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  • European shares hit five-week low; eyes on ECB Thursday, 2 Oct 2014 | 4:10 AM ET

    *Allianz slips as Pimco suffers massive outflows. PARIS, Oct 2- European shares fell in early trading on Thursday, with a benchmark index hitting a five-week low as soft global manufacturing data prompted investors to cut equity holdings worldwide. Shares in Allianz fell 0.4 percent, adding to recent sharp losses, after the firm's asset management unit Pimco...

  • Spreadbetters see lower open for Europe. The gloom is seen keeping Europe on the defensive, with spreadbetters forecasting Britain's FTSE and Germany's DAX each to drop as much as 0.2 percent, and France's CAX to start 0.1 percent lower. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.1 percent, with the downturn potentially limited by...

  • Oct 1- Communications and events company UBM Plc said it would acquire Advanstar Communications, a privately-held trade show organizer, for $972 million in cash to increase its focus on the events business in North America. Shares in the FTSE -250 company fell more than 3 percent on Wednesday to their lowest in more than two years.

  • TOKYO, Oct 1- Asian shares slumped on Wednesday as continued civil unrest in Hong Kong and a downbeat day on Wall Street sapped confidence, while the dollar index was close to a four-year high after marking its best quarterly gain in six years.

  • European stocks hit by news of Gross departure Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    *Allianz tumbles 6 pct as Gross leaves Pimco. PARIS, Sept 26- European shares trimmed gains in afternoon trade as shares of German insurer Allianz plunged on news that fund manager Bill Gross was leaving Allianz's asset-management unit Pimco.

  • PARIS, Sept 26- European stocks rose on Friday, shrugging off declines on Wall Street, with euro zone banks leading the gains on expectations they will be the big winners in the European Central Bank's drive to stave off deflation. Spain's Banco Santander rose 0.8 percent, Italy's Intesa SanPaolo gained 1.6 percent and BNP Paribas added 1 percent.

  • *Apple's fall leads Wall Street to sharp drop, weighing on Asia. TOKYO, Sept 26- Asian shares were poised to end the week on a sour note on Friday after a steep drop on Wall Street, while the dollar steadied close to multi-year highs.

  • European shares fall in late sell-off, miners slip Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 underperforms on concerns of rate hike. The STOXX Europe 600 Basic Resources index fell 2.1 percent to feature as the biggest sectoral decliner in Europe after prices of key base metals fell following a rise in the dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of major currencies, to a four-year high.

  • LONDON, Sept 25- European equities fell late on Thursday after U.S. shares opened lower following poor durable goods data, with Britain's FTSE 100 underperforming as the Bank of England said a rate hike was getting closer.

  • *FTSE MIB outperforms after Italy consumer confidence rises. LONDON, Sept 24- The Milan stock exchange outperformed a broad rally on European equity markets on Wednesday after data showed that Italian consumer confidence had risen for the first time in four months.

  • *Asia stocks steady; China up, Japan, Australia down. TOKYO, Sept 24- U.S. air strikes in Syria left Asian stock markets jaded on Wednesday, setting the stage for another soft session for European shares.

  • LONDON, Sept 19- The FTSEurofirst 300 index touched its highest level in more than six years on Friday after Scotland voted against independence, but trimmed gains in late trading on profit taking and on speculation about a downgrade of France. Britain's FTSE 100 index also closed up 0.3 percent, although off its intra-day highs.

  • *Sterling gains as Scotland voters decide to stay in UK. TOKYO, Sept 19- The British pound rose sharply after the Scottish independence vote indicated Scotland would remain in the United Kingdom, while Wall Street's overnight gains and Alibaba Group's red-hot initial public offering underpinned Asian shares.

  • *Sulzer gains on mergers& acquisitions news. LONDON, Sept 18- European equities closed higher on Thursday, with a key index climbing to a two-week high after the U.S. Britain's FTSE rose 0.6 percent, Germany's DAX index gained 1.4 percent and France's CAC 40 rose 0.8 percent.

  • *Sulzer gains on mergers& acquisitions news. LONDON, Sept 18- European equities advanced on Thursday, with a key index climbing to a two-week high after the U.S. Britain's FTSE was up 0.5 percent, Germany's DAX index gained 1.2 percent and France's CAC 40 rose 0.7 percent.

  • European shares climb to 2-week high, focus on Scotland Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    *Sulzer gains on mergers& acquisitions news. However UK shares slightly underperformed as the voting got underway in Scotland's referendum on independence, keeping investors on edge ahead of the result on Friday. Britain's FTSE was up 0.4 percent, Germany's DAX index gained 1 percent and France's CAC 40 rose 0.6 percent.

  • *Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European equities advanced in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed down 0.2 percent, against a 0.4 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,385.09 points.

  • European shares rise as Fed statement seen less hawkish Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 10:45 AM ET

    *Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European equities advanced in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down 0.1 percent, against a 0.5 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,386.31 points by 1405 GMT.

  • European shares gain on hope of less hawkish Fed Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:08 AM ET

    *Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European shares rose in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index was up 0.2 percent, against a 0.6 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,386.66 points by 1035 GMT.

  • LONDON, Sept 17- Global stocks and commodity prices rose on Wednesday, boosted by speculation the U.S.