European equities touched fresh multi-month peaks on Monday, with technical charts pointing to a continued slow grind higher.» Read More
*Applied Materials shareholders to hold 68 pct of new company. Sept 24- Applied Materials Inc Tokyo Electron Ltd in a deal valued at more than $9 billion, combining the No.1 and No.3 makers of chipmaking gear as demand for their products slow and it gets tougher to turn a profit.
*Applied Materials shareholders to hold 68 pct of merged co. *Applied Materials shares rise 4.8 pct pre-market. Sept 24- Applied Materials Inc, the world's biggest producer of chipmaking equipment, will buy rival Tokyo Electron Ltd in an all-share deal, creating a company with a combined stock market value of $29 billion, the two said on Tuesday.
*Gold falls for third consecutive session. LONDON, Sept 18- Gold fell for the third consecutive session on Wednesday to a six-week low, as markets paused for the U.S. Gold is usually seen as a hedge against inflation, but latest data showed this remains muted in main Western markets.
LONDON, Sept 18- The U.S. dollar held near a four-week trough against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday as investors bet that any move by the Federal Reserve to roll back stimulus will be modest. Indeed, since a disappointing U.S. non-farm payrolls report on Sept. 6, markets have scaled back expectations on the size of any pullback in stimulus.
LONDON, Sept 12- Gold fell to a four-week low on Thursday, on waning prospects of an imminent military strike against Syria and uncertainty over the time and pace at which the U.S.
LONDON, Sept 6- Some investors trying to protect themselves from any market gyrations provoked by a deepening Syrian crisis are looking to oil as an alternative to top-rated government bonds, a traditional but currently unappealing haven in uncertain times.
*Gold on course to fall 1.9 percent this week. LONDON, Sept 6- Gold firmed a touch on Friday as the dollar retreated ahead of a U.S. labour market report that could help determine a timeline for the Federal Reserve to taper its $85 billion monthly bond-buying programme. Gold was up 0.2 percent to $1,369.41 an ounce at 1135 GMT.
*Gold on course to fall 1.9 percent this week. LONDON, Sept 6- Gold steadied on Friday but was headed for a second week of losses as investors stayed cautious ahead of U.S. labour data that could help determine a timeline for the Federal Reserve tapering of its bond-buying programme. Gold was up 0.1 percent to $1,367.79 an ounce at 0931 GMT.
*ECB news conference 1230 GMT. FRANKFURT, Sept 5- The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged on Thursday, and markets turned their attention to ECB chief Mario Draghi's news conference for any signs a euro zone recovery will affect the bank's policy stance.
*ECB rate decision 1145 GMT, news conference 1230 GMT. *Main refi rate expected on be on hold at 0.5 pct. FRANKFURT, Sept 5- Keeping rates on hold will be the easy part of the European Central Bank meeting on Thursday: the harder job will be chief Mario Draghi having to balance talking up euro zone recovery and talking down market rates.
*European markets steady; Nokia soars on Microsoft deal. European shares edged higher, helped by a second huge mobile telecoms deal in as many days as Microsoft announced a $7.2 billion bid for the phone business of once-dominant Finnish manufacturer Nokia.
LONDON, Aug 30- European shares hit a six-week closing low on Friday as reduced chances of an immediate military strike on Syria weighed on energy equities due to weakened oil prices, although longer-term market outlook stayed bright.
LONDON, Aug 30- European shares headed for their biggest weekly drop since June on Friday as reduced chances of an immediate military strike on Syria weighed on energy equities due to weakened oil prices, although longer-term the market outlook stayed bright.
THE OFFER: ASML Holding NV, the Dutch chip-making equipment supplier, bid $2.55 billion for California company Cymer Inc.. THE ACQUIRER: ASML uses such beams in machines to trace out the circuits of computer chips. Its customers include Intel, Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, all of whom own stakes in ASML.
AMSTERDAM-- ASML Holding NV, the biggest supplier of equipment to semiconductor manufacturers, has offered to buy Cymer Inc. of the U.S. for around $2.55 billion in cash and shares.
Oct 11- ASML Holding NV:. *Jefferies cuts ASML Holding NV price target to 39 euros from 45. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.
Stocks finished lower in volatile trading Tuesday, dragged by industrials, after a batch of profit warnings overshadowed earlier optimism that Germany's top court will approve the euro zone's new bailout fund.
U.S. stock index futures gained on Tuesday after euro zone leaders ratified the terms of a bailout agreement for Spain’s banking sector and as traders speculated that Germany's top court would approve the EU's permanent bailout fund.
Take a look at some of Tuesday’s morning movers:
Stocks are off their highs on several issues: 1) Hawkish comments from Dallas Fed's Fisher critical of QE2 and implying there was no way he would support QE3;