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European stocks rally, euro drops after Japanese stimulus LONDON: European stocks rose sharply on Friday, boosted by Bank of Japan stimulus and upbeat earnings, but the euro and gold fell heavily.The euro dived below $1.25 for the first time for more than two years, driven by speculation that the US Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than expected.And with problems crowding in on the Russian economy, the ruble fell to another record low against the dollar despite defensive action by the Russian central bank which ramped its key rate up to 9.5 percent from 8.0 percent.At around midday, London's FTSE 100 index was up 1.11 percent to 6,535.40 points, in a climate of diverging monetary policies by leading central banks.Frankfurt's DAX 30 gained 2.09 percent to 9,305.51 points and the Paris CAC 40 advanced 2.13 percent to 4,229.60 compared with Thursday's close.Wall Street opened at a new record high level, with the Dow Jones industrial index adding ...

Emerging stocks lifted by Japan stimulus jolt LONDON: Emerging stocks were on track for their biggest weekly gains in six months on Friday, buoyed by Japan's surprise move to ramp up its stimulus programme and strong United States growth data. The Russian rouble weakened ahead of a central bank meeting that could see either a significant rate rise or a move to a more freely floating currency. MSCI's emerging equities index rose 0.8 percent on the day, bringing gains to 1.17 percent ...
Shares jump, yen slumps as BoJ cranks up stimulus LONDON: World shares jumped and the yen fell to a seven-year low against the dollar on Friday as the Bank of Japan surprised financial markets by significantly expanding its massive stimulus programme.In a rare split decision, the BoJ's board voted 5-4 to accelerate purchases of Japanese government bonds so that its holdings increase at an annual pace of 80 trillion yen ($725 billion), up by 30 trillion yen.The central bank also said it would triple ...
European stocks rally at open on surprise BoJ stimulus LONDON: European stocks rallied at the start of trading on Friday, as investors welcomed the Bank of Japan's surprise stimulus boost, dealers said.In initial deals, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index gained 1.24 percent to 6,543.59 points, Frankfurt's DAX 30 soared 1.85 percent to 9,283.40 points and in Paris the CAC 40 jumped 1.74 percent to 4,213.47.The BoJ ramped up its vast monetary easing programme on Friday, in a shock move aimed at reviving growth just ...
European shares rally after surprise BoJ easing PARIS: European shares surged in early trade on Friday, tracking sharp gains in Tokyo after the Bank of Japan stunned global financial markets by easing policy further.At 0803 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 1.3 percent at 1,344.18 points, extending its sharp two-week rally.The Bank of Japan will increase the pace at which it expands base money to about 80 trillion yen per year, up from a previous target of ...
European stocks slide as Fed winds up QE stimulus LONDON: European stocks sank on Thursday, with Athens and Lisbon pulled down sharply by banks, as investors worried over the withdrawal of US Federal Reserve stimulus and the health of eurozone banking.Losses were capped by news that the US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter, much stronger than expected, after 4.6-percent expansion in the previous three months.But the Fed's withdrawal of its vast bond-buying scheme known as quantitative ...
Greek stocks fall 4 percent, traders cite political risk ATHENS: Greek shares fell sharply in early Thursday trade with traders citing political risk and fears of snap elections prompting some investors to reduce exposure. The Athens Stock Exchange's general index fell 4.6 percent at 0929 GMT, with banks losing 8.9 pct. "The country's risk is up on political uncertainty and fears of possible early polls, prompting some investors to pull out", said Takis Zamanis, chief trader at Beta Securities. "Technically, support levels on the ...


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