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Oct 1, 2014

Lacklustre factory data hits world stocks, dollar strong

LONDON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Stocks worldwide began the fourth
quarter on a negative note on Wednesday, as lacklustre economic
data and civil unrest in Hong Kong kept investors cautious
before a European Central Bank meeting later this week.

The dollar held close to a four-year high, helped by the
weak factory activity data, pushing commodity prices lower.

Oct 1, 2014

Lackluster factory data hits world stocks, dollar up

LONDON (Reuters) – Stocks worldwide began the fourth quarter on a negative note on Wednesday, with investors wary of lackluster economic data and keeping a cautious eye on civil unrest in Hong Kong.

The dollar held close to a four-year high against a currency basket, helped by the weak factory activity data, and pushed commodity prices lower.

Sep 22, 2014

China slowdown worries hit world stocks, commodities

LONDON (Reuters) – Concern about a slowdown in China hammered stocks and commodities on Monday while signs of differences between major economic powers on the need to stimulate growth further clouded the outlook.

Asian shares fell as investors worried a key measure of Chinese manufacturing, due on Tuesday, could indicate activity was contracting.

Sep 22, 2014

China slowdown worries hit stocks, commodities

LONDON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Concern about a slowdown in
China hammered stocks and commodities on Monday while signs of
differences between major economic powers on the need to
stimulate growth further clouded the outlook.

Asian shares fell as investors worried a key measure of
Chinese manufacturing, due on Tuesday, could indicate activity
was contracting.

Sep 17, 2014

UK traders gear up for long night before Scottish vote result

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s trading rooms are gearing up for an extra long shift to cover Scotland’s independence referendum and drafting in extra staff, anticipating a surge in activity when the result comes through early on Friday.

The vote on whether Scotland should end its 300-year-old union with England was set for a nail-biting finish. Three polls on Wednesday put opponents of independence slightly ahead, though many voters remained undecided.

Sep 12, 2014

Exhibition unwraps drama of Tutankhamun’s discovery

OXFORD, England, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Egypt’s “boy king”
Tutankhamun has gripped the imagination since his tomb was
discovered in 1922, and a new exhibition tells the enthralling
tale of how archaeologists unearthed and recorded the contents
of his 3,000-year-old resting place.

“Discovering Tutankhamun”, at Oxford University’s Ashmolean
Museum until Nov. 2, takes visitors through the drama of how
Howard Carter found a step leading down into the sand in the
Valley of the Kings to the opening of the tomb and the
painstaking unwrapping of the king’s mummified body.

Aug 26, 2014

Euro, bond yields dip as looser ECB policy eyed

LONDON (Reuters) – The euro hit its lowest level in nearly a year against the dollar and euro zone government bond yields fell on Tuesday on growing expectations the European Central Bank could ease monetary policy as soon as next week.

The single currency fell as low as $1.3178 in Asian trade, its weakest since Sept. 9, before recovering slightly, with ECB chief Mario Draghi’s comment last week that he was prepared to use all available tools if euro zone inflation fell further still resonating in markets.

Aug 18, 2014

Europe shares rally as Ukraine fears ease, oil drops

LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) – European stocks rallied and
prices of top-rated bonds fell on Monday as investors breathed
easier over the crisis in Ukraine, which had appeared to
escalate dangerously on Friday.

The dollar held steady against a currency basket
after falling broadly on Friday, when the government in Kiev
said its artillery had hit a Russian armoured column. Russia
denied its forces had crossed into Ukraine.

Aug 18, 2014

European stocks rise, core bonds fall as Ukraine fears ease

LONDON (Reuters) – European stocks rebounded strongly and prices of top-rated bonds fell on Monday as investors breathed easier over the crisis in Ukraine, which had appeared to escalate dangerously on Friday.

The dollar edged higher versus a basket of currencies. It fell broadly on Friday after the government in Kiev said its artillery had partially destroyed a Russian armored column, while Russia denied its forces had crossed into Ukraine.

Aug 15, 2014

Stocks, bonds set for weekly gain as looser policy eyed

LONDON, Aug 15 (Reuters) – European stocks rose on Friday,
on track for the year’s biggest weekly gains, while German Bund
yields held near record lows as recent weak data increased
expectations of further central bank action to revive the
economy.

The euro, which fell against the dollar on Thursday after
data showed Europe’s powerhouse economy Germany unexpectedly
contracted in the second quarter, regained lost ground on Friday
but remained near nine-month lows.

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      "I have been a specialist editor on the financial markets team in London since October 2009 after four years running editorial training in EMEA. I joined Reuters from UK regional newspapers in 1986 and was a correspondent in Helsinki, Moscow and Prague before returning to London in 1999 to join the government bonds desk."
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