• LONDON, June 24- European stocks and major currency and bond markets struggled for direction on Tuesday, underpinned by manufacturing data from China, Japan and the United States the previous day but unnerved by growing signs of economic weakness in Europe.

  • TOKYO, June 23- Asian stocks and the Australian dollar rose on Monday as upbeat news from China's factory sector and fresh highs on Wall Street fueled appetites for riskier assets, while crude oil held near nine-month highs as fighting in Iraq intensified.

  • Fed revives European stock rally; EDF tumbles Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 8:02 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.7 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 1.1 pct. PARIS, June 19- European stocks rallied on Thursday, with a blue-chip index near a six-year high, after the U.S. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index had risen 1.1 percent to 3,316.36 points, a level not seen since mid-2008.

  • LONDON, June 19- Global stocks and bonds rose on Thursday after the U.S. Following the S&P 500' s rise to yet another record high on Wednesday, Asian equities posted strong gains- Japan's Nikkei 225 hit its highest since late January- and European bourses also opened sharply higher.

  • LONDON, June 19- British hedge fund firm Man Group has bought U.S. peer Numeric Holdings for an initial $219 million to broaden its computer-driven business and increase its presence in the United States. Man Group's shares had risen 5.4 percent by 0918 GMT, making them the second-biggest gainer on Britain's FTSE mid-cap index, which was up 0.9.

  • LONDON, June 19- Rolls-Royce shares jumped 7 percent on Thursday after the British aero-engine maker decided to buy back shares worth 1 billion pounds instead of making any major acquisitions. Rolls-Royce shares climbed to 1,076 pence, their highest in over two months, leading Britain's benchmark FTSE 100 index.

  • LONDON, June 19- Global stocks and emerging market assets rallied on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled that rising inflation won't trigger an interest rate rise any time soon, while Iraq turmoil sent crude oil futures to their highest this year.

  • Financial spreadbetters saw the momentum carrying on into Europe, with Britain's FTSE seen rising as much as 0.5 percent at the open, Germany's DAX up 0.6 percent and France's CAC 0.7 percent higher. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.8 percent.

  • Wall Street stocks rose modestly, reversing earlier declines, though investors kept a watch on the turmoil in Iraq as the Federal Reserve began its two-day policy meeting. Oil traders, after initial calm on the absence of an escalation in the Iraq crisis overnight, continued to push prices higher.

  • LONDON, June 17- A bout of mergers and acquisitions gave European stocks a shot in the arm on Tuesday, while commodity and emerging market investors were somewhat calmed by the absence of an escalation in the Iraq crisis overnight.

  • Iraq crisis, UK rate warnings hit European shares Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    *Iraq crisis, chance of early UK rate hike hit sentiment. LONDON, June 13- Major European stock indexes ended lower on Friday, with British equities slipping on the possibility of an early rate hike and travel stocks hurt by concern the Iraq conflict will raise oil prices.

  • *Iraq fighting boosts oil, saps global equity averages. NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 13- Escalating violence in Iraq drove oil higher and sent stocks lower on Friday, putting a global equity index on track for its first weekly loss in five weeks.

  • LONDON, June 13- Shares in Britain's housebuilders and property developers fell on Friday after the government and the Bank of England signalled they were ready to intervene to cool the country's surging house market.

  • Violence in oil-rich Iraq hit broader market sentiment as it boosted oil prices, with fuel-thirsty airline stocks among the worst hit while oil majors gained. The euro zone Euro STOXX 50 index was down 0.1 percent at 3,279.73 points while Britain's FTSE was down 0.3 percent.

  • TOKYO, June 13- Asian stocks slid and crude oil scaled nine-month highs on Friday as escalating civil war in Iraq dulled risk appetite which had been buoyant just days before.

  • *Oil prices firm as militants advance on Iraq oil town. TOKYO, June 12- Asian shares slipped on Thursday after a retreat on Wall Street and escalating violence in Iraq delivered a one-two punch to risk appetite, which in turn kept oil prices near three-month highs.

  • *Barclays recommendation upgrade lifts Novartis. PARIS, June 10- European stocks inched up on Tuesday, extending a three-week rally, led by gains in defensive Swiss blue-chips such as pharma group Novartis, boosted by an upbeat broker note.

  • TOKYO, June 10- Asia stocks rose to three-year highs on Tuesday on optimism over global growth prospects and a record run on Wall Street, which helped lift Treasury yields and the dollar. On Wall Street overnight the S&P 500 ended at a fourth straight record closing high and the Dow at its third.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.1 pct. *Gecina drops as Metrovacesa sells stake.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.1 pct. PARIS, June 9- European shares inched higher on Monday, building on last week's rally and tracking gains on Wall Street and in Asia in the wake of reassuring U.S. jobs data.