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Nov 7, 2014

Traders seek out clues on stocks from Internet employee forums

LONDON (Reuters) – When digging for insight on a complex retail story such as Tesco, whose shares are at decade lows after profit warnings and boardroom upheaval, every little helps investors – even comments in employee chatrooms.

While it may be far removed from stockbrokers’ traditional balance-sheet analysis, and often less well written, traders and fund managers are scouring online messageboards and forums to gauge mood, morale and management success – information easily overlooked by busy investors.

Nov 7, 2014

Royal Mail rallies as FTSE advances

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index marched higher on Friday, building on gains made over the last two days, while a positive broker note boosted the shares of Royal Mail (RMG.L: Quote, Profile, Research).

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index .FTSE rose by 0.5 percent to 6,584.88 points in early session trading, as it continued its recovery from 15-month lows reached in October.

Nov 7, 2014

Royal Mail rallies as UK’s FTSE 100 advances

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index marched
higher on Friday, building on gains made over the last two days,
while a positive broker note boosted the shares of Royal Mail
.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index rose by 0.5 percent to
6,584.88 points in early session trading, as it continued its
recovery from 15-month lows reached in October.

Nov 6, 2014

Dovish Draghi helps European stocks end higher

PARIS/LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – European shares pared early
losses and ended higher on Thursday after European Central Bank
President Mario Draghi said the bank’s governing council was
unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional
measures if needed.

Draghi said the ECB aims to increase the size of its balance
sheet towards the levels of 2012, repeating language that had
annoyed some policymakers.

Nov 6, 2014

European shares rally on ECB Draghi’s comments

PARIS/LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – European shares pared losses
and rallied in afternoon trading on Thursday after European
Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the bank’s governing
council was unanimous in its commitment to using additional
unconventional measures, if needed.

Draghi said the ECB aims to increase the size of its balance
sheet towards the levels of 2012, repeating language that had
annoyed some policymakers by essentially setting a target for
the expansion.

Nov 6, 2014

European shares dip ahead of ECB meeting

PARIS/LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – European shares inched lower
on Thursday as investors were kept on edge by concern that the
European Central Bank’s policy meeting might not yield new
monetary easing.

Shares in Credit Agricole featured among the top
losers, down 4.3 percent after the French lender posted a fall
in revenues at home, blaming French government policy.

Nov 6, 2014

Legrand loses ground as European shares slip ahead of ECB

LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – European shares fell on Thursday,
with switch maker Legrand underperforming, as
investors’ caution that a European Central Bank (ECB) meeting
might not yield new monetary easing measures weighed on markets.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which had
risen 1.7 percent on Wednesday, slipped back to fall 0.3 percent
to 1,344.26 points.

Nov 5, 2014

M&S and Brenntag surge as European shares bounce back

PARIS/LONDON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – European stocks rebounded on
Wednesday, helped by positive company results including those
from British retailer Marks & Spencer, whose shares
surged nearly 10 percent higher.

Some traders said the rally could be short-lived if the
European Central Bank fails on Thursday to unveil new stimulus
measures to spur economic growth in the struggling euro zone.

Nov 5, 2014

European shares bounce back, helped by solid earnings

PARIS/LONDON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – European stocks rebounded on
Wednesday, helped by positive company results including from
British retailer Marks & Spencer, whose shares surged
more than 8 percent.

Some traders said the rally could be short-lived if European
Central Bank (ECB) chief Mario Draghi fails on Thursday to
unveil new stimulus measures to spur economic growth in the
struggling euro zone.

Nov 5, 2014

European shares bounce back, helped by solid earnings reports

PARIS/LONDON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – European stocks rebounded on
Wednesday, helped by positive company results which saw shares
in British retailer Marks & Spencer surge more than 8
percent.

However, some traders said the stock market rally could be
short-lived if European Central Bank (ECB) chief Mario Draghi
fails on Thursday to unveil new economic stimulus measures to
spur growth in the euro zone’s struggling economy.