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European equities closed sharply higher on Tuesday, with a surge in retail stocks (STOXX:.SXRP) helping to boost investor sentiment. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 (FTSE International: .FTEU3) closed around 1.3 percent higher, with German stocks (^GDAXI) ending 1.6 percent up. The French CAC (Euronext Paris: .FCHI) closed 1.4 percent higher, while Italian and Portuguese stocks (Euronext Read More

By Alistair Smout and Atul Prakash LONDON (Reuters) – The FTSE 100 edged higher on Monday, underperforming continental European shares as heavily weighted oil and energy firms fell. However, falling oil prices boosted travel and leisure stocks, with cruise operator Carnival (CCL.L) rising towards the top of the index. Brent oil fell below $ 49 Read More

My favorite comment from that article is this, below:   >>>The most salient sentence herein:   “. . .China has great economic depth and is likely to muddle through without too much trauma.”   There is much state of the art capacity for just about any industry you choose in China; investment in infrastructure of Read More

By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) – More weak data from Europe ensured shares worldwide were set to end their first full week of 2015 in the red on Friday, while both the dollar and oil prices dipped as investors waited for monthly U.S. jobs data. Friday’s jobs report is expected to show that non-farm payrolls Read More

European stocks surged to close almost 3 percent higher after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi reiterated on Thursday that the central bank was ready to start “full-blown” quantitative easing. In a letter made public, Draghi said the Governing Council would closely monitor the “risks to the outlook for price developments over the medium term”. Read More

By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) – The dollar hit a nine-year high and stocks worldwide headed for their first back-to-back rise of the year on Thursday, bolstered by Federal Reserve confidence in the U.S. economy and hopes of aggressive new stimulus in Europe. Wall Street was expected to start the day on the front foot, Read More

By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) – The dollar hit a nine-year high and stocks worldwide headed for their first back-to-back rise of the year on Thursday, encouraged by expectations for a U.S. rate increase and new stimulus this month from the European Central Bank. Steadier oil prices also encouraged risk appetite and helped nudge U.S. Read More

By Patrick Graham LONDON (Reuters) – European shares sank for a third day on Tuesday as a slide in oil prices showed no sign of easing off, supporting traditional safe-haven assets such as top-rated government bonds, the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc. Asian shares had slumped overnight after another day of drama on oil Read More