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    European stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Thursday, adding to the previous session's recovery rally, as a report that China is interested in buying "bailout bonds" for Portugal helped improve sentiment.

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    A group of Canadian banks and pension funds said on Wednesday it will take its C$3.6 billion ($3.7 billion) bid for TMX Group directly to shareholders after the exchange operator rejected the bid in favor of a friendly offer from the London Stock Exchange.

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    European shares were set to slip on Wednesday, reversing the previous day's gains and tracking weak US and Asian markets, as a slowing pace of economic growth and worries over the euro zone debt troubles prompted a pullback in risk appetite.

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    European stocks were expected to open significantly lower on Wednesday, despite a slight bounce on Tuesday’s close with gains for miners on Glencore’s first day of regular trading on the London Stock Exchange.

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    European stocks were expected to open lower on Monday following a further downgrade of Greece's credit rating by rating agency Fitch and after Standard and Poor's decision at the weekend to revise its outlook for Italy to "negative" from "stable".

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    Professionals working in the City of London mull changing employers this year, with more than half saying they definitely intend to find a new employer this year, according to a recent survey, while another survey showed finance professionals among the top earners.

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    European stocks were indicated to open slightly higher after Thursday's rise, with the euro easing against the dollar but holding on to some of the gains made on the back of weaker than expected US data.

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    If the monetary policy committee of the Bank of England were paid a performance bonus, its members would deserve nothing. The UK’s inflation outcome has been far from target over a long period. So should the MPC raise rates now to make up for its past failures? No. But its position is becoming very uncomfortable, according to the FT.

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    European stocks were indicated to open stronger Wednesday after Tuesday's sell-off, as Asian shares shrugged off a mixed US close.

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    European shares are expected to open higher on Thursday with the DAX, CAC and FTSE 100 predicted to begin trade 30 points higher by spread betters in London.

  • IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    The sight of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund and prospective candidate for the French presidency, doing the "perp walk" was stupefying. If the charges are true, this capable man is a lunatic. But, unless the case collapses, the event will cast a long shadow, according to the FT.

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    European markets are again set to open lower on Tuesday with spread betters in London expecting Germany's DAX to drop by over 60 points.

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    European markets were indicated to open lower Monday on renewed concerns over the euro zone debt crisis.

  • Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King

    Rates can only go up when we believe the consumer can deal with them and that means when some of the pressures have started to ease.

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    BP  is back in last-ditch talks to buy out the Russian partners in its joint venture TNK-BP Ltd, in a deal that could be worth $30 billion or more, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

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    Decisions by politicians on how to deal with debt on both sides of the Atlantic will be crucial to prevent another Lehman-style crisis, economists and analysts told CNBC in a debate about banking in the European Union and in the US.

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    The world's biggest banks are likely to be hit by capital surcharges that increase progressively based on a lender's size, how connected it is to other banks and how easily it could be replaced in a crisis, global regulators have told the Financial Times.

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    The S&P 500 will gain just three percent before the end of the year and will be significantly outperformed by stocks in Japan, Europe and the UK according to Patrick Moonen, a senior Strategist at ING Investment Management.

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    European stocks are expected to open higher despite a negative session in Asia anb following another volatile trading session for commodities on Thursday.

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    UK Chancellor George Osborne told CNBC on Tuesday that Britain is an example to countries like Greece on austerity.