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Jan 29, 2015

Fed outlook and Greece worries hit world stocks, dollar up

LONDON (Reuters) – Stocks fell in Europe and Asia and the dollar strengthened on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view of the world’s largest economy and signalled it was on track to raise interest rates this year.

The stronger dollar helped push U.S. oil prices to six-year lows and weighed on the price of gold.

Jan 29, 2015

Fed outlook and Greece worries hit stocks, dollar up

LONDON (Reuters) – Stocks fell in Europe and Asia and the dollar strengthened on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view of the world’s largest economy and signaled it was on track to raise interest rates this year.

The stronger dollar helped push U.S. oil prices to six-year lows and weighed on the price of gold.

Jan 28, 2015

William Blake – a revolutionary for the multimedia age

LONDON (Reuters) – Visionary, radical thinker, lunatic – English poet and painter William Blake has been called all of these, and a new exhibition presenting his works as he intended gives visitors a rare chance to draw their own conclusions.

Getting on for two centuries after his death, Blake remains a mainstay of English culture.

Jan 26, 2015

Modest Greek sell-off shows market fear of Syriza contained

LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – A relatively contained decline in
Greek stock and bond prices on Monday showed global markets
believe a new anti-bailout Greek government has limited scope to
tear up deals with its creditors and the euro zone can avoid a
fresh crisis.

The day after the left-wing, anti-bailout Syriza party
emerged as the winner in Sunday’s vote, yields on three-year
government bonds rose more than 2 percentage
points to 12.36 percent, still well below highs hit this month.

Jan 26, 2015

Greek stocks edge down, bond yields up after Syriza win

LONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Greek stocks rebounded from
initial falls and yields on the country’s government bonds
nudged higher on Monday after it became clear anti-austerity
party Syriza would be able to form a coalition government after
its victory in Sunday’s election.

The Athens ATG equity index fell more than 5 percent
at one point, with banks hardest hit, before paring losses after
the leader of the right-wing Independent Greeks party said there
was “agreement in principle” to form a coalition with Syriza.

Jan 20, 2015

Stocks rise on China growth relief, dollar up vs yen

LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Shares rose on Tuesday and the
dollar gained 1 percent against the yen after China said its
economy had not slowed as much as many in markets had feared.

Expectations the European Central Bank would announce later
this week plans to inject more stimulus into the euro zone
economy also helped lift European shares to a seven-year high
and buoyed investor appetite for risk.

Jan 20, 2015

Europe shares follow Asia higher on China growth relief

LONDON (Reuters) – Shares in Europe and Asia rose on Tuesday and the dollar strengthened after China said its economy had not slowed as much as many in markets had feared.

However, the International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for global growth in 2015 by three-tenths of a percent to 3.5 percent and called on governments and central banks to pursue accommodative monetary policies and reforms.

Jan 13, 2015

Oil slides but bets on ECB action lift Europe shares

LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Oil prices slid on Tuesday to
their lowest in almost six years, but European shares rose as
investors focused on expectations that policymakers would soon
take action to prevent the euro zone slipping into deflation.

Strength in European shares and the prospect Wall Street
would open higher saw the dollar reverse earlier losses against
the safe-haven yen. Weaker-than-expected British inflation data
pushed sterling towards an 18-month low against the U.S.
currency.

Jan 13, 2015

Oil slide hits energy shares but Alcoa cheers some

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices slid on Tuesday to their lowest in almost six years, depressing energy shares but cheering those investors who focused on stocks seen as likely to benefit from cheaper fuel costs.

The dollar hit its weakest in a month against the safe-haven yen. Copper, whose price is linked to global growth prospects, fell to its lowest since 2009 as risk appetite waned.

Dec 9, 2014

Oil hits five-year low, crushing risk appetite

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices fell to fresh five-year lows on Tuesday, prompting investors rattled by worries over global growth and renewed political uncertainty in Greece to dump shares.

The government of bailed-out euro zone member Greece brought forward a presidential vote to next week in a political gamble that could trigger parliamentary polls if Prime Minister Antonis Samaras fails to have his candidate elected.

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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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