points.

  • LONDON, July 3- With Greece just days away from a referendum decisive to its future in Europe, options market activity suggests stock-market investors expect gains rather than losses after the vote, confident Europe's central bank can limit financial fallout. A poll on Friday showed supporters of Greece's bailout terms had taken a wafer-thin lead over the' No'...

  • HONG KONG— World stock markets mostly drifted lower Friday ahead of Greece's weekend austerity referendum, while China's main stock benchmark plunged as much as 7 percent as government market stabilization measures failed to reassure panicky investors. Britain's FTSE 100 edged 0.1 percent lower to 6,622.15. The government says a "No" vote will put it in a...

  • The rout in China's stock markets has wiped out trillions of dollars of market capitalization in Shanghai and Shenzhen's stock markets. Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open down 0.1 percent, Germany's DAX up 0.2 percent, and France's CAC 40 or 0.3 percent higher. "Some of the stocks which have seen bubbly valuations in China have been the...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Global stocks were higher on Thursday as expectations for solid U.S. jobs data overshadowed worries about Greek debt. Britain's FTSE 100 was up 1.3 percent to 6,607.79 and France's CAC 40 jumped 2 percent to 4,885.45. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said its manufacturing index rose to the highest...

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Stocks worldwide jumped on Wednesday on hopes a resolution to Greece's debt saga appeared in hand, but U.S. stocks pared gains as enthusiasm waned after the prime minister urged Greeks to reject a bailout deal with international creditors. Major European stock indices earlier surged 2 percent or more, with Germany's DAX gaining more than 3...

  • *Markets rally as Greece cedes ground on creditor demands. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told international creditors that Athens could accept the bailout if some conditions were changed, but Germany said it could not negotiate while Greece was headed for a referendum on the aid-for-reforms deal. "Investors are taking a collective sigh of relief that an...

  • *China shares bounce more than 5 pct but wildly volatile. Financial spreadbetters expect Britain's FTSE 100 to open down 0.5 percent, Germany's DAX 0.7 percent, and France's CAC 40 0.6 percent. "There is still too much uncertainty in the markets and investors would be watching developments in Greece and China very carefully before jumping in," said Karine Hirn,...

  • TOKYO— Asian stock markets bounced back Tuesday, recouping some of the previous day's sharp losses, but investors remained worried the crisis in Greece could spread to other financially weak countries. China's Shanghai Composite was down 0.6 percent at 4,052.47 while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was little changed at 5,423.70. "Most traders are well prepped over...

  • European markets tumble on Greece fears Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    European markets tumble on Greece fears

    European equities closed sharply lower on Monday as fears rose that Greece could be the first country to exit the euro zone.

  • LONDON, June 29- European shares sank almost 4 percent and government bond yields in Italy, Spain and Portugal jumped on Monday as investors priced in a growing risk that Greece will be the first country to leave the euro. Drops in bank shares and a 30 basis point rise in the cost of borrowing for other southern European euro zone members was the start of an acid test...

  • LONDON, June 29- European shares took a hammering in early deals on Monday, with Southern European banks especially badly hit, after Greece closed its banks and imposed capital controls as a result of its debt problems. Germany's DAX and France's CAC both fell by around 4 percent, while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index also declined by a similar amount-...

  • *Greece imposes bank holidays to stop bank runs. TOKYO, June 29- The euro fell almost 2 percent on Monday and European share markets looked set to eclipse big declines in Asia, as investors were spooked by the spectre of a Greek debt default which forced Athens to shut down its banks to prevent a run on deposits. With the prospect of Greece being forced out of the euro in...

  • European shares pick up ahead of crucial Greece talks Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 11:19 AM ET

    LONDON, June 26- European stocks rose in afternoon trading on Friday, as optimism for some kind of progress on Greece picked up ahead of weekend talks designed to push Athens into a last-minute cash-for-reform deal with international creditors. Greek markets rallied and European equities were set for a positive end to the week as European Commission...

  • FRANKFURT, June 26- Shares in German potash miner K+ S leapt almost 40 percent on Friday after a takeover proposal from Canada's Potash Corp which sources close to the matter said was worth more than 7 billion euros. K+ S believes Potash Corp wants to take capacity out of an over-supplied market to boost its profitability, the sources said, adding the Canadian firm...

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.6 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.7 pct. LONDON, June 26- European stocks fell on Friday, with investors discouraged by a lack of progress in Greek debt crisis negotiations heading into crunch talks at the weekend. The euro zone Euro STOXX 50 was down 0.7 percent, while Greek shares fell 1.4 percent.

  • Elsewhere, stocks traded softly as the standoff between Greece and its international creditors appeared little closer to being resolved. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 0.6 percent at 6,770, while Germany's DAX fell 0.1 percent to 11,471. The CAC-40 in France bucked the trend, trading 0.5 percent higher at 5,064....

  • Global stock markets cautious amid Greek debt talks Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    TOKYO— Global shares turned lower during European trading on Wednesday amid signs that Greece and its creditors still had differences to bridge over the country's bailout. GREECE TALKS: Greece and its creditors were holding more meetings to reach a bailout deal for the country. Greece needs loans in time to pay a debt repayment on June 30.

  • *Greece optimism lifts shares in Europe, Asia. However, with some euro zone leaders warning much work was still needed to seal an agreement between Greece and its creditors, the euro fell against a dollar lifted by further evidence of U.S. economic strength. Greece presented new proposals on Monday that euro zone leaders welcomed as a basis for a possible...

  • Greek deal optimism gives stocks another nudge ahead Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 3:25 AM ET

    Elsewhere, Germany's DAX rose 1.2 percent to 11,598 while the CAC-40 in France rose 1.3 percent to 5,063. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.3 percent higher 6,843. Wall Street looked poised for another up day, with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures up 0.2 percent. Investors think that a deal will be signed then, in time for Greece to get the...