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  • Asian stock markets boosted by ECB stimulus plan Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 12:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A plan to revive Europe's sagging economy rippled through the financial world on Thursday, setting off a rally in the stock market that wiped out its losses for the new year. The pledge by the European Central Bank to spend 1.1 trillion euros on bonds knocked down government borrowing rates across Europe and drove the euro to its lowest level against the...

  • PARIS, Jan 21- European shares paused on Wednesday after a four-day rally driven by expectations the European Central Bank is about to launch quantitative easing had taken them to seven-year highs. ASML NV outperformed, however, rising 4.6 percent after the world's second-largest maker of semiconductor production equipment posted better-than-expected...

  • Johnson& Johnson sank after reporting that a stronger dollar pinched the company's quarterly results. THE DOLLAR EFFECT: Johnson& Johnson, the maker of Tylenol, prescription drugs and joint replacements, turned in earnings that beat analysts' forecasts, yet it came up short for revenue, largely a result of a stronger dollar. D.R. Horton dropped $1.07, or 5 percent, to...

  • LONDON, Jan 19- European stocks and bonds rose on Monday as investors shrugged off the steepest fall in Chinese shares for over six years and bet the European Central Bank will unveil a bond-buying economic stimulus package later this week. While European investors were in a relatively bullish mood on Monday, Greece and China remained risks and the dust...

  • Other markets in Asia and Europe were mostly higher. CHINA CURBS: The China Securities Regulatory Commission imposed curbs late Friday on margin financing, or borrowing to purchase stocks, following an investigation of the industry. The three affected brokerages, Citic Securities Co., Haitong Securities Co. and Guotai Junan, were forbidden to lend money and...

  • LONDON, Jan 15- Frantic trading after the Swiss National Bank scrapped its euro cap on the franc on Thursday drove Swiss stocks down nearly 9 percent, their biggest one-day percentage fall for at least 25 years. One trader described the central bank's move as "carnage", while Swatch Chief Executive Nick Hayek called the franc's surge in value against the euro an...

  • TOKYO, Jan 15- Asian stocks mostly edged up on Thursday after a significant rebound in oil and copper prices brought a semblance of calm, while the dollar regained ground lost on disappointing U.S. retail sales. Spreadbetters saw the upward momentum for risk assets being retained in Europe, forecasting Britain's FTSE to open up by as much as 0.5 percent and...

  • European shares buoyed by rise in retail stocks Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 6:23 AM ET

    *Traders eye Greece and Italy Presidency situations. PARIS, Jan 13- A rise in retail shares pushed up European equities on Tuesday, while expectations of new economic stimulus measures from the European Central Bank also propped up stock markets. German retailer Metro AG climbed 3 percent after it reported strong Christmas sales.

  • *European shares rise as Shire buys NPS Pharmaceuticals. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.3 percent to 1,352.67 points after Shire Plc agreed to buy NPS Pharmaceuticals for $5.2 billion. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index advanced 0.6 percent and Britain's FTSE 100 climbed 0.3 percent, helped by a 1.4 percent rise in Shire.

  • Rise in healthcare stocks lifts European equities Monday, 12 Jan 2015 | 3:20 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 12- A rise in healthcare shares, following renewed signs of industry consolidation after Shire Plc agreed to buy NPS Pharmaceuticals for $5.2 billion, lifted European equities on Monday. "The Shire deal is likely to mean that there will be no fresh bid speculation coming through on Shire itself, although the ongoing consolidation within the industry...

  • But spreadbetters expected the rebound in equities to peter out in Europe ahead of the U.S. employment data, forecasting Britain's FTSE and Germany's DAX to open little changed and France's CAC to start a shade lower. But optimism about the U.S. economy and prospects of more stimulus from the European Central Bank and China have diffused risk aversion for the...

  • *Europe, Asia stocks up after U.S. snaps 5- day losing streak. LONDON, Jan 8- The dollar hit a nine-year high and stocks worldwide headed for their first back-to-back rise of the year on Thursday, encouraged by expectations for a U.S. rate increase and new stimulus this month from the European Central Bank. Europe's stock markets also advanced: London's FTSE rose 1.9...

  • *Europe, Asia stocks up after U.S. snaps 5- day losing streak. LONDON, Jan 8- The dollar hit a new 9- year high and stocks worldwide headed for their first back-to-back rise of the year on Thursday, as a confident sounding Federal Reserve added to hopes of aggressive new stimulus this month from the European Central Bank. Europe's stock markets also opened strongly...

  • *Greece worries add to gloom. TOKYO, Jan 6- Asian shares slumped on Tuesday as sliding oil prices and political uncertainty in Greece forced investors out of riskier assets and into the safety of government bonds, while the euro wallowed near nine-year lows. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 1.4 percent, giving up half of the gains...

  • *Euro STOXX 50 down 3.7 pct. LONDON, Jan 5- European equities fell sharply in choppy trading on Monday, with concerns over Greece's future in the euro zone and a steep drop in prices of crude oil and copper hurting financial and commodities stocks the most. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 fell 3.7 percent, the biggest one-day percentage drop since late 2011....

  • BP, Shell dividends at risk from oil slump Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 11:36 AM ET
    BP workers inspect a section of oil transit pipeline at the Prudhoe Bay oil fields in Alaska.
  • TOKYO, Jan 5- The euro hit a nearly nine-year low versus the dollar on Monday as investors bet on quantitative easing by the European Central Bank while soft manufacturing surveys pushed down shares and sent oil prices to 5 1/ 2- year lows. European shares are expected to dip, with Britain's FTSE seen falling by up to 0.4 percent. The euro fell to as low as $1.18605, its...

  • LONDON, Jan 2- Weak economic data weighed on European shares on the first trading day of the year, although the losses were mitigated by growing expectations of new measures from the European Central Bank to boost the euro zone. The data showed a downturn in France and weak activity in Germany, which contributed to push down France's CAC stock index by 0.5 percent...

  • LONDON, Jan 2- Southern European stock markets rallied on Friday, outperforming other markets in the region, as expectations grew that the European Central Bank would take more steps to boost the euro zone's economy. Investors have speculated that QE would have the strongest effect on the euro zone's weakest economies-- Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy-- and their...

  • *FTSE 100, DAX and CAC all slip lower. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index slipped 0.1 percent to 1,367.52 points by midsession and early gains on benchmark indexes in France, Germany and Britain all ebbed away. Germany's DAX fell 0.7 percent, France's CAC was down by 0.1 percent while Britain's FTSE 100 also retreated 0.1 percent.