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Feb 3, 2015

Britain’s FTSE bolstered as BP rises

LONDON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index rose
towards a 4-1/2 month high on Tuesday, boosted by energy stocks
as BP’s results beat earnings expectations.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index ended up 1.3 percent at
6,871.80 points, near its highest level since September 2014.

Jan 29, 2015

UK’s FTSE eases to near one-week lows as Shell slides

LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Britain’s main share index fell
to near one-week lows on Thursday, with oil major Royal Dutch
Shell weighing on the market after it missed earnings
expectations.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 equity index ended down 0.2
percent at 6,810.60 points as Shell dropped 4.9 percent, among
the worst-performing FTSE 100 stocks in percentage terms. The
company also announced a $15 billion cut in spending due to the
slump in oil prices.

Jan 29, 2015

Greek bank shares edge back up off record lows

LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Greek banking shares rebounded on
Thursday to recover some ground after hitting record lows in the
previous session, with a top Wall Street bank saying the sector
offered long-term value for investors.

Greek financial markets fell after the new leftist Prime
Minister Alexis Tsipras threw down a challenge to international
creditors by halting privatisation plans agreed under the
country’s bailout deal.

Jan 28, 2015

ARM and Experian rise as UK’s FTSE drifts back to 4-month highs

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index
drifted back up towards four-month highs on Wednesday, with
technology group ARM boosted by Apple’s record
profits and data company Experian up on a dividends
pledge.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was up by 0.2 percent
at 6,827.11 points in early session trading, recovering slightly
from a 0.6 percent decline on Tuesday.

Jan 27, 2015

European stocks driven back by Greek worries and weak corporate figures

LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Renewed concern over Greece and
weak results at companies such as Siemens and Philips
put an end to a winning run for European stock markets
on Tuesday.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which had
risen for the past eight sessions, closed down by 0.8 percent at
1,475.84 points.

Jan 27, 2015

European stocks driven back by Greek worries, weak corporate results

LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Renewed concern over Greece and
weak results at companies such as Siemens and Philips
halted a winning run on European stock markets on
Tuesday.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which had
risen for the past eight sessions, retreated 1 percent to
1,473.54 points going into the close of the trading day.

Jan 27, 2015

European equity rally halted by Greece and weak corporate figures

LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Renewed concern over Greece and
weak figures from leading companies such as Siemens
and Philips halted a winning run on European stock
markets on Tuesday.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which had
risen for the last eight sessions, slipped back by 0.4 percent
to 1,482.44 points in early session trading.

Jan 13, 2015

European shares roused by rally in retailers

LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Retail shares led European
equities higher on Tuesday, with expectations of new economic
stimulus measures from the European Central Bank also helping to
prop up stock markets.

The STOXX Europe 600 Retail Index rose 2.9 percent,
outperforming a 1.4 percent advance in the broader, pan-European
STOXX 600 index and a similar rise in the pan-European
FTSEurofirst 300 index.

Jan 13, 2015

European shares buoyed by rise in retail stocks

PARIS, Jan 13 (Reuters) – A rise in retail shares pushed up
European equities on Tuesday, while expectations of new economic
stimulus measures from the European Central Bank (ECB) also
propped up stock markets.

The STOXX Europe 600 Retail Index rose 1.9 percent,
outperforming a 0.8 percent advance in the broader, pan-European
STOXX 600 index and a similar rise in the pan-European
FTSEurofirst 300 index.

Jan 12, 2015

Lufthansa leads European stock bounce as oil slump boosts profit

LONDON, Jan 12 (Reuters) – European equities rebounded on
Monday, led by airlines and auto stocks after positive updates
by Continental and Lufthansa.

German airline Lufthansa rose 2.5 percent in brisk
volume after saying it expects the lower price of oil to cut its
fuel bill for 2015 by 13 percent after the cost of hedging,
setting it on course for a rise in profit this year.