• 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.

  • *China trade data lends support, though import drop is worrying. TOKYO, June 9- Asian stocks touched their highest levels in nearly three years on Monday, basking in the glow of a record close on Wall Street after bright U.S. jobs data pointed to improving economic momentum.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.5 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.9 pct. PARIS, June 6- European shares extended gains triggered by new European Central Bank measures to boost the region's recovery into a second day on Friday, with a euro zone blue-chip index touching a six-year high.

  • LONDON, June 6- European stocks rose and bond yields tumbled on Friday in markets buoyed by the European Central Bank's promise of another tidal wave of deflation-dousing cash, but impending U.S. jobs data kept investors cautious.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.4 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.5 pct. PARIS, June 6- European stocks extended their rally on Friday, spurred by the European Central Bank's fresh measures to boost the region's recovery and as investors anticipated positive U.S. jobs data later in the session. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index was up 0.5 percent.

  • LONDON, June 6- European stocks and bonds rose on Friday, buoyed by the European Central Bank's promise of another tidal wave of deflation-dousing liquidity, but investors retained a note of caution ahead of the latest U.S. employment report.