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  • *Spain swaps expensive crisis bonds for new issue. LONDON, June 12- Spain took steps to ease hefty bond repayments coming due next year by swapping expensive debt issued at the height of the euro zone crisis for a new 10- year bond on Thursday.

  • LONDON, June 9- Emerging local currency bond yields fell to multi-month lows on Monday after the euro zone's extraordinary monetary easing pushed cash into high-yield assets and boosted expectations of rate cuts in the developing world. "We've seen a three-pronged attack on short emerging market positions," UBS strategist Manik Narain said.

  • BRUSSELS, June 8- This week's light calendar gives investors room to digest the European Central Bank's radical moves to avert deflation and look beyond U.S. data which, in more normal times, might imply higher interest rates.

  • TRIPOLI, June 6- Libya has lost $30 billion due to 10 months of protests at oilfields and export terminals but has sufficient foreign currency reserves to keep the country running, a central bank official said.

  • MILAN/ ROME, June 5- Alitalia is expected to give an initial green light to a tie-up with Etihad Airways at a board meeting on Friday in a last-ditch attempt to save a carrier that many in the industry have regarded as a lost cause.

  • BERLIN/ BRUSSELS, June 5- Soaring euro zone retail sales and a rebound in German industrial orders on Thursday offered a sign that a fragile economic recovery which has yet to reach many European households may be gaining momentum. That suggests output in Europe's largest economy will pick up in the coming months.

  • *Court says could make key broad ruling on June 16. BUDAPEST, June 3- Hungary's top court ruled on Tuesday that the exchange rate margin applied by OTP Bank on a foreign currency mortgage was unfair and invalid, a ruling that could guide government plans to tackle problem forex loans. The court said that ruling could be made on June 16.

  • *Court says could make key broad ruling on June 16. BUDAPEST, June 3- Hungary's top court ruled on Tuesday that the exchange rate margin applied by OTP Bank on a foreign currency mortgage was unfair and invalid, a ruling that could guide government plans to tackle problem forex loans. The court said that ruling could be made on June 16.

  • WASHINGTON/ LONDON, June 2- U.S. and China manufacturing activity expanded in May, putting the world's two largest economies on a seemingly firmer path to recovery, but a slowdown in euro zone factory growth boosted expectations of policy easing by the European Central Bank.

  • LONDON/ BEIJING, June 2- Signs of an economic revival in China have raised hopes that Beijing's targeted measures to bolster growth are having an impact but a slowdown in the euro zone will increase expectations of policy easing there.

  • *Too early for UK to raise rates but getting closer. *India central banks meets for first time since Modi election. LONDON, June 1- The European Central Bank will eclipse all else in economic terms this week, following heavy hints that monetary policy will be loosened in a variety of ways.

  • LONDON, May 30 (Reuters)- Global shares edged lower after hitting new highs on Friday, with investors positioning cautiously on the last trading day of the month and ahead of expected changes to European Central Bank policy next week.

  • LONDON, May 30- Global shares steadied on Friday after hitting record highs as investors positioned cautiously on the last trading day of the month, with the market's focus on next week's European Central Bank policy meeting.

  • *BNP slumps on report of possible $10 billion fine. LONDON, May 30- European shares fell on Friday, with BNP Paribas leading the market lower after a report saying the U.S. Justice Department was pushing the French bank to pay more than $10 billion to resolve a criminal probe.

  • *Pirelli to open 200 outlets at Rosneft stations by 2019. *Rosneft entity signs binding deal to buy Pirelli stake. MILAN, May 24- Italian tyremaker Pirelli has agreed with Rosneft to open more than 200 retail outlets at the Russian oil group's filling stations and cooperate in synthetic rubber production, Pirelli said in a statement on Saturday.

  • *Shares in Russia- exposed firms slip on Ukraine crisis. LONDON, May 23- Russia, which once promised rich pickings for European firms highly exposed to the country, now looks more like a liability for them as the economy struggles and investors worry the Ukraine crisis is set to fester.

  • LONDON, May 22- Italy's largest infrastructure fund F2i plans to sell up to 49 percent of F2i Aeroporti, which holds stakes in some of the country's main airports, in a deal that sources said could raise up to 500 million euros.

  • *Central bank highlights corporate bad loans. BUDAPEST/ LONDON, May 22- Hungary's central bank proposed regulatory action on Thursday to encourage commercial banks to clean bad corporate loans from their books, a move which could improve their ability to lend and accelerate a shake-up of the sector.

  • *Italy vs Spain emerges as key pre-election trade. LONDON, May 20- Yields on the euro zone's lower-rated bonds rose on Tuesday amid concern this week's European Union elections might derail domestic economic reforms.

  • Peripheral bond yields rise on EU election nervousness Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | 6:43 AM ET

    *Italy vs Spain emerges as key pre-election trade. LONDON, May 20- Yields on the euro zone's lower-rated bonds rose on Tuesday, as investors grew increasingly nervous about the outcome of this week's EU elections, which could derail domestic economic reforms.