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Emerging stocks romp ahead as Fed rate rise looks more distant LONDON: Emerging market stocks were heading for their biggest daily jump in a month on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve poured cold water on expectations it would start raising rates by the middle of the year.The MSCI emerging equities index rose 1.3 percent, its fourth consecutive day of gains and adding to Wednesday's 0.8 percent rise. The Asia-Pacific ex-Japan benchmark also gained 1.4 percent."Once you get a reduced expectation of the level of the Fed funds rate ... and then combine that with what that's likely to mean for the dollar, it's understandable that you get a bit of a relief rally," said Jonathan Lowe, portfolio manager in the Global Multi-Asset Group at JPMorgan Asset Management."Emerging markets in particular have been held back by the expectation that there could be a faster than market-discounted rise in U.S. rates."Leading the charge was the Russian dollar-denominated equity index, which leapt 2.5 ...

European shares rise after cautious Fed tone, FTSE hits record high PARIS: European stocks rose on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve suggested a less aggressive timeline for raising interest rates.The Fed dropped the word "patient" from its statement in terms of raising interest rates, as expected, but also downgraded its views on the economy and inflation and lowered its interest rate trajectory.That signalled a far more gradual path to policy normalisation than many investors had foreseen.At 0808 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European ...
European stocks diverge LONDON: German stocks sank but French equities rose Wednesday in cautious deals before a US interest rate decision, while London shot up as Britain unveiled its latest annual budget.London's benchmark FTSE 100 index of top companies rose 0.94 percent to 6,902.20 points after the government upgraded its growth forecast to 2.5 percent in the latest budget, saying Britain is moving "from austerity to prosperity".Frankfurt's DAX 30 index however fell 0.48 percent to 11,923.02 points, while ...
Financial, energy shares lift UK FTSE after budget boost LONDON: Britain's top share index was the sole major European index to trade higher on Wednesday as oil shares and financial companies drew a boost from changes announced as part of the UK government's new budget.Shares in fund supermarket Hargreaves Lansdown and wealth manager St James's Place rose 6.2 percent and 3.5 percent respectively after the British government announced fresh changes to the savings system in its last budget before the May 7 general election.Finance ...
European stocks diverge before UK budget, Fed LONDON: French and German stocks sank Wednesday in cautious deals before a US interest rate decision, but London rose ahead of Britain's latest annual budget.Frankfurt's DAX 30 index fell 1.16 percent to 11,841 points, the CAC 40 in Paris dropped 0.45 percent to 5,006.20 points and Milan's FTSE MIB shed 1.18 percent to 11,851 points.On the upside, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index of top companies rose 0.61 percent 6,879.50 points in late morning deals in ...
Inditex helps European stocks rebound after pull-back PARIS: European stocks rose in early trade on Wednesday, led by a rally in shares of Spanish fashion giant Inditex after it reported a rise in 2014 results, while investors awaited the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy statement.Shares in the world's biggest fashion retailer rose 2.2 percent after it said overall sales had risen 8 percent to 18.12 billion euros last year, meeting market expectations.Italian cable maker Prysmian rallied 3 percent and French rival Nexans added ...
Shares up in Europe and Asia before Fed meets; dollar steady LONDON: European shares followed Asian stocks higher on Wednesday and the dollar held steady before a Federal Reserve meeting that's expected to lay the groundwork for the first increase in U.S. interest rates in nearly a decade.The Fed is widely expected to remove the word "patient" from its statement on the timing of its first hike since 2006, possibly paving the way for policy tightening as early as June."Our base case is that they will ...


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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