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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

European equities closed higher on Thursday, as investors reacted to fresh economic data and auto stocks posted strong gains. The pan-European Euro Stoxx 600 Index (^STOXX) closed over 1 percent higher as new figures late Wednesday showed impressive gains in auto sales for the European market. This helped major car manufacturers post gains on Thursday. Read More

By Jamie McGeever LONDON (Reuters) – World stocks marched higher again on Thursday, drawing support from European auto sales and German trade data, while expectations that the first U.S. interest rate increase will come in the latter part of the year continue to grow. Investors also breathed a sigh of relief as Greece confirmed it Read More

European equities closed mostly lower on Wednesday, despite a surge in energy stocks after Royal Dutch Shell (London Stock Exchange: RDSA-GB) launched a bid for U.K.-listed BG Group (London Stock Exchange: BG.-GB). The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 (FTSE International: .FTEU3) closed flat, having touched an eight year-high earlier in the session after oil and gas firms Read More

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell for a second straight day on Wednesday and the dollar dipped after weaker-than-expected private sector employment data spurred concerns that the keenly awaited monthly U.S. jobs report on Friday could point to slowing economic growth. Oil futures rallied as U.S. stock builds came in at a lower level Read More

By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) – European stocks and the dollar made solid starts to the second quarter on Wednesday as signs of a recovery in the euro zone and expectations of more good U.S. news cheered investors after their blowout last few months. Europe’s benchmark FTSEurofirst 300 (.FTEU3) recovered strongly after an early wobble Read More

By Patrick Graham LONDON (Reuters) – Shares rose on Monday with Asian stocks buoyed by hopes for stimulus to boost China’s economy, but the euro slipped on renewed concern about Greece’s finances. In Europe, a rally in technology shares, tracking Friday’s surge in the U.S. tech sector, helped equities bounce back from losses last week, Read More

By Patrick Graham LONDON (Reuters) – Shares rose on Monday with Asian stocks buoyed by hopes for stimulus to boost China’s economy, but the euro slipped on more concern about Greece’s finances. In Europe, a rally in technology shares, tracking Friday’s surge in the U.S. tech sector, helped equities bounce back from losses last week, Read More

European equities finished around 1 percent lower on average on Wednesday, down from multi-year highs, despite better-than-expected data from Germany. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 (FTSE International: .FTSE) provisionally ended around 1 percent lowerm as European technology stocks slipped, mimicking a similar downturn on Wall Street. Notably, ARM (London Stock Exchange: ARM-GB), which makes chips for Read More