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  • *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,...

  • *Metro, Morrisons slip; Beiersdorf gains. LONDON, May 7- European shares fell to their lowest level in more than two months on Thursday, with a stronger euro and a global bond rout denting the appeal of shares. Britain's FTSE 100 index fell 1.6 percent on the day of an election that could yield a weak government, propel it towards a vote on EU membership and foster...

  • The regional FTSEurofirst was led down by 1.2 and 1.8 percent falls on Germany's Dax and France's CAC 40 and as the euro hit its highest level against the dollar and other top currencies since February. Bond markets were taking some heavy blows again too with Germany's normally rock-solid Bunds on course for their biggest jump in yields in over a decade and...

  • *Metro, Morrisons slip; Beiersdorf gains. LONDON, May 7- European shares fell to their lowest level in more than two months on Thursday, mirroring losses on Wall Street and Asia, with a stronger euro following a global bond rout and concerns about the outcome of the British election hitting sentiment. Britain's FTSE 100 index fell 0.8 percent on the day of an election...

  • *European stocks start lower after fresh selling in Asia. LONDON, May 7- World financial markets were unsettled again on Thursday as a week-long sell-off in benchmark government bonds, stocks and the dollar, and a race up in oil prices, was compounded by UK election uncertainty. London's FTSE, the region's biggest share market, meanwhile, was down 0.6 percent and...

  • LONDON, May 7- European shares fell to their lowest in more than two months on Thursday, mirroring losses on Wall Street and Asia, with a stronger euro following a global bond rout and concerns about the outcome of the British election hitting sentiment. Britain's FTSE 100 index fell 0.8 percent as voters in the country get to decide on Thursday who they want to rule...

  • Banks lead Britain's FTSE lower, focus on election Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 11:59 AM ET

    LONDON, May 5- Britain's top share index ended lower on Tuesday tracking sharp losses in the U.S. market, with HSBC leading the banking sector down after saying a bank levy was hampering its ability to pay a higher dividend. After trading higher in the first, the blue-chip FTSE 100 index gave up gains and finished 0.8 percent weaker at 6,927.58 points, dragged down by...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-European markets buck China concerns Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 5:07 AM ET

    *Shanghai index down over 4 percent, more stimulus talk. LONDON, May 5- European markets opened firmer on Tuesday after an extended weekend break, bucking fears of slowing demand from China and despite debt stand-off fears depressing Greek stocks. Britain's FTSE 100 index was up 0.9 percent after a three-day weekend and Germany's DAX rose more than 1 percent,...

  • Ongoing caution over Greece hinders euro zone. GLASGOW, May 5- Shares of Swiss bank UBS were the top performers in Europe on Tuesday, rising on the back of its highest quarterly profit in nearly five years, as gains for non-euro zone shares helped European stocks into positive territory. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.5 percent at 0756 GMT, though...