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  • LONDON, Oct 27- Europe's banking health check has shown countries and lenders are implementing global capital rules at vastly different speeds, and 36 companies would have failed if new capital rules were fully applied. Europe had gained credibility, said Karen Petrou, co-founder of Federal Financial Analytics in Washington. Federal Reserve was still...

  • LONDON, Oct 27- Europe's banking health check has shown countries and lenders are implementing global capital rules at vastly different speeds, and 36 firms would have failed if new capital rules were fully applied. The euro zone is lagging behind countries outside the bloc in implementing the Basel III capital rules that are due to come into full force in 2019,...

  • *Monte Paschi hires UBS, Citi to review options, including merger. MILAN/ ROME, Oct 26-- Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena faces a 2.1 billion euro funding shortfall that could force it to seek a merger, after a European banking review revealed serious weak points in the Italian financial system. The historic Tuscan lender, which was founded in 1472 and carried out a 5-...

  • LONDON, Oct 26- Unless it springs a major surprise, the U.S. James Bullard, who heads the St. "We remain optimistic that the recent upshift from 2 percent to 3 percent growth will be sustained," economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a note.

  • MILAN, Oct 26-- Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena is the bank with the biggest capital shortfall among euro zone lenders after a health check aimed at testing the resilience of the bloc's banking sector. The Tuscan-based bank, Italy's third-largest and the world's oldest, still needs to raise 2.1 billion euros even after tapping the market for five billion euros...

  • *Italy in spotlight after nine of its banks fail. FRANKFURT, Oct 26- Roughly one in five of the euro zone's top lenders failed landmark health checks at the end of last year but most have since repaired their finances, the European Central Bank said on Sunday. The ECB found the most critical problems to be in Italy, Cyprus and Greece but concluded that banks' capital...

  • *Expectations for a "big bang" style revamp not high in Europe. *Market expects a handful of failures from Europe's stress tests. But expectations for a "big bang"- style restructuring of the banking sector are low, given the political sensitivities at play, and instead the market is factoring in just a handful of failures out of the 130 banks set to be tested, with a few...

  • *European shares surge on report ECB to buy corporate bonds Wall Street to start up, earnings from Coca Cola, McDonalds due. LONDON, Oct 21- European shares got a major lift while the euro and the region's bond yields fell on Tuesday after European Central Bank insiders told Reuters the bank was readying a plan to buy corporate bonds. Traders had already been giving a...

  • FRANKFURT/ PARIS, Oct 20- The European Central Bank has started buying covered bonds, an ECB spokesman said on Monday, opening a new front in its battle to revive the euro zone economy and keep deflation at bay. Shares in euro zone banks outperformed, with Banco Santander up 0.9 percent, Societe Generale up 0.8 percent and UniCredit up 1.6 percent.

  • *General Electric said considering sale of its Polish bank. *Bank share price rises sharply in Warsaw on sale talk. WARSAW, Oct 16- General Electric Co's announcement it may sell its Polish lender Bank BPH is an acknowledgement it failed to make the business thrive, even though Poland is one of the few places in Europe where banking is still in robust health.

  • PARIS, Oct 12- Health checks on Europe's banks may reveal takeover targets, but because protectionist regulation across the region has yet to be addressed, any post- "stress test" tie-ups are likely to be along national lines and could make a splintered industry more so. The European Central Bank takes direct authority over the currency area's 120 top banks on Nov. 4...

  • *Deutsche Bank sees the euro falling to $0.95 by 2017. PARIS/ LONDON, Oct 8- The recent sharp slide in the euro and commodity prices is set to provide tailwind for European companies struggling against economic weakness, and soon break a streak of earnings downgrades that has already lasted 3-1/ 2 years. However, the euro's 10 percent drop in the past five months, and...

  • LONDON, Oct 2- European shares fell sharply on Thursday, with Italy's benchmark index recording its biggest one-day percentage drop in 19 months, after the European Central Bank gave fewer details than the market had expected about its plan to buy secured debt. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index closed 2.4 percent lower at 1,335.11 points, the biggest...

  • LONDON, Oct 2- European shares fell sharply on Thursday, with Italy's benchmark index recording its biggest one-day percentage drop in 18 months, after the European Central Bank gave fewer details than the market had expected about its plan to buy secured debt. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index closed 2.4 percent lower at 1,335.11 points, the biggest...

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Euro zone bond yields rose on Thursday after the European Central Bank gave no new hints of an imminent sovereign bond buying programme, leading some in the market to scale back bets on this happening. ECB President Mario Draghi said after its latest policy meeting that it would buy bundles of loans and other forms of secured debt from mid-month in an...

  • *Europe stocks slump after ECB disappoints. *Wall Street edges lower after global sell-off. Wall Street opened slightly lower after a sharp sell-off the previous session but it was Europe that remained under fire, with stocks tumbling anew after the European Central Bank's monthly meeting left markets feeling unsatisfied.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- European equities extended losses late on Thursday, with a benchmark index hitting a six-week low after the European Central Bank gave less details about its plan to buy secured debt than the market had expected. The planned moves are an attempt to kick start a languishing euro zone economy, despite misgivings in Germany and elsewhere, after...

  • *NPLs unsustainable in Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia. LONDON, Sept 30- The ECB's health check of European banks could force some lenders to rethink their strategy in central and eastern Europe and even withdraw from parts of the region, according to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development's new regional banking expert.

  • TABLE-Reuters September Russian economy, rouble poll Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    Sept 30- Following are the results of a monthly Reuters poll of 15 economists on Russia's economic and foreign exchange outlook. For a story on poll click on.

  • Italy's PM wins vote to make firing workers easier Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 2:13 AM ET
    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi greets leaders arriving for a meeting of G7 leaders on March 24, 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands.

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday overcame fierce opposition to get backing to make it easier to fire workers.