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Jul 22, 2014

FTSE boosted after Ukraine rebels hand over black boxes

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index rose on Monday, buoyed by a bounce in risk-sensitive sectors after traders saw hopes of an easing of tensions in Ukraine, although individual earnings reports weighed on the market.

The FTSE 100 was up 39.66 points, or 0.6 percent, at 6,768.10 by 0829 BST in a broad-based rise, with financials and basic materials, sensitive to appetite for risk in equities, accounting for nearly half the gains.

Jul 22, 2014

Britain’s FTSE boosted after Ukraine rebels hand over black boxes

EDINBURGH, July 22 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index
rose on Monday, buoyed by a bounce in risk-sensitive sectors
after traders saw hopes of an easing of tensions in Ukraine,
although individual earnings reports weighed on the market.

The FTSE 100 was up 39.66 points, or 0.6 percent, at
6,768.10 by 0729 GMT in a broad-based rise, with financials and
basic materials, sensitive to appetite for risk in equities,
accounting for nearly half the gains.

Jul 21, 2014

European shares led lower by Germany’s DAX, sensitive to Ukraine crisis

EDINBURGH, July 21 (Reuters) – European stocks fell on
Monday, hit by a drop in German stocks as sensitivity to tension
in Ukraine mounted.

German blue chip stocks underperformed, with the DAX
down 0.4 percent, as fighting erupted in the rebel-held
city of Donetsk.

Jul 18, 2014

As Scotland decides, not all Scots get a vote

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Ruth McPherson was born and educated in Scotland but left to work in London two years ago and so has no say on whether her native country should end three centuries of union with England.

Over a million Scots like McPherson living outside the land of their birth can take no part in its Sept. 18 referendum on breaking from the rest of Britain, while one in six of those who can vote were not born in Scotland. That has fueled a debate on just what it means to be Scottish in the 21st century.

Jul 18, 2014

European shares fall as downed plane spurs safe-haven buying

EDINBURGH, July 18 (Reuters) – European stocks fell on
Friday, extending losses made late in the previous session after
a passenger plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine, stoking
tensions between Russia and the West.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down by
0.3 percent at 1,356.36 by 0748 GMT but was off an intraday low
hit in early morning trade.

Jul 18, 2014

Insight – As Scotland decides, not all Scots get a vote

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Ruth McPherson was born and educated in Scotland but left to work in London two years ago and so has no say on whether her native country should end three centuries of union with England.

Over a million Scots like McPherson living outside the land of their birth can take no part in its Sept. 18 referendum on breaking from the rest of Britain, while one in six of those who can vote were not born in Scotland. That has fuelled a debate on just what it means to be Scottish in the 21st century.

Jul 17, 2014

Russia-exposed European shares knocked back by new sanctions

EDINBURGH, July 17 (Reuters) – European stocks fell on
Thursday, with appetite for equities dented by new Western
sanctions on Russia and a mixed earnings picture.

Stocks with high exposure to Russia were among the top
fallers after the European Union and the United States increased
sanctions on the country.

Jul 8, 2014

European shares led lower by banks, as threat of US fine hits Commerzbank

EDINBURGH, July 8 (Reuters) – Banking stocks led European
shares lower on Tuesday as German banks became the latest
lenders to be negotiating a costly legal settlement with U.S.
authorities.

At the close, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index
was down 1.3 percent at 1,363.46 points, extending
losses in afternoon trade in line with US stocks.

Jul 8, 2014

Banks lead European shares lower as US fine concern hits Commerzbank

LONDON/EDINBURGH, July 8 (Reuters) – Banking stocks led
European shares lower on Tuesday as German banks became the
latest lenders to be negotiating a costly legal settlement with
U.S. authorities.

Euro zone banks fell 1.5 percent, the biggest
sectoral faller, led lower by Commerzbank.

Jul 7, 2014

European shares edge lower after German data miss

EDINBURGH, July 7 (Reuters) – European shares fell on Monday
after weak data out of Germany took the wind out of a rally that
saw a top index post its best week in over three months.

German industrial output fell 1.8 percent on the month in
May, its biggest drop in more than 2 years, confounding
expectations of unchanged industrial output in Europe’s
powerhouse.

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