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Mar 27, 2015

UK’s FTSE set for 2 pct weekly drop as commodity stocks fall

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – Britain’s main equity index
fell for a fourth day on Friday, pulled down by commodity stocks
as iron ore prices plunged and a stronger U.S. dollar also
weighed on mining shares.

Energy shares such as BP and Royal Dutch Shell
dipped too with lower oil prices, although cruise ship
company Carnival rose more than 5 percent after posting
higher-than-expected profits.

Mar 26, 2015

European tech stocks tumble as investors question growth outlook

LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) – European technology stocks,
especially semiconductor names, fell sharply for the second day
in a row on Thursday, part of a global sell-off as a host of
brokers and investors questioned growth prospects and
valuations.

The STOXX Europe 600 Technology Index was down 2.4
percent at 1315 GMT, tracking a similar decline in the United
States concentrated among semiconductor companies overnight.

Mar 25, 2015

Tech stocks drag European shares from multi-year highs

LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) – European shares retreated
further from 7-1/2-year highs hit last week, led lower by weaker
technology stocks that slid on the back of a sell-off in their
U.S. peers.

The STOXX Europe 600 Technology Index fell 2.9
percent, with traders citing concerns over weak computer sales
weighing on the U.S technology sector.

Mar 25, 2015

DAX declines as European shares dip below multi-year highs

LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) – European shares retreated
further from 7-1/2-year highs hit last week as a rebound in the
euro pegged back stock markets and pushed the German market back
off record highs.

Germany’s DAX equity index, which hit a record of
12,219.05 points last week, fell 0.6 percent to 11,928.88
points.

Mar 25, 2015

Hermes slips as European shares dip below multi-year highs

PARIS, March 25 (Reuters) – European shares retreated
further from 7-1/2-year highs hit last week as a rebound in the
euro pegged back stock markets, while Hermes lost
ground after disappointing results.

Shares in the French luxury goods maker fell 1 percent after
Hermes, which has a strong business presence in Japan, said
foreign exchange rates had impacted its margins.

Mar 24, 2015

UK FTSE hits record high then slips back; Wolseley falls

LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index hit
an all-time high before slipping back down on Tuesday, although
record low UK inflation data kept investors confident over the
market’s longer-term prospects.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index rose as much as 0.4
percent to a record intraday high of 7,065.08 points, but then
slipped back to close down 0.3 percent at 7,019.68 points.

Mar 24, 2015

Record low inflation lifts UK’s FTSE to all-time highs

LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index
reached new record highs on Tuesday, boosted by fresh signs of
low inflation that would boost consumers’ spending power, and by
strong German economic data.

However, shares in plumbing supplies group Wolseley,
which hit an eight-year high on Friday, fell 3.9 percent after
it posted a smaller-than-expected increase in first-half
earnings.

Mar 24, 2015

UK’s FTSE hits new record high but Wolseley falls

LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index
reached new record highs on Tuesday, boosted by strong German
economic data and new signs of low inflation that would boost
consumers’ spending power.

However, shares in plumbing supplies group Wolseley,
which hit an eight-year high on Friday, fell 2.4 percent after
it posted a smaller-than-expected increase in first-half
earnings.

Mar 23, 2015

European shares slip off highs as autos fall and Greek worries linger

LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) – European shares slipped from
multi-year highs on Monday, with car stocks hurt by a rise in
the euro and lingering worries over Greece leading investors to
book profits.

The STOXX Europe 600 Autos Index, which has risen
around 30 percent this year, underperformed. Volkswagen
fell 3 percent while Peugeot declined 2.1 percent.

Mar 20, 2015

UK’s FTSE races to record highs as CRH climbs

LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index hit
record highs on Friday, moving above 7,000 points for the first
time in its history.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index rose 0.8 percent to
7,017.42 points going into the close of the trading session, led
by cement firm CRH, which surged on expectations of
lucrative European asset purchases.