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    European equities closed sharply lower on Thursday, as a raft of weak earnings offset positive sentiment surrounding the rebound in oil prices.

  • Europe closes lower as oil prices fall; banks slip Monday, 25 Jan 2016 | 11:29 AM ET

    European markets finished in negative territory on Monday as a renewed slip in oil prices weighed on investor sentiment.

  • LONDON, Jan 7- Britain's Financial Conduct Authority has begun a preliminary investigation into whether a trader at Lloyds Banking Group tried to manipulate the market for UK government bonds, a source familiar with the matter said. News of the probe comes as a blow to Britain's biggest provider of current accounts and mortgages, which has invested millions of...

  • DUBAI/ TOKYO, Dec 14- Foreign banks are regaining lost ground in the Gulf's financial sector, stealing a march on local lenders as they grapple with job cuts and a liquidity squeeze caused by the plunging oil price. "The recent changes in liquidity and pricing have probably leveled the playing field more equally between the local and international banks," said...

  • *Bank fines in UK set to top 900 mln stg this year. *Barclays worst offender after record 284 mln stg penalty. LONDON, Dec 8- Fines dished out to misbehaving banks in Britain are set to top 900 million pounds this year, bringing a bumper windfall for some charities and further evidence of a shift nearer the U.S. model of severe penalties to deter wrongdoing.

  • A Chinese tourist poses in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris.

    European equities closed mixed on Tuesday, despite figures on EU unemployment showing the region taking a step in the right direction.

  • LONDON, Dec 1- British banks including HSBC and Lloyds have almost completed the job of building up their defences against a future financial crisis, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Tuesday as he set out details of new capital requirements. "With today's announcement, the basic amount of capital our system requires is settled," he said, setting out...

  • *BoE says UK credit conditions largely back to normal. LONDON, Dec 1- The Bank of England set out plans on Tuesday to require banks to hold a total of up to 10 billion pounds more capital as they start to lend more freely in a recovering economy, but stopped short of demanding immediate action. "With today's announcement, the basic amount of capital our system requires...

  • UK bank stress tests: RBS and StanChart near-misses Tuesday, 1 Dec 2015 | 2:24 AM ET
    The Bank of England

    Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Chartered, the U.K.-based banks, scraped through the country's bank stress tests.

  • LONDON, Dec 1- The Bank of England set out plans on Tuesday to require banks to hold as much as 10 billion pounds extra capital as the credit cycle moves into a more normal phase, but stopped short of immediate action. The central bank said credit conditions in Britain had largely recovered from the financial crisis as banks began to lend more freely, and warned that...

  • Anti-Black Friday play: Hedgies buy Dollar Tree Friday, 27 Nov 2015 | 8:36 AM ET
    A Dollar Tree store in Miami

    Well-regarded hedge fund manager Steve Mandel of Lone Pine Capital is aggressively buying shares of Dollar Tree.

  • Nov 2- Visa Inc said on Monday it would buy former subsidiary Visa Europe Ltd for up to $23.3 billion in a deal that will give the world's largest payments network a chance to cut costs over the long term and raise fees in the second-biggest card market. Visa Inc and Visa Europe, a cooperative of European banks with more than 500 million cards, were part of a global...

  • Nov 2- Visa Inc said on Monday it would buy former subsidiary Visa Europe Ltd for up to $23.3 billion in a deal that will give the world's largest payments network a chance to cut costs over the long term and raise fees in the second-biggest card market. Visa Inc and Visa Europe, a cooperative of European banks with more than 500 million cards, were part of a global...

  • Europe ends 1% up on oil rally and earnings; Fed eyed Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 | 12:58 PM ET
    Traders in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) watch monitors in the trading pit for news to break on the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rate on September 17, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

    European markets closed sharply higher on Wednesday, as investor sentiment was boosted by earnings and a sharp rebound in oil prices.

  • *Q3 underlying pretax falls to 2 bln stg pounds from 2.2 bln. *Shares down 4.5 percent, just above UK buy-in price. LONDON, Oct 28- Lloyds Banking Group reported weaker than expected third-quarter results on Wednesday, a setback for Britain's finance ministry which is planning to return the bank to full private ownership next year.

  • LONDON, Oct 28- Lloyds Banking Group, Europe's second biggest bank by market value, reported weaker than expected third-quarter results on Wednesday and set aside another 500 million pounds to compensate customers mis-sold loan insurance. "The results themselves are poor, while there is also limited commentary on the dividend outlook," said Citi analyst...

  • LONDON, Oct 23- Britain's Lloyds Banking Group has failed in an attempt to strike out a key allegation by a group of investors, suing it for allegedly misleading them in the run-up to its acquisition of Halifax Bank of Scotland in January 2009. The Lloyds Shareholder Action Group, including 5,700 private investors and 300 financial institutions such as pension...

  • BoE restricts 'stress tests' to largest UK banks Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 | 6:23 AM ET
    A man sits on a bench outside the Bank of England in London.

    Britain's smaller lenders will avoid the Bank of England's 'stress tests' of their resilience to shocks, the central bank said on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 14- The chairman of Lloyds Banking Group has said that there was no "compelling economic argument" for Britain to stay in the European Union without a significant change in its relationship with the bloc. The comments by Norman Blackwell, who was addressing parliament's House of Lords in a personal capacity rather than as Lloyds chairman, are a boost to...

  • Europe closes sharply higher; Glencore jumps 17% Monday, 5 Oct 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    An investor observes stock market at a stock exchagne hall on September 22, 2015 in Nanjing, China.

    European stocks accelerated gains into the close on Monday after a weak U.S. employment report dampened expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates soon.