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Apr 23, 2014

World share rally peters out, euro lifted by PMI boost

LONDON (Reuters) – European shares edged down on Wednesday after three days of gains as signs of a still stuttering Chinese economy and rising worries about Ukraine offset a reassuring set of European economic numbers.

Having raced higher on Tuesday on a wave of takeover activity, European stocks fell 0.3 percent as investors locked in some of the gains and turned their attention to the region’s broader economic outlook.

Apr 23, 2014

Steady PMIs, sluggish China puts brakes on European shares

LONDON (Reuters) – European shares edged down on Wednesday after three days of gains as data showing China’s economy was still stuttering offset some broadly reassuring European purchasing manager index (PMI) numbers.

Having raced higher on Tuesday on a wave of takeover activity, European stocks started the day down 0.2 percent as investors locked in some of the gains and turned their attention to the region’s broader economic outlook.

Apr 16, 2014

World stocks up on China relief, Ukraine strains remain

LONDON (Reuters) – World stocks markets made broad gains on Wednesday after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts and another low euro zone inflation reading spurred speculation about the European Central Bank’s policy options.

China’s economy grew 7.4 percent in the first quarter, from a year earlier, pipping forecasts of 7.3 percent and dashing speculation beforehand that growth would be nearer 7 percent after a string of recent soft numbers.

Apr 16, 2014

Global shares up on China relief, Ukraine strains remain

LONDON (Reuters) – Share markets made broad gains on Wednesday after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts, a relief for investors who had feared a much weaker outcome.

China’s economy grew 7.4 percent in the first quarter, from a year earlier, pipping forecasts of 7.3 percent. That was welcome news to many given whisper numbers nearer 7 percent, following a string of soft numbers recently.

Apr 14, 2014

Ukraine tensions land fresh blow on struggling stocks

LONDON (Reuters) – Bruised share markets took a further battering on Monday on growing fears of military conflict in Ukraine.

Towns in eastern Ukraine were readying for military action from government forces after Kiev gave pro-Russian separatists a 9 a.m. (2 a.m. EDT) deadline to disarm and end their occupation.

Apr 9, 2014

Europe rides rebound in risk appetite, emerging markets shine

LONDON (Reuters) – Revived appetite for emerging markets helped Asian stocks hit a near six-month high on Wednesday, leaving Europe and other developed markets – where future stimulus looks increasingly uncertain – trailing.

It was an easier start for European bourses after a difficult couple of days during which tensions have escalated in Ukraine and the European Central Bank has tempered expectations of new mass asset-buying program.

Apr 8, 2014

Bruised gobal stocks steady before U.S. earnings start

LONDON (Reuters) – A three-day sell-off in world stocks slowed on Tuesday, with the U.S. earnings season about to start and gains in China signalling a return of emerging-market demand.

European shares and bonds both opened cautiously, amid renewed tension in Ukraine and signs the European Central Bank may not be as eager to begin large-scale stimulus as had been hoped.

Apr 8, 2014

Bruised stocks steady before U.S. earnings start

LONDON (Reuters) – A three-day sell-off in world stocks slowed on Tuesday, with the U.S. earnings season about to start and gains in China signaling a return of emerging-market demand.

European shares and bonds both opened cautiously, amid renewed tension in Ukraine and signs the European Central Bank may not be as eager to begin large-scale stimulus as had been hoped.

Apr 7, 2014

ECB will prime quantitative easing, but far from pulling trigger yet

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – The European Central Bank will get ready to make large-scale asset purchases but is still a long way off embarking on such a plan and will first assess whether the inflation outlook has changed, ECB policymakers said.

Faced with inflation rates running far below its target, the ECB last week opened the door to turning on its money-printing presses with so-called “quantitative easing” (QE) to boost the euro zone economy.

Apr 7, 2014

ECB says will prime QE, but far from pulling trigger yet

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – The European Central Bank will get ready to make large-scale asset purchases but is still a long way off embarking on such a plan and will first assess whether the inflation outlook has changed, ECB policymakers said.

Faced with inflation rates running far below its target, the ECB last week opened the door to turning on its money-printing presses with so-called “quantitative easing” (QE) to boost the euro zone economy.

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