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Sep 2, 2014

Europe shares open higher after gains in Japan, China

LONDON (Reuters) – Risk appetite flickered back into life in financial markets on Tuesday with the dollar and European and Japanese shares rising while safe-haven bonds, the yen and gold all took a step back.

The dollar rose in thin trading to its highest since January against the yen. The euro reached a one-year low against the greenback as speculation mounted about what the ECB will do when it meets on Thursday.

Sep 2, 2014

Risk appetite flickers in Europe, ECB speculation holds down euro

LONDON (Reuters) – Risk appetite flickered back into life in financial markets on Tuesday with the dollar and European and Japanese shares rising while safe-haven bonds, the yen and gold all took a step back.

The dollar rose in thin trading to its highest since January against the yen. The euro reached a one-year low against the greenback as speculation mounted about what the ECB will do when it meets on Thursday.

Sep 1, 2014

European investors look past Ukraine, focus on ECB

LONDON (Reuters) – European markets advanced despite the conflict in Ukraine, focusing on whether the European Central Bank will announce plans for economic stimulus when it meets this week.

Ukraine reported its forces were under fire from Russian tanks again on Monday, as new signs emerged that the turmoil was damaging the European economy.

Sep 1, 2014

Europe holds nerve as Russia-Ukraine warnings ratchet up

LONDON (Reuters) – European markets cautiously set aside warnings that Russia’s conflict with Ukraine was sliding out of control on Monday, as investors focused on the European Central Bank’s meeting this week and hopes it will strengthen its stimulus plans.

Shares on the region’s FTSEurofirst 300 index .FTEU3 nudged 0.2 percent higher in early trading following a similar performance by Asian stocks despite some mildly disappointing data from China.

Aug 29, 2014

Euro sags ahead of inflation test, Ukraine nerves weigh

LONDON (Reuters) – The euro was near a year low and on course for a fourth week of falls on Friday ahead of what was expected to be another stodgy euro zone inflation reading, and as tensions with Russia over Ukraine kept the region on edge.

Share markets in London .FTSE, Frankfurt .GDAXI and Paris .FCHI bounced 0.3-0.6 percent early on following a heavy selloff on Thursday and as investors readied for the 0900 GMT (5.00 a.m. EDT) August inflation data.

Aug 28, 2014

Bruised euro holds ground ahead of inflation test

LONDON (Reuters) – The euro clung to modest gains and a rally in Europe’s share and bond markets cooled on Thursday as investors put bets on possible fresh ECB stimulus next week on hold ahead of German inflation data.

Escalating tensions in Ukraine kept riskier assets under pressure, with the top share index in Germany — whose corporate sector has strong trade ties with Russia — extending initial losses on reports Russian troops had crossed the border to fight alongside separatists.

Aug 22, 2014

Dollar flatlines ahead of Yellen, Draghi at Jackson Hole

LONDON (Reuters) – The dollar was steady on Friday after its strongest weekly run since March and world stocks were near all-time highs as markets waited for steers from the Federal Reserve and ECB on diverging policy plans.

European shares .FTEU3 opened barely changed and heading for their biggest weekly gain since February, while Asian markets hitched a ride on another record close for Wall Street to end the week near a six-and-half-year high.

Aug 21, 2014

Euro steadies at 11-month low as dollar reigns

LONDON (Reuters) – Some reassuring data from Germany eased pressure on the euro on Thursday after speculation of an earlier rate rise from the Federal Reserve had pushed the dollar to an 11-month high.

Share markets also got a lift from the PMI report, which showed the German private sector grew for a 16th month running in August. Stocks had started the day looking flat after a disappointing survey on Chinese manufacturing overnight.

Aug 21, 2014

European shares, euro lifted by robust German data

LONDON (Reuters) – Some reassuring data from Germany eased pressure on the struggling euro on Thursday after speculation of an earlier rate rise from the Federal Reserve had pushed the dollar to an 11-month high.

Share markets had been feeling flat following a disappointing survey on Chinese manufacturing overnight but they too got a lift from the news that Germany’s private sector grew for a 16th month running in August.

Aug 21, 2014

Euro struggles at 11-month low as dollar reigns supreme

LONDON, Aug 21 (Reuters) – Some reassuring data from Germany
eased pressure on the struggling euro on Thursday after
speculation of an earlier rate rise from the Federal Reserve had
pushed the dollar to an 11-month high.

Share markets had been feeling flat following a
disappointing survey on Chinese manufacturing overnight but they
too got a lift from the news that Germany’s private sector grew
for a 16th month running in August.