*Asia share index dips, regional markets mixed. Moves in Asia had been generally modest with markets mixed across the region. Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines lost ground but China, Singapore and Australia eked out gains.» Read More
LONDON— Markets were leaden-footed Wednesday after a strong U.S. private payrolls report, a day ahead of the early publication of official government data.
In Europe, shares in BNP Paribas rose after the French bank said it had enough funds to pay a nearly $9 billion settlement of charges it violated U.S. trade sanctions. In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.9 percent to close at 6,802.92 while France's CAC 40 rose by the same rate to 4,461.12.
*FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.3 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.4 pct. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index gained 0.4 percent to 3,241.65 points, bouncing off a support level tested last week, the index's 50- day moving average.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3 percent. Spread betters in Europe also predicted opening gains of between 0.1 and 0.3 percent for the FTSE 100, DAX and CAC 40. The S&P 500 EMini contract was a whisker firmer.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei fell 1.5 percent and regional markets, with the exception of Wellington and Mumbai, were posting losses. The MSCI's dollar-denominated index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down just 0.1 percent as slight gains in some regional currencies offset falls in share prices in local-currency terms.
SYDNEY, June 26- Asian shares swung higher on Thursday as weak U.S. growth seemed to further delay the day when interest rates might rise, prompting investors to plough funds into riskier assets in a desperate search for returns.
*Fall in GDF Suez weighs on France's CAC index. LONDON, June 25- European shares fell on Wednesday with a standout drop for utility GDF Suez and traders citing fears that violence in Iraq will escalate further as a cue for investors to cash in on last month's equity rally.
*Fall in GDF Suez weighs on France's CAC equity index. LONDON, June 25- European shares fell on Wednesday, led lower by a drop in France's CAC index, with traders citing fears that violence in Iraq will escalate further as a cue for investors to cash in on last month's equity rally.
*Global stocks slip on Iraq concerns. LONDON, June 25- Europe's top share index slipped to a three-week low on Wednesday as concerns that violence in Iraq could escalate further prompted investors to take refuge in safer assets such as German bonds.
*Global stocks slip on Iraq concerns. LONDON, June 25- European shares fell on Wednesday, mirroring losses in the United States and Asia, as fears violence in Iraq could escalate further prompted investors to take refuge in safer assets such as German bonds.
TOKYO, June 25- Asian shares fell on Wednesday, echoing losses on Wall Street as concerns about escalating violence in Iraq eclipsed stronger U.S. economic data.
LONDON, June 24- European stocks fell on Tuesday after a survey found German business morale was flagging, raising concern over growth in Europe's largest economy. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of leading shares dropped 0.2 percent to 1385 points, Germany's DAX was down 0.1 percent at 9912 points and France's CAC 40 was up 0.1 percent at 4520 points.
LONDON, June 24- European stocks and major currency and bond markets struggled for direction on Tuesday, underpinned by manufacturing data from China, Japan and the United States the previous day but unnerved by growing signs of economic weakness in Europe.
TOKYO, June 23- Asian stocks and the Australian dollar rose on Monday as upbeat news from China's factory sector and fresh highs on Wall Street fueled appetites for riskier assets, while crude oil held near nine-month highs as fighting in Iraq intensified.
*FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.7 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 1.1 pct. PARIS, June 19- European stocks rallied on Thursday, with a blue-chip index near a six-year high, after the U.S. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index had risen 1.1 percent to 3,316.36 points, a level not seen since mid-2008.
LONDON, June 19- Global stocks and bonds rose on Thursday after the U.S. Following the S&P 500' s rise to yet another record high on Wednesday, Asian equities posted strong gains- Japan's Nikkei 225 hit its highest since late January- and European bourses also opened sharply higher.
LONDON, June 19- Global stocks and emerging market assets rallied on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled that rising inflation won't trigger an interest rate rise any time soon, while Iraq turmoil sent crude oil futures to their highest this year.
Financial spreadbetters saw the momentum carrying on into Europe, with Britain's FTSE seen rising as much as 0.5 percent at the open, Germany's DAX up 0.6 percent and France's CAC 0.7 percent higher. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.8 percent.
LONDON, June 17- European stock markets rose on Tuesday, to claw back ground lost in previous sessions, as new signs of possible takeover activity pushed up major healthcare and pharmaceutical stocks.
NEW YORK, June 17- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Tuesday, ahead of impending data on housing and inflation, and as the Federal Reserve prepared to begin a two-day policy meeting. *The S&P 500 has advanced over the past two sessions and is down 0.7 percent from its record close on June 9 as escalating violence in Iraq has given investors reason for caution.