*Sulzer gains on mergers& acquisitions news. LONDON, Sept 18- European equities closed higher on Thursday, with a key index climbing to a two-week high after the U.S. Britain's FTSE rose 0.6 percent, Germany's DAX index gained 1.4 percent and France's CAC 40 rose 0.8 percent.» Read More
*Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European equities advanced in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed down 0.2 percent, against a 0.4 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,385.09 points.
*Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European equities advanced in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down 0.1 percent, against a 0.5 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,386.31 points by 1405 GMT.
*Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European shares rose in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index was up 0.2 percent, against a 0.6 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,386.66 points by 1035 GMT.
LONDON, Sept 17- Global stocks and commodity prices rose on Wednesday, boosted by speculation the U.S.
PARIS, Sept 17- European shares rose in early trade on Wednesday, mirroring a rally on Wall Street sparked by a report that shifted investor expectations for the U.S.
*Worries about U.S. rates, Scotland referendum. PARIS, Sept 16- European stocks fell on Tuesday, with one index hitting a two-week low, as this week's referendum on independence in Scotland and the Federal Reserve's policy meeting kept investors on edge.
*Aveva tumbles after warning about currency impact. LONDON, Sept 12- European equities edged higher on Friday, although major share indexes remained in a tight range as investors refrained from making strong bets on stocks ahead of Scotland's referendum and the U.S.
*FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.1 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.1 pct. *Aveva tumbles after warning about currency impact. PARIS, Sept 12- European shares inched higher early on Friday but remained in a tight range, as investors refrained from taking strong bets on stocks ahead of Scotland's referendum and the U.S.
PARIS, Sept 10- European stocks ended flat on Wednesday, as worries over Scotland's vote on independence and growing expectations of a more hawkish stance from the U.S. The benchmark index has erased all the gains spurred by the European Central Bank's moves last week to support the region's economy.
*Apple gadget frenzy to dominate Wall Street trading. LONDON, Sept 9- A robust dollar swept to a 14- month high on Tuesday as investors tweaked bets on an early hike in U.S. interest rates, burdening oil, gold and stocks in emerging markets.
*Telecom Italia says America Movil may join Brazil unit bid. LONDON, Sept 9- European equities steadied after choppy early trading on Tuesday as gains for shares in companies including Telecom Italia and ABB were offset by weaker energy shares following a sharp decline in crude oil prices.
Sept 9- Petra Diamonds Ltd has recovered a 232.08 carat white diamond at its Cullinan mine in South Africa, which three analysts said could fetch between $10 million and $16 million. Shares in the diamond miner climbed as much as 6.5 percent in early Tuesday trading, the biggest rise on Britain's FTSE -250 Midcap Index.
*European markets hit by Scotland breakaway concerns. LONDON, Sept 8- European shares fell on Monday and traders said uncertainty as to whether a Ukraine ceasefire would hold and concerns over Scotland's independence referendum were prompting investors to trim their equity positions.
*Most European shares sag as FTSE leads way lower. LONDON, Sept 8- Sterling fell to a 10- month low while British shares and government bonds showed strains on Monday, as a poll put the campaign for Scotland to split from the rest of the UK in the lead for the first time-- just 10 days before the final vote.
Campbell Soup declined after the company said its 2015 profits would miss analysts' expectations. Yahoo, which owns a stake in Alibaba, jumped in anticipation of the giant Chinese technology company going public. Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, dropped $1.49, or 1.5 percent, to $97.77.
*Consumer-facing UK shares to suffer on rate hike concerns. Although the timing and scale of any rate rise remains uncertain, some investors are pulling back from the UK consumer goods sector on perceptions that credit-fuelled demand will be squeezed in the short term.
European shares ended the day firmly in the green on Wednesday, amid hopes that Ukraine and Russia were nearing a cease-fire agreement.
*Palladium hovers near 13-1/ 2 yr high on Ukraine crisis. Spreadbetters expected an effectively flat open for Europe, with Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAX forecast to open about 0.1 percent higher.
*Poroshenko says Russian forces brought into Ukraine. PARIS, Aug 28- European stocks fell on Thursday as renewed worries over turmoil in Ukraine prompted investors to cash in some gains following a sharp 2-1/ 2 week rally. The sell-off accelerated around midday after Ukrainian president said Russian forces had been "brought into Ukraine".
In line with Asia's subdued performance, spreadbetters expected a slightly lower start for European shares, forecasting Britain's FTSE to open as much as 0.1 percent lower, Germany's DAX down 0.15 percent and France's CAX 0.1 percent lower.