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  • *FTSE 100 hits record high above 1999 peak. PARIS, Feb 24- European stocks rallied on Tuesday, with both Britain's FTSE 100 and Germany's DAX hitting record highs, after U.S. Shares in National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank, Bank of Piraeus and Eurobank surged 16-20 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. stocks opened flat on Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 holding near record levels ahead of testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

  • Greek shares rally on bailout extension moves Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 8:54 AM ET

    *Europe enjoys best earnings season in nearly four years. PARIS, Feb 24- Greek shares surged on Tuesday, outpacing modest gains in pan-European indexes after Athens delivered a list of economic reforms to the euro zone that it hopes will secure a four-month extension of its financial lifeline. Shares in National Bank of Greece were up 16 percent, Alpha Bank up 15...

  • Greek shares rally on bailout extension expectations Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 7:01 AM ET

    *Europe enjoys best earnings season in nearly 4 years. PARIS, Feb 24- Greek shares surged on Tuesday, outpacing modest gains in pan-European indexes after Athens delivered a list of economic reforms to the euro zone that it hopes will secure a four-month extension of its financial lifeline. Volatile Greek banking stocks were the top gainers across Europe, with...

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Copper rose on Tuesday as panic over Greece abated while the market waited to see if Chinese buyers would return in force after a holiday and for clues from the U.S. central bank about the timing of rate rises. Greek shares outperformed flat European indexes after Athens sent a list of economic reforms to international partners that was a "a valid...

  • *European stocks rise after Greece submits reform plans. LONDON, Feb 24- Gold slid below $1,200 an ounce on Tuesday as relief that Greece had submitted reform plans to its international partners boosted appetite for assets viewed as higher-risk, such as stocks. European shares rose on Tuesday and Greek shares outperformed after a list of proposed reforms...

  • Chief Executive Jeff Fairburn said the group's strong cash generation meant it would now pay out 95 pence a share to investors in April rather than July. However, shares in Persimmon were down 4.4 percent at 1,635 pence at 0927 GMT, the biggest fall in the FTSE 100 index, with Liberum analysts saying investors were disappointed more of the capital return was not...

  • *Jyske Bank falls after unexpected 4 Q loss. *BHP, Telefonica Deutschland rally after results. Denmark's Jyske Bank fell 6.8 percent after it swung to an unexpected loss in the fourth quarter, weighed down by hefty charges for non-performing loans.

  • HONG KONG, Feb 24- A six-session winning streak for Hong Kong stocks ended on Tuesday, as HSBC Plc and casino shares sank while some investors locked in gains ahead of major 2014 earnings reports later this week. Hong Kong- listed shares of HSBC dropped 3.5 percent in their biggest fall in 18 months after the UK emerging markets-focused bank reported a...

  • TOKYO, Feb 24- Japan's Nikkei share average rose for a fifth straight day on Tuesday and scored another 15- year high after the yen weakened, while investors were cautious awaiting comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen later in the day. The Nikkei rose 0.7 percent to 18,603.48 points, the highest point of the day and the highest close since April...

  • *Fed chair Yellen testifies before Congress at 1000 EST/ 1500. SYDNEY, Feb 24- Asian share markets crept higher on Tuesday as Tokyo scored another 15- year peak, though gains were hostage to what Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen might say later in the day about the likely lift-off date for U.S. rate hikes. Moves were mostly modest and MSCI's broadest index of...

  • *HSBC's Hong Kong shares fall 4 pct, at lowest since Sept 2012. HONG KONG, Feb 24- Hong Kong stocks fell on Tuesday, with HSBC Plc leading the slide after disappointed earnings, and casino stocks were under pressure as investors locked in gains while awaiting earnings reports from blue chips later this week. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in...

  • Nikkei steady as market awaits Yellen's speech Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 9:18 PM ET

    TOKYO, Feb 24- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Tuesday but investors were cautious ahead of comments from U.S. Expectations that the Fed will hike interest rates this year amid signals of a strengthening U.S. economy have kept the market sensitive to the prospects of capital outflows from Asia back to the United States. Yellen testifies before Congress...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- The Nasdaq ended higher on Monday for a ninth straight day following gains in Apple, while the Dow and S&P 500 eased off recent record highs as lower oil prices dragged down energy shares. Nasdaq's winning run was its longest since September 2010, putting the index closer to its 5,132.52 all-time intraday high, reached in March 2000 just before the...

  • Feb 23- The Dow and S&P 500 ended lower on Monday, easing off recent record highs as lower oil prices dragged down energy shares, while the Nasdaq ended higher for a ninth session, helped by gains in Apple Inc shares.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- U.S. stocks were down slightly in midday trading Monday as lower oil prices dragged down energy shares, pulling the Dow and S&P 500 off recent record levels. Oil prices fell, with WTI crude off $1.30 at $49.50 a barrel on oversupply concerns and a stronger dollar, pushing the S&P energy index down 0.6 percent. Investors were also reluctant to make big...

  • *Britain's FTSE lags after HSBC profit falls. Britain's FTSE 100 index was the only major index to close lower, albeit only slightly, after HSBC reported a 17 percent drop in annual profit. "We have cleared the first hurdle but Greece has to come up with a serious set of measures now," Peter Dixon, equity strategist at Commerzbank, said.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- U.S. stocks edged lower in morning trading Monday amid weakness in oil prices, after a conditional agreement by euro zone finance ministers to extend Greece's bailout sent the Dow and S&P to record levels last week. Investors were also reluctant to make big bets before Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's semiannual testimony on the economy and...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- U.S. stocks slipped from all-time highs on Monday, pulled lower by a sharp drop in crude oil prices, while European shares rallied on the conditional financial rescue for Greece hammered out at the end of last week. Yields on low-rated euro zone government bonds fell as the agreement reached late Friday eased concerns that Greece would leave the...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- U.S. stocks opened slightly lower on Monday, with both the Dow and S&P 500 near records levels as investors digested an agreement by euro zone finance ministers to extend Greece's bailout by four months, provided it draws up a list of reforms.