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European shares finished lower Tuesday, amid investor caution over a European Central Bank (ECB) meeting this week and the official start of the first-quarter earnings season. The pan-European Euro Stoxx 600 Index (^STOXX) closed around 0.5 percent lower, with most major bourses and sectors trading in negative territory. Shares of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris: ALU-FR) surged Read More

European equities closed mixed on Monday, as investors paused for breath after stellar gains last week. The pan-European Euro Stoxx 600 Index (^STOXX) finished slightly higher, with country and sector indexes flipping between positive and negative territory throughout the session. Mining stocks (STOXX:.SXPP) – with their heavy exposure to China – were the major underperformer, Read More

By Tom Pfeiffer LONDON (Reuters) – European industry is signalling a more sustained recovery this year thanks to lower energy prices, a weak euro and monetary stimulus, the head of Europe’s biggest chemicals distributor Brenntag AG (BNRGn.DE) said. Central bankers have pushed interest rates to record lows to kick-start consumer demand and get companies investing Read More

By Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) – A rally in China’s stock markets to seven year highs on Monday kept an index of Asian shares near its highest level since September, as weak Chinese trade data hardened expectations for more economic stimulus measures from Beijing. The Chinese markets’ bull run has been fuelled by speculative buying Read More

By Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares got off to a shaky start on Monday as recent rallies offered traders a profit-taking opportunity, while the dollar edged away from recent peaks in early trading. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.MIAPJ0000PUS> was down about 0.1 percent after touching its highest levels since Read More