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Russia-Ukraine tensions drag emerging stocks off 3-year highs LONDON: Emerging stocks retreated from three-year highs on Thursday, with Moscow-listed shares falling the most as reports of Russian military incursions into Ukraine dented hopes for a resolution to the crisis.The MSCI emerging equities index was down 0.4 percent, while debt insurance costs for Russia and Ukraine both rose to multi-week highs.Fears of a spiralling conflict on the Russia-Ukraine border have brought emerging markets off highs hit on expectations for further monetary stimulus in the euro zone.Those expectations were also tempered after sources told Reuters the European Central Bank is unlikely to take new action next week unless inflation figures on Friday show the euro zone sliding significantly towards deflation.David Hauner, head of Emerging EMEA fixed income and economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said emerging assets were unlikely to see a sharp move lower, with the U.S. Federal Reserve's moves well-telegraphed and little global spillover from the Ukraine ...

Ukraine, Russia tensions rock stocks, buoy core bonds LONDON: European shares took a sharp tumble on Thursday as accusations by Ukraine that Russia had moved troops across the border brought a three-day global rally in risk assets to a shuddering halt.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Russian forces had entered Ukraine, and he convened his security and defence council to decide how to respond.The tensions put riskier assets firmly under pressure, with Moscow stocks slumping and the top share index in Germany -- whose ...
Zloty leads drop on Ukraine fears, rate cut expectations BUDAPEST: Poland's zloty led a fall in Central European currencies on Thursday after Russian-backed separatist forces advanced in eastern Ukraine.The zloty eased more than other units in the region as concerns over the situation in Ukraine were coupled with expectations for an interest rate cut by the Polish central bank on Sept. 3.The zloty weakened 0.2 percent against the euro, putting above the psychologically important 4.2 line to 4.206."We see uncertainty in the market caused ...
Bruised euro holds ground ahead of inflation test LONDON: The euro clung to modest gains and a rally in Europe's share and bond markets cooled on Thursday as investors put bets on possible fresh ECB stimulus next week on hold ahead of German inflation data. Escalating tensions in Ukraine kept riskier assets under pressure, with the top share index in Germany -- whose corporate sector has strong trade ties with Russia -- extending initial losses on reports Russian troops had crossed the border ...
Weaker mining stocks weigh on UK's FTSE LONDON: Britain's top equity index edged down on Thursday from its highest closing level in nearly two months, as a fall in the shares of top mining companies weighed on the stock market. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index, which on Wednesday had risen to its highest closing level since early July, retreated by 0.2 percent, or 10.15 points, to 6,820.51 points in early session trading. The FTSE 350 Mining Index fell 1.2 percent, with miner ...
Russian shares, rouble tumble as Ukraine peace hopes fade MOSCOW: Russian stock indexes and the rouble fell sharply on Thursday, as reports of fresh Russian military incursions into Ukraine dented hopes of a resolution to the crisis and increased the risk of further western sanctions against Russia. At 0745 GMT, the dollar-denominated RTS index was down 2.6 percent at 1,228 points, while its rouble-based peer MICEX was 1.9 percent lower at 1,421 points. "The war in eastern Ukraine has escalated, and the West is ...
Shares in Telecom Italia volatile after bid for Vivendi's GVT MILAN: Shares in Telecom Italia were broadly unchanged in early trade on Thursday, paring opening losses after the Italian phone company said it had offered to buy Vivendi's unit GVT in a cash-and-share bid that values the broadband company at 7 billion euros ($9.3 billion). Vivendi will weigh Telecom Italia's offer at a board meeting on Thursday together with an improved bid it received from Spain's Telefonica. At 0708 GMT shares in Telecom Italia were ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,098.45 0.11
Arrow Nasdaq 4,580.27 0.50
Arrow S&P 2,003.37 0.33
Arrow FTSE 6,825.31 0.08
Arrow DAX 9,479.03 0.09
Arrow CAC-40 4,379.73 0.03
Arrow Nikkei 15,476.60 0.34
Arrow H.Seng 24,752.09 0.04
Arrow Sensex 26,867.55 0.86

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