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  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, May 14- The U.S. dollar was broadly lower on Thursday after poor U.S. retail sales figures proved a huge disappointment to those expecting a strong American economic rebound from a weather-weakened first quarter. Spreadbetters expected higher bond yields resulting in a slightly lower open for Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC.

  • A spike in long-term interest rates rattled investors Tuesday, nudging major U.S. stock indexes lower for the second day in a row. The price of oil closed above $60 a barrel for just the third time this year, giving a boost to energy stocks. "A dramatic increase in yields brought our market down in the morning, and as the pressure on the bonds eased up the stock market...

  • Global stocks shaken by bond market gyrations Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Global stocks fell on Tuesday and Wall Street was expected to open lower as investors worried about a slump across bond markets and a rise in the cost of crude oil. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 fell 1.6 percent to 6,917.17 and Germany's DAX sank 1.9 percent to 11,451.14. In Europe, bond yields had been depressed in recent weeks, with many...

  • European stocks mixed as Airbus leads France lower Monday, 11 May 2015 | 10:12 AM ET

    *Airbus shares fall after military plane crash in Spain. *Delhaize, Ahold shares surge on merger reports. LONDON/ EDINBURGH, May 11- European stock markets were mixed on Monday, with French stocks among the worst performers after the crash of a military plane caused Airbus shares to drop.

  • European stock markets pushed down by Athens angst Monday, 11 May 2015 | 6:15 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 helped by rise in UK's FTSE. LONDON, May 11- Lingering concerns over Greece's debt situation pegged back European stock markets on Monday, though a rate cut in China, the world's biggest metals consumer, boosted mining stocks. Shares in plane maker Airbus fell 4.3 percent after an Airbus A400M military transport plane crashed outside Seville on...

  • Athens angst weighs on European stock markets Monday, 11 May 2015 | 4:16 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 helped by rise in UK's FTSE. LONDON, May 11- Lingering concerns over Greece's debt situation pegged back European stock markets on Monday, though a rate cut in China, the world's biggest metals consumer, boosted mining stocks. Shares in plane maker Airbus fell 3.4 percent after an Airbus A400M military transport plane crashed outside Seville on...

  • TOKYO, May 11- Asian shares rose on Monday as investors cheered China's latest cut to interest rates to bolster its flagging economy and after Wall Street rallied on a robust headline reading for U.S. employment. But European stocks were seen opening slightly lower on the day, with lingering concerns over Greece's debt situation seen eclipsing the China...

  • *S&P books best day in 7 weeks on April U.S. jobs bounce. NEW YORK, May 8- An April rebound in U.S. jobs growth boosted Wall Street and supported the dollar on Friday, while a surprise Conservative victory cast away fears of a hung British Parliament and sparked a rally in sterling and European stock markets. Gold edged higher following two days of losses as lower bond...

  • *Syngenta rallies after rejecting Monsanto bid. LONDON, May 8- European equity indexes rebounded on Friday, led by UK shares after election results showed Prime Minister David Cameron's pro-business Conservatives had won a further five years in power. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of pan-European shares ended 2.8 percent higher, while Britain's blue-chip FTSE...

  • *Domestically focused FTSE mid-cap index sets record high. LONDON, May 8- Britain's stock market surged higher on Friday after Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives unexpectedly won the parliamentary election, giving the party another five years in power. The FTSE 250 mid-cap index finished 2.8 percent stronger after setting an all-time high as the...

  • *Wall Street rises on April rebound in U.S. jobs growth. NEW YORK, May 8- An April rebound in U.S. jobs growth boosted Wall Street and supported the dollar on Friday, while a surprise Conservative victory cast away fears of a hung British Parliament and sparked a rally in sterling and European stock markets. Gold edged higher following two days of losses as lower bond...

  • *Domestically-focused FTSE mid-cap index sets record high. LONDON, May 8- Britain's stock market surged higher on Friday after Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives unexpectedly won the general election, giving the party another five years in power. The FTSE 250 mid-cap index rose 2.7 percent to set an all-time high as the election results came...

  • LONDON, May 8- A rebound in U.S. jobs numbers lifted U.S. stock futures, boosted the dollar against the euro and helped European shares consolidate their biggest daily gain since January on Friday. "This is more evidence that the economy is expanding after its first-quarter swoon," said Jim McDonald, chief investment strategist at Chicago- based Northern Trust...

  • LONDON, May 8- Britain's stock market surged higher on Friday after Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives unexpectedly won the general election, giving the party another five years in power. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index rose 1.9 percent to 7,017.35 points by 1104 GMT, within touching distance of the record high of 7,122.74 points reached last month.

  • LONDON, May 8- World bond and stock markets rose on Friday after a bruising week and sterling surged to a two-month high after the business-friendly Conservative party won Britain's parliamentary election. Sterling leapt 1.3 percent against the dollar and London's FTSE led equity markets with a 1.9 percent jump to help European shares rebound from...

  • *Sterling soars as polls show victory for UK govt in elections. LONDON, May 8- World bond and stock markets rose on Friday after a bruising week and sterling jumped to a two-month high after the business-friendly Conservative party won Britain's national elections. With more than 75 percent of the seats counted in the UK, the Conservatives were set to govern for...

  • The main FTSE 100 stock market surged towards last month's record high, sterling was on course for its biggest daily rise against the euro since 2009 and UK government borrowing costs fell. "A bolt from the blue," said Alan Monks, UK economist at JP Morgan. A Conservative victory is preferable over a Labor-SNP coalition and that's why we see sterling and UK equities...

  • LONDON, May 8- UK shares led a rebound in European equity indexes on Friday after early poll results showed Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives were set to govern Britain for another five years. At 0707 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of pan-European shares was up 2.1 percent at 1,578.68 points, with Britain's FTSE 100 also up by a similar amount.

  • LONDON, May 8- British stocks were called to open sharply higher and sterling surged on Friday as early British election results showed Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives poised to return to power without the need of a formal coalition. With Cameron's Tories generally perceived to be more market-friendly than the opposition Labour Party, the FTSE...

  • *Metro, Morrisons slip; Beiersdorf gains. LONDON, May 7- European shares recouped most of their daily losses to trade modestly lower on Thursday, as a selloff in government bonds eased and the euro gave up its gains against the dollar, partly helped by some estimate-beating U.S. data. Germany's DAX index, which is heavily export-oriented and benefits from a weak euro,...