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  • 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.

  • Asia stocks mostly higher after US gains Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 1:33 AM ET

    Berkshire Hathaway crossed another milestone, trading above $200,000 a share for the first time. GOING UP: A jump in profits for Perrigo, a drugmaker, drove its stock up 6 percent, the biggest gain in the S&P 500. Perrigo's earnings and sales came in ahead of analysts' estimates.

  • Australian stocks lead Asia on healthy earnings Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 12:53 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A modest gain for the stock market on Wednesday tugged the Dow Jones industrial average back into the black for the year as investors set aside concerns about Ukraine, Iraq and earnings, at least for a day. Three companies rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, and all 10 sectors in the S&P 500 ended higher.

  • *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.

  • UK mid caps outperform top 100 companies     Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Gavin Oldham, executive chairman at The Share Centre, says the strong pound has hit the profits of the U.K.'s largest companies.

  • US stocks buck turmoil weighing on global markets Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    Major U.S. stock indexes closed up around 1 percent, buoyed by signs that tensions in Ukraine might be easing. News Friday of U.S. fighter jets dropping bombs in Iraq and the end of a three-day cease-fire in Gaza weighed further on European and Asian markets. The buying surged late in the day on reports that Russia had ended military exercises near Ukraine.

  • European shares slip again; eyes on ECB Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    PARIS, Aug 7- European stocks dipped in early trade on Thursday, extending a week-long slide as tensions between the West and Russia continued to spook investors. The DAX, which hit a near-five month low on Wednesday, has lost 10 percent since mid June, hurt by worries that the Ukrainian crisis and sanctions against Russia could derail Germany's economic recovery.

  • Robust earnings help European stocks to bounce back Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | 8:04 AM ET

    PARIS, Aug 5- European shares gained ground on Tuesday in a tentative rebound following last week's sharp sell-off, supported by forecast-beating results from blue-chips such as BMW.

  • Spreadbetters saw Europe faring better, with Capital Spreads expecting Britain's FTSE to open 0.1 percent higher, Germany's DAX 0.5 percent, and France's CAC 0.4 percent.

  • LONDON, Aug 4- European stocks rose on Monday and bond yields fell on a banking sector rebound after Portugal prevented the collapse of one of its biggest lenders and shares in the continent's largest bank jumped in the wake of its latest earnings report.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 1- Asian shares were mostly under water on Friday after a sudden slump on Wall Street spilled over globally, though a surprisingly strong pick up in manufacturing helped Chinese markets hold at seven-month highs.

  • Adidas pulls European stocks lower Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 4:29 AM ET

    PARIS, July 31- European shares fell in early trade on Thursday, led by Adidas after the group warned about business in Russia, while Argentina's default also rattled investors. Spanish stocks also underperformed, with Madrid's IBEX dropping 1.5 percent, as traders cited worries over Spanish companies' exposure to Latin America after Argentina's debt default.

  • *China& Hong Kong shares buoyed by economic& stimulus hopes. "The recent rally of Hong Kong and China stock markets is pretty much liquidity-driven due to favorable fund flow. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.33 percent to be just a whisker from a peak last touched in April 2011.

  • European shares tip lower on U.S. data, Russia risk Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.1 pct. *Ryanair, Reckitt outperform on earnings, dealmaking. LONDON/ PARIS, July 28- European stocks edged lower on Monday, with unspectacular U.S. data and new European sanctions against Moscow offsetting strong earnings updates from firms like Ryanair and spin-off talk from Reckitt Benckiser.

  • TOKYO, July 25- Asian shares pulled back from this week's three-year highs on Friday after a mostly flat day on Wall Street, though a fresh S&P closing record and upbeat U.S. employment data underpinned sentiment.

  • European shares boosted by data, Spanish results Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:41 PM ET

    *Euro STOXX 50 up 0.8 pct, FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.5 pct. The euro zone Euro STOXX 50 closed 0.8 percent higher at 3,220.07 points, while the broader FTSEurofirst 300 index index rose 0.5 percent to 1,381.97 points.

  • Euro zone shares boosted by data, Spanish results Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 11:19 AM ET

    *Euro STOXX 50 up 0.5 pct, FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct. The euro zone Euro STOXX 50 index was up 0.5 percent at 3,209.70 points, while the broader FTSEurofirst 300 index index was up 0.2 percent at 1,378.97 points by 1453 GMT.

  • *Euro STOXX 50 up 0.4 pct, FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.8 pct. The euro zone Euro STOXX 50 index was up 0.8 percent at 3,217.18 points while the broader FTSEurofirst 300 index index was up 0.4 percent at 1,381.21 points by 1021 GMT.

  • *Tech stocks boosted by Apple, Facebook hit record high. The HSBC flash PMI for China came in at 52.0 for July, well above forecasts of a small rise to 51 in July and the highest reading in 18 months. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.2 percent, and Australia notched another six-year peak.

  • But a cautious mood was expected to return in early European trade, where spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 to open 8 to 15 points lower, or down as much as 0.2 percent; Germany's DAX to open down 20 to 22 points, or 0.2 percent lower; and France's CAC 40 to open 5 to 6 points lower, or down 0.1 percent.