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European stocks drifted lower on Thursday, surrendering early gains, as investors weighed mixed earnings results and the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to end its massive stimulus program, known as QE3. The Fed sounded fairly optimistic about the U.S. economic recovery and clarified the pace of...

German stocks retreated on Thursday as investors weighed mixed earnings results and the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to end its massive stimulus program, known as QE3. The Fed sounded fairly optimistic about the U.S. economic recovery and clarified the pace of rate hikes would depend on incoming...

stock-market-9_30Oct14.jpg European stocks are seen opening on a flat note Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve delivered a slightly more hawkish policy statement. After ending its controversial long-running bond-buying program, the Federal Reserve described labor conditions as improving and sounded more hawkish than expected...

Swiss stocks inched up Wednesday, holding early gains even as neighboring European markets turned lower. Investors are waiting on the U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate decision later today. The Swiss Market Index was up 0.28 percent, and remains up nearly 8 percent year-to-date. UBS was flat...

European stocks failed to sustain early gains and finished a bit lower Wednesday, as investors were cautious ahead of today's monetary policy decision from the U.S Federal Reserve. Another batch of relatively upbeat earnings news from some major European countries was overshadowed by concerns about...

European stocks rose broadly on Wednesday, tracking sharp gains on Wall Street overnight as investors await the outcome of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting later tonight for clues on when the U.S. central bank could raise interest rates. The Fed is widely expected to announce the end of its...

German stocks opened higher on Wednesday as investors await the outcome of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting later tonight for clues on when the U.S. central bank could raise interest rates. The Fed is widely expected to announce the end of its bond-buying program, known as quantitative easing,...

Asian-Markets1_29Oct14.jpg European stocks are set to open higher on Wednesday, buoyed by a surge in U.S. stocks overnight and a firm trend in Asia this morning, as investors digested upbeat U.S. consumer confidence data and look for reassurance from the U.S.Federal Reserve that interest rates will remain low for "considerable...

European stocks rallied Tuesday to end a modest losing streak amid relief that the region's banking system is less fragile than many had come to fear. The European Central Bank's stress tests assessed the ability of 150 leading European banks to withstand a financial crisis. On Sunday, all but 13...

Swiss stocks emerged from recent slumber on Tuesday, rising sharply following strong earnings reports from UBS and Novartis. The Swiss Market Index rose 1.29 percent, and is outperforming other European markets by rising more than 7.5 percent year-to-date. UBS shares jumped 5.7 percent. The Swiss...

European stocks are gaining ground on Tuesday, reversing the previous session's declines, as investors digested better-than-expected results from a slew of companies including heavyweights such as UBS AG, BP Plc and Novartis AG. All eyes are now on the U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting...

German stocks are trading sharply higher on Tuesday after falling the day before on disappointing German business data. All eyes are now on the U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting beginning later in the day, with economists expecting the U.S. central bank to announce an end to its bond-buying...

Asian-Market-100912_28Oct14.jpg European stocks are poised to open higher on Tuesday after the U.S. markets ended nearly flat overnight despite weakness among energy stocks and disappointing economic data. With the latest set of data indicating uneven economic growth in the world's largest economy, investors are waiting to see whether...

Swiss stocks posted modest losses for a second day in a row Monday, held down by lingering concerns about the pace of the global economic recovery. Neighbor powerhouse Germany appears on the verge of recession, leaving markets in a cautious mood even as none of the major banks failed the stress test...

European stocks edged slightly lower Monday as downbeat German economic data fueled concerns the euro area is on the verge of another recession. German business confidence deteriorated for the sixth consecutive month to the lowest since late 2012, falling more than expected to 103.2 in October, a...