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  • *Britain's FTSE lags after HSBC profit falls. Britain's FTSE 100 index was the only major index to trade lower after index heavyweight HSBC reported a 17 percent drop in annual profit, sending its shares 5.5 percent lower. "We have cleared the first hurdle but Greece has to come up with a serious set of measures now," Peter Dixon, equity strategist at Commerzbank, said.

  • European shares gain after Greece deal, HSBC slips Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 4:24 AM ET

    *Britain's FTSE turns negative after HSBC profit falls. LONDON, Feb 23- European equities extended recent gains on Monday, with Germany's DAX hitting an all-time high as investor appetite for riskier assets improved after euro zone negotiators agreed to extend Greece's financial rescue package. Britain's FTSE 100 index opened higher, but turned negative...

  • LONDON, Feb 23- European shares rose on Monday, with Germany's share index hitting a new all-time high and Britain's FTSE trading just below a record peak after euro zone negotiators agreed to extend Greece's financial rescue package. Britain's FTSE 100 index rose 0.2 percent to 6,931.21 points by 0807 GMT after, not far from its record peak of 6,950.60 scaled in...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 20- The Dow and S&P 500 ended at record highs on Friday while the Nasdaq notched an eighth straight day of gains after Greek and euro zone finance ministers reached a deal to extend heavily indebted Greece's financial rescue by four months. The agreement removes the immediate risk of Greece running out of money next month and possibly being forced...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 20- U.S. stocks rose on Friday in a relief rally after Greece and euro zone finance ministers reached a deal to extend heavily indebted Greece's financial rescue by four months. News of the agreement, which removes the immediate risk of Greece running out of money next month and possibly being forced out of the single currency area, lifted U.S. indexes...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 20- U.S. stocks edged higher on Friday after euro zone finance ministers and Greece drafted an agreement that may form the basis for a financial rescue package for Greece. Investors have been waiting for signs of progress in negotiations over the Greece debt situation, and the uncertainty has triggered caution among market participants.

  • PARIS, Feb 19- Europe's stock rally lost steam on Thursday, with a benchmark index retreating from a seven-year high, after Germany rejected a new proposal from Athens for an extension of its bailout programme. With the programme due to expire in a little more than a week, Greece urgently needs to secure a financial lifeline to keep the country afloat beyond late...

  • PARIS, Feb 19- Europe's stock rally lost steam on Thursday, with a benchmark index retreating from a seven-year high, after Germany rejected a new proposal from Athens for an extension of its bailout programme. With the programme due to expire in a little more than a week, Greece urgently needs to secure a financial lifeline to keep the country afloat beyond late...

  • PARIS, Feb 19- European stocks trimmed gains around midday on Thursday after Germany rejected a new proposal from Athens for an extension of its bailout programme. "The letter from Athens is not a proposal that leads to a substantial solution," ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said in a statement. Stocks had rallied earlier, with the FTSEurofirst 300 index...

  • LONDON, Feb 18- Greek stocks helped push a key pan-European equity index to a seven-year high on Wednesday, on expectations that Athens would reach an agreement with its international lenders. Greek shares climbed 1 percent after Greece's government confirmed it would ask on Wednesday for an extension to its loan agreement with the euro zone.

  • LONDON, Feb 18- Stocks continued their relentless march higher on Wednesday as investors shrugged off the protracted uncertainty surrounding Greece's debt negotiations with its creditors, pinning their hopes that a deal will be reached by the end of the week. Europe's main bourses followed Asia and Wall Street higher. In early trade the FTSEuroFirst 300...

  • LONDON, Feb 18- European shares rose on Wednesday, led by southern European indexes on fresh optimism that Greece would reach an agreement with its international lenders. Shares in debt-laden Italy and Spain, which were seen as coming under market pressure if Greece were to leave the euro zone, outperformed. "Greece is driving the market today," a senior trader in...

  • Cramer: Greece situation unlike the old days Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 10:42 AM ET
    A protester takes part in an anti-austerity pro-government demonstration in Athens February 16, 2015.

    "This is not like the old days," CNBC's Jim Cramer says about the Greek-EU standoff.

  • Even though Athens' leftist government failed to come to an agreement with its international creditors overnight, a copy of draft proposals spoke of "extending" its bailout agreement as a "bridge" to a new package. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank extended the amount of emergency liquidity assistance for Greek banks by 5 billion euros, on top of the 60 billion...

  • *Europe agrees on way forward for Greece. *Apple rises after Icahn letter. NEW YORK, Feb 11- U.S. stock futures rose late on Wednesday after Europe agreed on a way forward with Greece on debt negotiations that had been holding back U.S. investors worried about European stability.

  • TOKYO, Feb 9- European stocks dipped and low-rated bond yields rose on Monday after dismal Chinese trade data and signs of increasingly fraught relations between Greece and its international creditors kept investors cautious. In Europe, all eyes were on Greece, after its new prime minister Alexis Tsipras ruled out extending its bailout and pledged to reverse...

  • Slide in Greek shares weighs on European stock markets Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 5:56 AM ET

    *Athens' ATG equity index down around 6 pct. PARIS/ LONDON, Feb 5- Greek shares fell sharply on Thursday, pegging back European stock markets, after the European Central Bank abruptly cancelled its acceptance of Greek bonds in return for funding. Shares in National Bank of Greece fell 15.4 percent, while Bank of Piraeus declined 15.2 percent.

  • BT agrees EE deal, to raise $1.5B via a placing Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 4:18 AM ET

    BT said it would raise $1.5 billion through a placing of new shares to fund its 12.5 billion pounds ($19 billion) acquisition of EE.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- The euro slumped late on Wednesday and safe-haven U.S. government bonds rallied after the European Central Bank abruptly canceled its acceptance of Greek bonds in return for funding, putting more pressure on Greece to reach new reforms. In an indication of how Greek equities might trade on Thursday morning, the Global X FTSE Greece...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- The S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended lower on Wednesday, snapping a two-day rally as energy shares slid with oil prices and as investors' anxiety about the euro zone returned in the closing minutes of trading. The benchmark index added to losses late in the session after the European Central Bank abruptly canceled its acceptance of Greek bonds in return for...