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U.K. shares held steady on Monday, as the pound dropped against its major rivals in the wake of reports that U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's team is preparing for Scotland to potentially call for an independence referendum in March. The focus was also on U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to Congress...

French shares were trading lower for the third day running on Monday even as two new surveys suggested that French independent candidate Emmanuel Macron would easily beat far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a French presidential runoff. Stocks reversed early gains hit by media reports that U.K. Prime...

German shares gave up early gains to turn flat on Monday after troubles in the London Stock Exchange-Deutsche Boerse merger and fears that the Scottish government may call another referendum. On the positive side, worries about French political risks eased somewhat after two new surveys suggested...

Stock-Market-010815_27Feb17.jpg European markets may follow their Asian peers lower on Monday as lower commodity prices continued to weigh on resource stocks and investors remain cautious about U.S. economic news. With U.S. President Donald Trump set to make his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, the investors are awaiting more clarity on his fiscal and tax policies.

The Swiss stock market ended Friday's session with a modest loss. However, the market pared its losses heading into the close. The pullback was attributed to profit taking, following the recent rally. Investors remain concerned about the upcoming presidential election in France, as well as the political...

The European markets ended Friday's session in negative territory, adding to the losses of the previous session. However, the markets did manage to pare their losses in late trade. A slew of disappointing corporate earnings reports weighed on investor sentiment at the end of the trading week. Concerns...

AsianMarkets-011615_24Feb17.jpg European stocks edged lower on Friday, with overnight declines in metals prices, French election worries, a slew of disappointing earnings updates and concerns about policy uncertainty in the U.S. weighing on markets. On a light day on the economic front, survey results from the statistical office...

U.K. shares fell slightly on Friday as French election worries persisted and investors digested another raft of mixed earnings results. Amid a lack of triggers, investors now await more clarity on U.S. President Donald Trump's proposals, when he delivers a speech to a joint session on Congress Tuesday. The...

French shares retreated on Friday as concerns over European political risks and policy uncertainty in the U.S. helped fuel demand for safe-haven assets. Amid a lack of triggers, investors now await more clarity on President Donald Trump's proposals, when he delivers a speech to a joint session on...

German stocks fell in early trade Friday as sudden falls in copper and other commodity prices coupled with lingering worries surrounding the French presidential election sapped investors' appetite for risk. Also, with U.S. foreign policy injecting uncertainty, market participants look forward to...

StockMarket4-112114_24Feb17.jpg European stocks look set to open higher on Friday after French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron outlined his economic plan that includes corporate tax cuts and public sector redundancies. Investors may also take cues from the currency markets after reports emerged that U.S. President Donald...

The Swiss stock market got off to a weak start Thursday and remained locked in a sideways pattern throughout the session. Investors had their first opportunity to react to the minutes of the most recent meeting of the Federal Reserve. Many policy makers on the Federal Reserve back an interest rate...

The majority of the European markets ended Thursday's session in the red. The markets fluctuated between small gains and losses throughout the session, but did not stray too far from the flat line in either direction. However, the markets sold off in late trade following the weak opening on Wall Street. Investors...

Asian-Markets2_23Feb17.jpg European stocks fluctuated between gains and losses on Thursday as investors digested a barrage of earnings releases and official data showed the U.K. lost its title as the fastest growing major advanced economy in 2016 to Germany. German GDP rose by 1.9 percent for the whole of 2016, overtaking the...

U.K. shares were fluctuating on Thursday after official data showed the U.K. lost its title as the fastest growing major advanced economy in 2016 to Germany. German GDP rose by 1.9 percent for the whole of 2016, overtaking the U.K. economy, which grew by 1.8 percent over the same period. The benchmark...

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