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Britain's FTSE hits 3-week high on US jobs optimism LONDON: Britain's top share index climbed to a three-week high on Thursday anticipating that U.S. non-farm payrolls numbers, due later in the session, will reinforce belief the world's largest economy is gaining momentum.The blue-chip FTSE 100 index has been trading in a range of about 200 points since May, compared with a band of about 450 points in the first four months of 2014. The index was up 28.41 points, 0.4 percent, at 6,844.78 points by 0949 GMT, after hitting the highest level since mid-June at 6,846.72 points.The FTSE 100 is less than 2 percent away from its peak of 6,950.60, set in late 1999, and investors have been waiting for catalysts to lift it out of a trading range - such as stronger economic data and corporate earnings or a pick-up in the pace of mergers and acquisitions.Better-than-expected U.S. private-sector data on Wednesday raised expectations that the official non-farm ...

European stock markets stable at open LONDON: European stocks steadied at the start of trading on Thursday as dealers awaited the outcome of the European Central Bank's latest monetary policy meeting, and key US non-farm payrolls data.London's benchmark FTSE 100 index gained just 0.07 percent to 6,821.21 points and the Paris CAC 40 index added 0.04 percent to 4,446.70, while Frankfurt's DAX 30 shed a marginal 0.008 percent to stand at 9,910.47.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
European equities edge ahead in cautious deals LONDON: European stock markets broadly crept ahead on Wednesday but lost some ground in afternoon trading despite strong US jobs data on the eve of a eurozone interest rate decision.Trading was marked also by several initial public offerings in Europe. Wall Street opened on a steady note after breaking record highs on Tuesday and reacting calmly to strong US jobs data which pushed up the dollar.Europe's main stock markets closed mixed, with Frankfurt's DAX 30 ...
European equities edge ahead in cautious deals LONDON: European stock markets crept ahead on Wednesday before US jobs data and on the eve of a eurozone interest rate decision, and amid several initial public offerings.In late morning deals, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index rose 0.13 percent to stand at 6,811.56 points.Frankfurt's DAX 30 gained 0.25 percent to 9,927 points and the CAC 40 in Paris added 0.08 percent to 4,464.67 compared with Tuesday's closing level.The euro dipped to $1.3659 from $1.3677 late ...
Russian shares rise; investors remain cautious over Ukraine MOSCOW: Russian shares rose on Wednesday morning, supported by upbeat global economic data, but investors were cautious as Ukrainian government forces renewed their offensive against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.At 0715 GMT, the rouble-denominated MICEX index was 0.4 percent higher at 1,489 points and the dollar-denominated RTS rose 0.6 percent to 1,370 points."An atmosphere of uncertainty is reigning on the Russian stock market, linked to the official restart of fighting in Ukraine and the threat ...
European shares edge higher, pinned back by French telecoms EDINBURGH: European shares rose slightly on Wednesday, following fresh highs in U.S. markets and a three-year peak for Asian stocks, though dashed hopes for deal-making in the French telecoms sector kept a lid on gains.The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.2 percent at 1,384.52 by 0800 GMT, with benchmark indexes in Germany and the UK in positive territory.The French blue-chip CAC 40 index, however, fell 0.2 percent, with Orange, Bouygues and Iliad down between ...
Miners boost Britain's FTSE on bullishness over China's economy LONDON: British shares rose on Wednesday, taking their cue from overnight gains on Wall Street and in Asia, with mining stocks drawing continued support from recent upbeat data out of China, the world's top metals consumer.Miners rose 0.9 percent, the best performing sector, extending gains from Tuesday when factory activity data from China reinforced signs of stabilisation in its economy."It's just a spillover from yesterday," Michael Hewson, CMC Markets' senior analyst said."(Miners) have been some ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,678.23 0.23
Arrow Nasdaq 4,863.36 0.27
Arrow S&P 2,056.15 0.24
Arrow FTSE 6,895.33 1.37
Arrow DAX 11,843.66 0.18
Arrow CAC-40 5,006.35 0.29
Arrow Nikkei 19,471.12 1.39
Arrow H.Seng 24,497.08 0.13
Arrow Sensex 27,457.58 2.33

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