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  • Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open up by 12 to 15 points, or 0.2 percent higher. Europe's stock markets have lately pushed to multi-year peaks, with both the FTSE and DAX setting record highs this year as new economic stimulus measures from the European Central Bank offset worries about Greece's fiscal woes. MSCI's broadest index of...

  • Media stocks drag down European equities from highs Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 6:31 AM ET

    The STOXX Europe Media index dropped 1.3 percent, the top sectoral decliner, dragged down by a 3.6 percent fall in Pearson after a report saying the Los Angeles Unified School District was seeking a refund from Apple over a bungled $1.3 billion iPad plan with curriculum from Pearson. Around Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 index was down 0.3 percent and Germany's DAX...

  • *Alcatel shares fall back as Nokia unveils bid details. PARIS, April 15- European stocks rallied on Wednesday, with one regional benchmark hitting a level not seen since late 2000, after the European Central Bank said it remained committed to its full asset-buying programme to revive the euro zone economy. "Our focus will be on the full implementation of our...

  • LONDON, April 15- European shares hit a 14- year high and the euro fell on Wednesday after the European Central Bank affirmed its loose policy stance and as weak data from China raised prospects of monetary easing there too. Firmer commodity prices and merger news also helped hoist European stocks, and U.S. stock index futures pointed to a firmer start on Wall...

  • *Alcatel shares fall back as Nokia unveils bid details. PARIS, April 15- European stocks rallied on Wednesday, with one regional benchmark hitting a level not seen since late 2000, ahead of a European Central Bank meeting at which the bank is expected to affirm its loose monetary stance. Shares in France's Alcatel-Lucent dropped 13 percent, slipping back from its...

  • Nokia, miners help European shares reach new 14-year high Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 5:27 AM ET

    *Nokia gains after deal, Alcatel-Lucent slips. LONDON, April 15- European shares touched a new 14- year high on Wednesday, with Nokia gaining after agreeing to buy rival telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent, and firmer oil and metals prices boosting energy and mining stocks. Shares in Royal Dutch Shell, Tullow Oil and BP rose 0.8 to 2.4 percent.

  • Watch for FTSE oil and gas dividend payouts   Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 4:50 AM ET
    Watch for FTSE oil and gas dividend payouts

    Despite the falling price of crude, research from Markit suggests that total dividends from FTSE 350 oil and gas companies will rise in 2015. Ryan Bransfield, head of UK dividend research at Markit, discusses the trend.

  • European shares hit highest since 2000 as euro falls Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 9:56 AM ET

    LONDON/ PARIS, April 10- European shares powered ahead to their highest level since 2000 on Friday, helped by further declines in an already weak euro that is seen supporting an economic recovery and boosting corporate profits. Germany's DAX index, which includes dividends unlike most other benchmarks, was up 1.5 percent, hitting a record high, while France's CAC...

  • Britain's FTSE nears record high as Shire shines Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 9:11 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 up 0.5 pct, near record highs. The FTSE 100 rose 0.5 percent to 7,051.07 points, close to a record 7,065.08 points reached in March. Shire shares rose 5.2 percent, the biggest gain on the FTSE 100, from a U.S. Food and Drug Administration decision to grant a priority review to its application for lifitegrast, a dry-eye disease treatment.

  • *China inflation flat, suggesting more easing ahead from Beijing. The stock market push was set to keep Wall Street going up when it resumes later and complemented more lows for euro zone bond yields after Greece repaid a loan tranche to the International Monetary Fund to keep alive its hopes of more aid. Subdued Chinese inflation also fuelled talk of additional...

  • LONDON/ PARIS, April 10- European shares powered ahead to their highest level since 2000 on Friday as the euro weakened to its lowest since mid-March. Germany's DAX index, which includes dividends unlike most other benchmarks, was up 1.2 percent, hitting a fresh record high, while France's CAC 40 was up 0.5 percent to its highest level since 2008. Britain's FTSE 100...

  • *China inflation flat, suggesting more easing ahead from Beijing. The stock market push was complemented by another low for euro zone bond yields, after Greece repaid a loan tranche to the International Monetary Fund to keep alive its hopes of more aid. Subdued Chinese inflation also led to talk of additional stimulus from Beijing, and upbeat data from major...

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.4 pct, in line with European region. LONDON, April 10- Top UK shares rose on Friday, nearing all-time highs as real-estate stocks extended gains from a rebound in property prices and drugmaker Shire got a lift from a priority drug review in the United States. The FTSE 100 rose 0.3 percent to 7,037.57 points, close to an all-time high of 7,065.08 points hit...

  • *Stocks rally, Europe hits seven-year high. NEW YORK, April 9- World equity markets rose on Thursday, lifted by Greece's repayment of a 450 million euro loan installment to the International Monetary Fund and growing expectations that the U.S. Bond yields spiked after a weak sale of long-dated Treasury securities, while Wall Street was little changed, as...

  • Britain's FTSE buoyed by Burberry, emerging markets Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 12:29 PM ET

    *Burberry gains on bid speculation. LONDON, April 9- Britain's FTSE 100 rose on Thursday, as a recovery in emerging market-exposed stocks and gains in Burberry driven by bid speculation kept the index near all-time highs. "I have been buying up Burberry shares but I don't think I'll go back in for more ahead of Burberry's numbers later this month," Securequity sales...

  • *China fund managers chase Hong Kong to new 7- year high. TOKYO, April 9- Asian stocks rose on Thursday, extending the previous session's gains, while the dollar drew support from minutes of the Federal Reserve's last meeting showing the U.S. central bank was still on course to hike interest rates this year. Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to...

  • *Greek PM Tsipras in Moscow. LONDON, April 8- Global stocks remained upbeat on Wednesday as a $70 billion mega-deal in the European oil and gas sector stoked the merger and acquisition fever that has gripped investors this week. Shares in BG Group rose as much as 42 percent in early trade after Royal Dutch Shell agreed to pay that amount for its smaller rival, making...

  • *Sky rallies after sources say Vivendi mulling takeover. PARIS, April 8- European shares rose in early trading on Wednesday, led by a rally in energy stocks after Royal Dutch Shell agreed to buy BG Group for 47 billion pounds in the first oil super-merger in a decade. Shares in BG jumped 39 percent, while Tullow Oil soared 10 percent, BP gained 4 percent, Repsol added 1.8...

  • TOKYO, April 7- Asian stocks rose on Tuesday, following a positive lead from Wall Street, while the dollar held onto its gains after rebounding against the euro and yen on higher U.S. Spreadbetters saw the upward momentum for equities continuing into Europe, forecasting a higher open for Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC. The Australian dollar jumped...

  • *Oil rallies as talks on Iran continue. NEW YORK, April 1- U.S. stocks fell for a second day and the dollar dipped after a weaker-than-expected report on private sector employment spurred investor concerns that a highly anticipated monthly U.S. jobs report on Friday could also point to slowing economic growth. However, oil futures rallied as talks over Iran's...