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Polish bank stocks rebound, Hungary's draft tax cut bill fails to lift OTP BUDAPEST: Polish financial sector stocks regained some ground on Wednesday after sliding for two days due to worries over the fallout from the bankruptcy of small lender SK Bank.But sentiment remained fragile, illustrated by the zloty and the forint, Central Europe's most liquid currencies, weakening to 2-week lows against the euro.Although EU membership shields the region's assets against contagion from other European emerging markets, they were not immune to geopolitical worries triggered by the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey near its Syrian border."I had been predicting the zloty firming this week but it depends on the attitude of big foreign banks, which are reluctant to buy it," said a Warsaw-based currency dealer."Events in Turkey/Syria contribute to this attitude."The weakness of the euro, which hit a 7-month low against the dollar, also weighed on market sentiment.The zloty weakened by 0.1 percent versus the euro, while the forint eased slightly ...

European equities rebound LONDON: Europe's main stock markets rebounded Wednesday from the previous day's losses, but spiking geopolitical tensions continued to dominate investor sentiment.The region's equities had fallen Tuesday with airlines and hotel groups hit by a US travel warning and the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey.Asian markets retreated Wednesday, also mirroring a sell-off in tourism-linked firms in the United States overnight.The incident also sent oil prices up on concern about supplies in the crude-rich Middle ...
European shares led higher by dividend hikers Metro and LafargeHolcim LONDON: European shares rose on Wednesday, buoyed after German retailer Metro and construction firm LafargeHolcim both announced new dividends.The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 was 0.9 percent higher at 1,495.17, having fallen 1.6 percent over the first two sessions of the week.German retailer Metro gained 5.2 percent after it raised its annual dividend more than expected and said it would pay out more of its profits every year from now on, citing the positive effects of restructuring ...
Stocks up, oil slides as concerns ease over Russia-Turkey tension LONDON: European stocks moved higher and oil prices reversed course and fell 1 percent on Wednesday as investors' concerns eased over the potential fallout of Turkey's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet.A Reuters report that euro zone central bank officials are considering whether to stagger charges on banks hoarding cash or to buy more debt ahead of the next European Central Bank meeting pushed the euro lower.At 0930 GMT the FTSEuroFirst 300 index of ...
Britain's FTSE advances, housebuilders rally ahead of spending review LONDON: British shares advanced on Wednesday as investors warmed to housebuilders ahead of finance minister George Osborne's planned increase in spending on the housing sector.Finance minister George Osborne is set to announce an increase in spending on housing to support the construction of around 400,000 new homes as part of the autumn spending review, due to be presented at 1230 GMT.Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon, Barratt Developments and Berkeley Group were all trading up between 3.5 percent ...
Dollar weighs on EM assets; Turkish shares hit 6week low LONDON: Turkish shares hit six-week lows on Wednesday and the lira extended losses on fears that rising tensions with Russia could hurt the already shaky economy.Other emerging assets were pressured by the dollar's rise.Ankara and Moscow have traded words over the downing of a Russian warplane that allegedly violated Turkish airspace and fears are growing that the events will sour multi-billion dollar trade and tourism ties between the countries.MSCI's emerging equity index was flat though ...
European stock markets rebound at open LONDON: Europe's main stock markets rose at the start of trading on Wednesday, rebounding slightly from hefty losses the previous day.London's benchmark FTSE 100 index won almost 0.5 percent to 6,307.86 points, as investors awaited the British government's budget update due at 1230 GMT. In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 added 0.2 percent to 10,958.40 points and the Paris CAC 40 also gained 0.2 percent compared with Tuesday's closing level to open at 4,830.22.Equities had ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,798.49 0.08
Arrow Nasdaq 5,127.52 0.22
Arrow S&P 2,090.11 0.06
Arrow FTSE 6,375.15 0.28
Arrow DAX 11,293.76 0.24
Arrow CAC-40 4,930.14 0.32
Arrow Nikkei 19,883.94 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 22,068.32 1.87
Arrow Sensex 26,128.20 0.65

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