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Dec 17, 2014

Global stock markets expected to rally in 2015 on more cheap cash: Reuters poll

By Rahul Karunakar and Jonathan Cable

(Reuters) – Global stock markets are expected to rally next year as central banks in Asia and Europe flood markets with fresh liquidity just as others begin tightening, Reuters polls showed on Wednesday.

Accommodative monetary policy drove a bull market in stocks in recent years, and as China, Japan and the euro zone struggle with disinflation and weak growth more cash is expected to flow into investors’ pockets.

Dec 17, 2014

Global stock markets expected to rally in 2015 on more cheap cash

By Rahul Karunakar and Jonathan Cable

(Reuters) – Global stock markets are expected to rally next year as central banks in Asia and Europe flood markets with fresh liquidity just as others begin tightening, Reuters polls showed on Wednesday.

Accommodative monetary policy drove a bull market in stocks in recent years, and as China, Japan and the euro zone struggle with disinflation and weak growth more cash is expected to flow into investors’ pockets.

Dec 16, 2014

Global Economy – World set to end year in brittle economic state

LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – The global economy is ending the year in a fragile state with factory activity shrinking in China, euro zone business growth remaining weak, and emerging market giant Russia in a spiralling currency crisis.

“These are uncertain times again and there is a risk of another global downturn,” said Stephen Webster, chief European economist at 4CAST.

Dec 16, 2014

World set to end year in brittle economic state

LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – The global economy is ending the year in a fragile state with factory activity shrinking in China, euro zone business growth remaining weak, and emerging market giant Russia in a spiraling currency crisis.

“These are uncertain times again and there is a risk of another global downturn,” said Stephen Webster, chief European economist at 4CAST.

Dec 16, 2014

Euro zone private sector ends 2014 with weak growth, more price cuts: PMI

LONDON (Reuters) – - Euro zone businesses are ending 2014 in slightly better shape than thought but growth remains weak and firms are still cutting prices to encourage trade, surveys showed on Tuesday.

Markit’s Composite Flash Purchasing Managers’ Index, based on surveys of thousands of companies and seen as a good growth indicator, rose to 51.7 from a 16-month low of 51.1.

Dec 10, 2014

Poll – ECB to begin buying sovereign bonds early next year

LONDON (Reuters) – Growing worries that plunging oil prices may send the euro zone into a deflationary spiral will push the European Central Bank to buy sovereign debt early next year, a Reuters poll showed.

Economists were near unanimous: 25 of 27 said the ECB would begin buying sovereign bonds within a few months, some half a decade after the Bank of England and Federal Reserve embraced quantitative easing (QE).

Dec 3, 2014

Euro zone risks return to contraction, China outlook smoggy

LONDON (Reuters) – The euro zone economy may face another contraction after business activity grew less than expected in November despite heavy discounting, surveys on Wednesday showed, although Asian readings were more upbeat.

Firms across the euro zone cut prices again. That, and signs that the bloc’s core economies are struggling, will concern the European Central Bank which has launched a raft of measures to revive growth and drive up dangerously low inflation.

Dec 3, 2014

Euro zone economy looking set to contract in the new year: PMI

LONDON (Reuters) – Heavy discounting failed to stop euro zone business activity growing less than thought last month, a survey showed on Wednesday, suggesting the bloc’s economy may contract again early next year.

“The region is on course to see a mere 0.1 percent GDP growth in the final quarter of the year, with a strong likelihood of the near-stagnation turning to renewed contraction in the new year unless demand shows signs of reviving,” said Chris Williamson, survey compiler Markit’s chief economist.

Dec 1, 2014

Asia, Europe factory activity slackens despite price cuts

LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Manufacturing growth across Asia and Europe eased in November as heavy price cutting failed to revive demand, surveys showed on Monday, more evidence that a feeble global recovery may be grinding to a halt.

Worryingly for policymakers at the European Central Bank, who are struggling to bolster growth and drive up dangerously low inflation, factory activity declined in the euro zone’s three biggest economies: Germany, France and Italy.

Dec 1, 2014

Euro zone factory growth stalls in November as new orders sink: PMI

LONDON (Reuters) – Euro zone manufacturing growth stalled in November and new orders fell at the fastest pace in 19 months despite heavy price cutting, painting a bleak picture for the coming months, a survey showed on Monday.

Also worryingly for policymakers at the European Central Bank, who are struggling to bolster growth and drive up dangerously low inflation, factory activity declined in the bloc’s three biggest economies of Germany, France and Italy.