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  • KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC-40 fell 0.2 percent to 5,162.61 and Germany's DAX was flat at 11,810.94. Britain's FTSE 100 edged down 0.1 percent to 7,022.70. A Conference Board report on Tuesday showed that consumer confidence unexpectedly fell to its lowest in four months, knocked by a slowdown in hiring.

  • However, U.S. banks such as Goldman Sachs and Citi have warned of economic uncertainty should the Conservatives win because of their promise to hold a referendum over Britain's membership of the European Union. The Scottish National Party, the euro-sceptic United Kingdom Independence Party and the Liberal Democrats, who have partnered the Conservatives in...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks cool, dollar slides ahead of Fed Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 8:24 AM ET

    *Subdued opening seen for Wall Street, European bourses fall. The dollar also weakened and Wall Street was expected to open lower, with more macro data and company earnings set to give the Fed its latest look at the U.S. economy. The figures came just nine days before a British election, which is already brewing doubts about Britain's future cohesion and its...

  • European bourses and the euro also dipped in early trading after both had been boosted on Monday by a revamp of Greece's negotiating team, while the pound tumbled on weak UK growth figures just ahead of next week's tightly contested national election. The figures were seen as loaded with significance coming just nine days before an election and its aftermath,...

  • *Eyes on Greece as talk of' plan B' swirls. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.6 percent, led by solid gains in Greater China, with Hong Kong shares hitting a seven-year high and Taiwanese shares a 15- year high. European shares are seen mixed, with spreadbetters expecting 0.2 percent gains in Germany's DAX and largely flat openings...

  • LONDON, April 24- Europe's biggest defence contractor BAE Systems has hired advisers to carry out a review of its U.S-based IT and analysis support businesses in a move that could lead to their sale. Shares in the company rose 4 percent in early trade and were 1.8 percent higher at 513 pence by 0746 GMT, putting them among the biggest gainers on the UK benchmark FTSE...

  • LONDON, April 23- Britain's top equity index pushed higher on Thursday, boosted by a bump-up for utilities stocks just two weeks ahead of the UK's general election. United Utilities rose 1.8 percent, SSE advanced 1.1 percent and National Grid rose 0.6 percent after investment bank Citigroup said the sector would be favoured as a protection against any market...

  • Stocks turn lower after weak global economic surveys Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:16 AM ET

    TOKYO— Shares turned lower in European trading on Thursday, sapped by gloomy manufacturing data from the eurozone, China and Japan. HSBC bank said a preliminary version of its index based on a survey of factory purchasing managers in China fell to its lowest point in a year in April. EARNINGS: In corporate earnings, networks giant Ericsson was its shares slide 8...

  • After a sluggish start, US stocks finish higher Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 10:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Investors cheered moves by Google and credit-card companies on Wednesday and sent the stock market to a solid gain. Google's new wireless service, dubbed "Project Fi," costs around $20 a month for basic service and charges customers for the amount of data they use. Google's stock gained $6.25, or 1 percent, to $549.18.

  • *Oil down on Yemen news. LONDON, April 22- European stocks fell on Wednesday, with a series of weak company earnings reports reversing a rally seen earlier in the week and halting the positive momentum overnight that lifted some of Asia's biggest markets to multi-year highs. Europe's FTSE EuroFirst 300 index of leading shares was down 0.3 percent, Germany's DAX...

  • *Oil down on Yemen news. LONDON, April 22- European stocks fell on Wednesday, failing to extend an overnight rally in Asia as investors looked to Greece's debt crisis and lurch towards possible default as an excuse to cash in gains chalked up earlier in the week. Europe's EuroFirst 300 index of leading shares was down 0.2 percent, Germany's DAX was down 0.1 percent...

  • Japan's Nikkei closes at 15-year high, Europe stocks down Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 2:35 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's stock benchmark closed above the 20,000- level for the first time in 15 years Wednesday, encouraged by the country's first monthly trade surplus since 2012. European stocks fell, however, and Wall Street was expected to open lower. CORPORATE EUROPE: Earnings results were mixed in Europe, with British retailer Tesco reporting a big 5.7 billion...

  • *Crude oil extends losses as Yemen bombing ends. TOKYO, April 22- Asian equities were mostly firmer on Wednesday with stimulus-fueled Chinese shares taking the lead, while oil sagged after Saudi Arabia ended its military campaign in Yemen, easing tensions in the energy-rich Middle East. Spread betters expected Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC to...

  • Uk election no big deal for FTSE?   Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 AM ET
    Uk election no big deal for FTSE?

    Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown, says he doesn't think the U.K. election will be the biggest factor affecting the FTSE.

  • Asian stocks mostly higher as Japan exports improve Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 12:31 AM ET

    TAKING IT ALL IN: "It seems the market is in a holding pattern as investors are waiting to see just how much the dollar impacts corporate earnings," said Russell Price, Ameriprise Financial's senior economist. The chemical giant also lowered its forecast for full-year profits, and its stock fell $2.15, or 3 percent, to $70.70. CLEANING UP: Kimberly-Clark jumped 4...

  • *Blue-chip FTSE 100 finishes 0.8 pct higher. LONDON, April 20- Mining stocks helped Britain's top share index rebound on Monday after China moved to support stuttering growth in the world's biggest consumer of metals. The FTSE 350 mining index rose 2 percent, the top sectoral gainer, after China cut the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves.

  • LONDON, April 20- Mining stocks helped Britain's top share index rebound on Monday, benefiting from stimulus measures in China to support stuttering growth in the world's biggest consumer of metals. The FTSE 350 mining index rose 1.7 percent, the top sectoral gainer, after China cut the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves to help combat a slowdown in...

  • Britain's FTSE gains as China stimulus boosts miners Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 7:26 AM ET

    LONDON, April 20- Mining stocks helped Britain's top share index rebound on Monday, benefiting from stimulus measures in China to support stuttering growth in the world's biggest consumer of metals. The FTSE 350 mining index rose 1.7 percent, the top sectoral gainer, after China cut the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves to help combat a slowdown in...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— European stocks rose on Monday as investors shrugged off concerns about China's slowing economy that had battered Asian markets earlier in the day. Wall Street was set to open higher after strong earnings from Morgan Stanley. CHINA STIMULUS: China's central bank on Sunday cut the required reserve ratio for banks by 1 percentage point to...

  • TOKYO, April 20- An index of Asian shares slipped on Monday and Chinese stock markets erased earlier sharp gains made after China's central bank boosted banks' lending power by reducing their reserve requirements. Britain's FTSE 100 was seen to open 35 to 36 points higher, or up 0.5 percent; Germany's DAX to open 23 to 25 points higher, or up 0.2 percent; and France's...