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  • Europe ends lower as Greece returns to spotlight   Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    Europe ends lower as Greece returns to spotlight

    European equities were lower Monday as investors looked forward to a meeting between the leaders of Greece and Germany amid rising tensions over its bailout program.

  • FTSE post record close above 7000; Vedanta soars   Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    FTSE post record close above 7000; Vedanta soars

    European equities closed higher on Friday, as Wall Street rose, and hopes were boosted that the new Greek government could yet strike a deal with its international bailout supervisors.

  • Italian boost sends European shares to 15-year high Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 2:01 PM ET

    *Pirelli, Enel boosts Italian index. LONDON/ PARIS, March 19- A broad index of European shares hit its highest level in 15 years on Thursday, led by Italian stocks thanks to sharp gains in tyre maker Pirelli and utility Enel. Shares in Enel rose 1.9 percent after it said it aims to raise profits and dividends over the next five years by focusing on emerging markets and...

  • NEW YORK, March 19- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday after the Federal Reserve on Wednesday removed a reference to being "patient" on interest rates out of its policy statement but indicated that it was in no rush to hike borrowing costs. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.56 percent and London's FTSE hit a record after...

  • Asian markets mostly lower after Wall Street slide Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 6:09 AM ET

    Chevron, Exxon Mobil and other energy companies led stocks down. Benchmark U.S. oil sank 70 cents to close at $43.96 a barrel in New York, extending a slump that has slashed prices by more than half over the past year. said Jeff Carbone, a senior partner at Cornerstone Financial Partners in Charlotte, North Carolina. "

  • *Treasury yields down sharply, Australia, Germany at record low. The shift in rate expectations had hit the dollar hard at first, though it had repaired almost all of the damage as trading gathered momentum in Europe. The euro found itself as high as $1.10625 in turbulent trade late on Wednesday, but was back down at $1.0683 as markets also began to focus on what are...

  • PARIS, March 19- European stocks rose on Thursday after the U.S. Britain's FTSE 100 also hit a new record high. The FTSE rose as much as 0.5 percent to an intraday record high of 6,978.74 points, beating its previous peak of 6,974.26 points set on March 2.

  • Europe closes mixed; FTSE rallies after Budget speech   Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    Europe closes mixed; FTSE rallies after Budget speech

    European equities closed mixed on Wednesday as investors awaited the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting and digested the annual U.K. Budget statement.

  • HONG KONG— Chinese stocks jumped to the highest level in seven years Wednesday as investors bet authorities will unleash new economic stimulus while other world indexes were uneven before the conclusion of a key Federal Reserve meeting. Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.3 percent to 6,854.70. Average private housing prices fell February in 69 out of 70 cities over...

  • Europe ends lower ahead of Fed; Premier Oil surges   Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    Europe ends lower ahead of Fed; Premier Oil surges

    European equities finished lower on Tuesday, with the exception of the FTSE 100 which was given a lift by mining stocks, as investors looked ahead to a two-day meeting by the U.S. Federal Reserve and reacted to fresh economic data.

  • Europe closes higher as QE buoys stocks; DAX hits record

    European equities finished higher Monday as investor sentiment continued to be buoyed by the extra liquidity provided by the European Central Bank (ECB) in the region.

  • The DAX powered above 12,000 points for the first time and the main pan-euro zone benchmark indices hit seven-year highs, while U.S. futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street of around 0.5 percent. Wall Street looks set to rebound from last week's fall-- the third consecutive down week for U.S. stocks-- lifted by Europe's rally. The European Central Bank last...

  • *Euro slides to 12- year low. LONDON, March 16- The euro struck a fresh 12- year low on Monday and euro zone stocks reached new peaks on bets that the currency's relentless fall will boost corporate earning prospects just as the rising dollar hits those of U.S. firms. In early European trading the euro was up 1/ 3 of a percent against the dollar at $1.0530, having slid to...

  • Stocks rise on Chinese stimulus hopes, ahead of Fed Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 1:50 AM ET

    Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.2 percent to 6,775.48. China's Shanghai Composite Index was the standout performer in Asia, where markets were otherwise mixed. Speaking at the close of China's annual legislature on Sunday, Li said authorities have that leeway because they held off on bringing in sweeping stimulus measures since the major stimulus in response to...

  • Europe markets close up; oil in the spotlight   Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    Europe markets close up; oil in the spotlight

    European equities closed slightly higher Friday, as the oil and gas sector took another hit from tumbling prices.

  • LONDON, March 13- European shares edged up at the open on Friday, setting up Germany's Dax index for its longest streak of weekly gains since 1998, as traders added to their bets on an economic recovery in Europe. Automakers, travel& leisure and real estate were all up 0.6-0.7 percent at 0813 GMT. The FTSE, however, was down 2.2 percent from last Friday's close.

  • Europe shares close flat; FTSE higher on Asos, TSB   Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    Europe shares close flat; FTSE higher on Asos, TSB

    European equities closed largely flat to lower on Thursday, as investors reacted to earnings and banking news and considered the implications of the European Central Bank's (ECB) newly launched quantitative easing (QE) program.

  • LONDON, March 12- The euro pulled out of its recent dive on Thursday, chalking up its biggest rise against the dollar in a month, after a week of breakneck moves in the world's two biggest currencies. The dollar's reversal, cemented by weak U.S. retail sales data, gave some respite to emerging markets as well as to oil and commodities heavily correlated to the U.S....

  • TOKYO, March 12- A surprise interest rate cut by South Korea's central bank on Thursday helped lift an index of Asian stocks away from the previous session's seven-week trough, while the euro plumbed a new 12- year low as the European Central Bank's easing pressured euro zone bond yields. Financial spreadbetters predicted some of Asia's luster would rub off in...

  • Falling euro boosts European stocks; Adecco up 6%   Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    Falling euro boosts European stocks; Adecco up 6%

    European equities closed higher on Wednesday, bouncing back heavy losses seen in the previous session, with stocks of exporting companies boosted by the falling euro.