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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.

Aug 15, 2014

World stocks, bonds set for weekly gain on loose policy

LONDON (Reuters) – European stocks rose on Friday and were on track for their biggest weekly gains since mid-February, while German Bund yields held near record lows as recent weak data increased expectations for central bank action to lift the economy.

The euro, which took a hit on Thursday after data showed Europe’s powerhouse economy Germany unexpectedly contracted in the second quarter, edged up against the dollar on Friday but remained near nine-month lows.

Aug 15, 2014

Stocks, bonds set for weekly gain on loose policy

LONDON, Aug 15 (Reuters) – European stocks rose on Friday
and were on track for their biggest weekly gains since
mid-February, while German Bund yields held near record lows as
recent weak data increased expectations for central bank action
to lift the economy.

The euro, which took a hit on Thursday after data showed
Europe’s powerhouse economy Germany unexpectedly contracted in
the second quarter, edged up against the dollar on Friday but
remained near nine-month lows.

Aug 12, 2014

European stocks fall back as data shows Ukraine strain

LONDON, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Crude oil hit a nine-month low on
Tuesday as ample supply outweighed concern violence in the
Middle East could disrupt output, easing the impact on investors
of a fall in some European shares.

German shares fell on Tuesday and the euro weakened against
the dollar after a gauge of economic sentiment in Europe’s
biggest economy hit its lowest since December 2012, reflecting
the impact of the Ukraine crisis.

Aug 12, 2014

European stocks fall back as Ukraine tension grows

LONDON, Aug 12 (Reuters) – European shares fell on Tuesday,
throwing a rally in the U.S. and Asia into reverse, and the euro
dipped towards nine-month lows against the dollar as reports a
Russian aid convoy was heading to Ukraine ratcheted up tension
between Kiev and Moscow.

Investors were waiting for a closely watched gauge of German
economic sentiment, which some analysts expected will reflect
the impact on the euro zone’s powerhouse of Western sanctions
imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis. The ZEW indicator
is due at 0900 GMT.

    • About Nigel

      "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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