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  • Spreadbetters expected the cautious mood in risk assets continuing into Europe, forecasting an effectively flat open for London's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.3 percent. "As Federal Reserve policy shifts towards monetary tightening, the kind of risk aversion stemming from...

  • Europe shares fall as energy stocks sag along with oil Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 8:10 AM ET

    Brent futures tumbled nearly 2 percent to below $79 a barrel, hitting a four-year low, dragged down in part by data showing that China's economy lost further momentum in October. Shares in Total fell 1.4 percent, Seadrill dropped 3.3 percent and Saipem shed 4 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 equity index was down by 0.1 percent, France's CAC fell 0.4 percent while...

  • European shares end lower as utilities, banks slide Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 12:38 PM ET

    *Italy's FTSE MIB underperforms wider market. The utilities index fell 2.4 percent, the biggest sectoral decliner, led by a 5.9 percent drop in Italy's Enel after it lowered its debt-reduction target for 2014 and reported a drop in nine-month core earnings. This shows that the underlying problems for the market are still very much intact, "said Gerhard Schwarz,...

  • Europe shares fall; banks mixed after forex probe fines Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 4:48 AM ET

    *HSBC, RBS, UBS, Barclays in focus after forex probe fines. The regulators imposed penalties totalling $3.4 billion on UBS, Citigroup, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland and JP Morgan. HSBC was down 0.9 percent and RBS dipped 0.2 percent, while the Frankfurt- listed shares of JPMorgan and Citi were down 0.6-0.9 percent.

  • Asian stocks muted after Wall Street retreat Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 4:12 AM ET

    Regulators from the U.S., Switzerland and the U.K. fined five major banks a total of $3.4 billion for conspiring to manipulate foreign-currency trading. The news drove down bank stocks in Europe and U.S. "The fines from the watchdogs took some of the wind out of the market," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital Management.

  • European shares trim some gains as Italian stocks fall Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 11:05 AM ET

    *Vodafone up 5.7 pct as it raises guidance. LONDON, Nov 11- Europe's benchmark index of top shares trimmed its gains on Tuesday, hurt by a fall in Italian stocks and a weak open on Wall Street, but remained supported by strength in telecoms issues. Italy's FTSE MIB underperformed, down 0.2 percent, led lower by a 3.8 percent fall in UniCredit.

  • LONDON, Nov 7- European shares slipped while Wall Street looked set to open marginally higher after a monthly U.S. non-farm payrolls report showed job creation solidly above 200,000 in October but shy of the 230-240,000 forecast by analysts. A deepening crisis of confidence in the rouble had dominated morning talk on European markets, with signs the head of...

  • TOKYO, Nov 6- Asian shares and commodity currencies stumbled on Thursday as prices for a host of commodities retreated on lingering concerns over slower global growth, while Tokyo stocks stepped back after posting large gains in a Bank of Japan-inspired rally. European shares are seen falling, with spread-betters expecting Britain's FTSE to decline 0.3...

  • TOKYO, Nov 5- The dollar and U.S. stock futures pushed higher on Wednesday after Republicans scored a sweeping victory in U.S. mid-term elections, while Asian shares wilted and oil prices extended losses after more soft economic data from China. Financial spreadbetters expected the equities gloom to lift in early European trade, predicting Britain's FTSE 100...

  • *Dollar, yields jump after Fed ends QE. LONDON, Oct 30- The dollar surged to a three-week high, bond yields rose and gold fell on Thursday after the U.S. Asian shares mostly fell, following a slight decline on Wall Street overnight.

  • *Kiwi slides on softer New Zealand rate outlook. Spreadbetters expected a more stable start for Europe, forecasting an effectively flat open for Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.6 percent.

  • *Investors hope for soothing Fed message. LONDON, Oct 29- World stocks rose on Wednesday, lifted by corporate earnings and expectations that the U.S. Euro zone banking stocks were down almost 2 percent, dragged lower by Germany's biggest lender Deutsche Bank which announced a third-quarter net loss on heavy legal costs.

  • European shares inch higher; Sanofi drops again Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 5:20 AM ET

    *Fugro tumbles 21 pct after saying it won't pay dividend. PARIS, Oct 29- European stocks inched higher early on Wednesday, tracking sharp gains on Wall Street ahead of a U.S. France's Schneider Electric rose 3.1 percent after reporting a 7 percent rise in third-quarter sales and saying Western Europe showed long-awaited but fragile signs of stabilisation.

  • Europe's main indices followed the overnight lead from Wall Street and Asia, although the third-quarter earnings reports out of Europe weren't quite as solid as those from the United States. Germany's DAX was up almost 1 percent in early trade, Britain's FTSE was up half a percent, and France's CAC 40 up a third of one percent. MSCI's broadest index of...

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Asian shares climbed to one-month highs on Wednesday, steered by a robust Wall Street on optimism over corporate earnings and prospects the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 1.1 percent, led by a 1.8 percent rise in South Korean shares. European shares are expected to follow suit, with spreadbetters looking to...

  • LONDON, Oct 28- World stocks inched up and U.S. bond yields steadied after almost three weeks of gains on Tuesday with Federal Reserve policy setters expected to end six years of aggressive monetary stimulus. With the euro zone running into turbulence again and China's giant economy also struggling for pace, the prospect of a world without U.S. stimulus has...

  • Robust earnings help Europe stocks resume rally Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 5:35 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.8 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.9 pct. *Sanofi share drop represents $10 bln market value wipeout. PARIS, Oct 28- European shares rose in early trade on Tuesday, reversing the previous session's dip as better-than-expected results from a number of blue-chips including pharma group Novartis and bank UBS helped lift sentiment.

  • "Ahead of the European open, we're calling the major bourses positive with a bit of a recovery after yesterday's weakness," he said, predicting London's FTSE could open about 0.2 higher, while Germany's DAX and France's CAC could open up 0.3 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan shrugged off early losses and a lacklustre...

  • *Morgan Stanley strategists remain' overweight banks'. PARIS/ LONDON, Oct 27- European stocks fell on Monday as investors booked recent gains after the European Central Bank review of the region's banks and a German business sentiment index dropped to its lowest in almost two years. Among the few gainers, shares in Austria's Erste Group Bank added 3.5 percent and...

  • *Morgan Stanley strategists remain' overweight banks'. PARIS/ LONDON, Oct 27- European stocks fell on Monday, as investors booked the gains they made after the European Central Bank's review of the region's banks and an index of German business sentiment dropped to its lowest in almost two years. Among the few gainers, shares in Austria's Erste Group Bank added 4.5...