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  • SHANGHAI, May 27- China stocks ended mixed on Wednesday, giving a lukewarm welcome to FTSE Russell's reception of mainland-listed equities into its indexes ahead of a fresh flood of new share offerings. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 0.3 percent, to 5,181.43, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.6 percent,...

  • *Signs of Greek woes spreading to Spain dent risk appetite. TOKYO, May 27- Asian stocks sagged and the dollar stood tall on Wednesday on growing prospects the Federal Reserve was on track to raise interest rates later this year and concerns that financial woes could engulf Spain in addition to Greece. Spreadbetters expected a modestly higher open for Britain's...

  • SHANGHAI, May 27- China stocks ended Wednesday morning mixed as the market, facing a fresh flood of new share offerings, gave a lukewarm welcome to FTSE Russell's reception of mainland-listed equities into its indexes. Launch of the indexes, which will have an initial weighting of 5 percent for China A shares- has limited impact on China's stock market, said Shen...

  • Why FTSE wants to include China A-shares in index Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:23 AM ET
    Why FTSE wants to include China A-shares in index

    Mark Makepeace, chief executive of FTSE Group, discusses the FTSE Russell's move to launch two transitional indexes that will include China's A-shares.

  • *Volumes thin with London, Frankfurt and New York closed. LONDON, May 25- European equities fell on Monday, with the Spanish and Greek stock markets hit by investors' concerns over Greece's debt problems and a poor local election result for the Madrid government. Athens' main index equity index fell 1.2 percent after Greece's interior minister said on Sunday the...

  • Greek, French, Italian shares fall in thin trading Monday, 25 May 2015 | 4:44 AM ET

    LONDON, May 25- European equities fell on Monday, tracking Friday's losses on Wall Street and as a Greek minister said Athens cannot make debt repayments next month unless Greece reaches a deal with its creditors. Greece's ATG index fell 2.5 percent on the comments by Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis during a weekend TV show. The benchmark French CAC 40 index was...

  • French, Spanish and Italian stock markets fall Monday, 25 May 2015 | 3:23 AM ET

    Trading volumes in Europe were expected to be thin as several markets in countries including the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States were shut for holidays. Spain's IBEX fell 1 percent after the ruling People's Party took a battering in regional and local elections on Sunday after voters punished Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for four years of...

  • Vodafone hits 14-yr high as M&A talk rumbles on Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:04 AM ET

    LONDON, May 22- Britain's top share index hit its highest level in 10 days on Friday, driven by a jump in network operator Vodafone's shares, which hit a 14- year high on the back of potential merger activity. Vodafone rose 4 percent, following upgrades from Citi and Deutsche Bank. Both brokers cited comments earlier in the week from Liberty Global chairman John...

  • Wall Street's record high on Thursday lifted Asian stocks on Friday, a day that will be packed with key European and U.S. economic data as well as speeches from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank president Mario Draghi. European shares struggled to match that, but the leading index of European shares was still poised for its biggest...

  • *Shanghai stocks focus on potential positives of weak China PMI. TOKYO, May 21- Stock market gains were capped on Thursday in much of Asia in the wake of China's downbeat factory activity data, but shares in Shanghai focused on the potential positives from the weak reading and rallied. Spreadbetters forecast a slightly lower open for Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Euro slips on Greek worries, stocks steady Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:38 AM ET

    *Greece won't make June 5 IMF repayment without deal-official. Treasuries inched up on safe-haven buying caused by worries that Greece may be unable to make a 300 million euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund on June 5 unless foreign lenders distribute more aid. The Greek government's parliamentary speaker said on Wednesday that Athens will not...

  • TOKYO, May 20- Asian shares slipped on Wednesday after a mixed day on Wall Street, though Japan's better-than-expected economic growth lifted the Nikkei to a 15- year high. The dollar scaled a two-month high against the yen after upbeat U.S. housing data, and as the euro remained pressured by expectations that the European Central Bank would increase its...

  • *Euro falls back below $1.12. NEW YORK, May 19- U.S. and European equities rose to trade near record highs on Tuesday, and the euro tumbled on signals the European Central Bank may accelerate its 1 trillion euro bond-buying program over the next two months. Wall Street's Dow Industrials index closed at an all-time high, though other major U.S. stock indexes mostly...

  • *Wall St's Dow index hits new intraday high. *Euro falls back below $1.12. NEW YORK, May 19- U.S. and European equities traded near record highs on Tuesday, and the euro tumbled on signals the European Central Bank may accelerate its 1 trillion euro bond-buying program over the next two months.

  • *Wall Street backs off highs. NEW YORK, May 19- Equities around the world jumped on Tuesday and the euro tumbled on signals the European Central Bank may accelerate its 1 trillion euro bond-buying program over the next two months. Wall Street, which closed at record highs on Monday, reacted little to the upbeat housing data and was last down on weak results from...

  • *China shares gain sharply on hopes for Beijing reforms. LONDON, May 19- The euro tumbled on Tuesday and the region's stocks and bonds jumped after the European Central Bank suggested it may speed up its 1 trillion euro bond-buying campaign slightly to account for lower market liquidity in high summer. The euro was back at $1.12 for the first time in a week and the...

  • TOKYO, May 19- Asian shares shrugged off early losses on Tuesday, as surging Chinese shares and Wall Street's record close offset continuing worries over Greece's fiscal woes. The cheer was expected to continue in Europe, where financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open up by 12-13 points, or 0.2 percent higher. MSCI's broadest index of...

  • *Oil rises on fighting in Yemen and Iraq. Brent crude rose $1 to near $68 a barrel as violence in Irag and Yemen outweighed concerns about oversupply. MSCI's index of Asia-Pacific shares, excluding Japan, fell 0.7 percent, though Tokyo's Nikkei closed 0.8 percent higher.

  • Autos and miners help European shares to advance Monday, 18 May 2015 | 4:36 AM ET

    However, Italy's FTSE MIB index fell 0.9 percent as several companies in the index traded without the attraction of their latest dividend payouts. The STOXX Europe 600 Automobile and Auto Parts index rose 1.4 percent, the top sectoral gainer, helped by a 2.4 percent rise in shares of Volkswagen after Deutsche Bank saw an upside from efficiency gains at the...

  • Weaker commodity stocks push FTSE lower at the close Friday, 15 May 2015 | 11:55 AM ET

    *Blue-chip FTSE 100 index ends 0.2 pct lower. LONDON, May 15- Britain's top share index slipped on Friday, with energy and mining sectors falling the most on U.S. economic growth concerns and after prices of key commodities dropped. Shares in Anglo American, Glencore and Fresnillo were down 1.2 to 1.8 percent.