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Apr 1, 2014

M&A boost helps European shares get off to fast start in Q2

LONDON, April 1 (Reuters) – European stocks got off to a
brisk start in the second quarter, with merger-and-acquisition
activity driving gains by industrial and mining stocks.

Alstom rose 4.5 percent on Tuesday, making it the
top performer on the FTSEurofirst 300 in early trade. The French
turbine and train maker said it would sell its heat exchange
unit to Triton, a German private equity group.

Mar 31, 2014

FTSE set for quarterly fall despite appetite for insurers

LONDON (Reuters) – UK shares rose on Monday boosted by appetite for downtrodden insurers and resurgent miners, though the British blue chip index was still set for its first quarterly fall since June.

Insurers rallied, with Resolution, Aviva and Legal & General all up 1 percent to 3.2 percent having slumped in the previous session.

Mar 31, 2014

Britain’s FTSE set for quarterly fall despite appetite for insurers

LONDON, March 31 (Reuters) – UK shares rose on Monday
boosted by appetite for downtrodden insurers and resurgent
miners, though the British blue chip index was still set for its
first quarterly fall since June.

Insurers rallied, with Resolution, Aviva and
Legal & General all up 1 percent to 3.2 percent having
slumped in the previous session.

Mar 31, 2014
Mar 28, 2014

European shares set to extend two-week rally, led by Italy

LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) – European shares rose on Friday
and looked set to gain for a second straight week after basic
resources stocks got a boost from China. Italian stocks
continued to outperform.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 was up 0.4
percent at 1,327.64 at 1130 GMT, 1.6 percent higher on the week.

Mar 28, 2014

European shares rise, look set to extend two-week rally

LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) – European shares rose in early
deals on Friday and looked set to post gains for a second
straight week after basic resources stocks received a boost from
plans by China to boost investment.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 was up 0.6
percent at 1,330.76 at 0904 GMT, 1.8 percent higher on the week.

Mar 27, 2014
Mar 27, 2014

China boost for Alcatel and Total buoys European shares

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – European equities edged higher
on Thursday, lifted by a rise in telecoms equipment maker
Alcatel and oil group Total which were both
boosted by new Chinese deals.

Alcatel Lucent rose 2.9 percent, making the stock
the best performer in percentage terms on the FTSEurofirst 300,
after it won a one-year contract worth up to 750 million euros
($1 billion) with China Mobile.

Mar 27, 2014
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