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  • LONDON, Feb 26- Gold rose 1 percent on Thursday after comments from the Federal Reserve pushed back expectations for the first U.S. rate hike in nearly a decade, and as Chinese buyers snapped up metal on their return from the Lunar New Year break. Fed chair Janet Yellen indicated in testimony to the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday and the House of...

  • Prices faltered after being lifted by news the Sarir and the nearby oilfields in Libya were shut by a power cut, dealing another blow to exports from the embattled OPEC member nation. "The supply dynamic will be reinforced by the inventory reports and the data are simply too compelling to ignore, and it has consistently undermined the recent rallies," said John...

  • UPDATE 8-Oil lifted after Libya's largest field shuts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:42 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 24- Crude oil futures rose on Tuesday on news that production had stopped at Libya's largest oilfield. The Sarir and the nearby Messla oilfields in Libya were shut because of a power cut, dealing another blow to exports from the embattled OPEC member nation. Brent April crude was up 52 cents at $59.42 a barrel at 12:24 p.m. EST.

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Brent crude oil rose more than $1 to around $60 a barrel on Tuesday after Libya's largest oilfield stopped production. The Sarir oilfield in Libya shut because of a power cut, in a further blow to exports from the OPEC member. Brent for April was up $1.10 at $60.00 a barrel by 1435 GMT, recovering from an earlier low of $58.10.

  • LONDON, Feb 24- With strong trade and banking links with Greece, Bulgaria and its Balkan neighbors remain highly vulnerable to the threat of Greek financial collapse, even though dependence is lower than it was a few years ago. while Bulgaria sends around 7 percent of its exports to Greece, this graphic shows: http://link.reuters.com/cek24w.

  • *London house prices set to slow below the national rate in 2015. *London housing rated 9 out of 10 for expense; UK 6/ 10. Feb 24- British property price rises will slow this year as tighter lending standards limit access to credit and big deposit requirements keep newcomers out of the market, especially in cities like London, a Reuters poll showed.

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Brent crude oil reversed early losses to trade back above $59 a barrel on Tuesday as Libya's largest oilfield stopped production, and as traders awaited U.S. oil inventory data to see whether it would show another large increase. The Sarir oilfield in Libya shut because of a power cut, in a further blow to exports from the OPEC member.

  • *European stocks rise after Greece submits reform plans. LONDON, Feb 24- Gold slid below $1,200 an ounce on Tuesday as relief that Greece had submitted reform plans to its international partners boosted appetite for assets viewed as higher-risk, such as stocks. European shares rose on Tuesday and Greek shares outperformed after a list of proposed reforms...

  • A Reuters survey forecast figures from the American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration, due to be published on Wednesday, would show U.S. crude stocks increased by 4 million barrels to a record high last week. Brent futures for April were down 50 cents at $58.40 a barrel by 0910 GMT, while U.S. crude...

  • *Britain's FTSE lags after HSBC profit falls. Britain's FTSE 100 index was the only major index to close lower, albeit only slightly, after HSBC reported a 17 percent drop in annual profit. "We have cleared the first hurdle but Greece has to come up with a serious set of measures now," Peter Dixon, equity strategist at Commerzbank, said.

  • *Britain's FTSE lags after HSBC profit falls. Britain's FTSE 100 index was the only major index to trade in negative territory after HSBC reported a 17 percent drop in annual profit. "We have cleared the first hurdle but Greece has to come up with a serious set of measures now," Peter Dixon, equity strategist at Commerzbank, said.

  • *Britain's FTSE lags after HSBC profit falls. Britain's FTSE 100 index was the only major index to trade lower after index heavyweight HSBC reported a 17 percent drop in annual profit, sending its shares 5.5 percent lower. "We have cleared the first hurdle but Greece has to come up with a serious set of measures now," Peter Dixon, equity strategist at Commerzbank, said.

  • *Bond investors sell Germany, buy Italy and Spain. LONDON, Feb 23- Shares rose and the safe-haven Swiss franc fell against the euro on Monday after Greece reached a conditional deal with its international parteners to avert an immediate financial crisis. The agreement keeps Greece in the euro zone, though it will live under the EU/IMF rescue plan its government...

  • European shares gain after Greece deal, HSBC slips Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 4:24 AM ET

    *Britain's FTSE turns negative after HSBC profit falls. LONDON, Feb 23- European equities extended recent gains on Monday, with Germany's DAX hitting an all-time high as investor appetite for riskier assets improved after euro zone negotiators agreed to extend Greece's financial rescue package. Britain's FTSE 100 index opened higher, but turned negative...

  • *Bond investors sell Germany, buy Italy, Spain. LONDON, Feb 23- Shares rose on Monday on relief that Greece had reached a deal to avert an immediate financial crisis, though the euro dipped against the dollar on caution over conditions attached to the agreement. The agreement keeps Greece in the euro zone, though it will live under the EU/IMF rescue plan its...

  • *Greece still has to submit list of planned reforms later in day. LONDON, Feb 23- The Swiss franc fell towards five-week lows on Monday, as some of the Greek-related safety flows waned after a conditional loan extension for Greece was reached late last week. "Clearly, they want to keep Greece in the euro zone and as a consequence some of the safe-haven plays are being...

  • LONDON, Feb 20- Brent crude oil steadied above $60 a barrel on Friday as expectations of falling U.S. rig count numbers outweighed concerns about oversupply. This week's numbers, produced by oil services firm Baker Hughes Inc, are due around 1800 GMT on Friday. "A further sharp decrease in the oil rig count is expected... which points to declining U.S. oil production in...

  • LONDON, Feb 20- Brent crude oil rose towards $61 a barrel on Friday as expectations of falling U.S. rig count numbers outweighed concerns about oversupply. This week's numbers, produced by oil services firm Baker Hughes Inc, are due around 1800 GMT on Friday. "A further sharp decrease in the oil rig count is expected... which points to declining U.S. oil production in the...

  • *Prices off session lows; Brent above $60, U.S. crude above $51. NEW YORK, Feb 19- Oil prices fell for a second day on Thursday, after the U.S. government reported another record high in crude inventories, but prices bounced sharply off session lows on relief the builds were less than an industry group had estimated. "It is still a bearish number though it provides a little...

  • *Output from Saudi Arabia may also be rising- PIRA. LONDON, Feb 19- Brent crude oil prices fell below $59 a barrel on Thursday after U.S. government data showed crude stocks hit a record high last week. Benchmark Brent crude futures for April were down $1.83 at $58.70 by 1618 GMT, having hit an intraday low of $57.80 earlier in the session, extending declines from...