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  • Europe markets cheered by ECB as it sets the date  Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    European equities ended higher on Thursday after the European Central Bank (ECB) set a start date for its bond-buying program and upped economic growth forecasts for the euro zone.

  • LONDON— European stock markets rose strongly Thursday ahead of an update from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi in the wake of the bank's decision to keep interest rates unchanged at record lows. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France's CAC-40 rose 0.8 percent to 4,958 while Germany's DAX climbed 0.7 percent to 11,471. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.4 percent...

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks sank Wednesday, pulling indexes further below record highs hit earlier in the week. Given the market's recent run, it's only natural for investors to turn cautious, said Terry Sandven, senior equity strategist at U.S. Alcoa's stock sank 4 percent following news that analysts at Bank of America cut their ratings on the aluminum giant.

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks fell from record highs on Tuesday and the Nasdaq dropped below 5,000 a day after passing that milestone for the first time since the dot-com era 15 years ago. The losses were modest but broad, with eight industry sectors in the Standard and Poor's 500 index falling. Ford Motor slumped after reporting U.S. sales from last month that disappointed...

  • *Tullow down on project delay and FTSE demotion worries. The Greek banking index fell nearly 10 percent, while lenders National Bank of Greece, Piraeus Bank and Alpha Bank fell 10.0 to 11.8 percent to feature among the top decliners. "The fears about a possible default for Greece are certainly not completely off the table," Gerhard Schwarz, head of equity strategy at...

  • LONDON, March 2- European shares retreated from multi-year highs on Monday, with Greek banks slipping on lingering concerns about the country's debt and Tullow Oil falling on worries about project delays and its likely ejection from a major share index. The Greek banking index fell 9.4 percent, while lenders National Bank of Greece, Piraeus Bank and Alpha Bank...

  • *Tullow Oil down on speculation over potential FTSE 100 exit. LONDON, March 2- Europe's FTSEurofirst 300 index retreated from a seven-year high on Monday, with Tullow Oil down on concerns that it could be dropped from Britain's blue-chip index after a quarterly reshuffle and Vivendi falling after a stake disposal. Tullow Oil slid 6.8 percent to feature among the...

  • World market momentum over Chinese rate cut fades Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 1:32 AM ET

    KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.3 percent to 6,964.66 and Germany's DAX climbed 0.3 percent to 11,428.83. Hopes for stronger growth in China boosted mining companies and other resource-related shares, such as miner BHP Billiton, which rose 0.4 percent and Glencore Plc, which added 1.8 percent. CHINA RATE CUT: The People's Bank of China cut interest...

  • *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...