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  • LONDON, May 28- The European Central Bank said on Thursday that record low interest rates were putting insurance firms and banks under increasing pressure and warned that any sell-off in stocks and bonds could damage the euro zone's recovery. In its twice-yearly Financial Stability Review, the ECB also said risks from Greece for the euro zone's governments...

  • *ECB's Constancio- Greece will stay in euro, hints at default. FRANKFURT, May 28- European Central Bank policymakers played down the prospects of any immediate loosening of funding for cash-strapped Greece, saying that when it came to accepting the country's bonds as security for central bank credit, the answer remained no. Speaking to journalists in Frankfurt,...

  • LONDON, May 28- Relative calm on global markets during the latest Greek debt standoff more closely reflects the low probability assigned to a euro exit than how contained such a shock could be. As Greece has returned to the precipice of another default and the outsize chance of Grexit- Greece being forced out of the euro zone- world markets have barely flinched.

  • LONDON, May 28- Copper and aluminum recovered from recent losses on Thursday as the dollar weakened and optimism grew over a Greek debt deal, but some analysts were cautious that gains could be sustained due to plentiful supplies. One of the reasons is because the dollar has stopped appreciating, in the short term at least, "said Stephen Briggs, metals strategist at...

  • European shares dip as uncertainty over Greece lingers Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 6:35 AM ET

    LONDON, May 28- European shares slipped lower on Thursday, as lingering uncertainty over Greece's debt problems pegged back the region's stock markets. European equities had rallied on Wednesday on reports of a staff-level agreement between Greece and its creditors but German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble later said there was not much progress in...

  • LONDON, May 28- Britain sucked in imports in the first three months of 2015, and its large services sector performed weaker than first thought, casting doubt over the strength of its previously robust recovery. The economy grew 0.3 percent in the first quarter, the Office for National Statistics said on Thursday, confirming an initial estimate which the Bank of...

  • Share markets in China, Hong Kong, Australia skid. LONDON, May 28- The dollar took a breather on Thursday after hitting its highest level against the yen since 2002, and stocks stuttered as high-flying Chinese shares tumbled and European officials downplayed talk of an imminent deal to keep Greece afloat. Commodity markets rebounded as the dollar's momentum...

  • HONG KONG, May 28- China this week pushed ahead efforts to link its domestic markets with global peers by launching a joint venture in Germany to provide a wide range of yuan-denominated products to European investors. Deutsche Boerse agreed to set up a venture with the Shanghai Stock Exchange and China Financial Future Exchange to develop Chinese shares and...

  • *Share markets in China, Hong Kong, Australia skid. *Uncertainty on Greece keeps investors hopeful but wary. TOKYO, May 28- An index of Asian shares fell on Thursday as the Chinese, Hong Kong and Australian markets slipped, while the dollar scaled its highest level against the yen since 2002 on expectations the U.S.

  • ZURICH, May 28- No longer is schmoozing over long lunches and fine wines enough; Swiss private bankers are turning to video games and virtual reality to attract a new generation of sceptical clients and see off digital rivals. In a fifth floor office just off Zurich's main shopping street, researchers at UBS are testing dozens of technologies to see what could...

  • NEW YORK, May 27- Oil prices fell by up to 3 percent for a second straight day on Wednesday as a resurgent dollar weighed on the market ahead of U.S. inventory data. Other factors held little sway, including France's warning to Iran that it was ready to block a final deal on Tehran's nuclear program unless Iran provided full access to inspectors.

  • May 27- A nun-turned-developer was ordered to pay nearly $1 million for lavish spending and for hiring an ex-con known as Frankie the Fish while building a Mississippi casino, a court ruled on Wednesday. Sandra Manno, a one-time mayor of Marlton, New Jersey, who had spearheaded a vote to legalize gambling in the state, was ordered by a Delaware judge to pay $970,123...

  • NEW YORK, May 27- European stocks lead major markets higher on Wednesday and the euro edged up on signs, later dismissed, that Greece and its creditors were drafting an agreement that would provide Athens much-needed debt relief. Greece's government said it is starting to draft an agreement with creditors including the European Union and the International...

  • *U.S. expected to press Europe to reach deal on Greece. DRESDEN, Germany, May 27- G7 ministers and central bank heads convened on Wednesday to discuss how to revive global growth and China's increasing clout, while keeping a close eye on the protracted talks to avoid a Greek default. The United States is likely to use the talks, running through to Friday, to press Europe...

  • French startups beg expats - 'Come home, work for us' Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:57 PM ET

    PARIS, May 27- French startup companies desperate for talent with international experience launched a campaign on Wednesday to persuade expats to return, pooling their resources to offer free repatriation help and advice as part of the package. Despite France's reputation as a high tax, low growth, bureaucratic country, the claim to be a centre for dynamic...

  • *Second day of Libor trial in London. LONDON, May 27- Tom Hayes, a former trader accused of conspiring to rig benchmark interest rates, abandoned an attempt to enlist his step brother into the alleged scam after deciding it was wrong to ask for his help, a London court heard on Wednesday. On the second day of the world's first jury trial of an individual charged with...

  • UPDATE 2-U.S. urges EU, IMF to be flexible with Greece Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew issued the warning on Wednesday in a stopover in London on his way to a meeting of Group of Seven finance ministers in Dresden, Germany. Finance ministers from the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Britain and Canada are meeting in Dresden on Thursday and Friday, and although Greece is not formally on the agenda, it will be...

  • The American Petroleum Institute, an industry group, will issue at 4:30 p.m. EDT estimates on crude and oil products in storage ahead of Thursday's official data from the U.S. government. "If you're looking for a catalyst for price recovery from this data, you may not really get it, and that's why the dollar's been exerting it's strength over oil," said John Kilduff, a...

  • LONDON, May 27- When Chris Morton was setting up a fashion e-commerce company five years ago, he spent a lot of time listening to online music service Spotify. While Spotify was an inspiration for Morton, other London- based online retail entrepreneurs, like Farfetch founder and CEO José Neves, are using tricks learned from social media to create fashion...

  • NEW YORK, May 27- The euro stabilized in volatile trading and stocks rose on Wednesday after reports that Greece and its creditors, including the European Union and IMF, had reached an agreement that will provide debt relief to the struggling nation. The agreement between Greece and the Brussels Group, comprised of major creditors that include the EU and...