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  • Wider market sentiment was still undermined by the crisis in Ukraine, where confrontation between Kiev and Moscow showed no sign of easing. The DAX had fallen 2.9 percent in the previous two sessions, dragged down by worries about Ukraine and by disappointing Chinese trade data.

  • European stocks closed mixed on Tuesday as as the crisis in Ukraine curbed enthusiasm for riskier assets.

  • UniCredit seeks to boost capital as bad debts weigh Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 4:18 AM ET

    UniCredit, Italy's largest bank by assets, is set to unveil plans to raise 2 billion euros ($2.8 billion) on the bond market.

  • Banks caught in storm as Ukraine tensions rise Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 1:54 PM ET

    MOSCOW, March 3- Bankers scrambled to assess possible damage to corporate deals and tried to calm customers on Monday after Russia's military intervention in Ukraine unnerved financial markets and hit bank shares in Russia and across Europe.

  • *Stock prices tumble after military intervention in Ukraine. NEW YORK, March 3- Russia's intervention in Ukraine sent crude oil and prices for gold and government debt higher on Monday as investors sought safe havens.

  • FACTBOX-Foreign banks in Ukraine Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 8:21 AM ET

    March 3- Civil unrest in Ukraine has put pressure on its banks which could need liquidity and capital support due to falling deposits, a high level of non-performing loans and a depreciating currency.

  • LONDON, March 3- Fears of full-fledged Russia- Ukraine war reverberated across emerging markets on Monday, with the hardest hit taken by Moscow, where stocks fell 10 percent and the rouble's plunge to record lows led to a surprise interest rate hike.

  • *Foreign banks have pared back exposure in Ukraine. MOSCOW, Feb 27- Foreign banks have pared back their exposure in Ukraine in recent years and the unfolding crisis could force them to choose between cutting their losses or holding on to grab market share.

  • *Italy sells 9 bln euro of debt, including new 10- yr benchmark. LONDON/ MILAN, Feb 27- Italy's 10- year borrowing costs slid to their lowest in over 8 years at a hefty bond sale on Thursday, in a further endorsement by investors of the new government's ambitious reform plans.

  • MILAN, Feb 27- Italy's 10- year funding costs fell to their lowest since October 2005 at auction on Thursday as the reform drive of the new government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi boosted positive investor sentiment towards weaker euro zone issuers.

  • Risk of a bank run heightens in Ukraine Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 6:54 AM ET

    Fears of a bank run in Ukraine are rising, as central bank reserves sink and some 7 percent of bank deposits were lost in just 3 days.

  • UPDATE 1-Foreign companies in Turkey face squeeze Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 9:29 AM ET

    LONDON/ VIENNA, Feb 25- Foreign companies in Turkey are beginning to feel the effects of a sagging currency, rising inflation and a growing political power struggle, adding to fears the country may not be the source of future growth that some companies had hoped.

  • Foreign investors in Turkey face squeeze Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    LONDON/ VIENNA, Feb 25- Foreign investors in Turkey are beginning to feel the effects of a sagging currency, rising inflation and a growing political power struggle, adding to fears the country may not be the source of future growth that some companies had hoped. Like other developing economies, Turkey has been battered in recent months by U.S.

  • review@ MILAN, Feb 20- Italian banks, burdened by 156 billion euros in gross bad debts and twice that amount in doubtful loans, are under the spotlight in an asset review of euro zone lenders conducted by the European Central Bank this year. The ECB review targets the top 15 among Italy's 690 banks.

  • FACTBOX-Ukraine's external financing needs Friday, 21 Feb 2014 | 6:10 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 21- Ukraine's government has heavy external financing needs in the coming year, raising concern over how it will honour gas bills and repay dollar bonds maturing in 2013. The country is embroiled in a political crisis that has killed at least 75 people this week, while the fate of a Russian bailout loan and of President Yanukovich- who on Friday announced plans for a unity government- remain uncertain.

  • Experts say banks face write-downs of 20- 25 bln euros. By Valentina Za and Silvia Aloisi. MILAN, Feb 20- A drive by Italian banks to come clean on bad loans during a European bank health check may force them to raise as much as 20 billion euros in capital, three times more than that pencilled in so far, to shore up their balance sheets.

  • MILAN, Feb 20- Italian banks, burdened by 156 billion euros in gross bad debts and twice that amount in doubtful loans, are under the spotlight in an asset review of euro zone lenders conducted by the European Central Bank this year. The ECB review targets the top 15 among Italy's 690 banks.

  • *Experts say banks face write-downs of 20- 25 bln euros. MILAN, Feb 20- A drive by Italian banks to come clean on bad loans during a European bank health check may force them to raise as much as 20 billion euros in capital, three times more than that pencilled in so far, to shore up their balance sheets.

  • LONDON/ BEIJING, Feb 20- China's vast factory sector contracted again this month and the expected acceleration in euro zone business activity failed to materialise, highlighting the fragile state of a global economy.

  • Dividend hunters toast earnings season surprises Monday, 17 Feb 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 17- Halfway through Europe's company earnings season, investors who made record bets in search of dividends have cause for celebration, though they should prepare for disappointment from some traditionally high-paying sectors.