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Aug 25, 2014

European shares lifted by prospect of more ECB stimulus

LONDON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – European shares rose on Monday,
as prospects of new stimulus measures from the European Central
Bank enabled the region’s stock markets to shrug off weak German
data and the resignation of the French government.

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, speaking at a
global central banking conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, said
late on Friday that the ECB was prepared to respond with all its
“available” tools should inflation drop further.

Aug 22, 2014

Fall in mining stocks knocks back Britain’s FTSE

LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index
slipped off three-week highs on Friday, with mining stocks among
the worst performers as weak metals prices weighed on the
sector.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down by 0.1
percent, or 8.29 points, at 6,769.37 points going into the close
of trading. The London stock market is closed for a public
holiday on Monday.

Aug 22, 2014

Airlines and Petrofac lead UK’s FTSE lower

LONDON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index
slipped back from three-week highs on Friday, with shares in
airline companies hit by worries about disruption caused by
possible volcanic activity in Iceland.

Oil and gas services group Petrofac also
underperformed, falling 1.4 percent after the company said its
chairman had resigned.

Aug 21, 2014

Healthcare stocks lift UK’s FTSE 100

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index rose on Thursday on gains in healthcare stocks, led by AstraZeneca (AZN.L: Quote, Profile, Research) on speculation rejected U.S. suitor Pfizer (PFE.N: Quote, Profile, Research) might make another bid.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index .FTSE was up by 0.2 percent, or 10.83 points, at 6,766.31 points in early trading, approaching three-week highs touched earlier this week.

Aug 20, 2014

Britain’s FTSE halts five-day winning streak

LONDON, Aug 20 (Reuters) – British shares fell on Wednesday,
halting a five-day winning run as a fall in major mining shares
pushed the FTSE index off a three-week high.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down by 0.3
percent, or 17.54 points, at 6,761.77 points in early trade.

Aug 19, 2014

DAX gains offset flat Milan market to lift European shares

LONDON, Aug 19 (Reuters) – European shares extended the
previous session’s rally on Tuesday, with Germany’s DAX
index outperforming, driven by what traders saw as an easing of
the Ukraine crisis.

Italy’s FTSE MIB equity index proved a drag,
closing flat as carmaker Fiat retreated 2.9 percent
after Credit Suisse started its coverage of the stock with an
“underperform” rating.

Aug 19, 2014

DAX gains offset Milan market weakness to lift European shares

LONDON, Aug 19 (Reuters) – European shares extended the
previous session’s rally on Tuesday, with Germany’s DAX
index outperforming, driven by what traders saw as an easing of
the Ukraine crisis.

Italy’s FTSE MIB equity index proved a drag,
falling 0.5 percent as carmaker Fiat retreated 3.1
percent after Credit Suisse started its coverage of the stock
with an “underperform” rating.

Aug 19, 2014

European shares extend rebound, led by DAX

LONDON, Aug 19 (Reuters) – European shares rose on Tuesday
to extend the previous session’s rally, with Germany’s DAX
index outperforming, driven by what traders saw as an
easing of tension in the Ukraine crisis.

European stock markets had rebounded sharply on Monday after
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said some progress had been achieved
during talks between Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine over
the conflict.

Aug 14, 2014

Firmer FTSE outperforms weaker European rivals

LONDON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index edged
up on Thursday, with traders saying the UK market was enjoying a
“flight to quality” as investors sold the German and French
markets following weak European economic data.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index crept up 0.1 percent,
or 6.42 points, to 6,663.30 points in the first hour of trading.

Aug 13, 2014

Gains at E.ON and Swiss Life steady European equities

LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – European stock markets were
steady on Wednesday, supported by gains in the shares of utility
E.ON and reinsurer Swiss Life after
forecast-beating results.

However, economic sanctions over Ukraine and the broader
risks posed by conflict between Kiev’s forces and pro-Russian
separatists limited the market’s rebound from a recent sharp
slide.