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Oct 14, 2014

Growth fears weigh on major shares, dollar up after big slide

LONDON (Reuters) – Deepening worries over the health of the global economy dragged shares in Europe and Japan lower on Tuesday, while the dollar rebounded against the euro and yen from big declines the previous day.

With figures showing a slump in demand growth, oil prices fell. Brent crude dropped to just above $88 a barrel. [O/R]

Oct 13, 2014

Ratings outlook may not reflect euro zone risks -S&P’s Kraemer

LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The outlook for sovereign ratings
in the euro zone may not reflect the risk of the economy turning
out worse than expected, Standard and Poor’s chief sovereign
ratings officer Moritz Kraemer said on Monday.

“The risks are probably to the downside in the euro zone.
The ratings outlook does not reflect it in such a clear way,”
Kraemer said during a webcast to discuss S&P’s downgrade of
France’s rating outlook late on Friday.

Oct 13, 2014

Stocks reverse losses but markets wary over growth

LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – European stocks reversed early
losses on Monday as airline shares gained after crude oil prices
fell to near a four-year low, though broad dollar weakness and a
jump in gold signalled investor concern over global economic
health.

Stocks opened the week on a negative note. MSCI’s broadest
index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost
0.5 percent.

Oct 13, 2014

Global stocks start week lower, China data cannot lift gloom

LONDON (Reuters) – Stocks started the week on a negative note and crude oil prices fell to near-four-year lows with forecast-beating Chinese trade data unable to lighten investors’ mood about the health of the global economy.

The dollar fell broadly, reflecting investors’ distaste for risk assets. The Japanese yen, often perceived as a “safe haven” in uncertain times, hit a one-month high against the U.S. currency and its strongest in 11 months against the euro.

Oct 13, 2014

Stocks start week lower, China data cannot lift gloom

LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Stocks started the week on a
negative note and crude oil prices fell to near-four-year lows
with forecast-beating Chinese trade data unable to lighten
investors’ mood about the health of the global economy.

The dollar fell broadly, reflecting investors’ distaste for
risk assets. The Japanese yen, often perceived as a “safe haven”
in uncertain times, hit a one-month high against the U.S.
currency and its strongest in 11 months against the euro.

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.

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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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