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Nov 17, 2014

ECB’s Draghi helps European shares reverse early losses

EDINBURGH, Nov 17 (Reuters) – European shares turned solidly
positive on Monday after ECB President Mario Draghi reasserted
that he was ready to do more to fight deflation.

Shrugging off worries that Japan’s economy has unexpectedly
slipped into recession, the market also drew confidence from
earnings reports, merger and acquisition news and appetite for
more volatile stocks.

Nov 17, 2014

European shares pare losses after Japan slips into recession

EDINBURGH, Nov 17 (Reuters) – European shares reclaimed
early losses on Monday as concern over Japan’s economy after it
unexpectedly slipped into recession proved short-lived.

Earnings reports, merger & acquisition news and appetite for
more volatile stocks all provided support for the market.

Nov 17, 2014

European shares fall as Japan slips into recession

EDINBURGH, Nov 17 (Reuters) – European shares dropped on
Monday, hit by concern over the pace of global growth after data
showed Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, unexpectedly
slipped into recession.

The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares
was down 0.3 percent at 1,341.10 points.

Nov 15, 2014

Scottish nationalists warn Labour on spending, nuclear submarines

PERTH Scotland (Reuters) – If Scottish nationalists support a possible minority Labour government after the 2015 election, they will demand it ends cuts to state spending and shelves any plans to deploy new nuclear weapons in Scotland, their leader said on Saturday.

Since Scots voted by 55-45 percent to preserve the United Kingdom in a Sept. 18 referendum, support for the Scottish National Party has surged. Polls show the SNP could become Britain’s third largest party in terms of Westminster seats.

Nov 15, 2014
Nov 15, 2014

Scottish nationalist ‘kingmakers’ eye post-2015 election deal with Labour

PERTH Scotland (Reuters) – If Scottish nationalists win a ‘kingmaker’ position in Britain’s May 2015 election, they would consider supporting a minority Labour government but would never get into bed with the Conservatives, their leader in the London parliament said.

Since Scots voted by 55-45 percent to preserve the United Kingdom in a Sept. 18 referendum, support for the Scottish National Party has surged on a perception that Britain’s rulers are backsliding on pledges to grant more powers.

Nov 14, 2014

Scotland may seek new independence vote if UK delays devolution, Salmond says

PERTH Scotland (Reuters) – Scotland may seek another independence vote if Britain’s rulers fail to honor their pledge to grant it further autonomy, outgoing Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond warned on Friday, less than two months after Scots spurned independence.

Salmond, in his final speech as party leader, told members that Scotland would eventually secure his dream of independence from London. He also delivered a warning to British Prime Minister David Cameron:

Nov 12, 2014

Earnings, forex fines weigh on Britain’s FTSE 100

EDINBURGH, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index
fell on Wednesday, hit by disappointing corporate updates and a
decline in bank shares after regulators imposed fines to settle
allegations of foreign exchange malpractice.

Outsourcing company Capita slid 6.5 percent, the top
FTSE 100 faller, with traders citing concerns about a
possible slowdown in its order pipeline, even though Capita said
it was on track for at least 8 percent organic growth for the
full year.

Nov 12, 2014

Earnings, forex probe fines weigh on Britain’s FTSE 100

EDINBURGH, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index
fell on Wednesday, hit by disappointing corporate updates and by
a decline in bank shares after regulators imposed fines to
settle allegations of foreign exchange malpractice.

Outsourcing company Capita slid 6.4 percent, the top
FTSE 100 faller, with traders citing concerns about a
possible slowdown in its order pipeline, even though Capita said
it was on track for at least 8 percent organic growth for the
full year.

Nov 12, 2014

Earnings, forex probe fines weigh on UK’s FTSE 100

EDINBURGH, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index
fell on Wednesday, hit by disappointing corporate updates and by
a decline in bank shares after regulators imposed fines to
settle allegations of foreign exchange malpractice.

Outsourcing company Capita slid 6.4 percent, the top
FTSE 100 faller, with traders citing concerns about a
possible slowdown in its order pipeline, even though Capita said
it was on track for at least 8 percent organic growth for the
full year.

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