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  • Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street slide Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    The ruble, under pressure from falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Moscow's conflict with Ukraine, had fallen as much as 20 percent before recovering. Benchmark U.S. crude rose 2 cents to close at $55.93 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, fell $1.20 to close at $59.86 in London.

  • European shares slip again; CGG sinks 30 pct Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    *CGG tumbles as Technip walks away. Shares in seismic oil and gas services group CGG were the top losers across Europe, plummeting 30 percent as rival Technip abandoned a takeover bid. Shares in Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena fell 6.7 percent, hitting an all-time low on speculation it will need to raise capital to meet European Central Bank rules.

  • European shares halt sell-off; CGG sinks 33 pct Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:59 AM ET

    *CGG tumbles as Technip walks away. Shares in seismic oil and gas services group CGG sank 33 percent as rival Technip abandoned a takeover bid after talks with CGG collapsed. "Following last week's slide, the best we can hope for is a' Santa Claus retracement' instead of the traditional rally," FXCM analyst Vincent Ganne said.

  • The Dow industrials and major European equity indexes posted their biggest weekly losses in three years, as shares in Europe fell more than 2 percent and stocks on Wall Street, with the exception of Nasdaq, fell nearly as much. In Europe, the sell-off gathered pace in late trading, and the same occurred just before the end of U.S. trading. The fact that oil can't find a...

  • TOKYO, Dec 11- Asian stocks fell on Thursday as falling oil prices added to global growth concerns, while the dollar saw a bit of a respite against the yen and euro after successive sharp losses. Spreadbetters expected the bearish tone for equities to continue into Europe, forecasting Britain's FTSE to fall by as much as 0.3 percent at the open, and Germany's DAX and...

  • *China inflation falls to 5- year low of 1.4 pct. LONDON, Dec 10- Oil prices were anchored near five-year lows and Germany's benchmark government bond yield fell to a record low on Wednesday as concerns over Greece's political and financial prospects spurred demand for safety. At 1220 GMT Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.2 percent at 6,542 points, Germany's DAX was up...

  • LONDON, Dec 10- Oil prices were anchored at a five-year low on Wednesday and European stocks recovered from the previous day's selloff after a similar rebound in Chinese shares prompted by hopes that weak inflation will bring more monetary policy easing in China. "watching equities, oil and Greece." At 0845 GMT Britain's FTSE 100 was up 0.5 percent at 6563 points,...

  • *China consumer inflation marks 5- year low. TOKYO, Dec 10- Asian shares, the dollar and oil prices all slumped on Wednesday, pulling back as global growth concerns and political uncertainty in Greece prompted a flight to safety. Britain's FTSE 100 was expected to open 18 to 26 points higher, or as much as 0.3 percent; Germany's DAX was seen opening 69 to 78 points higher,...

  • LONDON, Dec 9- European shares hit a two-week low on Tuesday, with a further slide in crude oil prices hitting energy stocks. Greek banks fell sharply, with National Bank of Greece down 8.8 percent and Alpha Bank dropping 7.9 percent. The STOXX Europe 600 Oil and Gas index was the biggest sectoral decliner, down 2.5 percent, after Brent oil slipped to a five-year low...

  • Asian shares mostly lower on weak China data Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. stock market ended slightly lower Tuesday, avoiding the sharp declines in Europe and Asia thanks to a rally in beaten-down energy companies. That followed a sharp drop in European indexes, most notably in Greece, where the stock market suffered its biggest one-day loss since 1987. Greek officials called an early presidential vote, and...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 9- Oil prices skidded to fresh five-year lows on Tuesday, pressuring commodity-linked currencies and most Asian shares as a bout of risk aversion rippled through world markets. Brent crude shed 70 cents to $65.49 a barrel, while U.S. crude futures lost another 46 cents to $62.59. Prices are likely to remain around $65 a barrel for the next six to seven...

  • *China trade data weak, Japan Q3 GDP revised even lower. Spreadbetters expected a subdued start for European stocks, forecasting Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC to open effectively flat. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.2 percent.

  • *Euro STOXX 50 down 1.1 pct, FTSEurofirst down 0.9 pct. LONDON, Dec 4- Euro zone shares fell on Thursday after the European Central Bank cut growth and inflation forecasts and said it would make a decision on further stimulus early next year. At 1441 GMT, the euro zone Euro STOXX 50 index was down 1.1 percent at 3,211.92 points.

  • TOKYO, Dec 4- Asian stocks rose on Thursday amid fresh signs of resilience in the U.S. economy, while the euro wallowed near two-year lows before a much-anticipated European Central Bank meeting that could open the door to more stimulus. "There's activity in anticipation of extremely promising conditions being born," said Hiroyuki Nakai, chief strategist at...

  • *Most Asian shares skid, but Japan, China buck downtrend. TOKYO, Nov 28- Oil prices seized the Asian spotlight on Friday, as related shares and currencies plunged in the wake of OPEC's decision to refrain from cutting output despite a supply glut. With U.S. markets shut on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday, investors focused on the Organization of Petroleum...

  • *Seadrill sinks 16 pct after scrapping dividend. PARIS, Nov 26- European shares rose on Wednesday, with Germany's blue chip index DAX advancing for the 10th straight session as investors bet on further monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank. Gains in stocks were capped by a renewed drop in shares of oil services companies, however, with Norwegian...

  • LONDON, Nov 26- Shares in Italy and Spain gave away their early gains on Wednesday as data showed Italian consumer morale fell and the European Central Bank vice president said any decision on new stimulus would be made next year. After a higher start, Italy's FTSE MIB was up just 0.1 percent and Spain's Ibex was down 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, ECB Vice President Vitor...

  • *Oil falls after talks with non- OPEC producers yield no cuts. Oil prices fell more than $1 a barrel to near four-year lows after a meeting between OPEC members Saudi Arabia and Venezuela with non- OPEC producers Russia and Mexico resulted in no deal to curb output to counter a 30 percent slump in prices since June. OPEC meets in Vienna on Thursday.

  • Europe shares end higher; banks rally on stimulus hopes Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:48 PM ET

    PARIS, Nov 25- European stocks ended slightly higher on Tuesday as euro zone banking shares climbed on mounting expectation of more stimulus from the European Central Bank. Crude prices fell again on Tuesday, down by more than $1 a barrel to near four-year lows, after a meeting between Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and major non- OPEC oil exporters ended with no deal on...

  • *Oil steady ahead of this week's OPEC meeting. NEW YORK, Nov 25- A surprising upward revision in U.S. third-quarter economic growth set off an early rally on Wall Street on Tuesday only to see prices knocked back by the lowest U.S. consumer confidence data since June, dragging down the U.S. dollar in the process. Earlier bets on more support from the European Central...