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Apr 20, 2015

European shares up after China stimulus fails to lift Asia

LONDON (Reuters) – Global stock markets had a mixed start to the week on Monday and core bond yields fell as investors juggled Chinese steps to stimulate its slowing economy and a proposed telecoms deal in Europe with growing worries Greece may default.

European shares opened higher, shrugging off falls in Asia after early gains there, driven by a hefty cut in the amount of cash Chinese banks must hold in reserves, faded.

Apr 13, 2015

Weak China trade data hammers Aussie, weighs on Europe shares

LONDON (Reuters) – A shock fall in Chinese exports hammered the Australian dollar on Monday, though expectations of fresh economic stimulus from Beijing helped Asian stocks higher

Chinese shares, which have been rallying on expectations of further steps to boost the economy, hit seven-year highs on Monday even after data showed exports fell 15 percent in March while imports contracted at their fastest rate since May 2009. Economists had forecast a 12 percent increase in exports.

Apr 13, 2015

Weak China trade data hammers Aussie dollar, weighs on Europe shares

LONDON (Reuters) – A shock fall in Chinese exports hammered the Australian dollar on Monday, though expectations of fresh economic stimulus from Beijing helped Asian stocks higher.

Chinese shares, which have been rallying on expectations of further steps to boost the economy, hit seven-year highs on Monday even after data showed exports fell 15 percent in March while imports contracted at their fastest rate since May 2009. Economists had forecast a 12 percent increase in exports.

Mar 31, 2015

Shanghai shares top performer in hectic first quarter

LONDON, March 31 (Reuters) – After three months dominated by
a rising dollar, interest rate cuts by 26 central banks and
hefty equity gains, the big winner was the Chinese stock market.

Investors who bought Shanghai-listed A shares at the
start of the year have registered gains of 17 percent on a total
return basis in dollar terms. The index hit seven-year highs
this week while the yuan is about flat against the dollar
.

Mar 31, 2015

Three weeks into ECB QE, markets begin taper talk

LONDON (Reuters) – Just three weeks into the European Central Bank’s 19-month bond-buying programme, analysts are already speculating that it may throttle back the pace of purchases early, possibly even this year.

An upturn in growth or inflation, a dramatic rise in asset prices and a scarcity of bonds have all been cited as factors that could prompt the ECB to “taper” its purchases.

Mar 31, 2015

Three weeks into ECB quantitative easing, markets begin taper talk

LONDON (Reuters) – Just three weeks into the European Central Bank’s 19-month bond-buying programme, analysts are already speculating that it may throttle back the pace of purchases early, possibly even this year.

An upturn in growth or inflation, a dramatic rise in asset prices and a scarcity of bonds have all been cited as factors that could prompt the ECB to “taper” its purchases.

Mar 26, 2015

Oil surges on Yemen air strikes, global stocks tumble

LONDON (Reuters) – Crude prices rose as much as 6 percent on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its allies launched air strikes on Yemen, pushing shares lower in Europe, the Middle East and Asia and lifting oil producers’ currencies.

The military operations, including air strikes, targeted Iran-backed Houthi rebels besieging the southern Yemen city of Aden. Arab producers ship oil via the Gulf of Aden and Suez Canal to Europe.

Mar 26, 2015

Oil surges on Yemen air strikes, stocks tumble

LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) – Crude prices rose as much as 6
percent on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its allies launched
air strikes on Yemen, pushing shares lower in Europe, the Middle
East and Asia and lifting oil producers’ currencies.

The military operations, including air strikes, targeted
Iran-backed Houthi rebels besieging the southern Yemen city of
Aden. Arab producers ship oil via the Gulf of Aden and Suez
Canal to Europe.

Mar 25, 2015

European shares dip but hold near highs after Ifo

LONDON (Reuters) – European shares dipped on Wednesday but held near multi-year highs and the euro rose against the dollar after a survey showed the German business climate improving.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 share index fell 0.2 percent to 1601.50 points, still close to last week’s 7 1/2-year high. German business morale, as measured by the Ifo index, rose for the fifth successive month to its highest since July 2014.

Mar 20, 2015

Photos without a camera? Exhibition shows it’s old hat

ST IVES, England, March 20 (Reuters) – The English seaside
town of St Ives has long attracted leading modern artists and a
new exhibition there looks at how modernist photographers from
across the globe developed new ways of seeing a rapidly changing
world.

The Modern Lens, at Tate St Ives until May 10, includes
works by photographers from Europe, North and South America and
Japan, working between the 1920s and 1960s.

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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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