• Reuters - UK Focus

    GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks slip, dollar rebounds on trade hopes stir sentiment

    The dollar rebounded and global equity markets edged lower on Thursday as efforts by China to smooth the path forward in U.S.-Sino trade talks helped sooth investor sentiment, though fears remained that a phase one deal might not occur until next year. Yields on government debt rose, snapping three

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    FOREX-Dollar firms as U.S.-China trade remains in focus

    The dollar shook off early weakness to creep higher against other major currencies on Thursday, with investors focused on the latest developments in a bitter 16-month long trade dispute between the United States and China that has weighed on the world economy. Risk sentiment seesawed on Thursday amid

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks slip, dollar rebounds on rekindled trade hopes

    The dollar rebounded and global equity markets pared losses on Thursday as efforts by China to smooth the path forward in U.S.-Sino trade talks helped sooth investor sentiment, though fears remained that a phase one deal might not occur until next year. Yields on U.S. Treasury debt rose, snapping three

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, dollar slip as reports kindle trade deal hopes

    The U.S. dollar and global equity markets edged lower on Thursday as efforts by China to smooth the path forward in U.S.-Sino trade talks was offset by concerns tensions between the world's two largest economies were too large to quickly overcome. Yields on U.S. Treasury debt rose, snapping three

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    FOREX-Dollar eases with U.S.-China trade in focus

    The dollar edged lower against other major currencies on Thursday, with investors focused on the latest developments in a bitter 16-month long trade dispute between the United States and China that has weighed on the world economy. Risk sentiment improved a little on Thursday after a report in the South

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    FOREX-Dollar dips as spotlight remains firmly on U.S./China trade

    The dollar was a touch weaker against other major currencies on Thursday, with investors fixated on the latest developments in a bitter 16-month long trade dispute between the United States and China that has dealt a blow to the world economy. China has invited top U.S. trade negotiators for a new round

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    Pound snaps 2-day losing streak as investors mull parties' election pledges

    Sterling inched higher on Thursday after two days of losses as financial markets awaited an election manifesto from the opposition Labour Party, with the ruling Conservatives appearing to still hold a hefty lead in opinion polls. With three weeks before Britain votes in its second election in just over

  • FDJ shares surge in French lottery group's market debut
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    FDJ shares surge in French lottery group's market debut

    Shares in lottery operator Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) surged on their stock market debut on Thursday, after the most high profile French privatisation of the year that could embolden the government to press ahead with other asset sales. The shares opened up at 23 euros compared to its offer price for

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    MORNING BID EUROPE-Not so fast

    Much of the near 8% surge in world stock markets since the start of the fourth quarter, and broader rally in risk assets, has been predicated on at least a partial trade truce between the United States and China that at least stops the escalation of tariff hikes and staves off recession next year. The

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    FOREX-Japan's yen gains, yuan down on trade woes, Hong Kong strife

    The Japanese yen firmed against the dollar on Thursday after sources close to the White House told Reuters that a U.S.-China trade deal is unlikely this year, shattering investor hopes of a partial agreement soon and boosting safe-haven assets. The Chinese yuan fell to a three-week low in onshore trade

  • Global stocks slip, dollar rebounds on trade hopes stir sentiment
    Reuters

    Global stocks slip, dollar rebounds on trade hopes stir sentiment

    The dollar rebounded and global equity markets edged lower on Thursday as efforts by China to smooth the path forward in U.S.-Sino trade talks helped sooth investor sentiment, though fears remained that a phase one deal might not occur until next year. Oil prices rose to a two-month high after Reuters

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    FOREX-Dollar firmer as trade tensions support; Fed minutes due

    The dollar edged higher on Wednesday as worsening U.S.-China relations supported demand for the safe-haven greenback even as investors awaited the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's October policy meeting for clues to the path of future U.S. interest rates. Investors, who in recent weeks

  • Factbox: The euro zone's ESM bailout fund
    Reuters

    Factbox: The euro zone's ESM bailout fund

    Proposals to reform the euro zone's bailout fund are creating a political storm in Italy, where parties and institutions are battling over whether Rome should try to block the reform at the EU level. Following are facts on the bailout fund, known as the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). * The

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    UPDATE 1-Euro zone experiencing protracted weak growth - ECB's Makhlouf

    Euro zone growth has slowed sharply over the past year and the failure of a long predicted rebound to emerge has raised fears of a recession that could force the ECB to provide even more stimulus despite years of unprecedented support.

  • Germany's next ECB board member: criticism threatens euro
    Reuters

    Germany's next ECB board member: criticism threatens euro

    Germany's next European Central Bank board member called on her German peers on Wednesday to tone down criticism of the bank that she said threatened the single currency. "Dear fellow German economists, if you are wondering what you can do for Europe: Please help to dispel the harmful & wrong

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    Euro zone experiencing protracted weak growth -ECB's Makhlouf

    The former New Zealand treasury chief and senior British civil servant said he endorsed calls for a formal review of the ECB's monetary policy strategy that would allow it take on board the lessons of the financial crisis as well as its experience of the low-inflation environment.

  • Reuters

    Greek September current account surplus widens, tourism revenue grow

    Greece's current account balance showed a larger surplus in September compared to the same month last year, thanks to higher tourism revenues, the Bank of Greece said on Wednesday. Central bank data showed the surplus at 0.887 billion euros ($3.15 billion)compared to a surplus of 0.548 billion

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    FOREX-Dollar rises as U.S.-China relations worsen over Hong Kong and tariffs

    The dollar rose on Wednesday and trade-exposed currencies fell after the U.S. president threatened a trade war escalation and China condemned a U.S. senate measure backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. China's yuan slipped to a new two-week low in overnight trading after U.S. President

  • MORNING BID EUROPE-Nagging doubts

    A drop in oil prices, poor U.S. retail earnings, declining Japanese exports and an equivocal reaction to the UK election’s first live TV debate all added to a note of caution on Wednesday. The ebb and flow of optimism about a trade agreement between Washington and Beijing has become a fact of life,

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    Sterling weaker vs dollar, leadership debate not seen as "game changer"

    Sterling was slightly weaker against the dollar and largely flat versus the euro on Wednesday, showing little immediate reaction to a debate between the leaders of Britain's two main political parties ahead of next month's election. Prime Minister Boris Johnson doubled down on his Brexit promises

  • Italy says it wants to improve ESM reform, not veto it
    Reuters

    Italy says it wants to improve ESM reform, not veto it

    Italy is working on improving the reform of the euro zone bailout fund and is not considering vetoing it at the moment, a government official said, as politicians in the euro zone's third-largest economy quarrelled over the proposed changes. A draft reform of the fund, known as the European Stability

  • ECB's Lane rules out euro zone recession, says recovery in next year or two
    Reuters

    ECB's Lane rules out euro zone recession, says recovery in next year or two

    The economy of the euro zone will not fall into a recession although it is growing less than expected and there will be a recovery in the next year or two, the European Central Bank's chief economist Philip Lane said in an interview on Wednesday. Lane said the current inflation rate of 1% in the

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    LIVE MARKETS-Closing snapshot: it just wasn't meant to be

    * Wall Street retreats after new high Welcome to the home for real-time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Danilo Masoni. Wall Street briefly touched a high at the open but quickly retreated with headwinds from the consumer discretionary

  • Furore erupts in Italy over euro zone bailout fund reform
    Reuters

    Furore erupts in Italy over euro zone bailout fund reform

    Proposals to reform the euro zone's bailout fund are creating a political storm in Italy, where parties and institutions are battling over whether Rome should try to block the reform at the EU level. A draft of the reform was agreed by euro zone finance ministers in June and is due to be finalised

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    FOREX-Dollar hangs in limbo with U.S.-China trade deal in focus; Fed minutes eyed

    The U.S. dollar was little-changed against a basket of currencies on Tuesday as continued lack of clarity on the fate of the U.S.-China trade talks kept investors cautious. "It all comes to the uncertainty of trade," said Juan Perez, senior foreign exchange trader and strategist at Tempus

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