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  • "There are some jitters," said Bill Stone, chief investment officer at PNC Asset Management Group. "Greece is definitely part of it. The price of oil jumped $1.47 to close at $60.40 a barrel, the first time crude has traded that high since early December, following reports that a Libyan oil terminal had closed.

  • *Oil dips after Iraq says crude exports hit record in April. All major European markets except London, its biggest, were closed on Friday for the May Day holiday, while many Asian markets were also shut. London's FTSE 100 index inched higher on a surge in the shares of Lloyds bank and mining companies.

  • *Oil dips after Iraq says crude exports hit record in April. All major European markets except London, its biggest, were closed on Friday for the May Day holiday, while many Asian markets were also shut. London's FTSE 100 index inched into positive territory after miners advanced on expectations of further stimulus in China, the world's top metals consumer. 1/ 8 ID:...

  • "It's an odd day in the markets," said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank. The online travel company turned in sales that topped Wall Street's estimates, driving its stock up $7.46, or 8 percent, to $101.69. Charlie Smith, chief investment officer at Fort Pitt Capital Group, cautioned against reading too much into a day with light trading.

  • Britain's FTSE falters as RBS shares retreat Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 4:19 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 extends retreat from earlier record high. LONDON, April 30- Britain's top equity index extended a pullback on Thursday from record highs earlier this week as a fall in Royal Bank of Scotland and uncertainty over next week's national election weighed on the market. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index, which hit an all-time high of 7,122.74 points on April 27, fell...

  • 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...

  • *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...

  • *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.

  • *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...

  • 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...