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  • *Italy's FTSE MIB outperforms as Renzi wins EU vote. LONDON, May 26- European equities ended higher in thin trading on Monday, with Italian shares outperforming the regional market after voters endorsed Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party's reforms in European elections.

  • *Huge task for Poroshenko to square pro-West move with Moscow.

  • "You had the Ukraine elections, and Russia said it will respect it... so there is no escalation," Olivier Jakob at Petromatrix consultancy in Zug, Switzerland. Last week, fighting in Ukraine along with Libyan and South Sudanese production cuts had helped drive up Brent, but tensions eased after Russia said it would respect Ukraine's presidential elections.

  • "You had the Ukraine elections, and Russia said it will respect it... so there is no escalation," Olivier Jakob at Petromatrix consultancy in Zug, Switzerland. Last week, fighting in Ukraine along with Libyan and South Sudanese production cuts had helped drive up Brent, but tensions eased after Russia said it would respect Ukraine's presidential elections.

  • LONDON, May 26- Gold held below $1,300 an ounce on Monday after ending flat for two straight weeks, but a Ukraine presidential election win by a pro-West candidate could bring stability to the country and undermine the precious metal's safe haven status.

  • LONDON, May 26- Italian assets surged and German shares hit all-time highs on Monday as solid election showings by pro-European forces in both countries provided an antidote to Eurosceptic gains in France, the UK and Greece.

  • *Ukraine tensions ease slightly after presidential election. SINGAPORE, May 26- Brent crude fell below $110 a barrel on Monday, dipping further from last week's two-and-a-half month high as worries over Ukraine eased slightly after its presidential election.

  • TOKYO/ SYDNEY, May 26- The euro touched a fresh three-month low against the dollar on Monday as investors awaited comments from European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi and digested weekend elections in which critics of the European Union more than doubled their presence.

  • Reuters Business News Schedule at 0430 GMT/12.30AM ET Monday, 26 May 2014 | 12:34 AM ET

    SYDNEY- Australian private equity firm Pacific Equity Partners offers up to A $1.1 billion to take standards compliance business SAI Global Ltd private, the latest in a flurry of deal activity in the country sparked by surging stock prices.

  • SINGAPORE, May 26- Gold continued to struggle below $1,300 an ounce on Monday after ending flat for two straight weeks, but the metal could gain from developments in Ukraine where pro-West billionaire Petro Poroshenko notched an emphatic win in the presidential election.

  • Brent slips near $110 after Ukraine election Sunday, 25 May 2014 | 11:24 PM ET

    *Ukraine tensions ease slightly after presidential election. SINGAPORE, May 26- Brent crude edged down towards $110 a barrel on Monday, dipping further from last week's two-and-a-half month high as worries over Ukraine eased slightly after its presidential election.

  • *Wall Street rise, solid U.S. housing data support sentiment. TOKYO, May 26- Japanese shares climbed to a one-month high on Monday morning, extending its winning streak to a third day, helped by the yen's retreat and a closing record-high for Wall Street on upbeat U.S. housing data.

  • SYDNEY, May 26- Shanghai copper inched up on Monday to its highest since late February as seasonally strong demand put pressure on tight supplies amid modest trading volumes given holidays in Britain and the United States.

  • *Wall Street rise, upbeat U.S. housing data support Asian shares. TOKYO, May 26- Asian shares hit one-year high on Monday thanks to a strong session on Wall Street and a decisive win for billionaire Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine's presidential election.

  • *Wall Street rise, upbeat U.S. housing data support Asian shares. TOKYO, May 26- Japanese shares rose in a steady start for Asian equities on Monday thanks to a strong session on Wall Street, and as a decisive win for Ukrainian billionaire Petro Poroshenko in the nation's presidential election ensured a tense runoff round won't be required.

  • SYDNEY, May 26- The euro slipped early on Monday, while the other major currencies got off to a steady start as the results of a presidential election in Ukraine and votes for the European Parliament were so far greeted calmly by investors.

  • BANGKOK, May 25- Thailand's top generals lured the former government and its supporters into a trap by arranging peace talks between political heavyweights then seizing power in a coup moments later, a deposed minister said on Sunday. They'd planned it earlier, then they staged the coup and ordered the other Puea Thai Party members to report to them.

  • Thai coup adds to challenges for economy Saturday, 24 May 2014 | 9:01 AM ET
    Thai army soldiers secure the grounds of the venue for peace talks between pro- and anti-government groups on Thursday in Bangkok, a few hours before the army chief announced armed forces were seizing power.

    Thailand's economy was already struggling before the country's military seized power in a bloodless coup Thursday, saying it needed to restore order after six months of protests aimed at ousting the elected government.

  • May 22- Shares of Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com soared almost 20 percent in their U.S. market debut as investors sought a piece of the country's booming online retail market, auguring well for Alibaba Group Holding Inc's hotly anticipated mega-float later this year.

  • May 22- Shares of Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com soared almost 20 percent in their market debut as investors sought a piece of China's booming online retail market, auguring well for Alibaba Group's hotly anticipated float later this year.