KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX was little changed at 9,650.62 and France's CAC-40 declined 0.3 percent to 4,428.59. Britain's FTSE 100 shed 0.1 percent to 6,800.15. CHINESE SLOWDOWN: Weak data released on the weekend fueled concern China's economic slowdown is deepening, prompting hopes for stimulus spending on construction or other projects.» Read More
*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.
NEW YORK— Concerns over weaker global growth appeared to overshadow strong reports about the U.S. economy Tuesday, nudging the stock market to a tiny loss. Crude prices sank 3 percent, pulling down stocks of oil producers.
*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.
*Stocks buoyant, but Europe pauses for breath. LONDON, Aug 27- The euro extended its slide on Wednesday, hitting its lowest level in a year against the dollar as expectation grew that the European Central Bank will act soon to counter low growth and inflation.
PARIS, Aug 26- European shares slipped in early trade on Tuesday, trimming the previous session's sharp gains that were fuelled by prospects of further stimulus measures from the European Central Bank. The UK market, shut on Monday for a holiday, gained ground, with the FTSE 100 index up 0.5 percent.
*Raiffeisen Bank jumps on reassuring comments on Russia. PARIS, Aug 21- European stocks rose on Thursday, extending their sharp two-week rebound, boosted by better-than-expected German private sector growth figures which reassured investors about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy following a soft patch.
LONDON, Aug 20- World stocks fell on Wednesday as investors braced for the possibility that a major central bank could raise interest rates this year after Bank of England minutes showed two of the bank's nine rate-setters voted for a hike earlier this month.
*Attention shifts from Ukraine- Russia conflict. LONDON, Aug 20- World stocks mostly halted their recent rally on Wednesday before the latest policy signal from the U.S. central bank, while UK stocks and bonds fell after Bank of England minutes showed two rate-setters voted to raise interest rates earlier this month.
Spreadbetters are picking European shares, which already had a chance on Friday to absorb renewed tensions in the Ukraine, to fare better. They forecast Britain's FTSE to open as much as 0.4 percent higher, Germany's DAX 0.8 percent and France's CAC 0.6 percent.
*Wall St rallies with Ukraine tensions curbed, lifts Asia. Spreadbetters expected the upbeat momentum for equities to continue into Europe, with Britain's FTSE seen opening as much as 0.6 percent higher, Germany's DAX up 1 percent and France's CAC 0.8 percent higher.
Gavin Oldham, executive chairman at The Share Centre, says the strong pound has hit the profits of the U.K.'s largest companies.