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  • European stocks bounce back as tech stocks rally Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:23 AM ET

    Shares in European technology stocks such as Infineon, STMicroelectronics and ASML were all up between 2-3 percent on Monday. U.S. tech stocks had climbed on Friday after news of Intel's talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera in a deal likely to top $10 billion. Intel shares jumped 6.4 percent while Altera shares surged 28.4 percent.

  • German prices on track for first rise this year Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:16 AM ET

    BERLIN, March 30- German consumer prices are set to rise in March after falling in the first two months of this year, data from some federal states suggested on Monday, but inflation in Europe's largest economy is still likely to remain very low. In North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state and a bellwether for the national rate, prices climbed by 0.2...

  • BRUSSELS, March 30- Confidence in the euro zone's economy rose for a fourth straight month in March to its highest since July 2011, a European Commission survey showed on Monday, suggesting the weak euro and lower oil prices are spurring the recovery. The European Commission's economic sentiment indicator rose by 1.6 points to 103.9, better than the 103.1...

  • UnitedHealth Group to buy Catamaran for $12.78 bln Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:13 AM ET

    March 30- UnitedHealth Group unit OptumRx Corp agreed to buy pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp in a deal worth $12.78 billion.

  • HONG KONG, March 30- Chinese property developer Evergrande Real Estate Group Ltd said on Monday record sales and an increase in completed projects helped lift its 2014 core profit 16.5 percent, beating estimates. China's fourth-largest property developer by assets also forecast a pick-up in the whole sector this year, just as the central bank eased home...

  • *Feb output +3.55 pct y/y, first increase since March 2013. BANGKOK, March 30- A 22- month streak of declining Thai factory output has ended, lifting hopes for an economic recovery, but a member of the country's monetary policy committee warned that the traditional growth drivers are "not really working anymore". The Industry Ministry said factory output in...

  • POLL-Oil prices to stabilize as demand rises Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    *Brent to average $59.20, U.S. crude $53.60 in 2015. The survey of 34 analysts predicted North Sea Brent crude would average $59.20 a barrel in 2015, up from around $55 so far this year. Brent is expected to rise to $72.10 in 2016 and $78.70 in 2017, the poll showed.

  • POLL-Oil prices to stabilise as demand rises Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    *Brent to average $59.20, U.S. crude $53.60 in 2015. The survey of 34 analysts predicted North Sea Brent crude would average $59.20 a barrel in 2015, up from around $55 so far this year. Brent is expected to rise to $72.10 in 2016 and $78.70 in 2017, the poll showed.

  • SHANGHAI, March 30- Chinese stocks surged to seven-year highs on Monday, while the Hong Kong market posted its biggest daily gain in two months, as investors bet more infrastructure spending and policy stimulus would re-energise China's cooling economy. China's main indexes, the CSI300 and the Shanghai Composite Index, both jumped nearly 3 percent to the...

  • China said earlier this month work was ongoing on a draft anti-terrorism law that would require foreign companies to hand over encryption keys and otherwise facilitate Beijing's ability to bypass security measures, despite U.S. protests. "We have already made clear our concerns regarding forced technology transfer and other attempts to bar technological...

  • MSCI's emerging equity index rose 0.8 percent, lifted by China stocks jumping almost 3 percent on hopes that more infrastructure spending and policy stimulus will re-energise a cooling economy and boost profits. "China' stocks surged to yet another year-to-date high on the back of market expectations that the PBoC might provide even more monetary policy...

  • ZURICH, March 30- Switzerland's Holcim said on Monday it had sold its 27.5 percent stake in Thailand's second-largest cement company Siam City Cement, in deals worth 655 million Swiss francs. Zurich- based Holcim, which plans to merge with France's Lafarge, said 24.9 percent of Siam City Cement was acquired by an affiliate of Hong Kong- based conglomerate Jardine...

  • *OECD struggling to find solution before Paris climate talks. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures on export credits are central to a debate on targeting funding ahead of U.N. climate talks in Paris at the end of the year. One, dated March 4, when the OECD held closed-door talks on the issue, shows OECD governments provided...

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong stocks lead on stimulus hopes. Chinese stocks surged to seven-year highs, helped by Beijing's unveiling of an ambitious plan to build a modern Silk Road to Europe and Africa and signs from People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan that added to expectations of more monetary policy easing. "China's economy is under relatively big...

  • *More price falls seen as U.S. stocks are sold off- Barclays. LONDON, March 30- Oil prices fell on Monday as officials from Iran and six world powers discussed a possible deal over Tehran's nuclear programme that could bring an end to sanctions and allow an increase in Iranian oil exports. "Regarding Iran, there are two possible outcomes: a framework deal or an extended...

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.6 pct. ARM rose 2.4 percent, the top FTSE 100 riser, recovering after dropping 10 percent in two days last week. The broader FTSE 100 also recovered from a weekly fall, up 55.98 points, or 0.6 percent, at 6,911.00 by 0813 GMT, after dropping 2.4 percent last week.

  • BRIEF-Taiwan's Quanta says Q4 net profit T$5.41 bln Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 4:23 AM ET

    *Says FY14 net profit T $18.88 billion.

  • Rallying techs help European stocks bounce back Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 4:15 AM ET

    *Lafarge drops as two Holcim shareholders reject revised deal. U.S. tech stocks climbed on Friday after news that Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion. Intel shares jumped 6.4 percent while Altera shares surged 28.4 percent.

  • PARIS, March 30- U.S. hedge fund P. Schoenfeld Asset Management has accused French media group Vivendi of giving too much leeway to chairman and largest shareholder Vincent Bollore to boost his stake at "undervalued prices". PSAM, which says it owns 0.8 percent of Vivendi, is trying to rally other shareholders to vote for two resolutions at an upcoming annual...

  • LONDON, March 30- The World Bank will hold an auction worth $25 million in June for U.N.-backed carbon credits from projects designed to cut methane emissions, the bank said on Monday. The so-called Pilot Auction Facility will offer tradable put options, giving project owners the right to sell credits to the bank's Methane and Climate Change Fund at a set price,...