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Swiss stocks underperformed other European markets on Thursday, as big banks and pharmaceuticals struggled. Novartis and Roche lost more than 1 percent each, and UBS was fractionally lower. The Swiss Market Index dropped 0.4 percent to 8.409.13. Life science and specialty chemicals group Lonza...

The European markets rose broadly on Thursday after U.S. tech giants Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. posted strong quarterly earnings and data showed German business confidence improved unexpectedly in April, underlining optimism over the health of the euro zone's largest economy. The IFO institute's...

The European markets rose broadly on Thursday after U.S. tech giants Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. posted strong quarterly earnings and data showed German business confidence improved unexpectedly in April, underlining optimism over the health of the euro zone's largest economy. The IFO institute's...

German stocks rose on Thursday, with the benchmark DAX Index rising for the fourth time in five days, as data showed German business confidence improved unexpectedly in April, underlining optimism over the health of the euro zone's largest economy. The IFO institute's business climate index, based...

Asian-Markets1_24Apr14.jpg European stocks are poised to open higher on Thursday, with tech stocks likely to be in focus after Apple surprised investors by declaring a seven-for-one stock split and another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015. On the data front, traders eye U.S. reports on durable goods orders...

Stock-Market-500_23Apr14.jpg European stocks posted modest losses on Wednesday. The slide was prompted by some profit taking, as investors eased their long positions following the previous session's rally. A new batch of earnings reports and data out of China affected trading. The latest statistics showed that activity in the...

Stock-Market-500_23Apr14.jpg European stocks edged lower on Wednesday as investors took some profits off the table following the previous session's rally. Traders are also digesting a slew of earnings reports and data out of China, which showed that activity in the Chinese manufacturing sector contracted for a fourth straight month...

German stocks declined on Wednesday as investors took some profits off the table following the previous session's rally. Traders are also digesting a slew of earnings reports and data out of China, which showed that activity in the Chinese manufacturing sector contracted for a fourth straight month in...

Asian-Markets2_23Apr14.jpg European stocks are seen opening flat to slightly higher on Wednesday as investors pause for breath following the previous session's rally. The upside momentum would be capped by Chinese data signaling sustained weakness in manufacturing. Asian stocks are turning in a mixed performance, paring early...

stock-market-9_22Apr14.jpg European stocks rallied on Tuesday, as trading resumed after a four-day Easter holiday break. Solid gains on Wall Street overnight and a firm trend in Asia supported sentiment, helping investors shrug off concerns over the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine. The Euro Stoxx 50 index of eurozone...

German stocks rose notably on Tuesday, as trading resumed after a four-day Easter holiday break. Solid gains on Wall Street overnight and a firm trend in Asia supported sentiment, helping investors shrug off concerns over the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine. The benchmark German DAX is...

Asian-Markets1_22Apr14.jpg European stocks are poised to open higher on Tuesday as trading resumes after a long weekend. Investors will take cues from Wall Street, where stocks posted solid gains overnight, buoyed by positive earnings reports. The Asian markets are also trading higher, although gains remain capped due to concerns...

Swiss stocks rallied to end the abbreviated week on high note, as traders went bargain hunting ahead of the Easter holiday. The Swiss Market Index (SMI) rose 52 points, or 0.63 percent, to 8,375.08. Big banks performed well, led by UBS with a 2 percent gains. Biotech major Actelion posted first-quarter...

European stocks fought back from early losses on Thursday as traders snapped up shares ahead of the Easter break. The Euro Stoxx 50 index of eurozone bluechip stocks rose 0.53 percent, for a modest weekly gain of 0.09. The German DAX rose 1 percent. The French CAC 40 rose 0.6 percent, the UK's...

The European markets are in negative territory on Thursday, ahead of reports on weekly jobless claims and Philadelphia-area manufacturing activity from the world's largest economy. Sentiment was impacted by some earnings news, following the rally in the previous session. Demand for new passenger cars...