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  • LONDON, Feb 18- Greek stocks helped push a key pan-European equity index to a seven-year high on Wednesday, on expectations that Athens would reach an agreement with its international lenders. Greek shares climbed 1 percent after Greece's government confirmed it would ask on Wednesday for an extension to its loan agreement with the euro zone.

  • LONDON, Feb 18- Stocks continued their relentless march higher on Wednesday as investors shrugged off the protracted uncertainty surrounding Greece's debt negotiations with its creditors, pinning their hopes that a deal will be reached by the end of the week. Europe's main bourses followed Asia and Wall Street higher. In early trade the FTSEuroFirst 300...

  • LONDON, Feb 18- European shares rose on Wednesday, led by southern European indexes on fresh optimism that Greece would reach an agreement with its international lenders. Shares in debt-laden Italy and Spain, which were seen as coming under market pressure if Greece were to leave the euro zone, outperformed. "Greece is driving the market today," a senior trader in...

  • The impact of the firming oil price has helped to offset the situation in eastern Ukraine, where heavy fighting is continuing despite last week's peace deal in Minsk. The United Nations Security Council backed the Minsk agreement overnight, calling for an immediate end to fighting, but Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the Ukrainian troops in the...

  • TOKYO, Feb 18- Asian equities tracked a mild bounce on Wall Street, edging higher on Wednesday as pessimism about the Greek debt saga receded somewhat, while the dollar strengthened against the yen thanks to higher U.S. debt yields. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3 percent with South Korean, Thai and Indonesian bourses all...

  • TOKYO, Feb 18- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh eight-year high on Wednesday after U.S. stocks rallied on hopes that a debt deal would be reached with Greece, while investors digested the Bank of Japan's decision to keep policy unchanged. It was the highest level since July 2007. Greece will remain an immediate concern for financial markets as the...

  • TOKYO, Feb 18- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh eight-year high on Wednesday morning after U.S. stocks rallied on hopes that a debt deal would be reached with Greece, while eyes are on the policy decision by the Bank of Japan, which is widely expected to keep its policy on hold. Greece will remain an immediate concern for financial markets as the European...

  • TOKYO, Feb 18- Asian equities tracked a mild bounce on Wall Street to edge higher on Wednesday, although caution over talks later in the day in the ongoing Greek debt saga limited gains. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was steady. U.S. shares gained modestly overnight, with the S&P 500 touching another record high, after hopes that Greece...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 17- U.S. stocks ticked higher on Tuesday, pushing the S&P 500 to a record closing high above 2,100 as optimism grew that Greece would reach a deal with its creditors and as bond prices sold off.

  • *Investors watching situations in Greece, Ukraine. NEW YORK, Feb 17- U.S. stocks inched higher on Tuesday, pushing the S&P 500 above 2,100 to another record intraday high as optimism grew that a debt deal would be reached with Greece. A source told Reuters that Greece intends to ask for an extension of a loan agreement tomorrow.

  • *Investors watching situations in Greece, Ukraine. NEW YORK, Feb 17- U.S. stocks edged lower on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 pulling back from record levels as investors continued to grapple with the uncertainty over a Greek debt deal and a fragile Ukraine truce. Much of the advance came on signs of progress for the debt deal in Greece, as well as reduced tension between...

  • *Investors watching situations in Greece, Ukraine. NEW YORK, Feb 17- U.S. stocks edged lower on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 pulling back from record levels as investors continued to grapple with the uncertainty over a Greek debt deal and a fragile Ukraine truce. Much of the advance came on signs of progress for the debt deal in Greece, as well as reduced tension between...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 17- U.S. stocks opened flat on Tuesday, the first trading session after the S&P 500 closed at a record high, although investors continued to watch the uncertainty over a Greek debt deal and a fragile Ukraine truce.

  • *Investors watching situations in Greece, Ukraine. NEW YORK, Feb 17- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a quiet open on Tuesday, the first trading session after the S&P 500 closed at a record high, although investors continued to watch the uncertainty over a Greek debt deal and a fragile Ukraine truce. Much of the advance came on signs of progress for the debt deal in...

  • LONDON, Feb 17- Greek financial markets slipped but kept their composure on Tuesday after debt talks with the euro zone broke down, on expectations that Athens and its European partners would eventually agree a compromise. Greek government bond yields rose as much as 80 basis points and stocks fell 1 percent-- limited moves by the standards of Greece's illiquid...

  • LONDON, Feb 17- European stocks reversed early losses on Tuesday and yields on lower-rated euro zone bonds fell as investors reassessed the collapse of Greek debt talks and focused on the prospects of a deal. "For now, we assume that logic will prevail and this movie won't end in disaster," said Paul O'Connor, co-head of the multi-asset desk at Henderson Global...

  • LONDON, Feb 17- Greek financial markets slipped but kept their composure on Tuesday after debt talks broke down, with the underlying expectation still being that Athens and its European partners will eventually agree a compromise. Government bond yields rose 60-80 basis points while stocks fell 2.6 percent- limited moves by the standards of Greece's...

  • *Telecoms hindered by Orange, Telefonica. LONDON, Feb 17- Athens stocks fell in choppy trade on Tuesday to hinder European shares after debt talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers broke down, putting the country's future in the euro zone at risk. It's in no one's interests for Greece to leave the euro, "said Joe Rundle, trader at ETX Capital.

  • LONDON, Feb 17- Greek bond yields jumped by up to 130 basis points and stocks fell 1.5 percent on Tuesday after Athens rejected a proposal to extend its international bailout by six months, raising doubts about its future in the currency union. "The risk of a collapse is more elevated now because time is running out," said Patrick Jacq, rate strategist at BNP Paribas.

  • LONDON, Feb 17- Greek bond yields jumped by up to 130 basis points and stocks fell 1.5 percent on Tuesday after Athens rejected a proposal to extend its international bailout by six months, raising doubts about its future in the currency union. "The risk of a collapse is more elevated now because time is running out," said Patrick Jacq, rate strategist at BNP Paribas.