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  • 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.

  • The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.5 percent by 0909 GMT, with benchmark indexes in France, Germany and Britain all reversing early gains after a survey showed eurozone output, new orders and employment all recorded sluggish growth at the end of 2014.. Although all national bourses were open except Switzerland and Hungary, traders said quiet...

  • European stocks set for yearly gain after late rebound Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 | 6:45 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 only major European index to eye yearly fall. LONDON, Dec 31- European shares edged higher on Wednesday, keeping most regional indexes on track to end a tumultuous year with modest gains after a late rebound. The index has surged more than 7 percent since Dec. 16, with many investors buying on the premise that the European Central Bank will announce...

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.3 pct, France's CAC up 0.4 pct. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index rose 0.3 percent while France's CAC-40 advanced 0.4 percent. Randgold Resources was among the best-performers on the FTSE, advancing 2.1 percent as the gold mining specialist benefited from a rise in the price of gold itself.

  • Ballast Nedam jumps as European shares edge higher Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 | 3:15 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 31- European shares inched higher on Wednesday in a truncated session with many of the region's markets either shut or only trading for half a day. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index rose 0.3 percent while France's CAC-40 advanced 0.4 percent. Germany's DAX market was shut, as was the Italian exchange.

  • Oil-price slide hits European energy shares Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 7:56 AM ET

    Explorers Seadrill and Tullow Oil were down around 3 percent. The UK FTSE 100 index fell 0.9 percent, underperforming its European peers, with London- listed energy majors BP and Shell down some 2 percent. Trading activity was broadly subdued, with uncertainty in Greece also weighing on markets ahead of a January election that the leftist anti-bailout Syriza...

  • LONDON, Dec 30- A wave of risk aversion swept through global markets on Tuesday as worries about Greece's future in the euro and general end-of-year caution subdued shares and lifted the safe-haven yen and gold. Europe's stock markets opened with Britain's FTSE 100, Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 down 0.5, 0.6 and 0.8 percent respectively after a 1.6 percent...

  • Athens angst hits southern European stock markets Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 1:15 PM ET

    *UK's FTSE rises 0.4 pct, DAX and CAC also advance. The sole candidate for the Greek presidency, Stavros Dimas, a former European Commissioner, fell short of the 180 vote super majority needed to become president, and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced a snap parliamentary election on Jan. 25. Opinion polls point to a victory by the radical leftist...

  • *UK's FTSE outperforms, helped by rise in gold miners. LONDON, Dec 29- Greek shares slumped on Monday, knocking European stock markets, after lawmakers rejected the government's candidate for president, leaving Greece facing a snap election that could derail its bailout programme. Opinion polls point to a victory by the radical leftist Syriza party, which wants...

  • European shares slide as Greece faces new elections Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 6:37 AM ET

    *UK's FTSE outperforms, helped by rise in gold miners. LONDON, Dec 29- Greek stocks slumped on Monday, knocking European peers, after lawmakers rejected the government's candidate for president, leaving Greece facing a snap election that could derail its bailout programme. IG market analyst Alastair McCaig said the Greek result could affect the European...

  • Greece leads selloff in euro zone shares before vote Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 4:08 AM ET

    Such a victory, feared by many investors, would galvanise anti-austerity and Eurosceptic movements across the euro zone periphery, such as Spain's Podemos and Italy's Five-Star Movement. Blue-chip indexes in Greece fell 5.5 percent at 0849 GMT and peers in Italy and Spain shed 1 percent, weighed down by falls in banks, which are heavily exposed to domestic...

  • Smith & Nephew outperforms sluggish European markets Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 8:43 AM ET

    *UK's FTSE 100 rises 0.2 pct to 6,609.93 points. The 7.7 percent jump in Smith& Nephew, after Bloomberg News reported U.S. rival Stryker was planning a takeover offer for it, allowed Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index to end 0.2 percent higher at 6,609.93 points. France's CAC ended down 0.4 percent as data showing another set of record unemployment figures in...

  • Greek uncertainty curbs European stock gains Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    *FTSE up but pares gains as UK external deficit rises. LONDON, Dec 23- A fall in Greek stocks kept a lid on gains in European equities on Tuesday, as the Athens bourse was hit by the prospect of early elections that could put Greece's rescue package at risk. The Bank of Spain raised its economic forecast while Portugal's budget deficit shrank.

  • *Nutreco falls as Cargill drops takeover bid. *FTSE up but pares gains as UK external deficit rises. Dutch animal feed company Nutreco also fell, sliding 5 percent after U.S. commodities company Cargill said it was dropping a bid for Nutreco.

  • *Greece, China worries in background. LONDON, Dec 23- The year-end rally on Europe's major stock exchanges edged into its sixth day on Tuesday, just managing to ride out growing concerns over Greece and the pace of growth in China, in markets thinned out by the Christmas holiday season. Britain's FTSE 100 index was up 0.3 percent, Germany's DAX index up 0.1 percent and...

  • *Shares in Nutreco fall 5 pct as Cargill drops takeover bid. Shares in Dutch animal feed company Nutreco bucked the trend, falling 5 percent after U.S. commodities company Cargill said it was dropping its takeover bid. Around Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 index was up 0.6 percent, Germany's DAX index up 0.3 percent and France's CAC 40 up 0.5 percent.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 23- A holiday hush settled over Asian markets on Tuesday after Wall Street closed at historic highs while oil prices recouped just a little of the losses suffered when Saudi Arabia quashed all thought of curbing supply. Trading was light in Asia with Japan on holiday and markets moved only marginally. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares...

  • Europe stocks end higher; Greek shares rally Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.4 pct, FTSE 100 up 0.5 pct. *France's Soitec tumbles after profit warning. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index advanced by 0.5 percent, Germany's DAX gained 0.8 percent, France's CAC rose 0.3 percent while the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index climbed 0.4 percent, to 1,367.00 points.