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  • PARIS/ LONDON, March 31- European shares fell on Tuesday, taking a breather from their sharp rally of the past three months sparked by the drop in the euro, with Germany's DAX index set to record its biggest first-quarter gain since its creation in mid-1988. "Quantitative easing in Europe has been the surprising positive in the first quarter, thanks to its huge size...

  • *China shares hit seven-year high on new Silk Road project. NEW YORK, March 30- The dollar rose and global equity markets surged on Monday on merger and acquisition activity among drugmakers on both sides of the Atlantic, while Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high on an ambitious government plan to create a modern Silk Road. Earlier, China unveiled details of an...

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks lead on stimulus hopes. LONDON, March 30- Shares rose on Monday with Asian stocks buoyed by hopes for stimulus to boost China's economy, but the euro slipped on renewed concern about Greece's finances. Earlier, Chinese stocks surged to seven-year highs, helped by Beijing's unveiling of an ambitious plan to build a modern Silk Road to...

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks lead on stimulus hopes. Chinese stocks surged to seven-year highs, helped by Beijing's unveiling of an ambitious plan to build a modern Silk Road to Europe and Africa and signs from People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan that added to expectations of more monetary policy easing. "China's economy is under relatively big...

  • *Crude dips as market reassesses conflict in Yemen. Asian shares dropped overnight but the pan-European FTSEurofirst tip-toed higher as a 0.2 percent fall for Britain's FTSE was offset by 0.6 and 0.1 percent gains on Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40.. "I'm not surprised that European shares are fading their gains," said Gavin Friend, a strategist at National...

  • *FTSE 100 down 1.4 pct. Britain's FTSE 100 closed 1.4 percent lower at 6,895.33 points, bringing the drop since a record high hit on Tuesday to 2.4 percent. Analysts at Citigroup on Thursday cut their forecasts for the smartphone sector and target prices on stocks highly exposed to China, the world's largest phone market, including Britain's ARM, which designs...

  • ARM leads fallers as FTSE drops away from record high Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:03 PM ET

    *Blue-chip FTSE 100 index falls 0.4 percent. *Barclays falls after downgrade by Investec. LONDON, March 25- Britain's leading share index gave up early gains on Wednesday, led down by a late drop in chip designer ARM and a fall in Barclays after a broker downgraded the stock.

  • *Blue-chip FTSE 100 index falls 0.2 percent. *Barclays falls after downgrade by Investec. LONDON, March 25- Britain's leading share index edged down on Wednesday, giving away early gains, led lower by Barclays after a broker downgrade.

  • Europe ends lower as Greece returns to spotlight   Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    Europe ends lower as Greece returns to spotlight

    European equities were lower Monday as investors looked forward to a meeting between the leaders of Greece and Germany amid rising tensions over its bailout program.

  • FTSE post record close above 7000; Vedanta soars   Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    FTSE post record close above 7000; Vedanta soars

    European equities closed higher on Friday, as Wall Street rose, and hopes were boosted that the new Greek government could yet strike a deal with its international bailout supervisors.

  • Italian boost sends European shares to 15-year high Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 2:01 PM ET

    *Pirelli, Enel boosts Italian index. LONDON/ PARIS, March 19- A broad index of European shares hit its highest level in 15 years on Thursday, led by Italian stocks thanks to sharp gains in tyre maker Pirelli and utility Enel. Shares in Enel rose 1.9 percent after it said it aims to raise profits and dividends over the next five years by focusing on emerging markets and...

  • NEW YORK, March 19- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday after the Federal Reserve on Wednesday removed a reference to being "patient" on interest rates out of its policy statement but indicated that it was in no rush to hike borrowing costs. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 0.56 percent and London's FTSE hit a record after...

  • *Treasury yields down sharply, Australia, Germany at record low. The shift in rate expectations had hit the dollar hard at first, though it had repaired almost all of the damage as trading gathered momentum in Europe. The euro found itself as high as $1.10625 in turbulent trade late on Wednesday, but was back down at $1.0683 as markets also began to focus on what are...

  • PARIS, March 19- European stocks rose on Thursday after the U.S. Britain's FTSE 100 also hit a new record high. The FTSE rose as much as 0.5 percent to an intraday record high of 6,978.74 points, beating its previous peak of 6,974.26 points set on March 2.

  • Europe closes mixed; FTSE rallies after Budget speech   Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    Europe closes mixed; FTSE rallies after Budget speech

    European equities closed mixed on Wednesday as investors awaited the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting and digested the annual U.K. Budget statement.

  • Europe ends lower ahead of Fed; Premier Oil surges   Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    Europe ends lower ahead of Fed; Premier Oil surges

    European equities finished lower on Tuesday, with the exception of the FTSE 100 which was given a lift by mining stocks, as investors looked ahead to a two-day meeting by the U.S. Federal Reserve and reacted to fresh economic data.

  • Europe closes higher as QE buoys stocks; DAX hits record

    European equities finished higher Monday as investor sentiment continued to be buoyed by the extra liquidity provided by the European Central Bank (ECB) in the region.

  • The DAX powered above 12,000 points for the first time and the main pan-euro zone benchmark indices hit seven-year highs, while U.S. futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street of around 0.5 percent. Wall Street looks set to rebound from last week's fall-- the third consecutive down week for U.S. stocks-- lifted by Europe's rally. The European Central Bank last...

  • *Euro slides to 12- year low. LONDON, March 16- The euro struck a fresh 12- year low on Monday and euro zone stocks reached new peaks on bets that the currency's relentless fall will boost corporate earning prospects just as the rising dollar hits those of U.S. firms. In early European trading the euro was up 1/ 3 of a percent against the dollar at $1.0530, having slid to...

  • Europe markets close up; oil in the spotlight   Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 12:30 PM ET
    Europe markets close up; oil in the spotlight

    European equities closed slightly higher Friday, as the oil and gas sector took another hit from tumbling prices.