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  • *MSCI's Asia-Pacific stock index up 0.1 pct after China rate cut. *Australian shares hit 7- year high after China eases. *But overall risk asset impact from China cut limited.

  • LONDON, Feb 27- British investment managers have cut back on bonds and increased reserves of cash as they warn of market volatility across asset classes in the year ahead, a Reuters poll found. Many stocks benchmarks are trading near multi-year highs, such as Britain's blue chip FTSE 100 index which this week finally breached a peak not seen since 1999....

  • LONDON, Feb 27- Global investors increased their bets on stocks during February as major equity markets broke through all-time highs, fuelled by the promise of more monetary stimulus, Reuters' monthly asset allocation poll showed. As around 20 central banks have cut interest rates since the start of 2015, and with the European Central Bank set to launch...

  • BEIJING— Global stocks were lackluster Friday after Japan reported mixed economic data and investors waited for revised U.S. growth figures. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, France's CAC-40 was little changed at 4,911.03 and Germany's DAX gained 0.05 percent to 11,332.45. Britain's FTSE 100 was steady at 6,949.04.

  • 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...

  • *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...

  • Feb 25- Engineering company Weir Group Plc said uncertainty in the oil and gas industry would significantly reduce its 2015 revenue on a constant currency basis despite aggressive cost-cutting, sending its shares tumbling on Wednesday. The number of rigs drilling for oil in North America last week was the lowest since July 2011, a survey by oil services firm...

  • 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...

  • LONDON— Britain's benchmark stock index closed at all-time high as relief over a Greek debt deal helped it finally breach levels struck during the dot.com boom back in 1999.. The FTSE 100 advanced 0.5 percent to 6,949.63, closing above its previous high around 6,930 achieved on Dec. 30, 1999. Shares on Tuesday jumped after eurozone finance ministers approved...

  • *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.

  • Chief Executive Jeff Fairburn said the group's strong cash generation meant it would now pay out 95 pence a share to investors in April rather than July. However, shares in Persimmon were down 4.4 percent at 1,635 pence at 0927 GMT, the biggest fall in the FTSE 100 index, with Liberum analysts saying investors were disappointed more of the capital return was not...

  • 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 Dow and S&P 500 ended at record highs on Friday while the Nasdaq notched an eighth straight day of gains after Greek and euro zone finance ministers reached a deal to extend heavily indebted Greece's financial rescue by four months. The agreement removes the immediate risk of Greece running out of money next month and possibly being forced...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 20- U.S. stocks rose on Friday in a relief rally after Greece and euro zone finance ministers reached a deal to extend heavily indebted Greece's financial rescue by four months. News of the agreement, which removes the immediate risk of Greece running out of money next month and possibly being forced out of the single currency area, lifted U.S. indexes...