*FTSEurofirst 300 index closes 0.2 pct higher. LONDON, May 22- European shares hit a new five-year high on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank would retain its stimulus measures until the economy improved.» Read More
British finance minister George Osborne will use a major speech on Wednesday to throw his weight behind recommendations that banks' retail arms should be ring-fenced from their investment banking operations.
European stocks were seen steadying on Tuesday following Chinese macroeconomic data that fuelled gains in Asian equities, while a number of investors see attractive valuations after a six-week retreat.
European stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Monday, adding to the previous session's sharp sell-off, on mounting worries over the health of the global economy and concerns over Greece's debt crisis.
European shares were set to dip on Friday, reversing gains from the previous session to mirror a weak session in Asian equities, as some worries about the pace of global growth continued to weigh on investor sentiment.
European stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Thursday, with shares poised to lose ground for the seventh straight session as worries on the outlook for the global economy continue to rattle investors.
Only weeks ago, quantitative easing, the emergency policy of pumping money into the financial system to revive the economy, was considered firmly over. Now, amid a stream of gloomy data that has raised renewed fears of a double-dip recession in the UK, it could soon be back on the agenda, reported the FT.
European stocks were expected to open lower on Wednesday, amid fresh concerns over the pace of the US recovery following comments by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and continued uncertainty over euro zone debt.
European stocks were expected to open lower on Tuesday after slipping on Monday amid fresh concerns about the pace of the global economic recovery and expectations that the European Central Bank might signal a rate rise in July.
European stocks were expected to open lower on Monday after falling to their sharpest weekly loss in two and a half months on Friday in response to weak US jobs data.
There is no need for a “plan B” for the economy even if conditions change, senior Conservatives insisted on Sunday as Ed Balls renewed his attack on the government’s “reckless” deficit reduction program, reported the FT.
European stocks were expected to open mixed on Friday after hitting a one-week closing low on Thursday amid fresh concerns over the pace of the US recovery..
The latest numbers for UK manufacturing showed a continued weakening, prompting concerns that the economic recovery is likely to be more protracted than forecasts have suggested.
European stocks were expected to open sharply lower on Thursday after tumbling on Wednesday in response to US data showing a slowdown in manufacturing activity in May and a lower than expected increase in private sector jobs.
DP World, Dubai’s global port operator, began trading on the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday as the company seeks to tap into global liquidity.
The UK economy is set to experience the slowest pick-up in consumer spending of any post-recession period since 1830, according to a Financial Times analysis of official forecasts.
European shares were set to edge up on Wednesday, adding to gains in the previous session, and after a rally on Wall Street, though renewed worries about the US economy and caution ahead of employment data were expected to limit the upside.
European shares were set to open sharply higher on Tuesday, with a report saying Germany was considering making concessions to facilitate a new aid package for Greece seen lifting sentiment.
European shares were set to open flat to slightly lower on Monday, tracking falls in Asia, with volumes expected to be thin as Britain's market was closed for a holiday.
European shares are set to open sharply higher on Friday, mirroring gains in Asia and on Wall Street, with firmer commodity prices seen supporting miners and oils.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) warned the British government on Thursday that it must ease the pace of deficit reduction or risk damaging the recovery of the UK economy.