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  • 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...

  • European stock markets hover near multi-year highs Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 6:17 AM ET

    *Europe enjoying best earnings season in 3-1/ 2 years. LONDON/ PARIS, Feb 20- European stock markets steadied near multi-year highs on Friday, as euro zone finance ministers prepared another attempt at reaching a deal on Greece. With EU paymaster Germany and Greece's new radical leftist-led Syriza government digging their heels in over demands that Athens stick...

  • TOKYO— Global stocks appeared set for quiet and lower trading Friday after most markets in Asia were closed for the Lunar New Year holidays, except for Tokyo, where shares continued to rise on optimism about the Japanese economy. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 lost 0.3 percent to 4,820.34 in early trading, while Britain's FTSE 100 was little changed in early...

  • PARIS, Feb 19- Europe's stock rally lost steam on Thursday, with a benchmark index retreating from a seven-year high, after Germany rejected a new proposal from Athens for an extension of its bailout programme. With the programme due to expire in a little more than a week, Greece urgently needs to secure a financial lifeline to keep the country afloat beyond late...

  • Europe closes up despite Germany rejecting Greek plan  Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    European markets managed to hold on to their modest gains Thursday in spite of the news that Germany had rejected Greece's request for an extension to its loan agreement with its creditors.

  • PARIS, Feb 19- Europe's stock rally lost steam on Thursday, with a benchmark index retreating from a seven-year high, after Germany rejected a new proposal from Athens for an extension of its bailout programme. With the programme due to expire in a little more than a week, Greece urgently needs to secure a financial lifeline to keep the country afloat beyond late...

  • PARIS, Feb 19- European stocks trimmed gains around midday on Thursday after Germany rejected a new proposal from Athens for an extension of its bailout programme. "The letter from Athens is not a proposal that leads to a substantial solution," ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said in a statement. Stocks had rallied earlier, with the FTSEurofirst 300 index...

  • NEW YORK— A slide in shares of utility companies nudged the U.S. stock market lower Thursday. Utilities were the day's biggest losers, falling 1 percent, and their losses resumed a trend that emerged in late January. "The U.S. markets are still in a' goldilocks' scenario," neither too hot, or too cold, said Jeremy Zirin, chief U.S. equity strategist for UBS Wealth Management...