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  • LONDON, Jan 10- Franklin Templeton's David Zahn said on Wednesday he had halved holdings of Italian debt in his flagship fund amid expected pre-election volatility, although any selloff would be an opportunity to increase exposure to Italian bonds. Italy will vote on March 4 in an election expected to produce a hung parliament, causing some concern among...

  • *World stock index adds $8 trillion in value in 2017. The large and mid-size companies in the index of 47 countries added more than $8 trillion to their market value during the year. "By all accounts 2017 has been a great year for the market," said Arian Vojdani, investment strategist at MV Financial in Bethesda, Maryland.

  • Hong Kong surged 36 percent, South Korea climbed 22 percent, India rose 28 percent and Poland made 27 percent in local currency terms. Japan's Nikkei and the S&P 500 are both ahead by almost 20 percent, while the Dow has risen by a quarter. In Europe, the UK FTSE has lagged behind a little with a rise of nearly 8 percent.

  • LONDON/ SYDNEY, Dec 29- Markets were ending 2017 in a party mood on Friday after a year in which a concerted pick-up in global growth boosted corporate profits and commodity prices, while benign inflation kept central banks from snatching away the monetary punch bowl. Hong Kong surged 36 percent, South Korea notched up 22 percent and India and Poland both made 27...

  • MILAN, Dec 15- Mediaset shareholders on Friday approved governance changes that could stem the influence of France's Vivendi, the private Italian broadcaster's second largest investor. Shareholders of the Milan- based TV group, which is controlled by Italy's former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, voted on a proposal to cut the maximum number of board seats...

  • German Chancellor and head of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel attends preliminary coalition talks that later collapsed.

    Talks to form a coalition in Germany won't dent the European economy, but they raise leadership questions, writes Michael Ivanovitch.

  • ROME, Dec 13- Italy's parliament will be dissolved between Christmas and the New Year, a parliamentary source said on Wednesday, opening the way for national elections in early March that look unlikely to produce a clear winner. The sooner we go to the polls the better, "said Matteo Salvini, head of the far-right Northern League party. Italy's 10- year bond yield rose...

  • ROME, Nov 29- Many of Italy's leading politicians are promising more money for pensioners after elections next year, campaigning to undo reforms that economists say stabilized the country's finances at the height of the euro zone debt crisis six years ago. Italy still spends more than 16 percent of its GDP on state pensions, the second highest percentage in...

  • MILAN/ PARIS, Nov 24- Hopes for a settlement in a legal dispute between Mediaset and France's Vivendi over a soured pay-TV deal drove shares in the Italian broadcaster as much as 7.5 percent higher on Friday. The two companies have been at loggerheads since last year after Vivendi backtracked on a deal to buy Mediaset Premium, the pay-TV business of a group...

  • Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi attends the political show 'Porta a Porta' at RAIÕs broadcast studios, on November 16, 2017 in Rome, Italy.

    Silvio Berlusconi has taken his fight to become eligible for next year's Italian election to the European Court of Human Rights.

  • LONDON/ PARIS, Nov 16- Acquisitive French media conglomerate Vivendi missed analysts estimates in third-quarter earnings and ruled out a hostile takeover of Ubisoft for the next six months after the video games maker beat forecasts, pushing its shares to a record high. Vivendi's third-quarter EBITA rose 5.7 percent from a year ago to 293 million euros, while...

  • LONDON/ PARIS, Nov 16- Acquisitive French media conglomerate Vivendi reported higher third-quarter earnings and kept its 2017 outlook for an increase in sales and profit over the year. Vivendi's third-quarter EBITA rose 5.7 percent from a year ago to 293 million euros, while its revenue increased by 19.3 percent to 3.18 billion euros. The results were driven by...

  • MILAN, Nov 10- Italian broadcaster Mediaset's directors proposed on Friday a change in the size of its board and in the way its members are appointed, in a move that could restrict French shareholder Vivendi's influence. The Milan- based group, owned by the family of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, is suing Vivendi in court after the French media giant...

  • PRAGUE, Oct 13- Czech voters look set to hand leadership in next week's election to tough-talking billionaire Andrej Babis, a populist ready to take on Brussels but without the burden of ideology that has dragged Poland and Hungary into deep rifts with the European Union. He has distanced himself from right-wing conservatives such as Poland's Jaroslaw...

  • PRAGUE, Oct 13- Czech voters look set to hand leadership in next week's election to tough-talking billionaire Andrej Babis, a populist ready to take on Brussels but without the burden of ideology that has dragged Poland and Hungary into deep rifts with the European Union. He has distanced himself from right-wing conservatives such as Poland's Jaroslaw...

  • MILAN, Oct 10- The head of the European parliament has challenged the European Central Bank over how new guidelines for bank bad loans are being set, escalating a row between Italy and the ECB over the proposed measures. Italy- whose banks hold nearly 30 percent of the bloc's 915 billion euros in bad loans- has reacted angrily to the proposals, asking the ECB to soften...

  • ROME, Oct 8- Italy's traditional political parties have pledged to back a new electoral law this week that is seen penalising the anti-establishment 5- Star Movement ahead of next year's national election. "The only aim is to allow others to gang up on us," 5- Star lawmaker Danilo Toninelli said on Sunday, a day after a parliamentary committee signed off on the new...

  • PARIS, Oct 5- Police raided the headquarters of French media giant Vivendi on Thursday as part of an investigation into alleged market abuse involving its purchase of a stake in Italian TV group Mediaset, Vivendi said. The offices of French bank Natixis in Paris were also being searched, an Italian source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

  • PARIS, Oct 5- Police raided the headquarters of French media group Vivendi on Thursday as part of an investigation into alleged market abuse involving its purchase of a stake in Italy's Mediaset, a Vivendi spokesman said. The offices of French bank Natixis in Paris were also being searched, an Italian source with direct knowledge of the matter said.

  • Take, for example, resurgent Germany. It is even clearer in Japan, where unemployment this year has fallen to a more than 20- year low of just 2.8 percent. "Everything tells us the labour market is tight in Japan," said Mark Williams, chief Asia economist at Capital Economics.