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  • US Debt Ceiling Proposal Helps Europe Shares Higher Monday, 21 Jan 2013 | 11:30 AM ET

    European shares closed higher on Monday, managing to hold onto earlier gains as investor sentiment was buoyed by an agreement among U.S. Republicans on Friday to extend the debt ceiling for three months.

  • European Shares Stagger After Weak UK and US Data Friday, 18 Jan 2013 | 5:53 AM ET

    European shares slipped on Friday as disappointing economic data in the UK and U.S. dampened sentiment.

  • Retailers Help European Shares Edge Up on Sales Boost Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 | 8:40 AM ET

    European shares closed higher on Thursday afternoon after stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs data.

  • European Stocks Pare Losses to Close Flat Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 | 10:47 AM ET

    European shares ended mostly flat on Wednesday, bouncing off intraday lows as many investors used the early dip to boost their exposure to equities.

  • Tech Sector Tumble Hits European Shares Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 9:34 AM ET

    Technology stocks fell to push European shares lower and send Germany's benchmark DAX index to a 2013 low on Tuesday.

  • European equities ended at their lowest in nearly a week on Monday, with an early sell-off in U.S. shares on concerns over demand for Apple's iPhone 5 prompting some investors to take profits.

  • Mining Stocks Halt Europe Rally Friday, 11 Jan 2013 | 10:29 AM ET

    European equities stalled on Friday, with weak economic data from the United States and concerns about the scope for more stimulus in China giving investors the excuse to lock in profits.

  • Europe Shares Close Mixed After ECB Decision; Nokia Jumps Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 11:51 AM ET

    European shares closed narrowly mixed after the European Central Bank and the Bank of England left interest rates unchanged Thursday, while a better-than-expected trade report from China provided support for investor sentiment.

  • Telecoms Rally Helps European Shares Hit Fresh Highs Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 9:32 AM ET

    Rallying telecom stocks and a bullish start to the new earnings season propelled Europe's top shares to fresh 22-month closing highs.

  • Europe Shares Close Lower on Earnings Fears Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 8:18 AM ET

    European shares surrendered their gains on Tuesday afternoon and turned slightly negative, tracking losses on Wall Street.

  • European shares finished in negative territory Monday, but financials helped limit losses after global banking regulators announced a watering down of key elements of their plan for banking rules.

  • European Shares Close Higher After US Jobs Report Friday, 4 Jan 2013 | 11:50 AM ET

    European shares extended gains to set a new 22-month high on Friday, after a better-than-expected U.S. jobs data.

  • European shares finished mixed Thursday, while the Swiss SMI index soared over 2 percent, catching up on gains following the U.S. "fiscal cliff" deal.

  • Europe Shares Close Sharply Up; FTSE 100 Tops 6000 Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 3:43 AM ET

    European shares closed sharply higher on Wednesday and the U.K.'s FTSE 100 topped 6,000 points, after the U.S. finally approved a bill to avert the "fiscal cliff".

  • Europe Closes Slightly Higher in Shortened Session Monday, 31 Dec 2012 | 5:24 AM ET

    European stocks were flat in early afternoon trading on Monday as fears over a lack of resolution to the U.S.' "fiscal cliff" weighed on sentiment.

  • European Shares End Lower on 'Fiscal Cliff' Worries Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 12:01 PM ET

    European shares ended in negative territory Friday as investors remained cautious over the looming "fiscal cliff" and following some weak economic reports.

  • European Shares End Higher, but 'Cliff' Woes Weigh Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 11:30 AM ET

    European stocks squeezed out small gains Thursday as hopes for stimulus in Japan spurred optimism, but gains were limited as President Obama and Congress returned to Washington to deal with the "fiscal cliff."

  • Europe Closes Slightly Lower in Shortened Session Monday, 24 Dec 2012 | 7:00 AM ET

    European stocks closed slightly lower in a shortened day of trading on Monday. The FTSE 100 index was the main exception closing higher by 0.24 percent.

  • European Shares Close Lower; Banks Weak Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | 11:34 AM ET

    European shares closed lower on Friday as U.S. politicians continued to wrangle over averting the "fiscal cliff" — a series of tax increases and spending cuts that are set to kick in at the start of next year and could threaten the U.S. economy.

  • European Shares Stutter as US Budget Talks Stall Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 10:09 AM ET

    European shares stuttered on Thursday as indexes approached overbought levels and budget talks in the United States stalled.